Windows 10 Finally Creates a Solution for Ransomware

Windows recently revealed that their latest version of Widows 10 is immune to ransomware. They also made updates to earlier versions of their OS to protect them. When the WannaCry Ransomware hit a while back, Microsoft took an unusual step of patching all its old operating system. Even the ones it had stopped supporting for various reasons. This step was taken as a way to limit any potential impact that the ra

Cyber Security is Front and Center As Connected Cars Become More Commonplace

With more vehicles with connected features on the roads every day, cyber security has never been more important to drivers. Learn how to protect your connected car from hackers and other criminals in the digital age.   It’s no secret that cars are becoming smarter. In fact, by 2025, more than 250 million cars with connected features will travel roads all across the globe. As technology continues to improve

Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based work hub destined to change the way you communicate with team members. Follow these tips and tricks to make the most of your Office 365 experience. The goal of Office 365 developers is not only to make better productivity applications, but they also want to allow for a more collaborative experience among users. To achieve this goal, they have developed a new application for thei

From Telegraphs to USENET and How to Protect Yourself from Spam

When someone thinks of spam they typically think of unsolicited bulk commercial email they receive in their inbox. However, the concept of spam started a little earlier than you might think. How far back? How does 1864 sound? Spam in 1864 you say? Yes, in the form of a telegraph, advertising a local dentistry actually. The Telegraph was so much news that the local paper even reprinted the telegraph that was sen

Wisdom Wednesday: Taking and Printing Screenshots on Windows 10

Need a fast Windows screenshot? We’ll show you how to do it! Do you need to take a quick Windows screenshot for work or fun, but can’t figure out how to do it? Don’t worry: Our guide will show you just how it’s done. Copy the Screen for Posts Traditionally, the “Print Screen” option is the quickest way to take an easy screenshot that you can use later on as desired. The only problem here is that th

Celebrate Candy Month by Sweetening the Deal for Customers Through Advanced IT Services

Give your customers something sweet – and update your IT services! Since June is the official National Candy Month, we are going to spend some time talking about sweet things – and we’re going to start by talking about how to sweeten the buying experiences for your customers via IT services. Many companies assume – understandably – that IT services are mostly a background/backroom consideration, some

Memorial Day – Reflecting On Sacrifice

Memorial Day has been observed on the final Monday in May each year since 1971, but this occasion traces its roots back much farther in our country’s history. Originally known as Decoration Day, this day was first established during the Civil War in 1862 and was marked by loved ones decorating the graves of those who gave their lives serving in the Confederate Army. After the war, in 1868, the veterans of the

Cloud Computing: Great at Horse Races – and Streamlining Your Company

Cloud computing makes big news in the races – and gives us a chance to talk about the benefits of data solutions! There’s an old saying we just made up that says, “When a trend finally wins a horse race, you know it’s here for the long haul.” We’re specifically talking about the big news that, after a break that involved skipping the Kentucky Derby, the racehorse by the name of Cloud Computing rack

What Age Should You Buy Your Child a Smartphone?

The right age to buy a smartphone is a tough decision for parents. Most experts suggest middle school age children are more likely to handle the responsibility of owning a mobile device.   There’s little doubt over the appeal tech has for children. Each holiday, most kids are likely to fill their wish lists with the latest video games, tablets, and mobile devices. As more of their peers start showing off th

I Want Highly Informative Excel Spreadsheets

If you are giving a presentation and part of it involves a shared display or handouts of a spreadsheet what can you do to keep the group awake? Let’s face it, Microsoft Excel is an excellent tool for organizing and manipulating statistical data, but when sharing your spreadsheet with others, your spreadsheet has to be interesting and informative. How Do I Get More Information into an Excel Spreadsheet? Befor

Benefits of Office 365’s Email Archiving Features

Outlook’s new feature allows you to hold onto deleted emails longer than ever. By setting a later purge date, you can hold onto important communications without cluttering your email folders.   Most people have likely suffered the heartache of deleting an important email. You search and search again through your inbox and the communication is nowhere to be found. Although some providers archive emails autom

Are you prepared to face WannaCry Ransomware 2.0?

WannaCry Ransomware has hit thousands of businesses, government institutions, and private citizens worldwide. It’s been all over the news. And as you have probably heard, it’s only getting worse. WannaCry version #1 was destructive for those affected by the ransomware causing downtime, disruption, lost revenue, and in the case of the National Health Service hospitals in the UK – putting lives at risk. Bu

Wisdom Wednesday: Master Snapchat In Your Business

When it comes to social media marketing, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are no longer enough. Get an edge over your competition by mastering Snapchat now! Since all but taking over online communication, social media has become a viable business tool as well. Social media is easy and affordable to use, and it allows access to vast numbers of potential new customers. While Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube

SharePoint and OneDrive: How to Use Your Cloud Services in Harmony

Learn how to use Microsoft’s SharePoint and Onedrive services in combination for your personal and business data. OneDrive and SharePoint and two Microsoft tools frequently used by companies investing in cloud data and collaboration. When looking at these services, many businesses have similar questions: Are both tools needed? What’s the difference? Let’s look at the specific tools and how they are used.

Wisdom Wednesday: The Hidden Costs Of Malware

Ransomware is malware that either freezes your computer or locks it so you cannot access data and programs that your company normally uses. The criminal that is holding your system hostage, demands a ransom that is usually paid in Bitcoin. Imagine opening your business one morning, turning your computer on and reading a message that says something like: Attention – Your System is Locked. If you want your dat

How Nonprofits Can Utilize Social Media

Nonprofit organizations need to make smart use of social media channels to effectively engage with their current support base and find new donors and volunteers who are passionate about their cause. Learn how your organization can utilize social channels and why they are so important for nonprofits today.   The new nonprofit needs a digital marketing strategy to show the world that they are making an impact.

