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Strengthening Cybersecurity: The Importance of Multi-Factor Authentication

By Jeff Fowler | March 19, 2024
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In today’s interconnected digital landscape, cybersecurity stands as a paramount concern for individuals and organizations alike. With cyber threats evolving at an unprecedented pace, traditional security measures alone are often insufficient to safeguard sensitive information and digital assets. In this regard, multi-factor authentication (MFA) emerges as a vital tool in fortifying defenses against unauthorized access…

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Ransomware – What To Do If You Are Infected

By SandStorm IT | March 12, 2024
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Ransomware still remains one of the most notorious forms of malicious attacks out on the internet, and won’t be going away any time soon. It now takes very little effort for someone to make their own Ransomware variant, as evident by all the new strains popping up every day. With so many variations, what steps…

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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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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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Why is it bad to reuse passwords on multiple sites?

By SandStorm IT | September 12, 2023
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When it comes to passwords, people like to use the same passwords for pretty much everything they need to login to. It’s easy to remember and more convenient to do, but it’s actually one of the worst things you can do for your security online. In 2022, over 24 billion passwords were successfully hacked. Using…

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Fake Virus Warnings

How to Spot Fake Virus Warnings

By SandStorm IT | August 8, 2023
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You are browsing the web, minding your own business, when suddenly a screen like that pops up. You find yourself unable to open anything else or even close the Window. Clicking on “OK” does nothing and, sometimes, you even hear a voice from your speakers telling you that your computer is infected with something truly…

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The Perils of Reusing Passwords: Protecting Your Digital Fortress

By Jeff Fowler | August 1, 2023
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In today’s digital age, passwords serve as the frontline defense for our online identities and sensitive information. However, despite the numerous data breaches and hacking incidents, many individuals still underestimate the importance of unique and strong passwords. One common yet perilous practice is password reuse, which involves using the same password across multiple accounts. In…

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What are social media bots

What are social media bots and how can I protect myself?

By SandStorm IT | March 21, 2023
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Chances are, if you have used any popular social media platforms recently, you have been exposed to social media bots.  By definition, this is not necessarily a bad thing, since these bots are just accounts on social media which are run automatically by a computer program rather than a human.  However, most benign bots are…

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What are the best ways to combat computer infections?

By Matt Ballard | February 28, 2023
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The best way to combat computer infections is to NEVER connect to the internet. Of course, this is not a desired or viable option for most people. But unfortunately, the internet is the most common way of receiving or transmitting infections. Luckily, a mix of the right software and knowledge can go a long way…

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Social Engineering

Social Engineering: How to keep your business safe

By Jeff Fowler | December 13, 2022
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What is social engineering? Social engineering involves manipulating users to give confidential information to people who should not have access to it. Common targets include banking and credit card info, passwords, social media access & computer access. The reason they resort to social engineering is that it’s much easier to trick a human than to…

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