Fraudulent emails? Beware of Phishing Attacks!

Have you received an email that has a questionable origin? Suspicious emails that are fraudulent use phishing techniques in order to gain access to confidential information or install malicious software.

How do you prevent a phishing attack from infecting your computer? An email from a friend or colleague may come from a hacked account. If you recieve a questionable email it is best to contact the sender directly in order to ensure the validity of the email. It is best practice to never send sensitive information through email. It is also important to not respond directly to a suspicious email until it has been confirmed that it is from a valid source.

If you have recieved a fradulent email from a hacked account or suspicious contact it is best practice to contact your IT company.

At Kitsap Networking we offer email services that can assist with preventing phishing attacks from infecting your devices. Contact Kitsap Networking Services at (360)-516-6741 in order to get more information.

Ransomware Attack Prevention: Backup Your Data!

 

What is your companies backup plan in case of a disaster? In recent events, reports have emerged that a type of malware, otherwise known as Ransomware, limits users from accessing their system or personal files. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails and spreads onto the network affecting multiple computers. Such a disaster can render a companies device useless and data unrecoverable. With a backup plan in place your company can ensure that your data is secured and easily recoverable.

Cloud backups are a great method to ensure your data is secured. A benefit to having a cloud backup is keeping your data off of your network and stored in a secure location. Hardware failure isn’t a problem in having a cloud backup and only requires internet connectivity in order to upload data from a network onto the cloud backup. In the case your companies data is compromised it can be readily recoverable through the cloud backup.

How about keeping a backup onsite? While a cloud backup may not always be a viable option you can always backup your data onsite using an external hard drive. An onsite method of protecting your data against ransomware is creating a backup plan with hard drive swaps. This means swapping the external backup hard drive on a weekly basis. Doing so can prevent the hard drive from being infected with malware, possible data loss and prevent backup data from being compromised. In which case, it also enables a higher level of data integrity and enforces an additional layer of protection.

 

Is your company data safe from Ransomware? Contact Kitsap Networking for a backup evaluation at (360)-516-6741.

Static IP vs Dynamic IP

An IP address is uniquely assigned to each device on the network. Much like a street address is used in order to determine where a package is going, an IP address determines where a packet is sent.

So how does an IP address work with a static and dynamic IP and how do they differ? When you add a computer to a network they are given each their own IP address to which they can be identified on the network.

If a device is assigned a static IP address, the address will not be changed. Often Web and FTP servers use a static IP address as it promotes a reliable method to reach an assigned host name. Some benefits of using a static IP address include faster download/upload speeds in comparison to dynamic IPs, and geolocation accuracy.

A dynamic IP address is automatically assigned by the network and usually changes. Benefits of using a dynamic IP include: Security, costs and fast networking configuration. Using a dynamic IP address can prove immensely beneficial where you have a large LAN network. In order to configure a dynamic IP automatically it requires a DHCP server to obtain your IP address. The DHCP configures the IP address automatically which overall saves on time by not having to configure each computer manually.

How can I check to see if I have a static or dynamic IP on Windows?

If you are on a PC, open the command prompt and type the command “ipconfig /all” without the quotations and hit enter. Next to the DHCP enabled there will be a “Yes” or “No” depending upon the static or dynamic IP configuration. A “Yes” means you are using a dynamic IP address and a “No” means you have a static IP address.

Having trouble with your network? Contact Kitsap Networking for many of our troubleshooting services at (360)-516-6741.