MSP Road Trip: Orlando, Florida

Export to PDF | Export to DOC MSP Road Trip: Orlando, Florida Find out about everyday life for MSPs across the nation   Scharon Harding and Jessica Meek 01 December 2016 Welcome to MSP Road Trip! With chillier weather creeping onto much of the U.S., we figured it was a good time to pay a visit to sunny Orlando, Florida.   Related articles MSP Road Trip: Morristown, New Jersey MSP Road Trip: Orlando, Florida MSP Road Trip: Baltimore, Maryland MSP Road Trip: Orange County, California But good weather isn’t the only reason to visit Orlando. As Clinton Pownall, president and CEO at...

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Is Your Business Secure?

Export to PDF | Export to DOCThe recent string of security breaches has allowed hackers to gain unprecedented access to your personal information, your healthcare records, and your credit card numbers.  In the aftermath of each security breach it was determined the companies hacked were fully prepared and well protected when it comes to technology defenses.  However, investing in only technology is no longer enough. Often it is misperceived just using technology to protect your network is all that is required.  Hackers have resorted to age-old techniques involving social engineering,...

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How to Use a USB Thumb Drive as Memory for Windows & Linux

Export to PDF | Export to DOCComputers have 2 methods for storage:  A Hard disk and Memory or RAM.  Hard disks are cheaper to store huge amounts of data and are slow compared to memory.  Memory is more expensive and is the fastest method to access the small pieces of data programs and applications use. Computers transfers data from the hard drive into memory when a program starts.  If the program tries to  run using the hard drive it would be extremely slow. Memory hungry processes and Running multiple applications can also slow down a computer because their is not enough memory.  The pieces...

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Password Managers Can Add a Layer of Security

Export to PDF | Export to DOCStaying safe on the Internet requires diligence, common sense, and constant monitoring. Changing your passwords on a regular basis is one of the easiest ways to keep your data secure from prying eyes and would-be hackers. Computer Business Consultants CEO Clinton Pownall recommends changing passwords monthly, but some people feel it’s a challenge first to remember to do so, and then to remember all their new passwords. A Password Manager can simplify the process, by only requiring you to remember and change a single password. Reviews of some of the most...

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Safe Shopping on Cyber Monday

Export to PDF | Export to DOCCyber Monday has come to rival Black Friday in volume and dollars. Unfortunately, scammers see this busy day as a golden  opportunity to trick unsuspecting consumers with fake websites  and scams designed to separate you from your money. The best  way to stay safe is to only shop sites you know and trust; following these tips can also help you avoid an online shopping disaster. Don’t Click on E-Mail Links Following links from phony e-mails is one of the oldest methods for perpetrating an online scam. Imposters have gotten very good at making their emails...

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Ransomware – New malware locks your files forever, unless you pay ransom

Export to PDF | Export to DOC             U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team issues alert about CryptoLocker  CryptoLocker, a new a malicious software known as Ransomware is infecting computers around the world – encrypting important files and demanding a ransom to unlock them.   According to Sophos, the worldwide digital security company, the Malware has been active for the past several weeks. “It systematically hunts down every one of your personal files – documents, databases, spreadsheets, photos, videos and music collections – and encrypts them with military-grade encryption...

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Export to PDF | Export to DOCSpam, Phishing, Hacking, Viruses, Malware, Bots, … it’s enough to give you nightmares! The good news is, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk of becoming a victim. Never reveal personal or financial information in an e-mail Make passwords long and strong Never click on a link unless it’s from a trusted source Keep a clean machine: We can update your browser, anti-virus software and operating system as your first line of defense Protect all devices, especially if they are networked. Smartphones, tablets, gaming systems, and any...

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“Safe Surfing” Starts With Your Browser

Export to PDF | Export to DOC Along with using a trusted antivirus and firewall software package, the browser you choose to search and surf the Web can significantly impact online security. To protect yourself and your business against hackers, choose a web browser that offers the best security features. No one browser can offer 100 percent protection all of the time, but some are more robust than others when it comes to minimizing security risks. Based on research conducted by Entrepreneur Magazine, CNet and PCMagazine, these three consistently got the highest marks for delivering a safer...

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Say Good-bye to Windows XP

Export to PDF | Export to DOC There seems to be some confusion regarding Microsoft’s announcement that, effective April 8, 2014,  it will suspend support for Windows XP, in spite of the fact it is one of the most popular operating systems in the history of the PC. This also means a simultaneous end to support for Office 2003, another popular workhorse still in widespread use. Some people aren’t sure exactly what this news means, or how it will affect them. The good news is that your system won’t suddenly crash on April 9th. It will actually continue to function just fine,...

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Connect Remote Workers With Cloud Computing

Export to PDF | Export to DOCGiving employees the ability to work remotely is becoming an ever more popular way to keep workers happy and productive. The beauty of cloud computing lies in the easy access to your data using any Internet-connected device. And with the right tools, it’s also easy to keep remote workers up-to-speed and feeling actively engaged with managers and co-workers. Cloud based file storage and phone systems provide seamless access and communication for off-site employees. You can take it a step further by hosting cloud-based meetings using video enabled devices....

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