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Have you been Compromised already?

You may not be aware but your personal information, address, phone numbers, email address and passwords could already be circulating around the darker parts of the internet to be sold for use by Cybercriminals and identity thieves.

As the Facebook + Cambridge Analytica incident showed and now on a local scale with Vector, Apps can be used to access private information on a massive scale.

Free routers are not REAL Firewalls!

I see small businesses on a regular basis running with just whatever their ISP has provided, usually a cheap device that provides connectivity and some very basic firewall-like functions such as NAT and SPI. As far as I am concerned these are just like putting a $5 lock on the front door of your Million Dollar mansion.

Security and Success: How to survive and thrive online​

If you are concerned about your security online, then this seminar is for you. The Security and Success: How to survive and thrive online seminar is a primer on cyber security threats for the harried business owner. We will cover various threats to the online user, the effects of these threats and how to mitigate the risks these threats pose to the average Kiwi business.

HP Laptops Keylogging problem

It's come to my attention that on a wide range of HP Laptops there are Synaptics touchpad and Conexant audio drivers (older models only) which have code which inadvertantly records keystrokes in cleartext to the local hard drive. Whilst not malicious in itself it unlocks a door which could be used by malware to gain access to confidential systems.

The Wireless Krack: Relative Risks

The recently and widely announced weakness in the Wireless Security protocols in use pretty much everywhere have been alarming and caused great concern for some of our customers but let's weigh the risks.

This is an attack on the client portion of the protocol that deals with how the encryption is negotiated, Pretty much every device that uses the WPA protocol is affected.

Are you already exposed?

There has been a fair amount of news regarding hacks where large volumes of private identity information has been exposed to the internet. I know that that can seem remote to us but you would be suprised where your information may have ended up and not every company has been very good at informing people when they have been compromised.

Fake-tortion

There is a new, sophisticated email scam you need to watch out for. Bad guys first send emails with links to inappropriate websites to business email addresses, and then follow up with extortion threats. It's been tested in Australia and now the USA, so NZ won't be far behind.

Cyber Security

On the Internet, we live in a neighbourhood where every bad guy on the planet lives next door. We have all seen the two massive cyber-attacks in the news of late and I must proudly say that none of Vertech’s customers fall foul of it. I was aware of other IT companies whose customers were hit and were suffering the interruption to their daily business as a result.