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Technology Unwrapped

The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

Protecting Your Business Using Managed IT Security Services

Chris Vilim
Nearly 70 percent of small businesses have experienced some form of cyber attack, and nearly 60 percent have experienced a data breach in the last year. While these statistics are certainly alarming, what’s more alarming is that about half of small businesses have little to no understanding of how to protect their companies against cyber security threats.  That’s where managed IT security services come in. A robust and effective IT security strategy requires numerous tools, and most small to ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Is That Email Really From UPS? Or is it a Phishing Email?

Alyssa Sisco
‘Tis the season for online shopping. As the volume of online sales increases, so do the frequency of phishing emails disguised as popular online retailers and delivery services. It’s important to remember that a cyber criminal’s goal is to get you to click before you consider the possibility that the email you’ve received could be fraudulent. This is why it’s important to take the time to really look at emails before clicking any links or downloading attachments — especially if an email is ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

What Should I Do If My System Is Hacked?

Wynn Obermeyer
There’s no question about it — getting hacked is every business owner’s nightmare. And when one employee’s computer is compromised, it can impact your entire network, infecting computers and devices across your organization, bringing your business to a screeching halt. The good news is that there are steps you can take immediately after you’re hacked to limit the damage to your business network.
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

6 Tips for Safely Shopping Online for the Holidays

Alyssa Sisco
As we make our way into the holiday season and start thinking about what we're buying everyone, it’s important to heighten our awareness of who we’re giving our credit card information to. Don’t let cyber criminals ruin your holiday celebrations! Take a minute to remind yourself, your friends, and your family how to keep personal information safe while online shopping for holiday gifts.
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Topics: Security Threats, Trends

What's Giving Business Owners Nightmares this October? Cyber Security Threats

Alyssa Sisco
October is Cyber Security Awareness Month! At CoreTech, we take cyber security seriously, so we talk about it A LOT. Our goal is for everyone we encounter to not only be aware of the magnitude of the cyber security threat landscape, but also that they have the tools and plans in place to prevent cyber attacks and security breaches. We have a lot of resources available on our website and realize the magnitude of cyber security can quickly become overwhelming. So, we wanted to take you on a ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats, Data Breach, Owners & Managers, Network Security

5 Steps for Getting Your Employees Invested in Your Business's Cyber Security Initiative

Alyssa Sisco
If your employees are required to use a computer, tablet, or smartphone in order to do any aspect of their job, they absolutely need cyber security awareness training. The threat of a cyber security attack or data breach is now simply a cost of doing business in today’s world. It's no longer a question of if, now it's when will your business experience some form of cyber security attack? So, instead of leaving one of your most valuable cyber security assets defenseless in the face of phishing ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

How to Prevent a Ransomware Attack on Your Mobile Phone

Alyssa Sisco
Although it’s not as common as ransomware on computers, mobile phone-based ransomware is out there. A recently developed strain of SMS ransomware spreads the instant it’s clicked. It gets onto the victim’s phone, finds any and all contacts and sends all of them a personalized text message, telling them there are compromising pictures of them on an application and providing them with a link. If the recipient of the text clicks the link, not only are all their contacts now sent the same message, ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

6 Reasons a Firewall is an Essential Part of Your Business’s Cyber Security

Joel Havenridge
In today’s world, you can never be too careful with your organization’s cyber security. And if your employees are accessing the internet, a firewall needs to be a key part of your cyber security strategy. Firewall tools are not only useful for securing digital assets and protecting hardware, but can also be used to block employees from accessing prohibited sites and to filter web traffic. Certain firewall configurations can even tip you off if a data breach or intrusion occurs, which means you ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

What is Malware-as-a-Service and what can your business do to ramp up security?

Alyssa Sisco
The structure of the cyber crime industry often parallels that of legitimate tech businesses, more than one would think. As cloud computing has become relatively commonplace for businesses of all sizes and industries, you may have encountered terms like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). As these advancements occur on the legitimate side of the tech industry, cyber criminals don’t want to be left in the dust. So, how are they ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Alert

10 Most Commonly Used Brands in Phishing Attacks

Alyssa Sisco
Phishing is a common tactic used by cyber criminals, as it can be very lucrative but doesn’t require as much technical, hacking know-how as other types of cyber attacks. Hackers often bank on you recognizing a brand name and being one-of-many that have an account with that company. With this in mind they convince you that the phishing email is legitimate. Often claiming that you’ve been locked out of your account, a payment didn’t go through, you need to update your information, or anything ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats, Trends