Network Newsletter
August 2015

Did You Know?  

It has become essential for even small businesses to have an Internet policy.

Learn how to craft one that best suits your business and its employees.




Beware of Windows 10 Upgrade Scam     
If you are a Windows 7 or 8 user, Microsoft will not send you an email to upgrade to Windows 10.  These emails are fraudulent. 


Just days after Microsoft released its latest operating system, hackers have begun targeting potential upgraders by sending them Windows 10 Upgrade emails.  The emails contain a new kind of malware called "ransomware".  Ransomware encrypts files and blocks access to your computer system until a sum of money is paid.  Ransomware attacks have been on the rise and are making headlines with the recent Windows 10 scams.

To protect yourself and your business from Windows 10 Upgrade scams, don't open any attachments you weren't expecting and be wary of download links in email messages from unknown sources or those claiming to be Microsoft (Microsoft is not distributing Windows 10 via unsolicited emails).

For more information on Windows 10 Upgrade Scams view the article links below.

USA Today - Beware scam Windows 10 download emails

ZDNet - New Windows 10 scam will encrypt your files for ransom              

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Tips to Keep Your Personal and Company Information Safe At Wireless Hotspots  
Wi-Fi Hotspots are prime targets for hackers looking to steal whatever information they can.    
Wi-Fi hotspots like those in coffee shops, airports and hotels are a convenient way to access the Internet from just about any laptop, smartphone or tablet.  However, just because they are convenient, doesn't mean they are always safe to use.  Even if they have a password, you're sharing a network with tons of other people, which means your data can be at risk.

Learn how to take a few simple steps to minimize your risk when you're out and about using wireless hotspots.