Flashback Friday: Still Using 1995 Internet Technologies

The internet has changed over the years, but people remain the same. See what’s different, what’s similar and how the past can define the future. There’s a famous clip from The Today Show in 1994 where the hosts try to figure out what the internet is. Millennials watch it and giggle as the stars puzzle over seemingly simple concepts like email and web pages. The hosts weren’t silly or stupid, they were

How AI Solutions Are the Future of Data Security

AI is improving the security industry in many ways: Here’s why it’s so important! AI programs can shift massive amounts of data, look for particular issues or warning signs, and even teach themselves more about data attacks. It makes sense that the information security industry would be interested in using AI to help prevent breaches and solve problems: The result is a new wave of AI-fueled solutio

Wisdom Wednesday: 4 Features to Send Your Business Website to the Top of Google’s Rankings

Because Google always changes the algorithm that it uses to determine search engine rankings, your business’ website needs to stay on top of the current key features that can help move it to the top of Google’s search results. Many companies approach search engine optimization as a one-time challenge; once you have set up your company’s website with an eye to maximizing your Google search ran

Ransomware Attacks in a Healthcare Setting

Ransomware is currently the top malware threat facing healthcare IT settings. When it comes to defending against it, prevention is the key. In March 2017, a Wisconsin-based urology group discovered it was the victim of a ransomware attack. Fortunately, they were able to hire an international IT company that was able to remove the infection and restore the group’s computer systems. Unfortunately, it&rsquo

20 Years of Viruses, Bugs and Computer Scams

There are viruses that can be implanted on a computer in 2017, and lie in wait until a network becomes vulnerable before attacking. Unfortunately, viruses have come a long way from 20 years ago. The term virus was coined early on in computer history, but it’s every bit as relevant today as it was then. Just like biological viruses adapt to Purell and antibiotics, so too have viruses learned to adapt to n

7 Key Steps When a Company Device is Compromised

Here’s what to do with a device with valuable business data goes missing or is stolen. What happens when an employee at your company reports that a device they were using is missing or stolen? That lost device may have sensitive business data on it – today’s mobile devices are often stolen by thieves and sold to hackers for just this reason. Companies need a strict plan to deal with these sit

Wisdom Wednesday: How to Avoid Computer System Infection

Criminals want your company’s financial data, customer lists including credit card information, intellectual property, and anything else they can sell. Cyber crime is a huge endeavor with severe consequences for organizations that are victimized. Criminals want your company’s financial data, customer lists including credit card information, intellectual property, and anything else they can sell. Be

The Worst Password Mistakes that Compromise Security

Broadcasting your password on national television may be the easiest way to invite hackers, but common password mistakes make it almost as easy for your data security to be compromised. Password safety may not be one of the most interesting topics in the realm of cybersecurity, but having a strong password is one of the easiest ways to protect your business’ data integrity. The importance of a robust pass

The New Outlook for Mac Update Is Great for Businesses: Here’s Why

Outlook for Mac now works with beloved apps like Google Calendar and Contacts: Take a look at the details! Outlook for Mac began with a simple goal: Provide Outlook services for Mac users with a new app. Many users are familiar with Outlook or prefer using Outlook services for business along with other Microsoft apps, while also preferring to use a MacOS or iOS platform. Outlook for Mac allows people to have it

The Challenges and Opportunities for HR Departments in the Digital Transformation

A recent study by Deloitte found that most HR departments are significantly behind the curve in adopting and adapting to new technology, but these challenges present opportunities for HR departments to improve their effectiveness in the digital age.   As companies of all types and sizes continue on the path of their digital transformation journey, many will find that individual departments seem bette

5 Surprisingly Effective Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Computer

Spring clean your computer with this full checklist! Spring is the perfect time to clean out your computer – and we’re talking about both outside and inside! If you can’t remember last time you really cleaned your computer and other electronic devices, then schedule a space to really spend some time cleaning off the dirt, dust, and unwanted files or data. Not sure where to begin? We’ve

How the FCC’s New Stance on Privacy Safeguards Will Affect Small Businesses

As the new FCC Chairman rapidly reverses the commission’s stance on privacy protection and cyber security, small businesses are faced with the need to tighten their own security protocols to protect their sensitive data.   Many business owners assume that the Federal Communications Commission has a set of stringent rules designed to regulate the actions of internet service providers and help protect

Wisdom Wednesday: The Importance of Training Your Employees to Spot Spoofed Emails

The number of security issues and malware risks that your company must contend with continues to grow every year, but one of the most potentially devastating threats that your business faces is surprisingly low-tech in nature. Spoofed emails don’t rely on complex ransomware or sophisticated keystroke loggers. Instead, your company’s bank account and sensitive information are at risk simply by your e

Home Depot to Pay Out $25 million

Home Depot has agreed to pay another $25 million, raising the cost of a security breach to $179 million and rising as the company finishes the process. In 2014, Home Depot suffered a massive security breach, which affected more than 50 million customers. Personal information of each customer was exposed, and the hackers were able to gather information that could be used to steal identities of shoppers who used

Are You Ready for a Cyber Attack?

Cyber attacks are going to happen and your response plan will directly affect your overall security and gravity of the assault itself. In today’s digital world, it’s not a question of if a cyber attack is going to occur, but when the attack is going to happen. All businesses must assume that their network will be hacked at some point, and developing a robust response plan is the best way to decreas

Weak Cybersecurity Costs Home Depot $179 Million

A security breach at Home Depot has left 50 million customers exposed to cyber criminals. Everyone is at risk of cybercrime and deserves adequate protection. After weaknesses in Home Depot’s cyber security in 2014 exposed over 50 million customer’s personal information to criminals, the retailer has been forced to pay around $179 million in damages in several settlements. The financial loss to Home

Wisdom Wednesday: Sifting Through Spam: Understanding The Dangers Of Junk Mail

Every day, businesses and individuals send over 205 billion emails all over the world. Though many of these messages contain valuable information, a significant portion of them are spam. Receiving or sending spam exposes your business to a variety of risks, including: Ruined Reputations Many firms are unaware that their email accounts have been compromised, sending spam to current and future clients and partne

