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Recently at a gathering of small business owners I overheard a conversation that intrigued me. The discussion was about the cost and implementation of a cyber security plan for small business. I listened from outside the group for a few minutes before joining the conversation.   What I learned rather quickly was that small business owners have so many challenges facing them that cyber breaches, hackers, and the issues that cyber-attacks represent are just not on their radar a...
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Cyber-attacks are one of those things we read about but don’t really think about in our daily business lives. Most of the time the high profile cases are the ones that catch our attention. What we don’t realize is that cyber-attacks are all around us. I was talking to a client the other day and he said, “I hear about big companies getting attacked but I don’t really worry about it since we are a small shop.” I knew I wasn’t going to be able to convince hi...
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OVER 169 MILLION PERSONAL RECORDS EXPOSED IN 2015 FROM 781 PUBLICIZED BREACHES REPORTED.In 2015, Ransom-ware grew 115%.  Ransom-ware is a new threat that infects your network and encrypts all your data and holds it at ransom.  93% of these breaches were caused by human error and 48% of cyber-attacks targeted small business and from that 60% of small business go out of business 6 months after an attack. One of the main reasons these companies go out of busi...
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So you use Mozy, Carbonite or some other cheap online backup solution? Well that is a start but you are far from protected. We are a firm believer in the 3.2.1 rule.  We started practicing this for our customers far before it was actually a thing but now there is a great write up about it over at one of our favorite backup solution providers, Veeam!Check it out here:  3.2.1 Backup Rule So the basics of the rule is you should have 3 copies of your data.  2 Different Media Types. &n...
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The cloud in the last 5 years has become one of the biggest catch phrases for business of all sizes! Most people throw this term around not really understanding it and then ask us to implement cloud based solutions for their company.  They think this will save them tons of money, their business will run smoother, new clients will pour down from the skies and every day will be 72 degrees and perfect weather.  Yes, that is sarcasm you are picking up on! The funny thing is the cloud ...
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In some cases, you are not able to update/upgrade your WordPress and WordPress Plugins to a newer version without providing your FTP connection information. This is a common issue whereby the WordPress system can’t write to your /wp-content folder directly.The most common reason I have run across for this is lack of space in your hosting account. So first check with your hosting provider to see if your hosting is full.Another common cause is your hosting plan ...
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I got a call from a customer today and they said they got an email about a wire transfer from one of the employees. Now this was not unusual because they get wire transfer requests all the time from this employee but something seemed a little off.After thinking about it a little more they sent a text to the employee and they asked if they really wanted this transfer to happen. The employee  responded and said they didn't know what they were talking about.The tricky part about ...
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Windows 8.1 had a great little utility to move information from an older computer running Windows XP or Windows 7 to a new Windows 8 machine.  It moved over all files, settings, profile information and even your Internet Explorer Favorites.Well with an interesting twist in trying to get the masses to change to Windows 10 Microsoft made an interesting decision in removing Windows Easy Transfer which seems to contradict the very effort they are pushing towards.Although they didn't leave u...
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Open Acrobat and expand the Page Thumbnails pane:   Select the page(s) you wish to copy. Then, hold down the Control Key and drag the selected page(s) to be copied to their new location within the Page Thumbnails pane. Do you have questions that need answers? Just Ask! We are here to help.
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One of the easiest ways to get a virus is by opening an attachment that you weren't expecting.  Most of my customers stories start with "so I got this email and it came from me to me, so I got curious and opened the attachment."  OR "ups sent me a message about a package I never sent and said it couldn't be delivered so I opened the attachment per the instructions and now my files are gone". The general rule of thumb in today's email world is if it ...
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