Security & Privacy

Is your Netflix account safe?

With more than 148 million subscribers globally, Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services. Like anything else, where people and money are, criminals are as well.

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What is DNS Protection and why is it important?

DNS protection provides an additional layer of protection between an employee and the internet by blacklisting dangerous sites and filtering out unwanted content. By using secure DNS servers both at home and at work, employees can avoid unnecessary risks and the potential for malicious attacks. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of…

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Municipalities and Small Businesses Take Notice: Cybercriminals are After You

Two municipalities were hit by ransomware last month and forced to pay approximately $600,000 each to regain access to city email and computer systems. One city, Riviera Beach, Florida, has roughly the same size population as the Kirkwood-Des Peres area where our offices are located. For three weeks, Riviera Beach’s email and computer systems were…

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Start using two factor authentication – like yesterday

Two-factor authentication is an authentication mechanism to double check that your identity is legitimate. Not a week goes by that we don’t receive a frantic phone call from someone with a compromised account. A bad actor has cracked their email password and sent out thousands of spam emails. Each one of these phone calls could have been avoid if they would have enabled two-factor authentication for their account.

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Critical Windows Security Update!

Earlier this week Microsoft released fixes for a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services that affects some older version of Windows and Windows Server. So, why should I care?   Well, if you have a Windows 7 or heaven forbid a Windows XP computer, you need to worry.  If your company runs a Windows 2008 Server or for some reason still a Windows 2003 Server, you better take this warning serious.

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Windows Server 2008 R2 End of Life

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, meaning they will no longer release additional security patches and updates.  If your business runs off Windows 2008 you have some serious choices to make. Do Nothing – For a lot of small businesses, this is a serious…

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Windows 7 End of Life – January 14, 2020

Why You Need to Prepare for Windows 7 End of Life On January 14th, 2020 Microsoft will end extended support for the Windows 7 Operating System. This is known in tech terms as end-of-life for the software. So, what does this mean and how do you prepare for Windows 7 End of Life? What the…

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How Cookies Are Being Used to Track and Attack You

When most people talk about cookies, the conversation is usually about sweet baked goods. But when IT professionals talk about cookies, we are discussing the Internet. In this context, the term cookies refer to small data files that contain strings of text. When you connect to a website, its web server sends a cookie to…

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Warn Your Staff about This Malicious Email

Be on guard — a fake security email is making the rounds. Disguised as an email from Microsoft, this phishing email is deceiving people into infecting their computers with a bot called Neutrino. This bot enables cybercriminals to take control of the infected machines. The hackers then use the machines for various malicious activities, such…

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Equifax Data Breach: Your Identity Is At Risk

If you’ve ever opened a credit card, taken out a loan or have bills in your name, you’ve got a credit report. It also means you’re likely affected by the latest data breach. 143 million Americans had their personally identifiable information stolen from Equifax between May and July of this year. That’s nearly half the…

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5 Ways Your Employees Might Be Putting Your Business at Risk

Employees can be your most valuable asset — and your biggest security nightmare. Often, then unknowingly engage in risky behaviors setting your company up for scammers. Taking work home, for example, might seem innocent enough, but it can put holes in your security defenses. Here are five ways that your employees might be putting your…

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Twice in A Week: The Miller Group Sees Scams Too

Scams come in all shapes and sizes. Every business is a susceptible target for these ever-improving criminals who try to profit from you or your employee’s mistakes. Case in point, within the last week, The Miller Group received two scam attempts of different types. Luckily, our staff thwarted the efforts but some businesses might not…

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