Twitter Tactics: 6 Tips To Attract Followers For Your Firm

Through efficient use of hashtags, networks, and other Twitter features, you can use tweets to bring valuable attention to your brand Brevity isn’t just the soul of wit; it’s also the heart of an effective tweet! Though many firms are loathed to use Twitter because of its strict character limits, those limits are what makes the platform so useful. By constraining the length of your posts, Twitter

5 Ways Clipboard Email Creator Can Organize Your Information

Clipboard creator works in Microsoft applications to give you an easier way organize the information you’ve copied and pasted, but it can also be used to clean up and straighten out your Inbox too. When you think about all the information that you receive on a daily basis, it can be overwhelming for anyone to organize. Sensitive data comes in from emails, company meetings, tasks, and through company webs

6 Keyboard Shortcuts You Have to Learn Today

Keyboard shortcuts can help you feel more efficient by shaving off a few seconds on everyday computer tasks, but the sheer amount can be overwhelming to users. Master these 6 and go from there.   Have you ever found it easier to hit control + C instead of right clicking and selecting Copy? If so, you know how helpful keyboard shortcuts can be. Mouse pads can be jumpy and touchscreens can be imprecise, but

Weekly Tech Tip: Create a mobile device action plan

Mobile devices can create significant security and management challenges, especially if they hold confidential information or can access the corporate network. Require users to password protect their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps to prevent criminals from stealing information while the phone is on public networks. Be sure to set reporting procedures for lost or stolen equipment.

5 Outlook Shortcuts to Streamline Your Emails, Schedule and Tasks

Outlook shortcuts don’t require you to memorize a thousand commands. By mastering a few key shortcuts, you can save several minutes to get more done at work. Most office workers are used to the quirks of Microsoft Outlook, but many may not know just how much it can do (and just how quickly it can do it.) While many of the things about Outlook are intuitive, shortcuts can keep your focus at the moment ins

Why You’re Losing Money If You Don’t Have Office 365

Microsoft Office 365 is a trusted solution for businesses of all sizes, but some professionals are hesitant to relinquish their data. See why security isn’t the problem when it comes to hosting your own exchange server.   Microsoft has dominated office software for years, making it a measured way to keep communication going and ensure tasks are completed. Office 365 offers a host of benefits over tra

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

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 personnel.

Jeff Sorick Heating & Cooling relies on Jackson Computer Consulting for exceptional and responsive service.

Jeff Sorick Heating & Cooling was looking for a professional IT company to manage their computer systems and decided to partner with Jackson Computer Consulting. JCC helped them update their hardware and software and continues to provide them with exemplary managed support. Jeff Sorick Heating & Cooling offers heating, ventilation and cooling installation and repair services in West Elizabeth, PA and

Why Making Your Employees Part of the Cybersecurity Process is Critical

Your company’s employees can form an important first line of defense against many security risks and cybercriminal attacks. When many businesses decide to get serious about cybersecurity, they focus on technology-based solutions to counter emerging threats to data security and critical systems. Such tools are essential to making your business as secure as possible, but they overlook an important first li

Premium Passwords: Your Guide To Keeping Your Accounts Safe

Crafting useful passwords requires the use of obscure topics, characters in place of numbers, constant variation, and other tactics Cybersecurity is so often described as an automated process that we forget the human element. Even the most sophisticated security program is only as effective as human users allow it to be. One of the most important things we can do, or fail to do, to protect our computers is to

Wisdom Wednesday: Twelve Shortcuts Saving Maximum Time Using Microsoft Outlook

The latest version of Microsoft Outlook is designed to be a personal information manager, not just email. Learn the shortcut tricks and a user can become a power communicator very quickly.   While many wish there might be another choice, it is unlikely that Microsoft Outlook as a user interface is going to go away anytime soon in the workplace. In this regard, those who see the long perspective focus far

House IT Staff Investigated for Unauthorized Access

Five IT staff members used their access to the House of Representative’s computer network to skim sensitive information, gain unauthorized access to the system and purchase unapproved items for unsuspecting members of Congress.   A small staff that provides IT support to the House of Representatives is under investigation for dubious actions involving the government’s computer network. Five men

Jackson Computer Consulting delivers exceptional IT support to Astrobotic

When Astrobotic needed a reliable partner to manage and enhance their IT infrastructure, they teamed up with Jackson Computer Consulting. JCC provides them with expert service and future planning for their growing business. Founded in 2008, Astrobotic is a Pittsburgh-based logistics company that specializes in affordable space robotic technology and planetary missions. With a focus on designing and planning low

Wisdom Wednesday: Out Of Office In Microsoft Outlook

How Do I Set My Out Of Office In Microsoft Outlook To Only Send From One Date To Another? In Outlook, click on File, Info then select Automatic Replies (Out of Office). Click on Send Automatic Replies and check the Only send during this time range check box. Specify a start and end time for the reply to activate and deactivate using the Start time and End time fields.

Cops and Hackers: Disappearing Evidence and Disrupted Systems

Hackers go after money, information, elections — and even evidence. Learn more about how one police department lost 8 years worth of information all because of one idle click of a mouse. The more of our lives we put on a computer, the more valuable that computer becomes. Police departments across America store information about crimes on computers, making them huge targets for cyber criminals with all ki

Jackson Computer Consulting provides Carr & Associates with outstanding IT service

When Carr & Associates required an IT company that could provide an exceptional level of service, they chose Jackson Computer Consulting. JCC supplies them with invaluable expertise, advice, and support. Carr & Associates is a tax, accounting and consulting firm with offices in Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Their staff have years of experience and aim to provide a personal and world-class service to

No Business Is Immune To The Devastation Of Data Loss

Data is your business’ most valuable asset, which makes protecting it a critical piece of your business’ IT security measures. Data loss can happen as result of a wide range of causes, some preventable, and some completely unexpected. Having reliable and up-to-date data backups available to you when disaster strikes can often be the only difference between a rough day for your business, and the fina

How a Fake Battery App Demonstrates the Spreading Risk of Ransomware

A fake battery life boosting app available through the Google Play store distributed a newly-emerged ransomware, highlighting the threat that ransomware poses even on official app stores. A number of users of the official Google Play store were unpleasantly surprised recently after downloading a fake Android app posing as a battery life booster. Named Charger, this phony app turned out to disguise ransomware in

97% of Your Emails Are Spam: What You Should Be Doing With Them

With 60 billion emails being sent out a day, it should come as no surprise that not all of them are legitimate messages. Find out more about the story behind the spam, and what you can do to stop yourself from becoming a victim. You may see spam as an annoyance rather than a danger, but that attitude has led to trouble for a lot of business owners. While most spammers are companies or individuals trying to get

Is Your Home Really Secure?

