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13Nov2018

Using Alternatives to Passwords

We have harped…and harped ad infinitum…about having strong passwords simply because those strings of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters offered the best chances of staying ahead of the hackers. But we’ve always reminded you that something better is needed because the bad guys have a vested interest in developing better systems to
  • 13 Nov, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Azure AD Conditional Access, biometrics, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, hardware tokens, MFA, Microsoft, multi-factor authentication, one-time codes, online safety, password-less, risk management, strong passwords,
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13Nov2018

Choose the Right Router

As we add more traffic to our Wi-Fi networks in the office and at home, choosing the right router is critical for performance and security. If your router is more than a few years old, the combination of improved technology and the probable loss of full power due to wear and tear means you should
  • 13 Nov, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • ac router, business-grade VPN, dual-band, home office, new hardware, performance, scalability, small office, triple-band, upgrade, WAN redundancy, Wi-Fi connectivity, wifi performance,
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13Nov2018

Hack Attack Continues vs. Businesses and People

While government-sponsored hacking and disinformation makes big news, don’t take your eye your eye off the ball when it comes to protecting your personal and corporate data. A report from a consulting firm, Positive Technologies, painted a dark, dark picture, saying the second quarter of 2018 showed a 47 percent increase over 2017. You need
  • 13 Nov, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • credential compromise, data security, DDoS, hacking, Malware, online safety, risk management, security, social engineering, web attacks,
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09Oct2018

Updating Your Cloud Strategy

We hear all about the cloud without end. For large corporations and individuals, using the cloud is a nearly flawless solution for storing and accessing apps and data from anywhere. But for small businesses, exclusive reliance on the cloud may not be the best solution. Here are some decision-making factors. First, for all their differences
  • 9 Oct, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cloud computing, IaaS, performance, risk management, SaaS, security, small business, upgrade,
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09Oct2018

Hello, New Security Technology

Passwords are on the verge of becoming extinct, and for many people, the passing of passwords will be like getting rid of a migraine. With the latest Windows 10 major update from Microsoft, your computers and devices may now say “hello” to you to access Microsoft accounts, and additional security measures may now work together
  • 9 Oct, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybersecurity, risk management, security, Windows 10,
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09Oct2018

Personally Improving Tech Service

As I’ve said many times before, the greatest value of going to conferences is talking to people. We continuously develop better networks among colleagues and voice concerns to the many techies who man the booths at expos. One of my crusades for this year’s Ignite conference, Microsoft’s annual tech extravaganza, was to talk with the
  • 9 Oct, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • hardware, IT Support, Microsoft, performance, small business, software, Windows 10,
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11Sep2018

Windows 7 Support Ends in January 2020

Here’s our first warning: Microsoft will end technical support of its Windows 7 operating system in January 2020. That means there will be no more security patches and bug fixes. Is that bad news? Probably not. Performance-wise, the operating system has outlived its usefulness, and all the special applications and hardware you run off it
  • 11 Sep, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • end of life, Microsoft, performance, risk management, win7, windows 7,
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11Sep2018

Refreshing Devices Re-Energizes Them – Up to a Point

Refreshing your computers, peripherals and devices requires you to take a long pause, but in the end, it still might leave you thirsting for better results. If you’re hanging onto old equipment, Tech Data reports a few facts that might make you change your mind. First of all, the report says, some 46 million small
  • 11 Sep, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, Microsoft, new hardware, performance, risk management, small business, win7, Windows 10,
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11Sep2018

Password Agony; No Ecstasy

Passwords are a total pain. Upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters in one password are likely unbreakable over the course of a lifetime. But just to be safe, you’re required to change them periodically – without repeating one you’ve previously used for a website. And if you go to extremes, well, it is
  • 11 Sep, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, online safety, privacy, risk management, security, spoofing, strong passwords,
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14Aug2018

Pick up the Phone

Until we better develop telepathic technology and autonomous vehicles, my IT service colleagues and I agree that picking up the telephone is the fastest way to get emergency help for tech issues. Problems that can be resolved in minutes can take hours when you text instead of talk. One issue with one of our clients
  • 14 Aug, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • customer service, emergency support, phone support, urgent support,
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