Beware of Phishing Scams

Beware of Phishing Scams

June is winding down, which means so is National Internet Safety Month, but we wanted to still raise awareness about another pressing issue that many businesses deal with on a regular basis: phishing scams. Phishing is a form of fraud when a cybercriminal acts like a real person or a business in order to acquire your sensitive and/or confidential information. This information includes, but not limited to, usernames, passwords, credit card information, and network credentials.

So, you think you’re on top of it and this can never happen to you? Well, think again. Internet scammers use sophisticated techniques when they “fish” for your information. Many attacks happen primarily by email. However, they can come in many different forms, including social media, pop-up ads, “vishing” (phishing by phone), “smishing” (phishing by text message), and “pharming” (phishing by directing to fake websites). So it is important to always be aware of a potential scam. One tiny slip and wrong click and you can be compromised. It happens to the best of us.

If you believe you have been compromised, or fear you may be in the future, then please contact MSEDP today. We have years of experience helping web clients deal with phishing scams and other cybersecurity issues. We offer excellent protection and security from phishing scams and other malware against your website and computers. So please, do not hesitate to reach out today! The number for our office is 631-761-7600. When you call, we can provide you with a no-obligation consultation and go over any issues you are having.

Phishing Scams

Some Tips To Protect Yourself

Here are some general tips to help keep you safe from any possible phishing scams:

  • For the most part, if you receive a suspicious email from a financial institution or online retailer, do nothing. Do not reply to the email, or click on any of the links. Do not give any personal details to the sender. Always better to err on the side of caution when it comes to potential phishing scams.
  • Unless you are 100% certain of a person’s authority and identity, do not provide any personal information.
  • Sometimes these scams ask you to reconfirm your billing information. They come with little to no notice. And if you don’t reconfirm, there is the warning that your account will be shut down. Do not reply or click on any link in the email. Instead, you should reach out to the company cited in the email using a telephone number or website address that you know you can trust, most likely off their actual website.
  • Do your best to avoid emailing any personal and financial information in general. Look for the “lock” icon on your browser’s status bar before submitting any financial information through a website. That lock icon is your guarantee that your information will be sent safely and securely.
  • When you receive a billing statement, review it as soon as possible.
  • Check to see if there is an unauthorized charge on it. Also, if your statement is simply late by a few days, check with the bank or credit card company to confirm your billing address and other information. You may have had your information already stolen.
  • It is good practice to be suspicious of any unsolicited phone calls or email messages from individuals asking about employees or other internal information. Always attempt to verify his or her identity directly with the company. And do not divulge any information unless you are certain of the person’s credibility.
  • Pay attention to the URL of a website. Many malicious websites look identical to a legitimate one, but the URL may have spelling differences or a different domain (.com versus .net).
  • Never click on hyperlinks within emails. Instead, copy and paste them into the browser. Often with phishing scams, the scammers mask the true URL in the email text.
June Is National Internet Safety Month

June Is National Internet Safety Month

June is National Internet Safety Month. Of course, internet safety is a year-round issue. However, it is important to designate time to raise awareness about internet security and what you can be doing to keep your website and devices secure. There are numerous ways to keep your site and devices safe from potential dangers. But one simple way to handle these challenges is to follow these three words: Stop, think, and connect. These words come as a recommendation from The National Cyber Security Alliance. MSEDP is also here to help with all of your internet and web security needs. So please, do not hesitate to reach out to us today. Learn how to be safer on the internet and what you can do to limit outside forces from infiltrating your browsers and devices.

Stop, Think & Connect

This is a mantra of The National Cyber Security Alliance. These words raise caution and aim to help all internet users locate any dangers on the web. By following them, you can quickly pinpoint any malicious software or solicitations and make your time using the internet exponentially safer. Internet Safety

Stop

I don’t want to sound hyperbolic or anything, but every time you log onto the internet it is potentially an access point for malicious attempts against you. So stopping simply means to be aware of your surroundings and understand that your actions have consequences.

