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5 Things You Need To Do To Prevent Getting Hacked

As you may know, it’s not just top secret government agencies that get hacked. Even the average Joe is not safe from hacking attempts. The thing about hackers is that they are very sneaky and can be anywhere.

Using the right tools however, one could protect themselves against these cyber criminals. There are five things you need to do in order to prevent getting hacked.

Use Strong Passwords

One of the first things you need to do is to use strong passwords. That way, even if you get hacked, the hacker won’t be able to access your account because he or she doesn’t know your password. You should always think of a complicated yet memorable password so that whenever you log into your account, you can always remember that password.

Strong passwords are a must in today’s age of heightened security, but that goes for more than just your email or social media. It is also important to utilize good password practice on all accounts you have from online gaming to banking accounts.

Instead of using one word, try using a series of words. The more complicated the password is, the harder it will be for hackers to access your information. For added security, you can even think about linking certain parts of or entire sentences together and/or including symbols like ‘$’ and ‘&’.

You would be surprised at how quickly someone could hack into your accounts with the simple click of a button if they were able to figure out your password. With that in mind, make sure you change them every few months or so.

Don’t Click on Suspicious Links

Another thing you should do to prevent yourself from getting hacked is not to click on suspicious links found in emails or other accounts. There are many phishing scams out there and if you click on one of those links, it’s like admitting defeat. You need to make sure that whenever you receive an email, no matter how important the sender seems, always check out the link before clicking on it.

It’s a simple rule, but one that often gets ignored.

The quickest way to stop yourself from getting “hacked” is to never click on suspicious links or open files from random senders. While it may seem obvious, this advice can’t be stressed enough. Hackers have been known to send out fake emails, text messages, and other messages to lure users into clicking on links. This is especially true if the user “recognizes” the sender or knows them in real life.

Also, this advice extends beyond email messages. Hackers also spread malware through website popups, junk mail, instant messages, etc. If you’re not sure about where a link or file is from, don’t click on it.

Get a VPN

If you don’t use a Virtual Private Network you are at risk of getting hacked. Hackers can easily insert themselves in between your device and the website server, giving them access to all sorts of personal information like emails, credit card numbers, etc. using man-in-the-middle attacks . With a VPN installed on your devices, you create a secure and encrypted connection between your device and the VPN. If you’re using public wifi, this is especially important as hackers can easily gain access to information transmitted over an unsecure network .

Getting a VPN will give you more security online because everything that your web browser does is encrypted. If someone tries to hack into what you’re doing via your web browser, they won’t be able to see what you’re doing because it’s encrypted.

Get Antivirus Software

The first and most important thing you can do to protect your computer from getting hacked is get antivirus software. You shouldn’t even consider using a computer without it. Even if you use an Apple computer, and think that it cannot be affected by viruses, install antivirus software anyway because there are plenty of different types of malware out there that can infect any computer system.

Getting hacked can come from many different avenues, including email links and downloads. At the very least, your antivirus software will be able to remove any viruses that you install on your own computer.

Everyone should have an antivirus program on their computer or phone in order to protect themselves from all sorts of viruses and malware programs. These days, the antivirus programs are really good at protecting your computer from getting hacked. The best kind of antivirus program is one that you only need to install once, but it will update automatically and protect you all the time.

Have a Backup of Your Data

To prevent getting hacked is to have a backup of your data. Even if you think you don’t have anything important on your computer, the truth is that it’s very hard to tell what is and isn’t important. A virus could corrupt some files and render them unreadable, making them seem unimportant until it’s too late and you can’t access them. Having a backup on an external hard drive or in the cloud is one of the best ways to protect yourself from disaster.

In conclusion, it is best if you have a backup of your data in case things go wrong and you end up losing all your precious files and documents that you worked hard on. You should always have a backup of your data because you never know what might happen.

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The Importance Of Network Security

Networking is one of the most important aspects of any business, and businesses should do anything they can to make sure their network stays secure. Network security is a broad term that encompasses many different functions and features, but these features all help minimize an organization’s risk profile and provide at least some level of protection for sensitive information and data that may be stored on their network.

Businesses should take advantage of the services provided by a few different types of vendors, including cloud security providers, consulting services, and software security companies.

Networks are open to all sorts of security vulnerabilities, and businesses must take steps to protect themselves against these vulnerabilities as much as possible. Using the services of cloud security providers and consulting services will help with that, but businesses should also work with software security companies to make sure they’re getting anti-malware and antivirus protection. Anti-malware and antivirus software are the go-to security products for many businesses, but it can’t be stressed enough that they’re not always enough.

