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3 Jul

How secure are today's ATMs

As one of the most important necessities in our daily life, shouldn’t automated teller machines (ATMs) be well-secured and protected to avoid theft?

As ATMs become an ever-increasing presence not only for businesses but also for customers alike, ATM manufacturers must be diligent in making equipment with outstanding security features. After all, 75 percent of the US population depends on and trusts these independently owned machines to handle their money well. As such, here’s a discussion on just how secure today’s ATMs are.

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How secure are today’s ATMs?

Due to improvements in technology and manufacturing, ATM machines are not just for banks anymore. In fact, it is estimated that only 30 percent of all ATMs are found in financial institutions. The other 70 percent are now located in other public places like malls, restaurants, gas stations, airports and grocery stores. Cash is still the top commodity, and today's security standards have made ATM machines safely available for any small business that can justify the investment.

However, just as with cybercrime tactics usually deployed on the internet, ATMs themselves are also vulnerable to data-stealing methods. As such, it comes as no surprise that ATM security is constantly improving to give the highest level of protection possible for both the customer and the proprietor.

The integrity of each transaction and the safety of the funds stored inside the machine must be ensured while still allowing easy use for customers. Both physical features as well as safeguards programmed into the software help prevent breaking into the vault or stealing customers' bank information through technological means.

Technology used by ATMs

Multivendor software

The future aim for banks and ATMs is to adopt a “multivendor” software across their entire ATM network. The main initiative for choosing this option is because it can reduce costs and increase revenue, allowing any ATM network to become more streamlined and offer complete personalization in accordance with the highest industry standards.

Wi-Fi for ATMs

Another way in which ATM's are progressing is adopting wireless connectivity in both 3G and 4G. As customers are always on the move, wireless ATMs are being deployed to reach them. It’s both efficient and convenient as customers now have the freedom to transact wherever they might be.

Reinventing ATM industry standards

An industry standard has been designated by Underwriters Laboratories for ATM security, which is also referred to as UL 291. This standard specifies that models designed to store cash only during business hours be able to withstand a physical attack of at least five minutes' duration, allowing time for store personnel to notify police. These UL 291 compliant models weigh in at about 250 pounds.

An 800-pound model that can withstand a 30-minute attack and includes a vault-class safe meets the requirements to be designated as UL 291 Level 1. Also called 24-hour safes, these ATMs are capable of holding cash unattended after business hours.

All units offer either combination or electronic locks. Although they are more expensive, electronic locks add an extra measure of safety because access codes can be changed if need be and a five-minute delayed access sequence can be added.

Other important security features in ATMs

Most units feature a removable and reloadable cash cassette that can be refilled and serviced in a secure area. Larger cash cassettes are also available to minimize the frequency of reloading. Exploding dye packs are a common feature that can be added to the cash cassette. The dye pack marks any bills in the cassette in the event of tampering or theft. For further protection, GPS units can also be installed. This will allow tracking of the machine in case it is stolen.

Manufacturers recommend installing an ATM unit by attaching it securely to a surface. Ideally, it should be bolted to a cement floor. A surveillance camera is also recommended to deter or pursue any criminal activity.

Customer safety and trust are a high priority. In the interest of ATM fraud prevention, all new ATM machines must be Triple Data Encryption Standard (DES) compliant. This is a government-recognized, industry-wide encryption standard now required on all new machines to protect the public's personal identification numbers. New machines have also gone to a dip-style card reader in place of the older technology where the personal I.D. card was pulled into the machine for processing. Both of these new features provide added customer security and provide deterrents to both fraud and potential hackers.

In conclusion

Despite these security measures, it goes without saying that all ATM owners, as well as stakeholders, must hold themselves to the same cybercrime prevention standards deployed by several IT companies. ATMs, after all, protect financial information, and it would behoove us to be unprepared in cases of security challenges that could affect it. 

Meanwhile, here's a good informational video for consumers on how to avoid ATM scams.

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3 Jul

5 ways to test your computer's security

Given the recent spate of cybercrime activities, isn’t it better to err on the side of caution and make sure that your computer is always safe and secure?

Hackers use many various ways to attack your computer, so you need to approach the problem from various angles. While we can’t always predict when or how these attacks will happen, it’s always better to know what you might be dealing with some time in the future so you can respond and act accordingly. Here are five ways to test your computer’s security.

