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Cyber Tip:  Know what breaches include your data before a phishing email hits your inbox

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 10/30/20 3:59 PM

Cyber criminals can use data leaked in big breaches to cause more harm to you with phishing emails.  Data from big breaches, which have almost become commonplace, wind up on the Dark Web quite quickly.  After they have your info via the Dark Web, they can craft some very convincing emails to you.  They can use identifiable information to customize the email to make it look legit.

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Tags: e-Mail, cybersecurity, data security





Keep Your Company Running Smoothly with Ekaru’s Enterprise IT Services

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 4/1/20 12:11 PM

Companies across industries are experiencing unprecedented stress and pressure right now on account of the COVID-19 pandemic. Offices are shutting down, employees are working remotely, and the sense of structure your team was accustomed to may be starting to feel like a distant memory. 

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Tags: data backup, cloud, data security, remote work





The End is Near!  Windows 7 End of Support January 2020

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 12/7/18 1:52 PM

Microsoft Windows 7 has long been a favorite operating system for business, but now the end of life for support is just one year away.  Although we're still seeing some line of business applications with problems running on Windows 10, it would be ill-advised to roll out any new systems with this operating system.  The official end date for extended support is January 14, 2020.  After this time, there will be no more security updates, and any system would be at risk for security problems, and out of compliance for a long list of industry security requirements.  

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Tags: Microsoft Windows 7, data security





A New Twist on the Microsoft Support Scam

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 11/1/18 10:42 AM

The "tech support" scam is a common threat on the Internet.  While working on your computer, a pop up will appear that says your computer has a problem and help is just a phone call or click away.  Many of these scams pretend to be from Microsoft.  The graphics may look very professional, and the tech jargon sounds convincing enough that may people fall for these scams.  After the "repair" is done, then you'll be asked for a credit card to pay.  Most people assume they won't fall for a scam, but if you're very busy, and the support price is low enough, it could seem like the fastest and most efficient way to get support and get back to work.  

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Tags: cybersecurity, data security





Ekaru Now Delivers Dark Web Monitoring Services through ID Agent Partnership

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 5/9/18 8:29 AM

Ekaru Offers Monitoring and Alerting of Stolen Digital Credentials, Increasingly Valuable Asset on Dark Web

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Tags: cybersecurity, data security





Texting, eMail, and HIPAA

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 3/12/18 1:15 PM

At the HIMSS Healthcare IT Conference last week in Las Vegas, Roger Severino, Director of the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the HIPAA enforcement agency, made some news when he said that health care providers may share Protected Health Information (PHI) with patients through standard text messages. Providers must first warn their patients that texting is not secure, gain the patients’ authorization, and document the patients’ consent.  Note that this only applies to communications with patients.

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Tags: Compliance, cybersecurity, data security, HIPAA





You need to know this before you sell or donate your old computer

Posted by Ann Westerheim on 8/28/17 1:54 PM

If you just got a new computer you might think its a good idea to sell or donate your old computer.  Why not make a few bucks or do a good deed?  

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Tags: data security





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