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We’re passionate about technology, and we want to share that with you! Read our thoughts on technology, the latest security threats and business trends along with our ideas for ways you can incorporate new and future technologies into your life and business.

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What is Microsoft Azure?

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If you’re wondering if you should move your data to Microsoft Azure, you may be looking for a simple answer to the question “What is Microsoft Azure?” Cloud computing in general is a broad concept and cloud companies have historically done a terrible job explaining what their services do. Here’s what you need to know before you make an investment in the cloud.

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WorkSmart Hartford 2018

Why WorkSmart?

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You may have heard about our annual multi-city conference, WorkSmart. Maybe you have attended in the past and you know all about it; but if you haven’t, do you know why you should?

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Fax Machine Printer

Faxploit: Yes, Your Fax Machine Really Is a Threat

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When we talk about network security, we tend to focus our attention on the most critical components of the network, such as firewalls, routers and servers. In reality, any device that’s on the network can be an entry point for the bad guys. Our concern today is with fax machines – yes, fax machines – and the vulnerability they can bring to a network.

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When Giving Up the Internet Isn’t an Option: 12 Tips for Safe Browsing

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We are on the internet constantly – according to USC Annenberg’s 2017 Digital Future Report, the average American spends about 23.6 hours online a week. In this digital age, it’s not really all that surprising. You can do nearly anything you need to do via the internet, from banking to entertainment, shopping to research, and work to school. With so much of our lives spent online, it’s easy to forget one crucial fact: The internet can be dangerous. There is no way to protect yourself 100% from bad websites. However, there is a lot you can do to decrease your risk. Take a look at some of these tips to help keep you safe while browsing the internet.

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No Junk Mail!

The Spam Email Stigma: You’re Not an Idiot if You Fell For It

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With phishing attempts and spam emails becoming more sophisticated every day, they’re getting better at tricking people. Even the smartest person can easily make a mistake and click on something they shouldn’t. So rest assured, you’re not an idiot if you fall prey to a phishing attempt – here’s why.

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Physical and Digital Security

Physical Security and Cyber Defense 

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When we think ‘cybersecurity’, we think firewalls, antivirus programs, and not sending money to that African prince who needs to transfer a massive amount of money into our bank accounts. With so much to think about on the digital front, it’s easy to forget some of the basic physical precautions we need to take to provide the most comprehensive protection for our data.

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Old Files

Are You a Data Hoarder?

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Are you a collector? I don’t mean of something elegant like china pigs or Troll dolls…I mean are you a collector of “stuff”? Do you hold on to things, some of which may have never been used, were already used or simply aren’t needed anymore?

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Spear Phishing

Gone (Spear) Phishing

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General phishing attacks are much less successful than they used to be; the ‘spray and pray’ technique of sending as many emails as possible in the hopes that someone will fall for it are becoming far less useful. So, unfortunately, the bad guys are getting smarter too. That’s where spear phishing comes in.

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VPNFilter

VPNFilter: Reboot, but Don’t Panic

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It’s all over the news: Russia is in your router. The FBI is putting out news bulletins. Small businesses and home routers are both affected. This must be the end of the internet as we know it. …Not exactly. Is it scary and possibly dangerous? Yes, but before you panic, let’s take a look at what VPNFilter, the latest malware to cause global hysteria, does.

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