NEWSLETTER – Summer 2016

Trojan Virus Can SHUT DOWN Your Entire Office Network

RansomWare     The sophistication of the RansomWare attacks in the last few months has increased exponentially. If they successfully invade your network they can wipe out virtually every document and image file stored on not only the 1st computer infected, but on every other computer that may be connected to the same network. This includes the Server and any connected backup devices!
Protection     The protection you put into place on your network can effectively block most trojan/virus attacks by monitoring the traffic flow across your network.

  • We recommend the installation of a sophisticated firewall solution such as the SonicWall or Watchguard devices. Each of these units comes with a subscription plan to make sure that you always have the latest protection updates installed
Prevention     Besides using hardware protections such as firewalls, the next best level of prevention is the education of your network users. Most of the trojan/virus infections today are triggered by users that open and click on links within email messages, or email attachments.

  • The concepts of “Social Engineering” has become so highly advanced that they target specific user groups making it almost second nature for them to click on the link of what they initially think is a valid request from a trusted source. If a user happens to be a customer of Bank of America, and receives an email that is supposedly from Bank of America, and it has an urgent warning about a problem with their account at Bank of America, then they will be very tempted to just take a quick look at the information offered. Or if a user is in the middle of reviewing a large number of resumes for a position that they are trying to fill, they may not notice that the sender of an email with an infected attachment (“myresume.pdf”) is from an unknown, untrusted source.
Recovery     If you are the victim of a RansomWare attack you’ll need to have a method to recover already in place before you’ve lost all of your file contents.

 

PC PERFORMANCE BOOST

Hard Drive Upgrade     Looking for a simple way to increase the performace of your older PC?

  • Let us upgrade your PC Hard Drive with a state of the art SSD (Solid State Drive) which can improve the performance of your computer by as much as 200%.
  • We’ll clone your existing hard drive on to a new SSD so you won’t need to reinstall the Windows operating system or loose any of your data.
  • While we’re in there we can also take care of the routine preventative maintenance that often gets overlooked, such as removing the dust build-up that happens to most office PC’s and Servers (see below).
  • SDD vs HDD Review
  • Contact us now to schedule an upgrade.
 
Preventative Maintenance     A little house keeping can keep your PC running cooler, lasting longer

  • Turn’s out the PC sitting on or under your desk works as a pretty good air filter. The CPU chip inside your PC or Server is the primary source of heat build up, and to protect it from overheating (melt-down) the manufacturer applies a very large heat sink directly on that CPU chip, then puts a cooling fan on top of that heat sink to try and move as much heat as possible away from the sensitive device. There’s also cooling fans for the entire case that are mounted inside the power supply or case to circulate the hot air build-up out into the room.

    So what happens when you move that much air through the PC case?

    • Those cooling fans bring the cooler air from the room into of the computer case along with any dust particles that may be floating around.
    • Those dust particles eventually accumulate on the cooling fan blades, the cooling fins of the heat sink, and even on the power-supply and system case vent holes.
    • When you don’t perform a periodic cleaning, the dust will build up to the point where the cooling process is blocked, causing the CPU and other components to over heat, then finally resulting in a system slow down and eventually locking up.
  • Here’s a few systems that we’ve cleaned up recently:
  • Schedule a Preventative Maintence Call Now.