Recently we have had a couple of companies contact us with their Microsoft email addresses compromised. In one case the passwords that the person had used was a weak – just a simple 7 letter word. So we are recommending that customers ensure that they use strong passwords.
With GDPR encrypting USB drives with BitLocker is an easy way to help to secure personal data.
Part of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation – more here https://technologytamed.com/gdpr/) is assessing the way you store customer data. Some businesses backup to removable USB drives which are then taken offsite. Or use removable USB drives to transport data. If personal data is stored in this way a GDPR recommendation is that the device is encrypted. If you have Windows 10 Professional or Ultimate encrypting USB drives with BitLocker is relatively easy.
The ransomware that has affected the NHS and other computers exploits security flaws in the old versions of Windows – specifically Windows XP, Vista, 8, Server 2003 and 2008. Microsoft have issued a security update for these operating systems. Once it has accessed a computer it spreads around the organisation using a flaw in Microsoft’s SMB protocol.
Throughout 2016 security firms such as Symantec were reporting that small businesses were increasingly being targeted. The hope is that this won’t be repeated in 2017, but January is a good time to review the first, most basic, tool for security. Passwords.
“43% of all attacks are now targeted at small businesses,” she said. “They are paying the price for being online.”
Sian John, a chief strategist at Symantec.
More and more security professionals are recommending that home users and businesses should now have more than Internet security software. As you know criminals have realised that businesses can be targeted for money and are constantly developing new ways to do this. The Internet security companies are struggling to keep ahead of the threats.
There is a lot of concern at the moment about shopping online safeley and as it is coming up to Xmas when a lot of us purchase more online than usual, I thought you may appreciate some tips.
This year there have been a lot of stories of people purchasing tickets and items through bogus websites, so I thought you may appreciate some tips on how to check out if a website is genuine.