Quote of the Month: "The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees." —Barrett Strong Here’s a piece of free advice: If something is free, it’s free for a reason (and it’s not always bad!) This month, we’re taking a look at the free software you can find available on the internet. There are a variety of things you can find for free - freeware products, free trials, free open-source software, free services. The big draw of all of these is the cost: … [Read more...] about Which free applications are worth trying?
Last month, we discussed Windows 7, which will be going away soon.This month - Ransomware, which remains a threat. Find more on Blog at GrundigIT.comAs Always, Happy Computing! -- Tom Grundig Ransomware has a very literal name. Once it gets onto a computer, usually by downloading it by accident from an email or website, it will deny access to all data on the computer until a ransom is paid (even paying the ransom may not work). Prevention and Mitigation: CISA (Cybersecurity … [Read more...] about May Newsletter: Remote or Local Backup and Ransomware
Experts estimate that the global market for cybersecurity products this year will exceed that of the last year. Cybersecurity is often an obscure or neglected area in organizations. Most companies put basic security defenses in place and then forget about it. Organizations scale or grow with time. So their IT setups and digital resources witness a lot of changes over time too. While these developments may boost your productivity, they open up your organization to newer and more complex risks. … [Read more...] about Why Have Your Company’s Cybersecurity Evaluated
There are many specific reasons to get a security assessment: You’ve had a data breach There has been loss of memory or destruction of data A virus has infected your systems Or something else has obviously gone wrong But there is a very large and less pin-pointable reason that every business should have a periodic Network Security Assessment: because you aren’t sure your systems are secure. You hope so. And you think so. At some point in the past you knew that your … [Read more...] about Why Get a Security Assessment?
Last month, we discussed Computer Security This time: The latest in backup technology and services offered by companies like Datto. Find more on Blog at GrundigIT.com As Always, Happy Computing! -- Tom Grundig Network-driven Local and Cloud Backup Technology with Virtualization Network driven backups have been a thing for a while now, but a new wave has hit in the recent years. We feel we should discuss the differences between devices of the past, and the new age that has been passed … [Read more...] about June Newsletter: Backup Technology
Outsourcing certain business services to a computer consultant is the ideal way for a company to streamline processes, save money, and increase efficiency. One of the most popular services to outsource is information technology or IT services. Many businesses require the expert help of an IT professional from time to time, yet having a full-time IT professional on staff can be economically unsustainable. Outsourcing IT services provides a tailor-made IT solution for your business and the support … [Read more...] about How To Outsource IT Services
Last month, we talked about ransomware and what to do about it. This month, we will cover passwords and how to simplify password management while remaining secure. Find more on Blog at GrundigIT.com As Always, Happy Computing! -- Tom Grundig Password security: What you need to know. Password security is important, as it is the final line of defense against an intruder. Luckily, some new tools, combined with newly talked-about guidelines, could make this … [Read more...] about September Newsletter: Password Security
Small businesses often have tight budgets. Carefully planning your costs to make choices that will offer the highest returns means you get more for what you invest. Making the right investment regarding information technology is critical in this digital age where the right technology can revolutionize your business. However, technology upgrades and support can be expensive, and the services that a small business needs may exceed their budget. Here we look at how small businesses can reduce their … [Read more...] about How Your Small Business Can Reduce IT Costs
Computer Security Computer Security is a hot topic and it will continue to be so for the forseeable future. OK, you have antivirus installed. Is that enough? Probably not. Here are some tips for keeping safe. As usual, feel free to suggest topics which you would like to see covered in an upcoming newsletter or on the Grundig IT news page, which can be found at under the News tab at www.GrundigIT.com As Always, Happy Computing! -- Tom Grundig Computer … [Read more...] about November Newsletter: Computer Security
Computer and Network Security Major Security Breaches Continue: If you have been following the news lately, it is evident that large businesses, government departments and other organizations continue to be hacked, sometimes disclosing personal information of millions of customers. Recent major breaches include the Sony Pictures hack (which was purportedly carried out by the North Korean government) and the Anthem breach, which affected millions of customers. In the Anthem case, … [Read more...] about Computer and Network Security