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Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

With smartphones in almost every pocket, consumers don’t always wait for Cyber Monday to begin shopping on line for great holiday deals. In fact, last year over 103 million people shopped online between Thanksgiving and Sunday, and spent a record $8.03 billion online during that time period.

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Mobile Device Essentials

There’s no doubt about it – the Internet and mobile and cloud computing have made our lives easier and our businesses more productive, cost-effective and competitive. But make no mistake about it: the Internet is also a breeding ground for thieves and predators, not to mention an enormous distraction and liability if not used properly.


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Is YOUR Data REALLY Secure in the Cloud?

Are you thinking about moving all or parts of your computer network “to the cloud” but worried about who can access your data? You’re not alone – but many security experts, software companies and cloud service providers alike agree that cloud computing offers a MORE secure way to store data. In fact, the US government's cyber security adviser Howard Schmidt had said that cloud computing will enable businesses to catch up on security issues.

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Adding up the Value of Security

Data security in your field is paramount.  As a business owner you need to protect your assets and data as well as the personal and financial information of your clients.  Off the shelf routers are simply not robust enough to truly guard you against the proliferation of internet threats and intrusions.

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Making the Right Call on VoIP Telephony

Understanding the technologies and solutions that can streamline your business functions and save you money are time consuming tasks.  As your technology partner, our goal is to arm you with the information you need to best address the needs of your business.


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The Year in Review: Hot Tech Topics from 2015

We’ve seen a year of technology snafu's as hacking and cyber crimes have hit their stride.  More and more companies are understanding the value of having a robust management and monitoring program in place to catch cyber crime BEFORE it's too late.

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Like a bad penny, CryptoWall is back: CryptoWall 4 Update

Keeping our promise to keep YOU in the know, here is an update on the latest cyber threat we've seen resurface.  We urge you to review your current data back up strategies and consider a proactive approach to protecting your business from this and other cyber threats.

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Being Smart About Cyber Liability

Every day across the globe, breaches of information take place. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Personal Health Information (PHI) records are compromised by electronic and physical loss in companies across the United States.

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7 Critical Security Measures for Your Staff’s Mobile Phones

There’s no doubt about it – the Internet and mobile and cloud computing have made our lives easier and our businesses more productive, cost-effective and competitive. But without setting the rules straight, people in your organization can become casual and careless about their privacy and your business information.

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Summertime safety tips for kids surfing the net

Summertime is upon us and that means more free time for our kids. In a perfect world, our children would be active all day long, keeping busy with some form of physical and preferably outdoor activity.  But when the lazy days of summer arrive and we find our kids surfing the internet rather than surfing the ocean waves, it’s time for us to implement ‘safe surfing’! We’ve gathered some valuable tips and reminders to help you and your kids stay cool and out of the heat while traveling the World Wide Web:

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5 Tips to Know Before Moving Data to the Cloud

Cloud computing is all the rage these days, and while some companies are moving their whole IT infrastructure to the cloud, many others are choosing to streamline their businesses by moving individual business applications.

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Four Tips Every CEO Should Know About Data Back Up

The old saying “pack your own parachute” comes to mind when I think of data backups or, more specifically, data RECOVERY. Here’s the best tip I can give you, the absolute WORST time to check your parachute is on the way down.

The same goes for checking the robustness of your network and data back up where the absolute worse time to think about it, is AFTER a data disaster.

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An URGENT Warning for Businesses Running Microsoft Windows Server 2003

EXPIRATION NOTICE
If your organization is currently running either Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or Exchange 2003 on any servers in your office, you need to know about a dangerous security threat to your organization that must be addressed very soon. Please take a moment to read this important announcement.

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It is time to change how we think about network security.

Ending the year, much like it began, many companies in the wake of the latest and debilitating attack on Sony are re-evaluating what they consider “secure.” In reviewing the vulnerabilities that opened the door for hackers to deeply imbed themselves in Sony’s IT infrastructure, companies are beginning to realize the need to proactively invest more heavily in their cyber security and IT defense systems.

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: WARNING NEW VIRUS CRYPTOWALL

Virus Warning: CryptoWall
 
To our valued clients and colleagues:

We are seeing a nasty mutation of the CryptoLocker virus called CryptoWall.
 
This virus is a form of a Trojan horse and is considered “ransomware."  This means that the hacker will install malware onto your computer and will want to exact some type of payment from you in order to set your data free.  In this virus, your Word, Excel, PDF, Photo and other files can become encrypted or corrupt and despite the removal of the virus itself, the files may be virtually impossible to decode. In addition, anti-virus software does not typically "see" this as a threat since the virus behaves much like a user would.

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Our Nation’s economy relies on the success of small and medium-sized businesses. These types of businesses offer a wide range of services and in addition, they store significant amounts of sensitive data, ranging from their database and financial spreadsheets to intellectual property.  To protect this information, it is important to have a strategic approach to cyber security

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5 Easy Things You Should Do to Protect Your Business Systems Now

Let’s face it: no one likes to think about bad things happening to them, much less plan for them. But since September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, we want to give you a quick “brush-up” on some simple things you can (and should!) be doing to protect your business systems.

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Explorer Security Bug

The best thing to do in order to protect yourself against the Internet Explorer security bug is not to use the web browser at all. Even though it might take some time to get weaned from Internet Explorer to a different web browser like Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Opera, in the end – it will be worth the effort and time.

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Tech Support Scams are a Dime a Dozen-Be Cautious When the Help Desk Calls YOU!

Recently, an IT savvy colleague of mine e-mailed me to say that he had been contacted by a tech support company that seemed to have a lot of general personal information about him and wanted to notify him to help him with an “issue” his computer was having. They had an 800 number and a local 212 number – they were called Help Tec 24/7. He was skeptical, and rightfully had his doubts about what they wanted to truly “help” him with

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Don’t Always Rush to Open the Morning’s Mail

When you arrive at work, or when you jump on your computer, wherever that may be, take your time in opening your mail.  There are a wide variety of viruses that lurk behind the following subject lines so take head, and think before you open.

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