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Beware the New Malware Targeting Open Redirects

Beware the New Malware Targeting Open Redirects

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New Malware is ever-emerging, especially as technology progresses.

A new spam campaign is pretending to be a WebEx meeting invite, which then pushes a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to the email recipient.

An open redirect is when a legitimate site allows unauthorized users to create URLs on that site to redirect visitors to other sites1.

This allows cyberattackers to use reliable and reputable company URLs to deliver malware and more easily trick victims into believing a link sent by email is real.

The RAT included in the WebEx meeting invite can delete files, download and execute malicious software on your computer, use webcams, steal passwords, and more.

Protect yourself and your business from all kinds of cyberthreats with IntelliSecure.

With IntelliSecure, you get:

  • A complete, turnkey security solution
  • Pro-active security monitoring
  • Secure, encrypted, remote administration
  • Comprehensive support, including security patches and updates, as required

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the benefits of IntelliSecure for protecting your small business’ cybersecurity.

1 https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/clever-webex-spam-use-cisco-redirect-to-deliver-rat-malware/

Blue Light: How It Affects Us and How to Filter It

Blue Light: How It Affects Us and How to Filter It

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Working in front of a computer for hours a day has its effects on your eyes and brain.

All screens, whether it be a computer monitor or smartphone, emit blue light which prevents you from sleeping at night and strains your eyes.

By filtering this blue light out, the residual effects of blue light are decreased, and your eyes and brain are more easily able to relax.

Windows 10 features Night Light, which automatically lowers the amount of blue light emitted from computer screens.

It displays warmer colors that reduce eye strain and make it easier to fall asleep at night, and the color temperature can be customized in the settings.

The Night Light feature can also be scheduled to turn on and off at sunset or sunrise, or between whichever times you desire.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the advantageous technological features your computer has to offer.

How Daylight Saving Time Can Affect Small Businesses

How Daylight Saving Time Can Affect Small Businesses

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Daylight saving time came to an end for another year this past Sunday, with the clocks being set one hour back.

While one hour may not seem like a lot, the adjustment can affect not only people but technology.

You may notice you feel tired or well-rested after daylight saving time, depending on if you lose or gain an hour. Regardless, it can be slightly disorienting.

Beware that your small business’ tech may also be affected. Below are some of the items you may want to doublecheck are reflecting the accurate time:

  • meeting times
  • scheduled bank deposits
  • calendar-syncing between devices
  • devices that lock users out based on time of day
  • manual clocks
  • and more

Usually, tech will sync up automatically as the time changes, but it’s not always the case.

Don’t feel even more disoriented after daylight saving time by ensuring your tech is following the right time so your business operations run as scheduled.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about keeping all your tech in sync.

Cybersecurity Trends to Watch for in 2020

Cybersecurity Trends to Watch for in 2020

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2020 is fast-approaching, and new cybersecurity trends are emerging.

With cyberthreats being ever-present, businesses of all sizes need to remain in-the-know about upcoming cybersecurity measures for complete data, file, and device security.

Check out some of the trends below to stay ahead of the curve and protect your business:

  • Spending: Spending on cybersecurity solutions, which includes software, hardware, and services, could top over $100 billion in 2020. A nearly 10% increase from two years ago, allotted funds for cybersecurity are on the rise.
  • AI: AI will not only be used to defend against cyberattacks, it will also be used by cybercriminals as a form of offense — increasingly modern AI attacks and defense technologies will be on the rise in 2020.
  • 5G: 5G technology will become more prevalent, and with it comes the need for more defense. More 5G IoT devices will connect directly to the 5G network instead of a Wi-Fi router, allowing a more direct way for cybercriminals to access the network.
  • Data: Data will be increasingly at risk, as cyberattackers will attempt to capture data as it is in transit from one source to another.
  • The cloud: With more people switching to the cloud for data and file sharing and storage, cloud providers are amping up security with access security brokers, firewalls, and web gateways to prevent attackers from accessing information.

Be prepared and protect your small business in 2020 by being aware of cybersecurity trends like those mentioned above.

Contact IntelliSyn today for more information on how to protect your small business from all kinds of cyberthreats.

How to Integrate Tech in the Boardroom for Maximum Productivity

How to Integrate Tech in the Boardroom for Maximum Productivity

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Comfy chairs, big tables, and whiteboards are no longer enough to outfit a boardroom; technology, when integrated properly, is essential for a fully operational and efficient workspace.

The boardroom is often the room needing the most plentiful and varied tech, as it is the room most often used by a variety of employees and clients — all with different tech needs.

Ensure your boardroom provides optimal productivity with the following tips:

  • Ensure tech is Mac- and PC-compatible for all kinds of employee devices.
  • Ensure all cords and dongles are available for connection to a multitude of devices.
  • Have both wired and wireless internet connectivity options, so everyone can access the network.
  • Consider investing in a boardroom control system, where lighting, heating and air, curtains, and switching equipment can all be controlled by one integrated device, allowing for quick and seamless room automation.
  • Integrate and streamline tech devices within the boardroom to work together, instead of having disparate systems that either work against each other or slow each other down.

Establish a cooperative and integrated workspace where employees can connect and access data easily with the tips above.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the best way to integrate technology into your business’ boardroom.

