Phone text danger! – Flubot

Phone text danger! – Flubot

As most everyone knows, cyber-crime has increased massively over the last year or two. Dodgy emails have been the weapon of choice for criminals.  But now a new threat is growing, catching out victims via SMS text messages on our phones.

Flubot, having done the rounds of European countries has arrived in Australia and I’m getting plenty of dodgy text messages wanting me to click on a link to listen to a voicemail message.

If you tap on the message, you will be taken to a legitimate-looking website.  The site prompts you to install an app so that you can listen to the message. Once you install the malware and your phone is infected, it will access your contacts list and send itself to all of them. It can access your personal information including banking details, so is particularly dangerous.

The malware app is particularly difficult to remove. Some have had to factory reset their phone.  So this is another reason to make sure that your phone is always backed up.

The Flubot text messages have bad grammar and spelling as you can see from the screenshot, so they are easy to pick if you are alert.  But this is probably just the start. Expect more sophisticated bait in the future.

If your phone is not controlled by your IT department make sure that you have some protection installed such as ‘Lookout’ which can be installed from the Google PlayStore.

Although Flubot only infects Android phones but stay awake to possible threats coming to your iPhone.

Keep your personal and business data safe and secure.

If you are interested to talk with IT experts, please call at 1300 795105 and we can discuss options for your business needs.

Prima Technologies is a local IT managed services company with a passion for helping businesses to work efficiently, and safely with their computer systems.

Keep your business running smoothly and your data safe and secure. We take care of all your technology needs so you can achieve your company’s dreams and objectives.

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Don’t Use The Same Password – A cautionary tale

Why Use a Password Manager?

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Why Use a Password Manager?

Why Use a Password Manager?

Why Use a Password Manager? In these days of increased cybercrime, a good password (as well as other defenses), is extremely important.

A common problem with passwords though is that it’s hard to remember all of them. This means that many people end up with one or two passwords that they use everywhere.

This problem can be solved with a password manager.

A good password manager:

  • Generates complex passwords.
  • Will auto-login into your accounts including those protected by MFA (multi-factor authentication).
  • Many will monitor the dark web to discover compromised passwords.

There are many password managers available online. Good ones include MykiDashlaneRoboformKeeper, and LastPass.

Why Use a Password Manager

LastPass is a popular choice. You can start with a free version and upgrade for very little cost for more features, including installation on more than one device.

Why Use a Password Manager? When you set up your password manager, its password is the only password that you will need to remember.

You’ll need to make it complex, of course, so how can you remember it?
Creating a pass phrase, a sentence including the spaces between the words means that it is very hard to crack but quite easy to remember.

Then you can get your password manager to generate long, complex, passwords and once you have it installed on your phone and other devices you will never have to remember passwords.

So, you can have unique and very complex passwords for every account, but easily log in via your password manager.

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Don’t Use The Same Password – A cautionary tale

 

See our latest case study published on the D-Link Australia website.

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Don’t Use The Same Password – A cautionary tale

Don’t Use The Same Password – A cautionary tale

Don’t use the same password

Don’t use the same password should be your company’s mantra on creating safe access to each account.

On May 7 of this year Colonial Pipeline based in Houston, Texas, suffered a ransomware attack that crippled its operations. Colonial Pipeline is an American oil pipeline company. Their system is the largest fuel pipeline in the US. They paid a ransom of 4.4 million dollars in Bitcoin within several hours of the attack.

The way that hackers were able to gain entry to Colonial Pipelines systems was through a single compromised password.
Cybersecurity consultants found that on April 29 a virtual private network (VPN) account was the means by which the hackers accessed the companies network.

This VPN was no longer in use. However, it had not been deactivated and the account’s password was discovered in a batch of leaked passwords on the dark web. This would mean that a Colonial employee would have used that same password on another account that was previously hacked.

Password manager

This shows how important it is to not use the same password for multiple accounts.
It takes one breach of a site that uses that password, and your company or private data is exposed.

So how do you remember all of those passwords?
Is having different passwords for every service that you access just too hard to manage?
The answer is a password manager.

And remember, don’t use the same password.

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One Day Backups May Save Your Business

One Day Backups May Save Your Business

One Day Backups May Save Your Business

One-day backups may save your business from big trouble if you had been keeping file backups. There was a story the other day about a company that was hit with a ransomware virus and all their data was encrypted. Because they didn’t have consistent backups, they had to pay the ransom to get their data back.

It’s not like you’re going to recover all the encrypted data at all. Not to mention many cases that paid ransom only to find out that they still couldn’t get the data that were withheld. You can’t expect that to happen at all.

One thing I cannot stress enough is the importance of backing up your personal or company data. I believe in the rule that any data that is important enough to back up should be kept in at least two other locations.

Anything can happen in the blink of an eye; hard drive failure, virus infection or ransomware encrypting all your files, or even a fire in your office building.

If you are interested in learning how backups can benefit your company, please call at 1300 795105 and we can discuss options for backing up your company files.

Prima Technologies is a local IT managed services company that has a passion for helping businesses to work efficiently, and safely with their computer systems.

Keep your business running smoothly and your data safe and secure. We take care of all your technology needs so you can achieve your company’s dreams and objectives.

See our latest case study published on the D-Link Australia website.

