Most places we go, there is a network connection for us to link up to. This is our gateway to any and all information, as well as each other. When we open an Internet browser, we tend to take for granted that we are secure in surfing the web.

At home, we protect our family and belongings with locks and deadbolts. These are a measure to keep the bad guys at bay. But how do we protect ourselves when browsing the World Wide Web? What are we doing to secure our information?

Below are 5 ways to keep your information safe.

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A critical patch released last week by Windows is causing Outlook to keep crashing, restarting over and over again. This patch was supposed to fix a flaw in the way Windows handles fonts, but has had some unexpected side effects for some Outlook users. Just a few weeks ago, we spoken about the weird Windows patch that was creating confusion world wide, and now it seem they have another problem with their update codes again.

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Backup and disaster recovery solutions are invaluable solutions for businesses who need to be able to respond to disruptions within minutes or hours of an outage or disaster taking place. They work by taking a carbon-copy backup of servers and storing them in two locations — on-site and in-the-cloud. Backup and disaster recovery enables a multitude of recovery options, so businesses are able to get back up and running as soon as possible.

But beyond giving business owners a solution to outages and disasters, backup and disaster recovery services provide many more benefits to organizations. This blog post explains how a backup and disaster recovery solution can help organizations avoid the high costs of downtime, comply with important regulations, and boost the bottom line.

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If you take a close look at what your list of Window Updates contain this week, you will be in for a shock!

Windows Update Server Hack

Does it seem weird that an update direct from Microsoft will have such strange wording in it?

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All of us know backup is important, however most of the time it is place under “Not Urgent Now, But Important” category. A financial planner friend once said this “Backup is like insurance or a parachute. You should have it when you don’t need it. By the time you need it and don’t have it, it is too late”

To keep us reminded of how important backup is, here are some cases studies we have came across where they wished they had a working backup in place beforehand.

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One day Judy, head of the finance department, receive an email from her boss, asking her to transfer $100,000 to a bank in Hong Kong for a supplier. Her boss has often asked her to do such transaction and it does not appear to be an unusual request, so Judy go ahead and transfer the money over.

Until a few day later, the supplier call and arrange for his payment which shocked Judy as she thought she has already transfer the money to him. Consulting her boss, she then found out that the boss has never send her any email for the transfer. Upon checking the email, they realize the email was a spoofing email that looks very similar to the boss’s email except for 1 letter.

Does this sound familiar to you? This kind of spoofing attacks have been reported all over newspaper and business journal and yet people are still falling for it.

How can you protect yourself against it?

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Just got a message in one of my whatsapp groups – “Anyone know how to recover help_decrypt ransom attack??”

Another victims of the infamous ransomware Crypto virus, and lucky he managed to contain it within the PC before it spread to the server. How the CryptoLocker virus works is that it encrypts the files on the infected computer then it will prompt a message box asking you to pay within a certain period (usually within 2 days). This is why they are classified as ransomware, they keep your information hostage.

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Backing up data to the cloud involves benefits unavailable with other options. Until the cloud existed, individuals and companies had limited choices for this vital responsibility. Available options often made this necessity a tedious and/or delayed process. This led to some people and organizations to overlook this important function.

Using a cloud backup system delivers multiple benefits and no major downsides. Among the benefits, the following typically are the most important to users.

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When you open your email client (eg Outlook, Thunderbird etc) in the morning, is the first thought that goes through your mind “Let’s see what I need to take care for today?” which is then followed immediately by “Arg, so many junk email” when the streams of junk mail start flooding your mail?

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Do you have long resolution time for your reported IT issues?

Do you feel you have no control over certain aspect of your business, especially when IT is involved?

Do you worry nobody may be able to help you with your IT issues?

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