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Drastically Improve Security By Testing Your Network and Team

Drastically Improve Security By Testing Your Network and Team

If your business doesn’t have an internal IT department, chances are that this deficit is a major pain point. Even if you do have internal IT, relying on them to handle the implementation of new solutions, as well as the maintenance of existing systems, is troublesome and difficult. When your team is overloaded, their work performance may suffer, and issues can slip through the cracks.

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Why You Should Consider These Alternative Security Measures Over Passwords

b2ap3_thumbnail_multifactor_authentication_is_right_400.jpgAs time goes on, the password has proven time and again that it’s not going to be enough to keep hackers out of online accounts and other sensitive parts of your IT infrastructure. One of the most valuable responses to this development was two-factor authentication, which is part of a more complex overarching trend that involves much more than simple two-factor authentication.

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Apple Stands Up to the FBI: Legal Battle Ensues

b2ap3_thumbnail_fbi_and_apple_400.jpgThere’s no questioning Apple’s dedication to the advancement of technology, especially over the past few decades. With the iPhone being the first of many commercially available smartphones, Apple has always been at the forefront of exciting consumer technology developments. Now, however, their most important decision yet may come in the form of a face-off with the FBI.

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What’s Better Than Watching an Eagle Snatch a Drone from the Sky? Hint: Nothing [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_anti_drone_eagle_400.jpgDrones are great devices for entertainment. Whether they’re flying in races or recording breathtaking videos or photos from a bird’s-eye view, drones can help you feel like you’re on top of the world. Unfortunately, just like all types of technology, drones can be abused. Violations of drone legislation have led authorities to ask a difficult question: how can you get an illegal drone out of the sky, without risking those who are passing by below?

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Tip of the Week: Here’s Our Checklist to Know if You’ve Been Hacked

b2ap3_thumbnail_identifying_hackers_400.jpgBusinesses that have online dealings should always be aware of how much danger their operations are in, especially with the omnipresent threat of hackers. Depending on the severity of the hacking attack, some organizations might not even know they’ve been hacked until it’s far too late. It’s critical that your business is able to identify potential threats before they’ve caused irreparable damage to your infrastructure.

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Tip of the Week: What to Do When Passwords aren’t Strong Enough to Secure Your Data

b2ap3_thumbnail_double_authentication_400.jpgMore often than not, it’s always recommended that you use a solid password to optimize your online accounts. However, just because passwords are critical, doesn’t mean that you should put all your eggs in one basket. Passwords should only be the start of a comprehensive online account security setup.

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PC Users Share Some of the Blame For Falling Victim to Hack Attacks

b2ap3_thumbnail_security_from_being_hacked_400.jpgMany computer users make use of security tools that limit their exposure to hackers, and they generally understand that hacks are something that can realistically happen to them. On the other hand, there are plenty of other folks out there who don’t worry enough. They might think their PC holds no value to the average hacker, but they’re wrong.

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Tip of the Week: How to Know if Someone Else is Using Your Google Account

b2ap3_thumbnail_security_for_your_google_account_400.jpgHow often have you logged into your Google account, only to find that there’s some suspicious activity going on? You might wonder why, where, and how this happened, but in case you weren’t aware, you can access some of this information by simply checking out your Google account’s security settings. Here’s how it’s done.

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Can Your Team Spot the Latest Email Security Threats?

b2ap3_thumbnail_email_security_solutions_400.jpgFor many businesses, few parts of a network’s infrastructure are as important as the email management system. It’s a pain point for most businesses, but so many of them don’t understand how best to protect their network from the threats that come through the email medium. What kind of threats should you expect to see, and how can you best protect your business from them?

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The Word “Hack” and Falcons Have More in Common Than You Would Think

b2ap3_thumbnail_origin_of_hacking_400.jpgThe word “hack” is a most peculiar word. When we use it, it’s often in the context of discussing a data breach. But did you know that “hack” has been a part of the English language since before computers and even electricity were a thing? Read on to learn more about the fascinating meanings of hack!

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What Does a Firewall Keep Away?

b2ap3_thumbnail_firewall_400.jpgAs a business owner, you depend on your network security solution to protect your assets. You trust it to do its job without your intervention, but do you know how it works? One of the most basic parts of network security is a firewall. These are the first lines of defense against threats which can potentially steal information or destroy it completely. In order to get the most out of your network security solution, it’s your responsibility to understand how a firewall works.

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You Don’t Want to Get Caught in the Middle of a Hacking War [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_hacker_wars_400.jpgWhen you see the results of a major hacking campaign on the news, you might tend to sympathize with the victim. While most hacks target individuals or high-profile businesses, hackers have, for the first time, intentionally targeted each other. The attack in question occurred between Naikon, a cyberespionage group, and another group called Hellsing.

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Operate Your Network on a “Need-to-Know Basis”

b2ap3_thumbnail_user_permission_400.jpgIf a company neglects network security, they’ll quickly find their network inundated with threats. However, if you fail to protect your business from internal problems as well, you might have a whole other monster on your hands. Some businesses have encountered this problem when employees access certain documents and then accidentally misplace or delete them, causing damage that your organization was not particularly prepared for.

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Tip of the Week: How to Take Advantage of a Password Manager

b2ap3_thumbnail_password_management_400.jpgHave you ever been prompted to change your password, then forgotten what the new one was twenty seconds later? Changing passwords consistently is a good practice, but let’s face it; unless you have them put away somewhere, you are probably going to forget about them at least once (unless you use a post-it note on your monitor, which is never a good idea). Additionally, if passwords are short and easily guessable, you risk being targeted by a phishing attack or other hacking attack.

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Tip of the Week: Who’s Leeching Service from Your WiFi Network?

b2ap3_thumbnail_stealing_my_wifi_400.jpgWireless connections like WiFi can be tricky at times. Either they don’t work, the connection isn’t a very good one, or there are too many people using it for it to be effective. Whatever the reason, you can bet that there are people using your WiFi who shouldn’t be can be. This can lead to many problems including security concerns, slow browsing speeds, and more.

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Practical Biometric Passwords Infiltrate the US Military

b2ap3_thumbnail_biometric_security_400.jpgHumans are always striving to create the next big security measure against the massive wave of online threats. One topic consistently in discussion is biometrics as a security measure, which take advantage of unique biological aspects of users in order to maximize security. Now, the US military is seeing the value of this kind of technology, and they’re funding a campaign to make it available to users.

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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 Illinois 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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