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Tips and Tricks: An Unconventional way to Protect Yourself from SolarWinds and Future Hacks

Will running one rarely used program stop future attacks? It will in the SolarWinds attack and perhaps stop future compromises too.

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Emergency Update if Your IT Team Uses SolarWinds Products, and How to Protect Against Supply Chain Attacks

Bad Actors compromised a product called SolarWinds Orion and then used that as a vector attack organization. Ask your IT team if they use SolarWinds products, and if so, they must

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If You Get Hacked, Do Not Email Anyone About It

You’ve trained your users to be vigilant for symptoms of cybersecurity issues. Now teach them to share their concerns confidentially.

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Video Conferencing – Avoid Installing Meeting Programs When Possible

CEOs and Executives: Avoid installing video conferencing software on your computer just because some other company tells you to. When you launch video conferencing programs, many of them ask you to install a program or app on your computer or device. What if the program is a virus?

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Executives Appreciate it when IT Professionals Communicate Effectively

Today, an IT Guru called to gather more information as he prepared to meet with his executives. His methodology was impressive, and executives might want to forward this to your IT professionals. IT professionals want to do a great job of communicating with executives and they welcome guidance for communication. A while ago, the executives […]

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Remember to Give Your IT Pros a Holiday Gift

Your IT Team pours out so much time and energy. If you aren’t already, you can brighten their holidays by giving them a gift. The work they do is often so complicated, yet they make it look easy. Unless you are a high-tech executive, it can be difficult to appreciate how sometimes your team accomplishes […]

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Microsoft Will Stop Protecting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020

Windows 7 computers will still run, your anti-virus will still work, as will your other programs. But you are taking a significant risk because Microsoft will no longer provide security updates that help keep attackers out of your network.

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Alert Your IT Team – Urgent Patch for Network Servers

Many organizations use VMware to host their servers. VMware has released an urgent update they label as

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Alert IT to Graphics Component Patches

Security patches are so important to security, but they are difficult to manage and you always stand the risk of a patch interrupting productivity. And there are some new patches your IT team needs to know about…

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IT Professionals: 3 Things IT Professionals Must Do to Avoid Being Fired

To keep their job, IT Professionals must do three things.

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