What Is A Brute-Force Attack?

Jun 2, 2023 12:00:00 PM / by Angel Belford posted in Security, passwords, brute-force

A brute-force attack is an automated process that cybercriminals use to guess credentials repeatedly to gain access to a website or system until a match is found.

Did you know that the world’s most popular password is 123456? (Source 3)

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Why Password Protection Is Important

May 8, 2023 12:00:00 PM / by Angel Belford posted in Security, passwords

Password protection is an important first step in keeping data safe from cybercriminals. Check out our recommendations below and learn how to minimize password related problems.

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What Is Data Privacy?

Mar 17, 2023 12:00:00 PM / by Angel Belford posted in Security, data privacy

Did you know that 81% of users say the potential risks they face from companies collecting data outweigh the benefits? (Source 2)

Make reviewing your privacy settings part of your spring cleaning checklist and periodically examine throughout the year to ensure that everything fits within your comfort level.

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Security Awareness Training Can Reduce The Risk Of A Data Breach

Feb 27, 2023 12:00:00 PM / by Angel Belford posted in Security, phishing, security awareness training

As a result of starting a security awareness training program any organization can strengthen security through end-user training in as little as three months. According to the KnowBe4 statistics below (Source 1):

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How Much Does Security Awareness Training Cost?

Jan 31, 2023 12:00:00 PM / by Angel Belford posted in Security, security awareness training

Security awareness training is important since it prepares individuals of a company with the information they need to understand and follow practices to help ensure the security of an organization. Examples include phishing simulation and testing and educational employee materials.

When businesses start and maintain a security awareness training program, this can minimize the risk of a cybersecurity attack since employees are more educated on handling common threats.

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How to Reduce Common Phishing Attacks

Jan 5, 2023 12:00:00 PM / by Angel Belford posted in Security, phishing, smishing, vishing

One of the most common types of cybersecurity attacks is phishing. When cybercriminals distribute malicious content intended to deceive individuals into falling for a scam, it can take many different forms including email, phone, and text. An attacker can use one of these methods or a combination to trick a user to reveal personal information that can lead to a security compromise.

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How To Stay Safe Online While Holiday Shopping

Nov 18, 2022 8:00:00 AM / by Angel Belford

Now that holiday shopping is in full swing, we wanted to let you know about a few online shopping trends we’ve noticed and give a few tips about how to stay safe online while buying gifts for everyone on your list.

FTC Safeguards Rule Deadline Extended by Six Months

Oct 25, 2022 8:19:00 AM / by Angel Belford

The Federal Trade Commission has extended by six months the deadline for some of the changes financial institutions must put in place to protect their customers’ personal information for data security safeguards. The deadline for complying with some of the updated requirements of the Safeguards Rule is now June 9, 2023. The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Safeguards Rule requires non-banking financial institutions to follow detailed security procedures to further protect sensitive customer information from data breaches and cyberattacks.

Update Your Software And Keep Your Information Secure

Oct 21, 2022 8:49:00 AM / by Angel Belford

  • If you connect it, protect it. Update your software regularly and outsmart cyber criminals.
  • Pay attention to software update alerts and set your software to auto-update–it’s an easy way to keep things safe. Set it and forget it!

1/3 of people say they sometime, rarely, or never install software updates.

At the end of the day, protecting your data and devices from malicious actors is what cybersecurity is all about. To accomplish this, make sure your security software is current. Obviously, investing in the most up to date software, web browsers, and operating systems is one of the best defenses against a host of viruses, malware, and other online threats.

Don’t Take a Pass on Password Managers

Oct 14, 2022 8:54:00 AM / by Angel Belford

According to a 2021 PC Mag study, 70% of people admit they use the same password for more than one account. One important way to keep your assets safe is by ensuring staff are using strong authentication to protect access to accounts and ensure only those with permission can access them. This includes strong, secure and differentiated passwords. Using weak and similar passwords makes a hacker’s life a lot easier and can give them access to more materials than they could dream of. Be sure to use a password manager.