Is that website you are on safe?

used with permission from Norton by Symantec Would it surprise you to learn that there are over 4 billion internet users in 2018? With over half of the population around the world now surfing the net, there may be an increased opportunity for malware attacks by those with malicious intent. As internet scams continue to evolve, it’s important to make sure the websites you visit don’t pose a threat. Arm yourself with knowledge to help you avoid potentially dangerous sites by familiarizing yourself with these three red flags. 1. Odd-looking domain names Let’s say you get an email from your bank….

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Keep your devices and data safe using these simple security best practices

used with permission from Windows Blog by Steve Clarke Ransomware, botnets and phishing scams were at an all-time high in 2018 and attackers are taking every opportunity to steal data for their own gain. In 2018 alone, Microsoftfound that “More than 75 percent of phishing mails include malicious URLs to phishing sites. Other variations include malicious phishing attachments and links in attachments.” But there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself – including using the tips below and keeping proactive security features, like Windows 10 in S mode, Windows Defender Antivirus protection and auto-updates, turned on. Our customers’ security…

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2019 cybersecurity trends

used with permission from HP Tech@Work What the experts say Did you know nearly 60 percent of all malware attack victims this past year were small businesses? Many owners of startups and modest-sized companies assume that because they haven’t reached the financial heights of a Starwood/Marriott, Under Armor, Facebook or Panera Bread (all hacked in 2018), that they’re somehow immune. Nothing could be further from the truth. The simple fact is that most hackers prefer going after soft target – online assets that are inadequately protected and less likely to hunt them down with the big budgets of major corporations. Most…

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Malware May Be Lurking on Your Smartphone

The Google Play Store is full of great apps to keep you connected and productive—but something dangerous may be hitching a ride when you download a new app. That’s right: developers have figured out a way to sneak malware into the Google Play Store, and ultimately onto your Android phone or tablet. Using a crafty code known as “droppers,” app developers hide malware code deep within apps and proceed to attack Android devices in stages. If your phone or tablet is suddenly slow, riddled with pesky pop-ups, or using too much data, you may be the latest victim. How to…

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Why Cyber Security Matters for Nonprofits

On the surface, cyber security may seem like something nonprofits don’t have to worry too much about. It’s easy to see how a data breach could spell disaster for a healthcare company or a big financial institution—but who would target a nonprofit, right? The truth is, cyber criminals don’t really care if your business is doing good things in the world. All they really care about is gaining access to your money, data, or both. And if they see you as an easy target, your altruistic mission isn’t going to stop them. When bad intentions get in the way of…

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4 Benefits of Outsourcing IT for the Summer

Ah, summer. The warmer temperatures, longer days—and of course, for many of us in the business world, that long-awaited vacation. But as business owners know, a vacation can be a big risk, especially when it leaves a big gap in your IT department. Then again, you don’t want to ban your employees from taking some well-deserved time off. Is there any way to work around the IT vacation dilemma? Luckily, there is… Keep your business up and running Your business relies on high-performing technology, and if something goes wrong, your operations—and ultimately, your customers—will feel the effects. So, if your…

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Just “Like” the Real Thing: The New Crop of Convincing Facebook Fakes

In 2018, the good things in life—friendship, romance, altruism—and the bad—lying, bullying, crime—all unfold in expedited, magnified fashion on social media. Earlier this year, researchers uncovered a scam to bilk you out of cyber currency on Twitter. Now, in similar fashion, we’re alerting you to the dangers of a recent crop of Facebook fakes profiles. Social media moles Scams are as old as humanity itself. In the 14 years of Facebook’s existence, they’ve surfaced time and time again on the popular social media network. Catfish, a documentary about a duplicitous Facebook relationship, was released eight years ago, and new episodes…

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Teamwork Triumphs: Major Updates to Microsoft Teams

From the the combined crime-solving prowess of Holmes and Watson in Conan Doyle’s classic stories to France’s victory at this summer’s World Cup, we’ve seen teamwork triumphs again and again. Teams owe their success to collaboration, inclusion, and efficiency—a powerful triad that Microsoft captures in its popular Teams platform. Since its March 2017 release, Teams has empowered coworkers and other collaborators to share ideas via virtual chat and video conference. The technology giant took its recent Inspire event as an opportunity to announce some major improvements to Microsoft Teams. Here’s what you can look forward to. Feature parity with Skype…

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Self-Driving Cars and the Future of Autonomous Driving

Self-Driving Cars and the Future of Autonomous Driving In 2004, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) held its first ever Grand Challenge, offering $1 million to anyone who could build an autonomous vehicle able to navigate 142 miles through the Mojave Desert. Of the fifteen competitors, the most successful entry made it less than eight miles before bursting into flames. Despite ambitious attempts, the prospect of self-driving cars cruising around the streets of a major city still seemed like science fiction at the time. Cut to 14 years later, and smart cities filled with autonomous vehicles taking us from…

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Microsoft Azure Promises to Become Even More Useful with New Partner Offerings Announced

There was no shortage of good news announced at this year’s Microsoft Inspire—an annual conference at which Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and company publicize plans for the coming months. And some of the most exciting information shared at Inspire 2018 surrounded the new partner offerings for Azure, Microsoft’s Cloud computing service. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, eMazzanti is proud to help our customers get the most out of Microsoft services. Here are just a few of the updates announced at Inspire 2018 that will help us offer you even more. Private offers will expand We care about our customers. It’s…

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