Windows Vista – Support Ends

On May 12, 2017 "WannaCry" malware began exploiting a vulnerability in most versions of Windows dating back to XP. A month earlier, Microsoft identified the risk and responded with a patch (Critical Security Bulletin MS17-010) that required rebooting after installation. Many servers and end-user pcs were left vulnerable in more than 150 countries.

The malware sneaks through SMB ports, then encrypts a user's data and presents a growing ransom demand, starting at $300 and growing to $600, after which the garbled data is lost forever without a valid external backup. Once active it spreads quickly to other PCs in the same network.

Solution: Apply Security Update patch for Microsoft Windows (4013389). A restart will be required to complete the update.

Workaround: Disable SMBv1 on client and server computers, but do not disable SMBv2 or v3. Additionally, block SMB ports (139, 445) from all externally accessible hosts. A restart will be required to complete the workaround.

Our Customers

Hosted - Your servers and workstations have been patched.

Managed - Your servers and workstations have been patched.

Time & Materials- Call our Support Team immediately.

We installed Microsoft's patch shortly after release on our Hosted and Managed client computers, providing protection weeks before WannaCry surprised the world. When LeeShanok performs monthly Network Update Checks, we also apply critical server patches that address this type of vulnerability. If your network is not receiving regular maintenance, call us to review your situation and plan for the update.

Your Technology Partner,

The LeeShanok Team Tucson

Security Advisory

Keeping Your Technology Secure in 2017

With 2017 kicking off, we would like to take a minute to make you aware of an area all companies can improve in; SECURITY!

It seems with each passing year IT infrastructure becomes more necessary, more rewarding, and unfortunately, more dangerous. In 2016 alone we saw some big names encounter security troubles in a very public manner. British Airways, Banner Health, Uber, Experian/ T-mobile, Slack, Minecraft, Yahoo, MySpace and so many other large companies have fallen victim to both targeted attacks and their own poor security practices.

Losing company data can be a terrifying prospect. Reacting to a breach is never as beneficial as preventing one in the first place an unfortunately there is no "SECURITY" one-button fix. So, this year, our IT newsletters are going to focus on security and how your company can avoid costly security mistakes.

Please take a moment to watch the Youtube video below.


Now, we know that was probably a bit terrifying. (It was to us!) However, we're here to help keep that frightening scenario from ever happening to you. In the coming months we will address the security concerns highlighted in that clip as well as a few others! So stay tuned, and hopefully you will never have to deal with IT events quite that dramatic.

If you have any questions or assistance in performing these steps, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Your Technology Partner,

The LeeShanok Team

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Security Advisory

Creating A Strong Password


With the vast avenues of today's internet, hackers have more and more opportunity to do terrible things to innocent people like you. Hackers have many ways of acquiring your information. Those ways may seem little or insignificant, but in the grand scheme of things, it could mean whether or not your information will be stolen.

For instance, making your password harder to guess can be an easy first step. Hackers try to guess your password based off simple things such as the name of your pet, your phone number, or even your birthdate. In turn, professionals suggest your password contain words, acronyms, or phrases which are easy to remember, yet difficult for others to guess.

This video provides more information about how hackers attempt to gain access to your personal accounts and safety tips to keep your password strong and protected!



If you have any questions or need assistance in performing these steps, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Your Technology Partner,

The LeeShanok Team

Technical Update

"We want to take this opportunity to express how thankful we are to have great customers like you.

Thank you for your business.

As we celebrate our 20th year, we look forward to supporting you as your technology partner in 2017."

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Download all the gallery photos from our Star Wars Security and Virtualization Event in Phoenix here!

A New Battle Begins...

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away ...

There was server hardware and software that was going to end life. The IT infrastructure was becoming more and more unreliable and support costs were rising ...

However, in the bright corners of the universe, there was a team of professionals who did not fear the Dark IT Empire. The IT Jedi's had been in extinction for over 30 years but this team of professionals collaborated together to formulate the new generator of IT Jedi's.

Contact LeeShanok today for help against Dark IT Empire in Phoenix.

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Technical Update

We all love social media, but in the era of Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, LinkedIn, and Instagram, do you really know what information you have floating around on the Internet? Attackers in today's digital age are incredibly clever. Just because you consider something innocuous information, doesn't mean a hacker can't leverage it to their benefit.

As you saw in the video, something as simple as where you went to college can give an attacker an air of credibility. Don't think you'd fall for that? Let's look at another example. Have you publicly posted the names of your kids? What about where they go to school? Both of these are common tidbits of information that can be found on social media. Now what if somebody called saying they're from your child's school, and they're refreshing their records. Would you give them your cell number? Email? Home address? What if they told you one of your kids had an accident and you needed to come pick them up; could they get you to leave your office unattended?

Now, anecdotes like these are not meant to leave you cowering in fear. However, it's important to note that even information that may seem unimportant to you can be a treasure trove to an attacker

Tips:

Don't overshare on social media! The less the world knows, the less can be used against you.

Look at email addresses closely to make sure they are from who you think they're from. Just because it has privileged information in it does not automatically make it authentic.

Call back. If someone wants information over the phone, or has called and asked you to do something, call them back. Just because they sound official doesn't mean they are! Use a number you already have for the school/ company/ partner you are talking to. Then you know you're dialing the real thing.

Change login information often! Social media is a prime target for hackers. Change your passwords on a regular basis, and make sure to use something complex.

We will be presenting all these 2ps and a plethora more in our upcoming "Security Lunch & Learn" so stay tuned for more information on that event coming up in March!

Windows Vista – Support Ends

As of April 11, 2017, Microsoft stopped all support of Windows Vista. If Vista exists on any of your computers and you do nothing, they will still function but will grow slower and more vulnerable. If you hadn’t considered migrating before, now is a good time.

We recommend migrating to either Windows 7 Professional or Windows 10 Professional. A clean “custom” installation is recommended over an “upgrade” for both reliability and performance.

Backup your data – Don’t forget! There are many backup tools and methods available. To ensure your data migrates successfully please call the LeeShanok Team.

Migrating to a new operating system should never be taken lightly. There are many decisions to make and tasks to do. Any mistake can be costly. It’s important to replace Vista. Engaging our team early in the process will ensure a successful transition.

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Your Technology Partner,

The LeeShanok Team

Live Event

Download all the gallery photos from our Star Wars Security and Virtualization Event in Tucson here!

A New Battle Begins...

A long long time ago in a galaxy far far away ...

There was server hardware and software that was going to end life. The IT infrastructure was becoming more and more unreliable and support costs were rising ...

However, in the bright corners of the universe, there was a team of professionals who did not fear the Dark IT Empire. The IT Jedi's had been in extinction for over 30 years but this team of professionals collaborated together to formulate the new generator of IT Jedi's.

Contact LeeShanok today for help against Dark IT Empire in Tucson.

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