Month: December 2018

Are Bitcoin Bomb Threats A Serious Security Threat?

Users around the world have been receiving bitcoin extortion emails for a long time, one of the most notorious being a “sextortion” threat to show a computer-eye view of you watching adult videos to the world. The latest threat is more alarming: the sender claims to have a bomb planted at the recipient’s business. Financial institutions in New York began receiving bomb threat emails de...

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Have You Made Up Your Mind Regarding Your 2019 Technology Plan?

December 31st is Make Up Your Mind Day As New Year’s Eve approaches, it’s time to remember its other name: Make Up Your Mind Day. As the last day of the business year for most companies, it’s also a vital point for putting your plans for the next year into action. Unfortunately, creating a business technology strategy can be a complicated process for many IT professionals. Which way will you...

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Cyberthugs Have Made $4 Million So Far in Email Sextrotion

Not every internet scam needs sophisticated software to put into action. In fact, one of the most successful ones going on right now is incredibly simple in operation, while being quite sophisticated in its psychological tactics. It is the psychology of it that gets people to send the scammers money. The concept of the latest scam is simple. The scammers send emails to potential targets telling t...

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Is Your 2019 Business Technology Plan Completed?

The new year is already upon us, but it is not too late to put together a solid, sensible information technology plan for 2019. Strategic planning in all areas of operation—including technology—helps organizations budget for and efficiently manage day-to-day requirements while investing in long-term projects and solutions. As your business evolves, so will it’s IT requirements. Likewise, ...

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What Is the Difference Between Managed Services and Break/Fix IT Services?

Computer systems have a way of breaking at the worst possible time: in the middle of your business’s rush season, right before a long weekend or when your regular IT technicians are on vacation. When this happens, many organizations call a repair service, looking for an estimate on getting back to work as quickly as possible. While this can be an acceptable solution in the short-term, it can be...

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Critical Questions CEO’s Need To Ask When Evaluating Cyber Security Risks

The number of cyber attacks has continued to increase exponentially. In fact, the FBI reported that since January 1, 2016, the number of cyber attacks using ransomware has risen to more than 4,000 daily attacks. Evolving technology and an increasing dependence on digital communications have created higher risk factors for businesses of all sizes. To effectively evaluate their cybersecurity risks, ...

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Happy Wright Brothers Day – December 17

On December 17, 1903, Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first successful flight in a mechanically propelled airplane. To celebrate the accomplishment and commemorate the achievements of the brave brothers, December 17 became Wright Brothers Day by a 1959 Presidential Proclamation. Wright Brothers Day is now honored every year in the United States with festivities and activities. A Land of Innova...

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6.8M Facebook Users Hit By New Photo Bug

Facebook has just announced that a Photo API bug gave app developers access to user photos outside of the scope intended for 5.6 million users. This includes granting apps access to Facebook Stories, Marketplace photos, and photos that were uploaded but not shared. The bug was in effect from September 13th to September 25th. As of now, Facebook is working on releasing tools to allow app developer...

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Sextortion Scam Pretending To Come From Your Hacked Email Account

A recent sextortion scheme highlights the vulnerability users face when their data is stolen and used against them. The widespread threat made it seem as though a hacker had compromising video of a victim taken while visiting adult pornographic websites. The scammers threatened to release the video unless they were paid in bitcoins. Here’s a closer look at the threat and how to prevent such rus...

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Did You Know That Windows 7 Support Is Ending January 2020?

Are You Still Using Windows 7? Microsoft announced they are stopping mainstream support for Windows 7. Windows 7 is a popular operating system, so this creates concern for many. All support for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020. You won't get bug fixes or security patches unless you pay for up to three years of patches or switch to Microsoft-hosted virtual machines – (in this case yo...

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