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7 Scary Facts and Figures About Cyber Security

Posted by Jaclyn Sindel on Oct 30, 2018 1:45:00 PM

 

As we wrap up National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) we're also welcoming Halloween! This is the time of the year that the fictional monsters come out to play, but what about the monsters hiding behind a keyboard all year long? That's right, cyber criminals are the monsters who are out and about 365 days per year, disturbing the peace and unleashing chaos on end users. Here are our 7 scary facts about cyber security:

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Topics: Networks & Security, Security

In Case You Missed Us: Polymorphic Ransomware on Tech Talk on KTRS

Posted by Jaclyn Sindel on Oct 11, 2018 11:32:10 AM

To pay or not to pay, that is the end-user's question. When the situation calls for whether someone should pay up in a ransomware attack, our IT expert, Jeff Groby suggests not. People who decide to pay the ransom can actually end up doing more harm than good. You are putting a big target on your back when you pay up by letting the cyber criminals know you're willing to pay. We joined the crew over at The Big 550 KTRS for Tech Talk to chat about polymorphic ransomware in theme with our topic for National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

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Topics: Tech Talk, Networks & Security

A Proactive Approach to Email Security

Posted by Randall Moore on Oct 9, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Practicing strong email safety goes beyond using a good password and being cautious about opening a message that looks spammy. Malicious emails are looking more and more like the real deal every day. This practice is called phishing. Before we can help you to keep your eyes peeled for phishing attacks, it's sensible to explain the nature of those domains for people who have not encountered the term in the past. Phishing is a straightforward concept many hackers will use to steal email and account information by tricking individuals into handing over their details.

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Topics: Security, Networks & Security

In Case You Missed Us: Smart Home Security on Tech Talk with KTRS

Posted by Jaclyn Sindel on Oct 4, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Adding smart technologies to your home has increasingly grown in popularity in recent years, and so have the mounting security-related issues that follow. Whether you use a home monitoring system, a smart thermostat, high-tech baby monitors, or something else, the need to secure your technology is crucial. Our IT expert, Jeff Groby, joined the crew at The Big 550 KTRS to talk about smart home security for Tech Talk on the Guy Phillips Show last week. This technology can make life easier, but it's only as good as the security you have set up around it.

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Topics: Tech Talk, Networks & Security

10 Ransomware Attacks and How to Protect Your Business

Posted by Jeffery S. Groby on Oct 2, 2018 3:45:00 PM

Ransomware is the leading cyber security threat in 2018. In a recent podcast, Hal Lonas, CTO of the security software provider Webroot, offered a succinct explanation of how ransomware has flipped the security threat paradigm on its ear. “It used to be that the bad guys wanted data because it was valuable to them,” he said. “With ransomware, they’re essentially asking: ‘your data isn’t valuable to me, but how much is worth to you?’ It’s scary how smart it is.” New types of ransomware will continue to surface. Hackers are constantly modifying ransomware code to evade detection by defense technologies, such as security software. This year, we’ve witnessed a surge in “polymorphic” malware, which is malware that changes automatically to appear unique to different endpoints. Security software often fails to discover these variants. To decrypt files, hackers typically request payment in the form of bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

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Topics: Networks & Security, IT Management, Technology

In Case You Missed Us: IT Tips for End Users on Tech Talk with KTRS

Posted by Jaclyn Sindel on Sep 7, 2018 9:45:00 AM

Last week for Tech Talk on The Big 550 KTRS, we took our topic very seriously. Our IT expert, Jeff Groby, joined the show to talk about end-user education with technology and he fielded calls from our listeners. Jeff tackled different topics from email mishaps all the way to using aftermarket toners at home. End-user education is important not only in the workplace, but at home too. Are you using the best practices when it comes to end-user security?

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Topics: Tech Talk, Technology, Networks & Security

In Case You Missed Us: PGA Ransomware and Website Security on Tech Talk with KTRS

Posted by Jaclyn Sindel on Aug 17, 2018 9:47:35 AM

The great sports city St. Louis was busy last week hosting the 100th Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) Championship at Bellerive Country Club. The tournament was the buzz of the entire country, city, and of our weekly Tech Talk segment on The Big 550 KTRS. Guy Phillips was on location at Bellerive and joined the show via call to chat with our IT expert, Jeff Groby, about the PGA Ransomware attack and the dangers of not using a secured connection online. 

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Topics: Tech Talk, Technology, Networks & Security