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Microsoft Word Vulnerability

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Microsoft Word 2013 logoA vulnerability has been discovered in Microsoft Word that could allow malware to get into your system. Microsoft is working on a fix or this, but for at least the next couple of weeks be especially vigilant if you receive a Microsoft Word attachment from someone that you don't know.

If you get a document from someone that you do know that you were not expecting, it is a good idea to check with them and make sure that they sent it. It only takes a minute to check versus the hours to clean up and the possible loss of data if something gets through.

This is a good reminder that it's a cruel digital world out there so definitely don't click on links or attachments from anyone you don't know, and view with suspicion any links or attachments from someone you do know that you were not expecting (especially those that are asking for you to pay an invoice or transfer money). WestonBlock and our antivirus software should block most of these but nothing beats plain old vigilance.

More technical info on the Microsoft Word vulnerability for those of you interested can be found here

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-- Your Weston Support Team

Weston Awarded Microsoft Certifications

Posted by on in Press Releases

MS Certifications

Weston has been a Microsoft-certified partner for many, many years. We’ve also achieved Microsoft-certified competencies. Basically, to achieve a Microsoft-certified competency, you have to have a minimum amount of techs that have passed certain tests and your organization has to submit verifiable references to Microsoft. Our techs have worked hard to learn and become masters in the technologies that drive your business. Because of that work, they have achieved several certifications this year in the following categories:

  • Silver: Datacenter
  • Silver: Midmarket Solution Provider
  • Silver: Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions

What does this mean for you? It means that if you need experts in the Microsoft technologies that run your business, Weston Technology Solutions is the right choice.

SecurityIn a scary headline for the day, a new strain of malware is spreading by Microsoft Word files that is platform agnostic: It targets both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X in the same file. It’s a macro/VBA-embedded Word document that when opened and macros enabled will download additional files off the internet to cause its pain. You can see a more technical writeup over here.

We’ve said it before: Macro-enabled Word documents are bad news and should be avoided. Get some good email protectioncontent filtering and good anti-virus to help prevent this stuff from getting to your network in the first place. But if it does get there, make sure you can recognize and toss it out before it becomes an issue.

Tagged in: Security Virus

seccompA recent study from Intermedia found 93 percent of employees engage in at least one form of poor data security. And 23 percent of respondents admitted they would take data from their company if it would benefit them. Long story short, you can have all the technology security in the world, but your biggest vulnerability lies in your people – from regular employees up to managers and owners. What are some of the issues that researchers found?

HIPAAA Miami-area hospital was tagged with a $5.5 million fine recently for HIPAA violations. Among the multitude of violations that were cited was one we’ve seen in some of the HIPAA security risk assessments we’ve performed: poor access management, including not disabling access for terminated or former employees. Not disabling those accounts can cost you.