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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.

Upgrading your router to a firewall provides superior network protection and is an easy, cost effective way to safeguard your company while potentially saving you thousands of dollars in...

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For Accountants Only - A Data Security Debriefing

Exhausted, and exhilaration….that’s how our accountant clients’ say they feel after tax day.  What a ride!

Now, with the pressure of April 15th (or in this year’s case April 18th) behind you, we thought it would be a great time to remind you about the power and the added value of updating your security technology.

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...

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3 Critical Things You MUST Have In Place Now To Guarantee Your Business Could Be Back Up in The Event Of A Data-Erasing Disaster

Can’t afford to be down for days? Then take heed to these 3 easy (but critical!) steps to make sure you never have to experience extended downtime, data loss or corruption:

  1. Keep an on-site AND off-site copy of your data. You never want to rely solely on an on-site backup. If a fire, flood, natural disaster or burglary happens, you’re out of luck. Plus, it’s smart to have a backup of your backup – especially when it comes to your businesses data!

  2. Throw your old tape-drive...

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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.

Just in time for the holidays, the latest version of CryptoWall has begun circulating the net.

This version has new features including a redesigned ransom note, new filenames and now encrypts a file's name in addition to...

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A word is a word is a word, unless...it is your password. Tips for creating strong ones.

Hacking is rampant but why make things easy?  Strong passwords are one way you can protect your data.

Accounts such as AOL, Facebook, Yahoo, and others like this are constantly under cyber attack as cyber criminals and hackers try to back their way into your accounts to gain access to your data. The reason it is so widespread is because these systems are widely used and well known to you, to me and to hackers. 

To better defend against an attempted hack, you can simply create a stronger...

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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.

What continues to surprise me is how many companies don’t properly pack their parachute and systemati...

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An URGENT Warning for Businesses Running Microsoft Windows Server 2003


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. 

As your local Microsoft Partner, we are aggressively reaching out to all local businesses that use Server 2003 to alert you to this serious secu...

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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.

Like Sony executives have recently discovered, it is painfully apparent that virus...

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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 bec...

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

What Businesses Need to Know About Cyber Safety

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.  When choosing and using your technology ...

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