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Themes 2019

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Themes 2019

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Every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an internationally recognized campaign, informs the public of the importance of cybersecurity.

The campaign focused on helping people and businesses be more secure online by knowing the steps to take to protect themselves and their businesses from cyberthreats and attacks.

Here are some themes touched upon this year1:

  • How cyberthreats work: Cyberthreats are defined, and the way they work is explained.
  • How cyberthreats affect you: The different ways cyberthreats affect the individual are explained.
  • How to protect yourself online: Steps to protect yourself online are discussed in detail.
  • How to protect your small business: The different ways cyberthreats affect small businesses and what can be done to prevent them is discussed.

Become aware of the different cyberthreats targeting individuals and small businesses by keeping up to date this cybersecurity awareness month.

Contact IntelliSyn to learn more about how you can protect your small business from all kinds of cyberthreats.

 

1https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/csam/thms-en.aspx

Rootkits: The Malware to Be Aware of

Rootkits: The Malware to Be Aware of

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A rootkit is a piece of software that provides privileged access to crucial business infrastructure. Malicious rootkits are extremely beneficial for cyberattackers because they remain undetected.

Protect your business against malicious rootkits by ensuring your IT security is solid to prevent data and file corruption and theft.

A malicious rootkit is spread by an installation program and malicious code working together to infect computers through common software that is otherwise healthy.

When a person downloads seemingly healthy software, if there is a malicious rootkit attached, it will alter parts of the computer system to show normal signs, while it keeps the malware invisible.

Malicious rootkits can steal and corrupt a business’ data and files if not detected and removed.

Eliminate the risk with scalable, turnkey IntelliSecure managed security and unified threat management (UTM) services.

It protects your network and data from desktop-to-cloud with firewalls, content filtering, anti-virus, antispam, anti-spyware, data management, and intrusion prevention systems.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about protecting your business from all kinds of cyberthreats.

Tech Trends to Watch for in 2020

Tech Trends to Watch for in 2020

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Technology is ever-evolving, with new, improved ways of doing old things being the most prominent.

Keep your business on top of the trends predicted to become common in 2020 by checking out this list:

  • Mobile commerce: Shopping on mobile devices isn’t new, but it will become the prevalent way to purchase in 2020. With intuitive apps and user-friendly mobile sites facilitating simple shopping, it’s only up from here for mobile commerce.
  • 5G: With newer tech comes faster tech. 5G networks allow lightning-fast internet, and will be rolling out all over the world in 2020.
  • App decline: The difficulty in finding and downloading apps will lessen as companies invest and compete to be the best this coming year.
  • AI as a Service: Artificial intelligence will be combined into software, and at an affordable price. Machine learning solutions have already been rolled out in large companies, and it will become even more integrated in the future.

With these technology trends on the horizon, look at how your business can benefit from integrating them into daily operations for optimal business success.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about how future tech trends can have an effect on your business.

How to Check Your Business iPads for Malware

How to Check Your Business iPads for Malware

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iPads are one of the best mobile tech tools to use for business because of how safe they are.

Unless jailbroken, the risk of virus infection is rare. And being that there’s no malware that solely targets iPads, you can feel at ease when using an iPad for important business data and files.

BUT, there are a few things that could still threaten businesses through the use of iPads.

Phishing scams, that take information like passwords, and adware are as accessible on an iPad as a computer.

Here are a few ways to check if an iPad has been afflicted with either of the above:

  • To check if a phishing scam or adware is present while browsing the internet, check the web browser’s URL. If it is misspelled or has a lot of letters and numbers, you should exit the page as it is very possibly a scam.
  • To rid your iPad of persistent pop-up ads, clear the cache.
  • Keep an eye on your email and the presence of any strange notifications. If any appear suspicious, report them as spam and delete them from your inbox.

Another important step to ensure your iPad runs smoothly and without issues is to update it and its apps regularly. Updates contain security features, and will help in protecting your iPad.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about protecting your business’ tech from all kinds of cyberthreats.

Security Spike: Beware This Malware

Security Spike: Beware This Malware

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NanoCore RAT (Remote Access Trojan), a powerful, new version of trojan malware is being offered for free over the dark web.

The risk of cyberattacks rising is a huge concern, warns cybersecurity companies.

This malware can steal payment details, passwords, and can even secretly record audio and video of Windows users.

NanoCore RAT was first seen in 2013, and still wreaks havoc today.

It has been known to shut down or restart computers, as well as control mice and open webpages, all remotely and unwillingly by the victim.

Protect your business computers and data with IntelliSecure.

IntelliSecure services are available under three service families:

  • Managed Firewall, which provides secure management and monitoring of your network security at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. It’s built on security devices from award-winning appliance manufacturers.
  • Data Protection, which is designed to keep your data safe and accessible at all times. It goes beyond basic transaction-based backup offerings to provide network backup for files, objects, and transactions. This includes complete backup and protection of your on-site files and folders, as well as your off-site data in virtual machines.
  • Managed Virtual Private Network (VPN), which provides secure, encrypted communications for employees and teleworkers, wherever they are.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about keeping your business protected from all kinds of cyberthreats.