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12Mar2019

Security and On/Off Wi-Fi

We’re seeing more Ring doorbells. They offer you the ability to monitor your door from anywhere through the internet and your Wi-Fi network. But some clients have told us they don’t want their network on at all times because of radio frequency waves. We don’t share some people’s concerns about damage from radio waves. We
  • 12 Mar, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • IoT, security, security cameras. IoT, video doorbell, WiFi,
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12Mar2019

Password Problems Revisited

To take our discussion of vanishing passwords one step farther, some recent service calls for clients who’ve been hacked – some multiple times – have provided still more reasons to move on to newer technologies. We are getting numerous calls from clients to help them set up Dashlane, including one client who has been hacked
  • 12 Mar, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • biometrics, data security, Network Security, password manager, strong passwords,
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12Feb2019

Generated Passwords Resolve Two Issues

During the recent holidays, I decided to get around to that one project I’d been meaning to do: change all my passwords. I have 241 unique passwords, and even though my password manager at the time gave them strong scores, I just wasn’t happy with the whole situation. So, I dived into a project for
  • 12 Feb, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 1password, dashlane, lastpass, passphrase, password manager, random password, strong passwords,
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12Feb2019

Inside the World of Updates

Facetime updates got a lot of face time recently with all the reports about how a 14-year-old discovered a bug that left a mic open even if a recipient didn’t answer a group Facetime call. It was shocking but not surprising, based on how updates are developed and implemented. Apple, Microsoft, Google and other technology
  • 12 Feb, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Apple, bug, facetime, Google, Microsoft, privacy, security, updates,
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12Feb2019

Office 365 and The Cloud

The recent Office 365 outage highlighted reasons why using the cloud exclusively is not always the ideal solution for everyone. It’s great to be able to pull data from anywhere in the world, but if you can’t place an order or send out an invoice, the cloud has rained on your parade. Most of you
  • 12 Feb, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Azure, cloud computing, Microsoft, Office 365, SSO,
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08Jan2019

The 5G Promise

5G is just about here, and the telecom carriers are pushing it out. Android devices, made by numerous manufacturers, are about to come on the market – even if networks are in the development stage. Rumors abound that Apple will hold back until 2020 to introduce 5G devices, and that’s a good decision for a number of reasons.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 5G, data distribution, mobile devices, upgrade,
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08Jan2019

How Secure is Cellular Data?

We know public Wi-Fi networks can be unsecured, and we’ve tailored our use to deal with those problems. But now, hacking cellular networks may be a growing danger as more cracking devices and techniques become more available.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 2FA, cellular, cybersecurity, data security, EFF, GSM, Network Security, online security, public wifi, SS7, two-factor authentication,
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08Jan2019

It’s All About the Switch

As data pipelines and Wi-Fi networks get bigger and faster, you need to pay attention to the switch, the connector that brings the service into your office or home and sends it to your network. You may need a hybrid system that includes an up-to-date switch and some hardwiring to unleash the full power of the internet service that you pay for.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 10/100/1000 switch, GB connection, ISP, network performance, network speeds, network switch, update, wifi booster, wifi performance, wired network, wiring,
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11Dec2018

The Azure Workaround

When Azure, Microsoft’s storage cloud, was hit with a problem that rolled around the world, it affected some of our clients who use it for storing and accessing data and apps, especially with remote access such a key need. Microsoft hasn’t been the only cloud provider hit, and this won’t be the last problem. But
  • 11 Dec, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Azure, cloud computing, DevOps, dropbox, Microsoft, O365, Office 365, two-factor authentication,
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11Dec2018

New Company, Old Stuff…Old Company, New Solutions

A recent acquisition of a company by one of our clients illustrates the problems you can face with old software as well as old hardware. And our onboarding of a new client illustrates the problems that compound each other after neglect and poor shortcuts. Here’s how we tackled them together. The software issue, which involved
  • 11 Dec, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Microsoft, performance, quickbooks, small business, update, upgrade, Windows 10,
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