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Posted on December 15, 2014 by

Australian Hostage Crisis a Shocking Reminder to Plan for the Worst

Employees and patrons entering the Lindt Chocolat Café in Sydney, Australia, early Monday morning had no idea how dangerous the series of events ahead of them were about to turn. Gunman Man Haron Monis, reportedly a jihadist suspected of murder and sexual assault, held at least a dozen people hostage as he demanded to speak directly to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, among a long list of other demands. The situation has persisted for over 16 hours, resulting in…

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Posted on December 11, 2014 by

Pineapple Express Is Sure to Be a Downer

The West Coast is bracing for potentially one of the largest winter storms to hit the area in years, bringing with it an atmospheric river known as the Pineapple Express. This atmospheric river can span 400 miles wide and cause serious hazardous conditions, including flooding and mudslides. Heavy rainfall could exceed 8 inches in some areas, while locales above 6,000 feet could see up to three feet of snow. For those living and working in the area, it…

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Posted on December 2, 2014 by

Download Your FREE Winter Weather Toolkit

The record-breaking extreme cold and winter weather conditions already seen by much of the US found many unprepared for what’s in store this season. Severe winter weather, including snow, ice, and freezing rain, can cause damage to a business both structurally and financially, while completely disrupting normal business operations. Preparis wants to make sure that you and your employees are prepared and safe when the next big winter storm heads your way. Click on the following links to…

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Posted on December 1, 2014 by

7 Tips to Avoid Hit Man Email & Other Scams

Officials in Florida warn of an email that claims to be sent by a professional hit man hired by a friend to kill the recipient. The email further claims the recipient is being watched, and if the demands aren’t met, the recipient’s family will be harmed. The email is a scam and anyone who receives it should NOT reply. Responding to the email indicates the scammers have found an active email account, which can lead to further harassment….

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Posted on November 10, 2014 by

Ebola Virus Disease: Fact vs. Fiction

Recent news headlines have been inundated with updates on Ebola. Here at Preparis we pride ourselves on helping businesses prepare for any threat, a part of that includes providing factual information. There seems to be a great deal of content surrounding the current Ebola outbreak which may lead to confusion. With that being said, we have created an infographic including facts on the virus as well as common misconceptions. You can download the complete infographic by clicking on the picture…

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Posted on October 23, 2014 by

5 Things to Know about Chagas Disease

Roughly 8 million people across Latin America have Chagas disease, a potentially fatal disease caused by the American trypanosomiasis parasite, commonly known as the “kissing bug” as it typically bites humans around the mouth. In the past, the disease was generally contained to the affected Latin American communities; however, with the increased mobility to and from endemic areas*, the number of Chagas cases has grown in the US. The CDC estimates 300,000 people in the US are currently…

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Posted on October 7, 2014 by

Ebola diagnosed in the US: Why Pandemic Planning Should be a Priority

The first case of Ebola virus in the United States was diagnosed earlier this week in Dallas, Texas. The unidentified patient has been admitted to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where he is being quarantined for treatment. This is concerning news because until this point, the current Ebola has been contained to West Africa. Prior to this case, several US aid workers were transported to Atlanta, Georgia, after contracting the deadly virus in Liberia. This instance is different in that the patient was diagnosed…

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Posted on September 25, 2014 by

“Deadly Serious” Bash Bug Could Be Installed on Your Computer

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) released information on a new vulnerability that “may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code” on Unix systems carrying a specific code. This code — the Bourne Again Shell (Bash) code — is part of many Linux and Mac operating systems. Conservative estimates by experts speculate over 500 million devices could be affected by the bug. The enormity of those affected is matched by the severity of the vulnerability. Experts…

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Posted on September 18, 2014 by

EBay Delayed Reaction in XSS Phishing Scam Puts Consumers at Risk

Late Wednesday night, Paul Kerr, an eBay PowerSeller and IT employee in the UK, clicked on an auction listing for an iPhone 5S. Expecting to find out more information on the priced-to-sell item, he instead was redirected to a login screen where he was prompted to reenter his username and password. Kerr recognized the redirect as a major red flag and contacted eBay immediately. This type of scam is called cross-site scripting (XSS), a prime example of phishing….

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Posted on September 17, 2014 by

Large Wildfires Not Just a Concern for California

The media focus is on three large wildfires blazing their way across California, causing thousands of acres of damage and evacuating hundreds of residents. But according to the USDA Forest Service, there are 13 large incident wildfires currently charring the West Coast. Large incident wildfires—those that burn at least 100 acres in timber or at least 100 acres in grass/sage—are roaring from as far north as  Clackamas County, Oregon, to as far south as Orange County, California. To…

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