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how to avoid phishing scams

Anyone with an email account has very likely received an email that is an attempt to get your personal information, an effort to get you to buy into something fake, or an attempt to get you to click into something malicious. This type of email is called a phishing scam. Phishing scams can be as obvious as a Nigerian prince asking for money, but they can also be very deceptive. They can look like your bank (or another account that you recognize and trust) wanting you to click on a link to go reset your password. They can seem like an advertisement for a really appealing product. They can also look like a fundraiser for the latest hurricane victims. In 2019, these attempts are more sophisticated than ever. But there are still ways to find out how to avoid phishing scams in 2019. The Nigerian princes are still out there, but scammers are creating more and more convincing emails that look like they come from sources that you recognize and trust – like your bank, your favorite charity, or even your work or school. These guidelines are designed to help you reduce the risk of you and your company falling victim to the latest email phishing scams.

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microsoft election guard

For as long as there have been elections there have been rumors of election tampering. This became a story during the last Presidential Election, but in reality there have been claims of voting issues for decades. The 2000 Presidential Election and its “hanging chad” issue, for one. In order to help improve both the ease of voting and the security, districts have started to turn to technology to help. These technological uses have come with mixed results. Even the recent Iowa Caucus, which utilized new technology, ran into some rather major problems. Tech giant Microsoft is looking to lend its hand to the upcoming elections with what is called Microsoft Election Guard. But what exactly is it and how will it impact our elections, both in 2020 and in years to come? We have the answer for you. (more…)

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browser security best practices

The Internet has increasingly become an especially important tool for you at home and at work. Most of the time it works out just as it is supposed to. You open it up, read emails, check a few social media accounts, and perform whatever work you need to. In a perfect world, you’d never have an issue with your Internet browser or visiting different websites.

However, it isn’t a perfect world and there are people out there who are always going to try and steal personal information, siphon off financial data, or just be a pain in the backside and push junk files onto your computer that effectively renders it useless. With so many threats out there what exactly are you supposed to do? By following a handful of these browser security best practices you will have the necessary knowledge to avoid the majority of malware, viruses, and cybercriminals out there. (more…)

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BYOD and Security

The modern office has changed. It no longer requires you to have rows and rows of computer terminals lined up in small cubicles for your employees to work. In fact, most employees remain happier and do a better job when they are able to work on their own schedule. Or at the very least, with their own computer and around the office (sometimes just a change of scenery within the office can do wonders).

However, when people bring their own devices (BYOD, or bring your own device), it can leave your entire network susceptible to problems. Your employees will take these computers home and use them as their personal computers as well as their professional computers. This means they are checking emails, social media accounts, visiting ticket purchasing websites, and so on. (more…)

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office 365 productivity tips

The Office suite of programs just keeps getting better and better. However, with new tweaks and features coming out every single year it can be a bit of a challenge to stay up on it all without taking an extensive certification course on Office 365. You probably don’t have the kind of time to devote to this, After all, you’re a busy individual with a lot on your plate. To help you with this, here are some of the best Office 365 productivity tips you need to take advantage of. (more…)

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