Excellent articles / video series from the FTC on protecting Small Business from Cyber Threats

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The FTC has released an excellent (and short) video series highlighting some excellent information to help small businesses better understand cyber threats and steps they can take to protect themselves. The videos all relatively short (I believe the longest so far is around four minutes +/-) and the concepts are simple (but not easy). If you own, manage or work for a small business, this is an excellent resource and definitely one that I would recommend checking out. US CERT ArticleFTC ArticleFCC Video Series Are you a small to medium sized business looking to leverage technology and enable your business and workforce to work smarter and more efficiently? Do you already have computers, servers, firewalls, VPNs or other technology that you're not taking full advantage of? Are you looking for…
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Happy Independence Day

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From all of us at Cyber Tech Cafe to all of you and yours, we hope you have a happy Independence Day.God Bless you and yours and God Bless the United States of America.
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Microsoft issues emergency security update

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A private security researcher discovered two bugs affecting Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 that can allow a remote attacker to take remote control of a computer if a user opens a specially crafted image. The bug was reported to Microsoft and updates to fix the bugs were issued earlier today. Additiinal information is available here .
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Another day, another phishing scam (or two)

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As more and more people continue to work from home, we are seeing attackers leveraging social engineering tactics like phishing even more frequently, knowing that these teleworkers are typically not behind a corporate firewall that would likely block their malicious payloads. With that in mind, I received two emails today that highlight some of the ways that we can identify phishing and avoid becoming a statistic. Both emails appear to be from very different senders with very different approaches but, ultimately, with the same end game; get me to click on a malicious link. The sample below is a simple based email attempting to capitalize on the users fear that their email is about to go away and, if they don't act fast, they will lose data. Note that the…
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Phishing Emails.  What to look for to protect yourself, your team and your organization.

Phishing Emails. What to look for to protect yourself, your team and your organization.

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Phishing has long since been a go-to for the bad guys as an easy way to get malware on or access to victim computers. The trick for the bad guy / attacker is to make the email look like something legitimate and trigger some sort of fear response. The trick for the good guy / target is to be able to spot the scam, and that's the point of this quick post. The email below is one that I just received that's trying to get me to click on a link to confirm my email address. Let's take a look. In the email above, the goal of the attacker is to get the target to click the link to 'prove your email account ownership'. The email looks real enough. It…
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May 2020 News & Updates

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Executive Summary COVID-19 Response - The health and safety of our team, our clients and our business partners is of paramount importance to us at Cyber Tech Cafe.  We are still offering on-site service, however, we have a number of clients who have opted for remote support only for a time to minimize the risk of spreading the virus.  We will continue to monitor and heed the recommendations of the CDC and other subject matter experts on this topic and will post any policy changes to our website and social media pages.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this virus and to those working so diligently to fight it.We are still seeing Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 Servers in use.  It's important to note that…
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Open for Business

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We're excited to announce that the Cyber Tech Cafe office is back open for business and back to normal operating schedule and operating hours.
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Beware, fake ransomware attacks are making the rounds again.

Beware, fake ransomware attacks are making the rounds again.

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Don't get me wrong, there are still tons of legitimate ransomware attacks circulating about but the fake ones seem to ebb and flow as well. Below is an email that we received this morning. The domain is one that's legitimately ours but a) it's unused and b) there's no database there. So, it's a complete farce but it's an excellent opportunity to highlight some key things to watch out for to protect yourself. If you get a similar email (these tend to be pretty boilerplate), know that it's likely false. Another popular pretext is that some random attacker has caught you in 'compromising positions' or watching 'illicit material'. The email is regarding an unused domain.Since the domain name is unused, there's no database there for the attackers to have download.The…
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Official reopen date is 4 May 2020 (Star Wars Day)!

Official reopen date is 4 May 2020 (Star Wars Day)!

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It's been a long few weeks and we've still got a little more than a week to go but we're excited to announce that we will be reopening the shop and returning to normal operations on 4 May 2020, Star Wars Day, at 9:00am ET. Until then, we will continue remote operations and doing drop offs and pickups on an appointment basis.
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