Spear Phishing (This time it’s personal!)

Phishing cybercriminals are still out there… but now they are customizing the attacks!   Be on the lookout for customized Phishing emails!  Cybercriminals have been taking the time to research your organization and craft customized emails to impersonate specific people to trick you into sending them money, credentials or identity information.  These are called Spear…

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Keep your Windows 7 computer patched

Please protect your Windows 7 computer by keeping it patched. Even though Windows 7 was released back in 2009, it still receives patches to keep it protected against new vulnerabilities.  The operating system lets you know when new patches are available by displaying one or more of the icons shown below (see “What to look…

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Reboot every couple of days

Please keep your computer running, but reboot it every couple of days to keep it running optimally. We all know that the first thing most IT support folks will ask you to do to resolve a problem is to reboot your computer (You did reboot before you called, didn’t you?).  But did you realize that…

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Azure O365 Cloud by HDF

So, you’ve left your server in the office behind and you’re now connecting using Azure O365 Cloud by HDF.  What now?   This article is designed to help you understand the new Azure O365 Cloud by HDF, a compilation of services provided by Microsoft.  This article only applies to those who use this new network. …

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Protect yourself from email phishing

You are not safe from email attacks just because you work for a small business. Since most businesses are of the small to medium size, and since email attacks are so easy to implement, criminals are focusing more of their time on you. If you are a client, you have HDF & Associates implementing security…

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Windows 7: End of support in 2020

One of Microsoft’s most successful operating systems is gradually approaching the end of its lifecycle : in 1.5 years’ time, Windows 7’s extended support will finally expire. For all customers with Windows 7 PCs, this means there will be no security updates, patches, and no more technical support from Microsoft as of January 14, 2020. More…

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Meltdown and Spectre – What you need to know

Please help us to help you and your organization: Be EXTRA vigilant with your computer activities! Computer researchers have recently found out that the main chip in most modern computers—the CPU—has two hardware bugs. They are really design flaws in the hardware that has been there for years. This is a big deal because it…

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