PC Matic Survey Finds One Year After Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic, Employer Work from Home Cybersecurity Practices Remain Inadequate

Report summarizes findings from a survey of nearly 6,000 Americans; Results, in comparison to 2020 findings, signals employers continue to rely on lax cybersecurity policies; Concludes those working from home remain at high-risk for falling victim to cybercrime

Myrtle Beach, SC – Today, American cybersecurity firm, PC Matic, announced the release of its second annual report analyzing trends between cybersecurity and employees who are working from home amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A follow up to research released by the firm in May 2020, the eleven-page report bears the name COVID-19: Cybersecurity in the Remote Workforce and presents the results of a nationally distributed survey by which nearly 6,000 individuals responded. The findings, gathered in March 2021, indicate that nearly one year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 35% of Americans are still working from home. This, all while ransomware attacks, many of which were successfully executed by targeting remote workers, saw a near 435% increase last year.

Key findings from the report are as follows:

  • Nearly half of employers continue to fall short on providing remote workers with technical assistance. In 2020, 47% of respondents indicated they were not receiving technical assistance from their employer. In 2021, this number ticked up slightly to 49% of remote workers responding that they were not receiving technical assistance from their employer.
  • Six of every ten remote workers are using a personal device for work purposes. Nearly 62% of remote workers in both 2020 and 2021 indicated that their employer didn’t issue a device (computer, tablet, etc.) for work purposes, and instead required they use their personal devices.
  • Less than ten percent of respondents were provided an antivirus software solution for the personal device they use for work purposes. In 2020, 7% of respondents who use their personal devices for work purposes responded that their employer provided them with an antivirus solution. In 2021, 9% responded in the same manner.

“Work from home is here to stay,” said Rob Cheng, CEO and Founder of PC Matic. “As threat-actors continue to target remote workers, and as the number of ransomware attacks continues to surge, it is imperative that employers take these threats seriously. The time is now to educate employees of the risks and to invest in proactive solutions designed to thwart these modern-day threats.”

More findings and the complete report may be found here.

More information on PC Matic may be found here

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Statement: PC Matic CEO Rob Cheng Statement on Albany Area 911-Dispatch Center Ransomware Attacks

Myrtle Beach, SC – Today, PC Matic CEO and Founder, Rob Cheng, issued the following statement regarding the recent ransomware attack that struck Albany Area 911-Dispatch Centers:

“Targeting a 911-dispatch center with ransomware is yet another low for
cybercriminals. This attack – striking a public safety dispatch system shared by residents of Albany, Rensselaer, and Saratoga counties – demonstrates that cybercriminals will target even those in need of help if it proves the potential for profit. The question isn’t a matter of if another attack will occur, but when. Cybercrime will continue, and more lives could potentially be put at risk until state and local leaders put in place preventative, proactive solutions designed to thwart these modern-day threats.”

To learn more about the steps officials can put in place, Mr. Cheng has media availability on March 18th or 19th via phone or Skype. During this time, Mr. Cheng is also available to discuss topics such as how Americans can keep themselves safe while working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic and a variety of cybersecurity related topics.

To schedule an interview with. Mr. Cheng, or to receive more information, please contact Gavin Smith, PC Matic Director of Communications, via e-mail at [email protected]

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These Are The States Most At Risk For Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks on are the rise. Data published earlier this month by Proofpoint found that ransomware demands have spiked by 320 percent over the last year. Payments are also on the rise as many victims find themselves in the unenviable and untenable position of being forced to pay simply to regain access to their essential systems. 

With more work going remote and more reliance on these systems than ever before, ransomware attacks are likely to continue to grow as a threat, but there is one factor that you may not have considered in terms of risk: geography. According to data published by PC Matic, some states are being hit by ransomware at an unexpectedly high rate.

Researchers at the antivirus software maker looked at hundreds of ransomware attacks that have hit corporations, small businesses, and government agencies over the last four years and determined which states have been hit hardest. They found that California was the worst hit, suffering a total of 44 significant ransomware attacks since 2016. Texas was the next hardest-hit, with 36 attacks within its border. Georgia, which famously saw two major municipalities get hit hard by ransomware — Atlanta in 2018 and Hall County in 2020 — saw the third-highest number of attacks with 24. Florida and New York rounded out the top five, both getting hit with 21 noteworthy attacks.

Many of these states, which are among the United States’ most populous and homes to significant corporate headquarters, make sense as primary targets of attackers. But on a per capita basis, other states have been harder hit. Montana, the second-worst hit by this metric, saw four major ransomware attacks over the last four years, all targeting school systems around the state. That is an outsized number of attacks given the state’s sparse population. Connecticut was the third-most affected on a per capita basis, suffering a total of 13 attacks in the last four years. The state most affected by ransomware on a per capita basis was Alaska, which suffered from four attacks total in the last four years.

