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Alert Your Team – USB Devices, Login Prompts, and Apps

Warn your users about three ways attackers continue to exploit the COVID-19 crisis: Continue reading ‘Alert Your Team – USB Devices, Login Prompts, and Apps’


Plan Now for Slow Internet and Dropped Phone Calls

Prepare now for slow Internet speeds and dropped mobile phone calls. Some customers report that their remote workers experience slow Internet speeds. The sheer number of people working from home, and others watching videos at home, is causing the Internet to experience slowdowns similar to traffic during rush hour. Continue reading ‘Plan Now for Slow Internet and Dropped Phone Calls’


Warn Your Workers about Attacker Decoy Tactics

Alert your workers to be on guard looking for fake, decoy websites about coronavirus, Continue reading ‘Warn Your Workers about Attacker Decoy Tactics’


Recommendations for Cybersecurity for Remote Workers During Coronavirus

The rapidly changing situation of potential school closures, self-quarantines, and public reaction to the coronavirus guarantees that at some point you will have employees who need to work from home. Continue reading ‘Recommendations for Cybersecurity for Remote Workers During Coronavirus’


Prepare Your Organization for a Reaction to Coronavirus

The city of San Francisco just declared a state of emergency over the Coronavirus. Other cities will follow suit – maybe yours. Continue reading ‘Prepare Your Organization for a Reaction to Coronavirus’


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 approved IT configuring the firewall to block gambling, job search, and some other website categories from workers. As usual, the workers pushed back.

Continue reading ‘Executives Appreciate it when IT Professionals Communicate Effectively’


Information that You Need to Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act

California’s CCPA act went into effect on January 1, but you have until July 1, 2020 when it is enforced. Get started now. First, you need to Continue reading ‘Information that You Need to Know About the California Consumer Privacy Act’


Adobe Flash Stops on December 31, 2020. Are You Ready?

For more than 20 years, Adobe Flash helped websites deliver video content to your screen. However, attackers use Flash to inject ransomware and other malicious code into computers. The bad actors are usually one step ahead of security patches. Continue reading ‘Adobe Flash Stops on December 31, 2020. Are You Ready?’


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 a miracle.

In some organizations, the only time the IT team gets noticed is when something technology-related stops functioning correctly.

IT pros, by nature, need to invest more than 40 hours a week to keep up with rapidly changing technology. That doesn’t include responses to the helpdesk crises and completing the projects assigned to them.

Executives reading this newsletter already feel compassion for and support their IT teams. But just in case you know an executive who doesn’t, or the gift slipped their mind, please forward this message to them. And why not add an IT Appreciation Day to company calendars?

Happy Holidays – and you deserve a bunch of credit too!


Good News for Windows 7 Users

Microsoft stops supporting Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. If you are not going to upgrade, there are options. Continue reading ‘Good News for Windows 7 Users’