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Should you be worried about the virus attack on April 1?

Yes, there is a lot of concern over a “really bad virus” attacking on April 1. Should you be concerned? In fact, many computers are already infected. The virus goes by the name of Conficker and it is also known as Downadup (and also Downup and Kido).  My advice remains the same as always: be […]

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Useful utility helps patch your computer

Out of date applications can be slow, have bugs, and even be security risks. If you have never tried the scans at www.secunia.com you may want to. There is a simple online version of the scan and also more in depth scans you can purchase. One of the most useful parts of the program is […]

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Notify your IT department sooner when hiring

When you hire a new employee, you want IT to have them up and running ASAP, right? Around a third of the companies where I consult one of the initial complaints from IT is, “Management doesn’t give us enough warning when they hire a new employee.” It is understandable for managers who do not understand […]

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Can you not decide what sites to block?

Many organizations fail to implement web-blocking technologies because of the arguments that erupt around what is and what is not inappropriate content to block from employees on the job. Keep in mind that most web blocking tools block by category such as, “gambling sites” and “news sites.” This frustration and confusion causes the organization to […]

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How do you stop users from stealing your data?

Business owners and corporate executives often complain that they cannot control data once they trust their end users with it. Furthermore, regulations are requiring that organizations ensure their data is secure. There are documented problems of employees “taking data home to work on it” and then they lose their memory stick, hard drive, or laptop […]

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