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Remote Desktop Vulnerability

Remote Desktop Vulnerability discovered in Windows XP, Windows 2003 & Windows 7.

By Jeff Fowler | May 17, 2019
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A recent update from Microsoft addresses a vulnerability in the Remote Desktop Service used in older versions of Windows, namely Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 7. Given that both XP and Windows Server 2003 has been End-of-Life for a few years now, this is an unusual action for Microsoft. Here’s what Microsoft is…

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(VPN) APPLICATIONS ARE STORING COOKIES INSECURELY

Vulnerability Alert: Multiple Virtual Private Network (VPN) applications are storing cookies insecurely

By Jeff Fowler | April 18, 2019
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At SandStorm IT, we try to keep you up to date on the latest in tech news. This is especially true when the case is a potential vulnerability that could affect your business. A recent report from Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute is warning of an issue with multiple Virtual Private Network applications that…

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WINRAR

Vulnerability in popular tool WinRAR is being used to install malware

By Jeff Fowler | March 15, 2019
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“Earlier this month Check Point Research reported discovery of a 19 year old code execution vulnerability in the wildly popular WinRAR compression tool. Rarlab reports that there are over 500 million users of this program. While a patched version, 5.70, was released on February 26, attackers are releasing exploits in an effort to reach vulnerable…

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WHAT ARE GOOGLE ADS

What are Google Ads and How can my business benefit from them?

By Jeff Fowler | March 11, 2019
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So, what are Google Ads? If you’ve ever used Google, then you’ve likely experienced ads in the search results. “Google Ads” is the name of the advertising arm of Google. It allows advertisers to display clickable ads as paid placements within Google search results. It’s not easy to tell the difference between a sponsored and…

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Zero-Day Vulnerability Found in Google Chrome

Newly Discovered Zero-Day Vulnerability Found in Google Chrome

By Jeff Fowler | March 6, 2019
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In order to stay secure using Google Chrome, you need to update your browser immediately. There is a security vulnerability in the FileReader component of Chrome that could allow remote attacker to access memory and execute code to take unauthorized control of your machine. Here’s the official notice from Google: “The stable channel has been…

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5G NETWORK

What does the 5G network mean for me?

By Jeff Fowler | February 11, 2019
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With the talk of 5G revolutionizing the way we connect over the upcoming years, we wanted to shine some light on exactly what the 5G network is and what it means for you. What is the 5G network? “5G” is the name given to the latest (fifth) generation of mobile communications networks. Much like other…

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Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

By Jeff Fowler | September 27, 2018
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Since 2004, every October has been observed as National Cyber Security Awareness Month by the US Department of Homeland Security. National Cyber Security Awareness Month is a collaborative effort between industry and governing bodies that has grown tremendously with more support from the White House. To help spread the word and contribute to the message,…

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SHOPIFY BAN

E-commerce Giant Shopify bans sales of some guns, weapons and ammunition

By Jeff Fowler | August 16, 2018
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Shopify has announced it will restrict merchant’s ability to sell firearms, ammunition, and parts on its E-Commerce platform according to its latest Acceptable Use Policy. Shopify is a Canadian online-store provider for hundreds of thousands of e-commerce stores. When asked about the changes, Shopify stated: “From time to time, Shopify reviews and amends the terms, conditions…

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Blackmail E-mail Scam

The Blackmail E-mail Scam: The latest extortion scam to hit users

By Jeff Fowler | August 3, 2018
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There have been multiple reports of users around the country receiving emails with their own passwords and an email trying to blackmail them for BitCoin using convincing social engineering. The attackers begin by sending their potential victims an email, claiming they have access to their computers and have been spying on them. To make it…

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grammarly patch

Security Alert: Grammarly patches browser extension that was previously exposing user’s documents.

By Jeff Fowler | February 9, 2018
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Update: This has been fixed by Grammarly as February 2018. It only affected Chrome version 14.826.1446. According to the Chromium.org report, around 22 million users are affected: “The Grammarly chrome extension (approx ~22M users) exposes it’s auth tokens to all websites, therefore any website can login to grammarly.com as you and access all your documents…

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