When NOT To Use A Security Code

Ever feel like you're in a Month Club with all the scams and viruses? "What do we need to be care of this month?!" You're not alone.

Our passion is to keep Bay Area businesses safe from scams and other factors that affect cyber security.

This new scam alert involves the security codes that are texted to our phones.

Working From Home? DON’T DO THIS!

If you plan on catching up on some work from home AND you’re using a personal device such as a smartphone or personal laptop to log in to cloud applications – DON’T! Unless your personal device is covered under our managed service plan, you could accidentally introduce a virus to the company’s network.

The Little-Known Truth About Business Bank Fraud

Did you know your COMPANY’S bank account doesn’t enjoy the same protections as a personal bank account when it comes to fraud? If a hacker takes money from your business account, the bank is NOT responsible for replacing your funds. (Don’t believe us? Go ask your bank what their policy is on refunding money stolen from your account!) Many people erroneously believe the FDIC protects you from fraud; it does not.

Is This Request Really From The Boss?

Here’s a common scam: you get an e-mail from the boss (or your spouse, parents or other trusted person) asking you to send them a copy of employee pay stubs, tax information and files with confidential data such as social security numbers in them; or they’re asking you to transfer or ACH payment to a vendor or a different bank account.

Don’t Just Throw Out That Old Computer

Getting rid of old computers or servers? Did you know that the components used in technology equipment are not landfill-safe? On top of the environmental hazards, unprotected e-waste typically contains a lot of confidential and private information in the form of saved passwords, Internet history and files left on the retired computer or server.

Be VERY Careful What You Put In Any E-mail

Never forget that e-mail constitutes a legal record and can be admissible in legal actions, not only in the courtroom, but in the court of public opinion. People sue people for all kinds of reasons. Family members get into disputes, couples get divorced, consumers sue merchants, and vendors can pursue delinquent clients.

NEVER Use The Same Password Twice

A complex password is a necessity, but hard to remember. And with so many websites requiring a password these days, users often reuse the same password again and again with different sites. BAD idea.

When a big company gets hacked (like LinkedIn, for example), the criminals post and sell the username, e-mail, password, and confidential information in that account.

Your Copier Is Spying On You

Modern business equipment has radically changed how we conduct everyday business. Do you realize that copiers and multifunction printers (MFPs) are also one of the leading causes of data breaches?

They are the one device on the network that commonly does not ever have the default password changed.