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18 Shocking Ransomware Statistics and Facts

Apr 23, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Tyler Dugoni posted in Hackers, Computers, Small Business, Theft, Ransomware, Alert, statistics




Ransomware attacks are on the rise and targeting businesses more than ever! Ransomware damage costs are predicted to be 57 times more in 2021 than in 2015. This makes Ransomeware the fastest growing cybercrime.

Make sure to sign up for our free webinar "Security Essentials For Small Business", where we will be talking about ransomware, malware, and keeping your company's data safe.

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The Threat of Pop-ups and Browser Hijackers

Apr 18, 2019 9:15:00 AM / by Tyler Dugoni posted in Data Loss, Hackers, Malware, Computers, Small Business, Theft, Alert, Popups, Browser Hijackers, adware



Make sure to sign up for our free webinar "Security Essentials For Small Business," where we will be talking about ransomware, malware, and keeping your company's data safe.

May 16th - 10AM PST            OR            May 21st - 2PM PST


Pop-ups. We all know how annoying they can be, but did you know that there are pop-ups that target and attack your computer?

Last year several healthcare institutions and the City of Atlanta were hit with high-profile ransomware attacks that crippled their systems and encrypted their data unless a ransom fee is paid.

How does this happen?

When pop-ups attack, they generally disguise themselves as files you are trying to access/download, potentially downloading on their own just by visiting a page containing a malicious ad. While a majority of nasty pop-ups freeze your browser, there are a rising amount of attacks that come in the form of browser hijackers that change your homepage or disguise themselves as a search bar or browser plugin. While they may seem harmless, these PUPs (potentially unwanted programs) are generally spyware, malware, phishing or adware. These add-ons can hide or present themselves in plain view. A majority of us fall victim to ignoring them, leading to personal data being captured over a period of time, or worse providing all the data ourselves. Some attacks target the sites you visit (Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, etc.), replacing them with identical copies used to phish your login data.

So how do I get rid of PUPs?

When a browser addon has been added, your first instinct is to navigate to your Add-ons page to uninstall probably, but that can leave behind associated files.

We recommend downloading a quick tool called AdwCleaner by Malwarebytes. A quick 5-minute scan will find and eliminate adware, PUPs, and any other hijacks that may have taken hold of your browser.

What about Ransomware?

The other types of attacks come in the form of ransomware, attaching themselves to your system demanding money to return data. Some of these ransomware attacks aren't as sophisticated as others but will open windows that seem impossible to close, often opening multiple popup windows at the same time. These types of attacks are usually prompted with a phone number to call where scammers will ask you to pay money to unlock your browser. Don't let these fool you, kill your internet and close your browser. Although this may seem like the final fix, as a general rule of thumb, you should always run a scan to make sure no spyware, malware, or PUP's have attached themselves. In the case your system is hit with truly destructive ransomware, always trust a professional to eliminate the issue and make sure your system is secure again.

Whether you use Google Chrome, Firefox or Microsoft Edge, there are tons of great popup blockers to keep your browser safe from these nasty attacks. An extra click to open a popup you want is better than risking what you may come across on the internet.

Remember, when it comes to technology, your best defense is a great offense!

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The Death of Passwords? Here is what we will be using in the future!

Apr 5, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Tyler Dugoni posted in Cybersecurity, Computers, Password, Small Business, WebAuthn


Passwords. The key to keeping your accounts safe. We all know how problematic it is to keep track of unique passwords for different sites. Unfortunately, many of us resort to using the same password across the internet, leading to accounts getting hacked and passwords needing change.

But all of that is about to change!

Last month, The Worldwide Web Consortium and the FIDO Alliance made a huge step towards eliminating passwords when they announced that WebAuthn, short for Web Authentication, has now become an official web standard. Instead of logging in with passwords, WebAuthn gives users the ability to login via biometrics, such as facial recognition and fingerprints, or through the use of security keys and devices, such as smartphones and smartwatches.

How is this more secure than using a password?

According to the Worldwide Web Consortium, WebAuthn has some significant security benefits, including login keys, such as FIDO2, which are unique to specific websites. If users decide to log in using their face or fingerprint, the information is never sent to a server and will only be stored on the user's device. This is a massive step to stopping websites from tracking and following users around the Internet.

Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Apple's Safari already support WebAuthn, and now that the W3C has approved the standard, websites will be integrating the new login option. Dropbox was one of the first websites to adopt WebAuthn, shortly followed by Microsoft.

Passwords aren't going to disappear overnight, but with the announcement of WebAuthn becoming an official web standard you can expect that Passwords will eventually become a thing of the past.

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How To Stay Safe During Tax Season As A Small Business

Mar 25, 2019 9:19:23 AM / by Tyler Dugoni posted in Data Loss, Hackers, Computers, Small Business, Theft, Alert, Tax Season



Did you know that 76% of businesses reported falling victim to a phishing attack in the last year?


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Why a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan is Needed

Feb 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM / by Hannah Benge posted in Data Backup, Data Loss, Hackers, Computers, Small Business, Money, Theft, Alert



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The Threat of Malware Continues to Grow

Feb 12, 2019 12:13:08 PM / by Hannah Benge posted in Data Loss, Hackers, Computers, Small Business, Money, Theft, Alert



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5 Steps To A Successful Desktop Deployment

Jan 17, 2019 9:55:54 AM / by Hannah Benge


At Verve, we have gotten very good at desktop/laptop deployments and have learned that there are 5 keys to success:

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Tip of the Week: Creating Canned Responses in Gmail

May 16, 2018 10:43:00 AM / by Chad Sublet posted in Communication, Tip of the week, Email


If you’re like most business users, you rely on email quite a bit to stay apprised of what is going on, as do most of the people you are likely in communication with. As such, you most likely understand that, while most emails require some kind of response or confirmation of receipt, not all of these messages require a heartfelt message. This is where Gmail’s Canned Responses come in handy.

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Technology Addiction is a Very Real, Very Scary Thing

May 14, 2018 7:45:00 PM / by Chad Sublet posted in Technology, Internet, Addiction


Technology has become essential to workplace functionality and personal productivity, but while the long hours spent glued to our tech during the workday are a necessity, the time we spend at home with our personal devices is definitely voluntary. However, more and more people - children especially - are finding it harder to let their devices power down.

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Is Your Cloud Solution Actually a Money Pit?

May 11, 2018 7:42:00 PM / by Chad Sublet posted in Cloud, Saving Money, Hosted Solutions


The cloud has proven to be an extremely useful tool for the modern business. Not only does it provide anywhere-anytime access to applications, processing, storage, et al; it also delivers those products as a service, allowing you to budget for recurring costs rather than major upfront ones. This provides your organization with functional, supported, and secure computing environments that eliminate a lot of the support costs that traditional computing environments require. It sounds like a perfect scenario for small and large businesses alike, but things aren’t always what they seem, as a lot of cloud users have found that they have incurred several hidden costs by using cloud platforms. Today, we take a look at these hidden costs.

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