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Warning: Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware is as Bad as They Come

b2ap3_thumbnail_ransomware_cryptowall_400.jpgBe advised, there's a new digital threat on the scene that you and your employees need to be aware of. Known as Cryptowall 2.0, it's a wicked virus that has the potential to encrypt and steal your files, making it the scariest thing to hit your front door this Halloween season.

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Russian “Sandworm” Hack Reveals 5-Year Cyber Espionage Campaign

b2ap3_thumbnail_watch_out_for_sandworms_400.jpgA cyber espionage campaign called "Sandworm" has been discovered recently. The hacking attack, said to be based in Russia, has been targeting government leaders and organizations since as early as 2009. The researchers responsible for the discovery, iSight Partners, came to this conclusion after examining the code used in the campaign.

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How Much Cash Can Hackers Cost Your Business?

b2ap3_thumbnail_costs_of_data_security_400.jpgCrime might pay for those bold enough to do it, but that doesn't mean everyone should. Hackers likely don't take into account the fact that they are costing the world countless millions of dollars in damage only to further their own gain, and their influence can have far-reaching effects on people all over the world, let alone your business.

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Is Your Antivirus Software Up to Snuff?

b2ap3_thumbnail_is_your_antivirus_working_for_you_400.jpgAll of the security breaches and vulnerabilities of 2014 sure have made for an interesting year; first Heartbleed, then the Internet Explorer vulnerability, GameOver Zeus, and the Russian password-stealing gang. In light of these events, you really have to ask the question, "how can we fight these threats?" Symantec has told The Wall Street Journal that they feel antivirus technology is "dead."

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Escape the Phisherman’s Hook – 4 Tips to Get You off the Line

b2ap3_thumbnail_phishing_scams_400.jpgThe Internet is a vast ocean filled with all sorts of different creatures. Many are harmless, like the bottlenose dolphin, but once in a while you will encounter an aggressive shark. But no matter how powerful or intelligent these creatures are, they still wind up flopping around on the deck of some fisherman's boat. Why? Because fishermen know what they're looking for and how to capture it. The same can be said about Internet phishers.

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Internet Security: This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things!

b2ap3_thumbnail_security_from_hackers_400.jpgWhen you were a kid, did you ever ask your parents for a cool new toy only to have your request denied because you were in the habit of breaking everything? Your parents would point out your destructive habit and tell you, "This is why we can't have nice things." As an adult, the coolest toy is the Internet and hackers want to break it.

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What is a Botnet Attack and How Do You Stop It?

b2ap3_thumbnail_botnet_malware_400.jpgHackers have many different tools at their disposal to access your computer. Some of these tools can even control your machine! When a hacker controls your PC, your computer is now part of a network made up of other compromised devices that they control. This compromised network is known as a botnet, and you don't want to be part of it!

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Thieves Want Your Backup Data

b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_thieves_400.jpgAre you aware of the value of your company's data? If you lost it all today, what would it cost your business in terms of productivity, downtime, and liability? Security precautions need to be taken in order to keep your data safe, including data backups. However, after you have a backup system in place, don't neglect the need to secure those backup files!

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