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The Best Defense Against Ransomware

The Best Defense Against Ransomware

One thing is clear when it comes to ransomware: everyone is a potential victim. From cities like New Orleans, which was rocked by a ransomware attack in December, to companies like Visser and Epiq Global, both of which were hit very recently, and finally down to each individual themselves, no one is one-hundred percent safe.

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What Does Your MSP Do to Keep You Compliant?

What Does Your MSP Do to Keep You Compliant?

Like taxes, regulation is a necessary evil. Rules exist in order to protect people. For that reason, they are critical to enforce. When people’s money, privacy, and even their lives are on the line, there’s no room to mess around. All this doesn’t mean that compliance isn’t a giant headache, though.

Here a handful of regulations your organizations might have to comply with:

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Tax Season Attacks That Target Small Business

Tax Season Attacks That Target Small Business

It’s time to file your taxes again—a headache, we know. But do you know what’s even more of a headache? Dealing with the fallout from a cyberattack.

According to Proofpoint, if you have “tax” in your domain name, you are already a target for tax season. What’s more surprising is the fact that financial firms and construction industries are also being targeted disproportionately, proving that attackers will target anyone.

Small and medium sized business are particularly vulnerable when targeted. Why? Because of their size, they have smaller IT departments than larger companies. As a result, their IT capabilities can be severely limited—especially as far as security is concerned.

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Tax-Related Identity Theft: Signs and Countermeasures

Tax-Related Identity Theft: Signs and Countermeasures

What could be worse than filing your taxes for the year and finding out that you unexpectedly owe money to the government? Getting a notice from the IRS saying that you already filed your return—when you haven’t yet.

Identity thieves are always looking for opportunities to impersonate you to make purchases, open credit cards in your name, apply for loans, and—at this time of year—file returns in your name to steal your refund.

We sincerely hope that your identity never gets stolen, but if it ever does, it’s important to recognize the signs as soon as they happen. Doing so will help you limit the damage an identity thief can do.

Signs you are a victim of tax-related identity theft:

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How to Recognize Phishing Emails

How to Recognize Phishing Emails

It’s not like phishing attacks are anything new. Scammers are always finding new ways to take advantage of things happening in the news, be it tax season, coronavirus, or anything else that lets them capitalize on people’s fears and frustrations. There can be a lot of misinformation flying around during these times, and taking a few extra seconds to confirm a source is trusted can save you from making a big mistake.

Phishing attacks and scams are messages from criminals posing as legitimate sources attempting to trick you into sharing private information (passwords, account numbers, Social Security numbers, etc.).

Whenever you receive an email, quickly go through the following checklist:

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