Apple Announcement Recap From October 18

Apple has made another announcement this year!
From it’s MacBook Pro line, to new AirPods, and finishing with new colors for its HomePod Mini!
We’re here to go over everything that Apple announced on 10/18.

MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro has gotten it’s biggest update in years. Apple announced it’s new generation of computers: MacBook Pro 14- and 16-inch powered by it’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Apple says these new chips are much faster and may go further as to replace the “Pro” performance computers powered by Intel chips. They removed the touch bar, but they are bringing back the HDMI port, and SD card slot, and a MagSafe connector. It will have 3 Thunderbolt 4 ports and also a headphone jack.

The M1 Pro chip is said by Apple to be “scary fast.” It has up to 10-core CPU, up to 32GB of unified memory, up to 16-core GPU (Graphical Processing Unit), up to 200GB/s memory bandwidth, up to 20 streams of 4K ProRes video playback, and support for two external displays. Both the 14-inch and the 16-inch can support the M1 Pro chip.

Apple has said that the M1 Max chip is “scary fastest.” Being as fast as it is, it has 10-core CPU, up to 32-core GPU (Graphical Processing Unit), up to 400GB/s memory bandwidth, support for four external displays, and up to 7 streams of 8K ProRes video playback. Both the 14-inch and the 16-inch can support the M1 Max chip.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro has up to 17 hours of video playback and 11 hours of wireless web browsing. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has up to 21 hours of video playback and 14 hours of wireless web browsing. Both MacBook models are also 8TB of storage.

The MacBook Pro lines are less than 4 mm thin, has custom optical films and diffusers (7 films and diffusers mixed), and the cameras are 1080p HD! The cameras are double the resolution and uses a lens with a wider  aperture that lets in more light.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro has a 14.2″ Liquid Retina XDR display. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 16.2″ Liquid Retina XDR display.

Apple has even upgraded their keyboards on the new computers. Removing the Touch Bar allowed Apple to bring in a full-height function key row to the Macbook Pro. There are shortcuts now for Spotlight, Siri, Dictation, and Do Not Disturb. They also made Touch ID have a new, tactical ring that guides your finger for a fast, easy, secure way to unlock your Mac.

The Macbook Pro 14-inch model starts at $1,999.00 and the 16-inch starts at $2,499.00. 

AirPods (3rd generation)


Apple released it’s new line of AirPods that were redesigned to look similarly to the AirPod Pros. The AirPod 3rd generation has up to 6 hours of listening time with one charge and up to 30 hours of total listening time with this case.

Here are a few new features for the AirPods 3rd generation:

  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracing.
  • Sweat and water resistant.
  • MagSafe, wireless, and Lightning charging.
  • Pitch-Perfect Control – You can press to play, pause, and skip through songs, or answer and end calls.

The AirPods 3rd generation is $179.00.

HomePod Mini

The new HomePod Mini‘s that were released in 2020 will now have different colors to add to the collection! The new colors are Blue, Yellow, and Orange.
All functions remain the same as far as the HomePod Mini is concerned.

The HomePod Mini’s still are $99.00. 

 

Cyber Security – Back To School Edition

Back to school is here and we start to see more children using technology for their assignments/homework.
We also see parents posting pictures of their children with back to school chalkboards.
We’re here to remind that anything can be used as personal data to hack into your information!

Back To School Pictures

September is that time where users can sign in to social media platforms and see those adorable back to school pictures that parents post. Posting pictures of the chalkboards with the child’s school, favorite things, grade, etc. Seems harmless, right? Not for hackers it isn’t. Malicious attacks can happen to your personal accounts just by posting a picture on social media.
Based off of this picture, hackers can see what your child’s name is, school, and sometimes favorite color. Based off of this, sometimes it can trace back to your password hints. Try to keep all personal information sacred and not posting the detailed chalkboards on social media.

Keep it personal to family/friends and try to keep it simple for social media. Be very mindful of what you post on social media. Don’t post any personal information that you don’t want someone using for a cyber attack.

DON’T!

DO!

