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SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES
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MY EFACT PAPERLESS OFFICE
Ready to go paperless? My Efact: Paperless Office is our cloud-based paperless office document management and scanning system. Features include:
HOSTED EMAIL: OFFICE 365
Direct iT is an authorized reseller of Office 365™, Microsoft's new cloud-based email hosting system. Office 365™ brings you the features of Microsoft Exchange without the headaches of hosting your own. Features include:
11 Jul 2016
In the past few weeks, there has been a massive uptick in cyber attacks involving the use of stolen passwords to gain access to corporate email and other IT systems. This increase can be traced to two recent events from May. First, a hacker sold a list of 167 million LinkedIn account credentials (many including email addresses, usernames, and passwords) on the dark web. Then, a few weeks later, the same hacker sold a bigger list containing 427 million MySpace usernames and passwords. Very soon, both of these lists had been re-sold, copied, and shared around with hacker groups around the world.
Now, most of us aren’t particularly worried about hackers getting into our LinkedIn or Myspace accounts as nothing critically important is kept there. However, the real impact of these breaches is due to the fact that millions of people re-use the same usernames and passwords for everything, and therefore this same list of usernames and passwords can be used to login to many corporate e-mail, IT, online banking, and other vital accounts.
7 Jul 2016
On April 14th, Microsoft filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department in the Federal District Court in Seattle. The lawsuit alleges that federal law enforcement agencies have used an unconstitutional interpretation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 in order to access to thousands of Microsoft customers’ data that is stored in the cloud (primarily email such as Office 365 and Hotmail). Microsoft claims that because this spying is so widespread, and because many of the orders also demand that the spying be kept secret, and have no end date (either for the spying or the secrecy), this violates the Fourth Amendment right to protection from unlawful search and seizures. Microsoft also claims that their First Amendment right to inform customers they are being spied on is also being violated.
“From September 2014 to March 2016, Microsoft received 5,624 federal demands in the United States for customer information or data. Nearly half — 2,576 — were accompanied by secrecy orders.”
Often, gag orders prevent companies from reporting government spying on their customers. However, some companies use what is referred to as a “warrant canary” — which is a statement somewhere on their website/service that they have never been subject to any warrants/spying. The idea is that when the government begins spying, the company can remove the canary notice from their site, so that users can realize the notice is gone and become aware that spying may have occurred, without the company specifically notifying the users in violation of the gag order. You can read more about warrant canaries at https://canarywatch.org/
You can also read the coverage in the New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/15/technology/microsoft-sues-us-over-orders-barring-it-from-revealing-surveillance.html?_r=0
3 Nov 2015
Local businesses are being targeted by a new category of phishing attacks, called BEC (Business Email Compromise) or CEO scams. According to the FBI, the total losses from BEC scams is over 1.2 billion dollars. BEC scammers impersonate CEOs by sending emails to business associates (such as attorneys, accountants, partners, assistants, etc) asking them to authorize a wire transfer. There are a few things that are different about these BEC scams compared to e-mail fraud we are used to:
According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center statistics, the average loss from successful BEC scams is around $100,000. There are a few things you can do to protect your business:
3 Nov 2015
In 2010, President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank act into law, which changed financial and banking regulations and created a federal agency dedicated to consumer financial protection, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Much of the Dodd-Frank act has already taken effect, although the new disclosure forms (known as TRID, short for TILA RESPA Integrated Disclosure) weren’t finally adopted until October of 2015. Under the Dodd-Frank act, the CFPB is responsible for regulating the mortgage industry, which includes enforcing and maintaining regulations under the Truth In Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) as well as the Dodd-Frank act. The CFPB has already begun auditing lenders and mortgage service providers; at first, it was much larger lenders that were primarily being audited by the CFPB, but now there has been some news of smaller lenders also being audited by CFPB examiners.
There are a number of accounts of the CFPB auditing smaller lenders, and sometimes taking further actions. It’s difficult to find statistics about CFPB audits, although there is a lot of information about audit processes and specific enforcement actions. Michigan’s Lighthouse Title was recently fined because of RESPA-violating marketing services agreements. In May of 2013, the CFPB took a similar enforcement action against Paul Taylor Homes and Benchmark Bank of Dallas, TX.
16 CFR 314.4 (data privacy rules authorized by Gramm-Leech-Bliley act) http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/16/314.4
CFPB Examination Procedures for Mortgage Servicers http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201401_cfpb_mortgage-servicing-exam-procedures.pdf
ALTA Best Practices http://www.alta.org/bestpractices/index.cfm
CFPB Bulletin 2012-03 http://files.consumerfinance.gov/f/201204_cfpb_bulletin_service-providers.pdf
CFPB Auditing Small Texas Builder http://www.nationalmortgagenews.com/dailybriefing/CFPB-Goes-After-Homebuilder-for-Illegal-Referrals-1036433-1.html
30 Aug 2015
We at Direct iT are proud to announce that we were selected as one of the top 20 fastest growing cloud companies by Silicon Review. Back in 2007 we had already launched two cloud-based products including our cloud-based email filtering service and My Efact: Paperless Office, our cloud document management and secure email product. Direct iT now also offers cloud-based backups, disaster recovery, antivirus, network monitoring, private clouds, and complete cloud hosted network solutions.
We would like to thank all of our customers, employees, and strategic partners who helped make our success in the cloud possible. Thanks!
If you’d like to read more about our unique perspective on the cloud, you can read our profile in silicon review here.
We have had an extremely productive partnership with Direct IT for the past 5 years. From desk top support to the most complex network-related project we count on their reliability and expertise every day. — Chris Cool Director of IT RhumbLine Advisers