$5 Million in Funding Now Available for Pennsylvania Broadband Projects

Nongovernmental entities can now apply for funding for projects that facilitate the deployment of high-speed broadband service infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth through the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program (UHSB). The application window opened June 1 and applications will be accepted until September 24. The UHSB authorizes the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) to … Continue reading $5 Million in Funding Now Available for Pennsylvania Broadband Projects

Utility Scam Awareness & Education

Understand How Fraud Artists Operate and Remain Vigilant Against Common Utility-Related Scams The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) marked November 20th as Utility Scam Awareness Day – a national effort to educate residents and businesses about the ways that scammers use utility-related schemes to scare or trick customers into sending them money or disclosing personal information. “Scam … Continue reading Utility Scam Awareness & Education

If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

In  a Private Industry Notification announcement this month from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about the official end of life for Windows 7, the FBI states it "has observed cyber criminals targeting computer network infrastructure after an operating system achieves end-of-life status," and added that "continuing to use Windows 7 within an enterprise may provide … Continue reading If You Are Still Using Windows 7, You Are At Risk

FCC changes to Form 477 for filings as of June 30, 2020!

Who Must File FCC Form 477? Four types of entities must file FCC Form 477: 1.Facilities-based Providers of Broadband Connections to End Users 2.Providers of Wired or Fixed Wireless Local Exchange Telephone Service 3.Providers of Interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Service 4.Facilities-based Providers of Mobile Telephony (Mobile Voice) Service: • Mobile Telephony (Mobile Voice) … Continue reading FCC changes to Form 477 for filings as of June 30, 2020!

FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

Agencies Target Companies Routing Scam Robocalls to Consumers about Fake COVID-19-Related Refunds, Loan Reductions, and Social Security Threats May 20, 2020—The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) demanded that gateway providers allowing COVID-19 pandemic-related scam robocalls into the United States cut off this traffic or face serious consequences.  This is the second … Continue reading FTC-FCC warning letters suggest a different kind of distancing

Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back

The State of Ransomware 2020 global study conducted earlier this year on behalf of Sophos and reported this week in its blog found that organizations that decide to pay the ransom to get their data back, do so in 94% of cases. The research questioned 5,000 IT managers from 26 countries (500 from the US … Continue reading Pay the Computer Ransom? – 94% get their data back

New funding for Coronavirus SBA loans We are here to Help You

We posted previously about how we can assist with unemployment and other matters for individuals. If you’re a business owner, you may have or may be planning to apply for a loan through the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) program. These programs recently got hundreds of billions of dollars … Continue reading New funding for Coronavirus SBA loans We are here to Help You

Is your Cyber Insurance Policy Worth the Paper It’s Printed On?

{Also posted at cyber.pabar.org} Cyber insurance policies are now standard procedure for companies seeking to shift some risk in case of malware attacks and cyber hacks. In a test of the developing cyber insurance industry, Zurich America Insurance Company is reportedly refusing to pay out a $100 million claim from consumer packaged good company Mondelez, which … Continue reading Is your Cyber Insurance Policy Worth the Paper It’s Printed On?

Police Can’t Force You to Unlock Your Phone with Finger or Face, Judge Rules

{Also posted at cyber.pabar.org} On January 10, 2019, a federal magistrate judge limited law enforcement’s requests to utilize biometric features, e.g., finger, facial or iris recognition, to unlock smartphones or computers that may be found at a residence during a search. The ruling came In the Matter of the Search of a Residence in Oakland, California, … Continue reading Police Can’t Force You to Unlock Your Phone with Finger or Face, Judge Rules

This account has been hacked! Change your password right now! – Or has it?

Recently I received an email that many of my clients have also received recently claiming that "This account has been hacked! Change your password right now!" So it is true? No, probably not.  This spam is trying to trick you into giving them your money.  Don't do it. The Spam The email looks like it … Continue reading This account has been hacked! Change your password right now! – Or has it?