Will the Sale of TikTok Include Your Data?

Will the Sale of TikTok Include Your Data?

Sep 14, 2020 by Patrick

TikTok – you know, the big craze for weird dance videos…How much of your data is sitting on TikTok servers right now? Maybe none. How about your kid’s data?  Did you know your kids are a big target for hackers? 

Microsoft may be buying ByteDance…the PARENT app to TikTok.

This is a massive security concern… TikTok has close ties to the CHINESE government. And they love US data! 

If China requests data from ByteDance (And they probably will), the Chinese laws will FORCE ByteDance to turn over a shocking amount of data…data IT IS COLLECTING about us…

Yes, it’s possible ByteDance will be added to the Bureau of Industry and Security Entity list, immediately BANNING it (and TikTok) from American IP and technology…

To bypass this, Microsoft recently stepped forward as a potential purchaser of TikTok. If they follow through, it’s unlikely all breaches will be sealed…Will the Chinese government keep copies of the data they’ve already collected? …No Doubt.

The sale price of TikTok could include your personal information and data. Expect their data to also include everything collected from your employees…those using their own devices for business…YOUR BUSINESS!
So here’s the question…how much is your data worth to you? Expect Microsoft to make a decision by September 15th. Continue Reading HERE.

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Do You Know Your Top 5 Security Threats?

Aug 31, 2020 by Patrick

Half the battle for privacy and data security can be won simply by knowing what the enemy is up to…

Hackers target the most vulnerable…

Companies have discovered the cost efficiency of the work-from-home model, while data thieves have busied themselves by stealing from naive employees!

Here are the TOP 5 SECURITY THREATS you need to be aware of…

  1. PHISHING (Sending you emails designed to take over your computer).

    I agree, this is a major threat. Even the trained security professional can’t always tell what’s real, and what’s an attack.

    The good news…when destructive software hits your computer we can usually see it with the right detection technology in place.
  2. RANSOMWARE – taking your computer hostage.

    Again, I agree this is a major threat. The media has made us somewhat numb to it… however, don’t be fooled.

    Hackers can easily hit you with a ransom request if you’re not well protected against them.
  3. CLOUD VULNERABILITIES…well, cloud isn’t an attack or threat.

    Most of the attacks (over 50%) over the past 12 months involved the cloud.

    The fact is, people falsely believe they don’t need greater protection because they are in the cloud. Your phone, laptop, or desktop (when using the cloud) is the place hackers will attack.

    Remember, your data is not encrypted when working on it – the end node is a key part of your network and must be protected.
  4. GDPR – again this isn’t an attack or threat either – it’s a new law from our friends in Europe… 


Compliance in general has changed the way we look at security – in many cases its lulled small business owners into a false sense of security.

Being PCI, HIPAA, or GDPR compliant, in no way says, your data is safe. Check the boxes, then assess risk, finally, secure the data.

CRYPTO-MINING. This one is an attack…having your computer taken over to process cryptocurrency illegally.

Crypto-mining will eat up your bandwidth, computing power…even point to you as the perp!

Crypto-miners take over systems and use them for their crime…make sure this doesn’t happen to you. Some simple tests can tell us if your system is being used for this type of crime.

New hours for DK Systems, LLC

Aug 17, 2020 by Patrick

As our IT business continues to grow I have decided to adjust our hours. In recent years we have begun servicing more businesses and to meet the demands of those businesses beginning Tuesday September 8, 2020, our new hours will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you need to drop off or pick up something before or after call the store and make arrangements: 414-764-4465.

Our retail store is still available and we will continue to repair your PCs and laptops, sell PCs, laptops, networking accessories, and many other cables.

Automatic Forgiveness of PPP Loans Might Be Coming Your Way…

Aug 17, 2020 by Patrick

As of July 15th, a bipartisan bill is being introduced that might mean automatic forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Loans under $150,000…

If you’re a small business owner who is struggling to pay your employees through the pandemic, you may have applied for one of these loans…

Now you might be starting to wonder how you’ll pay it back in full – but the good news is, you might not have to. 

“Recent SBA data released on June 30 indicated that PPP loans have supported more than 51 million jobs, but if PPP forgiveness isn’t realized for small businesses, then PPP will simply turn into a debt burden on borrowers who are still trying to weather the economic storm.”

Read more HERE.

Additionally, the bill cuts paperwork down to one page for micro businesses. Larger “small businesses” will still be required to go through the standard forgiveness process.

The Best Web Browsers For 2020

Aug 1, 2020 by Patrick

Unlike switching between operating systems, changing your primary browser is fast and simple. In a matter of seconds, you can download and open a variety of options…

Here’s our take on the safest and most secure browsers for 2020:

#1…Chrome wins. 

