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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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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

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.

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