[MUST READ] POPULAR PC MAINTENANCE SOFTWARE CLEANER 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.
[Hurricane Irma] Follow Us on Twitter for Important Updates
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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Get in touch: 843.352.0130 x203 or [email protected]
State of Emergency Has Been Declared: Let Us Know How We Can Help
**State of Emergency Has Been Declared**
Gov. Henry McMaster Asks South Carolinians to Prepare for Hurricane Irma, Declares State of Emergency.
[Hurricane Irma] Disaster Preparedness Advisory
We are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma. Uncertainty over where this category 5 storm is headed was intensified this morning by computer runs that shifted the track east — potentially toward the Bahamas, the Southeast coast and potentially South Carolina.
Tech Quick Tips: 4 Ways to Increase Your Laptop Battery Life and Charge
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
Bluetowne offers free IT Infrastructure Assessments to help local businesses prepare for what is predicted to be an overly active hurricane season.
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).
Tech Quick Tips: 3 Microsoft Office Hacks You Never Knew You Needed
With Microsoft Office You Can…
1. Edit PDFs
Your PDF files open by default in Adobe. But, what if you want to edit them? You cannot do that within Adobe Reader, and the Adobe software that does let you make changes to PDFs is not cheap. Microsoft Word to the rescue!
How Managed IT Services Align with SMB Business Priorities
Despite the need to embrace technology and IT innovation, most SMBs lack the necessary vision, strategy and resources. However, partnering with a managed services provider like Bluetowne can help SMBs address these challenges to achieve strategic growth that aligns with their business’ priorities – including the top SMB business priorities that are depicted below.
With Bluetowne’s Managed IT Services you’ll be free from necessary, but time-consuming tasks. Tasks like monitoring and managing your IT infrastructure, performing server maintenance and updates, and remediating end-user issues. You’ll be free to focus the right people and resources on the right things. Your strategic initiatives will fall into place all while increasing efficiency and productivity.
Let us know how we can help! 843.352.0130 | [email protected]