Homework On Personal Computer

Now that the school year is starting, so will all the homework assignments that children will have to complete through different websites. One thing can lead to another and they can click on a link that can lead to a malicious attack happening. Be cautious on what your child is doing online! Clicking bad links can lead to your personal information on your PC to be accessed.

Clicking on a suspicious link is dangerous:
Information is sent.
Malicious software can be launched.
Your location can be determined.

If you don’t completely trust the site, don’t let it install or launch anything on it. Always make sure you have your firewall activated and monitor your child while using websites to make sure they don’t accidentally click on a link that would cause an attack.

Make sure you also familiarize yourself with all the websites your child needs to complete their assignments. If you’re able to navigate yourself through the website, you can help your child just steer towards where they need to go. This will help ensure that no extra links are being clicked on within the website so there won’t be any risks of malicious attacks.

Password Protection

Assignments being scheduled online and children having to login to specific website, this is a cause for them to have access to passwords. With passwords being such a big secret, children might not understand how important it is to protect data as much as we do. Creating a password can get tricky, but do not make it the same password as all your personal information!

A few tips on password protection:
 Do not use easy-to-guess passwords.
 “Complex passwords” are nice, “Cognitive Passwords” are better.
 Do not use the same password iterations.
 Never use the same password for all of your accounts.
 Do not use the same password at work that you use at home. Keep work and home separate.
 Do not give child password on paper. Could lose it and get into the wrong hands.
 Do not store passwords on documents online!

Make Use Of Parental Controls & Privacy Settings

Parental controls and privacy settings help you keep your child safe from cyberbullying and online predators by allowing you to establish boundaries around which sites your child can access, the amount of information they can share online, and the amount of time they can spend online outside of school. Don’t just configure the settings; explain the importance of them to your children. This is a great opportunity to shift into a larger discussion of online safety.

Make Sure Software & Devices Are Up-To-Date

Having updated software and devices allows important security settings to remain active within your device. Don’t keep pushing it off! That extra added protection will allow your children to have no issues and continue to stay secured.

Beware Of Phishing Scams

Monitoring your children’s school emails are important when it comes to cyber security.  Clicking on suspicious links and replying back to suspicious emails can lead to malicious attacks and causing personal data to be accessed. Talk to your child about the importance of emails and not clicking links they see unless approved by someone.

Avoid all suspicious emails!

Start off the school year right with these important tips to keeping your information safe!

Cyber Security – What Is It and Examples of Cyber Threats

Technology and data is the core of most organizations.
But what is cyber security and have you put the effort into effective cyber security?
We’re here to explain what it is and cyber security practices for effectively defending against hazards in the digital world with the help of Mike at Cybir!

Cybir is a continued core focus on a full suite of in-house cyber security, digital forensic and data recovery expertise, honed for litigation support, eDiscovery and expert witness services.

What Is Cyber Security?

Cyber security (as stated by Merriam-Webster ), is the measures taken to protect a computer or computer system against unauthorized access or attack.
Any organization that uses modern technology must face with the risk of cyber threats. Taking steps to address this risk is crucial for the operational security of businesses. Data breaches and cyber-attacks against businesses have the potential to cause huge financial and reputational damage. It could not only affect the business, but also the employees.

Examples of Cyber Threats

Malware
Malware, shorthand for “malicious software,” is an application that’s intended to cause damage to systems, steal data, gain unauthorized access to networks, or otherwise wreak havoc. This is the most common type of cyber threat. 

There are a number of malicious software variants, including:

  • Viruses – Attaches themselves to clean files, replicate, and spread to other files. They may delete files, force reboots, join machines to a botnet, or enable remote backdoor access to infected systems.
  • Worms – Similar to viruses, but without the need for a host file. Worms infect systems directly and reside in memory, where they self-replicate and spread to other systems on the network.
  • Backdoor – Used by attackers to secure remote access to infected systems, or to obtain unauthorized access to privileged information.
  • Trojans – Disguises themselves as a legitimate application, or simply hide within one. They discretely open backdoors to give attackers easy access to infected systems, often enabling the loading of other malware.

