Category: SMB IT Security

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.