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New Area Code is Coming for Alabama

New Area Code is Coming for Alabama AT&T announced there would be a new area code in Birmingham for the 205 area code region that will affect many people in the Birmingham Metro area. This change will go into effect on Saturday, April 13th. To ensure a continuous supply of telephone numbers, the new 659… Read more »

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Microsoft Warns Windows 7/8 Could be Dangerous

Do you use Windows 7/8? Microsoft says you are placing yourself in danger. Microsoft warns users that the aging platform suffers from severe security deficiencies and hardware restrictions and that Microsoft’s support for the platform is ending. “Today, Windows 7/8 does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high-security requirements of IT departments,”… Read more »

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Microsoft Stopping Support for Windows 7

If you are using Windows 7, it may be time to consider an upgrade. Starting January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. This means no more updates or security fixes for the operating system. Windows 7 was released in 2009 and is still one of the most widely used desktop operating systems.… Read more »

Security Awareness Recap

Thank you for following along this month as we talk about security awareness. We want to be able provide your company with the best knowledge and technologies to empower your users to be the first line of defense for your company. We hope that you have found these articles helpful and informative. We covered several… Read more »

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Why Getting Hacked Is a Security Advantage

We lock our doors, set the alarm, and install surveillance cameras for our homes and businesses, but when it comes to securing our digital landscape we “trust” our firewalls will do the trick. We take the stance that it won’t happen to me. The truth is, it’s not if, but when. With 90% of security… Read more »

New Form of Phishing to Look Out For

Phishing is moving beyond the email to your online presence to collect personal details to attack you on social networks. In a world where millennials have grown up with a device in their hand, inherently trusting everything they interact with on the web, cybercriminals are meeting victims where they are online, using a new type… Read more »

Data Breaches on the Rise During the 2019 Tax Season

Experts are warning that phishing attacks will be on the rise this tax season as electronic documentation is more commonly used when it comes to sending and receiving confidential information.   Cybercriminals are looking for two factors when they attack: They want a gullible victim who will fall for a scam email. They want either… Read more »

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Protection Against Phishing Attacks

As compliance and consumer privacy laws get more robust, businesses need to become more aware of how to equip their employees with the knowledge of what a phishing email looks like and what not to do if they receive one.   Phishing remains a profitable tactic for cybercriminal organizations. The ability to gain access to… Read more »

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How Weak are Your Passwords?

Recent reports from Ponemon’s 2019 State of Passwords and Authentication Security Behaviors have shown companies poor password management habits are making a hacker’s job much easier. According to the report, 51% of users reuse the same password across accounts and 69% of users admit to sharing passwords with their colleagues in the workplace. It was… Read more »