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Quick Cybersecurity Tips for Holiday Travelers (and the employees covering them)

The holiday season is upon us, and for many people, that means travel and hopefully, some time off from the office. The last thing you want to worry about is whether or not a cybercriminal is targeting you and your company while you are away.

But travel is common cover for phishing attacks. Here’s a few tips to help keep safe while you’re away—and if you’ve covering someone else’s work while they’re traveling.

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Things to do in Office 365 BEFORE you get breached

Cloud-based services, including Office 365, Google for Work, DropBox, and many more, are a big target for cybercriminals. Since the services are not behind your firewall, anyone with access to the internet can try to target your account. And since so much of our information is available on the internet, it makes for a “easy pickings” for the bad guys.

But there are some easy—and free!—things you can do make your Office 365 environment more secure. Unfortunately, almost no one wants to do these things until after their account gets compromised.

 

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Five Things to Include in your 2019 Technology Budget

Q4 means budgeting time for many companies. With the rapid pace of change in technology, it can be hard to figure out what to include in your budget—especially when you throw new regulations in the mix.

In addition to your standard technology budget items, there are a few things you need to make sure you include in your 2019 budget:

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These Disturbing Extortion Emails Use Real Information to Trick You

Being on the receiving end of malicious emails is never fun. A new wave of extortion emails takes it to a new level, though.

We’ve seen multiple emails recently claiming to have compromising video of the receiver and demanding payment. What makes these emails especially scary is that they include the recipient’s real username and password.

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Four Practical Password Tips You Can Actually Follow

Change your password every 90 days. Use a different password for every account. Use a random combination of letters, numbers, and special characters. Don’t use dictionary words. Don’t write your passwords down.

You’ve probably heard all this advice before for creating passwords. You’re also probably ignoring it—realistically, it’s hard for most people to follow this advice on a day to day basis. When security and usability are at odds, most people tend to favor usability.

But productivity and security don’t always need to be at odds. Here are four password tips you can actually follow:

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What You Need to Know This National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Like any industry, cybercrime is continually evolving. New trends emerge, and new threats pop up all the time. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, making this the perfect time to review and refresh your cybersecurity knowledge.

Here are four things you need to know right now:

 

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That Mortgage Document Email May Be Phishing

Like any industry, cybercrime has fads and trends. A recent trend in phishing attacks is especially dangerous for companies in the real estate sector and anyone in the process of buying real estate: phishing emails that look like mortgage documents.

These typically look like emails about closing documents with a link to a fraudulent website intended to steal your login credentials.

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Can you spot a phishing attack? [Quiz]

One of the biggest misconceptions we still run into with companies when it comes to cybersecurity is around phishing. A lot of people think only naive or stupid people fall for phishing attacks. That's just not true.

Cybercriminals have come a long way, and phishing attacks are harder than ever to spot. Follow the link below to test your knowledge about phishing and see if you can spot an attack.

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Five Things Every Office Manager Needs to Know About Cybersecurity

Office managers are a critical part of any business—their work literally keeps most offices running. What most people don’t realize (including many office managers themselves) is how vital they are to the cybersecurity efforts of their company.

Here are five things every office manager needs to know about cybersecurity:

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Watch Out for This Multi-Step Phishing Attack Costing Companies Thousands of Dollars [Video]

 

Don’t want to watch a video? Here’s a summary. Please note, this is not an exact transcript.

We’re talking about a multi-step attack targeting businesses in every industry. This attack can cost you thousands of dollars (we've seen companies lose $100,000+!). We’re a Microsoft partner and have specifically seen this with Office 365 users, but it’s happening with users for all kinds of Cloud accounts, including Office 365, Google for Work, DropBox, etc.

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