Don’t take your home security for granted. Burglars are not only incredibly fast but also tend not to leave fingerprints or other clues to their identity, which means that the chances are very small that you will ever see your valuables again. It may be next to impossible to make your home 100% burglar proof, but it doesn’t need to be. Thieves look for easy targets so you can drastically lower the o

Warning! USB Drives Could Infect You With Ransomware

Researchers report that the latest Spora ransomware strain, a highly sophisticated version of malware, can now spread itself through USB thumb drives. What’s worse, Spora’s encryption procedures don’t have the usual requirements, such as a Command & Control server, a user-friendly payment site, etc. Like many versions of ransomware, Spora uses a ZIP file that arrives in an email attachment

Where Would We Be Without Bubble Wrap?

National Bubble Wrap Day celebrates a useful, and fun, wrap that is used in virtually every industry for safe shipping and delivery. National Pancake Day. National Pickle Day. It seems that every day is the official day of something. But, how many of those days celebrate something as useful as bubble wrap? For National Bubble Wrap Day, celebrated on the last Monday of January, think about how much this simple p

Breached Companies See Decline in Customers

Now more than ever it is important to ensure that your business is safe and secure from cybercrime. Recent surveys indicate that most people will not do business with a company that has been breached. It is imperative to the success of your business to have the necessary security and processes in place to prevent being the victim of a serious cybercrime. In the technology-based world, we live in today; data bre

Ransomware Attacks: What’s New for 2017

A look at some of the new ransomware attack methods for 2017 Ransomware has remained a problem for many years with no signs of stopping. For example, 2016 was no different regarding ransomware attacks, and it saw record numbers of security breaches that threatened businesses of all sizes. So as far as 2017 is concerned, the numbers of security breaches are only expected to rise due to the evolution of this mali

Move to the Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Office 365 for Government Users

Microsoft Office 365 for government users is the ideal solution to security, compliance, and agility needs in the government sector. Each subscription plan offers cutting-edge features designed around a personal computing suite and a secure, user-friendly interface. Here is a not-too-well-known fact: Microsoft is the only software vendor that offers a complete hybrid cloud approach to IT solutions. What that m

Is Security A Myth?

How safe is your physical property, data, trade secrets & other valuables at your home or business? High & low tech together can secure it all. It’s typically just a matter of time before any security system can be defeated. Eventual obsolescence, however, is no reason to give up on feeling secure. Just use our high- and low-tech tips, listed below, to keep safe all that you value. The Internet o

Your Gmail Account Has Been Hacked!

Three all-important things you should do immediately after your Gmail account has been hacked. It’s scary to discover your Gmail account has been hacked, especially if the report contains valuable information regarding finances, clients, business partners or family members. Panic may set in as you wonder what the hackers will do with your compromised information. If you’re in this unfortunate positi

Which Technology Upgrades Need To Be In Your Budget For 2017?

With technology playing such a key role in your business’ operations, taking the time to make sure that you have the right resources and tools in place is critical. As the new year gets underway, now is the perfect time to take stock of your current IT infrastructure, and decide where a few changes or improvements could have a big impact on productivity, efficiency, and profitability. That’s not to

What is the current state of Email security?

With incoming and outgoing emails containing sensitive details on pending contracts, litigation, mergers, or other confidential information, you can’t risk beefing up the security of your business email. Today, most companies around the globe rely primarily on email for communication with clients, colleagues, suppliers and other business affiliates. However, many businesses and organizations fail to reali

Five Ways To Revolutionize Your Business With Office 365

Highlights of five Microsoft Office 365 updates that can help your company run smoothly Microsoft’s Office 365 is proving to be indispensable to businesses of all kinds for the multitude of services that it offers to streamline and organize administrative processes. Updates to Office 365 at the end of 2016 have made the software even more useful to revolutionizing your business. We examine the top five w

4th Grader, Evan Robertson Sets Up WI-FI Network…See What He Found Out.

Public Wi-Fi may be tempting, but it is also dangerous if you are not careful. Wi-Fi has become almost a necessity these days. If you are not connected to Wi-Fi in your home, you are likely looking for free Wi-Fi elsewhere. However, if you are not careful, you could be falling into a trap that could result in you allowing cyber attackers to access your sensitive information such as your credit card data, name,

How Dynamics NAV 2017 is Bringing Two Worlds Together

Dynamics NAV 2017 was just released and it is going to change the way you do business. It now allows for integration between two key systems you may already be using. Dynamics NAV 2017 is now available for download and with the release come some new updates. One of the biggest benefits of the software is that it is now bringing two worlds together, especially if you are already using Office 365. How it Changes

Take Control Of Your New Years Resolutions With IT Services

Searching for and hiring an experienced IT management service provider can help give your accounting business the successful edge in 2017 Turning over a new leaf in a brand new year doesn’t have to end with personal resolutions. As you begin 2017, consider how you can improve your accounting business by setting goals for a successful new year. As the start of 2017 looms, it’s important to analyze ho

Happy New Year Everyone!

Wow, 2016 is done already!  Where did the time go?  We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone as safe and happy new year this weekend.  See you all in 2017.

The Truth About the Increase in Ransomware Attacks

You have heard a lot about ransomware but do you know what it is and how to defend against it? Cyber attacks have been happening at an increased rate all over the country. The most common type of cyber attack these days is ransomware. Ransomware is not a new form of hacking but it was not so successful in its early years. Now, cyber attackers have found ways to make it more profitable for them and that has lead

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year.

