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VIP’s experts are trained and experienced in the latest business technology – and the latest threats to business technology.

Through years of technological advancements and after thousands of clients, you might say our experts have seen it all. This page is dedicated to the latest threats, and our experts’ tips to navigate through them. Make VIP a weapon in your defensive arsenal.

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July 10, 2017 – Jayden K. Smith Facebook Hoax

Why you should ignore the Jayden K. Smith Facebook hoax.

Our partners at ESET are experts at keeping Facebook users safe. In 2014, the the antivirus protection trailblazer developed a free online scanner for Facebook. They also have tools for protecting your Twitter and other social media accounts. ESET’s Facebook tool ran more than 44 million of scans in 2014 and successfully detected malware in almost half of all of instances.

The Jayden Smith message may be a hoax, but the experts at ESET say hackers do pose other social media dangers you can avoid.

June 27, 2017 – #GoldenEye #Petya cyber attack sweeps the globe

Petya ransomware hits at least 65 countries; Microsoft traces it to tax software – NPR

Our partners at Fortinet refer to Petya as a ransomworm

Here’s what VIP Computer Division Manager Mark Jackson has to say:

Detection is very difficult as these ransomware programs typically employ the built-in encryption that Windows uses to perform the malicious encryption. Items one can do to help reduce the chances of getting infected are:
  1. Have an offsite backup – this is a must in case an infection occurs – onsite backups can also be encrypted if they are connected to the infected computer
  2. Keep Windows up to date
  3. Keep Anti-Virus up to date and active
  4. Do not open e-mail or any e-mail attachments that you are not sure of the source
  5. Do not click on any e-mail links that you are unsure of
  6. Many times web sites are the source, even legitimate ones can be infected without the knowledge of the site owner – usually in the form of ads on the site
  7. Those really neat free downloads of screensavers, coupons and funny cat videos may bring a ransomware infection along with them, be careful what you download

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