Ransomware
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it. Ransomware attacks often rely on social engineering techniques such as phishing, tricking users into downloading a dropper that retrieves and installs the payload. Once on the system, ransomware finds all files of a specific type locally and across the network, encrypting and often stealing them. The original files, recovery points, and backups are then deleted to prevent users from restoring the system on their own. Ransomware usually changes the file extension and adds a “help” file, explaining how victims can pay to recover their data.

Mike at Cybir also mentions data exfiltration. He states, “Ransomware is evolving where threat actors are also stealing data and saying, ‘ok great your backups worked and you restored, but you are still going to want to pay us if you do not want us to leak your data to the internet or dark web.'”

He states for protection, “For ransomware and malware traditional AV is no longer effective. Traditional AV basically has a definitions file where when it is running a scan it looks at the current file and compares it to its list of known good / bad files and then makes a decision about what happens to it from there. If it does not know anything about the file it likely skips right over it and allows it to pass. EDR/MDR/XDR SentinelOne provides best in class NextGen Antivirus, device control, firewall control and threat hunting capabilities.”

Cybir offers endpoint protection, detection, and response in conjunction to SentinelOne that provides best in class NextGen Antivirus, device control, firewall control and threat hunting capabilities.

Phishing
Phishing is a common attack technique that manipulates people into taking unsafe actions or divulging sensitive information. In typical phishing campaigns, attacks will use different types of communication – email, instant messages, SMS, and websites – to impersonate a trustworthy person or organization that they are familiar with and using that identity to trick users into clicking on malicious links, downloading malware-laden attachments, or disclosing sensitive personal information.

Mike at Cybir states, “This often leads to ransomware or a business email compromise type of attack.”

One way to stay protected from phishing attacks is training and education. Mike at Cybir states, “The keys are constant user training and education as well as a solution like ironscales that is going to profile an email and add banners/details to give the user a heads up.”

There are two types of phishing attacks – phishing which is wide-ranged and spear phishing which is targeting a specific individual/company.

Spear phishing requires a lot of research for the attacker, but these cyber threats are generally tailored to their target based on insider knowledge or information available on the web and/or through social media. They use reputable names within the company to attack someone who they think will fall for it. It requires extra effort to spear phish, but they are more likely to succeed.

PCS offers a variety of phishing training products to help you and your company stay protected and aware of what to look for when it comes to phishing attacks. 

Knowing the different malicious attacks out there, there are ways to monitor and keep protected again malicious attacks.

Cybir offers Security Operations Center As A Service (SOCAAS) with these key features –

For more information about cyber security and ways to stay protected, contact PCS today!

Cyber Insurance – How Important Is It?

Cyber attacks have increased throughout the years, but within the past year, more people are becoming aware of how important it is. Many are turning to cyber insurance as a means of protection against some of the effects of an incident,
but what is cyber insurance and how does it work?
We’re here to go over what you need to know with the help of Hardenbergh Insurance Group.

Hardenbergh Insurance states, “For many years now, there has been awareness that companies should be accountable for the safeguarding of the personally identifiable information of their customers.  One particular law that helped to raise awareness was the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) of 1996.  The vast majority of states have amended their state laws to address how companies and state agencies must respond to a security breach that results the compromise or potential compromise of personally identifiable information.  Most state laws dictate that in the event of a breach, not only must the organization notify the affected individuals, but also the specific state agency.”

Businesses such as health care providers, banks, law firms, accountants, hotels, retail stores, schools, public entities, charitable organizations, mortgage brokers, insurance agents, and other professional service providers, restaurants and any other business that maintains records of personally identifiable information all have a cyber liability exposure.

Today, the vast majority of businesses rely on their computer systems to run their business and to service their customers.  The inability to operate their computer system due to a cyber attack can cause severe financial damage to the organization.

What Is Cyber Insurance?

Cyber insurance, also known as cyber-liability insurance, is an insurance policy that helps protect organizations from the fallout from cyberattacks and hacking threats. Having cyber insurance protect against losses that are related to computer- or network-based incident.

Any business with an online component or one that sends or stores electronic data might benefit from cyber insurance.