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5 ways to test your computer’s security

In today's world, you can never be too safe. That's why it's important to keep yourself up to date not only with the latest technology but the many methods by which you could be vulnerable to cyber attacks. Cyber crime is becoming more and more prevalent and sophisticated, which is why you must always be one step ahead. 

  1. Check your settings

The first tool in your arsenal is the Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer. This free tool checks your Windows and Office settings for any possible problems, especially dirt. MBSA will check your user account passwords and tell you if any account has a weak or disabled password, which is an easy prey for hackers. It also checks most of your account settings. Is your computer installed for automatic updates? Do you have multiple administrator accounts on the computer? This software will check all this information for you.

Also look at the shared folders. MBSA will show you the folders created for sharing. Perhaps in the past, you have opened some personal folders, so any user on your network can access the files in these folders. Make sure that you share only what you wanted to share, and with whom.

  1. Update your browser plug-ins

I've already talked about this before, and I'll repeat it: update your browser. Only the latest, most secure version will help protect you from infections and attacks. Of course, a modern browser is just the beginning. You need to make sure that your browser plug-ins are also relevant. Like an old browser, an old plugin leaves your browser and your computer vulnerable.

Here's a good video that explains how you can update your browser on your computer.

Open browsers on your computer, even those that you do not use, and go to Mozilla's Plugin checker. It will show you every plug-in installed in the browser, and whether it will be up-to-date. Despite the fact that this is the same company that makes Firefox, the plugin validation program works in Internet Explorer, Chrome and other browsers.

  1. Test your firewall

One of the most basic security settings is the firewall. Windows and Mac have built-in firewalls, and they include many third-party security programs. The firewall does not allow hackers to see your computer on the network when they are searching for victims. Even if they know where your computer is located, the firewall saves them.

But they are not perfect. Improper setup of the port can send a torch, reveal your computer or give hackers the opportunity to slip by. If you have a virus, you may have changed the settings without even knowing it. A port testing service, such as PortTest, scans your firewall to make sure that your computer is invisible. If he sees you, so can hackers.

  1. Permanently delete files

Newsflash: Deleting files does not delete them. They can always hold onto the hard drive for a few days or weeks. Anyone who knows what they are doing can restore them. That's why it's a good idea to delete any important files that you no longer need permanently.

But even then you do not want just to vacuum your hands and assume that the files have disappeared. To confirm that they have been deleted, run the file recovery program, such as Recuva, and see what it can even find on your system. If it does not find the files that you have permanently deleted, you are in good shape.

  1. Check your Facebook settings

Your computer is not the only place where you store information. Facebook is equipped with personal data that the swindler would like to play. That's why they invented the "View As" tool. It shows you what your profile looks like to the public or specific people.

Did you know that in 2011, Facebook accounts were hacked 600,000 times daily during users' log-in? That's why it's all the more important to be vigilant. The first step to doing this, of course, is to manage your passwords and ensure that you have an uncrackable login combination to prevent being hacked.

If any of your data has incorrect settings, you can immediately detect it. Consider this "au naturel" Facebook settings. You will see exactly what your profile looks like to outsiders. Go to the "Timing," "About the Program," "Photos," "Friends" and other sections and see if the vulnerable tidbits slipped. Remember that you can edit everything in your profile. To the right of each item, you will find an icon with an inverted triangle.

Having one or two of these can still make a big difference with your computer. It can be scary with so much Spyware and Viruses on the internet. But now, you have the information you need to stay protected.

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3 Jul

The Top Cyber Security Challenges Experts Are Facing Today

In today’s world, where data and information are being stored online, shouldn’t companies and organizations invest in information security online?

Information security is one of the main concerns among businesses and organizations as sensitive and confidential corporate data, which are now being stored online, are at a higher risk of being stolen. It’s important for each and every organization to keep up with the mounting pressures of data-stealing cyber attacks, which also evolve alongside modern technology. Here are just some of the challenges that cyber security experts face on a day-to-day basis.

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Top cybersecurity challenges that experts are facing today

Whether you like it or not, cyber crime has become part and parcel of both government and private sectors. Studies show that the United States can hit more than $6 trillion in damages in the next four year just from cyber crime. Moreover, a majority of Americans (64 percent) have experienced major data breaches, which speaks to the magnitude of the problem.

