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March 7th, 2014

Security_May03_CAs a business owner or manager you face important security issues on a daily basis to look after business computers and systems. From malware to bugs in software, there is almost always a security issue to be dealt with and it can be an uphill battle dealing with them. But, knowledge is power and knowing about security threats can help you battle them more effectively. One of the latest threats to come to light is a bug in Apple's software that all Apple users should know about.

About the bug

News broke on many security websites mid-February about a potentially critical security flaw in Apple's systems following the company releasing an update to their mobile operating system, iOS.
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February 21st, 2014

Security_Feb17_COne of the most common threats to business and individual systems is phishing. This form of hacking is well known and many users have educated themselves on the more traditional methods used by hackers. This has forced hackers to come up with different phishing techniques, and one of the methods that is causing problems is spear phishing.

What is spear phishing?

Spear phishing is a specialized type of phishing that instead of targeting a mass number of users, as normal phishing attempts, targets specific individuals or groups of individuals with a commonality e.g., an office.
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February 15th, 2014

Security_Feb11_CAs information technology systems get more complex, computer malware also gets stronger and more aggressive. An effective security strategy to protect your computer system from a variety of malware is to employ the concept known as defense in depth. In its simplicity, it involves implementing multiple secured layers wrapped around your computer system.
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February 12th, 2014

Security_Feb10_CIt's 2014, and that means that it's an Olympic year. This year the Winter Olympics are being held in Sochi, Russia. As with almost every other Olympics there has been a number of organizational issues to deal with to ensure the Games run smoothly. Unlike other events however, one of this year's big issues is hacking of the computers and phones of attendees and visitors.

Hacking at the Winter Olympics 2014

Well before the Olympics even started in Russia, the Russian government said that they will be surveilling phone and computer communications. Many scoffed at this, writing off the government as being overly ambitious and boasting about a nearly impossible task. The thing is, the Internet in Russia may not be as secure as many believe, being full of hackers. At least according to a report aired on NBC shortly before the games started.
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January 24th, 2014

Security_Jan20_CLet's face it, technology, while essential, is getting increasingly challenging to manage. Many business owners are struggling to ensure that all of their systems are not only working properly but are also secure. One solution many turn to is the skills and support of an IT partner. These tech partners offer a wide variety of managed services, including managed antivirus solutions that help ensure systems are more secure. However, many business managers are not totally sure what managed antivirus solutions actually are.

What exactly is managed antivirus?

By now, most people are familiar with the term 'antivirus'. They know that the majority of solutions are a monthly or yearly subscription that they pay for. By subscribing, the company that created the program will update virus databases, allowing scanners to identify viruses during a computer scan. This type of antivirus software is often referred to as unmanaged, largely because the end-user has the ability to deny updates, turn off the scanner, or uninstall it.
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January 10th, 2014

Security_Jan07_CIn the first few weeks of each new year, you often see business leaders and managers setting goals for the year to come. Most of these goals are determined based off of trends that have been identified as valuable. When it comes to security however, it is a good idea to not look at trends but potential threats. By knowing what could threaten your business in the year to come, you can better prepare and protect.
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December 28th, 2013

Security_Dec23_CThe number of accounts and websites we have to log in to is growing, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. One downside of this increased activity is that security breaches will also continue to rise as well. When it comes to security, often the weakest points are the passwords people use. Far too many passwords are weak and easily guessed, which puts systems and data at risk.
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December 13th, 2013

Security_Dec09_CWhen it comes to the security of the systems and the data in your business, you likely have a good security system in place and your systems are largely secure. That being said, there is one common weak link that all businesses share - the password. If a hacker can crack a password, they will often have full access to your systems. In an effort to try and control this, many companies have password policies. But, are they really effective?
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November 30th, 2013

Security_Nov25_CThe Internet has become an integral part of all businesses, with some companies employing remote workers. Many business owners and managers also check their email or connect to office systems while on the road, maybe even connecting to the Internet on the many open or public Wi-Fi networks available. While these connections are useful, they can pose a security risk to many businesses.
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November 13th, 2013

2013Nov12_Security_CAs a business owner or manager you likely have many different things on your mind at any given time. One issue that many owners fret over is whether their networks, computers and the data stored within are secure enough. The vast majority of businesses do utilize anti-virus scanners, however, there is still a chance their systems may be attacked. Finding out how may help find a solution.
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