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WannaCry Randsomware Virus: What You Need To Know


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As we’re sure many of you have heard, a particularly nasty randsomware attack dubbed ‘WannaCry’ has infected hundreds of thousands of computers over the past few days. These randsomware viruses infect your computer and lock your files until you pay money to have them released. A more detailed account of this virus can be found on this BGR article: http://bgr.com/2017/05/15/wanna-cry-ransomware-virus-windows-wannacry-explainer/
Microsoft has recently released several patches in response to this virus, and has even released emergency patches for the long abandoned Windows XP, Server 2003, and Windows 8.
We urge all of our customers to go onto their computers and manually check for and install all available updates to ensure they’re protected against WannaCry.
If you’re one of our managed business clients: you don’t have to do anything, we’ve automatically applied all of these patches for you!
If you’re not one of our managed business clients: you’ll need to manually check for and apply all updates on every server and workstation you have in your office immediately.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this, feel free to give our technicians a call at (410) 846-4700.
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What You Need to Know About Upgrading to Windows 10

What You Need to Know About Upgrading to Windows 10

It’s been over two years since Microsoft stopped providing Windows XP with security updates and patches. The Windows operating system was known as one of the most popular Windows operating systems ever. Both businesses and consumers were affected by this major update, being forced to migrate to more recent operating systems in order to stay secure. Thankfully, an upgrade to Windows 10 isn’t nearly as difficult as one from XP to Windows 7, largely because of the hardware costs involved.

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Tip of the Week: How to Take a Picture of a Document With Your Android Device and Turn it Into a PDF

Tip of the Week: How to Take a Picture of a Document With Your Android Device and Turn it Into a PDF

Like many of Google’s productivity applications, Google Drive is available on both iOS and Android mobile devices. One of the neat features that users of Android can take advantage of is the ability to scan a PDF and store it in Drive, all by taking a picture of the document. Plus, if it has text on it which was created by a computer, you can use Drive’s search function to find it at a later date.

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Taking a Vacation From Your Technology While On Vacation Can Actually Make Things Worse

Taking a Vacation From Your Technology While On Vacation Can Actually Make Things Worse

Everyone loves a good vacation, especially if you have the good fortune of having a reliable staff on-hand that can handle the administration of your office while you’re away. Although, it might be tempting to just cut yourself off from technology and enjoy your time off, doing so might cause problems down the line that could easily be prevented by simply checking your email or calling home-base once in a while.

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Now I Get it: Breaking Down Cloud Computing

Now I Get it: Breaking Down Cloud Computing

The cloud is deeply-seated in the way that the modern business handles its day-to-day operations. It’s great for managing access to critical data and applications, making it vastly easier for businesses to optimize operations. With so many great technology innovations revolving around the cloud, how does your business plan on implementing the cloud in 2016?

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Tip of the Week: Get Rid of Those Pesky Ads on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen

Tip of the Week: Get Rid of Those Pesky Ads on Your Windows 10 Lock Screen

Do you have Windows 10 on your workstation or PC? You’ve probably realized that it’s a pretty sweet operating system. Still, there’s a reason why so many people have been bothered by it, and it’s because of its practically omnipresent attempts to advertise to consumers.

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Any Version of Internet Explorer Prior to 11 Can’t Be Trusted

Any Version of Internet Explorer Prior to 11 Can’t Be Trusted

We often talk about how important it is that your business use the most recent and up-to-date versions of your software solutions, but it’s not often that we get to say that people using Internet Explorer 11 have the right idea. As it turns out, nearly a quarter of all Windows PCs are still using unsupported versions of Internet Explorer, with half of them being found on computers still running Windows XP. What has this world come to?

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How an End User Might Accidentally Undermine Your Security: 10 Innocent Mistakes

How an End User Might Accidentally Undermine Your Security: 10 Innocent Mistakes

If you’re like every other small business out there, you know that the more employees you hire, the more technology that you have to procure. However, when you have more end-users, you provide more avenues for threats to slip into your network infrastructure unnoticed. When all it takes is one simple mistake from a single end-user, how can you minimize the chances of falling victim to an untimely hacking attack?

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Tip of the Week: 5 Tips From the 90s That You’ve Completely Forgot

Tip of the Week: 5 Tips From the 90s That You’ve Completely Forgot

The 1990s were dominated by all sorts of great technology: VHS, floppy disks, and grossly oversized computer hardware. Learning new technology shortcuts was once all the rage, but when looked at now, these tech tips are rendered obsolete. However, that doesn’t stop them from hitting us right in the nostalgia. Here are some of our favorite tech tips from the 1990s.

