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Tips to Avoid the Microsoft Support Phone Scam

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Feb 16, 2016 3:21:43 PM

Recently, Microsoft "Tech Support" Phone Scams have been carried out even more frequently than usual. You may get a phone call from someone claiming to be a Microsoft Support Technician. Be prepared so you can protect yourself and your business from becoming the prey of scammers.

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Topics: Network Security, Tips, Microsoft, Managed IT, Scam Alert

Beware of Flash Drive Hacker Scams

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Nov 2, 2015 9:15:00 AM

 Flash Drives (or USB Drives) may seem like an innocuous item to find laying around in an office environment. You may find one and decide to use it, or simply plug it into your computer to see if you can identify an owner. What you might not know is that this can be bait used by hackers to gain access to your computer and network. Don't fall victim to the flash drive hacker scam.

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Topics: Network Security, Managed IT, Scam Alert

5 Tips for Avoiding Email Scams

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Aug 19, 2015 12:58:00 AM

Cyber security has become one of the most important parts of running a business. One tool none of us can do without is email, but sometimes even the best of us make emailing mistakes that can put us at risk for email scams. Make sure you and your employees know these simple tips for improving email security.

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Topics: Network Security, Managed IT, Scam Alert

Preventing Drive-by Download Attacks

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Jun 2, 2015 11:48:00 PM

Cyber security is becoming more complex as hackers and malware become more stealthy. Unfortunately, some cyber attacks slip by unnoticed by network administrators because they don't immediately perform their destructive tasks. Instead, they sit dormant, sometimes for weeks waiting for the right time to attack. While this isn't a new concept, this tactic has recently been employed more heavily by attackers. Most alarmingly - gone are the days of having to click anything to infect your computer with the rise of drive-by download attacks.

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Topics: Network Security, Managed IT, Scam Alert

Signs you're getting scammed by a toner pirate.

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Feb 5, 2014 6:07:00 AM

How can you tell if your talking to a toner pirate?
  1. Typically they will make their first call to your office to ask for the model numbers of your copy and print equipment. Later, they will call back, appearing to have a knowledge of your company's office equipment and supply needs. In many cases, they will pretend to be with the company you bought your office equipment from, making them seem trustworthy.
  2. A toner pirate will try to sound as official as possible, but if you question them or ask for more details, they can become impatient, pushy and rude.
  3. They will often tell you that you need to lock in your pricing today and try to pressure you into acting fast or committing to buy from them on the spot.
  4. Generally, they will try to sell toners for $400, $500 and sometimes even $600 each!
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Topics: Supplies, Scam, Scam Alert

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