Gift Card Scam

Gift card scam uses boss’ email address

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

Sometimes it’s good to question the boss. If you get an email from your boss asking you to purchase gift cards, you may really be communicating with scammers. For the past six months or so, there’s been an email scam from “bosses” requesting that you purchase gift cards on their behalf. It’s a more sophisticated version of the traditional email …

Protect Your PC

Protect your PC by doing these three, simple things

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about how to keep your PC running in tip-top shape. These tips continue to be important to ensure your PC has a long life, so I’m reposting it today with some updates. Tip #1: Protect your PC with a surge protector Your home’s electrical outlets don’t provide a constant and consistent …

Ransomware Security

Five ways to protect your business from ransomware

Michael Anderson Disaster Recovery, IT Managed Services, IT Security

When it comes to cyberthreats, there is a lot to think about – from Trojan horses to worms. In 2017, ransomware attacks rose an astounding 250 per cent, according to AO Kaspersky Lab (2017): IT Threat Evolution Q1 2017. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts critical data on computers or mobile devices and blocks the owner from …

Firewall

What’s a firewall and does my business need it?

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

“Block that score! Block that score! Zero yards, zero yards, not one more!” – old football cheer Just like a football team’s defense attempts to prevent the offence from scoring a touchdown, a firewall attempts to protect your network from unauthorized attempts to access your system, including hackers, viruses, and malicious code. A firewall can be hardware, software or both. …

cloud computing

The pros and cons of using the Cloud

Michael Anderson Cloud, IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services, IT Security

In my last blog,“What is the cloud?,” I discussed what the Cloud is and isn’t. In this post, I’ll discuss three advantages and disadvantages of using the Cloud. Cloud Advantages Lower hardware costs: You don’t have to purchase in-house servers. You use the provider’s hardware and only pay for what you need. Providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web …