“Accomplish your business goals…”

Every successful IT operation has one thing in common: strategy. Years of working with multiple organizations across several industries have taught our team one thing – no two businesses are alike. That means you need an IT plan that is strategically aligned with your distinct requirements to help you achieve real success in business.

Quest Diagnostics Data Breach: The Inside Scoop

Quest Diagnostics is the latest healthcare industry victim to suffer from a data breach at the hands of hackers seeking to steal valuable personal information and other enterprise data. In a recent December 2016 statement, Quest Diagnostics, Inc. stated that a data breach affecting approximately 34,000 people had occurred. The medical laboratory operator becomes yet another member of the healthcare industry to

Avoiding Past Mistakes: The Worst Malware Attacks On Record

The number of malware attacks has increased over the past five years as hackers become more diligent and effective in their approaches to data theft. A 2015 CNN Money report revealed that over 317 million pieces of malware were created in 2014. This means that almost one million new threats were released every single day in 2014. As we continue to rely on technology in practically every facet of our lives, hack

Why Businesses Need a Strong Firewall on Their Computer Networks

There are the obvious reasons for having a firewall – such as preventing viruses, malware, and other cyber threats and attacks – and there are the “indirect” benefits of having a firewall in place. These may be, for instance, the money saved from the downtime avoided, as well as the ability to meet compliance standards, and thus not incur the penalties that come with violation of them. T

The Last Pass Password Manager App is Now on Free Offering

As announced on, you can now use the password organizing application Last Pass for free on any device. You can download it for free from Last Pass and use it to organize your passwords across all your devices. As the creators of the Last Pass app say, it’s a tool to “help you simplify your online life and make it a whole lot easier to achieve strong password security.” The app was

New Ransomware Warning: Popcorn Time

New Popcorn Time Ransomware Demands Cash Unless Infected User Agrees to Spread the Virus to Friends We’re Urging Local Individuals and Businesses to be Informed about Latest and Most Sophisticated Cyber Scam The need for cyber security has been on the radar and in the playbooks of serious companies and their executives for some years. However, recent advancements in a particularly virulent strain of soft

Weekly Tech Tip: Establish security practices and policies to protect sensitive information

Establish policies on how employees should handle and protect personally identifiable information and other sensitive data.  Clearly outline the consequences of violating your business’s cybersecurity policies.

Avoiding Email Spam Filters So Emails Reach Recipients

Email marketing can be a very beneficial component for growing your business but are you taking the right steps to prevent the emails from landing in spam folders? Even if you spend a lot of time creating the ideal email campaigns, your emails may still be stopped by spam filters. There are many things that can trigger a spam filter and when this occurs, your recipients will never even see the message. Why Ema

Google Disclosed Windows Bug

Cyber attacks can happen at any time and the bug discovered in the Windows program is one example of how attackers can enter your system. Google has a Threat Analysis group that is constantly looking for any vulnerabilities in systems. The group recently discovered one such vulnerability in Windows and Microsoft is not very happy about it. Google went so far to say that the bug that has been discovered is being

The Correlation Between Business Continuity and Operational Maturity

A business continuity plan is vital to the success of a business. Learn more about why you should focus on it and how you can implement one, no matter what maturity level your business is. Business continuity is a core component of any business. The ultimate goal is to ensure that the business continues to grow and prosper. However, there is a major correlation between an operationally mature business and busin

Cloud Billing to Cut Hardware and IT Costs

Cloud based services allow you to only pay for what you need, keep your costs down, and hire fewer employers to get the job done. Cloud based billing services can bring the cost of doing business down substantially. Especially if you are a new business just getting started, with cloud billing, you only pay for the services that you use and nothing more. It is a way to avoid big start up costs on equipment and s

Are You Paying Too Much for IaaS?

IaaS is a very beneficial tool for businesses but many times, companies are spending too much on the services. In order to save money and reach the optimum business value, a CSEM tool is a great option. Cloud technology is constantly increasing and becoming better. One of these components that has been added is IaaS. IaaS is a methodology that is gaining popular ground and is a way to access, monitor, and manag

The Top Windows 10 Features And Devices To Add To Your Holiday Wishlist

Top Your Technophile’s Wish List With These Top Windows 10 Devices And Features It’s the season for giving and receiving. Be the top of your favorite technophile’s wish list or just treat yourself to some new gadgets or apps with these top new Windows 10 features and devices for the holidays. Start your wish list off right with Cortana, Windows’ to-do list making app, which you can use

Microsoft Introduces Outlook Customer Manager for Small and Mid-sized Businesses

Managing your customer interactions will never be the same now that Microsoft has introduced Outlook Customer Manager. In the business world, Microsoft Office is a huge tool that can be used to run your business effectively. Microsoft has just taken this to the next level by introducing a new Premium plan called Outlook Customer Manager. This new component of their Office 365 Business Premium plan is designed

Ten Steps To Better Business Through Cyber Security

Identity theft can greatly impact on both businesses and individuals, follow these ten steps to practice good cyber security and avoid theft. Identity theft is a very real and prominent issues impacting not just individuals but small businesses and large corporations. Recently, Wells Fargo was fined more than $185 million by regulators for opening more than 1.5 million fake accounts for their customers without

Backups: Don’t Wait Until It Breaks

Accidents happen. Eventually, something will go wrong within your IT infrastructure and when it does, you are going to want to be data-protected. Having effective backup means more than just having an extra file on hand. It means being able to rest easy knowing that, if the worst should happen, it would not spell the end of your business. It means that in the event of a total collapse of your network systems, y

Windows 10 Defending Against Ransomware in New Update

Cyber attacks happen every day. Now, Microsoft is helping you protect yourself from ransomware with their most recent update. Cyber threats are becoming more and more of an issue as technology increases its prominence in our lives. The latest form of cyber threats is ransomware. Many people who are using this are cyber criminals looking to make some quick money. Ransomware is used to infect a device and then de

7 Quick Tips to Help You Maximize Employee Productivity

There are only so many hours in a day, and figuring out how to get the most out of each one is a trick we all wish we could master. Or perhaps more importantly, it’s a trick you wish your employees could master. Getting them on the right track is easier than you might expect. As with any skill, the key is to start small. Here are 7 simple things you can do starting right now that can help to boost produ

10 Best New Features in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 is now available for general use. Its release coincides with contemporary information technology trends concerning containerization and hybrid connectivity related to cloud services. The list of new features in Windows Server 2016 is staggering, but 10 of its features in particular stand out, as listed below. Containers (Image credit: Microsoft) Microsoft has worked closely with the Docker

Protecting Your Firm From a Cyber Attack

Law firms have become an increasingly popular target for cybercriminals. As most client data is now collected and stored in a digital format, firms have had to step up their cyber security measures accordingly. Despite this heightened vigilance, many law firms are still convinced that they are either too small, or too unknown to catch the attention of hackers. But the rate at which small and mid-sized businesse

Will Your Business Be Taking Advantage of Section 179?

