September 2017 Newsletter


Scam Alert: Hurricane Harvey Charity Fraud

Heads-up! Bad guys are exploiting the Hurricane Harvey disaster. There are fake Facebook pages, tweets are going out with fake charity websites, and phishing emails are sent out asking for donations to #HurricaneHarvey Relief Funds that they keep for themselves. Don't fall for any scams. If you want to make a donation, go to the website of the charity of your choice and make a donation. Type the address in your browser or use a bookmark. Do not click on any links in emails or text you might get. Whatever you see in the coming weeks about Hurricane Harvey disaster relief... THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK.


Phishing Alert: The IRS Issued An Urgent Warning Against An IRS / FBI-Themed Ransomware Phishing Attack

Heads-up! The IRS is warning against a new phishing scam that tries to make you download an FBI questionnaire. But if you click the link, your computer will be infected with ransomware instead. The scam email uses the emblems of both the IRS and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Remember that the IRS does not use email, text messages or social media to discuss personal tax issues, such as those involving bills or refunds. THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK!


New Defray Ransomware Demands 5,000 Dollars in Customized Spear Phishing Attacks

This newly discovered ransomware strain is targeting healthcare, education, manufacturing and tech sectors in the US and UK, using customized spear phishing emails.

Defray is demanding a relatively high ransom amount - 5,000 dollars in Bitcoin, and ironically the word defray means "to provide money to pay a portion of a cost or expense."

The Defray ransomware infection vector is spear-phishing emails with malicious Microsoft Word document attachments, and the campaigns are as small as just a few messages each. The planning and sophistication of the attacks point to a highly-organized cybercrime gang.


Genius Tech Tip:

When you need to lock your computer, the quickest and easiest way is to press and hold the Windows key then press the letter L.

This will lock the PC without closing anything you were working on. The PC will safely return to the login screen.

This is the best way to keep your system safe when you have to leave it unattended, even if only for a moment.


NEW SERVICE COMING SOON

Effective & Proven Security Awareness Training

Your users are the most critical component to protecting your data, your customers, and your business. Providing effective Security Awareness training is no longer a good idea, it has become necessary in today’s ever increasing cyber threatening world.

If you are a business that has to comply with HIPAA, Security Awareness training is a requirement to meet federal regulations.

We are partnering with KnowBe4 to deliver the world’s largest and best Security Awareness training and testing service to our clients.

Not only will we be able to provide awesome video training to your employees but we will also be able to deploy numerous types of phishing attacks at your employees to test their awareness and response.

In this way, you will know how effective the training is, who is doing good and who needs more training to protect themselves.

We will do all the work and even provide you with comprehensive reports detailing the health of your organization, the progress it is making and where your failure points are. It is truly amazing stuff!

Since we are in the early stages of building this service, we don’t have all the details just yet. However, if you’re interested in this service, please let me know. The first 3 clients will receive introductory pricing. If you have any questions about this new service or to let me know of your interest, email me at david@carolinacomputer.net.


Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared For A Disaster?

Image result for disaster recoveryWhen disaster strikes and you haven’t planned for it, things will not go well for sure.

Don’t wait to address disaster planning, start now!

Hurricane season can bring widespread flooding, damaging winds and rain, service outages and more. Do you KNOW that your data backups are happening? Are you sure they’re recoverable? Do you have a plan for how your business will respond to disasters?

Ready.gov is a great resource for information and planning assistance. Checkout the IT Disaster Recovery Plan page as a start. If you must comply with HIPAA, disaster recovery planning is a federal requirement.

If we are not handling your data backups, don’t wait to call us after a disaster. Get started today! Call us at 980-224-3279.

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