Posted on November 4, 2014 by Thoughtwire News - Uncategorized
What You Can Do To Be Prepared Against Hackers and Viruses
If you were ever in danger of your company’s digital property being compromised, it’s over the next several days. How can we be so sure? Well, it’s well advertised: “Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot,” as the English folk verse goes.
Will you be safe when it all starts?
November 5 is Guy Fawkes’ Day in England, a celebration of the foiling of Fawkes’ attempt to blow up the British Parliament in 1605. The day has turned into, however, a rallying date for hackers, anarchists and activists associated with the group, “Anonymous.”
A “Million Mask March” has been organized in different cities across the globe, and authorities say the real threat is to the digital environment, as Anonymous looks to hack first. Before it all starts, take a moment to evaluate your digital situation:
Hosting—do you have around the clock hosting support? Were you safe from Heartbleed and other bugs that already happened this year? To get the most secure hosting, click here.
Old website—if you have an outdated website you are more prone to attacks. Get a mobile-friendly website and get the safety updates you need by clicking here.
Exposure—tomorrow is not a good day to start opening emails and documents from strangers. If you don’t know or trust the source, don’t open and click. Have a question about incoming mail or data that you think might be compromised? Get a data evaluation here.
Posted on August 5, 2014 by Thoughtwire News - Uncategorized
Because you clicked on and are now reading this blog, we now have access to your webcam. The indicator light isn’t on, but the camera is, and you are being recorded. Sound insane? Although Thoughtwire would never hack into your personal computing device, thousands have already fallen victim to just such a practice. Here are some quick tips to make sure your Internet security is up to par:
If it looks bad—chances are it probably is. If the website looks like it was built for Windows 98, tread lightly. You are more prone to getting a virus or malware from unsupported and old sites.
There are no free lunches on the Internet—it’s a cliché, but it’s true. Free virus scanners, free streaming videos and music, the free version of a pay product…usually they just cost you in the end. Loaded with malware and ads, anything free that you download could just be a bear with lipstick.
Firewalls—install them, make sure they work and get a good one. The number one way your computer gets compromised is through connection compromises. How can users online reach and talk to your computer? Firewalls restrict them so only who and what you want to get through actually will.
Protect your email—if you don’t know the sender, don’t open the email. Also, don’t fall for promotional garbage telling you that you’ve just won a billion dollars. If something gets through your spam filter, you can still mark it as such.