How To Prevent Your Entire Computer or Data From Being Stolen

Is there anything worse than getting a computer virus? What about having your computer stolen? It happens more often than you think. More than one million computers are stolen each year in the USA. Most are never recovered, meaning that precious files and irreplaceable memories are lost forever for countless individuals.

It might seem counter intuitive, but physically stealing a computer is an efficient way for hackers to gain access to restricted corporate info. Why bother hacking a firewall protected network when you can break in and steal entire computers? Read more

Petya Ransomware: What We Learned Since Last Week

It’s been a week since the Petya ransomware caused havoc around the world and here is what we learned so far:

Can Technology Solve Climate Change?

Can Technology Solve Climate Change?

 

This year, our planet will once again come together for Earth Day (April 22nd, 2017) to turn off our lights, visit our local farmers’ markets and recommit to recycle more this year. But this year, Earth Day feels a little more urgent. Climate change is an unprecedented threat to humanity’s collective survival and it is becoming increasingly obvious that we need to make some big changes in the way we interact with our planet. Is technology the solution we’ve been waiting for? Read more

What You Need to Know: Easter Apps!

What You Need to Know: Easter Apps!

The Easter long weekend can be a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with family. Growing up, my family would pile into Dad’s Volkswagon and drive to Grandma’s house for an Easter Egg hunt and a delicious dinner. The problem was, my brother and I would get pretty bored on the car ride over– by the end of the ride we would either be grumpy or fighting. Today, there are a variety of apps that can make the car ride fun, cooperative, and holiday related. Check them out! Read more

Easter Egg Hunting– Not Just for Kids

Easter Egg Hunting– Not Just for Kids

When most people hear the term “Easter Egg” they think of little chocolate eggs hidden for children to find as part of the Easter or springtime tradition in Western society. These kinds of Easter eggs, or Paschal Eggs, are linked to the Christian observation of Lent during which eggs were forbidden. However, in the world of technology the moniker “Easter egg” is used to describe an inside joke or secret in an interactive space– such as a computer game or on the web. This post will reveal some fun technical “Easter Eggs” you can hunt for right at home! Read more

Heartbreakers: Hacking to Shame

Heartbreakers: Hacking to Shame

As we move into February, and closer to Valentine’s Day, you may be thinking about that special someone you’ve been chatting with on an online dating site. When excitement is running high, cyber criminals are working overtime to capitalize on increased activity on specific sites. Read more

The Most Dangerous Computer Viruses That Wreaked Havoc On The World

The internet is infested with a magnitude of viruses and other malicious software. Most of these are relatively harmless, or easily defeated by basic firewall and anti-virus software, however, some programs have caused worldwide disruptions, infecting millions of computers, and causing billions worth of damage. Let’s discover the most effective viruses that have caused chaos around the globe. Read more

How to Ensure your Business’s Online Security is Secure Enough

Owning and operating a business carries with it all kinds of responsibilities. While much attention is paid to the financial end of things, the operations end of the business is just as important. One challenge that’s facing all business owners these days is how to ensure that their online security is up to par. This not only includes protecting the company’s data and information, but also the information collected from clients and customers.

Ensuring that your business is secure enough involves many aspects, ranging from data access and network connections to anti-malware programs and encryption software. It’s a methodical process that you shouldn’t take lightly. While looking over our tips, it’s a good idea to reevaluate your business’ online security and see if you can improve on any of these areas or add some of them to your current security protocols.

Who Has Access to the Data?

Before you start to worry about anti-virus software and changing passwords, it’s a good idea to take a look at who has access to the various levels of data at your company. Limiting who can access the most secure information can help prevent potential breaches. Security clearance should be reserved for those who absolutely need it in order to perform their job.

Along the same lines, employee access to sensitive data should also be tracked or logged. This gives you a way to retrace steps and identify any liabilities, which will hopefully discourage employees from passing on sensitive information or otherwise compromising data security.

Limiting Mobile Access

With people relying on their mobile devices so heavily today, it’s quite common for them to use these smart devices to log-in to work. While this isn’t necessarily wrong, it can pose additional security threats to your company. You may wish to eliminate, or at least limit the number of your employees that have mobile access to lower the risk of potential online attacks. Additionally, stress to your employees that they need to use strong passwords and that they never should access business data via a public Wi-Fi, as these are not protected networks.

Invest in Encryption Software

Encryption software is especially important for businesses that collect financial information from customers online. This software ensures that multiple steps are taken to encrypt the data and make it nearly impossible for hackers to access it.

This type of software is common in large businesses, but isn’t always used by small and medium sized businesses. Unfortunately, it can be rather costly to purchase. However, as a small business owner, you need to seriously consider the repercussions that a security breach could have on your business, especially if all of your customers’ information was stolen. One way for you to save some money on this is to outsource the encryption process to another company. They will ensure the process is done properly and securely.

Install Anti-Malware

Nowadays, viruses aren’t the only thing that we have to worry about infecting our computers. Sadly, we need to remain aware of all the possible malware threats. In addition to viruses, malware also includes worms, Trojan horses, spyware, ransomware, adware and other programs that are intended to damage or destroy your computer. The best way to protect yourself from these threats is to purchase and install a reputable anti-malware program or use a computer virus removal tool that will cover all of the computers in your business.

And while we are on this topic, it’s vital that you always keep anti-malware and other software on your computer updated. This will also prevent your computers from being susceptible to online attacks.

Is Your Website Secure?

This is a really simple question, but one that many owners can’t verify. In order to keep your company data safe and secure, it is absolutely necessary to have a secure web server. This server should also be encrypted. If you don’t have an IT person to set this up properly, then outsourcing this process is a great option, because it will ensure that your server and web site remains as secure as possible.

Have a Disaster Plan in Place

While you can certainly take every measure in the book to keep your business secure online, unfortunately, sometimes there can still be security breaches. Experts recommend that all companies – regardless of size – have a disaster recovery and response plan in place. If you have a data breach, you’ll need to move quickly, so having a protocol in place will help guide you, ensure that you make the right decisions, and prevent you from panicking.

Part of the response plan will also be addressing the breach with customers/clients whose information may have been compromised. They need to be made aware so they can immediately take the proper measures on their end.

By carefully following each of these steps, you will decrease the odds of your company falling victim to a cyber security attack.

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1.  PROMOTION DESCRIPTION: The #GOLDENFIXMESTICK GIVEAWAY begins on July 1, 20171 at 9:00 EST and ends on July 31, 2017 at 11:59 EST.

   The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is FIXMESTICK TECHNOLOGIES. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Sponsor is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to Sponsor with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Sponsor may be reached by email at paula.berry@fixmestick.com during the Promotion Period.


2.  ELIGIBILITY: Open to legal residents of Canada and the United States. Sponsor, and its employees are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.


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Grand Prize: Four (4) winners will receive one (1) Lifetime Subscription for the FixMeStick for Mac (approximate retail value or “ARV”: $99.95)

One (1) winner will be announced on the following dates: July 11th, 2017, July 18th, 2017, July 25th, 2017, August 1st, 2017. Read more

How to Stop Advertisers From Tracking You

Ever looked at a product on a shopping site, only to find an ads for the site you just left show up everywhere you look? This is not only annoying, it also raises troubling privacy concerns since we usually can’t know which data these companies collect about us and how it is used exactly. Most of online tracking is harmless, but here are ways to opt-out of the major advertising networks:

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