Businesses should also protect their networks by keeping an eye on incoming traffic, blocking anything suspicious. This type of security is called network access control (NAC), and there are several different protocols and features that can be used for it, such as 802.1X, port security, DHCP snooping, and IP Source Guard.

Businesses should also consider implementing two-factor authentication on their network to protect against unauthorized users trying to gain access to the system. This involves using a combination of something you know (your password) and something you have (a second form of identification, such as a physical token).

Network security is extremely important for businesses because it protects sensitive data from being compromised. Companies should do everything they can to ensure the best possible network security by working with reputable cloud security providers , consulting services, software security companies, and other types of vendors that can help them accomplish that.

You have to understand how important your network is. It should store information about all of the customers and employees that work for or with your business as well as vital financial information such as credit card numbers, customer bank account numbers, addresses and phone numbers – not only for your customers but also for yourself. Hackers are looking for this data because it can be sold on the black market. Even if you just have useless information stored on your network, that is more than enough reason to secure it properly.

The first line of defense is your hardware firewall. For most businesses, a router with some extra software will do the trick but there are specialized firewalls that work better for some environments. The firewall keeps hackers from accessing the information on your network by blocking any incoming internet traffic except for where you specifically allow it to come in.

Your next step is encryption. Encryption scrambles data so only people with a key can access it. Any files stored on your computer or sent through your network must be encrypted to be safe. This includes any information on a removable storage device such as a USB stick or CD/DVD disk.

Finally, train yourself and your employees how to respond if you believe that someone has accessed your network illegally. You should have protocols in place that tell everyone exactly what they should do immediately after an incident. This will help you determine who has accessed network information and how to stop it from spreading.

Don’t let your network and the valuable information stored on it fall into the wrong hands. Use what you’ve read here to help keep your business secure and start protecting today. You could avoid losing hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of dollars in damage by securing this one part of your business. Contact Bayshore Interactive today and let us help you bolster your Network Security!

New Phishing Scam Alert! QR Codes

Did you know that some people are using QR codes to “hack” parking meters?

If you’ve ever used a QR code, whether on your smartphone or on real estate listings, then you know that they’re usually used to make it easier for consumers to quickly get more information about something like a product or service by scanning them with their smart phone’s camera.

However, in some places, fraudsters have started to use these codes in a very different way. They’re printing fake QR codes on top of real ones that take your money when you scan them with your phone.

It only takes a moment for the fraudster to write down your meter number and add their own code. Once you’ve put coins in the meter, the fraudster takes your money and you will never know it’s happened.

Cities like Austin, Texas and Denver, Colorado have all been dealing with this new type of New Jersey parking meter scam .

In one case from Austin, the city tried to warn people about this new trend on social media as well as their website after a few residents complained.

They said they’d heard a few reports of people finding fraudulent QR codes on the meters and they wanted to make sure everyone was aware of the scam before it started happening more often.

In Denver, one resident found that an unknown person had added a QR code to her meter after she parked there for just 30 minutes.

The following day, she went back to the spot and started looking around for clues. She finally found a piece of paper with a code printed on it underneath her windshield wiper.

If you’re ever in doubt about whether or not a QR code is real at a parking meter, there’s an easy way to tell – just look at the last digit of the meter number. If it’s an odd number, then the code is real. However, if it’s even, then someone has tampered with the meter to change the last digit.

If you ever come across something like this at a parking meter or anywhere else for that matter, call your local authorities immediately – especially if there are signs of tampering.

On the surface, QR codes seem like a very convenient way to pay for parking. Rather than having to use quarters or credit cards, drivers can simply scan a code that’s displayed on their phone screen and pay through their mobile app. Sounds easy enough; however, scammers have found a way to exploit this technology.

QR codes are being replaced with fraudulent ones that prompt people to download malicious software disguised as popular apps, such as Square Cash. Once the user downloads the app and enters their personal information, the scammer has access to their bank account. One of these scams was recently reported in Youngstown, Ohio.

“Apparently, a scammer is putting up phony QR codes in the city parking meters,” explains Cable 14 News. “If you scan it with a QR code reader app on your phone, it will say ‘Parking Meter Failure’ and ask to download another app so you can pay for your meter.”

This is bad news for your smartphone. If you download the app, it will install a virus on your device. Once the virus is installed, it can track all of your phone activity and even allow someone to monitor or record your calls. The virus could also have access to anything stored on the phone, like photos, bank information and passwords.

If you receive a code that looks like this, do not scan it. Instead, call the number on the meter or go to the parking website and pay your parking fee there.

