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  • October is National Cyber-Security Awareness Month Have You Conducted Your IT Security Action Plan? - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    are posturing to retaliate if the U S government becomes involved in their ongoing war As a result of these and other Internet threats the U S Department of Homeland Security has deemed October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month With cyber attacks on the rise and the current geo political climate today businesses should be at an elevated level of IT Security It s a scary world and the Internet as wonderful as it is can bring disaster to the doorway of your business You must ensure your IT infrastructure is protected against these threats Plus you need to ensure your physical IT assets are protected as well Your IT security professionals at SmileIT can help you Develop and Implement a Comprehensive IT Security Policy that spells out to your staff vendors and clients what steps you will take in the event of a disastrous cyber attack This will give you and them the peace of mind that your data and IT assets will be protected and confidential no matter the circumstance Secure IT Systems and Networks so your IT infrastructure is securely constructed maintained and monitored Assess the Vulnerability of Programs and implement a risk management strategy with anti virus anti spyware anti spam firewalls and application updates Protect and Securely Backup Your Data with encryption techniques remote and automated backup solutions and data replication in a safe off site location Protect Your IT Equipment and Limit Physical Access to IT Devices such as your servers and computers using locking racks passwords and other security processes and strategies Use Control Measures To Limit Access to Your IT System to Designated Users Only using complex passwords multi factor authentication processes and privilege models with specialized access modes Test and Monitor Your Internal and External Systems to Detect Vulnerabilities and

    Original URL path: http://www.smileit.com.au/october-is-national-cyber-security-awareness-month-have-you-conducted-your-it-security-action-plan.html (2014-07-08)
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  • New Google Search Algorithm. Will it change SEO as we know it? - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    the company released its latest Hummingbird algorithm that now affects 90 of the searches received by Google worldwide Traditional Boolean or keyword based systems aren t working with the complex search queries due to the need to match meanings and concepts in addition to words Hummingbird is Google s effort to match the meaning as well as the words of queries with documents on the Internet In a blog post Singhal wrote Remember what it was like to search in 1998 You d sit down and boot up your bulky computer dial up on your squawky modem type in some keywords and get 10 blue links to websites that had those words The world has changed so much since then billions of people have come online the Web has grown exponentially and now you can ask any question on the powerful little device in your pocket The improvements to Google s search algorithm which marks the 15 th anniversary of Google were designed to help the search engine understand complicated queries and give users with better results How Does Hummingbird Work The Hummingbird update uses and expands upon Google s Knowledge Graph that was introduced last year as a method

    Original URL path: http://www.smileit.com.au/new-google-search-algorithm-will-it-change-seo-as-we-know-it.html (2014-07-08)
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  • A New Form of Ransomware Targets Mac Computers As Well As PCs - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    ransom message states Any attempt to remove or damage this software will lead to immediate destruction of the private key server There have been a few cases where a warning supposedly from the FBI informs the user You have been viewing or distributing prohibited pornographic content To unlock your computer and to avoid other legal consequences you are obligated to pay a release fee of 300 Attackers use clever social engineering tactics that play on users fears of being caught partaking in illegal wrong or shameful online activities Both Mac and PC Users Should Beware In the past computer scams and viruses were only a worry for PC users however ransomware viruses have been appearing on Mac computers as well According to Malwarebytes cyber criminals are aware of the growing market of Apple consumers who tend to be more careless about Internet security Mac users should be careful when it comes to random emails or downloads they aren t familiar with and be vigilant when it comes to Internet security According to Symantec a computer security software company ransomware attacks are earning cyber criminals approximately 30 000 each day What You Should Do Backup your files before Cryptolocker infects your computer Due to the popularity of these ransomware viruses PC and Mac users should regularly backup their files Once the malware has infected a computer there s no way to restore access to those encrypted files At that point the best option would be to have your IT department reformat the computer and restore files from a previously saved backup set You can also attempt to decrypt your files on your own as an alternative to paying a fine or if you don t have an IT department For Mac Users Click on the Safari menu and choose reset Safari

    Original URL path: http://www.smileit.com.au/a-new-form-of-ransomware-targets-mac-computers-as-well-as-pcs.html (2014-07-08)
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  • Protecting Your Company Secrets and Data - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    believe their intellectual property IP won t be stolen As a small business you re trying to compete within your market Your business exists because you re good at solving problems and meeting customers needs If another company figures out how you do this and replicates what you do chances are you re going to be out of business very quickly You can protect you intellectual property using patents trademarks and copyrights In addition you must ensure that all your employee and contractor agreements include adequate confidentiality intellectual property and non competition clauses In terms of IP protection and employees ensure your employees understand what needs to be protected so they can better understand how to protect it In addition ensure you lock up physically and digitally your sensitive data Whether it s in a server or in paper files There are a growing number of software tools available for tracking documents of IP nature Ask your IT provider for assistance with this Avoiding BYOD Risks When an employee brings their own devices to the workplace there s a potential to introduce a virus onto the company s network An extensive BYOD policy is the best way to minimize the risk security breaches and intrusions Your IT team should set access or restrictions to data and files that are locally hosted via your company s shared file servers and they should monitor employee IT activities as well Restricting user access to central repositories and networks is another key way to minimize risks associated with BYOD Consider using whole disk encryption instead of individual file level encryption for employees who work with customer data on their mobile devices Utilize tools that sync all user data to a central account and ensure an administrator controls this access They can place intermediary technologies

