Tech Insights From Your Chicagoland Technology Partners

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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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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Should Your Business Upgrade Your Website To WordPress 5.0?

WordPress 5.0 was just released to the public on December 6, 2018. According to WordPress’ blog, this new version of the go-to platform for small business websites and blogs will “revolutionize content editing with the introduction of a new block editor and block editor-compatible default theme Twenty Nineteen.” However, if you’re like most small business owners, you’ve been burned befo...

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Tech Tips: Top 10 Free Windows Applications

Sure, you can purchase Windows applications for a price. With some — like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop — it’s impossible to get around. But there are also many Windows applications out there that are 100% free. Some of them can even replace most of the features of your favorite paid programs (Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop included). Or, if you’re considering buying the paid...

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Happy National App Day: December 11th

Even though the word App is relatively new, it has become popular in everyday terminology as its uses have changed lives in the modern world. Almost all mobile phones are now smartphones, so even those individuals who were apprehensive about using new technology now use apps on a daily basis. That is why we now celebrate National App Day every year on December 11. What is an App? The word “App...

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