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Dangerous Ransomware Reported Worldwide

Don't fall victim to ransomware called Wannacry.  
YOU ARE PROTECTED IF: 

You are subscribed to The SynchroNet Way and have a Blue Ball icon in your task tray by your PC clock
You have an on-premises or cloud-based server from SynchroNet and are subscribed to The SynchroNet Way because SynchroNet has deployed the necessary patches

What You Need to Know

74 countries are reporting infections
After infection, the ransomware propagates over the network via "external blue", a tool built by the NSA (but leaked and now misused by criminals)
Unpatched Microsoft systems are vulnerable to this ransomware
It's unclear how initial infection occurs (likely drive-by or email)
The number of affected systems will continue to increase significantly, so your risk of infection will continue to rise

What You Can Do

DO NOT open any suspicious emails or attachments
Make sure your personal computers are updated and have the latest Microsoft patches
Ensure that your critical information is safely backed up off network.

Phishing First Aid

Your work day has just begun. You're waiting for your coffee to cool enough to sip as your computer powers up. You open your email inbox. You see a message from your bank. You bemusedly wonder why your bank is sending a message to your work email rather than your personal address.

An Employee Valentine

Since February is wrapped around Valentine's Day, we wanted to mention how important our own staff is in showing our customers the love they deserve.
To make sure our clients benefit from The SynchroNet Way, we bring in talented men and women who warmly embrace our philosophy of helping customers get the best value on their IT investments.

Will Healthier Employees Weaken Your Data Security Immune System?

Good companies care about their employees. Sadly, a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, supports the old admonition that we "always hurt the one we love." So while it's nice that businesses want to keep their workers fit, employee wellness programs may actually pose risks to the healthcare data of those very employees.

What Information is AutoFill Giving Away?

We often address the subject of security, so we want to warn you about new trick being employed by hackers: the information AutoFill is giving away.

If you've ever completed an online registration for anything, you've probably encountered the "autofill" function used by Google Chrome, Safari and other programs.

Are You Taking Chances with Your Cyber Security?

It's only human to know what's good for us but still not do it. The recent 2016 Norton Cybersecurity Insights Report from Symantec shows this also goes for protecting ourselves from cyber criminals. While we won't expect anyone to come out and admit it, look at a few of Symantec's findings and ask yourself if you're guilty.

Technology as Our 45th President Takes Office

Fair or not, WikiLeaks, "fake news" on social media, government by tweet ... these are byproducts of the computer-driven information age (a brave new technology world) that's widely associated with our incoming president. As a lesson to us all, however, the hacking of emails from Hillary Clinton-campaign workers and supporters (by whomever) should drive home the importance of securing our networks and data files.

Going Away for the Holidays?

This article may be a bit of a re-run, but we thought it still might be helpful to revisit (and supplement) the steps business owners and professionals should take if they're closing shop for a few days.

Let your customers know ahead of time that you'll be closed.

Website Hospitality for People with Disabilities

We know how the Biblical Christmas story goes, right? A key component of the narrative is "no room at the inn" for the very pregnant lady. So, in the spirit of the season, we thought we'd torture a metaphor and ask if your website is welcoming of people with special needs  ... or does it turn them away?

What prompted our inquiry was a recent blog about letters threatening business owners with legal action because their websites allegedly don't comply with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). As the official government website explains, "The ADA broadly protects the rights of individuals with disabilities in employment, access to State and local government services, places of public accommodation, transportation, and other important areas of American life.

As If You Don’t Enough to Be Afraid Of… Introducing Self-coding Computer Viruses

Take just about any fictional monster, and somewhere there's a fictional mad scientist who wants to make it even more dangerous. (Anyone remember Jurassic World?) Well, how about taking oh-so-real malware-nasty strings of code that cripple networks, steal data and generally wreak mayhem on the world ... and imbuing it with artificial intelligence? Welcome to the world of self-replicating computer viruses.