World Backup Day – why backups are so important, and some data protection tips for businesses

World Backup DayEvery day businesses are creating and accumulating data they need to protect from loss. Of course it’s absolutely vital to prevent data from getting out of your organization – but are you sure you can get it back if you do lose it?

The growing threat of ransomware like CryptoLocker and CryptoWall in the past couple of years has underscored the importance of backups, but it’s not only malware that can destroy your important files. There are many ways to lose data, from theft or accidental loss of a device to device failures and natural disasters.

Backups are critical for keeping your business up and running when a data disaster strikes. So, in recognition of these stark facts, and with a nod to World Backup Day, we’re providing some helpful tips on how to preserve and protect your data.

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Unsecure Wi-Fi – are you guilty of this “Deadly IT Sin”?

unsecure-wi-fi-sin-150Recently we focused on the threat of unprotected Wi-Fi networks to individuals – regular people who might not realize that using free public hotspots found at coffee shops and elsewhere actually leave them open to cyberattacks.

What sometimes goes unmentioned is that those Open Wi-Fi networks leave the owners of those networks vulnerable too.

Unfortunately, many small businesses (and even some bigger ones) fail the wireless security test – they’re guilty of one of the more common of the “7 Deadly IT Sins.”

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Sophos on AWS comes to Germany

aws-1Earlier this week, Amazon Web Services announced the availability of the AWS Marketplace in Frankfurt, making it the ninth region to offer direct deployment of our popular Sophos UTM and other security products for AWS.

This is fantastic news as compliance with Germany’s stringent data residency and sovereignty regulations poses a material challenge that limits many global and European customers’ ability to realize the flexibility, scalability and economics offered by AWS and the security of Sophos.

The AWS Frankfurt region is fully compliant with all applicable EU Data Protection laws, so customers can now use Sophos security products and other software from the AWS Marketplace without data compliance concerns.

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Don’t believe these four myths about Linux security

Linux security mythsWe are well into the 21st century, but it is astonishing how people can still believe that Linux-based operating systems are completely secure. Indeed, “Linux” and “security” are two words that you rarely see together.

Just as some people believe Macs are immune to viruses, some Linux users have the same misconception – and who can blame them? After all, vendors have been telling them that for years.

In 2012, after an exponential rise of OS X malware (such as MacDefender and Flashback), Apple decided to change its homepage by removing sentences like “It doesn’t get PC viruses.”

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Why choose Sophos Endpoint Protection? Sophisticated simplicity

Sophisticated simplicity“Sophisticated simplicity” sounds like a bit of a paradox. How can something be sophisticated and simple? At Sophos, we bring simplicity to everything we do. It’s easy to use our innovative protection – that’s the sophisticated part – because our products are designed with you in mind.

Sophos is a snap to set up and manage, with just a few clicks. Let’s take a look at how easy it is to use the management console – in both our on-premise and cloud-managed solutions – to give you a better idea of what “sophisticated simplicity” means in action.

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Sophos on the TODAY Show: That free open Wi-Fi could cost you your identity

Wi-Fi dangersAlways on the go, but need to stay connected? It might be tempting to log on to free open Wi-Fi networks at airports, cafes and other public hotspots. Don’t do it – those networks offer no protection against hackers looking to steal your identity.

Sophos security expert James Lyne drove home that point on the TODAY Show, as he demonstrated how easy it would be for a cybercriminal to intercept communications on open networks to steal passwords and bank account details.

Just like his previous research experiments in cities like London and San Francisco, James set up an open Wi-Fi hotspot in New York City to see how many people would connect to his network. The results might surprise you.

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Are you protecting your Macs? See how to avoid “Mac malice” and other IT sins

Deadly IT sin: Mac maliceMacs are gaining ground on PCs everywhere, including at the office. Companies are adopting programs that allow users to bring their own devices, or choose the corporate-owned devices they prefer.

When given the choice, many employees are going with what they have at home, and picking Macs over Windows computers. With more Macs, that means extra challenges for IT, from troubleshooting to security.

You’ve heard of the seven deadly sins. We think the 7 Deadly IT Sins are pretty bad too – and neglecting security on Macs is a sin we call “Mac malice.”

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