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COVID-19 Themed Templates for Hackers

Hackers use COVID-19 Themed TemplatesNew, Sophisticated Hacking Techniques in the Age of COVID-19

Hackers are using new methods to create very credible looking, fake websites to steal login credentials. Security firms are seeing an increase in the use of website templates to create phishing websites that look and feel like the real thing. These templates, available on underground forums and marketplaces, are a quick and easy way for criminals to create convincing, fake websites to steal information. The known templates mimic websites from the World Health Organization (WHO), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the United Kingdom government, the government of Canada, and the government of France. Many of these templates have multiple working pages to make them look more realistic. The template that mimics the government of Canada even has English and French segments.

More than half of the phishing campaigns recorded since January are using these new spoof templates to fool consumers. Hackers are using normal phishing techniques, creating urgency by claiming recipients will lose benefits, or reporting a breakthrough on the pandemic. The difference is the use of these templates to create very convincing fake websites. This change in strategy has been effective, resulting in an increase in successful phishing attacks.

Below are some examples of the fake phishing site templates:

This fake CDC site is asking user to authenticate with an email service to generate a vaccine ID.

Fake IRS Page

This fake IRS website created from an available template goes a step further, asking users to enter SSN, DOB, and other private identity information.

Avoid falling prey to these new phishing campaigns by being aware of the links you click on in emails. If an email is creating urgency or preying on emotion (click on this link now or you will lose your vaccine benefits!), the email is probably a scam. Instead of clicking the link, go to the known government website and look for the information. The criminals are making it more difficult to differentiate the fake websites and using emotion to get users to click. Stay informed and think before you click.

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Posted by Charles Wright in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Recent Posts, Small Business

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Work From Home Collaboration Tools

Work From Home CollaborationToday we will look at two collaboration tools in Microsoft Teams that could make your work-group more productive. Microsoft teams offers many advantages over other collaboration tools, the first being many businesses may already have these tools at their disposal at no added cost, if they are already running Office 365 as an email client.

Microsoft Teams provides a rich environment for users working together remotely, but more importantly, the documents and data shared on the Teams platform are secured by the enterprise level security Microsoft is known for.

We want to highlight two tools that make the Microsoft Teams platform stand out against other collaboration tools. The first is the Messaging feature. Within Teams, a user can group chat or private message. If a user uploads a Microsoft document like an Excel or PowerPoint file, the file is stored within Microsoft Teams and can be edited by multiple users within the group. This makes for a seamless workflow from discussing the work needed in the group chat, to multiple users doing the work in the shared document. Collaborating on a native Microsoft document like Excel, within Microsoft Teams, works very well. There are no third party issues that can creep up in other collaboration tools.

 Source: microsoft.com

Another tool we think Microsoft does better than their competitor is their Meeting function. Team members can schedule and conduct virtual meetings within their work-group. The virtual meeting tool is robust with screen sharing, blurred background, and recording functions like other competitive tools. What makes Microsoft stand out is the closed captioning. Microsoft introduced live captioning, as well as captioning the recording of the meeting. Additionally, the text captioned in the recorded meeting is searchable! This makes for a highly productive tool if a team member misses a meeting and needs to go back through to find their project tasks. The team member can search for keywords around the project, or even their name.

Microsoft Teams Video ConferenceSource: microsoft.com

These tools live within the same workspace and can be accessed across PC, mobile, and web if needed. Most businesses are about a month into working remotely now. If your business is struggling to adapt to this change and looking for a solution that better fits your workflow, give us a call.

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Posted by Charles Wright in Cybersecurity, Information Security, Recent Posts, Small Business

File Sharing Options While Working From Home

Work From Home File SharingAs more employees are working from home long term, business owners are making decisions on how to keep them working securely. Today we will discuss basic cloud storage options and file sharing across a team for collaboration.

Most businesses will already have a service in place they process email through. The two most popular are Microsoft with Office 365, and Google. Both of these services also offer file storage and collaboration tools within the business suite. Microsoft offers OneDrive and SharePoint. These tools enable users to store and share files in the Microsoft Cloud. They also offer collaboration tools for users to share editing or viewing restrictions to other users. Google offers very similar tools at the business class level.

These integrated services offer a high level of security and may not add a cost to the business if you are already paying for the email services. Some businesses are shifting from a physical server to sharing files across a cloud service now that working remotely is becoming the new normal.

Other users might be looking for an independent file sharing option. Microsoft and Google are still good options in this category as well. Google offers 15GB of storage for free, with monthly pricing structures that go up for more storage. Microsoft 365 Home offers 1TB of storage, plus Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook for $100 per year.

Dropbox is another option for large file storage. They offer 2GB free, then $10 per month for 2TB. For most users, Microsoft 365 home is the best option because of the added bonus of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but for sheer file storage, Google is the winner with 2TB for $100 per year.

These “big three” options in basic file sharing, are constantly changing their plans to add more users. There are many other file sharing services out there, but these three are recognized by the industry as trusted and secure.

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