In late 2015, Congress passed and signed the PATH Act (Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act), which had the added benefit of increasing the Section 179 deduction cap to $500,000. This is great news for businesses, as Section 179 allows you to write off the full cost of technology purchases made during 2016. Section 179 covers a surprisingly long list of qualifying items, including both new and used hardware

Will Your Business Continuity Plan Come Through if Disaster Strikes?

Whatever industry your enterprise is part of, having a viable business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) plan in place is paramount to doing business in this day and age. Disasters can befall any business entity at any time, and often cause significant loss of some kind – either financial or through data loss or both. If you don’t have a solid disaster recovery and continuity plan in place,

How Often Do You Really Need To Replace Your Hardware?

There has been a lot of debate as to what your hardware refresh cycle should look like. The answer tends to fall somewhere in the 2 – 4 year range, with recommendations from hardware manufacturers leaning more towards a shorter cycle. But there is no one right answer to this question. There are actually a few questions you need to ask in order to figure out what best suits your business: What do you need

Hackers Can Spy and Take Screenshots with New Mac Virus

A recently-discovered virus targeting Mac computers is also being characterized as “backdoor spying software,” and which can covertly grab confidential data from computers, is codenamed “Mokes”. Discovered in January of this year by Stefan Orloff of Kaspersky Labs, Mokes was revealed to be a quite sophisticated cross-platform malware strain which also works on Linux and Windows operating

Yahoo Data Theft –A Good Reason to Regularly Change Passwords

In case you needed another reason for regularly changing your passwords, the recently-uncovered Yahoo hack of 500 million accounts is probably the reason of the decade so far. The hack and subsequent data theft involving half a billion Yahoo accounts is the largest of its kind – ever. Granted, it is Yahoo, where most people don’t send or store any sensitive data like payment card information (PCI) o

5 Things to Know When Moving to the Cloud

So, you are considering moving your entire company IT and data network to the infamous cloud. That’s a good first step to protecting your precious data and IT operations from a number of things that could befall you without the proper backup, recovery, and continuity that the cloud provides. You will want to enjoy the best of both worlds – that of on-premise servers and that of off-premise, or cloud servers

Tools You Must Use in Your Print Marketing Strategy

While many businesses have shifted focus to online marketing strategies in recent years, to do so at the expense of print marketing would be remiss. There are still many potential customers who like the feel of something solid in their hands to remind them about your business, products, services, and more. These are a few essential tools you need to make part of your print marketing strategy to boost your succe

What Does the Workforce of the Future Look Like?

If the year was 1995 and you were to ask anyone, even a tech visionary, about what the workforce of the future would be capable of, they’d be hard pressed to arrive where we are now. Individuals in a wide variety of disciplines are working in ways that are more productive, more capable and more mobile than ever before. However, in many ways, modern-day workers are still held back by the technology and working

Three Reasons Your Business Should Monitor Your NPS

Few business owners are content with maintaining status quo, and always have an ear to the ground for new growth strategies or indicators of future performance. One metric, the Net Promoter Score, is gaining popularity as the team’s foundational focus to gauge the health of their products and services. Given its importance, we’ve outlined below the basics of how it works and three reasons your business shou

5 Ways to Spot a Fake SEO Company

In our current day and age, search engine optimization (SEO) has grown to become a multi-faceted service that online businesses require in order to be seen on the Web. Many SEO companies pose as a legit outfit, but many are either black hat in their web-content ethics, or will flat out rip you off with trumped-up promises they simply can’t deliver on. Here are 5 things that will give away a fake SEO company:

Is Your IT in the Cloud?

Understanding the Differences Between MSP and CSP and Why Your Small Business Needs Both Cloud-based IT resources have been growing at a rapid clip as businesses of all sizes face the ongoing threat of cybersecurity attacks. Many businesses are now utilizing the cloud as an indispensable option for providing the necessary backup required in an effective incident response plan. Since industry experts recommend t

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Office 365 Migration

There are many ways beyond just moving to the cloud to maximize the benefits from your Office 365 migration. Many are aware of the basics in terms of benefitting from moving to the cloud-based service of Office 365, but were you aware that you won’t just be enjoying the improved security, convenience and consolidation of data – you will actually be able to use leading-edge data and communications to

Using Two-Factor Authentication to Address Workplace Cyber Threats

Two-factor authentication (2FA) – or, Multi-factor authentication (MFA), as it’s becoming increasingly known – is perhaps the most directly effective way to combat password hacking and the unauthorized access to company data, software, and devices. Password hacking is becoming more prevalent in the workplace, due to cyber thieves becoming smarter and, conversely, companies and employees not be

Hacker Exploits Extend to iPhones and iPads, Can Access Your Data and Location

iPhone and iPad vulnerabilities, or zero-days exploits allow hackers to access any and all data, know your location by GPS co-locating, and also be able to use your camera to spy on you. Although Apple released the patch in the form of iOS update 9.3.5, the security vulnerability still runs rampant out there for any and all who didn’t download the patch and update their iPhones or other Apple devices. Man

Switching To Windows 10?