Therefore, it is necessary for experts to pull up their sleeves and up their game to avoid attackers coming up with new ways to attack users.

Internet of things

The hot new trend nowadays is the “internet of things,” or the phenomenon of integrating technology in everything they do, from shopping to banking. Being a ubiquitous part of life, however, the internet of things has led to several users being increasingly vulnerable to such attacks. The numbers of products that have chips are on the rise and therefore increase users’ level of vulnerability. Therefore, the internet of things is one of the many challenges that experts have to deal with regularly.

Internal threats

Employees can put their organizational data at risk even without their knowledge. Organizations will have to deal with credential theft and physical insiders. Attackers will use threats to manipulate their victims. In addition, there can be a malicious employee inside the organization.

Thankfully, the organization can take actions against such attacks by using tight access control. It is also important to educate users on ways to prevent risk to organizational information.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to the victim's data and threatens to publish or delete it until a ransom is paid. It's a major concern in that the attackers wring out as much money as they can from their hapless victims, who will be forced to do so just to get their encrypted information. In fact, it's become a growing concern among organizations and corporations in 2016, as ransomware attacks have grown by nearly half.

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Malware

Malware has always been there and it still poses a great challenge to experts. It is what majority of the cyber criminals use to get what they want. Using malware, the criminals can steal important information. They can also use it to destroy data. Therefore, experts still have a big task of figuring out how to prevent malware. It is something that can be done with the right resources. Malware comes in different forms but it can be done away with if experts put their users to it. Users can use antivirus to protect their personal computers.

Cyber theft

Cyber theft is when the attacker steals financial information and use this information against the company. Some attackers even sell the information to the company’s competitors. Cyber theft can be prevented by having tight controls on valuable information. Both individuals and businesses have to make sure that that they have in place updated antivirus to prevent such problems from taking place.

There are numerous challenges that organizations have to deal with daily in terms of cyber security. The good thing is that every problem has its solution. Therefore, information technology experts can come up with ways to prevent attackers from invading a computer and stealing vital information. It is necessary to come up with stronger ways to keep the attackers at bay. Experts must continuously look for ways to avoid attackers having the upper hand. It is the only ways to ensure are safe when using their computers.

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3 Jul

Preparing for the threat of data-stealing attacks

I think organizations and companies with sensitive and confidential information ought to put up a high level of security infrastructure to protect their data….am I right?

This security protocol is even more relevant now, as organizations are increasingly becoming targets of cyber attacks. Every violation of the network infrastructure increases the likelihood that vital corporate data can be stolen. Therefore, it is extremely important to develop a position of readiness for cyber attacks that could harm your business.

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Preparing for the threat of data-stealing attacks

Data security is an important aspect of American life. According to studies, 64 percent of Americans have experienced major data breaches that compromised their information, of which 41 percent experienced fraudulent credit charges, and 16 percent say their e-mail accounts have been compromised. It’s become so prevalent that  Ginni Rometty, IBM's chairman, president and CEO, went so far to say that cyber crime is the greatest threat to every company in the world. 

This is why it's all the more important for companies to keep an eye out for the top security challenges that they could be potentially vulnerable to. Here's a discussion on how they can prepare for such a daunting task.

Company’s role in security planning

Thanks to modern-day technology, companies can now afford themselves a wide range of security technologies, all of which claim to offer solutions to various problems. But why do you need to prioritize having a solid security foundation? How does moving to the cloud affect planning for data loss prevention for companies?

In short, ensuring that cyber security--including scanning and scanning for vulnerabilities--must be high on the company’s agenda. However, security planning, including anticipating the types of cyber attacks that your company could be subjected to, requires making the right decisions according to the needs of your organization from the range of options. How can companies do this?

  • Research intelligence. Determine the state of the problem.
  • Proper equipment and protocol. Tools, technologies and practices that contribute to a strong security program.
  • Roles in security maintenance. The security status in the organization hierarchy.

How are you vulnerable

Cyber criminals are stepping up the distribution of data theft programs through pornographic content, optimized for viewing on smartphones and touch-sensitive tablets. Moreover, free applications and mobile ads are constantly being manipulated by scammers inclined to redirect your clicks to web links that you did not intend to visit. Known as clickers, these scammers pay advertisers for each such click.

