Posts in Business Threats
What to do if a service your small business team uses is compromised

This morning Canva notified it’s users, including many small business team members, that they had experienced a data breach. As huge fans of Canva, several of us at Cynch also received this notification and were grateful for a number of things.

In an interesting twist, the hacker that attacked Canva also made some public announcements this morning providing a few extra details of the risk. Some of these risks may need a little more consideration from small businesses.

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I have been pwned, what do I do now?

We've been fans of Troy Hunt's Have I Been Pwned? for quite a while at Cynch Security and encourage our members to sign-up to the free service as part of our Cyber Fitness Platform. If you haven't yet checked your email address in the service, we encourage you to head over there now and do so.

Troy regularly loads large data breaches to haveibeenpwned, so much so that there are now around 8 Billion records in his database. The chances you’re not in there are now pretty low so we felt it would be worth spending some time discussing what it means to have been pwned and what actions you should take if your email address shows up.

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Twelve Unreviewed Policies

It's the last day of Threatmas, which means it’s time to stop and think about the past year and the years ahead. Internal company policies might not be the most exciting thing to be thinking about at this time of year, but they play an important role in guiding your team as they deal with the threats we’ve discussed and more.

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Eleven Unpatched Vulnerabilities

While your business might be taking a bit of a break over the holidays, there will be plenty of cyber criminals still working hard trying to break into systems. Fortunately, software and hardware vendors also do their best to stay on top of things over this period and will continue to patch vulnerabilities they learn of. Applying patches and updates might not be high on your Christmas list, but it’s no less important in December and January than it is at any other time of the year.

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Nine New Device Flaws

Apple frequently sells almost twice as many devices over the Christmas quarter than it does any other time of the year. Even if you don’t personally get a shiny new phone these holidays, there’s a reasonable chance someone in your team will turn up in the new year with a phone, tablet, smartwatch or some other device ready to use it on the job.

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Seven Unattended WiFi Attacks

Do you remember what it used to be like before we had access WiFi? Think of how much harder some everyday tasks would be if we had to go back to cables for everything!

Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest you get rid of your office WiFi. But if you’re office is going to be empty over the holidays you might want to turn it off. Not only because it will save you some money on power, but also because with enough time most wireless networks can be accessed or misused by someone. 

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