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Using Public WiFi

on November 6, 2019 No comments

Public wifi, tech adviceYes, it is convenient to have the ability to access WiFi in public places. But is it smart? The answer is no.

It is not even a good idea to plug your smartphone or tablet into public charging stations.

Why? Because people who steal data, personal information and plant software on your very personal devices will have access to your information. Not only that. If you are a lover of smart devices, they can have access to every device in your home that is currently set up to respond to commands from your smartphone, computer or tablet.

Almost every smartphone has the ability to become a mobile hot spot, so if you really need to use WiFi outside your home, then please, call up your hotspot and log into your own WiFi network.

It is also very important you check your settings on your smart devices and make certain to disable the option to automatically connect to any available WiFi network.

Many of us will be travelling to visit friends and family in the coming months. Yes, it’s nice to be able to spend our time watching a movie, reading a book or listening to music. But a better way to do that is to prepare ahead of time and download your books, music, and movies onto your tablet before you go. And perhaps, if you have the option, kick up your data plan for the months you plan to travel. It’s also a good idea to bring your own portable charging device.

Please, in addition to not using public WiFi, install a robust antivirus program on your phones and tablets. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Stolen data can affect your life for years. Your credit can be ruined, private communications could be shared and even your home can be compromised. This is serious, don’t take it lightly.

If you think we are being alarmists, take a look at this excerpt from a post on TripWire.com:

“……WIFI HACKS FLY UNDER THE RADAR

While theft of data from unsuspecting consumers using public WiFi spots is presumed to be fairly pervasive, it doesn’t get the attention that major hacks of corporate or financial systems do. These thefts happen in dribbles – with bad guys stealing bits of information from many users and accounts – rather than a tsunami.

One contributing factor is that WiFi is so pervasive. A 2015 report by WiFi network provider iPass estimated that there were more than 50 million public hotspots worldwide – one for every 150 people, a number which is expected to grow to 340 million by 2018, or one for every 20 people on earth.

Another factor is that so many public WiFi networks are inherently insecure. Kaspersky Security Network recently analyzed some 32 million public hotspots and found that 25 percent do not use any encryption at all, meaning that anyone with an antenna can pick up the communications. Another three percent use an old form of encryption that is essentially ineffective.”

Remember, if you are going to be traveling, take some time to prepare, and for your sake, stay off public WiFi.

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Telecommuting – Good or Bad?

on October 30, 2019 No comments

 

Telecommuting has been around as a work concept for a while now. Some companies allow it, others have begun to pull their employees back into an office environment.

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Strong Passwords Are Important

on March 21, 2019 No comments

Want to keep your business safe from cyber breaches? When your employees are online, threats come in multiple forms. These include phishing, cross-site scripting, scams, malware and various other forms of hacking. Keeping employees safe online is the responsibility of everyone in the organization. At the highest level, however, it is the responsibility of management and people with the ultimate authority.

When it comes to keeping employees safe at the personal level, having an especially strong password policy can limit external threats. Hackers typically exploit employees’ use of weak or common passwords, using brute force to guess and crack passwords.  Who doesn’t remember the movie “Hackers”?  Employees had not listened to the IT support and had weak common passwords (I believe it was god) and that was how the hackers gained access.

These days, constructing a strong password will consist of condensing an entire sentence, at least 12 characters long, into one cohesive word. These sentences can be shortened or abbreviated, but the point is, single words just don’t cut it anymore.

If you’re using numbers, never use ones that are related to addresses, birthdays, and other searchable information as those details are easily accessible by hackers. Also as convenient as it may be, do not let your browser remember your password. This information is open to hackers, especially if your device is misplaced or stolen.


More importantly have different passwords for different accounts.  It is common for individuals to utilize the same password for multiple accounts, but even at a minimum, employees should have at least two separate passwords for personal and business accounts. 

A strong password policy makes it harder for hackers to crack passwords and breach your network. Passwords should be changed on a regular basis. In addition, you should invest in your workers’ education concerning threats and cyber security practices. Everyone in the organization needs to adhere to strong cybersecurity practices that protect the individual and the entire company network.

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How Important Is Cybersecurity?

on January 7, 2019 No comments

Who cares about my little business? No one would bother to hack my system. I don’t have anything important enough for them to bother.

These are some of the things I here from small business owners, and they are just plain wrong. Cyber thieves and stalkers don’t necessarily care about how valuable your data is. They love it when a site is easy to hack. The data itself might not even be what they are looking for. It could be they are looking to network systems from all over the world in order to give themselves free computing power.

Business News Daily cites cybersecurity as one of the hot buttons for small business in 2019

“Importance of cybersecurity

With several data breaches over the last few years, small businesses are still being targeted by cyberattacks. According to a poll from Insureon and Manta, only 16 percent of small business owners think they are susceptible to a cyberattack. Yet, 61 percent of attacks occur at smaller businesses.

2019 could see the beginning of a cybersecurity movement among SMBs. Jim Lippie, general manager of cloud computing for software company Kaseya, said small businesses will start viewing security through the lens of an enterprise business.

“They will finally take security measures to heart,” he said. “SMBs, like their large enterprise counterparts, will lock down on a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution to keep protected, and also form new standardized blocking and tackling game plans to keep the business even more safe.”

Many small businesses have been targeted in the past, so 2019 could be the first year where SMBs start fighting back.”

At UTS, we can make certain you are up to date on the software which can protect your data. Just give us a call and let us show you how we can help YOUR company fight back against cyber thieves.

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Malware Removal

on September 6, 2018 No comments

How do you remove malicious software, Malware, from your system? There are do it yourself instructions you can find on Google and the other search engines, but our advice is, call UTS. There are several different versions of Malware floating around, just waiting to get into your network, and if you aren’t proficient in it’s removal, you could end up doing more harm than good.

How can you tell if you have Malware on your system? If your network has been running fine and the response time on the various computers within your network was good, and now all of a sudden things seem to have slowed to a crawl, there is a very good chance something has infected your system.

There are other signs as well, like extensions added to your search bar, or redirects from the home page you normally see.

If you have a strong antivirus software currently installed on your system, the programs usually have a scan component you can initiate to go out and check for viruses. Before you do anything else, go ahead and run the scan. It will notify you of any viruses it detects and sometimes it will even isolate the code in a special area. Then before you do anything else, give us a call. Sometimes the virus you have will bury itself deep in your system, and once you reboot the software, it’s almost impossible to find.

In the meantime, it could be a good idea to take your system offline until we get there and can run our diagnostic programs to try to isolate the virus.

Trying to clean up Malware or Viruses yourself, unless you have some pretty high level technical skills, could be kind of like trying to re-wire your own home. You can cause a mess and it may cost you twice as much time and money to fix any mistakes you might make.

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Why Is Good Antivirus Software Important?

on July 5, 2018 No comments

You hear it from us all the time. It’s really more important than ever to protect your computer, phone and tablet. Most of the stories concerning hacking and viruses seemed to be targeted to big businesses, but today hackers take great joy in attacking anyone with a device. They will infect your system, they will use ransomware on your small home computer. Techradar.com  had a great post recently with information on why keeping our PC’s protected is very important.

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