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Phish Phinding (and Avoidance)

OR You Think I’m Gonna Bite That? Phishing, Smishing, Vishing – Sounds like a Lewis Carroll nursery rhyme.  Learn to identify and avoid these all too common hacks to keep your identity, your data, and your money safe!  Phishing For Phools – Phishing attempts are those annoying emails that appear to be legit, but in […]

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Password Intervention

OR No Hate Mail, Please – You Need To Hear This Julian Assange. Colonial Pipeline. Edward Snowden. What do they all have in common? All involved the compromise of weak passwords and little social engineering.  I Know Your Password – Comedian Michael McIntyre nailed it. You’ve likely taken a capitalized dictionary word, added a number then an (!). If that resembles […]

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Ransomware Survival – Part 3 Aftermath

OR Live, Work, but Don’t Repeat I had to plug in my Serious Keyboard for this post. When the dust settles and some semblance of normal has returned, it is time to understand what happened, how it happened, and how to prevent or mitigate a repeat.  However, many small to medium businesses are not so […]

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Ransomware Survival – Part 2

OR The Unintended Vice of Ignorance Part 2 – During the Attack – Who Dat? Who Dere? WARNING: Due the seriousness of the material, stickers have been added to lighten the mood. The phone rings on Saturday morning. Why, it’s Marvin from the office and he sounds nervous. He reports that a computer has a ransomware message on the […]

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Ransomware Survival

OR, How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Tape Part 1 – Intro and Prep Ransomware is probably the scariest and most disruptive thing an organization can face short of an IRS audit.  Though you would be better off with the audit, as the typical ransom to release data is $233,000, not including […]

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