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Straw, Sticks, or Brick: How to Tell Which Your Network Is, and How to Improve It

Just yesterday, someone told me they think they are secure because they have anti-virus, strong passwords and a firewall.

Last weekend, I asked my daughter to tell me a fairy tale. She chose The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf. As she told the story, it became so clear that organizations use straw, sticks, or brick to build their cyber-security protection. See which you are, and how to improve: Continue reading ‘Straw, Sticks, or Brick: How to Tell Which Your Network Is, and How to Improve It’


Get Apple’s Urgent Patches that Fix Dozens of Security Holes

For those of you with Apple products, Apple just released some important updates.

Knowing that updates might cause a problem, please back up your computer first. You are backing up all the time already, right? Time Machine is a wonderful tool and is built in. If you want to supplement Time Machine with an additional backup, Carbon Copy Cloner from Bombich dot com is very popular and clients experience great results. You’ll need a couple of external USB drives, but the investment is worth it.

In case you are not familiar with how to apply patches, here are instructions:

On your Apple computer, even if your computer is set for automatic updates, it is good to verify that you have the most recent patches. Click on the image of the apple in the top left corner, and choose App Store. If not already selected, choose Updates inside the title bar that already contains the words: Featured, Top Charts, Categories, Purchased, and Updates. You may see many updates for your applications, and those are fine to apply, but the urgent one is the update called macOS Sierra Update and the version is 10.12.5. If you’ve not updated in a while, you may see other macOS updates too.

iPhone and iPad users, press on the Settings icon that looks like a gear. In the left-hand column, select General, and you’ll see Software Update on the right-hand column near the top. The most recent patch is for iOS 10.3.2.

If you want to configure automatic updates for your Apple computers, find instructions by searching for this phrase in Google: Automatic security updates os x site:apple.com

If you want to configure automatic updates for the iPhone and iPad, find instructions by searching for this phrase in Google: Automatic security downloads iOS site:apple.com

Please forward this to everyone you know who uses Apple devices and you want to help be more secure…


Patching – 10 Steps to Seal the Holes in Your Armor

You’ve likely heard of the massive ransomware attack that has taken down so many organizations, including hospitals, around the world. The ransomware appears to have exploited a bug for which Microsoft released a fix a little over a month ago. Follow these 10 steps to help protect your organization from this, and from future attacks: Continue reading ‘Patching – 10 Steps to Seal the Holes in Your Armor’


The Jet Seemed to Explode

We were flying at more than 500 mph, seven miles straight up. It was around 11 pm and we were over the Northern US during a snowstorm. The big explosion in the plane surprised everyone… Continue reading ‘The Jet Seemed to Explode’


Attackers Are Using Mobile Devices as a Bridge into Your Network

A newly discovered virus, called Milky Door, permits attackers to connect to your organization’s network through apps on mobile devices. The users have no idea their mobile device is being used in this way. Continue reading ‘Attackers Are Using Mobile Devices as a Bridge into Your Network’


Alert Your IT Team – Urgent Patch for Network Servers

Many organizations use VMware to host their servers. VMware has released an urgent update they label as Continue reading ‘Alert Your IT Team – Urgent Patch for Network Servers’


Alert – A Popular Password Manager Has Serious Security Flaw Right Now

A password manager company announced that there is a vulnerability that could allow attackers to gather stored passwords. Continue reading ‘Alert – A Popular Password Manager Has Serious Security Flaw Right Now’


Your iPhone and iPad are in Danger

If you use Apple products, here is what to do to protect yourself. By now, you’ve probably heard that attackers have told Apple that they have access to millions Continue reading ‘Your iPhone and iPad are in Danger’


Protect Against Bad Attachments and Employee Downloads

Imagine giving each of your team members a loaner computer every time they need to open a file that they download or receive as an attachment. The loaner computers won’t be connected to your network, so if a file is infected, ransomware and other viruses would not affect your network. Continue reading ‘Protect Against Bad Attachments and Employee Downloads’


Alert IT to Graphics Component Patches

Security patches are so important to security, but they are difficult to manage and you always stand the risk of a patch interrupting productivity. And there are some new patches your IT team needs to know about… Continue reading ‘Alert IT to Graphics Component Patches’