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Essential Cyber Security Guide for Small Business

IT Cybersecurity incidents have a devastating impact on business and small home offices with an average loss in 2019 costing over $330,000 per incident according to London insurer Hiscox (who have a vested interest in selling cyber insurance). However, the loss of data and reputation can't be quantified. Which is why professional service companies are such a sweet target.

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RANSOMWARE TO PAY OR NOT TO PAY?

Ransomware, surprisingly amateur, but very effective, has been the simple bitcoin message 'We have been watching you, on your laptop, you are a very sick boy'. The email simply tells you, they have been watching you on your webcam, and they have the evidence which will be posted online if you don't pay them immediately.

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Police warn Business to watch for email, invoice scams.

Businesses have been warned of an internet email scam which has seen fraudsters steal €650,000 from two commercial companies recently.

They were settling what looked like legitimate invoices from real suppliers. One company lost €200,000 and the other €453,000, gardaí said on Monday.
 

The criminals send emails to businesses and individuals from whats looks like the real supplier. The emails request firm to change the bank account details on record for the supplier to a new bank account, controlled by the criminals.

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Allianz, The German Insurer, says Cyber threat, IT Failure is a bigger threat than Fire, Theft, Flood.

In this article, we want to discuss hosted endpoint protection and explain why you should be seriously considering it. Hackers and online criminals are not sophisticated people, they regard everybody as fair game. One of the most productive areas for them to attack is the SMB sector especially small-business. This is sadly highlighted by the number of small American towns which have been completely shut down by IT criminals and cybercrime gangs mainly from ransomware attacks.

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CyberAttack Update for Business. 95% of all breaches could have been prevented.

It’s said that conservatively 2 million cyberattacks took place in 2018 costing an estimated $45 billion in damages worldwide.

Most experts place this figure much higher, as many still don’t reports attacks or payments. Prevention and Protection are the best way to protect your business. 

 

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The Internet never forgets, The Public never forgives

Five things we can start doing to protect our young school kids, students and ourselves online. Everyday we learn that large Tech companies including Facebook, Amazon, Google, Snapchat, Microsoft fail to defend our privacy (and appear to many, as simply not caring) and many openly sell and share our date with valued commericial partners which means anyone who buys advertising which is millions of us. Like Google, they have morphed into advertising companies.  

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Does China own your VPN too?

The purpose of a “Virtual Private Network” (VPN) is to offer the user a secure internet tunnel, logging absolutely none of their internet activity, data exchanged or data received.

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Internet Safety - France bans Cellphones in Schools for ages 6 -15

It’s no longer a request, France is officially banning the use of phones in schools for children aged 6 – 15 from September 2018.

Presidents Macron and especially his wife Brigitte, a former teacher herself are particularly eager to see this law enforced.

The proposed ban was a key part of his presidential campaign. So there’s a good chance it will receive international support when it comes into full force.

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Cybersecurity is a Business problem, not just an IT risk

Traditionally, cybersecurity issues fell on the shoulders of the IT department, however, with business becoming more and more digitised – it’s become more of a business issue.

Now more than ever, businesses need to shift their mindset from questioning “if” their business will experience a cyber-attack to “when” will they be threatened and “how” will they respond. There must be a cyber security procedure in place.

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Social Network Safety Centres and help section links

As online protection and internet security provider BeSecureOnline thought that it would be a great idea to list some of the biggest sites on the internet and their safety links and community guidelines.

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