We’re seeing a rash of ransomware sweeping across IT systems, ranging from large enterprises to microbusinesses with only a few PCs. As I am writing this, we are in the middle of responding to an incident where a business has been entirely shut down due to being infected with the Locky ransomware. The entire business has […]
With all of the scams running around the Internet today, it’s easy to ask “what can we do?” Just last week I met with an employee of a company that had been completely shut down for a week due to ransomware (probably Locky, probably delivered by an email to an HR executive who had too […]
Last week, Brian Krebs reported on a disturbing trend in federal (.gov) websites having “open redirects” enabled, allowing scammers to delivery content from seemingly legitimate (government) websites. So why do these open redirects even exist in the first place? Simply put, they are a convenience for website developers. Many websites will offer links to other […]
“We’re too small to be a target.” “Nobody wants what we have.” “Nobody cares about our systems.” “There isn’t enough money in our bank account for anyone to want.” These are all phrases that clients of mine have uttered during meetings on the topic of information security. But even if you think have nothing anyone […]
Like many small businesses, we use an online bill pay service, which integrates with our accounting package. While reconciling our checking account, I recently discovered that there were several duplicate payments which had been debited from our account. After calling the bill pay service, who transferred me to our accounting package’s support team, who wanted […]
After a couple recent repairs to my vehicle, I decided to have it appraised for a possible trade-in. I was rather pleasantly surprised to find that, after 8 years, my Subaru is still worth about 1/6th its original retail value. Not too bad! I also realized that my own desktop PC at the office is […]
We have several clients who have stated that they “need to have all employees’ passwords.” They don’t, and furthermore, after a brief explanation, they realize they don’t want them either. Here’s why.
As I write this on Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for family, friends, my health, prosperity, and my redundant Internet connection.
How much money are you and your staff wasting by not upgrading your old computer?
Many businesses are moving to cloud-based services, especially for email. Here are some of the mistakes we’ve seen, and how you can avoid them.