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Regin: The Malware That Has Been Spying On Computers Since 2008

Posted by Davide Palumbo on Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Symantec has found an advanced malicious software application that appears to have been used for spying and collecting data across the globe. Named Backdoor.Regin, or simply Regin, the software is essentially a very powerful Trojan Horse that appears to have been circulating since 2008. It has been hitting government agencies, internet providers, telecom companies, airlines, industrial entities, research institutes, energy companies, and individual systems with impunity, using sophisticated encryption and targeting systems to spy on targets. It is speculated that most infections came from computers visiting "spoofed versions of well-known websites," says Symantec, though one case confirms Yahoo! Messenger was also involved.

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Topics: malware, cyber attack, Symantec, Cybersecurity, Regin

Why should I use an IT Managed Services Provider?

Posted by Cathie Briggette on Mon, Nov 24, 2014

IT Managed Services for SMBs

One question consistently asked by our clients is, “Why should we use your Managed Services?”  Many of these clients perceive that it would be better and more cost effective for them just to contact us as their technology issues arise.  It is a common misconception that having their technology under a Managed Services agreement is like insurance and that they would be paying for something they may or may not use.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

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Topics: IT management, Managed IT Services, Managed Services

7 Reasons Why Moving to the Cloud Would Benefit your Business

Posted by Cathie Briggette on Fri, Nov 21, 2014

The Cloud -- it is now the talk of business world, but is it right for you? Here are 7 reasons why your business would benefit by moving to the cloud.

  1. Your current IT is outdated or you have little investment in  your existing IT: Some of the resistance from businesses we talk to about cloud services is their current investment in existing technology and sometimes we agree. But if you are about to buy new server, or workstations, or a new back up disaster recovery product, you should give the Cloud serious consideration. You will save a lot on Capital. Also a move to the cloud is not an all or nothing it can be done in stages. And can easily be expanded or retracted in regards to seats that are needed or not needed
  2. You’re no IT guru: You got into business because you liked what you do, not because you wanted to look after IT. The cloud will allow you and your business to make the most of enterprise level software but all the headache of looking after enterprise level hardware is left to an expert and it is all part of the monthly price.

  3. You spend your time installing updates: With cloud services the software is always up to date. By choosing the right cloud management company you can expect it to constantly be improving. No longer will you have to run around machines installing updates and patches.
  4. You want increased Productivity: People can work wherever they are, sometimes even without an internet connection. This means downtime associated with travelling and weather etc. can be overcome making staff more productive.

  5. You’re worried about Data Security & Backup of your data: Cloud services are built with security in mind, teams of experts know of and prevent security breaches without you ever being aware that they exist. And what’s even better is that the cloud is monitoring your systems 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year.

  6. You want your employees to be happier: Cloud computing is delivered through a browser, the benefit of this being it does not matter if your employees use a Desktop, Laptop, Tablet or Phone. Nor does it matter if the operating system of choice is Windows, OSx (Mac) or even Linux/Unix as long as the system can run an Internet Browser your staff can work. This means they can choose whatever hardware they like, perhaps even bringing their own device (BYOD) to work. 

  7. Your business can not afford a hardware failure or the time it takes to fix one: If a desktop PC stops working you can be up and running within five minutes just by starting up another PC or a laptop, and you can carry on working from where your desktop stopped working -- as cloud is constantly saving as you work. 
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Topics: Cloud Computing Solutions

The Horror Series For iOS That Adds New Details Every Time You Watch It

Posted by Davide Palumbo on Fri, Nov 21, 2014

The rise of mobile and streaming video technology has given audiences several new ways to consume content, including binge-watching Netflix series. However, the majority of the shows, including those specifically made for online platforms, like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is The New Black”, still rely on the same narrative devices like the ones produced for traditional television. Hooked Digital Media, a studio based in Santa Monica, California, is trying to change this tendency through the creation of films and shows that can be watched on mobile devices.

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Topics: iOS 8, Mobile devices, Mobile apps, Download

Facebook at Work

Posted by Davide Palumbo on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

In the last few years, many larger companies have enacted restrictive policies regarding the access to Facebook in the workplace, and many employees across the United States have been penalized, if not even fired for breaking the rules. However, it appears that the Silicon Valley Company is now secretly working on a new website called “Facebook@Work” with the purpose of getting a foothold in the office. In fact, Facebook is developing a new product designed specifically for use in the workplace, which will allow users to chat with colleagues, connect with professional contacts and collaborate over documents, competing with Google Drive (Google+) and Microsoft Office (Yammer). The project, which was reported on November 16th by The Financial Times, is currently in a testing phase, and it is expected to be introduced within the coming months.

The new site will look very much like Facebook but it will allow users to keep their personal profile along with their holiday photos, political outbursts, and silly videos separate from their work identity. Currently, Facebook@Work is led by a team based in Facebook’s London offices. The effort, however, is not new, Facebook began working on the project years ago.

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Topics: Social Media, Facebook, Social Networking, microsoft, Yammer

The Advantages of Microsoft OneNote

Posted by Davide Palumbo on Mon, Nov 17, 2014

Many of us carry a notebook or notepad around to take notes for business, school, or personal projects. Unfortunately, sometimes finding, and deciphering the information you need might become complicated, mostly when you are trying to share your notes with others. OneNote however may help to make the task less challenging.

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Topics: 201 cmr 17, Microsoft OneNote, Powerbot, Personal Information Management, OneNote Clipper, NeatConnect, Microsoft Office 365 Suite, Sight

Secure, Reliable and Proven Data Protection

Posted by Cathie Briggette on Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Forty-four percent of SMBs implement data backup and recovery services after the fact and by then the damage is done. The data is lost. The reputation is ruined and in many cases, the business is starting over.
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Topics: data backup, disaster recovery, boston disaster recovery

What is Yammer?

Posted by Davide Palumbo on Fri, Nov 14, 2014

Yammer is essentially a social network that is entirely focused on your business. More specifically, Yammer is a private social network that helps you and your company share information across teams, and organize around projects so you can go further, and much faster. Thanks to its collaboration software, which is completely cloud-based, and its business applications, Yammer allows you to always be connected to coworkers, retrieve precious information, and take part in conversations. Yammer gives everyone a voice, letting you seize opportunities to go beyond your job description and share ideas so that you and your company can move forward, and keep up with whatever comes next.

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Topics: Social Networks, microsoft office 365, Yammer

Comparison of Disaster Recovery Products

Posted by Cathie Briggette on Wed, Nov 12, 2014


Pavis is the only competitive solution on the market that offers complete protection against the Data Loss Gremlins: data theft, equipment failure, computer viruses, fires, user errors, natural disasters.

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Topics: disaster recovery

Skype for Business will replace Microsoft Lync

Posted by Davide Palumbo on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Microsoft recently announced that the company is converging the professional video conferencing service Lync with Skype, which will be renamed as Skype for Business.

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Topics: microsoft office 365, Skype for Business,, Lync