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eGuard Tech has been serving the Washington area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Ransomware Protection: Your Secret Weapon in the War Against Cyber Extortion

Ransomware The FBI estimates that ransomware cost US businesses over $1 Billion in 2016   According to the FBI, ransomware attacks cost US businesses more than $1 billion in 2016. The prime targets? Well, most ransomware attacks (67%) are directed at small businesses that have valuable data but may not have cutting-edge IT security and monitoring in place. Cybercriminals target one thing: they want your money and will use ransomware to take your business data hostage until you pay. The questions you should ask yourself are: How are businesses like mine impacted by the explosion of ransomware attacks? What IS a ransomware attack? How can I protect my company from becoming a victim? So how can a business like your be impacted by a malware (ransomware) attack?  Take a look at this California-based property management firm’s experience…which simply started with a suspicious email. The email was so well-crafted, it bypassed the
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The Top 5 Immediate Steps To Prevent Ransomware Attacks In Your Business

The Top  5 Immediate Steps To Prevent Ransomware Attacks In Your Business
The only effective strategy to combat a ransomware attack is a multi-layered defense plan.  What should that include? Take a look at our infographic to find out... Downloadable PDF file of this infographic here. 
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An Office Manager's Playbook For Unexpected Online Security Attacks

An Office Manager's Playbook For Unexpected Online Security Attacks
You manage your office. You get the calls when email is slow, or a user can’t get into QuickBooks or some other software tool we have come to rely on. But, what do you do when a fellow team member accidentally downloads an infected link or inadvertently finds themselves locked out of their system because of a malware or ransoware attack?  Could you have they have prevented it?  And more importantly, are you prepared to act fast to keep it from spreading? First of all, you are not IT (even though team members may call you as if you were). Second, you cannot prevent an attack. (Huh? Did I hear you correctly?) Trust us, you can avoid cyber attacks and online infections, but you can’t prevent them entirely. To make matter worse, according to Symantec’s 2016 Internet Security Threat Report, small businesses are a bigger target than ever before, with 1
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How Do You Proactively Avoid or Prevent Your Next Security Breach?

How Do You Proactively Avoid or Prevent Your Next Security Breach?
It was the best of times; it was the worst of times... Never in our history as human beings have we had access to so much information. The Internet of Things has simplified tasks that took teams to handle and given the everyday user access to information, customers and transactions all from a device. Today's D.C. business community lives in a world of instant alerts, long commutes and having to be available to your customer around the clock. With the fast face of IoT comes another stark reality for today’s D.C. business person: “90 percent of companies recognize that they are insufficiently prepared against a cyber attack.” The reality is that cyber threats such as ransom and phishing continue to evolve. As a provider of IT security and cloud services we see this reality unfolding. Earlier this year we received a call from local DC based business whose employee accidentally open
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Averting Malware, Ransomware and Cyber Attacks: Get Smart Before They Get You

Averting Malware, Ransomware and Cyber Attacks: Get Smart Before They Get You
Close Encounters of the Worst Kind Symantec discovered more than 430 million new unique pieces of malware in 2015, up 36 percent from the year before. Perhaps what is most remarkable is that these numbers no longer surprise us. As our "real" and online lives become indistinguishable from each other, cybercrime has become a part of our daily experiences. Attacks against businesses hit the headlines with such regularity that we’ve become numb to the sheer volume and acceleration of cyber threats. Nearly every week brings a new headline spelling out the details of a new, ultra-sophisticated, impossible-to-detect type of cyber security attack. According to the Business Continuity Institute, the #1 threat for most businesses in 2016 is cybercrime. So, how does a small business avoid cyber-attacks like Malware, Ransomware and other cyber infections? The sad truth: you cannot identify a cyber-crime until it is underway and these attacks are virtually impossible
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