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Author: Joe Svoboda

Two Newly Discovered Security Flaws Affect Ninety Percent of the World’s Computers

Security experts have recently found two significant flaws in the microprocessing systems (sometimes called CPUs or chips) of almost all the world’s computers. The two issues, fondly named Meltdown and Spectre, could be used to hijack the memory of a device running in a “cloud” environment. This includes computers, mobile phones and servers. Unlike most of the latest “bugs” to be discovered, this is a hardware issue so all software running on the system is susceptible. What Do We Know? Neither flaw has an easy fix at this point with Spectre being the worst of the two. Spectre could...

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Next year could spell trouble if your website isn’t mobile, fast and secure to Google’s standards.

Your website may be doomed in 2018, at least in the eyes of the search engine gods. As we conclude 2017, it’s time to take a realistic look at your website to see if it needs upgrades to stay in the running with your competition. One of the biggest changes we will see in 2018 is the need for a fast, mobile-responsive website. Google has stated that their plan to crawl mobile-sites before crawling desktop sites will take effect in June. In a recent study by BrightEdge, experts point out that 57% of traffic comes from mobile devices anyway,...

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5 Ways Your Employees Might Be Putting Your Business at Risk

Employees can be your most valuable asset — and your biggest security nightmare. Often, then unknowingly engage in risky behaviors setting your company up for scammers. Taking work home, for example, might seem innocent enough, but it can put holes in your security defenses. Here are five ways that your employees might be putting your business’s computer systems and data at risk: 1. Using Personal Email Accounts for Work Employees often use their personal email accounts to send company data. An Ipswitch survey provides some insights into why. It found that employees often use personal email accounts when their...

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WPA2 and Your Wifi’s Security – Protect Your Business From KRACK

Yesterday, security researchers in Belgium alerted the public of a vulnerability (KRACK) in WPA2, today’s standard for encrypting data over wi-fi networks. WPA2 (WiFi Protected Access 2) has been the most secure option to deter eavesdroppers since 2004. Networks using WPA2 are everywhere and is likely what type of network you connect to everyday in your office or home. If your device supports wi-fi, it is likely affected. If a hacker is in range of your network, a flaw in WPA2’s protocols can be manipulated to read and steal data that would otherwise be protected. The vulnerability even leaves...

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We’re A Managed Services Provider -Why Is That Different From Other IT Companies?

For the last 2 years, The Miller Group has been known as something called a “managed service provider” or MSP. In the IT industry, this is a label used most often by technology companies who offer clients services based on a monthly subscription model. Wikipedia says “Managed services is the practice of outsourcing, on a proactive basis, the management responsibilities and functions and a strategic method for improving operations and cutting expenses… Most MSPs bill an upfront setup or transition fee and an ongoing flat or near-fixed monthly fee, which benefits clients by providing them with predictable IT support costs.” Here is a bit of background on us. Many of our clients have been with us for 10, 20 even nearly 30 years. This new way of operating may seem different from The Miller Group of the past. From 1985 to 1996, TMG focused on software and large enterprise level contracts based around corporate IT training. From 1997 to 2002, TMG added hardware specialties and Microsoft expertise. From 2002 to 2015, we operated as a company with the break/fix mentality- “We fixed something when broken and billed after.” In late 2015, we began the journey of transitioning our business to a full MSP. This means we can keep our clients technology up and running with a proactive approach. MSPs are the guardians of IT, delivering ongoing monitoring and management of client applications (email, website,...

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