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maintain technology prevent business risk

How to Maintain Technology to Prevent Business Risk

Every day there seems to be a new virus or malware infecting businesses, the same businesses who are struggling to keep up the defence. Not only are these infections much higher than a few years ago, but the quality and the tenacity of these cybercriminals has increased radically.

More than ever, it’s important to keep your staff educated and your computers virus-free. MayTek IT Solutions are working with companies every day to ensure that they are guarded, here are our top tips to technology defence.

  1. Patch Updates:

    Routinely ensure all computers are patched with the latest versions of browsers, anti-virus and operating systems.

  2. Anti-Virus:

    The importance of keeping your anti-virus turned on always. Remember, mobiles too can get infected.

  3. Backup:

    The simplest way to remove the worst of malware is to format the system and start from scratch. Ensure you have a reliable backup system, including more than one version.

  4. Policies:

    Implement an Internet, Email and Computer Use Policy. Include a tough browsing and download policy.

  5. Personal Emails:

    Limit or even restrict personal email use.

  6. BYOD:

    Ensure business data is restricted and encrypted on personal devices. Consider using a private cloud platform. If the device is lost or stolen, the information is still secure.=

  7. Training:

    Train your staff to be suspicious. The number one phishing and malware infections are caused by human error. Educate your employees to be suspicious of emails and websites. If they “think” it came from a trusted source or have any suspicion, educate them to confirm with the sender via phone or contact your IT Provider.

  8. Website:

    Cybercriminals are using company websites to learn the positions of staff. Especially, the Accounts department and the Directors or the Management teams. Implement a policy or two step authentication process, especially when the email involves transferring money “signed” by a person of authority.

MayTek IT Solutions are extremely experienced to help your business against vulnerabilities, protect and secure to your infrastructure. If you need assistance to implement strategies and tools to elevate your security and minimise risk contact the team at MayTek IT Solutions on 1300 654 276 or email info@maytek.com.au.

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ebay Ransomware Scam

ebay Ransomware Scam

High Alert – ebay Ransomware Scam.

A new ebay scam is circulating to attempt to deceive you into downloading ransomware. The scam is using two email methods.

The first imitation email, looks genuine and is very convincing. The subject line Your invoice for eBay purchases (098871971234567#)’ The links will lead you to a web page that is designed to download ransomware on your device. With each email the invoice number changes.

 

ebay scam

 

The alternate email is a short plain email with the subject line “Voice Message from 017234512978 – name unavailable”. Within the email the text states “Click to listen Voice Message”. The phone number changes with each email.

When you press “click” to listen to the message, you will be transferred to a web page again designed to download ransomware on your device.

What to do if you have received a ransomware email or paid the ransom?

If you receive fake emails like these, delete them immediately. If however, you did click the link and you have ransomware. Please remove your device from the network by removing the network cable and or turn off your device.

If you have given your finacial details in order for the cybercriminals to fix your device. Contact your bank IMMEDIATELY.

Quick Tips on Ransomware Infection

  • NEVER pay the ransom. They are criminals, criminals are dishonest. There is no assurance that paying the ransom will restore your  computer to prior to the attack. Paying the ransom could make you vulnerable to further attacks.
  • Always revert to your backup.
  • Always have a backup of your backup in another location, so the ransomware infection can’t destroy your personal data forever.
  • Report the incident to Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network

 

If you require more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Geeks at MayTek IT Solutions on 1300 654 276 or email info@maytek.com.au

 

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Google Mandates Security

Google Mandates Security

Google Mandates Secure Sites – HTTPS

It’s even closer than you think, in fact, October 2017!

Google officially broadcasted, that websites using SSL certificates, would gain boosts in Google rankings to make small steps to keep everyone safe on the web.

Google will not only penalise you for not having a secure site, it will soon publicly shame your credibility and label your site as unsecure.

Google Chrome statistics show that consumers visit more than 70% sites which are HTTPS:// enabled. Secure browsing is becoming the norm, which is why Google has been working for more than a year to encourage global use of SSL/HTTPS.

