Category Archives: Security

Top Internet Security Suites to Recommend to Clients

Security Suites

There is no doubt about it, the amount of threats facing technology users today is higher than ever before, and it keeps increasing. After looking over some recent reports about some of the ‘free’ security suites available and how they scored in ‘real world’ tests, I’m no longer recommending free …

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CryptoLocker Update

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Guest Contribution by Ken Dwight – The Virus Doctor: In October of last year I wrote about what was then the newest and most widespread malware infecting computers worldwide, known as CryptoLocker. At the time I referred to it as “Game-Changing Malware.” You may read that blog post here: http://www.thevirusdoc.com/blog/cryptolocker-game-changing-malware. …

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BitLocker 101: Easy, Free Full Drive Encryption for Windows

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If there’s something undeniable about the prevalence of mobile computing devices today, it’s that they are becoming increasingly vulnerable to loss and theft. The Ponemon Institute¬†found in 2008 that 4800 laptops are lost every single day at USA airport checkpoints. In 2010, Intel released results from its ‘Billion Dollar Lost …

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How to Mitigate the Risks of BYOD for Your Business Customers

Bring Your Own Device

The Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, revolution until recently was naively believed to be a problem affecting big business solely. Whether we like it or not, this just purely turned out to not be the case. While the earnest discussion about the problem began a few years back, this …

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Windows XP EOL in under 500 days: Educating Customers on the Risks of Keeping XP

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It’s a topic that many technicians don’t want to engage customers in. And in some respects, rightfully so. Many customers have hesitation to spend money for something they see as not necessary yet; others are adverse to change and don’t wish to play the “compatibility game” that Windows 7 or …

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Fighting the Good Fight: An Interview with Malwarebytes Founder Marcin Kleczynski

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If you’re involved in serious malware removal these days, chances are that Malwarebytes has a soft spot in your heart. Technicians around the world (including my own company) have been combating “virtual gunk” on customer PCs with the help of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware since its first release back in 2008.

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How OpenDNS Works and Why it Can Benefit Your Customers

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Your customers likely have little to no idea what goes on behind the scenes to make the internet a pleasant place for the non-geek. One of these important supporting factors is the technology behind DNS (Domain Name System) which acts as the invisible address book for any and every website …

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Protecting Your Clients from Device Theft

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Most businesses that work with sensitive data and have multiple workstations or servers also make use of alarm systems and theft protection services in case of attempted theft. However, many businesses are growing exponentially and constantly send out traveling representatives to do demonstrations or make business contacts. Others are of …

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Why You Need to Patch More Than Just the Operating System

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Guest Post by Ronn Hanley: Applying security patches to the Operating System of your computer can save you a ton of trouble when fighting viruses and malware. The problem is, as technicians we don’t always go far enough when it comes to patching software and hardware. It’s important to realize …

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Ten Ways to Help Your Customers Get Serious About Passwords

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Practice what you preach. This is one mantra many computer repair technicians live by. Yet one area that we’re still pretty¬†hypocritical about is passwords. Be honest with yourself: are all of your credentials following the generally accepted rules of password complexity? It’s admittedly a hard principle to live by, seeing …

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