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6 Ways We Shield Your Business From Ransomware

Posted by Mark Nash on Mar 15, 2019 9:08:00 AM

One of the most frightening and infuriating types of malware out there is known as ransomware. What ransomware does is lock or encrypt the data on a device in order to make it inaccessible and then, as per the name, holds the data for ransom. Being threatened to pay someone in order to access your own data is absurd. This is an unfortunate reality some come to face though. If you end up being one of the unlucky ones who find themselves in that situation, there are a couple of things you can do.

Reports indicate that the ransomware strain has spread to 150 countries, impacting 10,000 organizations, 200,000 individuals 7 and 400,000 machines. Source: Barkly, “WannaCry Ransomware Statistics: The Numbers Behind the Outbreak,” May 2017.

The Possible Attack

You are often limited in terms of your possible responses to a ransomware attack by what actions you took before the attack happened, however one thing everyone can and should do is do not pay the ransom. One of the best ways to discourage hackers from using ransomware is to decrease the returns they get from it. In addition, just because you paid the ransom does not mean you will get access to your data back, it is possible (and likely) that the hacker will take one payment as an opportunity to charge you more with no plan to stop.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider, Internet Safety

Is a website redesign enough to get you to the top of Google?

Posted by Griffin Ball on Feb 8, 2019 9:04:00 AM

You are probably already aware of the fact that a well-made website is a great way for a company to show its self-off and increase its customer base. However, that well-made website is not going to do any good if no one ever sees it. A business cannot just have a good-looking site anymore, they also need to make sure that it is easy to find. One of the best ways to do that is through search engine optimization or SEO. This is the process of making a website more likely to be the appear towards the top of a search engines results page or SERP.

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Topics: Momentum Marketing, Website Development, SEO

Why should your website be mobile friendly?

Posted by Mark Nash on Jan 25, 2019 9:05:49 AM

If you are a business owner or someone in charge of the company web presence, you have probably heard about websites being mobile responsive. In fact, that is a question you may have asked others. You also may have heard how important it is, but how necessary is it actually? After all, everyone can already access your website from a phone, so why bother with all the extra work just to make some minor changes for phone users? Well first off, when someone is viewing it on a phone screen instead of a monitor, everything will be shrunk down to an unreadable size. There are also a lot more people looking at your site from a phone screen than you may think.

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Topics: Momentum Marketing, Website Development

Inside Secure-IT: Network Security and Device Protection

Posted by Laif Thorbahn on Dec 14, 2018 9:05:00 AM

Welcome to the Inside Secure-IT series of articles. Inspired by a post done by the US-CERT at the beginning of October describing the threat posed to MSP’s by hackers and other ne'er-do-wells. Our response, a comprehensive series of posts that takes a look at what we do at Lighthouse IT to keep your company data secure both on and offsite.

How can you be sure that your network is safe?

Both network security and device protection are needed to ensure the safety of a company. Having a great layer of security for your network means that you can sleep at night knowing nothing malicious is happening to your business. Device protection brings that feeling a step further and lets you feel safe about each device on your network as they each have another layer of defense.

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Topics: IT services, Managed Service Provider, I.T. Fights Back, Inside Secure-IT

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