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In the Midst of Chaotic Financial Markets, Technology Remains a Constant

In the Midst of Chaotic Financial Markets, Technology Remains a Constant

Not that long ago, the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange was filled with business-tie clad gladiators, climbing over each other in what looked like a capitalism-induced mosh pit. The Open outcry pit had its language, its own weather, its own smell. Nowadays, these pits are more subdued. They still are populated with people, and some are gesturing to buy and sell, but most of the transactions are done digitally. It is this role where the computer has changed the way financial markets work; from the ground up.

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Moving to a New Office Building? Make Sure Your Technology is Good to Go!

Moving to a New Office Building? Make Sure Your Technology is Good to Go!

Moving your office is never an easy task. You have to move furniture, personal objects, and above all else, your technology infrastructure. There’s nothing simple about moving your office’s technology, but it’s still nothing to get worried about. That’s why we’re here to help, from suggesting the optimal network cabling, to the proper deployment of new and improved technology solutions.

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Tip of the Week: The Top 5 Mistakes that Ruin Mobile Devices

Tip of the Week: The Top 5 Mistakes that Ruin Mobile Devices

To get the most life out of your smartphone, you’re going to want to properly take care of it. Of course, this is easier said than done for a small device that’s prone to being dropped and subject to the many dangers of being transported. Here are five smartphone practices to avoid if you want your device to last.

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Alert: New Petya Ransomware Spreads via Fake Online Resumes

Alert: New Petya Ransomware Spreads via Fake Online Resumes

Next time you see an unsolicited resume in your email, it’s worth scrutinizing before you just click on it. It could be a nasty new ransomware called Petya.

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3 Solid Ways to Approach Your Company’s Technology

3 Solid Ways to Approach Your Company’s Technology

Technology is always changing and evolving to suit the needs of modern society and business. Organizations that fully understand technology’s impact on business are always trying to make the most of their technology. Here are three ways that your company can better leverage its technological investments to meet your organization’s needs.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Google Drive

Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Google Drive

Google Drive is a great way to get work done. It provides several applications that are similar in nature to Microsoft Office, like a word processor, spreadsheet software, and a presentation maker. Just like any other type of software, Drive has keyboard shortcuts and other tricks that can be leveraged for more productivity. Here are some of our favorites.

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Some Microsoft Users are Getting Windows 10 Upgrades Against Their Will

Some Microsoft Users are Getting Windows 10 Upgrades Against Their Will

Windows 10 might be the latest operating system from Microsoft, but despite its great new business-friendly features, many are still hesitant to upgrade. For those who don’t want Windows 10, there are reports of unwanted (and unexpected) Windows 10 updates. Now, here’s the big question: would you want your business’s software upgraded without your consent?

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It Only Takes 8 Seconds for a Hacker to Open Your Garage Door


b2ap3_thumbnail_garage_hackers_400.jpgHackers have proven to be a crafty and suspicious lot, and can take advantage of even the most benign technology to infiltrate networks. However, we don’t often associate them with objects in the physical world. Now, even something as simple as a decade-old communications device can be used to open the right garage doors.

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Tip of the Week: You Need to Manage Your Company’s Online Reputation--Here’s How to Get Started!

b2ap3_thumbnail_reputation_management_400.jpgTwo things are true today: 1) having a good reputation is critical to the success of any organization, and 2) the Internet is a vast network where seemingly anything goes. How then can you make sure that what’s said online about your organization isn’t hurting your reputation? By taking some basic online reputation management actions, you can stay one step ahead of the virtual haters and keep your reputation intact.

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Do You Use Steam for PC Gaming? Watch Out for this New Malware!

b2ap3_thumbnail_steam_malware_problems_400.jpgMalware has traditionally targeted industries that are exceptionally profitable. For example, hackers like to target retailers for their wealth of financial credentials. One of the most profitable industries, entertainment, is also subject to similar torment, including Steam, the PC gamer’s most valuable tool for gaming binges.

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Is the “Send Me to Heaven” App the Best Technology Prank Ever? [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_applications_and_pranks_400.jpgIf someone asked you to throw your expensive smartphone high up into the air and risk dropping it, just for the fun of it, you would probably say no. However, for the hundreds of thousands of smartphone users who have downloaded an app designed to do just that, they may have fallen for one of the best (or dumbest) technology pranks of all time.

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