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IT Priorites

November 8, 2012

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Often times when I meet with a potential customer they have no clear strategy or focus for their IT goals. There is no centralize management or control. Sure in the beginning it is easy to get away with this and overlook any real structure to the organization of your IT department, your hardware and your […]

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Microsoft Recommends Users to Shut Down Windows Gadgets

July 12, 2012

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In an unusual move by the software giant Microsoft, rather than fix vulnerabilities with sidebar and Gadgets, Microsoft is advising users in a Microsoft security advisory to disable the features altogether. Windows Sidebar is a long, vertical bar that is displayed on the side of your desktop. It contains mini-programs called gadgets, which offer information at […]

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Less Known Server Security Breaches

July 9, 2012

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This weekend I ran into an old friend whom I worked with many years ago. Back then we both worked at GE Capital, he as a service manager and I ran GECITS, Northern California business. He mentioned that he still dabbles a little in IT consulting and was having a some security issues with a […]

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Let the hacking begin…

July 5, 2012

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OK – maybe not hacking yet, but certainly mayhem. This coming July 9, 2012 marks yet another memorable date for the DNSChanger malware virus. Users have until next Monday (July 9 2012) to update and run their anti-virus and anti-malware programs to remove the DNSChanger malware. This will affect PC and MAC computers alike. The good […]

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Old Technology and Moving to the Cloud

June 28, 2012

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When should you recycle old computers, servers, routers, switches. firewalls and software? When should you move to the cloud, should you move to the cloud? Those are tough questions. The answer is different for every company, but there are some variables that every company can benefit from. While visiting the mall this week I stopped by […]

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Is your small business secure? Better think again.

June 21, 2012

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Small-to-medium sized businesses (SMB) assume because they are a small organization that hackers and cybercriminals will overlook them. This is an extremely bad thing to presume. Most SMB assume that have taken acceptable precautions to protect themselves. Security is an issue for all businesses. The challenges faced by SMBs are unique and significant. While larger businesses […]

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UPDATE: You still may be at risk!

June 18, 2012

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Last Thursday we reported that Microsoft pushed out its latest patch with 26 vulnerabilities, including a new Internet Explorer “Zero-Day” vulnerability that Microsoft announced during that patch release. Microsoft has designated Tuesday’s as patch-day and one Tuesday per month for major patches and updates to fix software misgivings. Since last Tuesday we have learned that the […]

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Microsoft patches 26 bugs and advises users of active attacks

June 14, 2012

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Did you notice the massive Microsoft update this Tuesday? It was enormous. Microsoft released on Tuesday it latest patch that fixes 26 vulnerabilities. This patch included a huge Internet Explorer patch that has been previously exploited. Microsoft is also warning users of a “zero-day attack”. A zero-day attack is a threat that exploits previously unknown […]

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How NOT to sell your products

June 11, 2012

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Last week I attended a conference call where a large company was hosting a how-to (training) session on some upgrades they had made to their product. My expectation was to learn about these new updates and how to effectively use them in our business. Instead what I got was a marketing pitch and upsell session. At […]

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LinkedIn and eHarmony Hacked!

June 7, 2012

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If you have an account at LinkedIn or eHarmony you should immediately change your password. It was announced on Wednesday June 6, 2012 that over 6.5 – 8 million passwords have potentially been compromised from LinkedIn and eHarmony. In pondering this danger, it becomes apparent that many people still use the same passwords over and […]

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