The New Kind of Criminal

AnonymousYour personal and business computer security is being threatened every single day by a new breed of criminal known as cybercriminals. These offenders hide behind the cloak of anonymity that the Internet provides in order to perpetrate a wide array of crimes ranging from stalking to identity theft, blackmail, fraud, and corporate espionage.

But just who are these cybercriminals? Thanks to movies and TV shows, most people instantly conjure up a stereotypical image of a twenty-something, tech-savvy yet socially awkward male who lives in his parents’ basement. While this “lone wolf” notion does have some basis in reality, it doesn’t tell the whole story. In fact, according to a recently published infographic, the average cybercriminal fits the following profile:

  • Is male (76%)
  • Is between the ages of 35-50 (43%)
  • Works in a “pack” (50% of cybercriminal organizations boast more than six members)
  • Resides in China, Indonesia, and other Asian countries (49%)

However, as interesting as these data are it’s important to remember that they’re just averages. Not every cybercriminal is a 38-year-old Indonesian man who enjoys wreaking online havoc with five of his best friends. The truth of the matter is that anyone can be a cybercriminal, including your co-worker, classmate, or next door neighbor.

Fortunately, you don’t have to know precisely who is trying to breach your computer security system; you just have to make sure you have layered protection in place to ward off the attacks. Head over to now to purchase and download the latest version of Avira Premium antivirus software and other computer security programs you need to keep these new criminals at bay.

Most Common Kinds of Cybercrime

Common Cyber CrimesCybercrime is a growing problem that affects millions of people around the world and causes billions of dollars in losses and damages each year. And it’s not only the wealthy or tech challenged that are being targeted. Anyone that connects to the Internet via a computer or mobile device without good security software is a potential victim, which is why it’s important to know what kinds of crimes to be on the lookout for. Here is a brief list of the most common forms of cybercrime committed today:

  • Hacking: Criminals gain unauthorized access to tablets, mobile phones, or business and personal computers to look through documents, copy files, or steal passwords, account numbers, and other sensitive data.
  • Viruses, malware, and Trojans: These malicious bits of code are released with the express purpose of infecting computers, corrupting files, installing unwanted programs, unleashing  a never ending string of pop-ups, and replicating themselves to spread to other machines across a network.
  • Fraud: Most cybercrime falls under the category of fraud committed for some kind of monetary gain. Phishing, identity theft, and other financial scams are the main ones to be aware of.
  • Harassment: Cyber stalking and cyber bullying are often perpetrated on social media sites or blogs. Frequently used tactics include the posting of defamatory messages and embarrassing photos or the publishing of personal information such as phone numbers and addresses. This behavior is directed at teenagers and adults alike, and can cause serious emotional trauma for the victims.

The majority of these frequently committed cybercrimes rely on access to computers and confidential information. Therefore, ensuring your PC, mobile devices, and network servers are protected by programs such as antivirus software, Avira Server Security, and ESET mobile security is the key to avoiding trouble. Check out right now for instant downloads of these and other vital security tools.

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Helping businesses with solutions IS our sweet spot.

We understand our mission is to help small businesses, not only in securing their data, but in any other way we can, by raising the bar. To that end, I wanted to share with you a sharp company whose mission is also to help small businesses with sales and marketing.  Security, Sales & Marketing all in one place. How much better can it get?

I am talking about the folks over at Sixth Division. We recently met them at this year’sSixth Division TEAM Infusioncon show and wanted to provide a snapshot on who they are and what they do. They can seriously help you take your business to the next level.

The founders go way back to the early days of Infusionsoft and know the IS sales and marketing solution as well as anyone.

What co-founders Brad Martineau @bradmartineau and Dave Lee created is a process where you “unpack your brain” aka, do a brain dump about your business with them, and they take that information and package it in such a way that you can start to use the Infusionsoft tool most effectively.

Of course there are many steps to a sales and marketing system, but they have an uncanny way of simplifying it. This really resonated with me at the show because we try to do the same thing in our business – by simplifying Layered Computer Security for small businesses.

The process Sixth Division has created and as explained to me makes complete sense. There were many AHA moments as I started to get excited about how we can take next steps in sharing information about our computer security information, products and services.

Of course there are some investments you have to make, but this will definitely help you get a head start at working “on the business instead of in the business” (kudos to Michael E. Gerber – look him up on Amazon & get the book Emyth Revisited).

There is another way though. You can learn more about some “out of the park” marketing secrets here and possibly if you pay attention you could win some free consultation from these marketing wizards. Get after it and good luck!! Let me know if we can ever help in any way.

Discover more information at:

 Twitter: @sixth_division and @bradmartineau

 Check the hash tags for more of the conversation;

#icon13 – about the last Infusioncon show

& #25k – about the sixth division contest

All great stuff for small businesses.

Stay safe and productive out there!

Monte Robertson – Founder

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You Might Have a Computer Virus

You've Got VirusYou know you should be running Avira Internet Security and antivirus software on your computer to protect the machine against viruses, malware, and attempted attacks from cybercriminals. You just haven’t gotten around to purchasing and installing the programs yet.

But now your computer’s performance is a bit off, and you’re wondering if you somehow managed to pick up a virus while surfing the web or downloading files. Short of scanning your machine with the latest antivirus software, how can you determine what’s causing the problems? Here are a few telltale signs that indicate you might have a virus:

  • Sluggish response time to keyboard inputs
  • Programs take longer than usual to load
  • Programs close or crash unexpectedly
  • Computer reboots unexpectedly
  • Internet browser automatically redirects to an unfamiliar site
  • File sizes change seemingly at random, even when not accessed
  • Inability to access certain drives
  • Hardware (such as printers and scanners) unresponsive to commands
  • Pop-ups appear on the desktop urging you to purchase FAKE antivirus software

As you can see, you don’t have to be a tech geek to spot performance problems on your computer. After all, you spend quite a bit of time on it every day, so you know its quirks and idiosyncrasies better than anyone. If you’re experiencing one or more of the above symptoms and suspect you have a virus, come to We’ve perfected the concept of computer security made easy and have the software required to fix whatever ails your machine. Visit us today so you can get everything back to normal ASAP.

Small Businesses Are the Most Vulnerable

Small Businesses Are TargetedMany small business owners operate under the false assumption that their company is safe from cyber thieves. They’re far too busy trying to provide outstanding service to customers to devote any time or resources to security, and they figure cyber thieves are too focused on Fortune 500 corporations to bother with the small guys anyway. As a result, some owners don’t even take basic precautions like choosing difficult-to-guess passwords or protecting their network with Avira Professional Security.

But these are the very reasons cyber thieves love to target small businesses. Lax security measures make hacking and similar breaches a piece of cake for criminals, who can then steal all the company’s assets without much effort.

If you’re a small business owner and you haven’t been paying much attention to computer security protocols, it’s time to make a change. By installing Avira Business Security Suite, which includes Avira Professional Security, Avira Sever Security, and the Avira Management Console, you’ll be able to put the following features to work for you:

  • Advanced virus protection for servers
  • Improved malware and spam blockers
  • Free one-click updates
  • One-click quarantine management
  • Dedicated user interfaces
  • Easy-to-use wizard for personalized configuration

Few small businesses can afford the loss of revenue and customer trust that typically results from being the victim of cybercrime, so don’t leave anything to chance. If your unsecure network resources are prime targets for cyber attacks, pick up the latest edition of Avira Business Security Suite from today to get the all-in-one protection you need.