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Protect Your Businesses From Malware: Know the Common Types

By V2 Systems

Protect Your Business From Malware: Know the Common Types

When it comes to malware, the bad guys continue to increase in numbers and creativity.

Malicious software comes in a variety of forms. Some are designed to wipe out data, while others want to hold that data for ransom. But every type of malware means lost revenues for your business. That’s why it’s hard to overestimate how important it is for businesses to protect their data from these cybercriminals.   Read more

Your Computer’s Worst Enemy: Malware

By V2 Systems

Your Computer’s Worst Enemy: Malware

It’s what every tech user fears — malware, those malicious software programs that can harm or disable your computer or mobile device while robbing you of precious time, money or your very identity. In 2017, experts say more than half of American adults were impacted by a malware attack. You don’t want to become part of that statistic.   Read more

Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization

By V2 Systems

Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization

Most applications used daily on iPhones, Droids, handhelds, etc. are cloud-based. Many are using the cloud already, just not in business environments. But forward-thinking businesses realize that cloud computing offers the opportunity for increased productivity combined with managed costs. The best cloud providers deliver software over the internet, which eliminates the need to install and run these applications on local devices, simplifying maintenance and support.   Read more

Five Key Benefits of Cloud Computing

By V2 Systems

Five Key Benefits of Cloud Computing

In business, you know that being focused on your vision is paramount to your success. Obstacles and distractions constantly threaten your attention. One of the biggest impediments to success can be technology — researching it, acquiring it, maintaining it and upgrading it.

That’s where cloud computing comes in. Turning to a cloud service provider to design, implement and manage your technology allows you to concentrate on your core vision and pursue your business objectives.

Simply put: Would you rather your employees focus on what you hired them to do? Or do you want them spending valuable time learning how to upgrade software, run anti-virus scans and deal with hard-drive crashes?   Read more

By V2 Systems

NIST SP 800-171: The Deadline Is Near, and I’m Not Ready. Is It Time to Panic?

Absolutely not! But like that famous ball in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, the clock is ticking down. It’s time to get in compliance with the upgraded cybersecurity standards outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations.”

Federal government contractors need to meet these enhanced stipulations before the ball drops on Dec. 31, or they risk losing business.   Read more

What Are CUI and CDI? (And Why Should You Care?)

By V2 Systems

What Are CUI and CDI? (And Why Should You Care?)

With the year-end deadline rapidly approaching for meeting updated federal cybersecurity standards, it’s important to know what’s involved.

What we’re talking about is safeguarding Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). This type of information regularly moves through or resides on the internal networks or information systems of most federal contractors. Simply put, the government wants to strengthen security to keep that information secure.   Read more

What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline

By V2 Systems

What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline

If you’re a federal government contractor, you might already know you need to conform to the updated cybersecurity standards outlined in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non-Federal Information Systems and Organizations.”

If that bit of government-speak has you perplexed, don’t worry. We’re here to guide you through the bureaucratic maze, so you can meet these requirements by the rapidly approaching year-end deadline of Dec. 31. We’ll explain what this means for your business and how to make sure you meet the requirements.   Read more

By Dan Lhotka

Pay Attention! and I’m back!

Pay Attention! And I’m back!

Welcome, dear readers! I know it’s been a while since I last posted in my blog. Well, I am back writing again, and I have something that came up recently that I want to share.

So in the early days of the Internet, Network Solutions was the go-to registrar company. This was primarily due to the fact that they were the first domain name registrar, they were geared towards business, and in general were easy to work with. Their website makes it easy to setup and configure domain names, and to modify DNS, and do all the other things that a registrar provides. My parent’s domain name is on Network Solutions, and many of our older clients are still using Network Solutions for domain registration and DNS.
However, I had something happen recently that has made me start to think about moving away from them.

I had a client that wanted a new domain name. I was going to setup email services on this new domain name, and use it as the primary repository for email going forward with this client. Simple thing. We signed up for the domain using Network Solutions. I setup the A records and MX records, and then configured the email service to use this domain name. All was working as expected until the end of the month, when due to a bit of miscommunication, the bill for the domain name was declined.

One day later, email suddenly stopped working. I checked the settings, and found that the MX records were changed, and the A records for the domain were pointing to an Under Construction page. I called Network Solutions about the issue, and they told me that the domain name has been released and that another company has purchased the domain name. The company in question is called New Venture Services Corp. I checked the Whois information for the domain, and confirmed that this other company now owns the domain. Knowing that it will take time to sort out the domain name problem, I decided to setup the client with a new domain name. Within the course of a day, I bought a new domain name, changed the mail server’s MX records to point to that domain, and got email working again.

Once that was done, a whole new nightmare awaited me in order to get the old domain name back. I researched the issue and New Venture Services, and found that they were owned by web.com. Web.com also owns Network Solutions. I contacted New Venture Services Corp, and found that they wanted $300 to sell the domain back to us.
This method of buying a domain name and then ransoming it to a company that might want it for an exorbitant amount is called cybersquatting.

So what happened is this –

1. The domain was released to the public
2. Network Solutions sold the domain immediately to New Venture Services (who probably has a standing contract with NS to buy all the domains that are returned or expired for almost nothing)
3. New Venture Services charges a premium to sell the domain back.
Legal, but very shady.

I found several different forums that talk about the same thing happening to other people –
http://www.scamful.com/2014/07/warning-if-you-own-domain-names-avoid.html
http://community.sitepoint.com/t/new-venture-services-corp-network-solutions/3062/6
http://dotweekly.com/new-ventures-services-corp-who-are-they/

Interesting reads, and a serious rabbit hole to fall down.

Bottom line – Pay Attention!

Make sure your domain isn’t set to expire for a very long time. Create Calendar entries to remind you when registration is coming up. Make sure you have valid credit card information entered in.

At this point, I recommend against using Network Solutions for new domain names. Godaddy is terrible, but they at least give you 45 days to renew if your domain runs out.

Oh and by the way – about 3 months after this whole thing happened, Network Solutions sent my client an email warning them about the practice of Cybersquatting.

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Prevent Malware From Infecting Your Computer: Use These Best Practices
Prevent Malware From Infecting Your Computer: Use These Best Practices
Protect Your Businesses From Malware: Know the Common Types
Protect Your Business From Malware: Know the Common Types
Your Computer’s Worst Enemy: Malware
Your Computer’s Worst Enemy: Malware
Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization
Dive Into the Cloud: 4 Things to Consider for Implementing Cloud Computing in Your Organization
Five Key Benefits of Cloud Computing
Five Key Benefits of Cloud Computing
What Is Cloud Computing?
What Is Cloud Computing?
What Are CUI and CDI? (And Why Should You Care?)
What Are CUI and CDI? (And Why Should You Care?)
What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline
What You Need to Know: Navigating NIST SP 800-171 Compliance to Meet Dec. 31 Deadline