What Does Cyber Insurance Cover

Key first party insuring agreements include the following:

  • Cyber Extortion – Costs to investigate, negotiate and settle threats made against the insured related to intentional computer attacks
  • Privacy Breach Response – Expenses for breach response services such as notification, credit monitoring and identity/credit repair
  • Business Interruption – Loss of income due to interruptions in business caused by breaches of an organizations network
  • Crisis Management – Expense of retaining a public relations firm to help mitigate damage to the organizations reputation and brand image caused by a cyber attack

Key third party insuring agreements include the following:

  • Technology Errors & Omissions – Error or omission in the performance of technology services resulting in third-party loss.
  • Privacy Liability – Failure to protect private or confidential information.
  • Security Liability – Failure of network and information security to prevent the transmission of computer viruses.
  • Media/Content Liability – Libel, slander, and other forms of disparagement, etc. with respect to the display of materials as well as infringement of a copyright by your website content.
  • Regulatory Actions – Regulatory actions brought by state or federal agencies to enforce privacy regulations.

Not all cyber liability insurance policies are the same.  Coverages can and will vary depending on the carrier and the insuring agreements purchased.  When evaluating which cyber liability policy is appropriate for your organization, it is important to evaluate both the first party insuring agreements and third party insuring agreements being offered.

When evaluating cyber liability alternatives for your business, it is crucial to be sure that the policy you select to protect your business contains the appropriate insuring agreements.  The Risk Management professionals at Hardenbergh Insurance Group can work with you to evaluate your exposure and to ensure that the appropriate coverage is in place to protect your business.

Most businesses are requiring clients to get cyber insurance. 

Cyber Risk Management Techniques That Can Be Implemented To Protect Your Organization From Cyber Attacks Said By Hardenbergh Insurance Group:

Cyber Security Practices We Should All Do- Staying Protected

Cyber security is one of the most talked about subjects in the technology field.
Having your business data secured is crucial, but there are ways to stay protected.
We’re here to help you keep your data protected with these security practices we should all do to ensure cyber security!

Changing Passwords/Password Strength

Password safety cannot be stressed enough! Changing your passwords every 60-90 days will allow your information to stay protected. With that, your cyber security will continue to increase.

Not only will changing your password help, but also make sure it is STRONG. Adding symbols, numbers, and making sure the length is 8 or more characters will help keep the password strong. In the example presented above, pa$$word1a has a stronger password strength than password1 (please don’t use example above for your next password).

Webroot has given some greats tips for creating a new password. Using a phrase and incorporate shortcut codes and acronyms will keep the password strong while being able to remember your favorite phrase or saying. Some examples are 2BorNot2B_ThatIsThe? (To be or not to be, that is the question) or ABT2_uz_AMZ! (About to use Amazon).  Unique passwords are harder to break through than weak and simple passwords (please do not use any examples given above).

When selecting a password, do not use any personal information! Using personal information can lead to hackers knowing the answers to your security questions.

Examples of personal information to not use:
Your name
Age
Date of birth
Child’s name
Pet’s name
Favorite color/song

Don’t Use The Same Password For Everything!

Using the same password for multiple logins will cause a bigger issue than you may think. Having the same password for your banking, company sites, or even for your email will allow hackers to get into multiple accounts rather than just the one they got into.

Having different passwords will increase your cyber security to allow your data to be protected. It seems hard at first, but having that variety will allow not only your companies information to stay safe, but your own personal data will continue to stay protected.

Using A Password Manager

A password manager is program that allows users to store, generate, and manage their passwords for local applications and online services. It assists in generating and retrieving complicated passwords, storing the passwords in an encrypted database or calculating them on demand.

Having this will alleviate having to write your passwords down on a piece of paper.  Writing your passwords on paper or even putting them on a Word/Google document will create an easier passage for hackers to get into your information.

Updating Your Antivirus

Your antivirus is used to prevent, scan, detect and delete viruses from a computer. But what happens when you don’t update your antivirus?
There are always new viruses developing and keeping your computer clear from them are important. When you don’t update your antivirus, it won’t protect against the newest threats, leading it to believe that it is nothing to worry about. You might not be as protected from cyber security risks as you might think. Even worse, your device could be at risk of the latest threats that your security product is not yet aware of.  Making sure you are updated on the latest software could relieve all stress in not knowing whether or not you are protected from any threats. This will continue to add that extra layer of cyber security you need.