There is a reason that attackers target states and municipalities that may seem small and less significant than hitting a multinational corporation or major metropolis: they are less likely to have the necessary technical support to protect themselves and will be more likely to pay if hit. Understaffed IT departments that are already stretched thin dealing with remote work or remote learning may simply choose to pay the price that attackers want to continue operation rather than try to restore from backups or wait out the attack. Big fish may mean a bigger return, but the small fish are easier to reel in.

Ransomware is likely to continue growing as a potential threat for businesses, governments, and even individuals as more people are using their own computers or phones to do work from home. It is something that IT departments and individuals alike will have to keep an eye out for and protect against, even if they are working and living in a place that feels like it is off the radar. Attackers know no borders, they just go where they think they can get money.

This article was authored by AJ Dellinger and originally published by Forbes. You may find the article in its entirety by clicking here.

PC Matic Releases New Television Advertisement featuring Multi-Platinum Entertainer Sara Evans

New ad set to debut featuring multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans; Script highlights importance of cybersecurity to families across America; Commercial set to air beginning this week

Myrtle Beach, SC – Today, American cybersecurity firm, PC Matic, released a new television commercial featuring multi-platinum entertainer Sara Evans.

The television commercial, titled “Why Sara Evans Chooses PC Matic,” is narrated by the following script:

> I’m Sara Evans, multi-platinum recording artist and a proud mother of three;

> PC Matic protects my family with patented antivirus software, designed to proactively stop ransomware;

> My kids love that PC Matic blocks annoying and malicious ads, for hassle-free web browsing;

> It’s important that PC Matic’s servers, research, development and support are all in the USA;

> The other antiviruses are made in foreign countries – some, where the ransomware originates;

> Most antivirus slows your computer. PC Matic makes our computers faster;

> PC Matic protects Windows computers, including XP, Vista, Windows 7, 8, and 10, Windows servers, Macs, Macbooks and Android phones and tablets;

> PC Matic is just $50 for 5 devices for 1 year, with a full 30-day money-back guarantee;

> To get patented, award-winning antivirus that’s made in America, go to pcmatic.com.

“Sara Evans is a mom and accomplished recording artist,” said Rob Cheng, CEO and Founder of PC Matic. “As such, she’s not only the perfect brand ambassador, but the perfect person to bring attention to this very important topic.”

Evans, the fifth most-played female artist in country radio for nearly the last two decades, was named a spokesperson for the cybersecurity brand on February 16, 2021. She has earned the Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade, as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards nominations.

For more information on PC Matic, visit PCMatic.com

For more information on Sara Evans, visit SaraEvans.com.

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About PC Matic: PC Matic was established in 1999 by its current CEO, Rob Cheng. The American company, with operations based across the United States, was established with the sole purpose of creating a better way to diagnose common computer problems. As cyber security threats began to evolve, PC Matic knew a new approach to thwart these attacks was critical.  This led to the creation of its award-winning security software in 2011.  Entirely developed, researched and supported in the United States, PC Matic features a globally automated whitelist technology, fileless malware detection, and RDP port protection from brute force attacks.  Together, these technologies provide the best security protection for endpoint devices around the globe.  For over 20 years, PC Matic has continued to evolve, making them an innovative provider of cloud-based performance and security solutions for homes, businesses of all sizes, and government agencies.

PC Matic Announces Multi-Platinum Entertainer Sara Evans as Brand Ambassador

Country music artist named brand ambassador for cybersecurity brand; Evans’ growing concerns of cybersecurity protection for family forged partnership; Entertainer will make debut as brand ambassador in new television commercial spot set to air the week of February 15, 2021

Myrtle Beach, SC – Today, PC Matic, announced it has named multi-platinum entertainer, Sara Evans, as a brand ambassador for its global cybersecurity brand.

Evans, the fifth most-played female artist in country radio for nearly the last two decades, has earned the Academy of Country Music Top Female vocalist accolade, as well as numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Country Music Association, CMT and Grammy Awards nominations. In addition to music, Mrs. Evans recently released her memoir, Born To Fly, named after her double-platinum album, which celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2020.

The collaboration between Evans and PC Matic emerged after Evans felt a growing concern for her family’s protection against cybersecurity threats. A recording artist and mom of three, Evans recently turned to PC Matic to secure her family’s devices from cyber threats.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Sara Evans,” said Rob Cheng, CEO and Founder of PC Matic. “Sara is a powerhouse in the music industry, and we couldn’t be more grateful for her willingness to use her platform to bring attention to the incredibly important issue of cybersecurity protection.” 

Evans is most known for her five number one singles including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In The Bucket, “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly,” and “A Little Bit Stronger,” which spent 2 weeks in the top spot and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.

