Wannacry, the worst ransomware in history, is preventable. Last week, the Wannacry ransomware infected 200,000 computers. It started infecting Britain's hospitals. We soon learned it was international. A client asked me about it. How to get infected. Here's what I wrote: For a company to ...
May 18, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
BitLocker = ? I am glad you asked. BitLocker is Microsoft's hard drive encrypting tool. You enable it on the hard drives residing in your computer or on external drives you attach with a USB cable. This is included in Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 10 Professional. There is no cost. I am ...
May 7, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Test your backups. You're running a business. You have mission-critical data on your server and workstations. This includes trade secrets, client data and financial information. You backup your data to protect you in case an emergency struck. You know the backups work and your mission-critical data is safe, offsite. Or do you? This ...
May 5, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Do you need to find your WIFI password? If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me to find their WIFI password (encryption key) and type it into a new notebook, phone or tablet, I could afford to live in California. OK, OK, OK, I do live in California. Nuf said. This does, ...
April 27, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
ZIP files when you need to keep them together. Windows lets you ZIP files. A ZIP file is a file that contains other files. The ZIPping process also compresses the files it contains. If you want to send four files at 3 MB each, you're looking at 12 MB in sum. Adding ...
April 25, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Solid State Drives work for you. Solid State Drives are computer hard drives that have no moving parts. Therefore, they make the computer run faster, generate less heat and last longer. How one can help your business....
April 23, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
How can you save money? Maybe I should answer this "how do I save money" question with a story. My first client was a highly respected professor. He did not practice preventative maintenance and he did not save money in this episode. He bought a new Lexis ...
April 20, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Have you ever wanted to send a large file? Today, I will show how to send a large file over the Internet. Files that are less than 10 MB can usually travel as e-mail attachments. If you try sending a large file (larger than 10 MB), you will get...unpredictable results. That's ...
April 18, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
You have secure data. How secure is it? Your workday may be done. However, thousands of people can access your secure data all night long. Outsiders and insiders both are a risk. Some of history's worst attacks were conducted by insiders. To maintain access control and secure your data, you have ...
April 13, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos
Network security is an investment. Network security is not cheap. You already knew that. Individual solutions are becoming more costly. Inexpensive open source alternatives struggle to keep up. Compliance and quality assurance costs are rising annually. The total cost of cyber crime is reaching unprecedented levels, averaging $15 Million per year ...
April 9, 2017Mark Anthony Germanos