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500,000 Routers Affected by VPNFilter Malware

500,000 Routers Affected by VPNFilter Malware

Reset Your Router! Recently, researchers at Talos—a cyber intelligence unit of Cisco—warned consumers of malware (malicious software) that specifically targets networking devices. The malware, which is known as VPNFilter, impacts an estimated 500,000 routers worldwide, particularly targeting devices from the following manufacturers: Linksys MikroTik Netgear QNAP TP-Link VPNFilter Could Collect Your Information Without Your Knowledge Once on your equipment, the malware could stop your router from working, collect information from any systems that run through it and even block network traffic. Experts are concerned over the scope of the attack, as anyone owning a router from the affected manufacturers could be at risk, including businesses and individuals. Agencies like the FBI have also expressed concern over VPNFilter, as this particular brand of malware can be used in espionage attacks on military, security and other government organizations. Reduce Your Risk by…read more →

Personal Lines Perspectives: Busting The Top 5 Myths About Car Insurance

Personal Lines Perspectives: Busting The Top 5 Myths About Car Insurance

When it comes to shopping for car insurance, there’s a lot to think about — and everyone seems to have advice and information to share. But how much of what you hear is actually true? Let us make things a little clearer by breaking down some of the most common myths about car insurance. 1. Red cars cost more to insure than any other colour of vehicle. Contrary to popular belief, the colour of your car has no impact on your premium, so driving a red car does not mean you’ll pay more for car insurance. There are several factors that go into determining your premium, including the make and model of your vehicle, the way you drive, and where you live — but colour doesn’t come into the equation. 2. If my friend gets in an accident when he borrows my car, it won’t…read more →

Live Well, Work Well – May 2018 Edition

Live Well, Work Well – May 2018 Edition

How Much Caffeine is Too Much? Classified as a psychoactive drug, caffeine is a bitter substance found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, some nuts and certain medicines. It has many effects on the body’s metabolism, including stimulation of the central nervous system. It can make one feel more alert and give a boost of energy. For most people, the amount of caffeine they consume each day is not harmful. However, too much of it can make one feel restless, anxious and irritable. It may also prevent a good night’s sleep and cause headaches and abnormal heart rhythms. Furthermore, if heavy caffeine use stops, it can cause withdrawal symptoms. Certain circumstances call for reducing the amount of caffeine you consume, including the following: You consume unhealthy amounts of caffeine each day, more than 500 to 600 milligrams. This is about…read more →

What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses

What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses

What the GDPR Means for Canadian Businesses With the severity of cyber attacks increasing on what seems like a daily basis, governments are now stepping in to provide guidance and keep the general public both safe and informed. In Canada, the Digital Privacy Act (DPA), which amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), is the federal law that dictates how organizations respond to and report data breaches. However, these are not the only cyber-related laws Canadian businesses have to contend with, as Europe’s data breach regulations can have a sweeping impact on international businesses of all kinds. In fact, any organization that operates or sells in the European Union (EU) or manages EU-based information could face major fines if they fail to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). As such, it’s crucial for organizations to…read more →

International Insurance Newsletter – May 2018 Edition

International Insurance Newsletter – May 2018 Edition

The world is a complex place and you have a lot to worry about. It is critical that you have the confidence that the insurance broker you choose has the ability and resources to help you globally. We are an authorized Globex International Group Broker Partner in 130 countries around the world. You can depend on us to assist you with all your International Insurance requirements. As your trusted resource for International Insurance Compliance and Risk Management, you can count on us to find the right solutions for all insurance challenges outside of Canada. Please contact us at 1-800-661-1518 or click here if you have any questions or concerns regarding international insurance. Recent Successes: Secured Broker of Record Letters for local policies issued in Jersey, Channel Islands and the USA for subsidiaries of a Canadian global gold-based financial services company. Placed standalone Employers’ Liability policy…read more →

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