If you are paying attention to the news at all right now, you have noticed the increase in cyber-attacks around the globe. Cyber-crimes are a hot topic and for a good reason. The threat is terrifying but understanding what is indeed happening is a challenge. Within cyber-crime reporting, keywords are being thrown around, and to understand the dangers, you must first understand a few of the basics. One of the topics you may have heard is port scans. First off, what is a port and why is a port scan a threat?
The must-have technologies for a successful small business
For anyone who has ever started a business, you know just how challenging the process can be. Many times, the concept of owning your own business is hugely glamorized. Many dream of having a beautiful office, making your own hours and instantly finding great success with the launch of your idea or product. What people do not think about is the day-to-day grind that can quickly flip a small business to no-business. Which is why over 50% of small businesses do not make it more than 5 years. Below are three technology musts to help make the day-to-day world of small business as efficient as possible.
What are they and how do they work?
Security is a top priority in business. Everywhere you turn someone’s data is being compromised. One of the highest recommended tips for security is to use a password manager, and luckily, it is one of the simplest methods as well. Although it is easy, many still hesitate as they do not fully understand what it is and where the passwords are being stored. Let’s take a high-level look at what password managers are and how they work.
Keylogging. Is it a new concept or just an updated version of Espionage?
Information and specifically confidential data have always had a price, and someone has always wanted to get a hold of it. Documented spies date back in history from the 1st century. Espionage continues to evolve, and we as users of technology must stay on top of how our data is being hacked. Keylogging is one of today’s modern cyber-crimes but has the same basis as ancient spies.
NIST’s Newest Password Guidelines
Gone are the days of the required monthly password changes. NIST, which stands for National Institute of Standards and Technology, released their new guidelines, almost exactly a year ago to date, for password management. These thoroughly researched guidelines are not only recommended by NIST but have also been approved by the Secretary of Commerce. In the past, the recommendation has been to change our passwords monthly and to use extremely complicated passwords which included upper and lower-case letters and special characters. This process definitely had a tendency to lead a great deal of us down the road to a frustrated log-ins which typically ended as relying on a password manager (check back for our upcoming blog) or having to click on the “forgot password” button. We at Pendello understand that Security is not always convenient, but these guidelines are a win-win. They can help protect against the alternative and also make your log-ins a great deal less cumbersome.
FBI announces arrests of 74 involved in a massive phishing scam
Gone are the days when getting tricked merely involved a whoopie cushion or maybe an exploding cigarette. Today the tricks are severe and can include thousands of dollars! Last week, the FBI announced that after a six-month investigation, they had made 74 arrests across seven different countries (including the US) and broke up a significant phishing ring! This Nigerian originating ring targeted mid-sized businesses and tricked these unsuspecting victims into believing they were sending money to business partners! The same type of email phishing scams that stole money from Google and Facebook!