Installing Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-Factor Authentication is a security technology that requires multiple methods of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify a user’s identity for a login or other transaction. Having that extra layer of protection will allow your data to be protected while making it difficult for any malicious attacks to happen.

Once you login, you will get a prompt on your phone asking if it is you with the name and address that is trying to login to your account.  When you see the pop-up, you have to click accept or deny.  After you accept that it is you, you will be let in! This is just another layer of cyber security that will help protect your data. DENY any user that is not you logging in!

Phishing Training

Keeping up with your phishing training is IMPORTANT! Malicious attacks are happening within your emails. Clicking on one bad link could lead to a data breach. Knowing how to identify a phishing scam could not only impact your company data, but also your personal information. Phishing training allows you to see simulations of different ways a threat email can come through for you to identify.

Identifying an email could seem harder than you think. Hackers have been able to make it so users think the email is coming from someone reputable within your company. We have broken down the ways to identify phishing emails in our post “Phishing Emails – Ways To Detect and Prevent Attacks,” but having an added layer of security by taking phishing training will decrease your chances of malicious attacks.

For more information or need help getting set up, contact PCS!

Phishing Emails – Ways To Detect and Prevent Attacks

Phishing has become one of the most common methods of cybercrime. Despite how much we think we know about scam emails, people still frequently fall victim.
We’re here show you how to detect a phishing email.

phishing scams

Message Is Sent From A Public Email Domain/Misspelled Domain

Sometimes, the hacker will try to use the same information as someone higher up in your organization (such as a president or manager) and use the same credentials but different domain. The one part to check specifically is the email domain. If the email is not recognizable, don’t click on anything!

One example is if the email is allegedly from PayPal, but the domain of the link does not include “paypal.com,” that’s a huge giveaway.  Looking at all your sources will help you identify what is legitimate and what is a malicious attack.

Make sure you are checking ALL parts of the email (not just the display name). Many of us don’t ever look at the email address that a message has come from, but rather just look at the display name. Hackers will use that against you by using the real sender’s picture and name that they are trying to impersonate. Looking into the email address that is sending you anything helps with being able to identify if it is legitimate or if it is a phishing email.

Email Is Poorly Written

When it comes to crafting phishing messages, scammers will often use a spellchecker or translation machine. It will give them all the right words but not necessarily in the proper context. Noticing poorly written emails will usually mean that it is coming from an outside source and it’s a spoof.  Keep an eye on poor grammar and spelling errors.

Message Has a Sense of Urgency

Phishing emails have a tendency of not only having grammatical errors, but it seems like they always have a sense of urgency. Hackers know that an email that seems urgent receives a little more attention to others emails that can be thrown into the back burner. Criminals know that we’re likely to drop everything if our superiors email us with a vital request. Taking the time to actually look at the email domain and how the email is typed out, you will see that it is a malicious attack and not anyone within the company.
Knowing the difference will help not only you, but the company itself with avoiding a data breach.

Suspicious Links

Sometimes when phishing emails are sent, you see either a button or a link that is attached. You can spot a suspicious link if the destination address doesn’t match the context of the rest of the email. Unfortunately, when a suspicious link is hidden behind a button, it is hard to determine if it is legitimist or if it is a fraud. Looking at the email address and identifying if it is real will help with determining whether it is legitimate or not.

Ways To Stay Protected

One way to make sure you’re alert and aware of phishing attacks is educating yourself is phishing training. Phishing training will allow you and your employees to detect phishing emails and understanding what to look for. With simulations, you will be able to identify many different ways that a phishing attack can occur and ways to prevent a data breach for your company.

For more information about phishing training, contact PCS!

Amazon Sidewalk And What This Means For Your Connection

Amazon Sidewalk … How Does It Work And What Does This Mean For Your Connection

Starting June 8, Amazon’s smart devices will automatically be linked together all across the U.S. as a part of their Amazon Sidewalk network.
We’re here to tell you what happens when it launches and what this means for you and your internet connection at home.

