Meet Locky, Your New Worst Nightmare

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Ransomware is shaping up to be the most significant threat from the hacker community in 2016. Over the last few days, Locky, a new piece of malware has been spreading like a wildfire across the Internet. The problem began February 16, when Locky was sent to 400,000 unlucky potential victims. In its first form, it appeared as an email with a word document attached. The document appeared to be an invoice requiring payment. When the document … Read More

Microsoft Recalls Surface Pro Power Adapters

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Do you own a Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3? If so, and if you made your purchase before March, 2015, you should know that Microsoft has just issued a recall for the AC power cords for those devices. According to a spokesman for the company, the recall was issued because over an extended period of time, an extremely small proportion of customers owning these devices reported problems with excessive heat, and a … Read More

Lost Hard Drives Contain Info On A Million Patients

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A health insurer based in St. Louis, called Centene, has “misplaced” six hard drives. Normally that would not be a big deal, but these particular hard drives happened to contain the personal data of around a million patients. The missing data includes patient names, addresses, birthdays, and social security numbers, but thankfully, not payment information. So many of the headlines we’ve seen about exposed customer information comes on the heels of a high profile successful hacking … Read More

If You’re Using Any Of These Passwords, Stop

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Since 2011, a company called SplashDash has posted a “Worst Password List” based on data mined from hacks and data breaches. What’s remarkable about the annual list is how little it changes from one year to the next. In the age of weekly, high profile hacks, in the age of rampant identity theft, one would think that it would start to be apparent how important choosing passwords might be. Making passwords more robust, harder to guess … Read More

New Service Automatically Replenishes Items for You

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For many months, Amazon has been planning to take the retail game to the next level. Their ambitious plan first became visible with the inclusion of mysterious “Dash Buttons” on various classes of products. Mysterious, because at least until now, those buttons didn’t actually do anything. Clicking on them would get you absolutely nothing. Quietly, and behind the scenes, Amazon has been partnering with a number of vendors to put teeth into their plans. Ultimately, what … Read More

How To Ensure That Your Business Email Is Secure

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As almost everyone is aware, Email was the first “killer app.” It very quickly went from being an expensive, idle curiosity, where users had to buy digital stamps in order to send each and every email, to something so ubiquitous that on average, people have 3 email addresses, even if they don’t regularly use them. It’s simple to set up a free email account. You can do it in literally minutes. The problem, of course, is … Read More

How You Can Reduce Attrition At Your Company

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As the economy continues to improve, and labor gets tighter, wages start to rise. It’s inevitable, and that reality sends shock waves of fear through the small business community. After all, they can’t hope to compete with the big players in their industries, and let’s face it, the lure of a significantly bigger paycheck can be all but irresistible. How then, do smaller companies compete, if they want to keep their best talent? Small and medium-sized … Read More

Having Problems with Your iPhone Battery?

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Back in September, not long after Apple started selling the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, users began complaining of a strange problem with their batteries. You may have experienced this yourself. One minute, you’ll be using your phone, and the next minute, it will simply shut down, citing low battery power. It turns out that the battery isn’t the culprit after all. Instead, there’s a bug in the code of iOS9 that causes the battery indicator … Read More

Google Is Increasing the Speed Of Chrome

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When Google Chrome was first released, it was hands down the fastest browser on the web. Nothing else even came close. Over time, other, competing browsers began to catch up, speed-wise. In fact, recently, when Microsoft released Edge, their new offering that replaced the beleaguered Internet Explorer, the new browser actually clocked in as being faster than Chrome. Not willing to go quietly, Google has been responding. Recently, they released version 45 of Chrome, and have … Read More

Four Things Consider Before Taking Your Business Wireless

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Is your company considering “going wireless?” If you haven’t taken the plunge yet, then it’s something you should strongly consider. It’s not as simple as just buying something off the shelf and plugging it in though. There are a number of considerations, and we’ll go over the basics just below: Security With security being on everyone’s mind lately, it’s important to be sure you select a router with robust security features built in. Where routers are … Read More

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