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Experts Warn That the Internet of Things Will Be Breached Within 2 Years

Experts Warn That the Internet of Things Will Be Breached Within 2 Years

The Internet of Things is well under way, and it’s all around you. Just take a look around your office and take note of any connected gadgetry that you see. All kinds of connected devices are entering the market, many of which you might never consider connecting to the Internet. However, it’s your responsibility to take these devices into consideration, especially if you want to keep your business--and its users--safe.

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Why it’s Essential to Prioritize in the Security of Your File-Sharing Solution

Why it’s Essential to Prioritize in the Security of Your File-Sharing Solution

Your business relies on swift, unfettered access to sensitive documents on many different mobile devices. The only problem with this is that security eventually becomes a problem, especially where multiple devices are concerned. You need to ask yourself if your file-sharing service is secure enough to protect important files.

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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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How Each Industry Approaches The Internet of Things Differently

b2ap3_thumbnail_the_iot_400.jpgThe Internet of Things is one of the many technical innovations that is having a major impact on the way that both consumers and businesses view certain types of technology. With so many devices connecting to the Internet and communicating with one-another, businesses need to ask themselves what they can consider an Internet of Things device, and what they can do to protect sensitive information.

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New Maktub Locker Ransomware Knows Where You Live

b2ap3_thumbnail_ransomware_maktub_400.jpgRansomware is so common in the world of online threats that even the FBI has labeled it a massive threat to businesses of all kinds. Unlike other types of malware, ransomware has a unique return on investment that’s measurable and highly lucrative for hackers. A new variant of ransomware called Maktub Locker lures victims into a false sense of security by tailoring phishing emails to match their street address.

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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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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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Nearly 50% of Data Stolen in 2015 Were Passwords and Email Addresses

b2ap3_thumbnail_stolen_data_400.jpgIn 2015, there was an incredible amount of information stolen from organizations all over the world. From healthcare companies to government institutions, nobody was safe from the endless onslaught of hacking attacks. Now, in the wake of these hackers’ destruction, it seems that most of the incidents in question exposed passwords and email address; important credentials that put many users’ security in jeopardy.

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If Time Warner Cable and Comcast Can Get Hacked, Then We All Can

b2ap3_thumbnail_twc_data_compromised_400.jpgThe number of high-profile hacks that have occurred over the past several years continues to climb, and it won’t let up anytime soon. Now, another incident involving Time Warner Cable, a large ISP in the United States, shows that even large companies that deal with sensitive information aren’t invincible from data breaches.

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It’s Time to Move On: Microsoft Pulls the Plug on Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10

b2ap3_thumbnail_upgrade_to_new_ie_400.jpgIf you’re still using Windows 8 (instead of the much improved 8.1), we’ve got bad news for you. Microsoft has ceased offering patches and security updates for the Windows 8 operating system, which means that if you want to be using the most secure and up-to-date operating system, you should make the switch to Windows 8.1 or Windows 10.

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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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5 Cloud Security Issues that Every Business Has In Common

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_security_400.jpgSecurity is a primary concern for businesses that take advantage of the cloud, but the industry often dictates to what extent a business is concerned about cloud security. Yet, despite the varying cloud needs of industries, there are several variables that should be addressed when thinking about cloud security, including data permissions, account compromisation, and, of course, malware and other common online threats.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Steps You Can Take to Bolster Network Security

b2ap3_thumbnail_checklist_for_it_400.jpgNetwork security is more important today than it’s ever been before, especially in light of several concerning developments in targeted hacking attacks. Unfortunately, many employees (and even some employers) don’t know or understand how to follow various security best practices. By ensuring that every single one of your employees understands the importance of cybersecurity, you can exponentially increase your organization's network security.

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Thanks to Google, Windows XP is About to Get Even More Risky to Use

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_ends_xp_support_400.jpgIt’s been over a year and a half since Microsoft gave up support on its extremely popular operating system, Windows XP. Without the necessary patches and security updates, Windows XP becomes a hazardous system to run for average users and business professionals. Now, things are about to get worse as Google cuts support for its popular web browser, Google Chrome, for Windows XP and several other older operating systems.

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Alert: Hackers Targeting ATMs to Get At Your Cash

b2ap3_thumbnail_atm_malware_400.jpgATMs are probably everyone’s favorite kind of computer. You swipe your card, enter in your PIN, and withdraw cash immediately. Many people forget that an ATM is simply a computer in disguise, though; one that can be infected with malware just as easily as any old PC can. A new type of ATM malware, GreenDispenser, is making its rounds in Mexico, and could potentially make its way to other countries if left unchecked.

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3 Reasons Why Your Small Business May Be In a Hacker’s Crosshairs

b2ap3_thumbnail_comprehensive_cynersecurity_400.jpgHere’s a surprising fact for October’s Cyber Security Month: small businesses are at a greater risk of a hacking attack. Many small organizations feel that they’re not a target for hackers due to their size, but this is what hackers want you to think so you’ll focus less on securing your network.

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Tip of the Week: How to Prepare Your Organization for The Internet of Things

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_of_things_security_400.jpgMost devices that are being produced these days are aiming for the “connectivity” angle, be it simply connecting to the Internet, or allowing you to stay connected to something specific through the cloud. While this does wonders for productivity and online interaction, some users approach these devices without considering the state of online security. October is Cybersecurity Month, so there’s no time like the present to ask yourself how trends in Internet of Things security can affect your organization.

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Your Identity Can Sell On the Black Market For Somewhere Between $1-$500

b2ap3_thumbnail_black_market_dark_web_400.jpgOctober is Cybersecurity Awareness Month! With the number of data breaches growing every day, one has to wonder what hackers do with all of the information they steal. In some cases, the hackers go public with the information, as seen by the recent Ashley Madison and Sony hacks. Other times, however, hackers just want to use the information as a bargaining chip on the black market. The theft of passwords, usernames, Social Security numbers, and other sensitive information is a very lucrative market for hackers.

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