Network monitoring is an essential responsibility for businesses of all sizes. Medium-sized and large companies typically have a network monitoring system in place either onsite or offsite in the cloud but what about small businesses? This is exactly what hackers are asking when they are seeking to breach a network.
In the last few years small businesses have become
With the increased use of the Internet the FBI has become a very busy national security organization. This is due to a new digital age of sophisticated criminals that are well versed in computer programming. They use their skills to extort money from unsuspecting users and in other cases commit identity theft. One of the primary ways they do this is by creating ‘scareware’
How Scareware Works
If you understand how cyber criminals operate then there is no need to be afraid of scareware. First, let’s explain what scareware is and how it is used to scare you
Lightning can strike any time, and in any form. It can be a power surge leaving your hard disk useless or an over flooded bathroom sink leaving your equipment blown out. It can also be as simple as lack of attention. Whatever the deal is, it will certainly bring one question to your mind – do you have a backup of your data? Sadly the answer usually is no. Many people lose several months and sometimes years of work in such situations.
Why you need a Backup
A backup is your safety net in case of a disaster. Data can be lost due to corruption such as unauthorized access, viral spyware, accidents and mistakes. Any of these can happen any time and cause you problems and not to mention – mental stress. To avoid such difficult situations it is best to get a
If you’re a Facebook user, odds are you’ve seen it. Joe Smith posts a new status that says something to the effect of, “Check out the picture I found of you.” It is followed by a link consisting of a series of random letters and numbers. Now, the dilemma ensues.
OMG! Joe has a picture of me?! OMG! I just have to see it. I know it looks shady and it might be a virus, but if there is even a chance that there is some random picture of me out on the Internet, it is totally worth the risk of costing my company countless IT engineering dollars too fight a potential virus.
The user can’t resist and decides to click the link. It produces a “Page Not Found” error. “Well maybe if I click on it 7-8 more times it will come up.”
At this point, that little bot that was downloaded on the first attempt now has 7-8 little bot friends. In a couple days they are going to have a web browser pop-up party on the user’s screen and their Google home page will be redirected to some site of questionable moral fiber.
The user isn’t going to report it right away because they are so embarrassed. When they do report it, they have been doing NOTHING but work for the past 2 weeks and would not even think of surfing Facebook during work hours. It is officially the anti-virus software and the IT administrator’s fault. Lengthy Safe Mode scans with software like Malwarebytes or SuperAntiSpyware find numerous infections in repeated scans eventually prompting the need for a full rebuild of the PC.
How can this be prevented
Beginning on Tuesday, July 13th, 2010, Thrive Networks became aware of an email attack on Salesforce.com users. Those affected first received an email with the subject of “Salesforce: Unauthorized access” and contained a link for the user to reset their password. These emails are not from Salesforce.com or the Salesforce Systems team. An outside attacker is attempting to compromise the recipients PC by tricking them into clicking a link that will download a malicious file named "salesforce.exe". If you have received this email, you are advised to delete the message immediately. If you believe your computer has been compromised, immediately disconnect from your networks and run an...
On a quarterly basis, we see a significant spike in the number of hours spent on spyware cleanups. It’s one of those sad but true facts that as a managed service provider we simply must deal with. This certainly is not a part of our business that is a pleasant topic for us, but inevitably we dive and tackle what the newest variant is. It’s a pain point for our clients and, more than you would believe, for our engineers.
From an application standpoint, we do everything we can to reduce our clients’ vulnerability. This includes pressing our vendors for improvements and finding additional solutions. However, there is one sure-fire method to decreasing these incidents….