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If you’re a user of Chrome, be wary of a scam that is making the rounds. If you accidently end up on a website that has a bunch of garbled text and a pop-up about a font not found and Chrome needing an updated font pack, do not click on the update button: That is malware waiting to happen.

Avoid "Budget Forecast" Emails

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windows 7 zip iconOver the last few days, we have seen an uptick in folks receiving an email with subject “budget forecast” (or something similar). This email has an attachment in zip format. Please do not open this or any other attachments in zip format from anyone that you do not know. Even if it is from someone that you do know, make sure and check with the purported sender to make sure that they actually sent it. Those zip files generally contain malware, usually in the form of virus-ridden Excel or Word documents (which we've discussed before on our blog).

You'll see what the icon looks like (roughly, as it's different, depending on the version of Windows you're using) to the right of this text.

As a reminder, always view attachments with suspicion and do not open any that are from someone that you do not know. Or, as stated above, even if it is from someone you know, make sure that they sent it. Apply the same rules to emails with links that invite you to click on them (here are some tips to recognize phishing scams).

It only takes a few minutes to check the validity of an email, where it can take hours to clean up a virus, not to mention the downtime and potential loss of files it can cost you.

Thanks and stay vigilant!

Tagged in: Email Security Tips Virus

HIPAAWe’ve talked about ransomware more than a few times on our blog and newsletter. It’s a horrible type of malware that will hold your data hostage until you pay a price to get it back. If you’re a HIPAA-covered entity or you work with HIPAA-covered entities as a business associate, you need to pay extra attention to ransomware protection because if you get infected, you may have to report it. Read on for all the details.

Tagged in: Compliance HIPAA Virus

Microsoft Tech Support Scams on the Rise

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Scam AlertHave you gotten a phone call or seen a web site pop up that purports to be from the Microsoft Support team and that they need to get onto your computer to clear up an infection? We’ve ran into a few folks that have run into that scam lately, some of them falling victim and getting their computer infected with a ton of malware. Here’s what you need to know about these scams and how to avoid them

Tagged in: Microsoft Security Virus

We’ve heard a common theme from many small business owners: “Hackers aren’t after me – they only go after the big guys.” That couldn’t be further from the truth. Your small business is as much of a target as the big guys, and we would argue even more so than the big guys.