WannaCry Ransomware Attack Redux

Tens of thousands of words have been written about the "WannaCry" ransomware attack on computers and computer servers all across the world. Below is a summary of what occurred. Fortunately for Computing Center cients, no one got hit. We are very diligent about keeping Microsoft and other operating systems fully patched and up-to-date. Additionally, the perimeter security systems that we deploy kept the expoit from even reaching many networks.

But this is not over. The next exploit could be far more difficult to detect and recover from. We continue to caution all our clients on the basic three steps that every business and organization must take to protect its computer systems:

  1. Be absolutely vigilant in securing your systems, including running all patches and updates promptly.
  2. reliable backup and disaster recovery solution remains the best and most effective defense against ransomware attacks. If you are hit with ransomware, restoring your system and data from fresh backups is the only way to recover without paying the ransom.
  3. And finally, people should be cautious when opening emails and attachments (particularly executable files and zipped files). Employees can greatly benefit from IT security awareness training on how to recognize threats and suspicious activity.

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There's more to Microsoft than Office 365

With all the bad news out there regarding Internet security, scams, and hacking, some of the "good stuff" gets left behind. This month, we're highlighting several of the "other" Microsoft products and services available through The Computing Center.

Most of us know about Windows 10 and Office 365, and rely on them daily.

But I’m here to tell you there’s a lot more going on at Microsoft.

Packed inside of Windows 10, packaged up with other offerings or simply available as standalone products, there’s a ton of business productivity just waiting to be unleashed on your business.

Recently I visited the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond for a tour with its crew of Small Business Ambassadors (I’m one of them). I discovered that Microsoft is innovating all over the place. Here are 10 highly useful Microsoft products and features that if you are not aware of, I suggest you explore:

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Business Scams on Social Media

The old adage: "If it sounds too good to be true it isn't!" goes for social media too!  Scammers are using Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites to dupe the unsuspecting.

Scammers try to contact people in many ways. They call, email, put ads online, send messages on social media and more. If you own a small business, they’re trying to contact you, too. 

Lately we’ve been hearing about scammers who reach out to small businesses through Facebook messages. People have reported receiving messages on Facebook telling them that they’re eligible for – or that they’ve won – a business grant. If you get a message like this through your personal Facebook account or on your company’s page, don’t respond. It’s a scam. The government won’t contact you on social media to offer you money.

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Medical Identity Theft - What to Look out for

 

Cybercriminals are giving a new meaning to the term ‘Health is Wealth’. Medical identity theft has victimized over 2.2 million people and that number is growing. Although medical identity theft is not something new, the increasing number of data breaches has increased the number of victims.

What is Medical Identity Theft?
Medical identity theft occurs when someone steals your personal information to get free medical care, medical devices or prescription drugs under your name.

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Don't overlook Display Monitors

 Don't overlook your monitor

For some, the term "tech innovation" brings to mind new PC form factors and unique printing methods. But high-tech innovation doesn't stop at hardware—it also includes displays.

In recent years, display innovation has produced heightened resolution, connectivity, functionality, and ROI. Displays are sleek, stylish, more robust, and thoughtfully aligned with today's dynamic, agile, and collaborative workspaces. Designed to drive work teams, the latest iterations of this oft-overlooked, but critical technology can boost your performance, productivity, and efficiency.

Displays: Then and now

Given the proliferation of smartphones, tablets, and laptops in our mobile business environment, displays often fade into the background, with users never questioning how they contribute to a more productive workday. However, displays are office necessities that have a powerful, innovative impact on productivity.

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