Businesses big and small have to take security seriously or suffer when the gates come crashing down. Your network is a lifeline and if it's taken down by hackers, you can lose sales and possibly be liable for other damages. You have to manage security in a way that can block direct threats as well as lateral threats from employee devices that travel home with them. IT Xpress can help – call us today for a free network assessment. 336-525-5005/help@itxpress.biz


Report: Companies Still Not Patching Security Vulnerabilities
threatpost.com
The Cisco 2015 Annual Security report shows that CISOs and other security personnel are confident about their strategies despite that they are not patching.

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  • Marketplaces like these will become more common, allowing criminals and even competitors to gain access to unmonitored and poorly protected networks. How secure is your network? Call IT Xpress and we'll do a free infrastructure audit of your business! 336-525-5005/help@itxpress.biz


    Hackers for hire? Hacker's List – for those with no ethics or espionage skills
    nakedsecurity.sophos.com
    Prying open a boyfriend's private accounts is just one of the crimes listed on 'Hacker's List' – a Task Rabbit/Craigslist-esque hackers-for-hire website.

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  • Due to icy road conditions, IT Xpress will be opening at 12:00 today. We will, however, be available via text/email/phone for remote support during regular business hours. 336-525-5005 help@itxpress.biz

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  • Remember the Christmas Day takedowns of the XBox and PlayStation gaming networks? It was carried out using compromised home routers…

    Upgrading the firmware on your router isn't very hard – your manufacturer's website likely has detailed instructions for doing so. Still uncomfortable doing it? We can help – just bring your router in and we'll check to see if it's vulnerable and upgrade it if a newer version of software is available!


    Lizard Squad's DDoS-For-Hire Service Built on Hacked Home Routers
    threatpost.com
    The DDoS attacks that knocked both Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network (PSN) offline around Christmas came at the hands of a botnet comprised largely of hacked home routers.

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  • If you use an older wireless keyboard (does it have a 'Connect' button?), it's pretty easy to intercept the keystrokes without accessing the computer. In this case, the developer make it look like a USB charger.

    If you use wireless keyboards – you should ensure they are encrypted with AES-128 (Logitech's keyboards do this. There is no connect button. They are paired to the receiver at the factory with encryption keys. Newer Microsoft keyboards do as well. Check online for your model).

    See http://www.logitech.com/images/pdf/roem/Logitech_Adv_24_Ghz_Whitepaper_BPG2009.pdf for more information on how keyboard encryption works.


    How a $10 USB Charger Can Record Your Keystrokes Over the Air
    threatpost.com
    Hardware hacker and security researcher Samy Kamkar has released a slick new device that masquerades as a typical USB wall charger but in fact houses a keylogger capable of recording keystrokes fro…

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  • The latest version of the CryptoWall ransom virus is out and it can wipe out all of your data in ways that are very hard to detect. What would you do if something wiped out all your data? Not just locally, but on any attached external drive, flash drive, or mounted server folder? Is your data backed up offsite? (remember the external drive got encrypted) Would your business suffer?

    Let IT Xpress upgrade your defenses! We can deploy enterprise grade anti-virus/security software and backup solutions for a lot less than you think! Call/Email us today for a FREE infrastructure and security assessment! 336-525-5005 help@itxpress.biz


    Inside CryptoWall 2.0: Ransomware, professional edition
    arstechnica.com
    Code that switches from 32-bit to 64-bit and turns off Windows' defenses.

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  • Please share this with all your friends and family! Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, etc WILL NOT CALL YOU to say your computer is malfunctioning. This is a SCAM. When you click on their webpage, they're able to login to your computer and they'll run a fake program making it look like your computer is broken and needs help. For $299, they'll 'fix it'. Worse – once you let them in, many will lock you out of your computer, claiming your 'Windows license has expired so they were required by law to lock you out'. Once you pay the $299, they'll unlock it.

    THIS IS A SCAM! While many legitimate IT companies, including IT Xpress, offer service contracts for your computer, we will NEVER call you posing as someone we're not.