Do you know that your own home Wi-Fi routers could be a gateway to data breach? This is because information is transmitted through our routers, through which we access the Internet along with other devices. There are even contests where participants need to hack into Wi-Fi routers. This event was called DEFCON hacking in 2014. 

A hacker can get your data files if your home wireless router works like a file server. The history of your browser is also not safe. All this information will be sent to the proper web store with passwords and user names that are committed by criminals. This can cause some problems with money or privacy policy. Criminals can use your router to attack the site or illegally download. There was a situation where hackers distributed a unique virus using routers that are based on Linux. They used this situation to attack commercial sites. This situation is a big problem for people who have their own business.

Problem with upgrading firmware

Linksys develops new firmware every year, but only for its most popular routers. New firmware usually introduces new features, improves performance and security. The Linksys function is already enabled, which allows users of the local network to connect to the web interface without an access key.

Manufacturers have made routers that can be automatically updated. The most-rated model is Linksys EA8500. However, firmware updates must be activated using the manual method. Many computer experts are unaware of the need for this operation.

Reports have shown that less than half of IT professionals regularly update their router, while only 32 percent know about this operation. These statistics show that many routers do not have the latest security firmware update. The easiest way to update the firmware is to log into your web interface. Each manufacturer has its own IP address.

ESET discloses attacks on target data

The first infectious vector used a widely used and violent vulnerability, known as CVE-2012-0158. This vulnerability can be exploited by specially created Microsoft Office documents and allows arbitrary code execution. The materials were delivered by e-mail, and the malicious code was executed without an attacked computer user, even knowing when the document was opened.

Another vector of infection was via Windows executable files, which are Word or PDF documents, which are distributed again via email. In both cases, to avoid suspecting the victim, fake documents are shown to the user at execution.

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3 Jul

Email security appears grounded as attacks continue to take flight

When you message someone online, wouldn’t you want to be assured that your conversations and sent information are kept secret and private?

That’s why email security remains one of, if not the, most important aspect of online messaging, as it ensures that your privacy is always protected. Unfortunately, a recent spate of cyber attacks and malicious malware continue to threaten your online information and data. As such, this article will discuss the methods with which cyber criminals hack into your data and how you can catch them.

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How to prevent common email cyber attack methods used by criminals 

Security in email

Security is one of the most important things in messaging. Privacy is always a consideration when people sign up for accounts with some of the big messaging companies like Google and Yahoo. In fact, several countries, including the United States, are committed to protecting online privacy and data through several legal frameworks, particularly that of the United Nations.

Cyber attacks continue to hound today’s modern world, as evident in recent studies that show that almost a third of organizations in the country are hit by ransomware and malicious malware. Email security appears grounded as attacks continue to take flight despite an understanding of the importance of privacy and security to customers. Meanwhile, criminals are continuously developing new, more intelligent ways to bypass security.

Common cyber attacks to emails used by criminals

Some of the most common attacks use the airline phishing attack, which is a more advanced improvement of the old phishing attack. The attack includes two steps, collection of sensitive data and use of the collected data to launch APT (Advanced Persistent Threats). This method works 90 percent of the time as attackers collect data from users by tricking them.

To do this successfully, the attacker sets up a form that is identical to one of the companies from which a customer is most likely to hear, like an airline or bank. This data then helps cyber criminals to infiltrate the company’s system. Even though most companies have tried to integrate different security solutions, the solutions always seem to lack in some area and the attacks then use these channels.

However, it's important to keep in mind that regardless of the method used by cybercriminals, it's important that you always keep an eye out for data security threats that could attack your computer and network.

  1. Ransomware attacks

These are quite easy to deploy. Cybercriminals send out a file from an email address that they infiltrate. This can, however, be sent out from a completely new and fake email address or another source. Once they successfully establish means of sending the file, the criminals make sure that the information sent out together with this file is completely believable.

This type of information might be in form of a link to a certain news article, a certain invoice you have to open or a document in .pdf or .doc format. Once you open the link, malicious malware is deployed. The criminals then have access to your information and your account. Identity deception identification is the only way to catch these attacks.

  1. Phishing attacks

Phishing attacks, used as an attack to aid other attacks, always seem to work for their purpose. This type of attack is commonly used to get certain information to help in launching other attacks. The information targeted by this attack is credentials associated with email accounts. The attacks can be random, in that there is no specific target aimed at. In this case, the set security options usually catch the attack before it happens.