Featuring an extensive password manager, reliable app integration, and the ability to block ads that don’t conform to industry standards…it’s a clean, secure option.

Best Chrome alternative?

Firefox – our second pick. And a very close second.

Recent updates to the browser include better privacy protections with anti-tracker support, improved password syncing across devices, improved readability, and integrated breach alerts.

Managing settings isn’t quite as seamless as Chrome…however if you don’t like Chrome for some reason, Firefox is a safe, well-functioning second choice.

Did You Know, Deleting Files Does not Actually Destroy The Data?

Jul 17, 2020 by Patrick

You can use a hammer, soak your computer in water (or gasoline), etc. 

But deleting data often leaves the data intact, meaning your buyer on eBay, or your local dumpster diver now has your data. 

Especially now in a work-from-home world, employees are dealing with high quantities of sensitive data sent to their personal devices for temporary use…

Of course, they are instructed to delete after use…or securely store.

Unfortunately, most do not know how to do this.

Many are sharing a server with their gaming teenager…

Suddenly, company data is available via an unsecured server to every gamer their teen is chatting with…

Whether you are replacing your device or simply using it at home on a personal network, it’s critical to understand secure methods for wiping data from your devices. 

There is no telling how long employees will continue working from home, unsupervised, with sensitive data coming and going from their mobile devices and computers.

Educate now – prevent disaster down the road.

Read more HERE about how to securely dispose of data on personal devices.

Start Using A Password Manager In 2020

Jun 13, 2020 by Patrick

Passwords

Welcome to the digital age, and we do everything online. While some things are now more convenient, we have all run into another nightmare. Too many passwords! Websites usually require the following: an upper and lower case letter, a number, special character, and minimum 8 characters! Are you the person who uses the same password everywhere?

Are your sharing passwords with staff? Many companies are moving work to the “Cloud” suddenly staff needs access to websites and shared passwords. Is your level of frustration rising each day?

If you own a smaller company your employees are probably reaching out asking for a password to access something. Once you have shared your password, you have now put your data at risk. Will you remember to change it? Is it one of those easy-to-remember passwords that one employee can recite to the next employee? No one was ready for the current crisis. Most businesses did not have a plan in place for twenty (or 50 or 100) remote employees.

You do need something better than your favorite sports team’s name followed by a number. Remember there is not some guy is not locked in a dark room trying to guess your password. Today it is a computer trying to guess your password, a computer can  manage permutations of numbers fast!

So, what is the solution? The best option is multi-factor authentication (MFA) or two-factor authentication. Unfortunately, not all cloud providers utilize MFA functionality. A good alternate solution is a password manager or password vault.

Take some time today and Google “password manager.” There are plenty of great options, one I like to use is called LastPass. Managers are nice, you need to remember one password to access the vault and you can access from many different devices. A password manager can store more than just your passwords, they can store information like credit card and drivers license numbers. Hopefully, you are not the person who uses the same password for everything.

Download a password vault today and start using it today. A vault will easily generate complex passwords, store links to the sites you use, and auto-fill usernames and passwords. Best feature vaults encrypt your data, so it is a whole lot safer than writing them down or reusing them.

Cyber security 101 – Work from home

May 31, 2020 by Patrick

In March 2020 the world of working changed, COVID-19 forced many people and businesses began working from home. Employees and businesses were not the only the ones to adjust the way the worked. Hackers have gone into high gear launching new scams and attacks.

Cyber security has become very important and a lot of people, including businesses have not taken precautionary measures to protect from these new tactics. Some people are using their home computers to work, do you have adequate protection, is your company network safe?

Cyber Security Basics 101:

Encryption: Should your computer be stolen, encryption ensures the thief cannot view the content of your hard drive.

Virus protection: One trick hackers are doing is sending a lot more spam. Malware and viruses are often used interchangeably, you do not want either to infect your computer. Does your computer detect malware and viruses?

Update the big three (JAM): The following vendors should be update: Java, Adobe, and Microsoft. The biggest problems occur when one of these three is not up to date. Is there a computer still running Windows 7, Windows should be running at least Windows 10.

Device protection: It is just good practice to keep track of your devices, know where they are at all times.

Passwords: Make a practice of changing your passwords on the following devices: computer, router, and WiFi. If you live close to your neighbors the WiFi password is verify critical. Do not let others share your internet, you are responsible for the actions, especially the bad actions!

Router/Firewall: How old is your device? Have you updated the software on the device?

Virtual Private Network (VPN): This will create a tunnel between your location and your office. The communication is secured by encrypting it so even if you are sharing WiFi (coffee shop or hotel) no one can see it.

If you have any questions on how to achieve any of these or anything else feel free to reach out to DK Systems at 414-764-4465 today.