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Cyber Security Hygiene Affects Network and Endpoint Security with Application Whitelisting

Employer Networks Left Exposed Due to Employee’s Poor Cyber Security Hygiene

Survey Confirms People Aren’t Practicing Good Cyber Security Hygiene – And It’s Impacting Their Employers… A recent study, conducted by PC Matic, dove into the password and cyber security hygiene of 5,000 computer users. The results are concerning, primarily for businesses. Users with poor cyber security hygiene often bring these negative habits to work with …

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Malware

Attackers Find a New Way to Spread Ransomware Faster Than Ever

Ransomware has been riddling home users, business entities, governments, schools, and more for years. The attacks have grown in frequency, with ransom demands growing as well. In order to continue their profitability, hackers have to find new ways to infect networks. This includes exploiting software vulnerabilities, using social engineering, creating new versions of malware, and …

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Pearson, Major Education Publishing Giant, Suffers Data Breach

Pearson Notifies Schools Impacted By Breach In November 2018, the massive education publishing giant, Pearson, suffered a data breach. Although the breach was reported to the FBI in March 2019, it wasn’t until last week that the organization had an idea of the full extent of damages. An exact number of records impacted is unclear. …

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Microsoft Windows

Optimizing Windows 10 Start Menu Through Personalization

We Personalize Everything! We live in an era where we feel a need to personalize everything.  Our shirts, gym bags, device cases, cars, and our computers — just to name a few.  However, personalizing our items isn’t always a bad thing.  For instance, if you aren’t personalizing your devices to meet your needs, you could …

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Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware Now Spreading Through Fortnite Cheat Hack

Hackers Post Ransomware in Fortnite Forums Although ransomware has been targeting the business sector, they haven’t forgotten about home users. In a new campaign to spread malicious software, hackers have masked ransomware as a Fortnite cheat hack. By posting the malicious link in various Fortnite forums, cyber criminals hope gamers will click the link and …

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Protect your PC

Hackers Copy NordVPN’s Website to Spread Bank Trojan

Users Hoped for Security, Ended Up with Malware Cyber criminals have found an effective way to distribute malicious software, and users are none the wiser. By copying the popular VPN (virtual private network) website for NordVPN, users believe they are using something that is meant to boost their security. Instead, they are downloading a bank …

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Grocery Store Chain, Hy-Vee, Experiences Data Breach

Hy-Vee Suffered Data Breach Through PoS Systems One of the largest U.S. grocery-store chains, Hy-Vee, has experienced a data breach after staff discovered a vulnerability on some of its point-of-sale (PoS) systems. The company reported transactions made at Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants may have been recorded by hackers. A list of …

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Malware

Lonestar State Targeted in Vicious Cyber Attack

Several Local Texan Governments Infected with Ransomware Update, 8/21/2019: Two Texas towns, Keene and Borger, have confirmed they were amongst the 23 municipalities hit with ransomware last week. Mayor Gary Heinrich of Keene stated the attack accessed their network through their outside security provider. The use of a third-party security provider is rather normal for …

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PC Matic Shield

PC Matic Joins Forces with TechSC to Accelerate Cyber Security Growth and Innovation

PC Matic, the world’s only 100% American-made Anti-virus software, announced a new partnership with TechSC Myrtle Beach, SC – Today, PC Matic announced a new collaboration with TechSC, the latest industry initiative set forth by the South Carolina Council on Competitiveness.   Rob Cheng, CEO and Founder of PC Matic said, “As cyber-threats continue to wreak …

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New Cryptominer Takes New Steps to Avoid Detection

New Malicious Software Doesn’t Want to Be Seen A new malware variant used to mine for cryptocurrency, identified as Norman, takes a unique approach to avoid detection. Cryptominers are malicious software hackers use that occupy the CPU usage of devices, often rendering them utterly useless. Unfortunately, many traditional antivirus solutions will not stop them, and …

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Want to Enable PC Matic’s Scan Result Emails? Here’s How…

Reaffirming You’re Protected Security solutions tend to run in the background of PCs, meaning users are rarely aware that they are working.  Consumers have to trust that their solutions are keeping their data safe.  However, sometimes it is nice to get affirmation.  For those who are PC Matic customers, the software offers the ability to …

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Scammers Are Once Again Offering Up Fake Refunds

Initial reports of scammers calling individuals offering fake refunds for businesses that were “going out of business” started in 2018. Then there was an influx in early 2019, and now, they’re back at it. This time the crooks are offering up fraudulent refunds from companies experiencing “server issues”. They are not targeting one company in …

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North Carolina County Loses $1.7M in Email Scam

Cabarrus County of North Carolina Suffers a Massive Financial Loss The North Carolina county of Cabarrus, confirmed they were fooled by scammers in December 2018, sending them $2.5 million dollars. The crooks were very targeted and thorough with their attack, using social engineering to pose as Branch and Associates. Branch and Associates is a general …

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Mega Medical Breach Impacts 183K Patients

Medical Breach Exposes Thousands of New Mexico’s Patients On August 2, 2019, Presbyterian Healthcare Services confirmed they had become the victim of a data breach. The medical breach was a result of an employee clicking on a malicious email. Upon doing so, the employee inadvertently launched malware which was used to gather personal information on …

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Ransomware Continues to Take Down U.S. Schools, Businesses and Government Facilities

Ransomware Threats Continue to Flood the U.S. For years, I would write about all of the ransomware attacks that I could find. Every single attack that I became aware of, I would blog about. As time moved on, this task became a bit more tedious but could be done. However, over the last few weeks, …

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