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Jul
28

Beware These Social Media Scams

 Huntington Volvo? Rowe Subaru? What will your hilarious quiz results be when you enter your fourth-grade teacher's name and first model of car? You may think it's silly entertainment … until it isn't. Many fun social media questionnaires are set up by hackers to steal your identity. It seems like a harmless collection of random facts from you...
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Jul
21

Signs You Aren’t Budgeting Enough for IT

Generally, we like to make the argument that nothing about your small business is too small. We do say it a lot in relation to cybersecurity — no size of business is immune. Yet, there is the chance your IT budget is too small. Consider these indicators that you might need to invest more in your IT. Every business wants to be cost-conscious. Saving...
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Jul
14

Everyone Plays a Role in Cybersecurity

Hollywood would have us believe that cyberattacks are elaborately planned and use expensive, sophisticated tools developed by James Bond's tech guru, Q. Yet in real life, most hacks are nothing like that. The cybercriminals often simply fool a human to gain access. Phishing remains a primary way to attack. A scammer sends an email that looks legiti...
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Jul
14

6 Uses for Your Old, Extra Computers

 When you've upgraded to a new computer, the old one is a bit of an albatross. You paid good money for that desktop or laptop, and you want to continue to see return on investment. Plus, disposing of that technology feels wasteful. It's not as if a computer is going to compost itself! To help, we've provided seven solid ideas for how to repurp...
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Jul
08

Weighing Software-as-a-Service and Managed Service Providers

There are many acronyms in the IT world. Two common ones are SaaS and MSP, which stand for software-as-a-service and managed service provider, respectively. The bigger question is what the differences are between these two and why you would need one or the other. Here's help. What's SaaS? Your business may already be relying on SaaS. Some of the mo...
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Jul
07

Business Continuity vs. Disaster Recovery: What’s the Difference?

The risk of cyberattack is still growing globally, and no business is too small to hack or breach. It's important to plan for business continuity and disaster recovery, and to do so in advance so you're prepared for the worst. But first, you'll need to understand the difference between the two. Some use business continuity and disaster recovery int...
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Jul
06

What to Do If You’re a Ransomware Victim

You'll know if you're a victim of ransomware. Often you're met with a red screen telling you your business files are encrypted. You won't be able to do anything on the computer, although the cybercriminals will provide helpful instructions for how to pay up. How nice. Here's what to do instead if you're the victim of a ransomware attack. Cybersecur...
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Jun
30

What to do When Your Warranty Runs Out

Most technology you buy in stores comes with a warranty of some sort. It might be included or an add-on. Still, it is unlikely to last the lifetime of the device or software, and it seems inevitable that your desktop will die immediately after the warranty runs out. Don't worry, you still have options. Murphy's Law of warranty says that you will ha...
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Jun
23

Lessons Learned from an Oil Pipeline Ransomware Attack

 Your business may not be supplying oil to the United States, and you may not even be in the critical infrastructure business, but don't think that means ransomware can't happen to you, too. This article shares lessons learned from a headline-grabbing event, and they're applicable to businesses of all sizes in all industries. First, what happe...
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Jun
16

Stop Your Tech from Stalking You

 Unless you're a reality television star, you probably don't like the idea of being watched at all times. So, why would you want your technology to know all about you? With digital technology today, it's far too easy for our devices to turn creepy. Here are some suggestions to stop the stalker-like tendencies of the technology you rely upon. T...
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Jun
09

Do You Need Document Management?

The employee surrounded by teetering stacks of paper is less common today. What with the move to digital technology, we're all doing more online. Yet some businesses remain true to traditional processes, passing documents around the office. You could be paying for this in lost productivity or worse. You may need document management. Check out the c...
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Jun
02

What Is Shadow IT, and Why Is It an Issue?

An old-time radio show used to start with the promise "The Shadow knows!" Yet when it comes to shadow IT, the problem is the exact opposite. Shadow IT is the stuff employees download onto a business system that IT doesn't know about, and it can be a big problem. You may have an IT policy telling employees not to download unsanctioned applications, ...
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May
26

What You Need to Know about Web App Security

There's an app for that! Even for business purposes, you can bet this is the case. Yet a small business may be using online applications without understanding the risks. Here's help. Most businesses no longer have all their technology and software solutions on-site. The old cybersecurity perimeter around the IT premises is no longer going to be eno...
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May
19

Microsoft 365 Streamlines Business and Reduces Spend

When doing business online, you have many options for available software and systems. You might turn to one solution to handle online meetings, another to drive collaboration, and yet another to manage your content and workflow. It can get confusing. Plus, when you are duplicating tools, IT spend can mushroom unnecessarily. Microsoft 365 aims to of...
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May
12

Doing Business in Microsoft 365? Backup Your Data

Many business tools are moving to the cloud. One popular option is Microsoft 365, formerly known as Office 365. This unified platform consolidates Excel, Word, and PowerPoint with collaboration and communication tools. Added apps and services help streamline operations, too. Simplifying your IT infrastructure can also cut costs and reduce duplicati...
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May
05

What to Do If Your Data Is Included in a Leak

What to Do If Your Data Is Included in a Leak Data breaches are now daily occurrences and can happen to any business. The April 2021 leak of 533 million Facebook records was one of the largest known data leaks, but even if you weren't affected by that one, you may still be at risk. There is no easy way to know if your information has been leaked. W...
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Apr
28

Is Your Instagram Account Secure?

Why would someone want to target your Instagram account? You share what you ate, maybe the books you read, the shoes you bought, or that really cool image of the sky above. How is that going to help a hacker? Read on to learn more. OK. Your obvious love of chicken and waffles isn't going to mean a lot to a cybercriminal, not unless your password is...
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Apr
21

Are Your Passwords Compromised?

 News of a big brand suffering a data breach is all too common today. But if you don't get an email from such a company, you could mistakenly be thinking it doesn't affect you. The thing is, large breaches are happening all the time. Cybercriminals then put access credentials online, and other bad actors buy and exploit those email addresses, ...
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Apr
07

Time to Replace Your Laptop Battery?

Your laptop computer may feel like a lifeline. It has everything important on it, both personal and professional! Regrettably, the time does come when you need to replace it. Yet, some computer problems could be solved instead by replacing the laptop battery. Some computers now come with a variation on the car dashboard indicator light. You may see...
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Apr
07

5 Tips to Protect Your Laptop from Physical Damage

pto A laptop can hold your life. If you're working from home, it's essential to your income. For students, it's where you keep all your notes and essays. Plus, there are the personal photos and videos. And you sometimes use it to stream your TV shows, or to video chat with friends and family. You may even make music, create art, or be writing ...
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