Cyber awareness

3 Ways to Avoid Phishing Email Scams

Phishing scams have been around for a long time. Phishing emails work often enough that there is no reason for scammers to stop.  Indeed, there was a real increase in COVID-19-related phishing scams at the beginning of 2020. These scams will continue, as users are still looking for COVID-19 vaccine information. So, what can you …

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Why Passwords are a big Problem

Passwords are everywhere! We need them to access workstations, mobile devices, social media and ecommerce.  The trouble with passwords is that they are weak when it comes to securing all of those things.  You may have heard of brute force or password spraying as forms of attacks a hacker might use to gain access to …

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2 Canadian Universities hit by Cyber Attacks this Month

Both Simon Fraser University in BC and Lakehead University in Thunder Bay and Orillia were recently hit by a cyber attack this month.  Students and staff at Simon Fraser University have been warned that a spreadsheet on the computer server that was breached by hackers contained personal information on several current and former students, faculty, …

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Why Won’t Ransomware Stop? Hint: Because you Keep Paying

Ransomware is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses today. In case you haven’t heard, ransomware is an attack where cyber criminals break into your network and encrypt all the data so it becomes unusable. The cyber criminals are banking on the fact that you will be so desperate to get access to that data …

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5 Tips to Reduce The Risk of a Cyber Attack Against Your Business

Many organizations simply don’t realize the cyber risk that is out there for their businesses. In some cases, they think they are too small to be at risk, in others, they simply do not understand what methods are available to cyber criminals to attack your business.  You understand that cyber criminals are interested in pure …

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Why the Oldsmar Water Facility breach is a Wake Up Call to Update Cyber Security Measures

It sounds like something from a spy movie. Someone tries to poison a small city’s water supply by remotely accessing the computer for the water treatment system and briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide, also known as lye, by a factor of more than 100. It sounds like a sinister plot where James Bond appears at …

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How to Avoid Falling Victim to a Ransomware Attack, Twice

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recently published a blog post detailing how a company fell victim to the same ransomware attack twice.  The unnamed company paid the equivalent of a little under £6.5 million with today’s exchange rates to restore their data after the first ransomware attack. The company’s main concern was getting …

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Why Data Privacy is Good for Business

Tomorrow is International Data Privacy Day! If you didn’t know, International Data Privacy Day is held annually on January 28 to raise awareness and promote data privacy and data protection best practices. Sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), the website Stay Safe Online offers tips for consumers to stay safe online and to …

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5 Best Practices For Good Cyber Hygiene

You may be looking at this blog title and wondering “what is cyber hygiene?” And “why do I need it?” When it comes to our bodies, we think of hygiene as doing things to take care of our mental and physical wellbeing. Cyber hygiene refers to the habits we undertake to keep our data and …

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