New Email Phishing Scams – Payroll Diversion

Email Scam Report – Payroll diversion schemes are one the rise The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) says that Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams are continuing to grow with a 100% increase between May 2018 and July 2019. Besides the run-of-the-mill scams where fraudsters redirect wire transfers to their own accounts instead of a business partner, IC3 has also … Read More

How to tell if your password has been hacked.

Here’s how to tell if your password has been hacked. Another day, and another 122k personal identifications hacked. This week it was Providence Health Plan, but it could be your company. Its yet another reminder to keep a good, strong, unique password for every web service you use. This makes it important to use a password manager to store all … Read More

Why are people still getting hacked?

Last week was Def Con, the world’s largest hacker convention. Here are some quotes from some of the world’s most experienced hackers on why people still get hacked: “Because we don’t concentrate on the easy stuff. People need to use password managers. People need to you know segment there they are their social media profiles their email accounts and stop … Read More

Are “phishing” attacks on your company email driving you crazy?

Here’s a trick we used to help one of our customers filter out attacks from the noise of real emails. Like many of you, our customers get way too many email attacks every day. These attackers are after our users’ email passwords. We found one new way to help even relatively untrained users to distinguish real coworker emails from attacks … Read More

Microsoft warns Windows 10 users to update immediately

Make sure you are keeping up with your security patches, this one is critical. Microsoft is warning Windows 10 users to update their operating system immediately because of two “critical” vulnerabilities. The company said the vulnerabilities are potentially “wormable,” meaning affected computers could spread viruses and malware without any action on the user’s part. There are “potentially hundreds of millions … Read More

Business Email Compromises = $12.5 Billion In Losses

“Man In The Middle Attacks Are On The Rise In July 2018, the FBI reported that Business Email Compromise (BEC) and Email Account Compromise (EAC) had generated more than $12.5 billion from October 2013–May 2018. A whopping $7.2 billion of these losses happened between December 2016 and May 2018. Fraud enabled through Email Account Compromise is lucrative for criminals and … Read More

The Biggest Tech Risks To Business of 2019 (part 2)

There are lots of internet scams out there, but this is one of the most persistent and pervasive I have seen in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM. Scam number two : The Cryptolock/Ransomware Virus This one requires a little more tech savvy to understand and prevent, so you may need to ask your IT team to ensure you have the … Read More

The Biggest Tech Risks To Business of 2019

It’s 2019, and I am still seeing the same catastrophes befall businesses in Albuquerque and New Mexico this year that I saw last year, and the year before that. So let me reiterate the nature of these scams, why they are effective, and what you can do to protect yourself. Scam number one: The wire transfer. This type of attack … Read More

Microsoft Offers Cloud Credits to Non-Profits

Meeting with local business owners in Albuquerque and Santa Fe I am often asked whether they should move their infrastructure to the cloud. In most scenarios the answers is yes, given the business has a quality internet service and no regulatory dependencies for keeping their infrastructure in-house. The cloud, in general terms, is most easily defined as a means for … Read More

Microsoft speaks out against the “ancient” practice of password resets for IT Support.

In a blog published last month, Microsoft said it was removing periodic password changes from the security settings for the IT support best practices it recommends for customers and auditors. After decades of Microsoft recommending regular password changes, Microsoft employee Aaron Margosis called the requirement  an “ancient and obsolete mitigation of very low value.” The change is likely due to research that … Read More