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Computer Tip: UPDATE, UPDATE, UPDATE

We have said it before and will say it again. Updates NEED to be applied on virtually every computer on your network (unless is it segmented on the firewall). Below are the stats for today’s Patch Tuesday. The tricky part is the bad guys sometimes get this information before the good guys do, giving them a substantial head start in the cybersecurity race. This is why proactive security measures as in a monitored/managed update system are always suggested. “Microsoft on Tuesday released

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Incoming mail detected!!

“A free new service from the U.S. Postal Service that provides scanned images of incoming mail before it is slated to arrive at its destination address.” At face value, it sounds great. However, this could pose as a private investigators, identity thieves, & stalkers dream. Madison area (57042) is eligible to start receiving these “Informed Delivery” notifications. Source & more information here: https://goo.gl/qgjkUE  

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Equifax Breach – Update

For additional information on the breach: https://www.equifaxsecurity2017.com/ Check if your information was potentially compromised at this link: https://trustedidpremier.com/eligibility/eligibility.html  More than likely you will have someone in your office/business/organization that has been affected by this breach. As always stay vigilant for very targeted phishing emails.

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Not your average email

We have seen an uptick in targeted emails asking to validate their credentials, confirm or reset the password, or to simply confirm the account. Below is an example of the targeted email. This particular email was caught and sent to the Junk Folder so the pictures are not showing up as usual. There is no consistency in what platform in which they are coming across (Office 365 or Gmail).It’s just another reminder to keep an eye out for suspicious activity.

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Personal Information + Phone Number + Trickery = Hacked

Here is an informative article from Forbes on a tactic hackers are using for Ransomware involving phone numbers and personal information. We are under the false assumption that hackers are after your personal computer and the information on that. However, people are using their personal phone just as much as their computers. This article is tailored for phones, but the security measures can be applied to your computer as well. Article: (CLICK HERE)

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ATM Skimming Devices

If you ever get money out of an ATM or pay at the pump, you should incorporate checking the card slot or the keypad for a skimmer into your routine. Krebs on Security provides a quick education on skimmers. These types of devices have been as close as Aberdeen. Consider them everywhere. Article: https://krebsonsecurity.com/2017/03/why-i-always-tug-on-the-atm/   

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IRS SCAM

Scammers are at it again. As usual, they are utilizing tax season and IRS threats to try to give out your personal information. Here is a screen shot of the email. There are multiple mistakes that are in this email. The biggest red flag is the fact that the IRS is emailing you. The IRS will NEVER initiate contact with you via email. Other flags are the atrocious grammar and random capitalization of words. Keep vigilant!!!

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Send over the W-2’s

It’s TAX TIME!!! With that comes tax fraud. We have seen phishing emails that seem to come from the boss of the company requesting all of the W-2’s be sent to them.  This is a scam. If you do get a request like this and you suspect that is it a fraud, call the individual to see if it is legit. Don’t email. Stay vigilant!

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Yahoo Breach

Yahoo has been awarded the gold medal for the largest breach in history at 1 BILLION.  Oh, they also hold the silver medal too from a couple months ago with a half Billion of users compromised. This is a good time to change your Yahoo password and enable 2 step authentication on all of your accounts. The breached users haven’t been added yet, but when they do you can see if your email was one of the victims at https://haveibeenpwned.com/  If you

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