Have You Made the Switch to Windows 10 Yet? The much-ballyhooed rollout of Windows 10 a little over a year ago was a welcome “fix” to many for the Windows 8 fiasco in 2012. The Windows 10 campaign represents Microsoft’s most aggressive attempt to-date to get their users to adopt the latest and greatest operating system to come down their pike since before Windows 8. The overall user experience

Is DevOps Automation of IT Security a Better Move?

At a recent Security Roundtable that took place at Search IT Operations, one of the topics discussed was when a company should migrate their IT security to DevOps. Should it only be when IT departments are understaffed and have to resort to technology policing itself, basically, or should it be used only when there is competent staff on hand to monitor it? Some argue that it is a much better choice, to be able

Office 365 Users Beware: A Bold New Ransomware Threat Emerges

If you had to make a list of the most pressing threats that Internet users face today, ransomware would undoubtedly be right at the top. Now, thanks to a massive zero-day attack by a particularly tricky group of hackers, Microsoft Office 365 users in particular need to be incredibly careful moving forward. What is Ransomware? At its core, ransomware operates a lot like a traditional computer virus with a parti

Why IT Security for the Manufacturing Sector is So Vital

The manufacturing sector of our economy at large presents many challenges for business owners who plan on keeping data regarding proprietary information on goods and production methods safe and secure. Consumer goods in particular are big business, but can also present a major liability in terms of data center and networking security, compliance issues, and data theft. Theft of trade secrets and intellectual pr

Digital Transformation: 4 Ways SMBs Can Profit From It

Four ways businesses can profit from digital transformation. Digital transformation allows SMBs to rub elbows with the large businesses they could one day become. However, many SMBs don’t have an honest game plan when it comes to taking advantage of a digital transformation. With this being said, here’s a look at four ways SMBs can profit from a digital transformation. Adaptive IT – Given how much the m

Ransomware Takes Aim on Small Business

Ransomware has gotten much more intelligent in the last year, and it now represents one of the most damaging and widespread cybersecurity threats that businesses face on a daily basis. According to SophosLabs, ransomware is now so sophisticated it can target specific countries and locations and use appropriate vernacular languages, logos, local information and payment methodologies — making the ransomware del

Are Voting Machines Secure?

Cybersecurity and the Democratic Process With the DNC leak making headlines worldwide, serious concern about foreign powers interfering with the American democratic process is becoming part of the national discussion. Now, security experts believe that voting machines may become the next target thanks to a number of factors that make them uniquely susceptible to attack. Why Hack Voting Machines? The incentive

How Hybrid Solutions Can Revolutionize Your Infrastructure

Many modern day businesses that seek to leverage modern technology to their advantage have a very important decision in front of them when it comes to the cloud. They can either choose to invest heavily in the public cloud due to its cost savings and ease-of-use, or invest in the private cloud for a little more emphasis on things like security and control. One factor that is making this choice easier than ever

The Cloud and Intelligent Business Disaster Recovery

A Match Made in Heaven Thanks to the power of the cloud, true intelligent business disaster recovery is now easier than ever. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t still have a lot of work ahead of you. The cloud is a tool, much like a hammer. It is very possible to use a hammer in the wrong way if you’re not careful. Only by keeping a few key things in mind will you create a cloud-based environment t

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 Enterprise-as-a-Service Now Affordable for Small Businesses at $7 Monthly Per User

Windows 10 recently announced the addition of its Enterprise offering to its Cloud Service Provider (CSP) program. The move is good news for small and mid-sized businesses, which will now have access to Enterprise level services for the affordable sum of $7 per user per month. Enhanced Security Features are Instrumental for Businesses of All Sizes Microsoft announced its decision at the Worldwide Partner Confer

Tired of Windows 10 Nagware and Bloatware?

Try a Clean Install With the Media Creation Tool With the free Windows 10 upgrade ending on July 29, many users are scrambling to get their foot in the door before the deadline. Between constant assaults of nagware and various other popups reminding users of their options—combined with the post-July 29 $120 price tag for the paid version—Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users are understandably ready for some relief.

Are Your Employees Part of Your Cybersecurity Defense?

50 percent of Small- and Mid-Sized Businesses Hacked in the Last Year With Employees as Biggest Target In today’s increasingly malicious computing environment, hackers don’t discriminate. They don’t limit their focus only to “big ticket” Fortune 500 companies. In fact, this misconception is among one of the biggest reasons many small- and mid-sized business are often targeted — and breached — by o

Top 7 Reasons Every Property Owner Should Have a Security System

Your home is your sanctuary. If you own a business, your company location functions as a sanctuary as well. Your property, belongings, memories and investments are located within these structures. Most importantly, it’s a safe place for you, your family, your employees and your pets. While insurance offers one type of protection, it simply isn’t enough. A home or business security system is crucial for com

Windows 10 Upgrade Ends July 2016

You Could Miss Out on Valuable Security Features If you haven’t upgraded from Windows 7 or 8 yet, you may want to give Windows 10 another look before sticking with your old platform—if only for the enhanced security features that Windows is offering up with the new OS. Biometric User Authentication Windows Hello is a new layer of advanced security that utilizes facial recognition, fingerprint authentication

Is Apple Abandoning the Mac?

Name Change From OS X to macOS Sparks Debate Over the Future of the Mac Apple’s introduction of its new Mac operating system name has recently sparked a bit of heated debate among industry experts and members of Mac’s loyal following. Toward the end of June 2016, Computerworld published an article claiming that Apple’s move from “OS X” to “mac OS,” would further decelerate the Mac into oblivion a

Uber User Beware — This New Malware Is Targeting You!

You have more to worry about than getting a crazy passenger or driver; Uber is the latest target for a new malware scam. This convincing app aims to trick unsuspecting individuals into revealing sensitive banking information by masquerading as a familiar, trusted app. Here’s how it works – and how to avoid becoming a victim. The Setup: Details About the Malware Scammers mimic an authentic app such as Googl

Consider This Before You Move Your Accounting to the Cloud

Cloud computing is one of the most popular technologies, especially in the business world. But people who are unfamiliar with the concept of using “the cloud” may find the idea intimidating or confusing. In layman’s terms, cloud computing is basically just moving your data from your hard drive so you access it via the internet instead of from a physical location at your office. It’s convenient and fairl

Are You Making These 10 Mistakes In IT?

