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If you use Dropbox, you may have received an email last month stating that you needed to reset your password. Dropbox is proactively resetting the passwords after account information was recently made public from a 2012 breach where hackers stole the details of over 60 million accounts.
Dropbox is being proactive about this and forcing resets of the passwords is a good start. They also don’t believe that anybody has used the information in the released data to access Dropbox accounts. That being said, security researchers are showing that the hack is real and that the data is easy enough to decrypt that if you use that same password elsewhere, you’ll want to change it. We recommend using a password manager to generate complicated passwords.
There are certainly benefits to be had by allowing employees to work remotely. Weston, for example, has folks working in Bend, Anchorage, Spokane, Portland and Eugene, and we work together as one team. If you’re considering allowing folks to work remotely, you’ll want to make sure a few things are ready to go.
The system that powers our popular spam-blocking and email continuity service WestonBlock is going to be changing. WestonBlock is powered by software called MX Logic from McAfee. McAfee was recently purchased by Intel. Intel decided to close their support for MX Logic and similar cloud-based services.
What does that mean for you, if you use WestonBlock? Nothing, at the moment. They’ve agreed to leave everything alone for the rest of the year for existing accounts. However, we are being proactive about it and making sure our clients are aware there is a change coming.
We’ve always said that you can never have too many layers of defense when it comes to protecting your critical data from malware and viruses. There’s desktop-level anti-virus protection, email scanning and filtering and gateway antivirus. We’re finding, however, that many infections we deal with come from infected Web page, and the easiest way to prevent those infections is to prevent loading of the web page in the first place. That’s where OpenDNS comes into play.
Email is (arguably) the most critical communications life line for businesses. Between quick little notes to in-depth discussions, email is being used for more types or correspondence than ever before. And with that, there is more of a necessity to refer back or retain old email for archival or record-keeping purposes. There is also regulatory requirements in many industries to retain email messages for a certain amount of years. Thankfully, the solutions for email retention are out there – we’ll help you find the right one for your business.