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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

Clearing your browser cache

Posted by Griffin Ball on Sep 14, 2018 9:08:00 AM

Have you ever been on a website and noticed a formatting issue that was just too weird to pawn-off on bad design? Or maybe something on a page that was there previously is gone/moved since the last time you visited? Well these could very well be because of your browser's cache. Having problems like this at work may lead to calling the IT staff and the first thing they will tell you to do is to try clearing your browser cache. So, what is the deal with the cache and why does refreshing it often solve browser problems?

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Topics: IT services, Misc., Internet Safety

What is a pop-up and how can I get rid of them?

Posted by Mark Nash on Jun 22, 2018 8:51:00 AM

Most people know what a pop-up ad is, but even if you have never heard of one before their description is in the name! And they are just as annoying as they sound... They are advertisements that with open a new window in your browser to display an ad. Most of the time, these are malicious in nature and will try to infect your computer with some form of malware. However, these days they are quite easy to avoid and deal with if you know what to do. In the event that you do not know how to get pop-up adds to stop bothering, you can continue reading this article and we will teach you.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Internet Safety

What is a Rootkit?

Posted by Mark Nash on Jun 15, 2018 9:14:00 AM

A Rootkit is a piece of malicious software that hides itself on your computer and gives an unauthorized person control of the machine and access to the information on it. It goes without saying that this is not a good thing, as it means that someone could get a hold of your personal information, cause performance issues, and break your computer.

HOW DOES THIS HAPPEN?

Rootkits can spread through several means but they all require some form of user interaction, usually clicking a malicious link. Once the link is clicked, they can begin to download themselves onto your system and go into hiding while having control. Their ability to cover their tracks and control what your systems do makes them difficult to detect and remove.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Internet Safety

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