The scam is a good reminder that most QR codes can be easily copied and modified with new information, including those found on billboards, receipts, business cards–basically anywhere you see a QR code. Most apps will ask if you want to proceed when scanning a code,  be sure to inquire before scanning.

Be wary of random codes that aren’t in your phone. If the code is on the side of a building or has been ripped, it likely isn’t legitimate.

It’s also important to never give your personal information to strangers. The chances of

this scam happening are low, but it’s always good to be aware and research the company you’re sharing the information with. If something feels too strange or fishy, don’t do it–Scam Likely!

Scammers prey on innocent people every day, and this is no exception. So next time you’re tempted to scan a QR code, think twice before you do it.

This scam won’t be out of circulation any time soon; in fact, more are sure to pop up as scammers continue to find new ways to take advantage of the public. If you find yourself in a situation where you’re presented with one of these scams, just step away and walk on or call the number that’s posted. If it seems suspicious, don’t do it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.”

What do you think? Will these fraudulent QR codes on parking meters be the newest phishing scam to watch out for? Please share your thoughts on our social media pages at Bayshore Interactive!

 

New Windows 11 Features

Now that Microsoft has released the latest version of its Windows Operating System, Windows 11, there have been a lot of changes to the new OS. In this article, I will be going over some of my favorite new features in Windows 11.

Snap Groups

Microsoft introduced the snap function to Windows 7, but this feature is now more polished than ever. You can “snap” any window by dragging it to either side of the screen, which will make it take up half your monitor’s space. When you have a window snapped you can easily swap between open windows using Alt + Tab . Holding down Windows Key and pressing either the left or right arrow keys will allow you to snap your window in that direction.

You may have noticed that windows can now be resized, snapped to multiple sides of your desktop, and maximized using the familiar little button in the top-right corner. But did you realize that this means all windows will now look the same? Don’t panic if you don’t like it. You can turn off Fluent Design by going to Settings > Personalization > Colors and choosing a color scheme with no transparency. This change may be jarring for some users though so you have been warned!

There are a surprising number of keyboard shortcuts in Windows 11, and the best part is that you can make your own! You can set up any keyboard shortcut you want by going to Settings > Devices > Keyboard > Shortcuts. This will allow you to use a modifier key with a letter or number, and the result will be an automatic expansion of your keyboard into shorthand that saves you time and effort. Some other useful shortcuts:

Android Apps

Now with the release of Windows 11, Microsoft can allow users to download and use Android apps on their windows device.

It is a major improvement as it will make a big difference for people who own a Windows tablet or laptop and an Android phone. It is now possible to link your two devices together so that you can access all your apps and files on either of them.

For example you can open the same book, write the same document or read the same articles on both devices at the same time.

This is just one of many Windows 11 features that will make this OS exciting for its users. The platform has improved even more with this version by adding back the start menu and enhancing the interface with a new modern look.

In addition Microsoft has announced that they will release a free update to existing Windows 10 users in November. This is going to be a major upgrade as it brings a much enhanced experience for both PC and Mobile devices, plus Cortana will now be available on iOS and Android for people who want a digital assistant on a non-Windows phone.

Desktops

The new Windows lets you access and launch all of your desktop applications and files, while simultaneously working on a project in another desktop. This will be incredibly useful for those who constantly switch between projects on their laptop. Furthermore, it will be far more simple than using virtual desktops by using drag and drop to move apps from one virtual desktop to another.

You can create as many desktops as you like (three at most) and switch between them with the click of a button. This feature is very useful if you have multiple things open simultaneously that you need to switch between often.

This feature allows you to create up to four virtual desktops on your PC and switch between them with a single click of the Task View button on the taskbar. You can access any open window of any application that’s assigned to a particular desktop without having to switch back and forth between each one of them manually.

Widgets

Everybody is talking about AI, and Microsoft has grasped this concept to implement it in its latest operating system: Windows 11. It’s called the “intelligent sidebar” and it lets you see all kinds of widgets without opening any new windows.

I’m talking about widgets like weather, traffic conditions, news and upcoming calendar events which you can access thanks to the AI-powered sidebar in Windows 11. Just go to Settings > Personalization > Start and enable the “intelligent sidebar” option.

After that, you can enable (or disable) each separate widget. And if you find yourself not using any of them, you can basically hide the entire intelligent sidebar so it doesn’t get in your way.

The AI-powered sidebar is really simple to use and it will help you access lots of information without having to open any new windows.

It’s no secret that Microsoft is working on a lot of new, innovative features to add to their next OS Windows 11. We have looked at some of the things we’re going to be able to use when it comes out, but there are a load more that haven’t been mentioned yet. Rest assured, once they come out you’ll hear about them here first!

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