Encryption

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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WhatsApp Delays Privacy Update in Response to Backlash

WhatsApp announced on Friday that it is going to postpone an update to its privacy policy in response to concerns from Security advocates. Originally, users that did not accept the new privacy policy by February 8th would have their accounts deleted. Users now have until May 15th to review and accept the new policy changes. In addition, …

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Ransomware is More About Extortion, Less About Encryption

When we think of ransomware attacks, we think usually of hackers denying an organization access to its own data until it pays a ransom. In 2020, we saw a new trend emerge: beginning with the Maze ransomware group. Now hackers didn’t just encrypt data, they also stole portions of it and threatened to release it publicly …

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How to Defend Against a Ransomware Attack

A recent Forbes article details how a company was successfully able to recover from a ransomware attack, without paying the ransom. The company in question is Spectra Logic, a company that provides data storage and data management solutions. To find out how they managed to recover without paying a ransom, learn what 3 steps they …

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7 Tips to Thwart Cyber Security Threats

Can you honestly say that you believe your systems are safe from cyber security threats? Probably not. It’s impossible to guarantee total security because technology changes at such a rapid pace. Breaches happen with even the newest, most secure software on the market, so you’ll never totally eliminate the possibility of a hack or cyber …

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5 Ways You Can Protect Your Remote Workers During COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated plans for many businesses to adopt a work-from-home model out of necessity. While initially thought of as a temporary adjustment, it is being predicted that work-from-home will remain a part of the “new normal”. While work-from-home brings about many efficiencies for both staff and business owners, it also changes the …

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10 Tips to Secure Your Video Conference Tools

With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping most people at home, there has been a rise in the number of remote workers. This has led to a sharp rise in video conferencing as it has become a necessity to replace face-to-face meetings and training.  The problem is, as video conferencing becomes more popular, threat actors are more …

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10 Tips to Better Secure Your Video Conference Tools

With the COVID-19 pandemic keeping most people at home, there has been a rise in the remote workforce. With that, video conferencing has become even more popular.  In fact, in many cases it has become a necessity to replace face-to-face meetings and training.  The problem is, as video conferencing becomes more popular, threat actors are …

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Staying Cybersafe During The COVID-19 Pandemic: Part 2

While many of us around the globe are worried about catching this nasty virus, hackers are finding that this is a perfect time to unleash viruses of their own.  More than ever, more people are working from home and it is proving to be a great opportunity for hackers. In part 2, we look at …

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