“As a busy mom of three kids and being on the road most of the year doing shows, I don’t have time to worry about making sure my family is protected when they go online. I was honored when PC Matic approached me with the opportunity of working together and am so happy to help shine a light on the importance of staying safe when using the internet with the help of PC Matic’s patented cybersecurity platform”, Evans said.

Evans will make her debut as brand ambassador for the brand in a new television commercial which is set to air nationwide this week.

For more information on PC Matic, visit PCMatic.com

For more information on Sara Evans, visit SaraEvans.com.

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About PC Matic: PC Matic was established in 1999 by its current CEO, Rob Cheng. The American company, with operations based across the United States, was established with the sole purpose of creating a better way to diagnose common computer problems. As cyber security threats began to evolve, PC Matic knew a new approach to thwart these attacks was critical.  This led to the creation of its award-winning security software in 2011.  Entirely developed, researched and supported in the United States, PC Matic features a globally automated whitelist technology, fileless malware detection, and RDP port protection from brute force attacks.  Together, these technologies provide the best security protection for endpoint devices around the globe.  For over 20 years, PC Matic has continued to evolve, making them an innovative provider of cloud-based performance and security solutions for homes, businesses of all sizes, and government agencies.

PC Matic Launches New User Interface

Next generation interface released to home users; Interface delivers more dependable and accessible cybersecurity solutions; Product released worldwide

Myrtle Beach, SC – Today, American cybersecurity firm, PC Matic, announced and released PC Matic 4.0, a next generation user interface for its home cybersecurity solution. 

PC Matic 4.0 delivers a more dependable and accessible cybersecurity solution to users via an entirely refreshed user interface and a host of performance enhancements. Released worldwide to new and existing customers, PC Matic 4.0 features updates such as:

  • A larger and more expansive user interface
  • Updated maintenance statistics that make it easier for users to understand what PC Matic has done on their device (malware removed, vulnerabilities patched, drivers updated, etc.)
  • An easier to use and more conveniently placed scan feature
  • Simplified, one-click access to PC Matic’s customer support team
  • Enhanced navigation features which streamline the customer’s ability to utilize the product

“Our customers and their experience are our top priority,” said Rob Cheng, CEO and Founder of PC Matic. “These product enhancements, paired with our cutting-edge technology, are part of our ongoing commitment to best-serving and protecting our users from cyber threats that continue to evolve in complexity and frequency every day.”

More information on PC Matic 4.0 may be found at www.pcmatic.com.

PC Matic Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary of its Patented Globally Automated Whitelist Technology

Developed as alternative to legacy cybersecurity solutions; Continuously refined and modernized by a highly skilled team; Approach recommended by institutions such as the NSA and U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Myrtle Beach, SC – First launched in 2011, today, American cybersecurity firm, PC Matic, celebrates its patented globally automated whitelist technology, and the tenth anniversary of its release.

Created as an alternative to legacy cybersecurity software solutions, a team of developers at PC Matic, led by the company’s CEO and Founder, Rob Cheng, inverted the conventional methodology of blacklist-based solutions and designed the company’s patented globally automated whitelist technology. 

The cutting-edge technology, which is continuously refined by a team of meticulous malware researchers and software developers, is at the core of PC Matic’s suite of cybersecurity software solutions utilized by millions of users worldwide. The approach employs a whitelist of known, approved software applications, and only allows those programs to execute on a device. By doing so, the risk for an unknown malicious file running on a device is significantly reduced, if not eliminated entirely. 

“Cybersecurity threats grow in frequency and complexity every day,” said Rob Cheng, CEO and Founder of PC Matic. “As antiquated legacy solutions incessantly fail to protect users, cybersecurity solutions must evolve to thwart the risks posed by these threats. Via the use of our innovative and proactive approach to cybersecurity, users can rest assured that their sensitive information is safe and secure from these vicious criminals.”

The use of application whitelisting is recommended by a host of government agencies, in an attempt to mitigate the risk of cyber attacks.  These agencies include US-Cert, the NSA, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. 

To learn more about application whitelisting, click here.

To learn more about PC Matic, click here.

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About PC Matic:  PC Matic was established in 1999 by its current CEO, Rob Cheng. The American company, with operations based across the United States, was established with the sole purpose of creating a better way to diagnose common computer problems. As cyber security threats began to evolve, PC Matic knew a new approach to thwart these attacks was critical.  This led to the creation of its award-winning security software in 2011.  Entirely developed, researched and supported in the United States, PC Matic features a globally automated whitelist technology, fileless malware detection, and RDP port protection from brute force attacks.  Together, these technologies provide the best security protection for endpoint devices around the globe.  For over 20 years, PC Matic has continued to evolve, making them an innovative provider of cloud-based performance and security solutions for homes, businesses of all sizes, and government agencies.