Things.

 

When you think of the internet, it’s likely your mind goes in one of two directions.

First, data and information. The internet is full of data, and that data has made finding and accumulating information easier than at any time in the history of the world. Sounds like a pretty bodacious claim. But it’s true. If you want information, you can find it—good and bad, right and wrong.

Second, connection. My laptop can be connected to your laptop. Your laptop can be ...

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The good, and the not-so-good.

 

When the topic is cybersecurity, the news isn’t always good.

In the best of situations, those who choose to do harm try. In the worst of  situations, they accomplish what they set out to do.

As a NetCare™ Operate customer, your vulnerability to cybercrime is greatly diminished. Still, at our 2017 Fall Technology Briefing, Bill Wade shared some pertinent and timely information on ...

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Recovery: It’s What Really Matters.

 

Really!

I hope you had the opportunity to attend our 2017 Fall Technology Briefing on Wednesday. We had one of our largest attendances on record, and I believe our subject matter was as timely and comprehensive as ever.

One of our featured presenters was Carl Bjerke, Territory Account Manager for StorageCraft Technology Corporation, our new partner delivering backup and recovery services for Netcare™ clients.

Carl’s presentation was both informative and engaging, covering a wide spectrum of facts on data loss and prescriptions to ...

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A word about KRACK Wifi Vulnerability.

 

You may have recently read about a software vulnerability in wireless networking (referred to as KRACK) that affects virtually all WiFi enabled devices. This is a very serious vulnerability that can be exploited to allow an attacker to read or sniff data being transmitted by the WiFi signal.

(Read more about KRACK here: https://www.wired.com/story/krack-wi-fi-wpa2-vulnerability/)

Microsoft has released patches to mitigate the vulnerability.

As of yesterday morning, Wednesday, October 18, these patches were applied to your computers as part of the weekly update ...

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Can We Skip An Update or Two?

 

Seems as if every time we turn around there is another update to something. Recently, it was Windows10 updates.

The question comes up occasionally…

Could we save—time, money or both—by skipping an update from time to time? Could we do every other one?

The short answer is no. And that’s the long answer, too. Here’s why.

As we’ve written in this blog a number of times, the world of information technology is a constantly changing place. It’s volatile, really, especially as it relates to ...

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Into the Breach

 

There is an idiom that reads: to step into the breach.

Its meaning is pretty simple. To step into the breach means to do someone’s work when they are unable to do it.

What to do about Equifax.

It’s been in the news for a couple of weeks, and rather than react immediately, we at Carolinas NetCare decided to see how it unfolded. It has not unfolded well.

First, this is a consumer problem by and large. While it doesn’t effect companies per se, ...

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Staying alert to email viruses.

 

In the office as well as home, everyone receives and sends email. That means that in your organization, it’s important for every one on your team to know how to detect spam, infected email attachments hoaxes, scams and other nefarious activity.

You protect your company by making sure employees are well informed on how to detect suspicious email and what they should do. Here are some ...

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What’s the password?

 

“Treat your password like your toothbrush. Don’t let anyone else use it, and get a new one every six months.” (Clifford Stoll)

Well, we hate to tell you Cliff, but you are going to have to come up with something new when it comes to passwords. That’s because The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently published updated guidelines and best practices related to passwords and authentication methods. And the first best practice to be changed is no more periodic ...

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We’ve looked at clouds…

For a while, we’ve been advising NetCare™ clients this: backups don’t matter if you can’t restore. (If you attended our Spring 2017 Technology Briefing, you’ll recall me speaking to this in some depth).

To that end, we’ve spent the better part of this year researching the best cloud-based vendors for systems and data protection, with verified backups and quick recovery options. ...

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Five Strategies for Managing Remote Employees

 

 

Back in the day, we all showed up for work at the same place around the same time.

Upon arrival, you might have poured yourself a cup of coffee and talked with a few co-workers about the big game over the weekend, or the laughed about last night’s episode of Everybody Loves Raymond.

(Wow. Talk about old school!)

We’ve had extensive conversations with ...

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