Patches are a critically important aspect of your technology. As a result, you need to be sure that yours are managed properly. Below are a few tips to optimize your patch management processes.
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Has your business’s network ever been breached? With 446 million records compromised in 2018 alone, businesses need to understand what threats they are currently under and the importance of prioritizing network security to keep hackers at bay. Let’s take a look at some of the largest data breaches that have happened just since the beginning of May.
For many of us, our work roles require us to access folders and files that are buried deep on a drive or network share. It can be tedious clicking through a dozen folders to find the one we’re looking for.
A client of ours recently emailed me asking for some help with this exact problem. She had my sympathy, because I’ve been there before too. You may already be thinking of an obscure folder you’d like easier access to yourself.
We’ve all caught the obvious spam email, like the message that is clearly bogus, or the offer that is definitely too good to be true.
We’re going to confidently assume none of our readers are getting tricked by Nigerian Princes or getting roped into order virility drugs from an unsolicited email. The real threat comes from the more clever phishing attacks. Let’s take a look.
Microsoft Office is the most common productivity suite in the world, and it’s for a good reason. One of the biggest reasons for this is that they routinely update the applications with great features. Office 2019 is one of the biggest improvements that Microsoft has made, and it features several apps that make the modern office work.
The Windows Taskbar is meant to assist the user in opening and managing the programs they need to accomplish their goals. Did you know that you can tweak the Taskbar to add to the utility it already has? For this week’s tip, we’ll go over a couple of the things you can do with the Taskbar - specifically, things that make navigating your computer a little easier.
Capital One is one of the largest credit card issuers in the world. On July 29th 2019, Capital One made an announcement confirming it is the victim of one of the largest data breaches in financial sector history, and a former software engineer for Amazon has been indicted on charges related to the hacking.
Windows 10 is the benchmark in PC operating systems. It offers users all types of great options from previous versions of Windows while integrating some of today's most dynamic technology to provide users with the very best in organization and ease-of-use. Today, we will talk about five very simple tips that will get you started getting the full function of Windows 10.
Microsoft Windows has been a staple of modern computing, with each title in the series offering more innovative features. When it comes time to retire one of their operating systems, it can be troublesome for businesses. This coming January, two of the most utilized versions of the Windows OS - Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - will be losing support, effectively ending their viability. Businesses that still use these will have to come up with a plan for how they are going to proceed once Microsoft retires that software.
Do you ever think of your business as too small of a target to matter to hackers? Some organizations actually do believe this, and that notion is effectively a trap. The thing that all businesses need to keep in mind is that all companies, regardless of which industry they fall into, have data that’s valuable to hackers.
In a perfect world, keeping your antivirus updated and having a good firewall in place would be enough to protect your business from cybersecurity threats.
Unfortunately, most attacks still come in through email and can slip by your users. Even the most complex cybersecurity platforms used by massive corporations and governments can be foiled by a simple phishing attack, and your end-users are your last line of defense.
In the past few years, the needs of a wireless network have evolved greatly. Early on, access to a wireless network at a school was a convenience that allowed a handful of mobile devices access to the internet. With the lack of mobile devices and the financial investment made on wired computer labs, the wireless network was far from mission critical. Today, other than sports stadiums and some hospitals, schools have the highest client density and some of the most demanding wireless needs of any user group. Schools now have a wireless device, typically a laptop or tablet, for every student and teacher in the district. The wireless network must also sometimes support a wide range of cell phones and other random devices such as printers, A/V equipment, and other devices of varying wireless capabilities. With the influx of wireless devices, the thought process in which a wireless network was designed also had to shift from providing coverage designs to engineering capacity designs.
Chances are, you’ve heard of “phishing” - a cybercriminal’s scam that steals data, access credentials, and other sensitive information by fooling a user into thinking they are providing this information to someone who is supposed to have access to it. However, there are a few different kinds of phishing, based on how it is carried out. Here, we’ll discuss the realities of spear phishing, and the risks it poses to your business.
It’s time to abandon Windows 7 for a safer option. Windows 7 is considered to be one of Microsoft's most successful operating systems. So much so that many organizations skipped upgrading to either of Microsoft’s newer operating systems - Windows 8 and Windows 10. You may be able to list many reasons why you want to stay with Windows 7, but it is time to start preparing to upgrade away from the OS as the end of life deadline is fast approaching.
While we all have a series of steps we generally follow each time we partner with someone to provide products or services, we often don’t document them or tell our clients (or prospective ones) what those steps are.
There is credibility in an established, consistent process that is consistently followed. It ensures that steps aren’t missed and that nothing falls through the cracks.
If you’re like most people nowadays, your mobile phone is currently well within your reach (and that’s assuming you aren’t reading this blog on it). The fact that most people keep their phone on them at all times has greatly contributed to these devices becoming a part of any given work-related process. One major way is the implementation of two-factor authentication, which we’ll discuss as a part of this week’s tip.
One of the biggest buzzwords in business these days is BYOD - Bring Your Own Device - and for good reason. There are plenty of operational benefits that an organization can enjoy by adopting a BYOD policy, but BYOD isn’t an inherently perfect solution, which means that businesses that leverage it need to do so mindfully.
Hi, my name is Ryan, and I’m a brain surgeon and here to work on your sink. Well, not really – wouldn’t that be odd? Or what would be even worse – a plumber claiming he can perform brain surgery! That’s a scenario in which I would have to politely decline. Oddly enough though, I see a similar story unfold rather frequently, even in the IT world.
Have you ever met with that sales professional that spent 30 minutes promising you the world, but never asked a single question about your business? It was all about how great they are, how great their company is, and how great their product is. Great for who exactly? They don’t know you, they don’t know your company, and more importantly they don’t know what you need. They haven’t given you the opportunity to speak up and tell them. So, I started this post off with introducing myself as a brain surgeon but, obviously, I’m not a doctor. I’ll start over…
A couple of months ago, I shared some content on LinkedIn. It was something that Gary Vaynerchuk had posted. I have been listening and reading his content off and on for the last 7 or so years. What happened next was really unexpected. Within a couple of minutes of sharing that post, I was sent an invitation to connect. I thought this was really exciting that someone I had been following for so long had wanted to personally connect. Next, he sent me a message via LinkedIn. I started down a conversation that was pretty involved and well played. Spoiler, it wasn’t Gary V.
Windows 10 is a remarkable tool. Having said this, it can sometimes seem to slow to a crawl… not the ideal situation when you’re trying to be productive. That’s why we’re devoting this week’s tip to speeding up Windows 10.