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A New Year with New threats around every corner.

Happy New Year! 2018 has only just begun, but with phishing attacks popping up, let’s resolve to keep your network and computers safe.

Right now, many third party companies are working hard to get patches out regarding two major vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre. These two hot topics are actually hardware design flaws with the computer processor that have been around for years, but were just brought to light. The attackers use this vulnerability in conjunction with Malware downloaded onto the system to steal saved data like passwords and account numbers.

Here at RC Consulting we are working hard to ensure that your data doesn’t get compromised by installing patches as they are available, but we know that the end user is the last line of defense. Please contact us to discuss ways to receive important training for you and your co-workers that will teach you what to look for when you receive phishing emails, malware threats, and while surfing the web.

In the meantime, please follow these simple tips to ensure your system and networks stay safe:

  1. Hover your mouse over links included in emails and instant messages to ensure they are taking you to the right site.

  2. Be cautious of Pop-Ups and avoid clicking them if possible. This is an easy way to have unauthorized applications installed on your system.

  3. Never give out personal information. Often scammers will ask for your email password to verify it is you, but then they have your email address AND password to gain access to your information.

  4. Listen to your Anti-Virus software. If you have signed up for RC Consulting’s Remote Management you are covered with one of the best Anti-Virus products on the market. Watch for virus alerts in the lower right hand corner of your monitor. If you ever have any questions about your Anti-Virus coverage, please contact us.

There is no fool-proof way to avoid attacks on your systems and networks, but following these few guidelines and having the right knowledge on how to spot potential outbreaks goes a long way.

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