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Prevention is the Best Medicine for Dealing with Malware Cleanup

With a few basic preventative steps, you can reduce the likelihood of a malware infection on your computer network. In order to increase your chances of detecting and removing a malware infection, use an antivirus program as part of your prevention. Look for a broader security program that includes antivirus and has an additional set […]

Why Your NJ Small Business Should Move to the Cloud

Cloud Computing Services NJ Businesses large and small can benefit from cloud computing. In short, the cloud is computing resources housed in off-site data centers that are delivered to end users via the internet. These resources may be used to run software, store and process data, and host virtual workstations and servers. Cloud computing is […]

Creating a Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan For Your Business

How a disaster recovery and backup plan can help save your business in an emergency As a business owner, the idea of business continuity is generally not top of mind in the course of your day-to-day activity. Yet, when disaster strikes, your entire operation may come to a screeching halt. The cost of lack of […]

Technology Jargon

How Total Cover IT Provides Each Client With First Rate Service Without The Confusing Technology Terminology Let’s face it: although computers and the technology associated with it have been around for some time now, they can still be very confusing pieces of equipment. It often seems as though the machine will just not work if […]

How Cookies Are Being Used to Track and Attack You

When most people talk about cookies, the conversation is usually about sweet baked goods. But when IT professionals talk about cookies, they are discussing the Internet. In this context, the term cookies refers to small data files that contain strings of text. When you connect to a website, its web server sends a cookie to […]

How to Spot Phishing Attacks

One of the main tools in a hacker’s toolbox is the phishing attack. Hackers use these large-scale attacks to steal personal information from as many people as possible. Hackers using phishing are digital con artists. With hidden malware and a convincing pretense, they con people into handing over their personal information. They then use this […]

CryptoWall: A Persistent and Growing Ransomware Threat

CryptoWall, a type of ransomware that first appeared in the fourth quarter of 2013, remains a significant threat. CryptoWall operates by encrypting its victims’ files and demanding a ransom to decrypt them. Each ransom is usually set at a few hundred dollars, though the amount varies on a case-by-case basis. In some instances, victims have […]

Defending Against Cybersecurity Threats in Your Hotel Room

Being on the road is typically a stressful affair. Travelers have to worry about making their flight connections or booking reservations to a hotel or restaurant. Just being in an unfamiliar area can make some people anxious. Unfortunately, when sorting out these issues, some travelers don’t think about the cybersecurity threats that they may be […]

Hackers Who Stole US Government Data May Have Hacked United Airlines

The ongoing saga of the largest governmental data breach in US history took a turn for the worse in late July 2015 when investigators linked the incident to two more major cyberattacks. According to a report from the Bloomberg news outlet, the hackers behind the OPM breach also have stolen documents from both the US’s […]

How the US Government Created Its Own Cybersecurity Threat

The US government’s reputation regarding cybersecurity took another hit in June 2015 when authorities revealed that hackers had broken into databases at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of the Interior. The attack was one of the largest thefts of US government information in history. Initially, the government stated that approximately 4 […]

Do Not Assume Your Business Is Too Small to Attract Cybercriminals

Many small businesses have a false sense of security when it comes to cybercrime. More than 75% of U.S. small businesses believe they are safe from it, even though 83% of them do not have formal cyber security plans, according to a study conducted by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Symantec. Why Is There […]

6 Reasons to Use Remote Monitoring to Keep an Eye on Your Systems

Many IT service providers use remote monitoring tools to gather information and send reports about their clients’ computer systems. Almost anything can be monitored, from routers and firewalls to virus detection and email services. Here are five benefits of using remote monitoring to keep an eye on your systems: 1. Reduce the Chances of Downtime […]

8 Ways to Keep Your Office Virus-Free

New viruses and other malware pop up almost every day, and businesses are constantly on the defense trying to keep up. According to Kaspersky, a leader in antivirus software, not only are malware attacks exponentially higher than they were even a few years ago (and much higher than most people think), but the quality of […]

Simple Email Mistakes That Can Cause Serious Data Security Breaches

Careless human error is one of the main causes of IT problems. Many companies know how disastrous these mistakes can be. As the Ponemon Institute’s 2014 Cost of Data Breach Study pointed out, nearly one-third of all data breaches were caused by careless human error. Email mistakes in particular stand out as significant causes of […]

9 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts That Work in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

If you use Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you probably know the keyboard shortcuts to select all (Ctrl+A), copy (Ctrl+C), and paste (Ctrl+V). Did you know there are other helpful keyboard shortcuts that you can use in all three applications? Being able to use the same keyboard shortcuts can make them easier to remember. Here […]

How to Change the Setting for the Sleep Timer in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

The sleep mode is designed to save energy and battery life when you are away from your computer for a short time. It kicks in after a period of inactivity on your computer or when you select the sleep mode. Before going to sleep, the computer stops non-essential activities and stores information about any open […]

