CyberDefense Made Simple

In light of the recent uptick in global ransomeware attacks and what some are calling a new front of cyber warfare, CompuGeaux has been hard at work looking for new ways to protect you. We believe that a complete internet defense is necessary in today’s cyber world.

Introducing our newest service, CompuGeaux CyberDefense.

This new service is complete cyber security for you and comes with two base packages:

  • CyberDefense Essentialfor home users.
  • CyberDefense Professionalfor businesses.

Both packages include the three keys to internet security listed below and each package is also customizable. A CompuGeaux CyberDefense expert and you personalize the packages to fit your unique individual or business needs.

Triple Protection to Keep You Safe

Education and Alerts

CompuGeaux has teamed up with cyber security firms to bring you the latest in news, alerts, and internet security training. Education is essential in the fight against cyber attacks.

Monitoring and Patching

Free monthly PMCS service is included with both packages, as well.  This is to keep your computer’s operating system, browsers, and other apps and software up-to-date. Outdated software is often exploited and can lead to making attacks easier.

Backup and Layered Protection

Online Computer Backup

CompuGeaux has partnered with the award-winning, online backup service, Carbonite to provide the best in computer backup services to our customers.

Layered Protection

  • Firewall Protection (Avast) –
  • Anti-Virus with Active Monitoring (Avast)
  • Anti-Spam Protection (Avast)
  • Anti-Malware (Avast and Malwarebytes)
  • Anti-Exploit Protection (Malwarebytes)
  • Anti-Ransomware (Malwarebytles)

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Get all the information on the latest in Internet Security and be ready for ransomware, hackers, or even cyber warfare. ContactCompuGeaux now to personalize your CompuGeaux CyberDefense package now!

Ransomware: Protection and Prevention

Computer security is more important now than ever. In addition to  traditional anti-virus programs, computer owners and administrators should now be focused on ransomware. Ransomware attacks are growing in size and impact. Up by 128%, the number of ransomware attacks are at an all-time high and now reach over 7,000,000 attacks yearly. Both businesses and individuals are victims of ransomware. In a 2016 survey by American Internet security company, Malwarebytes; 39% of companies polled experienced a ransomware attack. 37% of those businesses attacked actually paid the ransom demands. As a business owner, you can no longer turn your head and ignore the threat of ransomware to your business.

ransomware attack

How Can Ransomware Affect My Business ?

Each year, millions of ransom attacks are attempted on both small and large companies. Ransomware can encrypt your company’s most important files, such as accounting, medical data, or confidential customer information. Once encrypted, you can’t get the files back — unless you pay the ransom. In February 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital paid $17,000 to retrieve patient data from hackers. The Verizon Data Breach Investigations report estimates that if 1,000 records are lost, businesses can expect to lose more than $67,000. As the size of the breach increases, so does the cost to business — exponentially. Some newer forms of ransomware threaten businesses not only with encrypting files but also leaking them online. Imagine if this happens to your business.

Should You Pay the Ransom?

Are You Vulnerable?

Everyone is vulnerable to a ransomware attack. There is no silver bullet. However, you and your business are especially vulnerable if any the following are true:

  • You use legacy (old and outdated) software.
  • Your browser and/or Operating Systems are not patched or updated regularly.
  • You operate with outdated equipment.
  • You don’t have a legitimate backup plan.
  • You lack a comprehensive cyber-security strategy.

What do you do if you are a victim?

Proactive Ransomware Prevention

The best protection is prevention. Take these steps to keep ransomware from harming your business:

  • Patch your system – Keep browsers, OSes, and other software applications up-to-date.
  • Educate users – One of the most common ways that computers are infected with ransomware is through social engineering. Educate users on how to detect phishing campaigns, suspicious websites, and other scams.
  • Back up files – Make secure copies of your data on a regular basis and store them offsite. We recommend storage on a secure cloud server with high-level encryption and multiple-factor authentication.
  • Invest in layered security – Installing multiple layers of cyber-security protection can detect and block  ransomware attacks before they happen. For the best protection, we recommend these layers: 
    1. Firewall,
    2. Anti-exploit,
    3. Anti-virus with active monitoring,
    4. Anti-malware, and
    5. Anti-ransomware.

