Every small-to-medium sized business owner needs a strong IT security protocol for accessing internal networks, Wi-Fi networks, and even basic email accounts. A business needs strict control over how their networks and accounts are accessed to prevent unauthorized access and disclosure of sensitive data.
We keep a close eye on hurricanes here on the southeast coast of the United States. Uncertainty over whether storms are going to make U.S. landfall at category 5 or category 4 can lead to panic among many residents of our region. But in other parts of the country (and across the world), people have their own kinds of natural disasters to contend with as well.
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.
Our team is proactively checking in with clients today ahead of the storm to ensure you are prepared. Please reach out to us if you have any additional concerns, or if we can be of any assistance leading up to and after the event.
We will be updating our Twitter feed throughout the event for updates related to infrastructure, power, Internet and general status. After the storm passes, we will be reaching out to customers with status checks on individual networks and next-steps.
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1. Keep the Vents Clear
Never ever sit your laptop on a couch cushion, or on a mattress, or anything soft that hinders airflow through the little slot on the bottom and sides of your machine. Those vents can suck up dust and debris, clogging up the fans and causing your laptop to work harder. And, the harder the machine works, the more battery power it is going to require. If you hear a loud buzzing (like a fan spinning really fast), or your laptop base is so hot you could cook an egg on it, chances are you should consider moving to a tabletop or hard surface to work on.
Bluetowne offers free IT Infrastructure Assessments to help local businesses prepare for what is predicted to be an overly active hurricane season.
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).