The “Computer” Is King: Of course technology is a major part of IT, but that’s only half of the puzzle. The other half is your strategy, staff, and clients who are interacting with the technology. No “Team” Strategy: Are you still using email to coordinate tasks, send over files, and follow up? It’s time to invest in a “grown up” organizational program. Getting Paid is “Complicated: When you

The Current State of Ransomware

Where ransomware currently stands in the world of technology. Ransomware has been running rampant throughout 2016, leaving victims stuck paying the cybercriminals’ demands or losing all their data. It has even gotten to the point that the FBI is warning individuals, businesses, police departments, government agencies, schools and hospitals of the increase in ransomware attacks. We will explain what ransomware

Ransomware: It’s Not Just Your Business That’s At Risk

How secure is your essential data? We don’t just mean business files – of course, those are crucial too. But many people fail to realize that cybercriminals are after a lot more than just your company resources: at the end of the day, ransomware attacks can affect absolutely anyone as long as you’re utilizing digital files. Ransomware refers to a type of malware designed to infect your computer hold data

PCI Requirement 12.4: What It’s About & What It Means for You

What the PCI Requirement 12.4 means for you and your business. Changes to the PCI Requirement 12.4 were released in April 2016 and raised an endless amount of questions. Thankfully, we’re going to explain some of the changes and what they mean for third party service providers and merchants. With this being said, here’s a look at what the PCI Requirement 12.4 means for you and your business. Why Updates We

Watch Out!: 2 Factor Authentic Checks

How hackers are working around 2 factor authentication checks. 2FA (2 factor authentication) checks were developed to give one certainty that the account is secure since it uses more than password and username credentials. However, hackers have figured out a way to work around the process and steal information (especially if one isn’t paying attention). With this being said, here’s a look at how hackers are

A Guide to Equipping Your Business: Mac or PC?

Commercial offices, retail stores, auto scrap yards and multinational conglomerates all have one thing in common: the desktop computer. In most cases, it is the single most important business tool used on a daily basis. For this reason, business owners have a very clear motive for choosing the very best computers they can buy when starting new companies. While the most historically popular type of business comp

New Government Rules Mean Nursing Home CMS Need to Bolster IT Networking

New government rules implemented in 2016 mean that greater scrutiny will be heaped upon nursing home Medicare and Medicaid services that concerns staff time-keeping records. Nursing home CMS will be one of the big targets of this new scrutiny, so if this means you, then you will have to back up your data so that, in the event of a security breach or other type of disaster, you can still provide employee records

Social Media Security Breach: Not Even North Korea Is Safe From Hackers

Password security is more important than ever, and it’s no longer enough to simply keep your password unique, as two most recent social media hacks have proven once again. Basic Password Security Protocols Are Not Being Followed — Even by Industry Leaders From reusing passwords across sites to choosing passwords that are easy to guess, everyone from North Korea’s state-run social media network to Faceboo

Owning Words For Your Business: The Importance of Association

“Being first in the market isn’t as important as being first in the mind.” – Ries & Trout As a business owner, it is imperative to own words for your business – equally important is to stand behind the words you’ve given with great technology. By choosing to take ownership of just one word, there have been various companies who have developed and solidified their global presence. Listed below ar

How Your Employees Are a Threat to Business Security

As a small business owner, you’ve likely invested a significant amount of money and time into ensuring your business systems are secure. You’ve hired an effective managed IT team. You have as much cyber security in place as you can. You believe you’re safe. However, your employees, sitting at their desks, phones in their hands, could be your biggest risk. Most employees and many business owners have no id

Five Surprising Benefits of Outsourcing Your Tech to a Managed Service Provider

Outsourcing your company’s IT needs to a managed service provider offers a host of benefits. At the top of the list, MSPs reduce your in-house staffing burdens and payroll costs while providing your company with the most qualified and experienced experts in the industry. However, that’s certainly not the only advantages these tech partners provide. Here’s a look at five of the top five benefits of workin

What Memorial Day is REALLY All About  

It’s easy to think of Memorial Day as a convenient day off in a busy calendar and the start of summer, but we suggest you take a step back and think a bit harder about it. Millions of men and women have put their lives on the line to defend our collective way of life. It’s hard for those who have not made that sacrifice to really understand what they have done. Take advantage of a few spare moments on Memor

How Are Most Computer Viruses Spread?

Hackers constantly look for new ways to spread viruses, but their favorite distribution method is one of the oldest: unsolicited email. A recent report from Kaspersky Lab revealed that malware spam continues to grow as Web browser security improves and makes it harder to infect computers via websites. Spam Trends During the past year, the total quantity of unsolicited messages fell. However, the percentage c

Why Did My Email Bounce?

Email is still the most common way businesses communicate and the majority of people simply click send and assume their email is delivered, but when email messages bounce, there are a few things you should know. How Emails Work The two most common protocols used to deliver your emails are Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and Extended SMTP (ESMTP). Each one has a set of codes it uses to identify what happen

Ransomware an Expensive Problem for Everyone

Major news sites have been exploited by hackers using a malware exploit package known as the “Angle exploit kit.” Some of the targeted sites include The New York Times, BBC, Newsweek, AOL, MSN, The Hill, and the Guardian. A bit of dark humor is in that one of the infected news pages was a Guardian article asking if cybercrime was getting out of hand.

How To Vastly Improve Telecom Security

We live in a different world now, a world where cybersecurity threats surround us every day. It used to be easy to fend off these attacks by installing a simple antivirus, but times have changed.

Save Some Pocket Room with the New iPhone 7

A Japanese tech site, Macotakara, has released that the new iPhone 7 will be 1mm thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 6s. With the new change to depth, the iPhone should be 6.1mm from the previous 7.1mm. There’s a recent claim that other dimensions and materials of the new device will remain the same, making it visually similar to the 6s. (It will maintain the same metal design, height and width.)

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