I was reading this article, it got me thinking about how easy it is to catch a user off guard and get access to their accounts. A dot in an email address is a subtle difference but in that case is the difference between a legitimate request and a phishing one. For some reason, Gmail will let you own all the dotted variations of your email address. So, if you are firstname.lastname@example.org, you can still receive emails on joe.bloggs and jo.ebloggs. There aren’t even any alerts to tell you that an email has been sent to a variant of your primary Gmail address.
Office 365, on the other hand, alerts their users when they spot any signs of a phishing email and prepends the email with something like this: Read more
Last week one of our clients became a victim of a Ransomware attack. The Malware infection encrypted important files on the server at ‘ITS’ and demanded payment.
Binary Bank provides a comprehensive Data Back-up and recovery service to ‘ITS’.
When the Malware hit; ‘ITS’ were fully prepared with an up to date Back-up and did not have to succumb to the demands. With the Disaster Recovery also in place, a restore to the previous back-up that is taken daily, ‘ITS’ were able to continue with their daily business with drama or fuss.
Binary Bank can back up any type of server, application or database from virtual or physical machines, we then store that backup in our data centre securely. Every time you add data or change a file on your server, we copy those changes to our data centre so your ‘backup server’ is always up to date and ready to run. Read more
Don’t let Malware hold your business to ransom.
Malware and computer viruses have become more damaging than ever with over 60% of cyber-attacks now containing ransomware. When ransomware infects your PC or server it will encrypt your files and demand you pay to have them decrypted and released back to you. Read more
Following the virus attack on the NHS on Friday 12th May, which caused widespread disruption, including cancelled appointments and breach of patient data, Sadie Nine on BBC Essex Radio conducted her Monday morning broadcast talking about this topic and invited our Digital Marketing Manager Jacqui to offer the free advice she gave to all Binary Banks’ clients and suppliers yesterday ahead of a warned second wave of attacks expected by the authorities.
On Friday 12th of May the NHS and other organisations across the UK and Europe were hit by a massive virus attack that caused wide spread disruption to their computer systems. The virus was a type of ransomware that encrypted files and demanded payment before the files were released. This virus most likely spread through an email which had either an attachment or possibly a link to a compromised web site controlled by the hackers. That web site would have triggered a download when you clicked on it.
The authorities are expecting a second wave of attacks to happen on Monday 15th of May. It is essential that you and your staff are especially vigilant at this time.
IF you receive an email and you are unsure of its authenticity DO NOT OPEN IT – DELETE IT.
Many people may already know the dos and don’ts of financial fraud- that no-one should ever ask them for their PIN or full password, or ever make them feel pressured into making a decision. The trouble is, in the heat of the moment, it’s easy to forget this.
After all, trusting people on their word is something everyone tends to do instinctively. If someone says they’re from your bank or from the police, why wouldn’t you believe them?
Before you take their word for it though, Take Five (a new awareness campaign led by FFA UK and its members with partners Cifas and City of London Police) urges you to stop and consider whether the situation is genuine – to stop and think if what you’re being told really makes sense. Read more
Businesses warned about the boss’s email asking for cash! Latest scam! Fraudsters claiming to be your boss. Police say a growing number of workers are falling for a disturbing new money-transfer fraud. Fraudulent attempts are being made by hackers that clone emails and make contact with you acting as if they are your boss or […]
AVG offers free ransomware decryptor tools. AVG have just released six new ransomware decryption tools for partners and their clients. The free tools decrypt the recent ransomware strains Apocalypse, BadBlock, Crypt888, Legion, SZFlocker and TeslaCrypt. While AVG Business products help detect and block against all known ransomware strains – including this recent six – AVG […]
Creating a secure but memorable password is essential. Replacing letters with numbers encrypts your code, making it more difficult to hack. Read more