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Holiday Season brings Security Risks – how to stay safe

The folks behind all sorts of online threats know that the holiday season is their most wonderful time of the year. As people are participating in unprecedented e-commerce, introducing new hardware into their environments, and rushing around with easily-skimmed cards it can be hard to defend yourself from all angles of attack.

 

Security Risks while Shopping

Online shopping can be a huge time-saver but it’s also a big risk. Amazon has done a pretty good job of securing customer data, but big firms like Target and Home Depot have been the victims of cyber attacks. Here are a couple of easy tips to keep yourself safer while shopping:

  • Use strong passwords and change them often
  • Don’t use the same password across multiple accounts
  • Pay in cash when shopping in person
  • Only order over a secure connection (when you can see the little lock in the URL bar)
  • Don’t shop on open wireless networks (like those at a college or a coffee shop)

 

Changing Hardware Environments

New kinds of tech get introduced around the holidays, but they aren’t always the safest things to bring into your ecosystem. Google Home and Echo Dot are cool toys, but they can store your searches. Web-connected devices like cameras or robots can be hacked to turn your device into part of a botnet. Even gifts like backup drives or a new phone for the office can pose a threat. Here are some things to keep you new hardware from becoming a headache:

  • Manage the settings on your home assistant devices to prevent them from collecting data
  • Change the default passwords on your IoT devices to prevent them from being hijacked by botnets
  • Keep an up-to-date antivirus to prevent infections from new hardware like hard drives or flash drives
  • Be cautious about downloading new apps for you phone – many of them are phishing scams or keyloggers

 

Defending Yourself can be difficult

There are all kinds of threats out in the world, but you can lower your personal risk by taking simple steps like updating programs and changing passwords frequently. Everyone should be running a strong, regularly-updated antivirus (we recommend ESET and you can call us if you’d like to purchase a license), and everyone should learn how to identify and avoid phishing attacks.

But what do you do to protect your business? What do you do to keep your work devices safe?

 

Business Protection is Priority One

Maybe more people are accessing your site this time of year, maybe your employees are handling heavier loads. There are a million things that can go wrong during this busy season and at PMCS we pride ourselves on preventing those problems. We take security very seriously and are proud of the ways that we can minimize risks to your business. PMCS relies on a suite of tools we can use to help you keep your business safe, including:

  • Enterprise-grade SonicWall Firewall devices
  • ESET Endpoint Protection Advanced – Antivirus for five or more users with an up-to-date threat console and remote monitoring
  • Proactive Maintenance Plans that check your systems for security risks
  • Backup Assist to keep your data safe and protect you from downtime in the event of an attack.

Don’t let yourself or your business be brought down by online threats this holiday season – call PMCS at (818)957-5647 for a free system assessment to identify any security risks. We’ll make sure your network is secure, your backups are stable, and that no downtime will plague you during this busy season.

Most businesses think their IT companies have done a great job of securing them, but when we come in with our tools we find gaps in coverage and all the flaws from previous systems. Give us a chance to explore your network and you’ll be shocked by the ways we can improve your security and protect your business and your customers.

Call to schedule your free assessment today!

(818)957-5647

All month is Black Friday – November Specials from PMCS

For the whole month of November PMCS is offering special savings to our customers. Beat the black Friday rush and kick Cyber Monday to the curb: we’ve got you covered for 30 days of sweet savings and awesome offers.

Take your pick of one or all of the offers below for the whole month of November, and stop back each week for details on the products on special.

Business Specials

Free network assessment for businesses
Find out the state of your network – is it running efficiently, do you have too many licenses for your users or not enough? Would your office benefit from a wireless access point, would a guest wifi system benefit you and your customers? PMCS can answer these questions, an in November we can answer them for free! Let us know if you’re interested in a network assessment and we’ll put together a custom profile for you, letting you know where you might benefit from added services or where you’re paying too much.

As an extra bonus customers who ask for a free network assessment and sign a one-year Proactive Maintenance contract with PMCS will receive a FREE long-range wireless access point to bring your business to new heights, a $150.00 Value!

Free server assessment for businesses
Does your server seem slower than it used to? Could it be a bigger, badder, faster machine? We can tell you! Ask for a free server assessment in November and we’ll make recommendations that will protect the health, longevity, and productivity of your biggest business asset. We’ll check your warranty protections, disc utilization, and see if we can get you a great deal on RAM to make your server the lightning fast beast it should be.

Home Use Specials

$20 off purchase of ESET Smart Security for Home Use
Keep your computer protected from online threats with ESET’s award-winning antivirus product. ESET is known industry-wide for their lean, efficient, effective antivirus. Smart Security uses fewer resources on your desktop than most other antiviruses, letting you get great protection without slowing you down. They update their virus definitions constantly to keep you protected from the newest threats.

$20 off a desktop tune-up and virus check
Make sure your desktop is in tip-top shape with a tune-up and virus check. We’ll run our security scans to insure your computer is free of infection, see if you could benefit from a RAM upgrade or hard drive replacement, blow out all the dust that might be slowing down your fan, and make sure your computer is in the best shape it can be.

 

Double Partner Referral Rewards in November

Through all of November our partners can double the reward for our partner referral program; if a client you refer signs a contract with PMCS you will get $250 credited to your account after their first year of service.

ESET Cyber Safety Special 10/24/2017-11/30/2017

As ransomware Bad Rabbit has been making waves online today PMCS customers have been breathing a sigh of relief. ESET was among the few antivirus companies to catch Bad Rabbit in its tracks right off the bat, and that’s part of why PMCS always recommends ESET Antivirus to its customers.

What’s this virus?

Bad Rabbit is a form of ransomware that encrypts your computers hard drive and asks you to pay in bitcoin to have your data decrypted. The ransomware is disguising itself as a legitimate software update for programs like Flash before infecting your system. Bad Rabbit is similar to the NotPetya ransomware that swept the globe in June of 2017.

Users are infected only by clicking on the installer at watering hole sites and downloading the program, so be cautious about what you’re clicking and if you’re ever not sure if a site is safe you can call PMCS at (818)957-5647 to ask if you think a website might cause an infection.

How do I keep my computer safe?

You should always keep safe surfing practices in mind: don’t open attachments from unknown senders, don’t click on links you don’t recognize, only download updates from websites you trust, and always always always use a secure antivirus program. This won’t prevent 100% of infections, but a solid antivirus will save you a lot of headaches.

So what’s this special?

To celebrate the strength of ESET’s Antivirus capabilities AND to encourage our customers to bulk up on their personal computer security PMCS is offering a discount on ESET Smart Security for home use from now (10/24/2017) until the end of November.

Come in to our office to have us install a brand new license of ESET Smart Security for $20 off the retail cost. While you’re here ask about having your computer checked for viruses or let us know if you’re interested in a backup system to secure your data.

The internet is a scary place and threats are around every corner, but PMCS and ESET are here to keep you safe.