6/02/2015

Protect your computers with UPS battery backup

Hurricane season began this Monday, which means possible power outages. Summer is almost here, which means lightning storms and power surges. Be prepared…

4/07/2015

Baroan featured in Hackensack Riverkeeper's Newsletter

Baroan Technologies is featured in Hackensack Riverkeeper's latest issue of their "Hackensack Tidelines" newsletter. Hackensack Riverkeeper protects the environmental quality of the eco-system of the estuary, river and watershed and the quality of life for the people and other creatures that inhabit the Hackensack River watershed in northern NJ. This was the first nonprofit we provided pro-bono IT support, and we are proud to say we've been supporting them for over a decade!
 

Interested in our IT services? Let Baroan clean up your network.

3/18/2015

Free Computer and Technology Recycling Solution in NJ for Charity

URC logoOur clients frequently ask us how and where they can recycle or donate old technology hardware – desktop computers, laptops, keyboards, printers, etc. – and our answer is Urban Renewal Corp. URC provides a technology recycling service with free pickup, AND your donation is tax deductible. Pickup is free for New Jersey and New York businesses if 10 or more pieces of equipment are being donated (with some desktops/laptops included). Urban Renewal performs Department of Defense (DoD) data wipes as soon as the computers arrive at their warehouse, so you don’t need to be concerned about security. URC recycles computers, servers, monitors, terminals, printers, keyboards, mice, mainframes, networking equipment, telecommunication equipment, phones, stereos, VCRs, DVD players, and flatscreens.

2/03/2015

New Email Scam - Wire Transfer Requests from your own Co-Workers

The first new email scam we've seen this year has occurred with two of our clients so far. It's a wire transfer email scam, but what makes this one so dangerous is that the emails appear to be coming from your coworkers or even your managers. We found this CRN article and it turns out many businesses were hit with this at the end of 2014.
"Over a three month-period from October to December, a total of $179.7 million was bilked from nearly 1,200 victims using a tactic the FBI calls Business E-mail Compromise. Businesses that routinely make wire transfer payments are at the greatest risk of being targeted in an attack...
'Some phishing attacks target high-level business executives, compromising their email accounts to send a bogus message to an employee within the company responsible for processing requests. Attackers also have used hijacked email accounts from other employees to send bogus email messages requesting the fraudulent wire transfer,' the FBI said"
Since the emails come from a name and email address the victim commonly communicates with, they don't raise the usual red flags.
"'Fraudulent email requests for a wire transfer are well-worded, specific to the business being victimized, and do not raise suspicions to the legitimacy of the request,' the FBI said."
You may be thinking, "But I'm a small business, why would I be a target?"
"Victim organizations vary in size from small businesses with a few employees all the way up to large enterprises."
This new form of phishing is called "spear phishing" - when the email in question appears to be from an individual or business that you know.
"The spear phisher thrives on familiarity. He knows your name, your email address, and at least a little about you."
This scam also falls under "social engineering," which is defined as the "psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information." This is a very helpful guide to recognizing "Social Engineering Red Flags" from KnowBe4.com (view the PDF).

https://www.baroan.com/images/stories/documents/SocialEngineeringRedFlags.pdf

In one of the instances we witnessed, the phishing email had used the exact email address of a client's employee but the client's domain name spelling was off by one letter. You may not notice details like that on first glance, but closer examination will reveal little details like that which are slightly off.

How can you avoid the scam?
  • Always verify wire transfers over the phone or in person.
  • Setup your email so any outside emails are tagged as "[EXTERNAL]" in the subject (This can be done by Baroan or your network admin.)
  • Study the Social Engineering Red Flags!

1/26/2015

Snow Storm Information

Valued Baroan Clients,

Safety first for everyone! Baroan Technologies’ plan for the impending storm is for our staff to work remotely on Tuesday (1/27/14). We will be available as always at 201-796-0404 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and at help@baroan.com. All onsite appointments for Tuesday are cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Last year we installed generators at our office building to help us provide uninterrupted support to our clients. In addition to the generators, we have replicated our infrastructure at a data center so in the event that the power and generators fail we will still be up and running. As with Hurricane Sandy, we will be able to continue fully supporting our clients.

For our monitored clients, we will continue to monitor your networks as usual and alert you if we become aware that anything is offline.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google+ for general updates as well as information on any power and telecommunication outages we become aware of in your area.

Thank you and stay safe,
Baroan Technologies

1/08/2015

The MSP Minute: Security with Baroan Technologies

We were excited when IBM approached Baroan Technologies to be the first MSP featured in their new MSP Minute series. The focus of this 60 seconds is network security, which is something Guy knows a lot about after 17 years as an MSP.







Watch the video below to hear Guy explain why he can count on one hand the number of properly configured networks he's seen, and why countless businesses assume they're secure when they're really not.



Wondering if your business is secure? Setup a meeting with Guy.

8/29/2014

How to Strengthen Your Password


how to strengthen your password

We recently posted The Washington Post's Eight smart ways to strengthen your password
on Baroan's Facebook page and it was one of our most popular of the month. Since the list is in video form, we've transcribed it below and added further information from a few additional sources.