Does your computer get the best of you some days? Let's face it ... when one of those gremlins decides to make its home in your computer or network, it really takes a toll on you and your business. Productivity drops, everybody is frustrated and your revenues go right down the drain. If you don't have somebody watching your network, then scenes like this are probably pretty familiar.
We're asked all time, both by existing clients and during dialog while on boarding new prospects to our Affect4 IT Support Services. 'What exactly is the point of running Windows updates, especially when my workstation or server is running fine?'
We'll cover why updates are so important, discuss a couple ways you can make sure they are always done as well as how we test and prevent "bad updates".
We saw a statistic the other day that really boggled our minds. LoJack, a security firm that specializes in theft, estimates that two million laptops are stolen each year. That's about a one in ten chance that your laptop will fall into someone else's hands. What can you do to prevent that?
Today, your employees are more and more technologically empowered. With the consumer electronics market teaming with amazing gadgets and high-end devices, cool tech is no longer reserved for fancy geek toys. With employees bringing in their own smartphones and tablets, mobile security becomes a big concern for small businesses.
It seems like every day you hear of another company being hacked and information stolen. What is hacking? The dictionary definition of hacking is basically the unauthorized use of computer or network resources. In the case of corporations, this typically involves the theft of information for financial reasons. Hacking a personal computer or email account does not typically have the kind of financial ramifications that a hacking a corporation can have. However, a hacker could still steal your identity or more likely, use your email account to send out spam email messages which can cause your email account to be blacklisted and cause many other problems.
The Internet and e-mail have become indispensible tools for business, but many companies are finding employees are using these tools as much or more for personal activities than job-related tasks. In fact, many business owners have recognized that unrestricted use of the Internet by employees has the potential to drain, rather than enhance productivity and, at worst, can even have dire legal consequences.
Data breaches and security are in the news constantly. One of the most recent stories was about a major porn web site that was hacked and thousands of user profiles, email addresses and even credit card information was taken and made public. While you are most likely not in the porn industry, this is an issue for virtually any business. Your clients entrust you with information assuming you will keep it safe and protected. Whether it is just their email address or more sensitive information like credit card numbers, social security numbers, or private health information - it all poses a risk to your business and your clients if it was lost or exposed.
Laptop and mobile device theft is a widespread issue for businesses and can lead to data theft which can be extremely costly; much more than the mere price of the hardware. This issue is all too familiar with NASA, which admits that thousands of mobile device theft incidents have occurred over the past few years.
Internet privacy is no new issue. Between malicious hackers trying to breach private information, governments trying to regulate it, and organizations trying to track as many metrics as they can, the Internet continues to chug along for the most part just fine. Are YOU concerned about Internet privacy?
To most people, computer viruses are things that cause annoyance, downtime, and cost money to fix. That's pretty bad on it's own, but some viruses are much more complex than others and can be far more dangerous. Let's look at Stuxnet, coined as the first weapon made entirely out of code, and why it is so frightening.