14 Things You Can Do in Windows 10 That You Couldn’t Do in Windows 8

This article originally appeared on Field Guide
Did you hear there’s a new version of Windows in town? If your Windows 8-toting friends ask you exactly what you can do with the new Windows 10 that they can’t do on their own machines, here’s what to tell them. These are some of the best new features […]

Pain Points

When new clients contact us for the first time, typically it’s because they have hit their pain point limit. Below are some of the common complaints we hear and how we solve those problems.
Slow Response. Something has gone awry with your technology. The printer isn’t printing, your emails are disappearing, the server keeps disconnecting. You’ve […]

Outages at NYSE, United Airlines, WSJ.com expose digital vulnerabilities

This is a repost of an article written by Andrea Chang and Tracey Lien at the LA Times

The outages came one after another: one of the nation’s biggest airlines, its largest financial news publication and its main stock exchange.

Wednesday morning’s spate of technological foul-ups grounded United Airlines flights, sidelined the Wall Street Journal’s website and […]

7 More Days for Server 2003

Microsoft will no longer release updates or security patches for Server 2003. Businesses that continue to use the server will immediately become out of compliance with several agencies.

This includes the following:

Businesses that accept credit cards (read our post on PCI Compliance) 
Businesses that store healthcare records
Financial institutions
Businesses with government contracts

Fines for non-compliance vary by agency, but typically […]

CryptoWall is back

The ransomware virus, CryptoWall, is increasing its attacks. The virus is spread through email attachments, either Word or .zip. The subject lines and content of the actual emails are changing rapidly, but some of them include:

Your payment was processed
Your package was delivered
 Your receipt is attached
Notice of court appearance

This is what happens when an attachment is opened […]

The Cost of Old Technology

This article originally appeared on CNN Money

Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30) pulled support for Windows XP last year, and will no longer issue security updates to fix major holes in the software. Companies and agencies that are still running XP have the option of paying Microsoft for continued Windows XP updates, which provide an essential line of […]

LastPass Hacked,Exposing Encrypted Master Passwords

On Monday, June 15, 2015, LastPass announced a security breach that comprised email addresses and encrypted master passwords.

What’s LastPass?
A password manager that keeps your password for any site on file. Instead of logging onto numerous sites and having to remember complex passwords, you only have to remember one Master password. It allows users the ability […]

Major Mac Flaw

A major Mac flaw has been reported by researchers at Indiana University. We mentioned in an earlier post that Macs rarely get hacked because Apple assigns a BID to all safe programs. Those BIDs are kept in a Keychain. The researchers found a way for malicious applications to “cross over” into other apps by slipping […]

Is It A Virus?

PCI Compliance and Microsoft Server 2003

On July 14, 2015 Microsoft will no longer support Server 2003. This will open up a large security gap in any business’ network that still uses the server. But there is another reason to upgrade. If your business accepts credit or debit cards, you’ll be out of compliance with the PCI.

Q: What is PCI?

A: The […]