Think

We have all heard “don’t talk to strangers.” Well, take that sentiment and apply it to your time on the internet. Always be a little wary of requests from strangers. However, you do also have to think about your friends, too. You may receive an unsolicited request from a “friend,” like your bank or credit card company. These solicitations will ask, unprompted, for information regarding private information. Heck, you may even receive a request of some kind from a “friend,” this time being a person you know. But it is actually a hacked account. In a nutshell, any incoming communication that is asking for action or personal information should be taken with a grain of salt. So, raise those red flags and proceed with caution.

Connect

Lastly, there is of course the connection. Which you want to be secure, especially when entering sensitive information, like passwords, credit cards, etc. So it is important that you’re on a secure site with HTTPS in the URL. Always enable strong authentication tools, like 2-Factor Authentication, biometrics, or security keys whenever possible. This holds doubly true when accessing sensitive information. On a yearly basis, there are on average 9 million Americans who have their identities stolen each year. So please, be aware of your surroundings when on the web and don’t give away valuable information without following through with these protocols.

Turn To MSEDP For Help Securing Your Internet & Devices

MSEDP Cyber Security What Stop, think, connect means to do is raise awareness of some danger you may come across while surfing the web. However, malicious data and software can still infiltrate even the most cautious of users. That is why it is important to have the proper security team at your side. When you turn to MSEDP, we will make sure you are fully prepared for the worse, if it comes. We offer the best in disaster recovery and cybersecurity services. So please, do not hesitate to reach out today. When you turn to us, you will be getting affordable cybersecurity. The number for our office is 631-761-7600. We look forward to helping you safely manage your devices.

Professional Vulnerability Scans & Assessments

Professional Vulnerability Scans & Assessments

This may be stating the obvious, but it is important to keep your website safe and secure. Sometimes, that is easier said than done. And if you are struggling with security issues or simply don’t feel comfortable with your current situation, then perhaps we can help! At MSEDP, we will work tirelessly for you to ensure that your website is kept safe. One way we do this is with vulnerability assessments. For more information about our array of dependable security services, then please give us a call. The number to dial is 631-761-7600. When you call, one of our experienced techs will discuss all viable options with you. We want you to feel safe and secure. And we do so at an affordable rate. So what are you waiting for? Give us a call today and get your website security up to par!

The Importance of Proper Web Security

Many compliance regulations require vulnerability assessments. But even if you do not require it, it is smart to do so. This way you can avoid attacks by identifying your network’s vulnerable systems and versions. We provide in-depth vulnerability scans on both your external and internal networks. At the end of our assessment, we will provide you with a very detailed report that includes all findings. One of our techs will go over these findings with you to make sure you fully understand them. And we will come up with a proper plan of action based on these findings. Vulnerability Assessments

But like we said, many companies are mandated to be in compliance and reliable vulnerability assessments and scans can do the trick! This mandate can be by a vendor, client or the government. And the requirement is to get compliant with a cybersecurity framework. If you do any work with the government you have to be compliant with the security framework of their choice or they will seize all business with you. Not ideal. Unfortunately, most companies don’t even realize they need to be compliant until it’s too late. Don’t be one of those companies!

Vulnerability Assessments & Scans Will Get You Compliant

In many cases, not being compliant can be catastrophic. At MSEDP, we work with CISSP’s to get your company compliant to a multitude of frameworks including NIST, PCI, ISO 27001/2, and CIS, just to name a few. Every compliance starts off with a risk assessment. Call us now to schedule your risk assessment with one of our security professionals. Get dependable vulnerability scans and assessments when you turn to MSEDP! When you reach out, we will go over the various benefits this service offers your website and company.

It has become increasingly difficult to recognize when the enterprise has been breached or infected. Today’s hackers are smarter than ever, so simple firewalls and antivirus are no longer enough. You need a smarter solution. MSEDP’s powerful and dynamic Security Information Event Management (SIEM) and event log management solutions keeps an eye on all of your inbound and outbound traffic. We match the packets against an ever-growing database that triggers specific events. When you choose MSEDP for your cybersecurity services and vulnerability assessments, you are choosing the best!

Call MSEDP Today!

