Executive IT Help

Watch out for W2 and Tax Fraud Phishing

The bad guys are starting their tax scams early this season! Everyone should look out for urgent emails and phone calls supposedly coming from the IRS or tax-related companies in the next few months. If you receive a phone call from the IRS claiming you owe back taxes and must...

CEO Fraud By Gift Card?

Your Boss emails and asks you to buy some gift cards and email him the codes from the back of the card.  You would do it, right?  A crafty mix of social engineering, great timing, and context act as the perfect ingredients to trick unwitting users into buying gift cards by...

CYBER MONDAY – BARGAINS AND CYBER-CRIME ABOUND

Online Shopping Offers Convenience and Risk The busy holiday season and all the online deals sometimes lead us to let our guard down when shopping online.  Cyber-criminals are busy this time of year too.   A few things to think about while shopping online: Use a credit card...

ONLINE BLACK FRIDAY SALES AND SCAMS

It’s the Holiday Season for the bad guys too! But not the way you might think. They go into scam-overdrive mode. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest on-line shopping days and they are out to get rich with your money. So what to look out for? At the moment, there...

RECOGNIZE PHISHING EMAIL SCAMS

Social Engineering Red Flags #1: Sender   The prevalence of phishing scams is at an all-time high. Because you are the key to preventing a cyberattack, it is important to question the legitimacy of every email you receive. Below is a list of questions to ask yourself about...

Social Media Quizzes – Fun and Harmless?

Fun and Games until you realize you just gave out the answers to your bank account security questions Browsing through my timeline on Facebook, I see many of my friends answering personality quizzes or answering seemingly harmless questions.  Its social media, we’re supposed to...

What is BDR? Backup and Disaster Recovery Explained

Backup and disaster recovery (BDR) is a combination of data backup and disaster recovery solutions that work cohesively to ensure a company’s business continuity and computer security.  Offsite cloud backups protect your data and with a Business Continuity plan, you can run your...

Recognizing Phishing Emails – Stay Safe

Recognizing Phishing Emails is the Key to Staying Safe Phishing emails are becoming much more common.  No one is immune.  If you have an email account, you will receive a phishing email at some time or another.  So, what exactly is phishing and how do you recognize it? “Phishing...

Elderly are Easy Targets for Scammers

Help with Technology and registering online accounts may protect them After recent changes in an elderly family member’s mental state, it was necessary to start managing her affairs.  She had no online presence and had always felt that kept her secure.  She wanted nothing to do...

Hurricane Harvey – BDR and Business Continuity

It’s been about three weeks since Hurricane Harvey dumped over 50 inches of rain on the Greater Houston area over a four day period.  Portions of Houston are still under water and will remain so for a few weeks at least.  Homes and businesses that had never flooded before were...