What Is Amazon Sidewalk

Sidewalk is a shared network that is supposed to help their devices work even when you personally do not have internet connection in your home.  Amazon Sidewalk connects with your neighbors connection so that way their products are still able to work even when you or your neighbors have weak or no connection.  The goal is to create a low bandwidth network bridging all devices so that users can reboot malfunctioning equipment and even locate missing objects outside of the house.
However, Amazon Sidewalk runs off of device owners’ personal Wi-Fi which posts some security concerns.
Operated by Amazon at no charge to customers.

What Devices Support Sidewalk

  • Ring Floodlight Cam (2019)
  • Ring Spotlight Cam Wired (2019)
  • Ring Spotlight Cam Mount (2019)
  • Echo (3rd gen and newer)
  • Echo Dot (3rd gen and newer)
  • Echo Dot for Kids (3rd gen and newer)
  • Echo Dot with Clock (3rd gen and newer)
  • Echo Plus (all generations)
  • Echo Show (all models and generations)
  • Echo Spot
  • Echo Studio
  • Echo Input
  • Echo Flex
  • Tile. Bluetooth tracker owners can use to keep tabs on their keys, wallet or other important items

Benefits And Concerns About Amazon Sidewalk

This seems to be ideal for users who want their Ring or Echo to continuously work even when their Wi-Fi is down.  Having the capability to still use your phone while seeing your cameras and/or Echo to still play music can help in multiple ways when your Wi-Fi connection is weak … But do you ever think how strange it is that you are using your neighbors connection to be able to make your devices work?
Take your Echo for example.  Sometimes your light on it will show red or even yellow when your connection is weak or does not work.  Instead of not having the device working, your device instead takes the connection from your neighbor to be able to allow the Echo to function normally … It’s like nothing ever happened, except that you are basically taking someone’s connection from their home to run your devices.  Strange to think about, isn’t it?  Your completely throwing out the idea of keeping your connection protected by sharing your connection with other Amazon users.

So, the benefit for this is that your Amazon Devices will continue to work, but the concerns are whether or not your internet connection is actually secured since you’re sharing your connection with other Amazon users.  The biggest issue is thinking if hackers will find ways to get into your accounts due to this.

Ways You Can Opt Out Of Sidewalk

Using The Alexa App

  • In your Amazon Alexa app, select the “More” icon at the lower right hand corner of the screen
  • Go to “Settings” > “Account Setting” > “Amazon Sidewalk.” (Just a note: if you’re not connected to any Echo or Ring devices, you will probably not see this option.)
  • Use the toggle to disable Sidewalk

Using The Ring App

  • In your Ring app, go into your Control Center by tapping the the three-lined icon in the upper left-hand corner of the screen
  • Select “Sidewalk” and use the slide button to opt out
  • You’ll be ask to confirm your opt-out. You can opt back in the same way.

You’re not stuck using Amazon Sidewalk if you don’t want to!

How To Keep Your Email and Data Safe and Secured

Cyber Crime Has Jumped By 55% In The Past Two Years And Most Is From Email Scams. Keep Your Email Safe!

Within the past two years, we have seen the number of data breaches increase significantly because of hackers being more creative about how to attack businesses.
Cybercrime is on the rise as hackers continue to steal data, disrupt business and cause harm online.
The result is billions of dollars in losses.

Here are some ways to continue to keep your data safe.

 

Multi-Factor Authentication

We’ve said this phrase a lot, but knowing how important it really is can make a difference to keeping your information safe. Multi-factor authentication is an electronic authentication method that a device user is granted access to a website or application only AFTER successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence (or factors) to an authentication mechanism: knowledge (something only the user knows), possession (something only the user has), and inherence (something only the user is).
Multi-factor authentication adds a second or third (or more) factor to the login process for company resources (apps, services, servers, etc.).
You can use multi-factor for banking accounts, emails, any sort of company program that has valuable information, and even email

Email Security Platform

Having an email security platform will help monitor what emails come through and whether or not they are spam or safe.
Cybir supports Ironscales (a self-learning email security platform to stop phishing attacks) to deliver an advanced email security platform with machine learning capabilities.  Cybir implements regular testing of employee security awareness via phishing campaigns.  Cybir offers key features to keep users safe of any acts of phishing within the company. With the jobs they have while incorporating their key features. it has the extra protection that can save the company from experiencing a data breach and losing any valuable information.

