September 2017 Newsletter

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.


Effective & Proven Security Awareness Training

<p data-default=”Enter your text here…”>Your users are the <strong>most critical</strong> component to protecting your data, your customers, and your business. Providing <strong>effective</strong> Security Awareness training is no longer a good <a href=””><img src=”” alt=”” width=”241″ height=”183″ /></a>idea, it has become necessary in today’s ever increasing cyber threatening world.</p><p data-default=”Enter your text here…”>If you are a business that has to comply with HIPAA, Security Awareness training is a <strong>requirement</strong> to meet federal regulations.</p><p data-default=”Enter your text here…”>We are partnering with KnowBe4 to deliver the world’s <strong>largest and best</strong> Security Awareness training and <strong>testing</strong> service to our clients.</p><p data-default=”Enter your text here…”>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 <strong>test their awareness and response</strong>.</p><p data-default=”Enter your text here…”>In this way, you will <strong>know</strong> how effective the training is, who is doing <strong>good</strong> and who needs <strong>more</strong> training to protect themselves.</p><p data-default=”Enter your text here…”><a href=””><img src=”” alt=”” width=”263″ height=”200″ /></a>We will do <strong>all the work</strong> and even provide you with <strong>comprehensive reports</strong> detailing the health of your organization, the progress it is making and where your failure points are. It is truly <strong>amazing stuff!</strong></p><p data-default=”Enter your text here…”>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 <strong>first 3 clients</strong> will receive introductory pricing. If you have any questions about this new service or to let me know of your interest, email me at <a href=””></a>.</p>

Hurricane Season: Are You Prepared For A Disaster?

<p><img src=”×265.gif” alt=”Image result for disaster recovery” />When disaster strikes and you haven’t planned for it, things will <strong>not go well</strong> for sure.</p><p>Don’t wait to address disaster planning, <strong>start now!</strong></p><p>Hurricane season can bring widespread flooding, damaging winds and rain, service outages and more. Do you <strong>KNOW</strong> that your data backups are happening? Are you <strong>sure</strong> they’re recoverable? Do you have a <strong>plan</strong> for how your business will respond to disasters?</p><p><a href=””><strong></strong></a> is a great resource for information and planning assistance. Checkout the <strong><a href=””>IT Disaster Recovery Plan</a></strong> page as a start. If you must comply with HIPAA, disaster recovery planning is a federal <strong>requirement</strong>.</p><p>If we are not handling your data backups, don’t wait to call us after a disaster. Get started today! <strong>Call us at 980-224-3279.</strong></p>

Copyright 2017, Carolina Computer Concepts LLC


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