MSEDP has been helping websites stay secure for years. We have the experience necessary to handle any sort of job that comes our way. And although we are located on Long Island, New York, we offer our web security services for clients located across the United States. So you can feel safe no matter where you are located. For more information about our various web and tech services, please contact us today. We will gladly answer any questions or concerns you may have about vulnerability assessments and scans or any other website security issue. The number for our office is 631-761-7600. When you call, one of our techs will assist you.

Coronavirus Shaping Who Works From Home . . . Permanently

Coronavirus Shaping Who Works From Home . . . Permanently

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the landscape of work offices around the country. Many jobs have moved to the home. At least the ones that can. However, the stay-at-home orders will slowly come to an end and social distancing measures will be implemented. This will be a tricky situation for many companies. How many people do you allow back in the office? Is anybody staying at home? What about the breakroom and meetings? These are decisions every company is going to have to make. Including right here at MSEDP.

Our IT Services Can Help You Continue To Work From Home

Twitter has recently come out and stated that some of their employees will be working remotely on a permanent basis moving forward. A Twitter spokesperson recently said the following, “We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere. The past few months have proven we can make that work.”

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Not every company is Twitter and we get that, but this time of working remotely can be used as a positive. Companies can evaluate who needs to work in the office when they slowly reopen and who can remain at home. Either for an extended amount of time or, like Twitter, on a more permanent basis. There are benefits to having fewer people in the office, such as less commuter traffic. And with fewer people in the office, there is less of a likelihood of any sort of sickness being passed around. Not just COVID-19. So everyone in the office can work in a healthier environment.

This only works, though, if you have the proper tools at hand. MSEDP will help you do just that. We help businesses across the country with their tech issues. And we can handle all aspects of running a website. So you can concentrate on other aspects. As part of our efforts, we can help you permanently set up employees to work remotely. We can provide you with all of the proper equipment to set up a complete remote workstation. Our techs will also give you advice on how to best manage your remote workstation. And if you have any issues, you can always reach out to us.

Call MSEDP For Help With IT Services

So if you need help managing the changing landscape, please contact MSEDP today. We can help you with any tech or web issues you may have. And we can provide you with the tools to succeed. The number for our office is 631-761-7600. When you call, we can provide you with all of the necessary details to get the job done right.

Managed IT Services You Can Trust

Managed IT Services You Can Trust

It is important that you get the most out of your IT budget. When you choose MSEDP’s managed IT services you will be getting the most for your money! Our all-inclusive managed services packages are designed to provide system monitoring, maintenance, and troubleshooting like a full-time IT staff, but at a fraction of the cost. So please, give us a call today for more information. Learn about all the benefits our IT services can provide! The number for our office is 631-761-7600. When you call, we can provide you with a free, no-obligation consultation. In this call, we will go over all of the various price points for the packages and how they benefit your website and business.

The Best Managed IT Services For Your Money

Managed IT Services

With a managed service package from MSEDP, we’ll use remote technology to monitor the health of your computers and network around the clock. So you can breathe easy at night knowing you’re in safe hands! We’ll perform system updates, virus prevention, and removal, data backup checks, essential maintenance, and troubleshooting. All of this is done without interrupting your workday with a support visit. However, you can get free on-site support hours, priority response times, and discounted rates for installations and projects depending on the monthly package you choose. We will come to you to help, within reason of course. MSEDP offers its managed IT services out of its Deer Park location, which is on Long Island, New York. So figure reasonable driving distances apply. Select from our bronze, silver or gold managed services packages.

Unlimited Helpdesk Support

When you choose MSEDP, you get our FREE Unlimited Helpdesk Support. This service comes with any of our managed services packages. This affords you the opportunity to call us any time you have an issue with a covered device. And you will not get charged extra. Outlook not opening? Internet slow? Screen upside down? Forgot your password? All of this is covered when you select one of our managed IT service packages. Call as many times as you want for one low price each month. We have bronze, silver and gold packages depending on your allotted budget and needs.