However, in cases where there is a certain target, the attack usually works. The use of identity deception identifiers is the best way to catch this kind of attack. In certain cases, companies use DMARC standards, which provide amazing security.

  1. Business email compromise

Business email compromise is an attack aimed at employees with certain benefits or authority in a company. The sources, usually certain legitimate compromised accounts, do a very good job to convince the employees of the legitimacy of the information. The use of malware attached to files does not work in these situations due to the level of security available for these employees. Instead, the cybercriminals use information that seems to be completely believable to steal sensitive and secure data or convince the employees to start a money transfer. The information in these emails seldom uses URLs to help with the attacks. The attacks are therefore very difficult to detect and the spindle usually takes place leaving the company and its customers completely vulnerable.

The use of malware attached to files does not work in these situations due to the level of security available for these employees. Instead, the cybercriminals use information that seems to be completely believable to steal sensitive and secure data or convince the employees to start a money transfer. The information in these emails seldom uses URLs to help with the attacks. The attacks are therefore very difficult to detect and the spindle usually takes place leaving the company and its customers completely vulnerable. One way to prevent this, however, is to regularly change and manage your passwords in order to make sure that you are not compromised.

As it has been established, catching these attacks and stopping them before they happen can be a bit difficult. Usually, the best advice customers are given is to take caution and ensure they trust what they are accessing.

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3 Jul

The best smart indoor security cameras to protect your home

It’s always a nerve-wracking experience to leave your house unattended and vulnerable to crime...am I right?

Thankfully, today’s modern technology has afforded us great and practical means with which we can protect our home. One of these is a smart indoor security camera, which is widely considered to be a basic security tool that works great for families and businesses like. As such, this article will help you discern the best indoor security camera that’s guaranteed to protect you and your home.

 

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Best smart indoor security cameras to protect your home

Did you know that last year, the United States recorded a 5.3 percent increase in violent crimes? While property crime as a whole was down 0.6 percent (burglaries decreased 3.4 percent and larceny-thefts were down 0.8 percent), it’s still better to take extra precaution. Nowadays, security cameras are essential to the security of home, business, industries, and others. Security cameras are vital to catch robbery and burglary, as well as personal violations. They also have a wide variety of functionalities depending on use. Some of these are dome cameras, box cameras, bullet cameras, wired cameras, wireless cameras, among others.

 

Types of indoor cameras

Installing an indoor security camera ensures the security of your loved ones or employees. These indoor spy cameras can vary from simple nanny cameras disguised as a princess' wall clock, to highly sophisticated PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) dome cameras which are installed in public places like malls, large corporate offices, and stairwells of multistoried buildings.

 

Spy cameras

The alarm clock spy camera for internal home security is the kind you can aim at your front or back door, and the motion-activated camera will catch anyone entering when they shouldn't.

If you want a high-end wall clock camera, then you can opt for an HD night vision unit with DVR. What's cool about this type of clock is that it automatically switches to night vision recording as soon as it gets gloomy. You can choose between motion-activated or scheduled recording.

If you are looking for a mini IR (infrared) spy camera, then the high-resolution home security camera is one of the best bullet cameras you can get. With 56 IR LEDs, you can see up to 150 feet away at night. You can find cameras in sunglasses as the outsider will not be able to determine the presence of a camera on the shade as it is placed in the interior portion of the glass.

Get the right picture even in complete darkness with IR security camera. An IR camera uses infrared technology to capture video in low light situations. These cameras are available with 420 to 700 TVL horizontal resolutions. There are different types of IR cameras to choose from such as dome camera, bullet zoom camera, waterproof camera and lattice CCD Camera.

IR cameras consist of high-quality IR light, IR lens and offer low illumination. These IR cameras are high in performance and easy to install. IR cameras can be used in public places, parking lots, dark corridors, etc. Get these high-quality IR cameras for day/night security surveillance today.

Dome security cameras

Dome security camera systems come with automatic tracking intelligence and motion sensors. The best feature of these cameras is probably that they offer 360-degree surveillance. They are designed to have a complete view from almost any location.

Why is installing a home security camera important?

