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October is Cyber Security Month – Protect Your Personal Networks & Devices at Home

With all of the news about hacking, you would think people would be more worried about their own personal electronic devices being hacked. But, most of us don’t think what we have is important enough for someone to hack. It is important to consider securing your own devices, because while you might not have national security issues on your computer, you do have important passwords and identity information that is stored. Businesses are already on the lookout for cyber attacks, and work to protect proprietary information. Shouldn’t you do the same for your home? Continue Reading

How Can Non-Tech Companies Continue to Thrive in a Tech-Oriented World?

When the 90’s ushered us into the digital age, cutting-edge businesses began making websites and building their digital presence. However, only in the last ten years has it become absolutely necessary for every business, no matter how non-tech, to be fully ‘digitally transformed’. What this means is that your business needs a well-made website, an interactive mobile app, online customer service, and a suite of software that supports your industry functions. Even if you are a small brick-and-mortar business with a local-only customer base, society has changed. Foot traffic and street signs are no longer the primary way people choose a business and phone lines aren’t even the leading form of customer contact anymore. Instead, your customers are using search engines and mobile apps to find the venues and services they want, they check online reviews, they investigate a business’s website, and they might even reach out through live chat, text, or email before making their decision. Continue Reading

Whaling and Spearfishing: Targeting the Top People

Most phishing email goes after mass targets. It’s not particularly well-crafted, but the senders expect that if they hit enough mailboxes, some victims will open the attachment or visit the malicious website. A growing portion, though, targets specific companies or individuals with carefully crafted messages. It’s called spearphishing. When it’s aimed at high-profile individuals or large assets, it’s also called whaling — going after really big fish. (All right, a whale isn’t really a fish.) Continue Reading

The Files Every Business Should Be Encrypting Part 2

Welcome back to the second half of our two-part series on when and why your business should be using encryption. If you joined us last time, you’ve probably started to realize just how useful encryption is and that it can be applied to anything you’d like to keep safe from hackers, whether or not they make it past your firewall. In the first half, we covered encrypting client payment data at every stage and began to talk about the risk of identity theft if hackers get ahold of either client or employee personal information. Let’s pick back up where we left off at storing personal information once you’ve collected it. Continue Reading

The Files Every Business Should Be Encrypting and Why (Part 1)

Every modern company with a few computers and a business network are aware of the dangers of hackers and security breaches. When a hacker gets their grubby fingers on private information stored by your company, they can do a lot of damage. Customer information can be used for payment scams or identity theft while sensitive business information can be used against you on the market or leaked to your competitors to great detriment. Every business strives to keep their security systems as close to the cutting-edge and maximum protection as possible but, let’s face it, every now and then someone gets hacked. Whether it was a failure on their part or a particular moment of inspiration from the hacker, when your network has been breached, you absolutely must have a backup plan. Continue Reading

How to Know if Your Data was Compromised on Facebook

The massive data breach at Facebook has been a hot topic in the news lately, and you may be wondering if your data was affected and if your personal information is secure online. The data breach, which happened when the political research firm Cambridge Analytica obtained the data of 87 million users, affected people around the globe. If your privacy and security is important to you, read on to learn more about how you can tell if your data was compromised, and what you can do to prevent future risks. Continue Reading

Google to Block Third-Party Software on Chrome

If you have trouble with Google’s Chrome browser crashing when you are using it, you are not alone. Windows users have been complaining of this issue for a while and Google’s tech team has decided how to handle the problem. In most cases, Windows users have other programs running while running Chrome, such as antivirus and accessibility software. Unfortunately, these programs inject code into your Chrome web browser, causing it to crash. Google states that Windows Chrome users have 15 percent more crashes than other users. Continue Reading

  • 01/09/2018
  • IT

Screen Time: The Glowing Enemy or a Useful Tool?

We’ve all been to the pediatrician’s office and heard the question, “How many hours of screen time does your child get?” We’ve heard the research, so some of us may lie and subtract an hour (or two) from the real answer. As parents, we’ve been told that too much screen time is bad for our children. Experts say it can lead to diminished personal relationships, obesity, and can even affect your child’s brain.  So we feel guilty if we turn on the television to get a few extra minutes to finish cooking dinner or hand our screaming three year old the phone so he will stop crying. But is there really a basis for the claims that screen time harms our children? Continue Reading

What Happens if Your Network is Infected with Ransomware

There are a lot of different kinds of malware out there and most of it is relatively harmless. There are the adware types that cause a bunch of unwanted advertisements to pop up on your screen infection occurs, botnets that use some of your resources to send spam emails or contribute to DDOS-ing a targeted website, and the ‘fake tech support’ that, hilariously enough, informs you that your computer has been infected with malware. However, it’s been a long time since malware was a laughing matter. Over time, hackers realized they could make money by stealing credit card numbers banking login information and it occurred to some bright cyber-criminal that they could simply and openly extort their victims. Thus the birth of ransomware. Continue Reading

Updated to the New Apple iOS? Here are 10 Changes You Need to Know

Apple released iOS 11, its newest version of the mobile operating system powering iPhones and iPads last month. And as is the case every time such a major update happens, countless Apple device users users are facing a decision on whether or not to download it, not knowing what to expect.

The newest iteration has some potentially major changes in stock, depending on how you use your mobile device. So whether you’re already completed the update or are still considering it, here are 10 features that are new to iOS 11 for your consideration. Continue Reading

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