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Network Week in Review: Why “Break-Fix” Works Entirely in the Consultant’s Favor, Not Yours.

While technological evolution has brought us many great initiatives, it has also brought about an unprecedented rise in cyberthreats. ManagedTEK’s goal is to create a plan specifically focused on each business that we serve.

A question we often get is “Why do I need to be on a managed IT plan? Can’t I just pay you to come out and fix things when they’re broken?” While that’s a legitimate question if we were talking about your washing machine or car, that’s definitely NOT the right approach to a critical and dynamic IT system that your company depends on; you DEFINITELY don’t want to wait until something “breaks” before you try and fix a problem.…

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TEK On The Street: Go Ahead, Try Your Luck. There’s An App For That.

Google will allow gambling apps, casino games, and sports betting platforms on the Play Store. Ads for these apps will also be allowed, but their serving will be very strictly controlled. Until now, the Play Store has allowed content and services that facilitate online gambling apps in only a few countries worldwide, most notably France, Ireland, and the U.K. While Google also allows certain gambling apps in Brazil, the offerings are limited to those approved by Caixa Economica Federal, a government-owned financial institution.

The developers of these apps will have to acquire the relevant license in accordance with their country’s laws.…

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Network In Review: Breached

Ransomware is almost always the result of a successful phishing attack. It’s an expensive nightmare for any business.

A new tricky campaign is using well-crafted bank spoofing apps to convince users to “invest” in crypto. The victims source the app from outside the store and then share sensitive information with the actors. The investments go straight into the actors’ wallets, while victims are made to believe they’re holding the tokens.

The real bank worked closely with Zimperium to uncover this campaign while it is still at an early stage, so this publication is to raise awareness and close the income tap for the actors.…

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TEK On The Street: Chat Apps That Help You Stay in Touch With Your Friends via Texts, Calls & More!

 

One of the most popular Indian chat apps, Hike Messenger (now known as Hike Sticker Chat), has announced its abrupt shutdown. While some of its features will find their way to related apps, this practically means that many of you will need to start searching for the best Hike Messenger alternatives.

 

12/ Today we’re announcing that we will be sunsetting StickerChat in Jan’21.

We thank you all for giving us your trust. We wouldn’t be here without you ❤️

All your data will be available to download in the app. Your HikeMoji will continue to be available in both Vibe & Rush!

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Network In Review: Upgrade

Microsoft has bumped up the maximum file size limit for the “365” services. It is now taken to 250 GB, covering the needs of those who work from home or engage in remote learning. A new age brings new requirements, and the situation is accelerating the upgrades that are practically possible. So, from the 100 GB that it was previously, it is now taken to a whopping 250 GB, which should be enough to accommodate most people’s needs today.

The new limit doesn’t only concern professionals. Even if you’re using OneDrive for personal purposes, uploading your entire family video album and share access with friends and relatives would now be entirely possible.…

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TEK On The Street: Those Copy Cats!

Crooks are copying legitimate apps and lace them with “out-of-context” adware components. Users are having difficulty realizing which app is serving the intrusive ads. The apps have been removed from the Play Store, but only after 10 million people downloaded them. A team of researchers at ‘Satori Threat Intelligence’ has found 164 copycat Android apps that have a total of 10 million downloads on the Play Store. Google has already removed all of them following the relevant reports, but a large number of people may still be using them on their devices.

All of these apps mimic popular software projects like mobile AV tools or games, but in reality, they are just adware.…

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Make Smart Cybersecurity New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! Let’s start this thing off right! The world may be settling down, but remote work phishing threats aren’t. Phishing is the biggest single cybersecurity problem that any business faces today.

For 2020 we saw exactly how a perfect storm of circumstances including the public’s desire for new information about COVID-19, a mountain of Dark Web data, the sudden shift to remote work, economic challenges, and inadequate remote security led to much cybercrime!

Unfortunately, we live and work in a time when you can no longer be reactive to cyber threats. Turn vulnerabilities into strengths. Overcoming these threats falls on proper training and education.…

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Network In Review: Week In Breach Espionage.

This week’s one for the books! Some kinds of online aggression are “noisy” and some are “quiet.” The US federal government was sent reeling by a massive cybersecurity incident that sounds like it came out of a spy novel. This tale of a US government hack featuring third party security risk, nation-state hacking, phishing, and cybercrime should serve as a caution for every organization.

The unraveling of this cybersecurity disaster began with cybersecurity penetration testing and development heavyweight FireEye announcing that it had been breached by suspected Russia-backed nation-state hackers. “Sunburst” has also hit the U.S. NNSA, but the extent of the damage is impossible to estimate yet.…

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TEK On The Street: Cyberpunk 2077, The Bugs Got To Go!

Not only have users had it with Cyberpunk 2077, but Sony has also decided to pull Cyberpunk 2077 from the PlayStation Store after numerous complaints and money-back requests from a large number of customers who were disappointed by the quality of the game. Users have flooded social media with hilarious in-game clips revealing all sorts of bugs.

SIE strives to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, and we will begin to offer a full refund for all gamers who have purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store and want a refund. Please visit the following link to initiate the refund: https://t.co/DEZlC0LmUG

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Network Week in Review: Don’t Let A “Ghost” Prepare Your Tax Return

We closing in on the end of 2020 and we have come in contact with many that THINK they are not in a regulated industry. It’s not because regulations and compliance requirements are not there. There is no enforcement so they decide to eat the risk.

Identity theft knows no limits and every year the IRS warn taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, known as ghost preparers. Ghosting is a form of identity theft that usually occurs on a dead person for monetary gain. Cyber criminals can often get away with ghosting because it can be months after a person dies before entities like credit reporting agencies, the Social Security Administration, and the IRS receive, share or register death records.…

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