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Technology New Year’s Resolutions 2015

December 30, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

1. Clean your devices. In Italy, old brooms and dishes are tossed out the window on New Year’s eve. While tossing your keyboard and phone out the window could be done, why start the new year with clean devices. Flip your keyboard upside down and give it a few shakes. Then wipe the keys and […]

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Security, small business,

Eight Tips to Reduce Smartphone Theft

December 10, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

Its the Holidays and we know what that means. Thieves. Not just any thieves, but thieves looking for the latest smartphones and tablets. With crowded stores and busy restaurants its easy to accidentally forget a device. However your overlooked device isn’t likely overlooked by opportunistic thieves. The Popular Science article that inspired this post mentions […]

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Android, iPhone, Security,

Secure Messaging: How to Encrypt Email and Text Messages

November 5, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced a new Campaign for secure and usable crypto. By that, EFF means they are evaluating and promoting the best, most secure means to encrypt your email and text communications. With modern business thick with competitors and governments, both foreign and domestic, spying on everyone for advantage, this is […]

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apps, Security,

How to Fortify Your Website Against Hackers

October 21, 2014 Timothy Online Presence

Another week, another hacked company. Today its Staples. Last week it was Home Depot. Next week you? Every year the Arkansas SBTDC gets one or more calls from small businesses whose websites have been compromised. Most often its a WordPress site and other times one of the popular shopping carts. In all cases these penetrations […]

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Mobile Payments, Security, WordPress,

Cryptolocker Ransomware Protection

August 5, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

The one-year anniversary of the nasty Cryptolocker ransomware’s release into the wild is just weeks away. Cryptolocker is still encrypting and ruining many people’s hard drives with the resultant losses of cherished photos and important files. For the uninitiated, Cryptolocker is Windows malware which encrypts your hard drive and then offers to unencrypt your files […]

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Microsoft, Security,

Disposing of Point-of-Sales (POS) Systems

July 29, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

A few weeks back I posted on disposing of Android phones. This week brings news from security researchers on the hazards of improperly wiped point-of-sales (POS) systems. As with the used phones, a researcher bought a used POS and went to town exploring it. You aready know what happened, right? Yep! He extracted employee Social Security […]

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hospitality business, Security,

Microsoft Ending Windows 7 Support On Jan. 13, 2015

July 15, 2014 Timothy Uncategorized

Woah! Deja vu! Didn’t Microsoft just end support for Windows XP? Yep! And if you upgraded to Windows 7, you may just get the opportunity to upgrade again. Microsoft is ending mainstream support (patches and fixes) for most users of Windows 7 on Jan. 13, 2015. Business users who purchased an extended service agreement will […]

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Microsoft, Security,

Disposing of Android Phones

July 9, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

Now that Android phones have been available for several years, many users are upgrading and disposing of their old phones. Before tossing it, how do you ensure your old phone has been cleared of all personal data? How can you be absolutely sure that all photos, address books, emails, texts, and documents have been irretrievably cleared […]

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Android, apps, Security,

Smartphone and Tablet Security: How to Defeat Phishing, Stealing and Rogue Apps

June 24, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

The Arkansas State University SBTDC pinned a short but useful article from Inc. magazine, Tracking (and Thwarting) the Latest Mobile Threats, to their technology board on Pinterest. The piece focuses on three major tactics used against mobile phones and tablets: phishing, stealing, and rogue apps. Phishing (or WiPhising, the mobile version) is the most common and easiest […]

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mobile technology, Security,

How to Recover a Hacked Website

June 17, 2014 Timothy Online Presence

Do you know what to do if your website is hacked? A number of small businesses have had their websites hacked in recent months. The causes have been poor password selection or malware infested plug-ins. But that’s water under the bridge. It’s happened. Your site has been successfully hacked. What do you do now? Fortunately […]

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Google, online presence, Security, WordPress,

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