MUST READ: POPULAR PC MAINTENANCE SOFTWARE CCLEANER COMPROMISED BY HACKERS

MUST READ: POPULAR PC MAINTENANCE SOFTWARE CCLEANER COMPROMISED BY HACKERS

Users of a free software tool designed to optimize system performance on Windows PCs and Android mobile devices got a nasty shock this morning when Piriform, the company which makes the CCleaner tool, revealed in a blog post that certain versions of the software had been compromised by hackers — and that malicious, data-harvesting software had piggybacked on its installer program.

The affected versions of the software are CCleaner 5.33.6162 and CCleaner Cloud 1.07.3191.

The company is urging users to upgrade to version 5.34 or higher (which it says is available for download here).

An estimated 2.27 million users have been affected.

Read more on Cisco’s Blog here.

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What is the Financial Impact of a Ransomware Attack?

The reason for ransomware’s popularity boils down to one thing: economics. Without the proper defenses, cybercriminals can extort hundreds – sometimes thousands – of dollars from SMBs by encrypting valuable data and demanding a ransom be paid to restore the data. Below, see the rise in the average ransom amount by year (in US dollars).

Let Bluetowne help you ensure your company’s data is protected with the highest level of security as part of your overall IT strategy. Reach out at info@bluetowne.com or 843.352.0130.

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Hurricane Season Begins June 1: Resolve to be Resilient

With hurricane season starting June 1st, we are officially in the ‘hurricane prep’ season.  Now is the time to take responsibility to enable your business to continue to operate through whatever storm it is forced to weather.  We will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan to ensure that your organization can to continue to deliver your products or services at acceptable predefined levels following a disruptive incident, and ensure optimized, speedy recovery and restoration of your data and applications.

To prepare your business for hurricane season, Bluetowne will work with you to:
  • Review and validate your disaster recovery plan
  • Review and validate your business continuity plan
  • Verify backups are running and test restores
  • Verify your team is prepared for work stoppage  and resumption tasks
  • Validate your IT infrastructure is sound, up-to-date and stable

All too often, we find that companies overrate their level of readiness. When an emergency or disruption hits – chaos and confusion ensue, rather than quick response and recovery.  Resolve to be resilient by carving out some time to focus on your preparedness efforts.

Our mission is to support you, so let us know how we can assist by giving us a call at 843.352.0130 or shoot us an e-mail.

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Taco Boy Partners with Bluetowne For Advanced Network Design and Ongoing Managed Services

 

“It is critically important to us to have a go to partner that answers when we pick up the phone to call them about a problem. Every time we contact Bluetowne – at any time of day or on the weekends – they respond. Bluetowne also takes a proactive approach to our relationship, making recommendations to constantly help our business progress. We place a lot of stock in that kind of value engineering, and know that we don’t just have a provider, but a partner for the long haul.” –  Director of Operations | Owner, Taco Boy

THE CLIENT

Taco Boy is a local, authentic Taqueria/Cantina serving tacos with innovative fillings, frozen cocktails and other delicious menu items in a funky, vibrant setting. Taco Boy currently has two locations, with one on the upper peninsula in downtown Charleston, SC and the other on Folly Beach. A third location is currently in the works and slated to open soon in Summerville, SC.

THE CHALLENGE

Taco Boy is a fast-paced environment that serves a heavy volume of patrons at each of its locations, and downtime due to technology hiccups or waiting for an IT issue to be resolved is not an option, as it translates to frustration and lost revenue. Taco Boy knew they needed a partner with a reputation not only for innovative solutions that drive better business outcomes, but for remarkable customer service and lightening fast response times. Taco Boy also needed a solution to store, manage and back-up their critical data, and the ability to access this information from any location.

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Lucey Law Firm Partners with Bluetowne to Modernize Infrastructure and Receive Ongoing Managed Services to Support Its End-Users

 

” After partnering with Bluetowne our productivity has greatly increased and we’re receiving better, more responsive support. It’s easier and more efficient to securely access critical information both in the office and while working remotely—whether from home in the evenings or from a courtroom in another city.” – Attorney, Lucey Law Firm

 

THE CLIENT

Lucey Law Firm was founded in 1991 and is located across from Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, SC. The firm focuses on Plaintiffs’ lawsuits in Defective Construction, Contract and Financial Disputes, Special Torts and other trial work such as insurance claims, condemnations and legal malpractice. Lucey Law is proud to have achieved the largest construction verdicts and actual recoveries in the State of South Carolina for its clients. Additionally, the firm has successfully handled and/or tried to a verdict numerous other complex cases, yielding substantial recoveries to their clients.

THE CHALLENGE

Lucey Law’s current infrastructure had been pieced together over the years, and lack of a strategic design and best-in-class technologies was greatly affecting end-user productivity, flexibility and ease of management. The firm was also working with another local provider that was lacking in their response time and effectiveness in fixing the root cause of issues, which proved frustrating and time consuming. Lucey Law knew they needed a new partner who could provide strategic direction for their IT initiatives, modernize and streamline their infrastructure, and then support it with a high level of responsiveness and expertise.

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By the Numbers: Microsoft Patch Tuesday

windows8patchtuesdayThe final patch Tuesday of 2016 has arrived. Yesterday, Microsoft released their monthly set of security bulletins designed to address security vulnerabilities within their products. This month’s release contains 12 bulletins addressing 48 vulnerabilities. Six bulletins are rated critical and address vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Edge, Microsoft Graphics Components, Microsoft Uniscribe, and Adobe Flash Player. The remaining seven bulletins are rated important and address vulnerabilities in various Windows components including kernel, crypto driver, and installer.

Not sure if you’re protected? Bluetowne can help! 843.352.0130 or info@bluetowne.com.

Bulletins Rated Critical

Microsoft bulletins MS16-144 through MS16-148 and MS16-154 are rated as critical in this month’s release.

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