 

What is HTTPS / SSL?

HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol) is the communication between a website and a browser. The “S” stands for secure. The “S” encrypts the information.

 

Why should HTTPS be used?

  • Unsecure sites make it simpler for hackers to intercept logins and or payment info, which could lead to fraud.
  • Quite simply your website rankings will be affected. Your search credibility will be penalised.
  • More advanced SEO strategies.
  • Previously, SSL or HTTPS:// was recommended when requesting password or credit card information. Soon, the red warning may easily be translated to visitors to mean that your site has been hacked or compromised.
  • The founder of WordPress Matt Mullenweg, has announced that the new features released in 2017 will be available for sites using HTTPS. https://ma.tt/2016/12/state-of-the-word-2016/
  • It protects your visitors, especially when sharing free Wi-Fi.
  • It’s becoming common practice for companies to only liaise with secure websites.

 

SSL Certificates are more important than ever

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  • *Limited time only save $150
  • Industry standard SSL Certificate
  • Strong 128 / 256 bit encryption
  • Activate the green safe icon
  • Browser recognition
  • Automated online validation
  • Immediate SSL certificate issuance 24/7/365
  • FREE “Secured by RapidSSL” site seal
  • $10,000 warranty

 

If you require more information, please don’t hesitate to contact our Geeks at MayTek IT Solutions on 1300 654 276 or email info@maytek.com.au

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WannaCry – Petya RANSOMWARE – Is my business protected?

WannaCry –  Petya RANSOMWARE – Is my business protected?

Hot question from yesterday – “Is my business protected from Petya Ransomware?”

Last month was, “Are we protected from the WannaCry?” Next month will be the same question, different Ransomware flavour.

The underlying response is your IT infrastructure is like a car. When you buy it new you look after it,

  • you service it,
  • you wash it,
  • you value it.

As it ages, you fuel it so it gets you to A to B. It passes the warranty period you­ may change the oil yourself. Time gets away and you forget that you didn’t “service” the car. It suddenly becomes urgent again, when it breaks down and your running late for your appointment.

Your IT infrastructure is the same, when you have your new system implemented you value it.

  • You shut the computers down nightly.
  • You let the updates run,
  • You read the error / warning messages on your screen.

As time goes on you get busy, it’s easier and quicker if you don’t have to wait for your PC to boot up of a morning. The longer you let your PC go without shutting down cleanly, the more error messages you “Cancel” or “OK” by accident without reading.

Before long,

  • It’s been too long between reboots,
  • You haven’t been running the patches or
  • Completing updates

because you need to process that tender quickly, send that email to finalise a project or send that invoice before you forget.

Weeks become months and you finally reboot your computer.

  • Your computer is exhausted and
  • literally trying to update 100s possibly 1000s of updates because it’s been so long.
  • You become frustrated because it’s sitting on 65% and it has been for quite some time.
  • Your coffee is cold.
  • You make another coffee and it’s up to 88%.
  • You call your IT Department and demand that they do something.

Just like cars, if you use them without turning them off, without servicing regularly, no matter how new they are, they will not last, they will simply run out of puff.

I guess, you are wondering what the hell this, has to do with ransomware?

If you don’t service your computers or you don’t secure them regularly then at some point, there will become a vulnerability along the line. Just like WannaCry, Petya locks the infected computers and demands that the victim pays the ransom.

Finally, the answer,

  • Maintain your computer networks.
  • Shut your PCs down at the very least once a week.
  • Let the update run regularly.
  • Allow your IT geeks to complete the patches.

 

You might have to watch your PC run an update occasionally, however, it will take less time than it takes you to finish your first cup of coffee.

 

Most importantly BACKUP, and we also recommend BACKUP your BACKUP!

 

If you want to know more information, then please contact MayTek IT Solutions on 1300 654 276 or email info@maytek.com.au

 

 

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