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The latest technology news and what it means for you.

We’re Using a New Antivirus – VIPRE
Aug 12, 2016

We’re using a new antivirus called VIPRE and we’ve been happy with the results so far. On a scan of 86 machines, VIPRE detected 187 infections, potentially unwanted software, and malware – all of which were not detected by the existing antivirus. +

Keeping Your Teenager Safe on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Whatever Comes Next
May 23, 2016

When it comes to keeping your teenager safe on the Internet today, there’s more to consider than monitoring the way they “surf the web.” Most teenagers have an iPhone or iPad, or Android phone or tablet, and “hanging out online” typically means using a chat app like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. +

Keeping Your Teenager Safe Online: On Their Laptop, Phone or Tablet
May 21, 2016

For teenagers today, the Internet and smartphones are a way of life. From their homework to hanging out, everything happens online. Keeping teenagers safe online and on their phones is an increasing concern for schools and parents. In this article we’ll look at some important steps you can take to keep your teenagers safe and give you better peace of mind. +

What's Your Password Policy?
Mar 14, 2016

If you don’t know the answer to this question, your business could be at risk. In our recent posts, we’ve talked about measures that small businesses can take to protect their information and their assets. Having a strong password policy is one of the most important measures you can take to keep your business safe. +

Latest Malware: CryptoLocker - Protecting Your Business
Mar 02, 2016

Lately, the news has featured reports of the recent malware variant CryptoLocker, which is a particular type of malware known as ransomware. +

To Encrypt or Not to Encrypt? That is the Question
Feb 18, 2016

We've all heard about encrypting files, but what does this mean? And what should be encrypted? In this article, we'll provide you some straightforward answers about encrypting files, folders, computers, devices, and connections.  +

Removing Pesky and Annoying Toolbars From Your Browser
Feb 18, 2016

Sometimes when you download software a toolbar is included. This is an extra toolbar that installs itself at the top of your web browser, sometimes taking over your search functions. In this article, we'll show you how to remove pesky and annoying toolbars from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. +

Cloud Computing is Easier and Saves You Money
Feb 18, 2016

Every year we’ve heard the promises of cloud computing: “your information will be everywhere!”, “it will save you time”, “it will be more secure”....well, the bandwidth, devices, and apps are finally here to make these promises come true. +

Cybercrime is Costing Small Businesses Big Bucks
Feb 18, 2016

According to a recent estimate by McAfee, cybercrime cost businesses $375 billion worldwide in 2014. That's an astounding number and it speaks to the fact that more businesses, big and small are falling victim to hacking, phishing, and lost revenue due to compromised systems. In case you are wondering, that's the conservative estimate from their study! The actual costs could be much higher. +

6 Tips to Prevent Hackers and Phishing
Feb 18, 2016

Sometimes the weakest link in the IT chain is not the security protocols in place, or the handling of devices, it’s you! Quite often, hacking and phishing — two names for malicious computer attacks — exploit people rather than relying on some complex technical feat. +