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Tech Minute: The State of Cyber Security – Ransomware

On September 7th, a nearly full room of 30 business executives and managers came out to the Rancho Cucamonga Chamber of Commerce's Monthly Business Connection Network (BCN) Lunch.

Accent Computer Solutions, Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer, Derek Woolf, was thrilled to present this month speaker, Julio Martin from WatchGuard Technologies. Julio has been in the IT world for over 20 years. He specializes in the security of small to mid-sized companies.

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Tech Minute: Should Small Businesses Accept Bitcoin?

This thing called Bitcoin has been around since 2009. New tech, (think smartphones) can take off, but others like mini-disc players (remember those, me either) get lost in translation.

But what about something that is stuck in between? Familiar enough to know its name, but not famous enough to know what it is? That’s Bitcoin.

Many people are only familiar with it in the context of paying ransom. That’s how we at Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. see it used most frequently -- as a payout to hackers. But this up-and-coming digital currency is being used for much more. 

Let’s explore if Bitcoin is right for your small business.

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Tech Minute: How Productive is Working from Home?

Working from home, or working remotely, is trending up. And while many people love it, there is still a large number that turn their nose up at it. So, what’s the truth behind it?

There have been several studies on the pros and cons of working remote.  At Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., we have the whole range of work arrangements. From traditional in-office employees, to people who split their time between the office and working at home, and several employees who work from home. So, over the last five years, we’ve seen results firsthand.

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Tech Minute: The Best Way to Stop Employees from Clicking on Phishing Scams [Case Study]

In a world where cybercrime is a daily threat, but concerns for it are often set aside for things like convenience or cost – how do you stay safe?

Luckily your IT professional has established security features like firewalls, antivirus, and other protections that keep you safe. However, a simple click can unravel that safety in a split-second.

Scams also known as “phishing,” ask for permission to run on your computer and if that permission is granted no amount of firewalls or antivirus can save you.

As cybercrime ups the ante, what is your game plan?

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Tech Minute: The Wi-Fi Pineapple and Small Business

The Internet is a life staple. Think about it, what isn’t Wi-Fi enabled in your life? From our cars to our coffee pots, the Internet of Things (IoT) has taken over our everyday lives.

Along with the growth of Wi-Fi enabled devices, comes a greater number of entry points for hackers to infiltrate. Smart devices, in many cases, give hackers what’s known as “backdoor” access to personal information, sensitive data, and bank account access.  

Basically, hackers can sneak into your device and steal your information all because you logged into your account(s) on a Wi-Fi network. If your mind isn’t blown yet, wait until you read how they do it.

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Tech Minute: The Deep Web's Effect on Small Business

We have this notion that all the bad stuff on the internet takes place in a dark room.  Some faceless guy in a hoodie hunched over his computer screen, discreetly, but effectively, wreaking havoc on the world. 

That, ladies and gentlemen, is from watching far too much made-for-TV police dramas. The truth is, the “bad guy” isn’t usually just one person. It’s more likely a group activity. Consider it a mafia of digital hackers working to get their hands on top dollar information.

Beyond Chrome and Internet Explorer -- a.k.a. the “regular web” or indexed web's -- search engine capabilities, there is the Deep or Dark Web.

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Tech Minute: The End of Exchange Server 2007 Support

And that’s all she wrote. Thank you for your ten years of service, but Exchange Server 2007 has reached its end-of-life.

Starting April 11th, 2017, it will no longer be supported by Microsoft and here is what it means for you.

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