Credit Card Thieves Move Online – Businesses Fight Back

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The increased adoption of chip cards has fraudsters moving online, but businesses are fighting back with improved online security. Security is one of the biggest concerns of our IT clients and for a good reason. The more the digital age advances, the more inventive criminals become. As one vulnerability is addressed, numerous others pop up. […]

How to Choose a Rock Star Quality Data Center

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There are a number of questions that colocation service providers must answer before your business signs up for their colo services. Colocation (colo) is a term used to describe a data center facility that lets a business rent space for servers and other computer system hardware. The data center provides colo partners with power, HVAC, […]

Weekly Tech Tip: Control physical access to computers and network components

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Prevent access or use of business computers by unauthorized individuals. Laptops can be particularly easy targets for theft or can be lost, so lock them up when unattended. Make sure a separate user account is created for each employee and require strong passwords. Administrative privileges should only be given to trusted IT staff and key […]

The Internet of Things: Friend or Foe at the Workplace?

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While increases in security and productivity are beneficial, using the IoT also provides for added risks from hackers prowling the internet. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the term used by those in the IT industry as a shorthand description for the ever-expanding network of gadgets, appliances, office equipment and more that have their own […]

Reliable Recoveries: How To Respond To A Cyber Attack

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An ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure, but no cyber security prevention strategy is foolproof. Small businesses must have plans for how to deal with successful attacks. To help entrepreneurs develop such plans, the National Institute of Standards and Technology recently consolidated its emergency response tips into a single document, the […]

New Twist to W2 Phishing Scams

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W2 scams evolving and result in bigger payoffs for criminals. The IRS renews warning to businesses about the scams. When taxes come due, cyber criminals are in full bloom, scamming businesses out of their W2 employee information. Starting in 2016, the scams became bolder and gullible companies sent thousands of dollars to criminals to pay […]

Ransomware is Dangerous, Even Police Departments are Not Immune

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Protecting police departments, and any other computer systems from ransomware require that the agencies practice good computer hygiene. Across the United States, police departments have been the victims of scammers using ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that results from a successful phishing scheme or as part of a download from a site that is […]

Technology Advances Can Revolutionize the Healthcare Industry

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With technological advances, the healthcare industry can provide better care to patients at a lower overall cost. Technological advances in the healthcare industry can revolutionize how patients are treated throughout the continuum of care. Technology companies such as Apple are certainly paying attention. Despite the significant changes in technological innovation, many healthcare facilities are still […]

What Your Business Should Know About the Ransomware Threat

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Ransomware presents a growing threat to business across industries and understanding how the risk could affect your firm is key to avoiding potentially devastating damage. Having emerged as a serious threat only in the past few years, ransomware and its associated risks remain generally less well-known than other malware, leaving many businesses vulnerable to ransomware […]

Weekly Tech Tip: Make backup copies of important business data and information

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Regularly backup the data on all computers. Critical data includes word processing documents, electronic spreadsheets, databases, financial files, human resources files, and accounts receivable/payable files. Backup data automatically if possible, or at least weekly, and store the copies either offsite or on the cloud.