Beringer Associates Technology Blog

Category : Information Technology

The WannaCry cyber-attack has been in the forefront of the news headlines worldwide. WannaCry has infected over 200,000 machines to date. Over 150 Countries and organizations such as FedEX, Nissan and Renault were infected.

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At this point, everyone has probably heard the term “zero-day” exploit or virus. But what does it actually mean? A zero-day exploit is a flaw in an operating system or software that no one has discovered yet. This means that there aren’t patches or ways to stop the virus once it has been released. Most brand-new ransomware, viruses or malware fall under this category.

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The Surface Diagnostic Toolkit makes it easy to run a number of hardware tests on your Surface computer. At less than 3MB it’s extremely portable and it doesn’t require installation. It can also be run using a USB stick or over the network. The tool provides a clean, simple GUI and allows you to run all tests at once or individually. These tests are interactive and several of them will require you to observe the outcome and then mark whether the test passed or failed.

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Microsoft Windows 7 and 10, includes a rather robust global search engine, both of which work on the backbone of a service called “Windows Search”. While wonderful in scope with newer processors, it could drag down the performance in older hardware by continually updating and causing disk utilization issues.

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Cyber security is critical for keeping your business safe. Most Small businesses believe that they are not a target and sometimes prioritize other IT projects over security, but a majority of small businesses are likely to be less secure and more vulnerable for cyber attacks. Last year 43% of cyber-attacks worldwide were against Small businesses.

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Upgrading your PC to a Solid State Drive (SSD) can have a dramatic impact on an aging computers, overall usability and prolong its effective life. Many people talk about the performance (or lack thereof) of their desktop or laptop computers. If you have a computer that was purchased over 3-4 years ago, and you see that the memory and CPU seem to be doing ok, but the system is overall slow…consider upgrading to a Solid State Drive.

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It is estimated that by 2021 there will be over 46 billion connected devices… That’s a lot of connections. This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. Default passwords are one of the major contributing factors to large-scale security compromises. Attackers can easily identify and access internet-connected devices that use shared default passwords.

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A lot of companies set up their mission critical equipment and forget about it. Over time, they continue to add equipment and wires but don’t always continue to think about the aesthetics of the room. A disorganized network closet might allow your business to run but will not allow for quick diagnoses. When those systems fail, it could add a significant amount of time for a technician to diagnose the issue. So, it might be time to do some spring cleaning in your network closet or server room.

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You may already be familiar with Remote Desktop Services, or Terminal Services through Microsoft. Remote Desktop Services are traditionally server based environments to provide a unified desktop experience for a collection of users. Users log into a remote desktop and are provided access to applications and desktop settings by an IT administrator.

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By now, most of you have incorporated some form of automated sales tasks into your organization. It may be enabling appointment scheduling on your website to sending automated emails for customers with expiring contracts. Congratulations, you’ve made more efficient use of your sales team’s time! You’ve empowered

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