Antivirus vs. Anti-malware

Antivirus vs. Anti-malware

Which do I use, anti-malware or anti-virus? What is the difference between anti-malware and anti-virus? Which one should my business use? Is there a program that covers it all? To answer these questions, we must establish the difference between virus and malware. Virus vs Malware Virus can be unnoticeable, burying itself in the deep content of your hard drive. A virus is a piece of code that is capable of copying itself in order to…

Backup Data

Backup Data

Importance of backing up business data After protecting data from attacks, another significant measure to take with data is to back it up in case of an unexpected situation, such as power blackout, or computer malfunctions. So if all of business data is saved on one computer, if this computer goes down, or the hard drive is burnt, all of the data could be gone. If all of data are stored in an old-school way…

Different Types of Malware

Different Types of Malware

Adware, spyware, worms, and spam Adware is used for marketing purposes. Adware can be downloaded to your system while browsing websites. Adware is a generic software application in which advertising banners can be displayed while running other applications. Spyware collects information like browsing habits, and sends it to a remote site without the user’s knowledge or permission. Additionally, spyware can download malicious programs from the internet to user’s computer by itself. Spyware, works like adware…

Secure Wi-Fi Security

Secure Wi-Fi Security

Six easy steps to secure business wifi: Change default admin information. The Wifi devices are not set ready for secure use out of box. Default settings of administration log in are very easy to be hacked, then every computer or devices in the network are open to hackers. An easily forgotten part of initial settings that needs to be changed, is the SSID which usually displays device’s brand and model. This makes it easy for…

Data Breach Law

Data Breach Law

PCI DSS compliance Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) is a set of security standards designed to ensure that ALL companies that accept, process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. PCI Cost For most small business, they fall onto level 4 merchants, and PCI compliance costs can be as low as $10 a month. The cost is also associated with business type, hardware, software and other factors. PCI violation…

Cyber Security Insurance

Cyber Security Insurance

Technology, social media and transactions over the Internet play key roles in how most organizations conduct business and reach out to prospective customers today. These modes of business also serve as gateways to cyberattacks. Irrespective of what or who initiates hacking, cyberattacks are likely to occur and can cause moderate to severe losses for organizations large and small. As best practices of risk management, organizations must decide which risks to avoid, accept, control or transfer….

Importance of Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Importance of Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Importance of Virtual Private Network (VPN) Many businesses have reported data breaches and cyber-attacks which have resulted in huge losses for small businesses. To better protect the network and the data, it is recommended that small business use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) for accessing the network. A VPN refers to a group of interconnected computers that share the same network over a network like the internet. These connected computers are on a virtual version…

Secure Data while Traveling

Secure Data while Traveling

Secure Data while Traveling It is a persistent belief that only large and prominent organizations are targets for hackers, however, that’s not the case. Hackers often target small- and medium-sized businesses precisely because they generally have weaker security practices and often have relationships with larger enterprises. The 2013 data breach that exposed the credit card data of more than 40 million Target accounts began when hackers infiltrated the systems of a contractor Target used to…

Rootkits 101

Rootkits 101

Rootkits A Rootkit is designed to hide the fact that an operating system has been compromised. Rootkits, in other words, allow viruses and malware to disguise as necessary files so that antivirus programs can overlook it. Rootkit enables the third party to maintain command of a computer without the user’s knowledge. Furthermore, a rootkit can remotely execute programs and change system configurations from the host machine. A rootkit infected computer can also access log files…

Strong Passwords

Strong Passwords

STRONG PASSWORDS ARE IMPORTANT Businesses continue to fail to set strong passwords, as a result, 80% of hack related breaches are through stolen passwords or weak and guessable passwords. Fifty- nine percent of small businesses continue to have no visibility into employees’ password practices. As a result, employees fail to use strong passwords or they share passwords with others. Another prevalent problem is that sixty-eight percent of small businesses do not strictly enforce password policies….