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March 28, 2017

Ever get an email with an important subject line from a domain you recognize only to open it and find strange formatting? Maybe you just close and ignore (or even better, delete the message). But what if it says, “Your password has expired, click here to reset”? You click the link, type your information, and think everything is fixed. We’ve got bad news. You’ve been phished. Time to reset all of your passwords and contact your bank to check for suspicious activity.

We talk about phishing emails a lot, but it seems that a new scam...

March 7, 2017

It’s tax season—time for a fresh wave of scams. Scammers are even smarter this year. The IRS announced a new two-stage email scam that targets tax professionals. The scammers pose as clients looking for assistance. The ultimate goal is to get just enough information from the tax professionals to file fraudulent tax returns. Luckily, with a bit of skepticism and diligence, we should be able to stop these scammers in their tracks!

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February 28, 2017

You’ve probably never heard of Cloudflare, a web hosting company that provides security services, but chances are high that they know you. Big name companies such as Uber, OKCupid, and FitBit use Cloudflare’s tech management services. On February 17, a Google Project Zero engineer discovered the leak in Cloudflare’s code. One out of place character (= instead of >) caused the data of millions of people to leak (bleed) on to the internet. We don’t know yet if hackers have exploited...

February 28, 2017

Network Alliance was named a winner in multiple categories of the 2017 11th Annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. These latest recognitions mark the fifth year in a row that the company has received this prestigious award.

At the Stevie Awards ceremony in Las Vegas, the Network Alliance Support Center team was recognized in the following categories:

  • Gold Award for Customer Service...
February 14, 2017

Did someone give you a new laptop for Valentine ’s Day?? Maybe you simply bought yourself a treat. Either way, a fresh laptop is satisfying and exciting to tech geeks (yes, you!). After you’re up and running on the new machine, you remember that your old laptop is still sitting on your desk. You can’t throw it in the trash, but you can’t just leave it taking up space in your office. We’ve got a few options for you!

As IT people, we get technology upgrades more often than the average consumer, and I love giving my old hardware to...

February 7, 2017

In January, nerds gathered in Las Vegas for the annual Computer Electronics Show. This annual trade show brings tech companies large and small together to show what they’re working on for the year to come. It’s an event that showcases some outlandish technology that never makes it past the concept phase, but attendees also see what the biggest innovators in the world are hoping to accomplish over the next year. CES shows in the past have provided a first look at HDTVs, smart watches, and Blu-Ray technology. So what did this year bring?

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January 31, 2017

Spam happens. Our Gmail accounts send obvious spam to the Junk folder automatically, where it’s eventually deleted. Outlook offers a junk filter, where you mark messages with one click. These filters keep our mailboxes clutter-free and remove the chance of accidentally opening the illegal prescription drug email during a presentation. But, in case you haven’t been reading our weekly articles, spammers are getting smarter. Attackers are starting to target even small businesses. So what can you do? Think third-par...

January 10, 2017

Every company aims to keep costs low and efficiency high. That’s the way to run a successful business. IT providers are no different and they use thin provisioning as one way to see a great bottom line. It affects you when they promise more available resources than they can realistically provide. Thin provisioning may not affect your everyday IT life, but when you come up against it, you’ll certainly feel the pain!

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December 20, 2016

Creating something from nothing. Telling a computer what you want to build and watching a machine and special materials make your idea come to life. That’s 3D printing. This crazy technology, first invented by Chuck Hull in 1983, uses liquid photopolymers that become solid plastic when hit with  ultraviolet (UV) light. It’s come a long way since then, both in technique and cost. 3D printing is well on its way to becoming a staple in our businesses and households.

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December 16, 2016

On December 9, the CERT group from the Department of Homeland Security announced that you should discontinue use of vulnerable  Netgear routers and remove them immediately from your network. If your wireless network is controlled by a Netgear router, check for these model numbers—R6250, R6400, R6700, R7000, R7100LG, R7300, R7900, and R8000.

Netgear didn’t respond to initial claims about the security hole, r...

 
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