Your business should consider a network security audit

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Security, Homeland Secure IT, Linux, Microsoft, security, Technology 0 Comments

Are you ready for 2017? How about your business network? This is a prime time to schedule a network security audit that will find the potential issues which are laying dormant, waiting for a “bad guy” to take advantage of them and exploit your network. Using a wide array of tools, Homeland Secure IT can perform a penetration test (PenTest) …

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Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor trojan might encourage you to get anti-virus on your Mac

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Mac, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security 0 Comments

A story over on the Bitdefender blog warns that a trojan that is posing as a file converter (EasyDoc Converter.app) is out in the wild and once it is run, creates a connection to the outside world, allowing full control of your Apple Mac computer. If you do not have current anti-virus / anti-malware software on your Mac, this will …

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Adobe out of band patch fixes flash vulnerability (Windows / Mac / Linux)

JohnMHoyt Apple, Computer Security, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server 0 Comments

Adobe has released an out of band patch that corrects a flaw in Flash player which could permit an attacker to take control of an exploited system. This is actively being exploited by hackers and we recommend that the patch be applied immediately. More information about this security issue can be found on Adobe’s security website. If you require any …

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Windows 8 automatic restart after updates really upsets some people

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows 0 Comments

So you’ve got Windows 8 and you are loving it, or maybe not. Once you get past that totally different interface, and the login if you are on a domain, one annoying trait that may tweak your shorts is the forced automatic restart after updates are applied. You would notice that where Windows keeps saying that your machine is going …

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Apple Macs infected with malware – at Apple Inc

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Repair, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows 0 Comments

Remember the computer that is impervious to malware, the Apple Mac? Well here’s one for you… Yesterday, Apple Inc announced that computers within their own network have been exploited.  Mac computers in other companies have also been exploited. It’s always a heated subject whenever I mention that more and more Apple Macs are becoming compromised. Very passionate people will argue …

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From the WatchGuard Security Center: Don’t be a target – Anticipate and Monitor for APT Activity

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, Connectivity, Homeland Secure IT, Microsoft, Partners, Sales, Secure IT Alert, security, WatchGuard 0 Comments

Every once in a while I will find a blog post that is just wish everyone knew about… Here’s one that was posted on the WatchGuard Security Center site, stolen  borrowed in its entirety. You can find the original post at this link HERE…. — Our security predictions for 2012 forecasted that the class of targeted attacks known at APTs …

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Your South Carolina business credit may at risk

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, Secure IT Alert, security 0 Comments

You would have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the fact that network security at the South Carolina Department of Revenue has been compromised and that millions of Social Security Numbers have been potentially absconded with. What you might not know is that over 650 thousand businesses have also potentially been affected as well! The …

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SC Department of Revenue cyber attack exposes 3.6 million social security numbers

JohnMHoyt Business, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server 0 Comments

A data breech due to a cyber attack on a South Carolina Department of Revenue web server has exposed a potential 3.6 million SC social security numbers and approximately 387,000 debit card numbers, however, the official report indicates that only a small portion of the card numbers were not encrypted. You can read about the attack timeline and response here and …

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Relying on Jesus for computer and network security will not protect you

JohnMHoyt Apple, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, Linux, Mac, Microsoft, OS X, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows, Windows Server 0 Comments

I bet that title got your attention! But according to a list of passwords examined, “Jesus” will not protect you, as it is on SplashData’s list of password’s that are considered unsafe due to the sheer usage of them. Obviously, “password” is the worst, followed by “123456” and “12345678”. I stole the following list of passwords from SplashData from the …

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Helpdesk Upgrade Alert – Your Mailbox is almost full scam emails still going around

JohnMHoyt Apple, Business, Computer Security, Computer Service, Computer Support, Homeland Secure IT, John M. Hoyt's Personal Stuff, Mac, Microsoft, Secure IT Alert, security, Windows 0 Comments

An email arrives in your inbox with the subject of “Helpdesk Upgrade Alert”, tells you that your mailbox is almost full, and it includes a handy indicator saying that of your 244 MB quota, you have used 241MB. The text reads, “The Helpdesk is upgrading and maintaining database Server from the old Microsoft Server (No420134x) to the new Microsoft Server …

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