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12Jun2018

IoT and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

At a recent technology conference in Las Vegas, I was overwhelmed by how far technology has advanced in such a short time – and by how much faster the impact of technology on our lives will grow. We are in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Where are we headed? We’re headed for the clouds – the
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cloud computing, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, IoT, risk management, security,
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12Jun2018

SSL Certificates for Websites

When it comes to the security of your business website, size does NOT matter. Your business most likely either houses some bit of information about clients or customers or has access to information. That makes you a target for hackers. It also makes you a target for a Google search engine flag to warn that
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • https:, online safety, secure sites, security, ssl,
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12Jun2018

Advice from the FBI

If you’re a longtime client or reader of Technology Update, you can say the FBI has either listened to us or validated us with its recent call to restart your routers. Our national law enforcement agency says that routers can be vulnerable to hackers, and one of your best defenses is to restart them. There’s
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, Malware, online safety, privacy, risk management, security,
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12Jun2018

Save Your Vacation with Additional Storage Capacity

OK, I’m as the frugal as the next guy – maybe even more frugal than most. But not spending a buck or three per month to store all your vacation images in the cloud can be penny wise and pound foolish. Let’s begin this discussion with one certainty: No matter how much your vacation costs,
  • 12 Jun, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • back-up, dropbox, Google Drive, Google Photos, icloud, OneDrive, storage,
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08May2018

Reboot Your Thinking About Restarts

Restarting your Windows-based computer clears out a lot of electronic junk and improves performance. The only problem is that you may not be restarting – or rebooting – your computer when think you are. We had one client go 73 days without performing an actual restart on a computer, which meant we needed a lot
  • 8 May, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Microsoft, online safety, performance, security, small business, upgrade, Windows 10,
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08May2018

Size Matters for Computer Performance

Small mechanical hard drives can be a major cause of poor computer performance. We could add small thinking as a cause, too. It may be time to “right-size” your approach. We’re conscious of price and performance, but we tend to think more about the present price when buying a new computer and not looking ahead
  • 8 May, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Microsoft, new hardware, SSD, storage, Win10, win7, Windows 10,
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08May2018

Who Really Sent That Email?

We’re seeing a pattern in security problems caused by “fake emails.” Although the pattern is not restricted to business emails, they seem to show up more frequently in offices. Here’s what’s happening. Just like good marketers, email spoofers and hackers have noticed that Wednesdays and Thursdays are “light days” for email traffic. If someone who’s
  • 8 May, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, Malware, online safety, risk management, spoofing,
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10Apr2018

The Not-So-Hidden Costs of Free Apps

Facebook is free. You can get a free Starbucks app that gives you savings. You can use any number of free navigation apps, such as Waze or Google Maps. They may be free of fees, but they have costs, but they have costs, and that may be at the practical heart of privacy. Our purpose
  • 10 Apr, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, free apps, Malware, online safety, privacy,
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10Apr2018

Don’t Go to the Dark (Web) Side

The story of the hacking frenzy would be incomplete without mentioning the dark web. Some adventurous souls might think they can just drop in for a quick visit to see what’s it like and leave, but two thoughts come to mind: Trying to leave the Hotel California and a lamb sauntering into a lions’ den.
  • 10 Apr, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, Malware, online safety, privacy, risk management,
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10Apr2018

Spoofs and Email Management

Spoofing email addresses is so common that you might as well accept the fact that you have to scrutinize every message you get. With our switch to a new Office 365 management portal, many clients have been getting emails allegedly from Microsoft, and some are more obvious spoofs than others. It might be time to
  • 10 Apr, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, Malware, online safety, privacy, risk management, spoofing,
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