Archive for Computer Security

Is it legal to monitor employee emails?

Last week I got an interesting email from a client regarding the legality of monitoring and reading employee emails. There were some internal issues that were causing concern and they wanted to know what tools to use and how to go about implementing the process. Before looking into tools, I wanted to ensure that it […]

Lions Tigers and IOT, Oh My!

If you have have not heard about it yet, you will in the future. IOT is the Internet of Things. Basically this is all the equipment, appliances and cars out there in the world that can access the internet. The reasoning behind this is a good one – maintenance of appliances and vehicles, systems to […]

Phishing Incidents are the rise. What can you do to avoid the taking the bait?

Over the last few years there phishing incidents have been on the rise, playing havoc with many small business and individual users. Even large businesses can be a target. The only way for a computer user to avoid these threats is to recognize a phishing email/phone call and know what to do (or not do). To […]

Ransomware on the Rise – Practice Safe Email

Recently we’ve been hearing about several customers getting hit with ransomware software. This has prompted me to put together a quick blog post warning about this growing trend. First off, here’s a definition. Ransomware is software that infects a computer and then locks files making them unreadable. The software then asks for money to unlock […]

Cyber Security – Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Several months ago I was at my Rotary meeting and one of my fellow Rotarians asked me about the iCloud scandal and what really happened.  I explained that iphones automatically uploaded photos (unless you turned off that option) and those online photos were “hacked” and released to the public.  When I told him this he […]

Has Microsoft Hijacked your Computer? Here’s how to get it back

Microsoft has been aggressive in upgrading computers to Windows 10 – often without you realizing you did give them permission – you just didn’t realize you did.  So, if you, like many others, has just recently found you are now on Windows 10 and want to go back here’s what you do.   NOTE – […]

Be careful using “Out of Office” replies

This weekend I sent out an email marketing campaign. My inbox then was flooded with dozens of “Out of Office” emails and it reminded me again why out of office emails are not a good idea. At least, not without careful planning and thought. Here’s why. 1. You just sent out a blaring message that […]

Tech Support Scams. Is it really Microsoft calling?

Ok, I’m mad.  This weekend I am getting to spend time, which I didn’t have much of, fixing an issue on my mom’s computer.  It’s not the fixing my mom’s computer that has me mad – it’s why we have to do it in the first place.  What happened to her is happening to lots […]