CompuGeaux Can Help!

Take your first step in proactive ransomware prevention by contacting CompuGeaux! A business solutions consultant will brainstorm with you to find a personalized solution to prevent and minimize any affects of a direct ransomeware attack on your company computer systems.

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Preventative Maintenance Computer Services

Preventative Maintenace Computer Services by CompuGeaux

Happy New Year! 2016 is history and the new year has begun. How about starting 2017 off right with a preventative maintenance computer services (PMCS) plan from CompuGeaux.

What is PMCS?

CompuGeaux’s PMCS plans bring you affordable managed computer services at a cost lower than most. Available for business clients and individuals and families, we will perform troubleshooting, anti-virus and malware checks, and a list of other computer services for a year. Think of it as an oil change for your computer, with scheduled maintenance throughout the year.

You wouldn’t go over 3 months without changing the oil in your car, right? Well, why do you go longer without preforming routine maintenance on your computer? Like your car, you use it every day for business and fun. Also like your car, your computer has moving parts, a cooling system, and is in need of regular maintenance. Like your car, when your computer goes down, it will cost you money; money for repairs and also money lost in business. And with regular internet security breaches, you want to make sure your personal and business information is safe BEFORE there is a problem.

Scheduled PC Maintenance

Scheduled PC Maintenance

With CompuGeaux PMCS, we will get “under the hood” of your computer regularly, preventing both physical buildup and junk from software from slowing down your computer. In addition, we will check the security of your computer, protecting you from viruses, trojans, malware and spyware that put your personal and business information at risk. Wouldn’t you like to have the piece of mind that CompuGeaux PMCS can provide? Give us a call and we’ll get you started on a routine preventative maintenance computer services plan that is right for you. We’re here to help!

Start 2017 off right by scheduling preventative maintenance computer services

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PhishFinder – The Adult Friend Finder Hack and How It Can Affect You (Phishing)

HACKED

Big news this week in the tech world. On Monday, November 14, 2016; 412 Million users of Adult FriendFinder and other sites operated by FriendFinder Networks woke up to find out that their information had been stolen in a hack of the company’s database. 340 million credentials were stolen from Adultfriendfinder.com, which says it allows users to “find sex, hook-up, and chat.” The hack also includes 7.1 million users from Penthouse.com, 1.1 million from iCams.com and 1.4 million from Stripshow.com. It is a massive security breach and you can read more about it on LeakedSource.com. Phishing

Everyone goes nuts about the Adult FriendFinder Hack

How Does This Affect You?

So how does this affect you? I mean, you don’t even have an account with any of the affected sites, right? There’s nothing for you to fear. You’re surely not on a list of hacked email addresses, so why do you have to bother worrying about this hack? Unfortunately, you DO have to worry. After successful hacking attacks such as this one, it is only a matter of time before the phishing email messages begin.

How Phishing Works

Phishing

I’m sure many of you clicked on the click-bait link I linked above. That’s an example of how phishing works. The above picture shows exactly how the never-ending loop of phishing scams. After big hacks, the phishing emails come with a fury. Even today, phishing emails preying on people who may or may not be connected to FriendFinder accounts. So what do you do when you see an email like the one below? The answer is quite simple, you DELETE it.

Attention {Name},
Your email address has come up as a user of the smut site, Adult FriendFinder. Unless you wish to have your info splattered across the internet for all to see, click here to delete your info.

Phishing emails are Scams

If you feel you may be a victim of a phishing scam, don’t hesitate to call the professionals at CompuGeaux to set up an evaluation.

Don’t be a victim!

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