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Beware The Botnets!

on April 12, 2019 Comments Off on Beware The Botnets!

Have you ever heard of Botnets? It sounds a little like the name for some cute cartoon one might see on Cartoon Network, but it’s not.

What is Botnet? According to Wikipedia: ” A botnet is a number of Internet-connected devices, each of which is running one or more bots. Botnets can be used to perform distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack), steal data, send spam, and allows the attacker to access the device and its connection. “

Why do you need to know about Botnets? Because, your system could be a part of a Botnet. Those crafty Botnet builders slink around infecting multiple devices with their Botnet viruses, and then they use them.

I found out about Botnets from this post on the AVG Website. This is an excerpt from a post they wrote about online threats we should all be watching out for this year.

“2. Botnets

The one for megalomaniacs

Simply put, this is when a hacker creates nasty malware that enslaves thousands upon thousands of smart devices (your PC included) in order to get the processing power to do some greater evil. What you probably didn’t know: you might not even notice.

What does being part of a botnet do?

Make your PC run slower. Give you other types of malware. Make you feel ashamed: normally it comes with spyware or ransomware. But the wider picture: your PC could be unknowingly working to attack websites or networks, steal passwords, social security numbers, credit card details, addresses and phone numbers of innocent people around the world. Eeek.

Prepare yourself in 2019

In 2016, botnets made up 33% of all detected malware. In 2018, botnets made up 78%! Not surprising when you think about all the new IoT stuff we’re making every year. But here’s what you do: first, update your devices passwords and use anti-malware to regularly check for infections. Second, search for your IP address in a specific attack if you’re suspicious (here’s a page), and third, use a free network analysis tool such as Wireshark or Snort to monitor your Internet traffic for unusual activity.”

If you systems are running slower than usual, it may be time to have us come in and take a look. We can run some of the most effective software tools to check your servers and your network to make sure its free and clear of viruses.

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Let Unified Technology Solutions Help

on April 4, 2019 No comments

It’s your company. It has your name on the door and your reputation is on the line if things don’t go well. We understand that. But trying to do everything yourself just doesn’t always work. Let us help.

Here in America, we take pride in self reliance. It’s important that we be able to wear many hats and take care of things ourselves. But is that really the best way to do things? Is it the most effective way to run your business? Probably not.

You spend countless hours educating yourself and working with your staff on the things you need to know to be the best you can be in your area of business. How can you also devote the time and resources it would take to be an expert in Information Technology, software and hardware?

We at Unified Technology Solutions can take over that part of your business for you. It’ doesn’t mean that you should stop learning about new advances in technology, it just means that you can trust us to resolve your tech issues so that you can work on your business.

Servers, Cloud storage and back up, internet security, preventing malware attacks and recovering from hardware crashes, that’s what we do. We also have help desk services for when your people encounter a software or hardware problem. Some issues require us to be on site, but there are also issues we can solve by logging in remotely and diagnosing the problem right from our offices.

Give us a call at : 772.539.7667 to set up an appointment for us to come and learn more about your operation and you to learn more about our services.

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What Happens When You DON’T Let Windows Update Your Software

on August 7, 2018 No comments

Admit it. You don’t always let your operating system perform it’s regularly scheduled updates. You may even be slow in moving from one software version up to the next one. We all get comfortable with what we have, it’s a human trait, but to neglect updates on software is not only wrong, it’s down right dangerous for your data!

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Cybersecurity Threats to Your Business

on July 25, 2018 No comments

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Cybersecurity is a hot topic and at Unified Technology we are continually looking for the latest information regarding the prevention of cyber threats. What was once thought of as a big company/governmental issue is trickling down to end users, both in business and personal use. It’s just too easy for someone to send a phishing email with a virus embedded or attached and there is almost always someone within the company who isn’t paying attention. Once these emails are open and the software gets on your server, you are in trouble.

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Business Network Security

on June 20, 2018 No comments

If you have watched or listened to the news in the past few weeks, the various news outlets have been warning all of us who use wireless routers to RESET THEM. Cyber attacks on the “little guys” are a fact of life now.

As more large corporations beef up their firewall and internet security, hackers are increasingly turning to us little guys. You can say, what do they want with my little company? And you would be right. It’s not necessarily your data they want, rather its the ability to  network several small networks together for their use.

We have our own checklist for Network Security, but for the purpose of introducing you to the topic, we are going to use the Network Security Checklist from Cisco :

“Network Security Checklist

Many small and medium-sized businesses do not have adequate network security. Here’s how to make sure you do.

Now more than ever, you depend on your network for your most important business operations, such as communication, inventory, billing, sales, and trading with partners. Yet up to now, you might have held off on protecting your network, for several reasons:

  • Network security might seem too complex, and tackling it might seem like too much work. But you can take a step-by-step approach as described in the checklist below, and then get an outside consultant to help you complete your security plan.
  • You might think network security is an expense that won’t help your business grow. Instead of thinking about network security as a technical concern, consider it a business continuity issue. Networks have become a basic part of doing business today, making security planning as important as sales and marketing.
  • You may believe that smaller companies are less likely to be a target of attacks. But as large companies beef up their network security, hackers are increasingly focusing on small and medium-sized businesses.

General Security Planning Tips

The following tips can help you develop and win support for an effective network security plan:

  • Focus on return on value rather than return on investment. Consider the harm a network security breach could do to your business, such as lost revenue or customer litigation.
  • Never assume that network attacks will come only from outsiders. Your employees can accidentally create security vulnerabilities, and disgruntled or former employees can cause considerable damage.
  • Don’t be tempted to confront security concerns with a piecemeal approach rather than a single, unified strategy that protects your whole network.
  • Work with others in your company to develop and roll out security strategies, focusing on technology, training, and physical site security with tools like surveillance cameras.
  • Find the right balance between security and usability. The more secure your network is, the more difficult it can be to use.

Network Security Checklist

Every business should have a written (and thoughtfully prepared) network security plan in place. A thorough policy will cover topics such as:

  • Acceptable use policy, to specify what types of network activities are allowed and which ones are prohibited
  • E-mail and communications activities, to help minimize problems from e-mails and attachments
  • Antivirus policy, to help protect the network against threats like viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
  • Identity policy, to help safeguard the network from unauthorized users
  • Password policy, to help employees select strong passwords and protect them
  • Encryption policy, to provide guidance on using encryption technology to protect network data
  • Remote access policy, to help employees safely access the network when working outside the office “

This is a lot to take in, but it is a great introduction to the complexities of strong network security for your business network. To get your network secure, give us a call and we can go through everything with you and set it up for your specific requirements.

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Ways to Protect Your Business From Ransomware

on June 5, 2018 No comments

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Ransomware is everywhere and the next person or company it holds hostage could be you.  If you aren’t certain as to what it is, let me give you the short version. Its software that gets downloaded on your system and it can destroy all of your programs and files. It’s almost impossible to remove by anyone other than those who coded it in the first place, and those entities will extort money from you to “remove” the ransomware, but in truth, it may never really be taken off your system, even once you pay their ransom.

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