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What is a Phishing Attack?

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Phishing is a term used for identity theft and virus spreading. It is a type of “account theft” occurring by messaging to one’s email. These scammers send false information which come from a recognized company or organization that entice the receiver to respond with his or her personal information.

Usually there is a link for one to click on which is a website where the user is asked to update their information. This information may be passwords, credit card details, bank account numbers and social security numbers.

There are many different types of Phishing.

Phishers can also infect your computers with viruses. Computer viruses can be like a human flu virus spreading from person to person. A computer virus spreads from host to host. It is a detrimental code written to change the way your computer operates. This code is designed to spread from one computer to another. A virus achieves its objective by embedding itself to a document or program in your computer that supports macros. Why macros(microinstruction)? To execute its codes. The virus spreads to other computers through software programs like Microsoft Excel or Word that are common and capable of executing macros. Viruses written for these programs can infect other documents every time the document is opened. Hence, how easily a computer network can be infected. Once you unknowingly open an infected document and attach it to an email you are sending to someone else you have spread it further.

There are many ways your computer can become infected with viruses, spyware and other malware.

Updating is so important today! Many programs are security oriented. Especially those programs associated with Microsoft Windows. Remember these Phishers prey on common and popular software programs.

How can TechnoLiving help you? Perhaps your current IT guy or IT company has initially told you that you are backing up daily. Are you sure this is happening? Do you have a system to check this? Can you get reports? With TechnoLiving you will!

With TechnoLiving managing your network, small problems will be resolved before they become huge calamities.

TechnoLiving is a 24/7 watch guard and support team that is positively and effectively testing your network and business. Our services are extensive and vary from remote virus protection to individual desktop support. The ability to fix problems remotely as well as manage one computer to many computers and servers from a single console saves you money, downtime and gives you peace of mind.

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Have You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?

At TechnoLiving we try very hard to make people aware of the need for protecting their data and systems. So often as I talk to businesses I find out that they are backing up their data on their hard drive or an additional external drive. A lot of company’s I speak to have cloud storage but don’t know who is the provider. All they know is their IT guy or their relative who takes care of their computer stuff is sufficiently handling it all and they are satisfied. Satisfied so far!

Let me give you an analogy. You pay for house insurance every month for years. You have stayed with that same insurance company forever, you have never checked your policy or looked to upgrade anything on it over time. You trust your insurance company and if something changed or new came up in the world of “Home Owners Insurance” you are sure your agent would call you and make you aware of what you may need to add to my policy or change on your policy as the world and your lifestyle changes. You have never had to file a claim for years on your home. There has never been a problem so there has never been a need. 

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Over 70 years with Wifi

What about Wi-Fi? 

Wi-Fi is simply two-way radio. It is an energy field that is dispatched as waves. These waves are shorter in height than radio waves and travel at a definite speed which allow for a different transmission than radios or microwaves.

A wi-fi energy field is a unique transmission band that cannot be interrupted by other signals. A wireless router receives the signal from your computer or device, translates that data and transmits it by using an antenna. Some refer to the router as a decoder. The router must have a wired ethernet connection to connect to the internet.

Wi-Fi was delivered to the public for consumption in 1997. A committee called 802.11 was created by AT&T with NCR Corporation in 1991 originally for use with cashier systems. 

Vic Hayes chaired the 802.11 committee and helped establish the standards that would later make Wi-Fi feasible. Some have called him the “father of Wi-Fi”.  

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Ransomware is an epidemic!

There is no doubt since the invention of the computer that the advances in today’s technology have created new heights in effectively connecting our world. This immediate connection has benefited individuals, institutions and businesses globally. However, along with this virtual world has come the birth of cybercrime. Some believe it has replaced organized crime.

It is predicted to be over $1 trillion from 2017 to 2021 in global spending on cybersecurity according to “Cybersecurity Market Report”.

Ransomware is an epidemic! Did you ever think that an epidemic would be controlling our lives and economics through a device? Merriam-Webster defines an epidemic “affecting or tending to affect a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population, community, or region at the same time.” Merriam- Webster also defines epidemic as” an outbreak or product of sudden rapid spread, growth, or development”.

According to Steve Morgan of Cybersecurity Business Report, “global ransomeware damage costs are predicted to exceed $5 Billion in 2017”.

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