Cybersecurity Awareness Month Themes 2019

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Themes 2019

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Every October, Cybersecurity Awareness Month, an internationally recognized campaign, informs the public of the importance of cybersecurity.

The campaign focused on helping people and businesses be more secure online by knowing the steps to take to protect themselves and their businesses from cyberthreats and attacks.

Here are some themes touched upon this year1:

  • How cyberthreats work: Cyberthreats are defined, and the way they work is explained.
  • How cyberthreats affect you: The different ways cyberthreats affect the individual are explained.
  • How to protect yourself online: Steps to protect yourself online are discussed in detail.
  • How to protect your small business: The different ways cyberthreats affect small businesses and what can be done to prevent them is discussed.

Become aware of the different cyberthreats targeting individuals and small businesses by keeping up to date this cybersecurity awareness month.

Contact IntelliSyn to learn more about how you can protect your small business from all kinds of cyberthreats.

 

1https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsrcs/csam/thms-en.aspx

Rootkits: The Malware to Be Aware of

Rootkits: The Malware to Be Aware of

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A rootkit is a piece of software that provides privileged access to crucial business infrastructure. Malicious rootkits are extremely beneficial for cyberattackers because they remain undetected.

Protect your business against malicious rootkits by ensuring your IT security is solid to prevent data and file corruption and theft.

A malicious rootkit is spread by an installation program and malicious code working together to infect computers through common software that is otherwise healthy.

When a person downloads seemingly healthy software, if there is a malicious rootkit attached, it will alter parts of the computer system to show normal signs, while it keeps the malware invisible.

Malicious rootkits can steal and corrupt a business’ data and files if not detected and removed.

Eliminate the risk with scalable, turnkey IntelliSecure managed security and unified threat management (UTM) services.

It protects your network and data from desktop-to-cloud with firewalls, content filtering, anti-virus, antispam, anti-spyware, data management, and intrusion prevention systems.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about protecting your business from all kinds of cyberthreats.

Tech Trends to Watch for in 2020

Tech Trends to Watch for in 2020

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Technology is ever-evolving, with new, improved ways of doing old things being the most prominent.

Keep your business on top of the trends predicted to become common in 2020 by checking out this list:

  • Mobile commerce: Shopping on mobile devices isn’t new, but it will become the prevalent way to purchase in 2020. With intuitive apps and user-friendly mobile sites facilitating simple shopping, it’s only up from here for mobile commerce.
  • 5G: With newer tech comes faster tech. 5G networks allow lightning-fast internet, and will be rolling out all over the world in 2020.
  • App decline: The difficulty in finding and downloading apps will lessen as companies invest and compete to be the best this coming year.
  • AI as a Service: Artificial intelligence will be combined into software, and at an affordable price. Machine learning solutions have already been rolled out in large companies, and it will become even more integrated in the future.

With these technology trends on the horizon, look at how your business can benefit from integrating them into daily operations for optimal business success.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about how future tech trends can have an effect on your business.

How to Check Your Business iPads for Malware

How to Check Your Business iPads for Malware

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iPads are one of the best mobile tech tools to use for business because of how safe they are.

Unless jailbroken, the risk of virus infection is rare. And being that there’s no malware that solely targets iPads, you can feel at ease when using an iPad for important business data and files.

BUT, there are a few things that could still threaten businesses through the use of iPads.

Phishing scams, that take information like passwords, and adware are as accessible on an iPad as a computer.

Here are a few ways to check if an iPad has been afflicted with either of the above:

  • To check if a phishing scam or adware is present while browsing the internet, check the web browser’s URL. If it is misspelled or has a lot of letters and numbers, you should exit the page as it is very possibly a scam.
  • To rid your iPad of persistent pop-up ads, clear the cache.
  • Keep an eye on your email and the presence of any strange notifications. If any appear suspicious, report them as spam and delete them from your inbox.

Another important step to ensure your iPad runs smoothly and without issues is to update it and its apps regularly. Updates contain security features, and will help in protecting your iPad.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about protecting your business’ tech from all kinds of cyberthreats.

Security Spike: Beware This Malware

Security Spike: Beware This Malware

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NanoCore RAT (Remote Access Trojan), a powerful, new version of trojan malware is being offered for free over the dark web.

The risk of cyberattacks rising is a huge concern, warns cybersecurity companies.

This malware can steal payment details, passwords, and can even secretly record audio and video of Windows users.

NanoCore RAT was first seen in 2013, and still wreaks havoc today.

It has been known to shut down or restart computers, as well as control mice and open webpages, all remotely and unwillingly by the victim.

Protect your business computers and data with IntelliSecure.

IntelliSecure services are available under three service families:

  • Managed Firewall, which provides secure management and monitoring of your network security at a fraction of the cost of doing it yourself. It’s built on security devices from award-winning appliance manufacturers.
  • Data Protection, which is designed to keep your data safe and accessible at all times. It goes beyond basic transaction-based backup offerings to provide network backup for files, objects, and transactions. This includes complete backup and protection of your on-site files and folders, as well as your off-site data in virtual machines.
  • Managed Virtual Private Network (VPN), which provides secure, encrypted communications for employees and teleworkers, wherever they are.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about keeping your business protected from all kinds of cyberthreats.