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Solution

Keeping extra security in mind, you want to make sure that through the antivirus and firewalls, you are still being protected.  Huntress is a great and reputable software that helps clients keep that extra added protection needed so hackers can’t get into their system.  Hackers are getting very creative with the way they try to get into businesses.  Huntress helps monitor your system so you can rest 24/7 knowing your business is safe. This will help your computer system stay safe and avoid getting into.

Protection Against Account Takeover

Every email system needs something to be able to not only monitor emails, but help get rid of them and help with the compromised system.  Barracuda Sentinel helps with phishing and account takeovers.  This helps with your emailing and helping your company stay protected and risk any attackers getting into your data.  It has a 3 step procedure that is known to continue the added protection you need.

Cyber Security Training

Knowing what to look for is important.  Having cyber security training for employees to understand what to look for in case something comes up to where it shows up in the email will complete the added necessities to make sure your emails are safe and not worry about a data breach.  What you can learn from the training can also help in your own personal email to make sure your personal information is not being compromised when spam emails come in.  It doesn’t happen to just business … It can get personal too!

Having all these tools will guarantee that you won’t have a data breach.
Always stay safe with as much security as you can! You don’t want intruders coming in.
Don’t be involved in the 55% that have been compromised!!

For more information or need help setting up your systems so there are no intruders, contact PCS today!

Why Is Upgrading To Windows 10 Important?

Upgrading To Windows 10 Is More Important Than You Think!


When you think of major changes to Windows, you remember that colorful logo, how easy it is to navigate something you’ve had for years, and how comfortable you are with the software itself.
But, have you thought about what you could be missing if you don’t upgrade to the most recent software?
We at PCS are here to tell you that it’s not a good idea to keep your software updated to keep your computer safe!

Microsoft Ends Support For Windows 7

Microsoft announced back in 2020 that they will no longer have technical assistance and security updates for anyone running on Windows 7.   If you’re still running that outdated operating system, you’ll open up your company to hacks, malware, viruses and other potential future security flaws.

Windows 10 Protects Your Business

Microsoft quotes that “Windows 10 will help protect your company against modern cyber-attacks, deliver experiences your employees will love, and enable continuous innovation with a platform that keeps your company up to date with the latest technology.”  So what does this mean? It means that Windows 7&8 won’t be able to give you the full secured experience needed to keep your business running safely.  It’s a free upgrade to guarantee safety from data breaches and any hacker attacks!
The main attraction for this upgrade is so business can have the new cutting edge features.  These include allowing users to log into their devices without the need for passwords through Microsoft Passport and Windows Hello; Credential Guard, which protects corporate identities; and automatic data encryption to keep sensitive data protected.

Better Experience

Windows 10 is a happy medium between Windows 7 and Windows 8.x. Windows 8 made a lot of users unhappy due to its touch-centric interface and unintuitive Start menu and controls.  It includes features that can enhance productivity. One of the biggest features is Cortana, the voice assistant that can help employees set reminders and schedule appointments. Windows 10 also features virtual desktops, which allows users to manage multiple sets of windows on one machine.

Here’s a great example … If your phone has an update, what happens when you don’t update it? It starts to lag and eventually you start to lose safety features that are needed and you are never kept up with the new features that helps keep your software running.  It’s the same thing for windows!  You never want to run on an old update on a phone, so why would you on Windows?

These are just the top reasons why you should upgrade your windows system.  Keeping your Windows updated and keeping it up to date on the latest update will allow the security aspect to be monitored better and you won’t have to worry about the hassle of worrying about viruses and cyber attacks.
With Microsoft not supporting anything under 10, why would you wait to upgrade?

For more information or need help getting your business set up with Windows 10, contact PCS!