Technology Articles from MPA Networks

Important IT Security Message for MPA Networks’ Clients

December 19th, 2013 by admin

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One Malicious Email Could Cost you Thousands of Dollars and Take Down your Entire Network – Don’t be a Victim; Learn the Facts! Ransomware viruses are on the rise and their explosive growth in the past few months has been startling.  We want to help our clients be up-to-date on this issue and understand...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security

Quiz Answers - Can you Find the Malicious Email?

December 18th, 2013 by admin

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Ready for the answers to our quiz? Drumroll please... Every single email is malicious EXCEPT for this one: “eFax message from “4082459385″. 1 page(s). Caller-ID: 408-245-9385″  -  eFax Yep, that eFax message is 100% legitimate! Now let's discuss why Unless you are an eFax client and know what...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security

Quiz - Can you Find the Malicious Email?

December 12th, 2013 by admin

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Can you Spot the Malicious Emails/s?! After reading through our Cryptolocker and Ransomware blog series and learning how to identify a malicious email, it's time to put your new virus sleuthing skills to the test. Read through the list of email subject lines and from names below.  Which email/s...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security

How to Identify a Malicious Email

December 4th, 2013 by admin

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Continuing our blog series about Cryptolocker and Ransomware virus attacks, it is necessary we explain the basic fundamentals of identifying a malicious email or attachment. Only through education and proper awareness can we effectively avoid Ransomware and other malware attacks. Identifying a...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security

The Single Most Reliable Method for Preventing a Ransomware Attack

December 3rd, 2013 by admin

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Last week, we wrote about the rise of Cryptolocker and Ransomware viruses, the new breed of malware virus infecting host computers through malicious email attachments, and spreading rapidly through its use of commercial-grade RSA encryption and Bitcoin, a universal, virtual currency. Unfortunately,...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security

Protect your Business from Cyber Threats with this 5 Point Checklist

November 21st, 2013 by admin

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About half of all small business owners believe their business is too small to be a potential victim for virtual thieves and hacking. The facts, however, say something quite different. The majority of cyber attacks are actually perpetrated against businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Is your...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security

Cryptolocker & Ransomware - What You Need to Know

November 15th, 2013 by admin

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CryptoLocker CryptoLocker is a new, and particularly malicious, breed of ransomware discovered only a couple months ago. CryptoLocker is a Trojan horse malware that encrypts and restricts access to the infected computer while demanding payment for the recovery and decryption of files, typically...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security

5 Things you should do TODAY (and everyday) to preserve your IT systems

November 6th, 2013 by admin

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The 5 basic tips below are essential to maintaining the health and efficiency of your network, servers, and computer systems. Please consult an expert IT Consultant or Managed Service Provider for more information about protecting your IT systems. 1. BACKUP - Data loss is a very real threat and...

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Posted in: Solutions

How a Managed Service Provider Can Increase ROI and Influence Long-Term Business Success

September 30th, 2013 by admin

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Partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure the longevity and productivity of your SMB. Why? An experienced MSP is a true business partner, reduces and streamlines IT costs, and takes a proactive approach to your IT and long-term business...

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Posted in: Solutions, Partners and Industries

4 Crucial Benefits of a Managed Service Provider

August 27th, 2013 by admin

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Managed Service Providers - or MSPs - are tasked with the critically important job of managing IT to help businesses run smoothly. Information Technology is the foundation upon which businesses operate, communicate, and grow, and must therefore be well monitored and cared for. What many business...

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Posted in: Solutions

The Real Cost of IT Downtime

August 18th, 2013 by admin

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Downtime - it isn't always what you think! When you think downtime, I'm sure you're picturing the results of a total IT disaster - perhaps a flood destroying the server room or a malicious virus that hacks the network, forcing everyone to close up shop. This is the kind of downtime that may take...

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Posted in: Solutions

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