Hardware firewalls: the first line of defense for small and medium businesses

A very concerning piece of news came out of the current presidential race, and it’s not another gaffe or scandal. The Democratic National Convention recently discovered that not one, but two foreign hackers had gained access to their internal networks and viewed private emails, chats and opposition research.

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IT Security Tip #7- Never use PERSONAL devices to connect to COMPANY data

You’re a hardworking team player who likes to check e-mail and get a few things done after hours – all good! But here’s something you might not know: you should never access company data, file servers or applications through personal devices and home PCs that are not properly monitored by us.

Are cloud servers always the answer? Sometimes onsite servers make more sense

There’s a record store near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport we just can’t get enough of. We’ve always loved searching the stacks of vinyl on slow Saturday afternoons for long-lost favorites, but the recent resurgence in the popularity of records has made our trips there more exciting than ever.

How to make a disaster recovery plan

Do you ever wonder how many business owners were cursing themselves for not creating a capable disaster recovery plan before 2014’s Snowvember? We do. Disaster Recovery Planning (DRP) often gets put off until later, and like they say, it’s always too soon until it’s too late.

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IT Security Tip #6 - How to Spot a Phishing e-Mail

A phishing e-mail is a bogus e-mail that is carefully designed to look like a legitimate request (or attached file) from a site you trust in an effort to get you to willingly give up your login information to a particular website or to click and download a virus.

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IT Security Tip #5 - How To Foil Ransomware

Not too long ago, the CryptoLocker ransomware virus was all over the news, infecting over 250,000 computers in its first 100 days of release (at least that’s the number reported – the real numbers are probably MUCH higher). The threat was fairly straightforward: "Pay us or we’ll delete all your data.

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IT Security Tip #4 - If this type of alert pops up, DON’T click on it!

You’re working at your computer when all of a sudden – BAM! – you get a pop-up notification that your PC is infected with a virus and you must “click here” to run a scan or install antivirus software.

What is ransomware and how do I prevent it?

Almost everyone has seen enough Hollywood blockbusters to know what a ransom is. When the grizzly looking man with the Eastern European accent takes the antagonist’s children hostage and demands $10 million to release them -- that’s a ransom.

With the little addition of four letters, your business faces a much more likely, and dangerous threat.

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IT Security Tip #3: Use STRONG passwords!

Thanks to powerful brute-force-attack software readily available online, hackers can try tens of millions of possible password combinations per second. For example, hacking software can guess a five-character password in under three hours.

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IT Security Tip #2 - Working from home? DON’T Until you read this…

If you plan on catching up on some work from home AND you’re using a personal device such as a smartphone or personal laptop – DON’T! Unless your device is under the vigilant watch of a trusted IT service that includes patching, updating and monitoring working remotely can be a dangerous act for your device and your business' precious data.

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