    Original URL path: http://www.smileit.com.au/protecting-your-company-secrets-and-data.html (2014-07-08)
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  • Brisbane IT Consulting Blog Archives - Page 33 of 43 - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    released in 2011 this cloud service model has become a US 1 5 billion business as well as the fastest growing commercial product in Microsoft s history Similar trends indicate that Australians are also embracing this new and evolving cloud service model enabling them to share communicate and collaborate whether they re working remotely or in the Read More Quick Windows Tip for Switching Focus with Your Keyboard Multitasking is the name of the game in almost any computer based career Most of us discovered the Alt Tab shortcut which switches you from one application in Windows to the next early on If you did not know bonus tip But one often under looked need is the ability to simply minimize all applications Read More Save Your New iPhone iOS 7 Battery Life A popular complaint about iPhone s and iPads is how quickly programs drain the battery The recently released iOS 7 is no exception iPhone 4 4S and 5 as well as iPod Touch 5th generations and most iPad versions were able to update their devices to the latest Apple upgrade through iTunes The iOS 7 mobile Read More Set Up Android Device Manager to Lock and Wipe

    Original URL path: http://www.smileit.com.au/category/blog/page/33 (2014-07-08)
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  • How Your Business Can Benefit From Server Virtualization? - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    ll reduce the size of your data center footprint You ll need fewer servers networking gear and racks lowering both your hardware and maintenance costs Cutting down the number of your physical servers will also reduce your power and cooling requirements In addition purchasing new hardware to support additional business applications won t be necessary instead you can just need to add a new virtual server Isolate Applications Server virtualization provides application isolation and eliminates application compatibility problems by consolidating virtual machines across fewer physical servers This allows you to fully utilize physical server resources and provision VMs with the precise required amount of memory CPU and storage resources Business Continuity Virtualized servers offer live migration so contents can be migrated to another server when you need to perform specific tasks without shutting them down With live migration downtime is no longer an issue You can ensure your data is always available even if a server shuts down so business continuity is greatly enhanced Simplified Transition to the Cloud If you re considering moving your data permanently to the cloud the process is a lot less complex when virtualizing your servers The data stored on virtualized servers is already free

    Original URL path: http://www.smileit.com.au/how-your-business-can-benefit-from-server-virtualization.html (2014-07-08)
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  • Your Law Firm Can Benefit From Using Secure Remote Access. - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    wasted time and money spent commuting Your legal assistants and associates can maintain productivity during bad weather or other circumstances where they might be forced to stay home and away from the office Those who work remotely often get more work done than when in the office with ongoing distractions With constant access to work your firm s attorneys and associates will spend more time on their cases and workload in the evenings or on weekends at home than they would during late night hours in the office Consider the following technologies to increase the benefits of remote secure access Virtual Private Network VPN A virtual private network provides secure access to your firm s network allowing attorneys to log onto your firm s network from a remote location They can work securely on confidential client information and share data and network resources in a secure manner Video Conferencing Video conferencing uses visual and audio transmissions to allow employees to work remotely and attend meetings and collaborate with colleagues When choosing video conferencing software ensure the software offers the ability to share documents and presentations during a video call Cloud Computing The cloud offers many benefits for your attorneys and staff working remotely With the cloud they can access critical data and applications securely from any location However as the Managing Partner you re responsible for safeguarding confidential client information It s important to inspect your provider s encryption privacy policies and backup services What to Consider Before Allowing Remote Access Before allowing remote access to your files you must identify which employees have the discipline to work securely and independently Also consider different techniques you can use to remotely manage their activities While technology can enable work from locations outside the office there are important confidentiality and security concerns

    Original URL path: http://www.smileit.com.au/your-law-firm-can-benefit-from-using-secure-remote-access-2.html (2014-07-08)
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  • Computer Privacy in the Workplace, Featuring Attorney Wendy Lazar of Outten and Golden, LLP - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    interesting video about privacy of personal information in the workplace or an employee using personal devices for work related functions Watch the video below Attorney Wendy Lazar of Outten and Golden LLP in New York talks with the Employment Law Channel about the rights of both employers and employees when it comes to workplace communications using a company s computer mobile device and the like Client Success I spent nearly

    Original URL path: http://www.smileit.com.au/computer-privacy-in-the-workplace-featuring-attorney-wendy-lazar-of-outten-and-golden-llp.html (2014-07-08)
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