Don’t Let Autorun Be Autoinfect

AutoRun has presented such a problem in recent years. There is a wide range of malware families that install or modify autorun.inf files in order to infect systems. In recent years, Microsoft has taken steps to address this loophole: First, by turning off AutoRun by default in Windows 7, then by making patches available for…

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Does my file server need antivirus?

A good question that gets a lot of lively discussion in network administration circles. If your server is exposed to the internet in any way except through the connected workstations, it needs to be protected with some sort of anti-virus solution.  There is a serious misconception borne out of the belief that if the computers…

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Virus Removal

You have a virus on your computer.  You are not an IT professional, but you know just enough to be considered "dangerous".  Do you dare go it alone? Removing viruses can be a dangerous ordeal for the end user.  Depending on how sophisticated the virus you are dealing with actually is, you may wind up…

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Office 365 Migration Planning

Choosing to leverage the cloud and move to Office 365 Exchange for small businesses can be one of the best decisions your organization ever makes.  Office 365 is so much more than email.  It is freedom.  It is reliability of service.  It is the freedom to move between platforms.  And most of all it is…

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The Right IT Person For The Job

If you are like the average SMB, you may be wondering whether you are going about IT the right way: Whether you are getting a good return on your investment Whether you are prepared for the future of IT Whether you are leveraging technology to manage information efficiently According to the CNET blog article, "IT…

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Network Security For The SMB

I want to take some time to discuss the importance and affordability of securing your company's network and data.  Most SMBs I come accross are not doing enough to protect themselves against the myriad dangers threatening their organization.  Criminals are casting an ever-widening net on electronic targets; and now, more than ever, it is becoming…

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Simplified Cloud for the Layman

I heard a great definition for three types of cloud at a Symantec conference late last year. Public Cloud – Resources you utilize via the internet which you do not own Private Cloud – Resources you utilize via the internet which you do own Hybrid Cloud – A mixture of the previous two clouds The…

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SMBs and leveraging the cloud

Cloud computing is a buzzword that has gotten so watered down in overuse that it has become almost meaningless in the public discourse, so I will have to follow this article up with an article addressing different types of "clouds". Technology is notoriously fast-moving. Blink and you get left in the dust. SMBs know this…

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