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Weekly TEK Tip: Turning Vulnerabilities Into Strengths.

Cyber security is among the few areas that continue to hold opportunity for growth this year. We all enjoy convenience but as convenient as they seem, you may be leaving your door wide open to major privacy (and security) risks. Remember when NIST tested forensics to retrieve data from damaged mobile phones? A damaged phone might not power on, and the data port might not work, but tools can be used to access the phone’s memory chips.

In short, here’s a few things to watch out for;

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  1. Notice those sites giving you options to log into your account utilizing Facebook, or Google, etc?
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The 3 Options For IT Support And How To Choose The One That Fits Your Business

If you’re a business owner or planning to open a new business, chances are you have looked into IT support options. For those unfamiliar with the world of IT support, it can be confusing trying to figure out which option is best for your business. You might be interested in the most cost-efficient option but worry that it won’t offer enough support. Maybe you have looked at more extensive options and wondered what is truly necessary for your company’s needs. 

It can be problematic to look at cost alone to decide which option is best for you. When determining IT needs, there are three predominant options – that all come with different benefits and drawbacks – to consider before factoring in the cost of the company.…

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TEK Tip #5 Why Public WiFi Can Be Dangerous

We’re all guilty of it: connecting to free public WiFi. Whether it’s at the coffee shop, hotel or airport, the temptation to check e-mail and surf the web is just too strong to resist. So BEFORE you connect to any free, public WiFi, make sure the connection is legitimate.

This week’s TEK Tip focuses on the concerns challenges we face when using Public wi-fi in places like coffee shops, airports, and hotels.

Data Backup/Recovery, IT Security & Support, Virus Protection, Cyber Security Training, IT Support, Data Security, Cyber Security, Data backups, Computer security service in Walnut Creek, CaliforniaIt’s not uncommon for hackers to set up fake clones of public WiFi access points to try and get you to connect to THEIR WiFi over the legitimate, safe public one being made available to you.…

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Cyber Security Is More Important Now Than Ever – Is Your Business Prepared?

Over the past few years, instances of cyberthreats have increased at an alarming rate, and they don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Awareness around cyber security has certainly improved over the past year, with 9 in 10 Americans stating that they are somewhat concerned about hacking that involves their personal information, financial institutions, government agencies or certain utilities. But while awareness has increased, so have the rates of cyber-attacks. 

Last year, people had more data breaches from January to October 2021 than in all of 2020. As we continue through 2022, there’s no reason to assume this year will be any different.…

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Network Week In Review: Avoiding Tax Season Phone Scams

With tax season in session, the IRS continues to remind taxpayers to be aware that criminals continue to make aggressive calls posing as IRS agents in hopes of stealing taxpayer money or personal information.

While this isn’t a shocking turn for anyone who has been paying attention to the evolution of tax refund fraud, it’s a problem that everyone needs to be aware of nonetheless.

How will I know if a phone call from “the IRS” is actually a scam?

Data Backup/Recovery, IT Security & Support, Virus Protection, Cyber Security Training, IT Support, Data Security, Cyber Security, Data backups, Computer security service in Walnut Creek, CaliforniaIdentity thieves generally try to create a sense of urgency when they contact you. Their strategy is to put you in a state of fear or anxiety through threats or by offering deals that sound too good to be true.…

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3 Great IT Resolutions For The New Year

As the new year kicks off, many business owners and entrepreneurs are making their New Year’s resolutions. Most of these business owners will be focused on increasing profits or expanding growth, but it would be wise to focus on some IT- or tech-related resolutions as well. Making sure that you are up-to-date on the most recent tech and security measures can go a long way toward growing and protecting your business.

While many companies make goals or resolutions that they hope to achieve in the new year, plenty of businesses fail to meet these goals because they do not take the steps necessary to achieve them.…

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CHOOSING A VPN THIS YEAR?

Virtual private network (VPN) technology is essential for securing the Internet safely, whether it be for work or pleasure. VPNs are one of the only ways you can have end-to-end safeguard encryption that keeps your information secure while browsing the Internet.

If you don’t currently use a VPN, you absolutely should. Here are a few things to consider before deciding on a specific VPN. The VPN market is growing fast. It reached $31 billion in 2021 and is slated to grow to $90 billion within the next six years. When choosing a VPN, you want to consider server locations, speed, security policy, whether the VPN has reliable encryption standards, device compatibility and so much more.

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Network Week In Review: Hackers Are Stepping Up Their Game This Holiday Season

The holiday season has arrived, and more Americans are turning to online shopping this year than ever before. The ongoing pandemic, combined with convenience, makes online shopping an obvious choice for most consumers.
Unfortunately, online shopping has been muddied with hackers and cyberthieves since its debut. There are still safe places on the Internet where we should feel comfortable to shop, though. If you are careful about where you spend your money or share your personal information, online shopping can feel just as safe as entering a store.
Here are our five best tips to ensure that your online holiday shopping is safe and secure. 

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5 Myths About Cybersecurity You Probably Still Believe

Today, cybersecurity is unquestionably one of the most important aspects of business all over the world. Companies are becoming more aware of its significance and have begun to invest in establishing procedures and practices. However, some businesses and individuals continue to believe in and fall for certain myths and misconceptions, putting their system and entire organization at risk.

Let’s take a look at the top five most common cybersecurity myths that you should stop believing right now:

Myth 1: It won’t happen to a small company

This is one of the most common and ridiculous excuses or myths that people believe in, and it needs to be debunked immediately.…

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Network Week In Review: A Flexible Partnership With IT Professionals

It’s hard to see how investing in your company’s IT services would be as incentivizing as other investments that might deliver a more tangible ROI. However, ensuring that your IT department has a competent team that’s up-to-date on the latest cyber security knowledge and has access to the latest software to allow them to do their jobs well is a sounder investment than you might think.

Investing in your IT services is a little like buckling your seat belt before you drive to work in the morning. You’re certainly not planning on getting in a crash that day, but you know that if you do, the seat belt will keep you safe, or at least mitigate the bodily damage the crash could cause.…

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