Plus, Be Sure Data is Secure
In our October SIMformation, we share a discussion on smartphone addiction and how that is re-shaping how we communicate, be entertained and work, It is certainly "food for thought." We also cover how many people believe that storing information in the Cloud makes it secure, yet often it is copied on the PC leaving it vulnerable to data loss, especially for those in a regulated industry. There is a new scam out there that says you have looked at porn and includes a password you used at some time (if it appeared in any of the Yahoo or other website hacks) then attempts to shame you into paying up. We discuss encryption options to overcome this. Also, we have some tips and tricks to improve your Windows 10 experience, discuss some alternative Internet browsers if your privacy is of utmost concern, and look at using a passphrase, rather than a password, for your logins and if that is any better remembered and secure. Finally, we look at the rising cost of a data breach.
(Not)Petya: A New Strain of Ransomware
Last Tuesday, organizations across many countries withstood another global ransomware outbreak, and the disruptive experience was all too familiar. This attack was the second in just two months to span multiple countries and compromise hundreds of thousands of machines. As businesses scrambled to secure data and restore backups, cyber-security experts around the world analyzed this new Petya-like threat...
IoT to Blame
In our November issue of SIMformation, we look at the October Internet outage that has been tracked back to a malware infecting Internet-connected home devices, the "Internet of Things" (IoT). Lax security protocols and outdated software put IoT devices at risk. We look at what can be done as well as examine how the attack took place. Another important article discusses whether or not data encryption tools are at risk for cracking due to lazy programmers re-using the same algorithms and what IT pros feel may be the eventual solution to secure storage – Quantum computing. We also look at whether tape storage is finally on the way out with the move to Cloud-based data backups and storage, and why a NFL coach is down on use of tablets on the sideline.
Companies pay up to de-encrypt files.
In our July issue of SIMformation, we discuss how many companies are "paying up" the ransom demanded to de-encrypt their data files when struck with ransomware attacks, and urge you again to have a plan in place to help minimize the impact on your company should you be infected. We continue our look at Cloud storage, and how some Cloud providers are also luring you into using their "flavor" of a database program, thus "locking in" your company data and tying you to that provider alone. We look at 3-D printers and how the home market is unimpressed with them, and point out how your WiFi enabled printer could pose a danger for hacker attacks. Plus, a computer program has rendered a masterpiece .. you will have to see it to believe it!
Be safe when traveling this Summer
Our May issue of SIMformation discusses some tips to help protect against hackers, malware and peepers when using your PC to keep it really secure. We also look at some tips from the FBI on how to guard against ransomware attacks. We cover the firing of an employee at a company out East who fell victim to a Phishing attack that led to a data breach, and we cover a new move to impose sales taxes on Internet purchases in some states. Finally, SIM2K has softened our stance on Windows 10 as the operating system has reached a level of stability. However, we still recommend letting us help you test it on your network before you buy, especially if you have any legacy software.