How to Protect Your Company From Spear Phishing

Most people are familiar with phishing, an email-based social engineering attack whereby attackers attempt to fool the recipient into taking an action. Usually attackers are seeking money or personal information, with limited success. However a new, more effective version of this attack has recently evolved. This attack, known in security circles as spear phishing, uses […]

6 Ways to Keep Your WordPress Site Secure

More than 60 million sites depend on WordPress. Unfortunately, WordPress is also popular with hackers. To attack WordPress sites, hackers often exploit vulnerabilities found in the plugins that extend WordPress functionality. These attacks are becoming ever more common, and frequently end up affecting hundreds of thousands of sites. However, there are ways to minimize the […]

How to Create an Online Survey With Google Forms

Surveys are a cost-effective, flexible and reliable way to collect information about both customers and employees. Market research traditionally relied on these powerful tools, but carried them out using face-to-face interviews. This method is substantially more expensive than the online equivalent. You can create online surveys from either your Google Drive or from any existing […]

4 Reasons to Use a Cloud-based Data Backup Solution

A solid data backup plan can help your company survive catastrophic data loss. Both cloud-based and traditional in-house solutions can be used to back up data. However, cloud-based solutions have several notable advantages. Here are four reasons to use a cloud-based data backup solution: 1. Cost To implement an in-house data backup solution, your company […]

4 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Data Backup Service Provider

Regularly backing up your data is crucial. After all, the loss of your data can interrupt daily operations and might even grind your business operations to a halt. Given the importance of data backups, finding the right data backup service provider for your company might seem difficult. However, with enough preparation, you can find a […]

5 Things to Consider When Planning Your Data Backup Process

Your company’s value depends on its data. A catastrophic loss of data will cripple your company, often beyond the point of recovery. For this reason, data backup plans are essential, even for startups. Save time and money by doing it right from the start instead of waiting until after the disaster. Here are five things […]

3 Reasons to Drop your Traditional IT Infrastructure

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) is a type of cloud computing. In this model, the service provider manages all of your company’s virtualized IT infrastructure, including cloud-based servers and storage solutions. IaaS offers a number of benefits that traditional IT infrastructure solutions lack. However, some companies unfamiliar with the technology are hesitant to make the switch. Here are […]

Premera Blue Cross Data Breach Exposes 11 Million Customer Records

On March 17, 2015, US health insurer Premera Blue Cross announced that it was the victim of a sophisticated cyber attack that exposed the medical and financial information of millions of customers. The company said that it was working with the FBI and the cyber security firm Mandiant as part of its investigations into the […]

How to Keep Your Company’s Network Secure

How secure is your company’s network? Protecting your information assets is one of the most important steps you can take toward long-term stability. Smart companies take a multifaceted approach to IT security, building layers of defense between themselves and hackers. Here are four steps you can take to safeguard your company’s most important assets. Network […]

The iWorm Malware And the Reasons That Mac Users Need Virus Protection Too

In October 2014, the antivirus software company Dr. Web announced that it had uncovered a new piece of malware. The malicious software, which Dr. Web called “iWorm,” had infected over 18,500 computers as of September 29. The majority of these computers were located in the US, Canada, Western Europe, and Australia. iWorm Malware Details Hackers […]

What You Need to Know About the 2014 iCloud Hack

In August 2014, several hackers announced that they had broken into dozens of celebrities’ iCloud accounts. They stole a huge amount of private photos, and have already leaked hundreds of them online. The security breach sparked a huge debate about cyber security and Apple’s products. In addition to celebrities, iCloud hackers also targeted people that […]

Phishing Scam Targets Google Drive Users

Phishing scams are nothing new in the security industry. Typically, they involve a poorly written email that points you to an awful clone site of Paypal or eBay. For most of these scams, you can’t help but to notice the warning signs. However, the new Google Drive phishing scam is much more deceptive. Using Google […]

CryptoWall: Cyber Crime’s Latest in Ransomware and Protecting Your Data

Over the last year, authorities have been fighting a series of ransomware viruses — first CryptoLocker, then CryptoDefense, and now Cryptowall. CryptoLocker infected over 500,000 computers and although only 1.3% of the victims paid the ransom, the criminals are believed to have made about $3 million dollars. In June 2014, the US Justice Department began […]

What You Should Know About the Russian Hacker Password Heist

A group of Russian hackers has stolen the largest amount of Internet credentials in history, according to Milwaukee-based Hold Security. The stolen information includes 1.2 billion user name and password combinations, as well as 500 million email addresses. The information security firm has declined to name the victims of the thefts, in light of its […]

Security Alert for Internet Explorer Users

Over the weekend, Microsoft revealed that there is a newly discovered security flaw in Internet Explorer that hackers are exploiting. It is called a “zero day” exploit because there was zero time between the discovery of the flaw and the first known exploits by hackers. The flaw affects nearly half of all browsers used for […]

Heartbleed – What You Need to Know

Heartbleed, what does it mean to you?  By now you may likely have heard of it.  It is a security flaw found in an application that handles secure communications on a majority of websites, so it is most likely that you have been impacted.  It is a very big deal.  Although Heartbleed has made the […]

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