Ideal Apple Watch Apps for Work

Ideal Apple Watch Apps for Work

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Apple Watches aren’t just an aesthetically pleasing piece of jewelry for your wrist, they also offer many helpful productivity apps for work.

Keep productive and up to date with all the latest news with the following Apple Watch apps:

  • Currency: Convert currencies on the go. With this tool on your wrist, you won’t have to have a phone or computer to do quick currency conversions.
  • Canary Mail: Email clients with this third-party email platform that syncs email without the need of a phone.
  • Calbot: Calculate easily and on the move with this calculator tool.
  • Evernote: Stay organized with Evernote, an app that receives reminders and notifications and allows you to view, update, or create new reminders using dictation.
  • Drafts: Transfer or create text and send it to almost any other app or service with Drafts.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint: Watch and toggle through presentations on your Apple Watch with PowerPoint.

There are so many tools out there to help small business owners and employees work efficiently, and these Apple Watch apps are sure to be beneficial additions to anyone on the go or in the office.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about tech tools that increase work productivity.

Beware: Small Businesses Are at a Higher Risk of Data Breaches

Beware: Small Businesses Are at a Higher Risk of Data Breaches

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The cost of a data breach has risen 12% over the past five years, costing almost $4 million on average.

Not only does the data breach itself cost money, the increased regulation and resolution following a breach factor into the increasing cost of reparation.

And small businesses suffer more, as the per-employee costs of a breach are higher for businesses with less people:

  • $204 —The per-employee breach-related costs for organizations with more than 25,000 employees
  • $3,533 —The per-employee breach-related costs for organizations with between 500 and 1,000 employees1

This can hamper the financial recovery of small businesses.

Protect your business with IntelliSecure, a scalable, turnkey managed security with unified threat management (UTM) and closed-circuit video surveillance 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

IntelliSecure protects your network and data from desktop-to-cloud with firewalls, content filtering, anti-virus, antispam, anti-spyware, data management, and intrusion prevention systems so that the data on your network is protected from the legions of cybercriminals bent on infiltrating and corrupting business systems.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the effects of data breaches on small businesses and what you can do to ensure your business is protected.

1 https://smallbusiness.com/tech/ibm-study-data-breaches-a-growing-risk-for-small-business-2019/

How to Speed up Your Business’ Wi-Fi

How to Speed up Your Business’ Wi-Fi

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Have you noticed a lag in the speed of your business’ Wi-Fi?

A combination of many things can be the cause of slow internet, specifically over a wireless network.

Speed up the Wi-Fi for your business to keep operations running smoothly.

  • Test the Wi-Fi signal speed: Do a speed test of your office’s Wi-Fi to see if it is performing as intended. This is usually the culprit, and can be the difference between exceptional internet performance and business operations and a hindrance on your business’ efficiency.
  • Update your router: Take a look at the router responsible for enabling the Wi-Fi in your office, and see whether or not it’s time for an upgrade.

If both the signal speed and router are tiptop, here are some tips for boosting Wi-Fi strength:

  • Ensure the router is in a central location for maximum performance throughout the entire office.
  • Elevate the router.
  • Unplug and plug back in the router periodically to reboot it.
  • Ensure the router isn’t near objects that can interfere with the transmission of the Wi-Fi signal. These include microwaves, concrete walls, cordless phones, and large metal objects.

Get what you need out of your business’ Wi-Fi by proactively testing and updating your Wi-Fi equipment.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about optimizing your business’ internet for smooth business operation and maximum efficiency.

How Blockchain Affects Small Business

How Blockchain Affects Small Business

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A blockchain is a chain of blocks containing a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data.

Mostly used in cryptocurrency like Bitcoin, blockchain is also emerging into the world of data transfer, allowing sensitive data to be transferred safely.

With benefits like improved security in transfer of digital media, the removal of middlemen in transactions, and improved settlement time, blockchain is simplifying and speeding up the transfer of data and payments.

With these blockchain advantages, small businesses can reap the rewards of more seamless and quick payment collections, as well as data transfers of sensitive business data.

As blockchain becomes more mainstream and regulated, not only technologists and crypto traders but small businesses will benefit from integrating blockchain into business operations.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about secure, seamless data transfer options for your business.

The Use of Digital Tools Leads to Small Business Success

The Use of Digital Tools Leads to Small Business Success

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Technology is ever-evolving, and businesses of all sizes are embracing the use of digital tools to engage with their customers and target audiences.

And the more digital engagement, the more success businesses are having, small businesses included.

Small businesses that used an advanced level of digital engagement, meaning more sophisticated digital tools like data analytics and mobile apps, compared to businesses that didn’t, had these successes to report:

– 2 times as much revenue per employee

– 4 times higher yearly revenue growth

– 3 times more likely to create jobs over the previous year

– 6 times higher employment growth rate

– 3 times more likely to have exported goods internationally the previous year

Higher digital engagement allows small businesses to diversify audiences, and reach a larger number of audiences that they may not have previously imagined reaching.

Bring more success to your business by integrating useful digital tools into your everyday operations.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about digital tools for business success.