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Protect Yourself from Ransomware

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 18:18
What is Ransomware

Ransomware is a specific type of computer malware typically in the form of a virus or trojan.  When a computer is infected with ransomware, it blocks access to your data by encrypting it.  Hackers then request a ransom and may threaten to publish or delete your data unless paid within a short time frame.  After the ransom is paid, the data is usually returned via decryption although not always.  

While not a new concept, ransomware came on strong in 2013 with CryptoLocker.  Supposedly, the creators of CryptoLocker earned around US$27 million.  With that kind of money being made, even illegally, ransomware quickly became a way to get rich.  This problem isn't going away anytime soon.

Untraceable currency in the form of a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin has made the scheme far less risky for the perpatrators.

User-friendly website services have sprung up that allow anyone to create and distribute ransomware and even help collect the money!

How to Protect Your Privacy From Your Internet Service Provider

Sun, 04/09/2017 - 07:30

Here’s How to Protect Your Privacy From Your Internet Service Provider

4 Reasons Every Small Business Needs a Virtual Chief Information Officer [vCIO]

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 09:36
About the vCIO

The intention of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) role and responsibilities is to help you align technology with your organization's vision, mission, culture, strategy, and goals.

We use the term virtual as a placeholder for part-time, as-needed, and on-demand.  You receive all the benefits and value of a CIO without the high cost of finding and retaining full-time in-house expertise.

The CIO is concerned with leveraging and aligning information technology for:

  • Fulfilling your vision and mission
  • Increasing revenue and profits
  • Creating and leveraging competitive advantages
  • Increasing productivity
  • Ensuring a return on investment
  • Reducing and managing risk

Here are 4 reasons why all small business owners and operators needs a vCIO.

IT Security Jargon - Part 1

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 13:16