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IT Disaster

Is Your Business Prepared For an IT Disaster?

IT disaster recover planOver the years you’ve likely heard about the big companies which have infamously been hacked and breached. The attackers obtaining sensitive personal information and business information from those breaches. You likely haven’t heard much news about small businesses suffering from these types of attacks however. That doesn’t mean it can’t happen to small businesses, simply that those attacks don’t get picked up and spread by large news outlets. Is your business prepared for an IT disaster? Many small business owners don’t understand how significant a cyber attack can affect their business until it happens. If an unexpected unfortunate event does occur, you need to have a disaster recovery plan. Here are steps to start and implement your IT disaster recovery plan.

My Computer is Running Slow, What Can I do?

If your computer is running slow it may be time for a little cleanup to help improve your computers performance.  Below are some common reasons your computer is running slow and measures you can take to improve it’s speed.

  1. Your Hard drive is 95% Full – When your hard drive gets to 95 percent, computers can slow down, a lot! Programs, updates, downloads, and temporary files are some of the many things that take space on your drive. Sometimes emptying your recycle bin may be the fastest and easiest solution to recover space. Deep clean your computer of unnecessary files and programs and consider moving files to a cloud storage service.

How to Spot Phishing Emails

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When viewing your work or personal emails on any device, computer, laptop, and mobile phone can all become vulnerable to a phishing attack. Many people believe they can outsmart and identify a phishing email. Phishing emails are constructed with one goal in mind – information theft. Taking extra precautions in order to not fall as a victim of phishing emails will prevent a cyber attack (IT disaster). Below are 5 ways how to spot phishing emails.

Phishing scam threatens Apple users

Apple users should be on the lookout.

The  European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25th. And scammers are taking advantage of the confusion as to what this means for end users. In this case, the phish bait is the claim that Apple is proactively preparing to better protect your data.

This phishing scam threatens Apple users with account suspension.

The attackers’ goal is for users to fall for this sophisticated tactic which redirects users to an “account rescue site”. This website of course is used to extract credentials and other personal financial information. The phishing website although fake, is a legitimate-looking Apple site. According to KnowBe4, it presents itself as a place where users can rescue their account from being “restricted.”

Equifax Hack

 

About 143 million American consumers were affected by the recent Equifax data breach. The breach was announced last Friday.  It was reported that hackers accessed consumers personal information between May and July 2017.  Data accessed included social security numbers. credit card numbers, and in some cases driver license numbers.  That means your information may now be in the hands of criminals.  If you have a credit report you need to take action to protect your information from being misused. Here are four things you can do to stay protected: 

Tips for choosing a Managed Service Provider

 

The use of advanced technologies around the world has changed our entire way of living.  Managed IT Services and Technical Support for any business has become a necessity to keep the business running effectively.

Managed Service Providers (MSP) design a custom plan to help a business operate more efficiently and sustain business operations at all times. Without Managed IT Services or Technical Support, your company may face losses, frustrations, major fines or even lose valuable customers.  In order to prevent such problems, it is wise for all business owners to consider Managed IT Service providers to support their business network.  While there are plenty of companies offering Managed IT Services and Technical Support, not all may meet the needs of your organization.  Look around and go with the provider that best meets your company needs. Here are a few tips for choosing the right Managed IT Service provider:  

Ways to improve Patient data security

Healthcare organizations need effective cyber security measures.

No matter the size of your company, your data could be compromised at any time.  It is crucial for providers to protect and safeguard patient data from any threat.  It seems like almost every day, the media reports on a new cyber attack on a healthcare organization.  Yet, many physician practices still don’t safeguard patient data properly. Here are some steps that experts say can help practices protect patient information and their businesses from cyber security threats: 

Greenway Health Ransomware Attack

Greenway Health, electronic health records and practice management software vendor may be the latest victim of ransomware attack.

Greenway technicians discovered the breach after identifying activity that pointed to ransomware attack.  After confirming their suspicions, the company immediately deployed action teams.  They also brought in outside help as rapid response team under contract.  The attack affected 400 client organizations who use the company’s Intergy cloud-hosted platform.  Greg Schulenberg, Greenway Health’s COO said the affected clients have had their EHR’s restored.  To inform people of the incident,

Android Security 2016 Year in Review

When it comes to getting apps on your phone both Apple and Google have a large selection to choose from. Many apps over the year have been built cross platform, meaning they are available for both ecosystems. The difference comes in how the apps are made accessible to you, Google makes is fairly easy to install apps that are not on the play store while the same can’t be said of Apple. Apple also reviews every app before putting it into the app store while Google traditionally did not.

Due to these differences its generally been easier to get dangerous apps on a Google device than Apple. Google is changing that however, Google shared the third annual Android Security Year In Review.  A work by Google to protect more than 1.4 billion Android users.  In 2016, Google worked on improving their abilities to stop dangerous apps.

WhatsApp , Telegram Accounts vulnerable to Hackers

Hackers WhatsApp, a popular messaging platform which as of this writing claims to have over 1 billion downloads and Telegram another popular messaging app with over 2 million users may have a vulnerab...

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