URGENT SECURITY ALERT: Apple iPhone, iPad, Mac

By Tom McDonald | Feb 23, 2014 5:15:00 PM

AVOID public wifi until you have performed the latest iOS update. Protect yourself from potential security issues aimed at Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad.  NSI Senior Support Consultant explains: 

"There isn't much buzz about it yet as it is mostly only the hacker/security community that knows of this today, but there was a MAJOR security vulnerability that was just made public that affects almost all apple devices.

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Mobile Device Vulnerable? Protect IT! 5 Steps to Smartphone Security

By Tom McDonald | Apr 3, 2013 12:16:00 PM

Smartphone Security:  The single, easiest portal into your professional and personal life is also the last thing you would think of protecting.  Take a look at the list below, and take action – Do it today:

 

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Windows 7 is Over 5 Times More Secure According to New Microsoft Report

By Tom McDonald | May 16, 2011 12:28:00 PM

Microsoft just released its security report and according to the data, Windows 7 is over 5 times more secure than Microsoft’s old operating system, Windows XP. Many people complained heavily about security when using XP and it seems they were right in doing so, although in Microsoft’s defense, XP is almost a decade old at this point and there is only so much you can patch and alter without totally rebuilding the system. This need for a major refresh is seen with even Windows Vista being twice as secure as XP, while Vista had many flaws, its one feature that it always beat XP in was security and Microsoft upped the stakes with Windows 7, making it both less intrusive than Vista and more secure according to the data.

This report is most intriguing for businesses, who have been reluctant to upgrade from XP, with the majority of them skipping Vista completely in their upgrade cycle and many of them holding out from Windows 7 until Microsoft released service pack 1. With XP usage accounting for 2/3 of all PCs before Windows 7 release and now it’s down to a 40% with Windows 7 up to 36% and Vista down to under 8%. This is a clear sign that people are ready to move over from XP, with Windows 7 losing the majority of the bloat from Vista and having very high security standards compared to its former versions.

The biggest thing to note is the benefits to businesses from Windows 7’s enhanced security. Currently virus’s cost people about 50 Billion dollars annually, considering the cost of downtime on top of costs of actually eradicating the virus from the system. This means that a business who upgrades from Windows XP to 7 can hope to see a fifth of the viruses on their network compared to using all XP machines over time. Many business’s argued with Microsoft when Vista first debuted, saying that there was no real benefit from upgrading from XP to Vista and that it cost more to buy hardware capable of running Vista. With Windows 7 needing less requirements and having 5 times better security than XP it is a great time and a money saver for businesses to make the move to Windows 7. With desktop prices so low, the increase of productivity and the increased security make it an ideal time for an upgrade. Even with Windows 8 only a year or two away, as many companies refuse to use a Windows OS without a service pack update, it will be at least a year after its release before it will be suitable for a business environment.

IT Guide for Small Business Owners

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Toshiba Builds a Hard Drive for the Spy in All of Us

By Tom McDonald | Apr 14, 2011 4:41:00 PM

For the people who don’t trust anyone with their data, Toshiba has released a new hard drive that automatically erases itself if it plugged into another computer. This feature works by having the hard drive detect which computer it was originally installed on and from there it checks at each boot to make sure it’s connected to that computer. If you install it on another computer it automatically formats itself ensuring that nobody can have access to your data.

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Do's and Don'ts of Creating Passwords

By Tom McDonald | Apr 6, 2011 3:55:00 PM

Password security is one of those things that you don't think about until its too late, here we outline a simple list of Do's and Don'ts when picking a secure password. Hint: if you password is a simple dictionary word with a couple numbers its not secure.

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New Research Leads to New Ways to Better Increase Password Security

By Tom McDonald | Apr 4, 2011 10:26:00 AM

Its always been difficult for users and security experts to come to an agreement when it comes to password creation. Users want something simple and easy to remember so they can just log in without having to think of which password they need for that site, while security experts would like each person to have a to complex password with a mixture of capital letters, numbers and symbols. On top of that they say its best practice to use different passwords for each site, having the same password for each site leaves you vulnerable if your password leaks once it leaks for everything. But new research from Max-Planck-Institute for Physics of Complex Systems has come up with a way to help stop brute force attacks when it comes to hackers trying to steal your password.

Brute force attacks are when hackers run a program to try every letter combination in order to get into your account. This means that the longer and more complex the password is the longer it will take the hacker to try all the combinations.

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