Read it here: Historical Village Deploys Latest Wireless Technology, Delivering Reliable Wi-Fi for Staff and Guests Alike.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Computer

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Computer

Running the Best Security Software

Most computers today run at least some form of basic antivirus.  In the modern-day however, threats have evolved to be more sophisticated, more damaging, and much more common.   Ransomware, malware, phishing, and zero-day attacks all work to attack unpatched systems without strong security.

Today, to keep up with increasing threats, you need a complete internet security package.   A layered system means more than just virus scanning.  A comprehensive security package includes prevention, detection, firewall and system monitoring at a minimum.   These layers work together to provide security many times stronger than a stand-alone system.

Reliable, up-to-date, security keeps you safe online.  It’s a resolution you simply can’t afford to skip.

Clean Up Files

Cleaning up unnecessary files is the number one way to gain additional storage space on a typical device.  It’s cost-effective without any extra hardware purchases too.

Almost all computers have files hanging around from old software, data or applications they no longer need.  Just like tidying the spare room or de-cluttering the kitchen, clearing files off your desktop and organizing your emails will leave your computer feeling refreshed and new again.

Restart Your Computer

Fully shutting down a computer and rebooting can take time.  When you are watching the clock, waiting to start a task or get work done, it can feel like an eternity.  Most of us enjoy simply opening the lid or powering on the screen to have everything ready to run.

At times, a computer may not be fully restarted in weeks or even months.  Our poor habits can cause issues with running software and the operating system too. Hardware updates, security patches, and critical updates often wait for a reboot before they install.  Waiting too long can leave security flaws open and the system vulnerable to attack.

Merely performing a reboot every once in a while can secure your system and help get rid of software problems.  Often updates prevent new issues from cropping up too.

Use A Password Manager

Hacks of large institutions and popular websites are frequently in the news today.  Almost every month a major service reveals they have been hacked, their database compromised, and their customer credentials have been stolen.

For this reason, it is very unwise to use the same password to access multiple websites.  This can be a challenge for many.  It’s clearly impossible to remember a unique and secure password for every site you visit.  We recommend using a password manager that can store and recall your passwords for you.

A good password manager relies on just one, very secure, remembered password to safeguard an encrypted database of all your login credentials.  The password database is often stored in the cloud for access from all your necessary devices.  A manager can typically assist in creating a strong, secure password for each of your accounts too.

Using a good password manager and unique password for every site protects you against the attacks commonly in the news.  Hacks compromising major services from your providers will be powerless against directly affecting your other accounts and services.

Keep Your Computer Away from Dust

Dust, hair, and household debris are one of the major causes of premature death for computers.  Fans, used to cool components, suck in house dust as well as the air they need.  This dust often clogs up the inside of the device and overheats internal components.

If possible, keep a tower PC off the carpet, don’t run your laptop sitting on the floor, blanket, or soft furnishings.  Cleaning out your device is as good a resolution as any, and there’s never a better time than now.

For a little help sticking to your digital new year resolutions and starting off on the right foot, give us a call today at 1300 795 105.

Keep Your Firmware Safe and Secure

Keep Your Firmware Safe and Secure

Most of us can differentiate between hardware and software. But how many know what firmware refers to? More importantly, is your business securing its firmware against security vulnerabilities?

Your business knows it needs to keep its operating systems (OSs) up to date. Installing patches as they are released helps protect your OS and software applications from attack.

Yet firmware can be easily overlooked when setting up cyber protection. You’re opening up Explorer every day, and your business relies on its Excel spreadsheets, but you don’t think about the basic software that runs the hardware as intended – that’s the firmware.

Without firmware, your computer wouldn’t know how to detect its hard drive, and the gears on the business printer wouldn’t spin to pull the paper through the device. There’s firmware in network and sound cards, routers, range extenders, keyboards, and more. Firmware also makes your webcam or surveillance camera work correctly.

The Need to Update Firmware

Cybercriminals aren’t known for their lazy reliance on just one tactic. Instead, they are constantly finding new ways to exploit business devices and systems, and this includes attacking firmware. Without securing your firmware, you run the risk of bad actors:

  • spying on business activity;
  • stealing business data;
  • taking control of your business computers.

You may think you’re safe because you have antivirus scans in place, but hackers can get around those by embedding their malware in your firmware. In the past, they could guess firmware manufacturers weren’t prioritizing security. That’s changing now that firmware exploits have gained attention.

Manufacturers release firmware updates for at least a few years after initial release. The goal is to ensure the stability of that device your business depends upon.

Find firmware updates online at the manufacturer’s website. You might also look on the device support page. Make it a policy to consistently seek out firmware release updates. That way, the business is up to date with new patches to fix holes or fresh vulnerabilities.

Taking Care of Business Firmware

Too many people aren’t thinking about the firmware threat; it’s a set-it-and-forget-it problem. Once people set up their devices, they don’t think about the possibility of a future compromise.

For example, in last year’s Avast Threat Landscape Report, 60 percent of users had never updated router firmware. Yet router hijackers can inject malicious HTML and gain access to usernames and passwords.

Businesses are growing more reliant on technology, particularly connected technology. (Thank you, Wi-Fi and Internet of Things.) This is also expanding the attack surface available to cyber bad guys. Don’t become complacent. Apply patches when issued to all business connections and technology.

Now you know what firmware is and why it matters, that doesn’t mean you’re any closer to being able to actually update it all. Partner with one of our technicians. We can do an audit of all your firmware and find any holes that need plugging. Give us a call today at 1300 795 105!