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costs of cybersecurity breaches

5 Costs of Cybersecurity Breaches and How They Impact Your Business

By SandStorm IT | February 20, 2024
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Accounting for more than $12 billion in total business losses, the costs of cybersecurity breaches are impacting businesses’ bottom lines more often than ever. The cost of a single data breach averages $149K. With a price tag like that, it’s no surprise that some businesses close their doors after an attack, unable to recover from…

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HOW TO AVOID PHISHING SCAMS

Phishing: How to Avoid Phishing Scams

By SandStorm IT | February 13, 2024
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What is Phishing? This varies from the specific type of phishing, but in general, phishing is the act of tricking and manipulating a user to reveal information to the attacker through various means. Tools of the trade can range from malware laced documents, to websites with URLs that are spelled similarly to popular services that…

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Windows 10 End of Life

Windows 10 End of Life (EOL) is October 14, 2025 – How can I prepare?

By Jeff Fowler | January 23, 2024
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With the impending End-of-Life (EOL) for Windows 10 set on October 14, 2025, users are preparing for the transition to the latest operating system, Windows 11. In this post, we’ll delve deeper into the reasons behind Windows 10’s EOL, what users can expect after the cutoff, and a glimpse into the anticipated Windows 12. Why…

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SIM Swap Attack

What is a SIM Swap Attack and How can I Protect Myself?

By Jeff Fowler | November 28, 2023
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Even with the added layer of security of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), cybercriminals are still finding ways to hack into accounts. How are they doing this? By basically taking control of a phone number, they are having the 2FA messages sent to a device on the phone number that they now control, thus getting around the…

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endpoint Malware protection

Do I still need endpoint Malware protection?

By SandStorm IT | November 21, 2023
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If you’ve used a computer anytime over the past 20 years, you’ve probably been infected by a virus, malware, or some other malicious piece of software.  You may have been lucky and been able to get it cleaned off without much trouble or maybe you weren’t so lucky and lost data.  Think about today, what…

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Hardware/Uptime Monitoring

What is Hardware/Uptime Monitoring?

By SandStorm IT | November 14, 2023
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Hardware monitoring is a feature of the motherboard, sometimes as a separate chip on the motherboard, that monitors different aspects of the system. for potential issues. It can measure variables such as the output voltage of the power supply, the speed of the fans that are connected directly to the motherboard header, and the internal…

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Data Hashing and Encryption

What is Data Hashing/Encryption and How Do They Help Security?

By SandStorm IT | November 7, 2023
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Data Hashing. Encryption. These are words that one hears all the time about the topic of security. Sometimes, they are used interchangeably when they are different things despite both being critical to security. In this blog post, we will explain both and also explain how they can be used in conjunction to achieve a higher…

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Denial of Service Attack

What is a Denial of Service Attack?

By SandStorm IT | October 31, 2023
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A Denial of Service (DoS) attack is an attack on an individual computer or network that aims to consume as many resources as possible. The main goal of this attack is to deny service to the legitimate users of the computer or network. There are a number of ways in which this can be accomplished,…

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Managed Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware

What is Security as a Service (SECaaS)?

By John Hammett | October 24, 2023
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What is SECaaS? Security as a Service (SECaaS) describes an offering in which a technology solution provider manages both hardware and software on a monthly or annual subscription basis, with the goal being to provide an externally managed, comprehensive, and affordable IT security solution for businesses of all sizes. SECaaS solutions often include Anti-Virus software,…

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most common cyber-attack

Why is phishing still the most common cyber-attack?

By Josh Yarbrough | September 26, 2023
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What is phishing? Phishing.org defines phishing as “A cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.” This is a very common and…

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