Optimizing Windows 10 Start Menu Through Personalization

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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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Hackers Copy NordVPN’s Website to Spread Bank Trojan

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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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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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Cyber Security – Back to the Basics

Simplifying Cyber Security The concept of cyber security has become convoluted.  Users aren’t sure what software to buy, or if one program is even enough.  Often times they’ll try to use multiple products that all do the same thing, which in turn interferes with each one’s functionality. In an attempt to make your life easier, […]

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New RDP Vulnerability Recently Discovered

Microsoft Scrambles to Issue Patch for New RDP Security Hole A new vulnerability was discovered within remote desktop protocol (RDP) ports, although the technical details of the gap are being kept under wraps. We do know, the vulnerability found impacts Windows Server 2008 and Window 7, as well as out-of-support versions Windows 2003 and XP. […]

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Viruses or Malware – What’s The Biggest Threat?

“Viruses aren’t my biggest problem. Malware, now that’s an issue.” That was a comment recently made by an IT professional. Shortly after hearing this, I was sent an article written by a tech expert stating, “While Chromebooks are aces at stopping viruses, they can’t block malware attacks.” I found these comments shocking. Soon you will […]

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Top 5 Cyber Security Tips The Everyday User Must Know

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Cyber security threats. What are they? The everyday device user typically isn’t thinking about the threats they may be facing every single day. Whether it is a security breach from their favorite app, or clicking on an infectious link in an email. Most users just don’t think about it. Instead, we like to live in […]

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Microsoft Patches Major Remote Access Security Hole

It’s Bad Enough, Microsoft Issued Patches for Legacy Systems Microsoft has recently released a critical update addressing a significant security hole found within their Remote Desktop Services. The security gap impacts multiple Windows versions, leaving Microsoft with no choice but to offer patches for all impacted operating systems, including legacy systems. Since patches are rarely […]

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Amazon Selling Exploding Li-Ion Batteries

Although this isn’t the first time a lithium-ion (Li-Ion) battery exploded, it does appear to be the first time the seller and distributor are less than responsive regarding the incident. According to The Atlantic, Nicholas Jones ordered a replacement Li-Ion battery for his laptop from Amazon. Shortly after installing it, there was a loud bang, […]

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MegaCortex, The World’s Newest Ransomware Threat

Latest Ransomware, MegaCortex, Spreads Across The Globe A new ransomware variant, deemed MegaCortex, has been found targeting organizations in the U.S., Canada, France, Netherlands, Ireland, and Italy. This particular ransomware uses a dual approach, deploying both automated and manual components in an attempt to infect as many people as possible. MegaCortex was first found in […]

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Fileless Infections Account For 35% of Cyber Attacks

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Traditional Malware vs. Fileless Infections Traditional malware spreads through file-based attacks. This means they rely on an executable file to install the malware. Once the executable file that holds the malware is installed, the malware can infect accordingly. Fileless attacks do not rely on an executable. Instead, they inject malicious code into legitimate scripting engines […]

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The Hamburglar Strikes Canadian My McD’s App Users

Canadian Users of the My McD’s App Suffer Security Breach Canadians are losing hundreds of dollars to a shifty burger thief who is breaching their My McD’s apps and ordering a plethora of greasy goodness, all while charging it to their payment source on file. Most recently, Canadian journalist Patrick O’Rourke fell victim, with someone […]

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Survey Reveals IT Pros Lack Basic Knowledge and Best Practices

1 out of 10 surveyed, don’t know what phishing is… Granted, not everyone reading this will likely know what phishing is. However, not everyone reading this is likely making a living in the information technology industry. PC Matic recently conducted a password management and security best practices survey which included over 1,000 IT professionals. The […]

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Cybercrime Caused $2.7 in Total Losses in 2018

FBI Report Confirms Cybercrime Losses Reach $2.7 Billion The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) published its 2018 Internet Crime Report showing cybercrime was behind $2.7 billion in total losses during 2018. Of that, $1.2 billion were a result of wire transfers resulting from compromised email accounts, both at a business and individual basis. According […]

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Hackers Put a New Spin on Tax Scams

Tax Evasion Scam Spreads, and Hackers Want Paid — or Else… Extortion emails have increased in popularity lately, starting with the massive sextortion campaign that began earlier this year.  Now, a new extortion scam is underway that claims the victim’s computer was hacked.  Then, upon being hacked, it was determined taxes were being hidden from the […]

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Hackers Capitalize on Tax Season with Spread of Banking Trojan

Banking Trojan TrickBot Spreads Like Wildfire For years, cyber criminals have increased spam campaigns around tax time, in an attempt to make a quick buck.  This year is no different.  Cyber criminals have begun distributing the banking Trojan, TrickBot, through malicious emails fraudulently portraying tax and payroll services.  Researchers confirmed the malware has been used […]

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