Beware of mobile malware!

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According to the mobility firm Ericsson, there may be over six billion smartphone users worldwide by 2020, far outstripping landline users. But all this popularity comes at a price: namely, the increase of malware often seen on these devices.

Is your device at risk?

Almost any mobile device is at risk for being high jacked, attacked or damaged by malware. There is no particular company or form of device that is immune. Basically, if you own a mobile device, you’re a walking target. In addition, much of this malware is hidden in legitimate applications, making it difficult to detect and remove.

What types of malware are there?

Although there are many different types of malware, some are more popular than others. Malware which targets banking applications, for instance, is seen as particularly lucrative for hackers. If you use your mobile device for bill-paying, payroll, taxes, audits, money transfers and more, banking malware can soon become your worst enemy.

Protect your mobile devices today

If you want to bring additional protection to your mobile devices (and your customer and client data), ClubDrive can help. Our cloud-centered data centers are cost-effective and easy to use. Contact us today to learn more!

What happens when your mobile device isn’t secured?

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Internet users are at risk for attack by virus-laden programs all over the world. These attacks often come when users work with programs such as Java, Acrobat Reader and Internet Explorer on their PC’s (personal computers). However, hackers are getting smarter. Nowadays, they’re trying to sneak in any way they can, and that includes your smartphone, iPads, and other mobile devices

Spam

Sometimes, hackers will just try to spam you. This usually involves sending “phishing” e-mails, designed to get you to hand over money for fake charities or bogus products. But some of the e-mails carry attachments with viruses. If you download one of these attachments on a mobile device, you could infect it, making information you store there free for the taking.

Identify theft

Identity theft is another threat that exists when your mobile device is not secured. Hackers can get at crucial information like your social security number. They can then use this and other private data to steal your identify. This could mean making purchases and opening accounts in your name. You may have to “prove you are you” when doing things like applying for a loan.

Don’t let unsecured devices destroy your business. Call ClubDrive today to get top-notch online protection!

Look out for these 3 cyber threats

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There’s never been a better time to be a cybercriminal. As more and more people are on electronic devices every day, crucial data is just there for the taking. Make sure you’re not at risk for any of the following cyber threats:

Bank attacks

You don’t need a handkerchief over half your face or a getaway car to rob a bank anymore. These days, criminals are doing it digitally. All you have to do is zero in on bank employees through malware in their e-mails. Once the employees’ devices are infected, the crooks can transfer funds to their own accounts – amounts sometimes in the billion-dollar range.

Healthcare attacks

It’s not only banks that face serious cyber threats; healthcare institutions are at risk for them as well. But in this case, hackers aren’t usually looking directly for money. Instead, they want data they can mine for – data that has serious material value. This data can be used for identify theft, insurance fraud and a host of other crimes.

Mobile attacks

Healthcare data isn’t the only type hackers seek. Without the right protection, they can quickly get private data from your mobile phone, tablet or laptop. This can lead to your becoming a victim of fraud, extortion or even blackmail.

If you want to learn more about how to protect your and your clients’ data from cyber threats, talk to ClubDrive today!

Are you falling for these malware myths?

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If you do any business on a computer or online (and who doesn’t, these days?), you’re probably concerned about malware, and rightly so. Malware can slow down, stop, or even destroy your computer. It can also lead to personal or client data leakage. That’s why it’s important to know the truth about malware and not fall for myths. Here are a few of them:

It’s easy to tell if you’re a victim of malware

As dramatic as a huge sign flashing across your screen (“YOU’VE BEEN INFECTED!) would be, most malware is more insidious. It’s designed that way to take advantage of you without your even knowing. The malware can lurk in the background, for example, sending credentials you type to those looking to steal data.

Outdated operating systems offer protection

Are you under the impression that your OS (operating system) is so old, hackers wouldn’t even bother with it? Sorry, but you’re still at risk for malware, no matter the age of your device. Always keep your software up-to-date; many updates you’re prompted to do include layers of security you need.

Malware physically damages a device

This one is a bit silly. Malware usually isn’t designed to make your PC explode, burn up or spontaneously combust. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. Talk to ClubDrive today about the latest malware protection!

What are the advantages of hosted IT?

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If you’re looking for a new way to maximize investment (ROI) and your company’s precious time, consider hosted IT (Information Technology). Take a look at just a few of its advantages here:

It’s tax-deductible.

As part of your operating expenses, most hosted IT is tax-deductible. Check with your company’s accountant or accounting firm, of course, but know that this is one of the quickest (and most renewable) ways hosted IT can save you money.

Many costs are included.

With ClubDrive, user support costs are included, as are all back-end support costs. Problems with user device hardware are managed on a set fee schedule – and they’re usually minimal.

You get boosted security.

With ClubDrive, physical, virtual and device security are built in to hosted IT. Physical security is always in place because user data is in the cloud – not on your devices. Security from external threats is provided from the data center firewall and the 64-bit encryption we use.

If you’re ready to get hosted IT, talk to ClubDrive today. We’ll have you on the road to speedier, smoother service in no time!

