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Why You Should Be Encrypting Your Emails

Why You Should Be Encrypting Your Emails

Encryption can be an invaluable tool for your company, especially where your email communications are concerned. Here, we’ll go over a few of the benefits you can see by adopting it - but first, we’ll briefly go over what encryption is.

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Fileless Ransomware Uses Windows Tools Against You

Fileless Ransomware Uses Windows Tools Against You

By now everyone knows about ransomware, the dastardly strand of malware that encrypts data (or the drives it’s stored on) and sends the user a message demanding payment in a certain amount of time before the data is deleted forever. To add a little more menace to an already stressful situation, the message includes a countdown clock. If it sounds like a bad situation, rest assured it is. How could it get worse you ask? Simple, make it more difficult to stop.

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Windows Set to Launch Huge Update in October

Windows Set to Launch Huge Update in October

Windows 10 might be one of the best Microsoft operating systems to come out in a while, but their latest policy regarding major Windows 10 updates is causing quite a stir in the technology industry. Specifically, the large update coming up this October could potentially cause major problems for your organization.

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Managed Security Services Work to Stomp Out Security Problems

Managed Security Services Work to Stomp Out Security Problems

In the course of doing business, many of today’s businesses have encountered some type of major security threat. As these threats get more and more sophisticated, you are beginning to see more businesses and other organizations enlisting the services of companies that are in business to keep their clients safe. We’ll take a look at some of the services that managed security service provides, and how it fits into a business’ IT strategy.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Foundational Pieces to Computing Securely

Tip of the Week: 5 Foundational Pieces to Computing Securely

Every so often, it can be good to get back to basics for a bit of review. That’s why we’re going over five ways that you can improve your security through basic best practices for this week’s tip!

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Cybersecurity Roundup for the First Half of 2018

Cybersecurity Roundup for the First Half of 2018

Each day tens of thousands of people from all over the world are hacked. Not just sent run-of-the-mill phishing emails, but legitimately hacked. This has made the cybersecurity industry grow at a rate only surpassed by the Internet of Things (which ironically may be one of the largest threats to cybersecurity in the world). We thought it would be good to go over some of the largest cybercrimes of the first half of 2018, and some telling statistics that will give you an idea of what exactly you are up against.

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The IoT Keeps Growing

The IoT Keeps Growing

The Internet of Things has grown considerably over the past few years, and it’s not slowing down anytime soon. It grew as expected in 2018, but where will 2019 take the Internet of Things? We’ve put together some predictions.

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Tech Terminology: Authentication

Tech Terminology: Authentication

Authentication isn’t an unfamiliar aspect in everyday life. Driver’s licenses, library cards, and PIN numbers are all forms of identity authentication. However, as computers have become a cornerstone of everyday life, the most commonly-used way to confirm one’s identity has almost assuredly become the username/password login combination. Today, we’ll take a deeper dive into what authentication is.

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Artificial Intelligence May Give Hackers their Greatest Weapon Yet

Artificial Intelligence May Give Hackers their Greatest Weapon Yet

Artificial intelligence has been making waves in the world of cybersecurity, as machine learning could potentially make the solutions we have today smarter and better at their intended jobs. However, artificial intelligence has also appeared on the other side of cybersecurity, as cybercriminals have begun to leverage A.I. as well.

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This Internet Scam Is Getting Very Personal

This Internet Scam Is Getting Very Personal

Seemingly every day you read of a new Internet threat affecting users. As a result, people are more cognizant than ever. What they do fall for time and again are scams that are seemingly person-to-person. The latest one is especially rubbing people the wrong way.

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How Safe is Your Email?

Email is (and has been) a prime method of communication for businesses of all sizes. With email comes a whole slew of issues that are essentially synonymous with the technology; spam, information overload, phishing, and information privacy. Even Indiana small businesses that only do business locally are at risk of these issues. Personal email accounts are equally at risk. Employing proper precautions and practices whenever communicating via email is very important to prevent the risk of security compromises, monetary loss, and even legality issues.

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What is your Identity Worth to You?

Your identity has quite a lot of value, especially in the wrong hands. Security firm ZoneAlarm put together some numbers in 2011 concerning identity fraud, and it even shocked us. Let's talk about a few of these statistics and what it means.

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Protect Yourself with Secure Passwords

Despite the increasingly vast trust we put into the Internet to keep our personal and business information safe and secure, many users take their passwords very lightly. In an analysis studying over 32 million passwords from RockYou, a company that develops software for social networks, it's been discovered just how little effort is put in to keep things secure. The results are shocking.

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