Security cameras can protect your home wherever you are. It goes without saying, of course, that to optimize the most efficient surveillance of your house or business, you must also consider the position of your security cameras. The right placement of security cameras fixed through a recorder allows you to maintain all record of lots of activities in your residence.

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30 Jun

UK lawmakers hit by cyber security attack

Isn’t the frequency and severity by which hacking activities and cyber security attacks at the global stage happen just concerning?

Given the increasing level of risk from cyber security attacks, it’s better to err on the vigilant side than regret being hacked forever. That’s why a timely and proper cyber incident response is the best solution if you want to be safe from becoming the next victim of cyber crime.

 

 

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Measures to prepare for cyber security attack

Hacking and cybercrime create enormous trouble for businesses. Attacks mean data breaches, which mean confidential or sensitive information could be accessed by malicious people. This could easily ruin your company, and you would not even know about it.

Studies revealed that a total of 1,093 security incidents involving loss of sensitive data were disclosed last year--a 40-percent jump compared to the 780 breaches reported in 2015. Meanwhile, only 34 percent of those organizations have an effective security system. If you need any more proof that cybersecurity is a problem: a study found that US companies have reported at least 160 successful cyber attacks in 2014 alone. Moreover, the United States also continues to rank highest in its cost of cybercrime at an annual average of $15.4 million per company.

For that, the cybersecurity in the United Kingdom is one of the most important models to which you can look up.

 

Options for computer and internet security

There are two options that you have regarding your computer and internet security. Preventing the data breaches before it can even happen greatly mitigates the chances by which you become attacked.

The cyber incident response is the best solution if you want to be safe from being the next victim of cyber crime. With the proper internet security response, you can avail of instantly actionable security alerts, valuable intelligence and incident context, and allows for an adaptive response to the complicated cyber threats.

On the other hand, there is the incident response planning, which calls for accurate and timely information about any cyber attacks, should they happen. With new and unique methods of data breaches and cyber threats, it is almost impossible to be ready for all types of attacks. That's why having an exit strategy is becoming mandatory, as numerous companies avail the best plans that can reduce the effect of those attacks.

Cybersecurity in the UK is one of the most used techniques, and this has made every organization enjoy and do business hassle-free. Keep in mind cyber security exponentially increases with the rise of businesses. If you don't put enough attention to the security of your computing section, you may suffer massive losses.

 

How to secure your enterprise network from cyber threats

Cyber criminals are busy trying to find ways breach the network security that enterprises have set up. Such vulnerabilities, fortunately, are reduced by the introduction of intrusion prevention systems and intrusion detection systems to give you additional cyber security.

But sensitive data is not the only thing that a business has to protect with an intrusion prevention system. The ability to prove awareness of global trends and protect confidential information reflects your ability to be successful in any industry. Any process that is dependent on information that moves through your network could come to a screeching halt if your cyber security is compromised.

 

When should you expect cyber attacks to happen

There are many reasons for an attack could be carried out on your enterprise network. A criminal may be looking for financial gain. Someone is trying to find a way through your firewall protection to gain access to confidential data. Other people who threaten your network security do it just for the challenge. Others are finding their way to undermine the cyber security of businesses and organizations and going public with their success as a means of protest. They may be in and out quickly, but if the knowledge that your network has been breached gets out, it could damage your business reputation.

No matter what the reason, an unsecured enterprise network that is vulnerable to a cyber threat can cause chaos for your company. To protect your confidential information and keep your processes running smoothly, you have to have up-to-date network security to be protected from an attack.

 

What can you do to protect yourself from cyber threats

There are several ways by which you can protect your computer and/or network. Set up a defense across your entire network to keep you infrastructure secure. Include an intrusion detection system that will give an instant alert to any threat. Security solutions must be simple enough to be easily understood so that they can be activated quickly. The faster the threat is dealt with, the less downtime your company will have to endure as it protects itself from an attack.

If your company has been able to fend off past cyber attacks, don't let it put you in a position of believing that your network is safe from intrusion. There is always another criminal learning new techniques. The data collected and reported on with each threat to your company must be easily understood to follow the evolving trends in cyber crimes. The flexibility of reporting and allowing tweaks to your network protection will give you protection from future attacks, which could be far different that the one you have just survived.

The important thing to remember is that the threat to your processes and confidential information from a cyber attack evolves as quickly as technology, so the defenses that you set up must be able to be ready to meet future requirements. As your business grows, so does your need for IT protection. As technology changes, intrusion protection and detection must be able to keep up.

