For two decades, Adobe Flash has worked behind the scenes, letting people watch animations, view and listen to streaming content, and play interactive games through their web browsers. The Flash platform delivers the content, while the Flash Player (a web browser plugin) enables users to access it. However, the end is near for Flash. Adobe announced that it will no longer support the Flash platform and plugin starting in 2021.Adobe's announcement is not too surprising. Although Flash was once a pioneering technology, it has been on a downhill trend because of reliability, performance, and security issues. Most notably, cybercriminals like to exploit the security vulnerabilities in Flash Player because of its wide distribution and the fact that many users do not patch or install newer versions of this free software. Plus, there are now faster and more secure web technologies that provide the same capabilities (e.g., HTML5, WebGL, WebAssembly).
Banking trojans have been around for years. If your computer is infected, the trojan waits until you visit your online banking website. When you do, it redirects you to a malicious website that looks like your bank's site. If you enter your banking credentials, they will fall into a cybercriminal's hands.In the past, you could usually spot a fake banking site by looking at its URL. The fake site would not have the same URL as your real bank's web address. Plus, the fake site's URL would start with "http" rather than "https". The missing "s" means that the site does not have a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate. All legitimate banking sites use SSL to secure their Internet connections.Looking for these clues may no longer work, though. In July 2017, cybercriminals started using a Trickbot trojan variant that sends recipients to a fake banking site that looks exactly like the real deal. The fake site even displays the real bank's URL and SSL certificate.
Windows 10 has many new features, one of which is the ability to create virtual desktops. Although Microsoft offered this functionality in the past, it was only available as an add-on program. As a result, most Windows users are not familiar with what virtual desktops are and how to use them.
Each year, new IT trends arise, but they are typically not too surprising or revolutionary. However, this year, three innovations have matured to a point where they are beginning to impact how businesses operate. What's more, these technologies have the potential to transform the IT landscape in the very near future.
Wireless networks are popular in small and midsized businesses because they are easy to set up and convenient to use. However, if a wireless network is not properly secured, hackers within range can access it and infiltrate your network.
In May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 countries, making it the largest cyberextortion scheme to date, according to CNET. WannaCry has one redeeming value, though. It is serving as a wake-up call to business leaders who have not been taking this type of threat seriously. Their lack of concern is often due to common misconceptions about ransomware.Here are five myths debunked:
What are the advantages and disadvantages of Cloud Storage?
The Pros and Cons of Moving Your Email Services to the Cloud
Email is an essential communication tool for most businesses. While email services have traditionally been provided on-premises, an increasing number of companies are moving their email services to the cloud. Almost 60 percent of businesses worldwide now use either Microsoft Office 365 or Google G Suite, according to the Bitglass 2016 Cloud Adoption Report. Office 365 is deployed in 34.8 percent of organizations, while G Suite is used by 24.5 percent.
Does your company have a Cyber Security Policy?
A Company Cyber Security Policy sets out to preserve the security of your data and technology infrastructure. All businesses should have a security policy in place that is regularly assessed, updated as necessary and shared across the entire business, ensuring that all staff comply with that policy.
Outsourcing operations to IT service providers is common among small and midsize businesses (SMBs), according to a CompTIA survey. More than 70 percent of the 500 SMBs participating in the survey said that they use an outside IT firm at least occasionally. Most often, the SMBs hire the IT service providers to troubleshoot computer and network problems as well as repair equipment. However, the SMBs divulged that they also need help with other IT challenges they are facing.
Any loopholes in managing company data can have serious consequences. Take, for example, Morgan Stanley which had to pay up financier Ronald Perelman a whopping $1.45 billion, in part because the global giant could not produce all the critical email communication during the trial's disclosure phase. Whether yours is a small, medium-sized, or large business, you must put the necessary data backup procedures in place. You must examine the risk, the business impact, and the cost factor. But before you actually devise a strategy, you should be aware of backup basics and standard practices.