What is the Dark Web and how can we protect you?

The dark web is typically only mentioned in news reports about recent cyberattacks, according to the average internet user. Although you won’t accidentally access the dark web, it’s still essential to understand what it is and how to safeguard yourself from it. The black web is essentially where most cybercrimes begin.

The dark web explained

In a nutshell, the dark web is a kind of online club where only the participants are aware of the location’s constant change.

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12 Common Security Mistakes That Make Your Computer Network Vulnerable

In the society we live in, we are always connected to the internet. Our devices can be permanently logged into our different online accounts even when we are not using them for work, paying bills, or socialising with friends.

As a result, each of us is constantly at risk from cybercriminals who, if small companies are not careful, could have disastrous effects on us.

Sadly, a lot of small company owners go about their daily activities thinking they are not really in danger. This is largely due to the fact that small businesses are often not susceptible to cyberattacks or are not a target for cybercriminals, even given that they may be fully aware of how governments, large corporations, and multinational organisations are frequently the victims of such attacks.

But in reality, cybercriminals are very interested in your confidential information because they can sell it for a healthy profit. The first step in securing your PC is to take accountability for safeguarding your company’s information against attack.

The top twelve security mistakes that can expose your computer are listed below, along with solutions for each one:

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How to Create a Technology Roadmap for 2023

As 2023 ramps up, many business leaders are looking at the state of their technology and considering their needs for the upcoming year. Having a solid technology roadmap in place can help you forecast what hardware and software your business needs to stay competitive.

What is a Technology Plan?

A technology plan is a roadmap for how your organization will use and invest in technology going forward. A good technology plan should include:

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Why Small Business needs a Managed Services Provider (MSP) to succeed?

In today’s fast-paced digital world, businesses are constantly challenged with the need to adapt to new technologies, regulations, and security threats. Managing the day-to-day IT operations can be a significant burden, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. That is where managed service providers (MSPs) come in.

An MSP is a third-party provider that offers a range of IT services to businesses, including network management, infrastructure management, security services, data backup and recovery, and more. Here are some reasons why businesses should consider using MSPs:

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What is Malvertising? And why is it making a come back?

Malvertising is nothing new. But often times for hackers, what’s old is new again. “Cybersecurity is like a game of whack-a-mole, you punch one threat down, and it pops up someplace else later,” says Max Jennings, a cybersecurity expert in Chicago. Jennings explains the cyclical nature of cybersecurity is that once awareness is raised about a cyber threat, hackers will stop using it.

How old tricks become new again

As the awareness of a cyberthreat fades over time, old methods become effective again for hackers. “And this is where we are with malvertising. It got a lot of publicity several years ago and when people became aware of the danger, hackers found it less effective, and it faded from the foreground. But here we are again,” Jennings notes.

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Beware: Hackers prey on holiday MFA fatigue

Multifactor authentication (MFA) is the gold standard in offices around the world. We all know the drill: you use your username (often, and inadvisably, your email address) and, perhaps, as the password, the name of your first dog and the last four digits of your social security number.

Not very foolproof, but often the user isn’t too worried. In their mind, they know that if the hacker does figure out their login credentials using various tools or techniques, they still must find their way around MFA’s second layer of security.

Beware of “push bombing”

However, what the user may not realize is that hackers have developed many tried-and-true methods for accomplishing this, including social engineering attacks, spear-phishing, and DDoS attacks. And there is another favorite tool hackers have at their disposal, and it relies on users being tired, frazzled, or annoyed enough to “cave in.” And who isn’t fatigued or frazzled in the final sprint to wrap up Q4 and holiday gifts? The technique hackers like to employ this time of year is called “push bombing.”

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Why SMBs need a robust patching program

A robust patching regimen is a pillar of “Cybersecurity 101.”

“But sometimes, believe it or not, that is such a basic task that it gets overlooked. For instance, checking the oil in your car frequently is a must, but that doesn’t mean people always remember to do it, even people who should know better,” says Raymond Peters, a cybersecurity researcher in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Patching is essential to risk management

Frequent patching is something that every business needs to practice. “Not having a patching program as part of a basic risk management strategy is bad business and is essentially rolling out the welcome mat for cybercriminals,” Peters warns.

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Beware of Google Chrome Complacency Risks

Google Chrome is about as ubiquitous on computers as a water cooler or a coffeemaker are in an office space.

Chrome is also the king elsewhere, unless the systems are Macs, and Safari is the browser of choice. With its minimalist, crisp interface and Google brand, most people are easily satisfied. Even IT Professionals, with too many other things to handle and not enough people to handle them, can also be sometimes lulled into Chrome complacency.

“Google is great for its ease of use, but that very ease can also apply to hackers – whether they be outside or even inside jobs,” says Parker Hodges, an independent cybersecurity consultant in Seattle.

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Answering the Most Common VoIP Myths and Misconceptions

Voice over Internet Protocol or VoIP isn’t new technology, it’s been around for many years! However, there are many myths and misconceptions about the technology that are floating around today.  There are many rumours going around about VoIP – like that it’s expensive, a challenge to install, or that it’s unreliable.

This couldn’t be farther from being true! In fact, VoIP is not only extremely easy to adopt, but one of the most reliable ways for businesses to communicate.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common myths about VoIP – and the truth about each one:

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