Don’t be duped by sophisticated phishing

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By now, most people know what “phishing” is. It’s not the kind of thing where you go out and catch seafood for dinner, but a cyberattack that tricks you into releasing private data. And it’s only gotten worse as time has gone on. Here are a few sophisticated phishing tactics you should be aware of.

Beautifully made web pages

In the past, you could usually discern (via a poorly made webpage) if you were about to be the victim of a phishing scam. The page supposedly belonging to a real company would have obvious errors, clunky graphics or similar signs that it wasn’t legitimate. But now, the artistry of phishing by copying legitimate company webpages (such as those of banks) has been taken it up a notch. Sometimes it can be hard to spot the real from the fake.

Genuine-looking sign-ins

Usually, once a phisher had your sign-in information (i.e., your username and password), it was game over. The sign-in would go nowhere and you’d realize you’d been duped. But now, sign-ins on fake pages actually take you somewhere, usually to an equally-convincing fake web page or even the real web page for the sign-in you just completed. So you might go about your business never realizing you’ve just been victimized.

What happens if you DON’T move to the cloud?

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These days, you hear a lot about the importance of moving certain aspects of your company’s data to the cloud. And maybe you think, “Yeah, yeah – when I get around to it. Right now I’ve got too much on my plate. What’s the rush anyway?” The answer may actually turn out to be “quite a lot!”

You may lose money

Every business wants to save money, but not having data on the cloud may send that money circling the drain. Cash flow that could pay only for needed services on a monthly basis is instead tied up in your current technological infrastructure. That means there’s none left over to shift operational costs toward business growth. A large chunk of your profits just goes into buying server after server … after server.

You may fail to meet compliance requirements

Clients trust you with their sensitive data, but not having it on the cloud may put that data at risk. Increasing governmental and industry requirements mean the need for security will only grow, and the cloud may be your best bet to cost-effectively meet their mandates.

Are you ready to avoid a data-pocalypse?

If you’re ready to avoid data disasters (and save money in the process), contact ClubDrive today. We’ll steer you toward the best way to put your data on the cloud … and open up the possibilities that await when you do!

What is a computer virus?

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There are plenty of nasty diseases going around these days. Colds, flus and oh yeah . . . computer viruses. They may not be as painful to your body as a cold or flu but they can do serious damage to your hardware – and your business. But how exactly do they do that?

Self-replicating

A computer virus is actually software, but not the kind you want on your devices. It’s made to copy itself over and over so it can spread from machine to machine. The software is specifically designed to make your computer fail in one way or another.

Sneaky and sinister

You may not even know you have a virus on your computer until it’s too late. They’re usually designed to silently spread throughout your system. There’s no alert that tells you that you have a virus so you keep working on the computer, completely unaware of the damage being done.

Protect your computers from viruses today

The best thing you can do to fight against viruses is have a good anti-virus program installed on your computers. But even then, sometimes a virus is able to sneak through. At ClubDrive, we store your data on a secure server. If you ever lose access to it on your PC (personal computer) or laptop from a virus, your copy of the data is safe with us, and we can get you access to it quickly. Call today to learn more.

Don’t ignore cybersecurity

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It’s easy to want to keep security on the back burner of your business. After all, it’s not one of your chief money-making operations. However, if you work with companies who maintain sensitive information, security is of paramount importance to them. Therefore, it needs to be of paramount importance to YOU.

Cybersecurity is your responsibility

Once upon a time, cybersecurity research was mostly funded by the Department of Defense. That’s because the government had a vested interest in protecting classified information. However, with more consumers trusting private companies with their sensitive data, such companies can’t rely on Uncle Sam alone to protect them.

The incentives are high

The incentives to protect client and consumer data are fairly high. In addition to being embarrassing, a data breach can mean a ton of time and money lost for your clients. In some cases, they never recover. Not only does that mean losing their business, but it can also mean a public relations nightmare for you. Imagine those clients telling all their friends how you failed to protect them. Bye-bye new business and hello lawsuits!

Maintaining security is hard. ClubDrive can help

The good thing is, you don’t have to worry about maintaining cybersecurity alone. ClubDrive can help. Whether you need secure hosted IT (Information Technology) or a data center cloud, ClubDrive prides itself on protecting you AND your clients. Contact us today to find out more.

Make sure you’re using cloud-based best practices

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If you’re a small or mid-sized business, you know that moving at least some of your data to the cloud is a wise idea. But are you aware of the more nitty gritty best practices that go along with it?

Start with certain data

If you’re a little wary about moving your data to the cloud, that’s okay. This is where a cautious approach works well. Try cloud deployment for applications you don’t have a great deal of dependency on yet, like new applications you’re testing that aren’t presently a part of your day-to-day operations.

Have the best of both worlds

Perhaps there is data you’re absolutely not willing to put off-premises. That’s fine. Clouds don’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. You can simply start spreading your applications – or increasing the offerings your business has – by putting some of them in the cloud.

Find a cloud service that works best for you

One of the best things you can do for your business is finding the RIGHT cloud service. Not all of them will have the savvy, customer service-based approach that you need. Contact ClubDrive today to see how we can improve your business’s cloud-based infrastructure. Because (best) practice make perfect!