    For more information, see http://www.microsoft.com/security/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx

    Please share this!!! We have systems brought into our shop almost weekly by people who have fallen for this. The scam artists are VERY good and VERY convincing.

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  • Do you have a Google account? Use 2 Factor Authentication to keep your email/data safe!

    Google:

    Here's an easy way to protect yourself (and your selfies). When you have two-step verification turned on, Google will send a message to your mobile phone whenever someone tries to log into your account from an unfamiliar computer. #SafeOnline http://goo.gl/vZvitr

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  • External hard drives are used by so many people to backup (or worse store) their data. Being mechanical drives, they fail often due to bumps, drops, etc. Now Samsung has brought solid state (all electronic) external drives to a price point many can afford. Some type of online backup is necessary to properly protect your data, but these little external drives are a great way to keep your data backed up locally and make it portable.


    Samsung's first portable SSD packs fast storage for relatively little cash
    www.engadget.com
    You don't exactly have a ton of options when it comes to portable solid-state drives. You can get fast performance or high capacity at a halfway affordab

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  • Ever wondered where all those cyber attacks are coming from? These visual tools from a variety of security companies try to map out who's attacking whom. http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/01/whos-attacking-whom-realtime-attack-trackers/

    Worried about your computer security? IT Xpress has a wide range of security solutions for your home or business! Contact us at 336-525-5005 or help@itxpress.biz

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  • Did you get a new Chromebook for Christmas? OMG Chrome is a fantastic site with lots of useful information. Here are some great time saving tips!

    OMG! Chrome!:

    15 time-saving Chromebook tips.

    Whether you're new to Chromebooks or already love Chrome OS, there are a lot of shortcuts and neat features that can streamline your workflow and improve your productivity.


    15 Time-Saving Chromebook Tips
    www.omgchrome.com
    I've been using Chromebooks for several years now, but even I continue to learn of new ways of getting more from it, from simple time-saving tips to keyboard shortcuts that speed up my workflow.

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  • A very Happy New Year and wishes for a wonderful 2015! IT Xpress will be closed Fri Jan 2nd so we can spend some more time with our friends and family. We'll reopen at 9AM on Monday January 5th.

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  • The #cloud is a generic term, but it can have a big impact on your small business. From files, PCs, and apps you can access anywhere to centrally monitored anti-virus protection, the cloud can help your small business is ways you may not realize. Let IT Xpress help identify services that can give your small business a much needed boost in 2015! Call 336-525-5005 or email help@itxpress.biz for your free business IT evaluation today!

    Bitdefender:

    Many SMBs are not in the business of IT, but need #cloud more than ever http://bit.ly/13vvxPG


    Many SMBs are not in the business of IT, but need cloud more than ever
    businessinsights.bitdefender.com
    All SMBs and even larger enterprises need to understand the security implications, and have a variety of options about how to secure cloud systems.

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  • This is also true for Time Warner Cable – buy your own modem and save the monthly fees. Now – if the modem gets fried by lightning – you have to replace it vs TWC doing so. But they're not that expensive, and if you get a WiFi enabled cable modem or use your own WiFi router with a typical cable modem, you can save $12-$18/month in some cases! Not sure about setting up your own modem? We can help!


    On Comcast? Buy Your Own Modem.
    techcrunch.com
    Comcast just raised their modem rental fees from $8 to $10, because apparently charging you too much for a modem costs more than it used to. If you're on..

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  • This is likely to become MUCH more common. Always be careful what you install on your phone and ALWAYS check the reviews – not just the first couple!!! Sideloading may be neat but it's dangerous! Here at IT Xpress, we use Android extensively and can help you with your smartphone!


    First Aid for Android: How to unlock your ransomed phone
    nakedsecurity.sophos.com
    What do you do when your Android device freezes or locks up so you can't do anything useful…especially if it wants $300 to let you get back to work? Here's an Android troubleshooting technique…

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