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30 Jun

Understanding and combating today's threats

Internet marketing has become a hot new trend for flourishing businesses, but along with this, shouldn’t you also be just as wary of the increased threats that your website could be vulnerable to?

Most entrepreneurs think that simply having a good website and good products are enough to keep your business afloat. It’s actually far more complex than that--you also have to make sure that your site is protected and optimized to ensure traffic. Fortunately, that’s exactly what this article is all about. We’ll discuss some tips on how to understand what your business needs to flourish online as well as what you should do to protect yourself against potential malware, which could cost you.

 

Understanding and combating threats in internet marketing

 

What is internet marketing?

Internet marketing means having a comprehensive knowledge of marketing and sales through the web. To be successful at it, you'll need to know all the necessary techniques and tools that will enable you to create well-targeted marketing campaigns.

In theory, the business model sounds simple: the more visitors your website gets, the more sales you'll get. Unfortunately, many people believe that by paying to have a good website made that includes sections like a photo gallery, a product list, and a shopping cart is all they have to do.

Today's businesses require clear and effective business processes. All organizations and private companies, public enterprises, and government institutions want to use the business models and marketing plans. One of the prerequisites for achieving these goals is access to all necessary information regarding the business. Today, this information is almost always stored electronically.

 

Combating business threats

Viruses

Viruses are, of course, a major concern because of this. You will certainly want a good antivirus program that updates automatically. Since new malware appears every second, it is crucial that antivirus software is set to update automatically and has unobstructed access to the Internet. Viruses can damage the operating system, especially file protection, and in some situations even give others full control of your computer. If you want to avoid these situations, it is necessary to run a good antivirus.

It is also important that users know how to the different antivirus tools and understands their warnings. You'll need to know how to deal with fake antivirus programs and know when a website is dangerous. No matter how well your computer is protected, it is unwise to assume that it is completely safe and that it cannot be compromised. The modern company today is exposed to many online threats, but the solutions to most of them are known and can be implemented by today's security experts.

 

Malicious malware

It is important to understand that internet security is not a finished product.  Qualified online security officers must constantly watch for new threats and come up with new ways of combating them. 

In the United States, companies have reported at least 160 successful cyber attacks in 2014 alone. Moreover, the United States also continues to rank highest in its cost of cybercrime at an annual average of $15.4 million per company. These numbers are indicative of the problems of the United States when it comes to cyber security.

Other malicious programs that replicate in the virtual world can spread far more quickly and affect far more people than any other type of attack. Apart from the fact that the majority of malicious software can collect certain information from infected computers, including personal data, email addresses, credit card numbers, etc., these programs also take up resources and can slow down your computer. They can also send themselves to other computers change the settings on your computer.

 

Lack of regulation

Apart from these factors, the lack of self-regulation, lack of industry standards for training and certification are legal factors that encourage the abuses above by rogue elements in the affiliate marketing industry. Fortunately, some steps are being taken in this direction, and a Code of Conduct was released by affiliate network's Commission Junction / Be Free and Performics in December 2002.

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30 Jun

Password Management

I think we can all agree that passwords should be one of the most protected and secured features on the internet...right?

This is where password management solutions come in. They’re especially useful and practical, particularly for those who deal with online environments and other important account-based databases. As such, this article will discuss what an ideal password management solution ought to look like and do, and why you should be installing one right now.  

 

Password management

Security is a must especially when thinking of work done in the internet environment. A small compromise can make it easy to break into a site. In a hack attack and other cybersecurity issues that hound businesses, organizational secrets could be uncovered and could lead to massive cash losses. As such, no work must be spared when looking for the right password management solution.

More than the benefits of security and protection, a strong password management system provides outstanding value to an organization. It ensures that its database systems are able to withstand serious cyber attacks. Every day, millions of online hackers work toward compromising computing devices. As such, acquiring software that is strong and scalable must be of top priority.

 

What to look for in a password management solution

An ideal secure password management solution is one made on solid platforms. With such a software, storage of security passwords is secured via a high-bit file encryption. This is so hackers don't access the personal info of site users. The front-end should be protected from unauthorized access, while web facilitators must go through tough procedures to gain access to vital information kept in the back-end database.

