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5 Critical Facts You Must Know Before Hosting Your Business In The Cloud

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Cloud hosting seems to be the rage these days, and for very good reasons.

When you decide to look into transitioning the computer network and operations of your business or organization to  cloud hosting, you will probably be faced with conflicting advice, confusion and no real answers to your questions and concerns over security, cost and whether or not it’s appropriate for your organization.

Besides that, the simple fact is, cloud hosting is NOT a good fit for every company, and consequently, if you don’t get all the facts or fully understand the pros and cons, you can end up making some VERY poor and expensive decisions that you’ll deeply regret later. (more…)

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Contracting With A Managed IT Services Provider

Contracting

When the time is right for your business to bring on a Managed IT Services provider there are several things to consider before signing a contract. Businesses both large and small have certain needs that are better managed by professionals. Contracting with a managed service provider allows owners and upper level management to focus their attention on growing and managing the business.

Teaming up with a managed service provider has several benefits if you choose the right partner. Conversely bringing on a managed service provider that doesn’t understand your needs or one that is unable to provide the level of service required can be an expensive mistake. Here we look at the things you should consider before signing on the dotted line. (more…)

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How Businesses Can Protect Their Wireless Access Points

Image of Wireless Access Points The current high rate of mobile users warrants that wireless access users, especially business users, should know how to protect their wireless access points.

First of all, regular business travelers, high-tech adventurers, or those who just love traveling are increasingly vulnerable to unique cyber security threats. This is even more dire in the case of busness travelers because they often carry sensitive data that may be personal or business related.

And most noteworthy, this sensitive data reside on a variety of devices from laptops, tablets, and smartphones to other smart devices such as wearables and home appliances.

A recent survey of financial districts found a high percentage of Wi-Fi clients actively probing for “Free Public WiFi”, and cyber criminals create fake wireless access points (SSIDs), hoping that unsuspecting users will log into one of these.

Fraudulent SSIDs Can Lead To Wireless Access Points Attack

It can be tough to convince users — especially those challenged by shrinking travel budgets — to avoid the temptation and draw of free wireless Internet access. When employers can’t or won’t pay for unlimited wireless Internet, employees get creative. Why should they waste thankless hours waiting for planes and trains when they could be using Free Public WiFi to catch up on mail, download iTunes, or watch a little Slingbox? (more…)

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Provide Critical Data Security Using Locks

Provide Critical Data Security Using Old Fashioned Locks

Sometimes the key to data security is an old-fashioned lock. Here’s some  advice on protecting your customers and employees by securing sensitive data. One important tip: Lock it — Protect the information that you keep.

  1. Lock, stock — or peril. Computer defenses can be critical, but when it comes to protecting personal information, don’t forget “old school” physical security, too.
    Discourage light-fingered passersby by making sure every employee has a secure drawer or locker.
    Centralize sensitive paperwork and limit access to employees with a legitimate business need.
    Remind them not to leave documents out when they step away from their desks.
    Shipping data offsite? Consider encrypting it and using a mailing method that will allow you to track the package en route. (more…)
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Drive-by Trojan Download: CNET Embraces the Dark Side

It appears that the draw of the almighty dollar has pulled CNET to the dark side. CNET is a popular technology news site with a download portal called Download.com where many users go to download software that are free, shareware and open source. The site built a reputation a while back as a dependable location for hosting software that was devoid of malicious content – trojan horses, adware, virus etc. (more…)

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Why We Should Thank, Not Demonize LulzSec, Anon

So the 50-day cruise is over and the guys at LulzSec are going back underground. That should worry some of us because if they did not want us to know what they were doing, I don’t think any sane person would argue that they could not have done so.

While the media has been abuzz about the exploits of Anonymous and LulzSec, the bigger question we should be asking is, are any of their exploits new or did they just give us a wake up call that there is no security, at least in the way we normally define it. What they have demonstrated is that security is a term we use to make ourselves feel good. (more…)

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