24/7 Monitoring

MSEDP offers cutting-edge software as part of our managed IT services. We get alerted when systems are acting up or are down. Even if it is two in the morning. This 24/7 monitoring allows us to be proactive rather than reactive. And, most importantly, it ensures that you are running optimally during business hours. So no matter what time of day it is, our monitoring services will be able to catch it.

Call For A No-Obligation Consultation

MSEDP has years of experience offering affordable managed IT services that you can trust. We are located on Long Island, New York, but our managed IT services are available for clients nationwide. So please, do not hesitate to reach out and learn more about our capabilities. For more information, please contact us today. We will happily answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding our services. The number for our office is 631-761-7600. When you call, we can provide you with our pricing options. We look forward to helping you however you need it!

Some Tech Tips For Setting Up A Remote Workstation

Some Tech Tips For Setting Up A Remote Workstation

Much of the world is on lockdown right now due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). So, working from home is the new normal now. It remains to be seen how long this will last, but the fact is much of the country is working from the safety of their own home. This presents new challenges and some obstacles. Of course, many people are not used to this approach and may be using equipment that is not up to par. There are some simple tech elements to help set up a remote workstation in your home. Attach that tiny laptop to a full-size keyboard, a 22″ monitor, a standard mouse. Get a webcam. Get a small (portable) printer. Set up a home “office” (don’t use the bedroom, the kitchen, or the dining room). And much more can be done!

MSEDP is here to help those making a transition for working remotely. We sell monitors, keyboards and other equipment to help you work from home during this period. We also offer remote tech support and can get everyone in your office up and running from home in no time! So please, if you need help with anything regarding your remote work, get in touch with us. Give us a call! The number for our office is 631-761-7600. When you call, we can provide you with a no-obligation consultation on how to get started.

Here are some tips to further help you get started on creating a comfortable remote workstation.

Buy The Right Monitor

It’s easy enough to connect multiple displays to your laptop if you have the right equipment, but that is easier said than done sometimes. But there is not much more you can do that has a better immediate impact on your productivity than having the right monitor. Attach a couple of 4K displays at 27 inches or larger and your laptop becomes a powerhouse of productivity.

There are endless options for how to set up the layout for your laptop, so do what is best for your individual situation. You can prop it up on a stand for easier accessibility. Purchase a vertical laptop stand and you can leave your laptop closed while using it, which allows for a cleaner workspace.

Working with split screens can also increase your productivity. Get familiar with how Windows 10 works and you can split screens and multiple displays. Mac also has this capability. Your display might also have its own built-in tools for carving up the screen real estate to make it easier to manage multitasking. MSEDP can help you set up a remote workstation and get you on your way to increased productivity!

Your Keyboard and Mouse Are Important, Too

The monitor is one thing, but it is also important to invest in a good external keyboard and mouse, too. These input devices more versatile than your laptop’s standard built-in options. And when set up properly, these devices also allow for a more comfortable workspace, which is crucial when working remotely. You can upgrade to a mechanical keyboard to make typing easier. There are different keyboards with different functionality. At MSEDP, we sell keyboards and can help you select the best one for your remote workstation!

Use Zoom For Video Calls

Video calls make a remote workday feel more connected, since you can see the person you are talking too. We know how couped it is to be isolated, so seeing other people at this point is a plus. Basic Zoom accounts are free and are a great way to connect with your co-workers. You can upgrade to premium packages. Zoom is packed with great features. It is fast and offers clear audio and video. You can also record the calls, so anyone who cannot attend can listen to it later.

Collaboration On Slack

Slack brings together messaging and is a single place for files, attachments and more work-related tasks. You can create a free level plan and invite people into it. This way you can make collaboration simple and easy. This isn’t a replacement for email, but is a quicker way to communicate with your co-workers on the fly. Oh, and you can send funny emojis and gifs simply, which is a fun way to spend some time.

Added Home Network Security

Working from home means needing added network security. It is important to make sure that all of the devices on your home network, including the ones you use for business, have the latest software updates. Also, update any anti-virus software. MSEDP can help you set up your remote workstation and ensure a safe working environment.