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The basics of fending off ransomware attacks

October 20th, 2021 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “The basics of fending off ransomware attacks”

“Ransomware attacks increasing and evolving. For the sake of your organization, learn, implement and update your strategy before you become a victim.”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


Ransomware has been an ongoing menace for business and government organizations for nearly ten years. It has become one of the most profitable and popular business models for criminal organizations. As it matures, experts predict ransomware will become an even more significant and sinister threat as attacks become more common, sophisticated and potentially expensive for victims.

In light of these predictions, many businesses and organizations may need to revisit their cybersecurity practices, even those who have avoided or successfully fended off attacks.

This article by Mike Loukides for securityinfowatch.com provides insight on the future direction of the threat and a practical outline for fending off ransomware attacks.


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Phishing Attacks Are Top Cyber Crime Threat, Easier Than Ever to Create and Deploy

October 18th, 2021 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Phishing Attacks Are Top Cyber Crime Threat, Easier Than Ever to Create and Deploy”

“Don’t let your guard down just because they’ve been around a while. Phishing attacks are more prevalent than ever! “

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


Phishing attacks have been around since the mid-1990s. One of the burning questions pondered by business owners, IT security professionals, government agencies and organizations alike is, “Why is one of cyber crime’s oldest threats still going strong?”  For example, an annual FBI report recently calculated losses of over $4 billion in 2020 from internet crimes, with phishing attacks leading the way. The Anti-Phishing Working Group reports that January 2021 marked an unprecedented high in the APWG’s records, with over 245,771 phishing attacks in one month.

To get a better insight, look at this 4-minute read by Vio Onut, Ph.D. co-authored by Chenta Lee, Limor Kessem for securityintelligence.com, highlighting recent findings from IBM’s continuous deep dive into phishing attacks.


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Windows 11: Here Are The 10 Biggest New Features

October 11th, 2021 Posted by Life and Culture, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Windows 11: Here Are The 10 Biggest New Features”

” Microsoft insights and early reviews point to Windows 11 being a big step up from Windows 10!”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


It’s here! The arrival of Windows 11 signals a new era in operating systems, and Windows 11 promises to be a leap forward instead of a slight improvement. Exciting features for this major update include improved security, a revitalized user interface, AI-powered widgets, improvements to memory and a revamped Microsoft Store. All these changes are available as of October 5, 2021. Get the full story here in this article by Wade Tyler Millward for crn.com. 


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The Upside Down: Inside the Dark Web

October 6th, 2021 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “The Upside Down: Inside the Dark Web”

“The dark web is a mysterious and frightening place to many of us. This article can help you understand it better and keep your information from ending up there!”

Glenn Baruck, Chicago Voice & Data


For most average internet users, what we see and utilize on the web is only a minute segment of what exists. We all have heard the term “The Dark Web.” Yet, most casual internet users have no idea what that term means and what information is out there on the dark web.

In this short but informative article, Jay Ryerse of Connectwise.com breaks down the different web layers and provides an excellent overview of what exists on the dark web, how you can protect your information from getting there and how to see if it already has.


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Strategies to Help Protect Your Digital Footprint

September 30th, 2021 Posted by Life and Culture, Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Strategies to Help Protect Your Digital Footprint”

“Digital footprints, almost everyone has one; the question is how do you protect it from the bad guys?”

Glenn Baruck, Chicago Voice & Data


Like it or not, you have a digital footprint. It’s unavoidable; you create a digital footprint if you access the internet from a computer, tablet, smartphone, or just about any smart device.

So, what exactly is a digital footprint? Is a digital footprint good or bad? How do you protect your digital footprint from being misused? These are all relevant questions, and fortunately for us, they are the focus of this excellent piece from Morganstanley.com.


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Microsoft: Windows 11 Arrives Oct. 5 As A Free Upgrade

September 27th, 2021 Posted by Security & Surveillance, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (SMBs), Technology 0 thoughts on “Microsoft: Windows 11 Arrives Oct. 5 As A Free Upgrade”

“Windows 11 will be here sooner than we thought. Excellent news for millions of Windows users as well as those looking to upgrade to new Windows machines!”

Glenn Baruck, The eDot Family of Companies


Heads up, Microsoft Windows users and fans! Great news, Microsoft has announced that Windows 11 will arrive earlier than initially anticipated on new devices and an upgrade for qualified users!

Get the whole story on the release date and other details in this quick update by Kayle Alspach for CRN.com.  


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