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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

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. 


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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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 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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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.

1. Secure Your Data.

Making sure that your data is protected and available when you need it i...

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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. 

Chrome and Firefox are the two most popular alternatives to Internet Explorer and both allow you to import your IE browser history and bookmarks.

A...

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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.

Tech support scams are not new but they seem to be ...

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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.

Cryptolocker is a ransomeware Trojan, this means that the hacker will install malware onto your computer, and it’s time to pay up or lose all your files. It is disguised as a link attached to an email that seems pretty legitimate. However, when...

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Cyber criminals go from SPAM to SCAMS

It is time to add phone calls to the long list of things you need to be wary of when it comes to protecting your identity from cyber criminals.

It is important to know that Microsoft nor its partners make unsolicited phone calls to your home or business to charge you for security or software fixes.  These calls are a SCAM with the intent of gaining access to your computer, its contents and possibly to steal your identity!  

Here are some tips if you get an un...

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