Scalability matters since there is always the drive for expansion. A one-man business can later end up being governed by up to ten persons. More passwords, therefore, need to be stored and handled because of several user accounts.

Thus, it is advisable to buy a program that could cater increased users. If the solution in question is bound in any way, it is provided for free to people who want to test the item. If you are convinced that all expectations were exceeded, one should therefore buy.

When it comes to technological aspects, a strong system provides outstanding value to an organization. This is because it has database systems that will withstand serious cyber attacks. Every day, millions of online hackers work towards compromising computing devices to expose confidential secrets and data. As a result, to stay safe in a world filled with the criminals, software which is at all cost strong and scalable must be the best choice.

 

Costs of password management solutions

Password management solutions, in general, are quite expensive at first. But in the long run, the benefits will far outweigh the initial cost. In time, you wouldn’t have to recall many complicated passwords. High-quality file encryption also protects your data.

A good platform will have other characteristics like automatic logouts, customized fields, multiple authenticating options and import functionality. Occasionally, it is possible to add appropriate info to the system. It should also be possible to move information to a personal computer. Some secure password management solutions are unproductive while others are functional. The latter is very appropriate for businesses and individuals. Passwords have to be handled tightly to stop loss in important data.

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30 Jun

6 things you need to know about virtual private networks

For people running their businesses, being able to communicate over distance can be a challenge...right?

Fortunately, you can get virtual private networks (VPN) to connect multiple sites, as well as provide employees, suppliers and partners who work at home or somewhere secure access to a private network via a remote computer. It’s a great advantage for businesses, especially those with remote users who are crucial to the business’s operations. Should you get one? This article will discuss the two types of VPNs available in the market, their costs and how their compare in terms of performance.

 

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6 things you need to know about virtual private networks (VPNs)

 

Virtual private networks explained

With the expansion from local to global logistics for a lot of businesses, companies have suddenly had to think about how to keep sometimes disparate and very remote locations connected. Said connections have to be very fast and secure, what with the top security problems that most businesses are facing right now. Leased lines over a wide area network (WAN) are one option, of course, but this can get expensive and often goes up in cost the further apart locations are.

Enter virtual private networks. Virtual private networks are private networks that use a public network (usually the Internet) to connect its remote users together so that they can communicate in real time. Instead of using something like a leased line, a "virtual" connection is sent through the Internet from the company's private network and connects with a remote site.  

It's also very secure so that no proprietary company information or other information that needs to be kept private is exposed or otherwise put at risk. Regardless, it wouldn't hurt to check for your computer's security every now and then to bolster your connectivity.

 

Ethernet connectivity, leased lines, SDSL/ADSL

These solutions exist today, and you can even get the bandwidth and security you need, too. Today's solutions are top-speed, very reliable and perhaps most importantly, secure. With a TLS VPN-based service, if you need to, you can route traffic economically and securely instead of having to build a dedicated private network.

You also will usually get firewall access, and you can change bandwidth options as you go so as to change your network needs instead of having to choose the most expensive option first. You have a bespoke capability and multiple service options, multiple access options and usually, 24 hour, seven days a week monitoring and help desk, all for an affordable price.

 

2 types of virtual private networks, explained

Remote-access VPN

The first is remote-access VPN. This type of connection is necessary when secure, encrypted but mobile connections are needed between, for example, salespeople in the field (remote users) and accompanies private network. Other remote users connect to the company's private network with a third-party service provider.

 

Site-to site-VPN

The second type of VPN is called a site-to-site VPN. With this, instead of having remote and sometimes mobile users connected, a company can establish permanent connections with two or more remote but intercompany sites together with a private network.

Alternatively, another type of site-to-site VPN occurs where you want intercompany connections established, such as with a particular company and a major client.

 

Costs of VPN

There may be two types of VPNs and a lot of company options out there, but for those considering VPNs based on cost, then a good point of comparison would be at least $8. Anything less than this value means that you are not getting exactly what requirements should be supplied with the full VPN service. Something more than this amount means that you have overpaid for these services.

 

Location in VPN

All VPN solutions provide an opportunity to improve your location in VPN. Essentially, you will be able to select the exact area in which you want the virtual private network to become. A good rule to compare is that you need at least five different places to change what you want. People, like me, do not even use this function, because I just need one place. This only changes a little, because most solutions provide several places in any case.

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