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Protect Your System Against the Satan Computer Virus

A malware program called Satan was recently discovered within the internet’s dark web. Its primary purpose is to spread ransomware to as many computer devices as possible. Hackers offer it to each other at no cost and claim that anyone can use it. They only ask for a share of the extortion money one may obtain by using it. Individual hackers can alter the behavior of the program as well.

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Understanding Google Home

In March of last year, reports came out stating that Google was in the process of developing a wireless speaker to counter the Amazon Echo. The product is called Google Home.

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Common Public Wi-Fi Security Issues and How to Prevent Them

Over the past few decades, free public Wi-Fi has grown to become a rather useful tool for those with mobile devices. Such services are now readily available in most airports, hotels, restaurants, and stores. This means that you can access your email, website or online program at any given time from essentially any public location.

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How To Prevent Hackers From Breaking Into Your Company Network

Businesses spend a great deal time and money protecting their networks from compromise. New and more advanced versions of malware and virus protection programs are constantly in development. Protecting your network or server from hackers has become somewhat easier. Unfortunately, hackers are hackers because of their ability to remain undetected. They know how to break through your firewall and perform tasks in your network without leaving any evidence of their activities. That is why it is so important to stay on top of your network security. Below are some helpful tips on how to prevent hackers from breaking into your company network.

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How Do I Know If Our Company Server Is Hacked?

“How do I know if our company server has been hacked?”

–This is a question business owners find themselves constantly fretting over. There is nothing more aggravating than a slow network. Issues with the router, switches, or interconnecting cables are regular culprits of server issues. Hackers may also have gained access to the company server, which impacts its security and running speed.

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Why Do I Need a Complex Password?

Setting up your computer or online password can be a frustrating process. Most of us try to use simple word and number combinations that are easy to remember. However, the ideal password is long and complex. Why? The longer the password, the more difficult it is to break. Many users tend to employ the same generic passwords over and over again. Consequently, hackers can easily crack these passwords and gain access to your private information.

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Email Etiquette Tips for Employees

What is appropriate email etiquette in the workplace? Sending emails is a daily task for many employees of today’s. Managers use it to send memos, schedule meetings, and send documents. Like everything else, however, there is “a time and a place” and emails are no exception. Let’s explore some do’s and do not’s of email etiquette in the workplace.

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How Can I Speed Up My Computer?

We all know the frustration when the multicolor spinning pinwheel pops up in the middle of a software upgrade. Staring at a frozen screen for minutes on end while you wait for relief is enough to make you want to throw your laptop against the wall. In addition, there is a plethora of software viruses, malware, and spyware that is constantly attempting to access your device. If you have been wondering why your computer runs so slowly, you are not alone. Let’s take a look at some things you can do to improve your speed and protect your information.

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Password Protection & Recovery

You use your online passwords so often that doing so becomes second nature. It is no surprise that getting an ‘access denied’ alert flashing on your screen is cause for frustration. Forgetting your password is one thing. A stolen password is another and a much more serious situation. That is why password protection is such an important part of IT/tech support. We at OAC Technology appreciate the importance of network security.

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What is the Best Antivirus Option for Your Business?

There are dozens of anti-virus software programs available. The primary purpose of anti-virus programs is remove viruses and malware from your computer and prevent them from spreading. Over the years, virus technology has grown more sophisticated. Consequently, it has improved significantly.

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The Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has evolved from a niche service to a common necessity. Both large and small organizations require a dedicated channel in which they can perform crucial tasks with efficiency and at a minimum risk. It has become a major component of modern business due to a variety of reasons. Can can your business benefit from utilizing cloud computing?

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Cyber Security: Is Your Business at Risk of IT Attack?

You may think that because your business is located in Minnesota, you will be safer from hackers and cyber attacks. Unfortunately, because the internet knows no geographical limits, any business in any part of the country is vulnerable to online security threats

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What is Ransomware?

Ransomware refers to a variety of viruses that will prevent you from accessing files on your own computer. Ransomware is constantly evolving and several new versions of the infections are consistently being reported. Advances in technology have given ransomware a fail-proof locking system. In many cases, the only way to gain access to your computer’s files is to pay the hacker a “ransom”.

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Outsourced IT Services

Your IT and support needs grow with your business. As your organization grows, you will need additional hardware and IT professionals to help handle the workload and make sure things run smoothly. One way to ease the tasks at hand is utilize outsourced IT services.

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Why Your Office Wi-Fi Is Slow

Wi-Fi is one of the most important components of modern day living. We rely on it to manage our financial accounts, conduct research for our jobs or education, close business deals, watch videos, download music and communicate with the world at large. Needless to say, having a bad or unreliable Wi-Fi connection in the office is not only frustrating; it can negatively impact the efficiency and productivity of your business. Fortunately there are a few ways that you can diagnose this Wi-Fi issue and increase its speed.

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Is Your Network Safe From Ex-Employees?

When an employee leaves an organization, whether he/she quit, was fired or laid off, that employee’s access to online company data should be immediately terminated or limited. Ensuring that former employees cannot continue to access your network(s) after their departure is critical for security. How can you, as a business owner or supervisor, safeguard your network from the threat of an ex-employee “sabotage”?

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The Benefits of Cloud Antivirus Software

The Internet has brought with it a new level of ease and convenience that we have never known before. Smartphones and tablets are now being adopted at a staggering rate, directly translating to the proliferation of these and other mobile devices at work. The line between enterprise and personal usage has become somewhat blurred, leading to an increased risk of exposing corporate data. The apps and the programs we are using are also migrating to the cloud. All of these issues mean that cloud-based web security maybe the strongest guarantee for total protection online. Continue reading

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3 Ways to Boost Network Security at No Cost

Ensuring adequate network security has become essential, not only for big businesses, but for small and medium-sized businesses. Although the most effective way to ensure optimal network security is to employ a dedicated professional network security team and use the latest network protection software, there are free but effective ways to boost your network security. How can you enhance your network security for free?

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The Benefits of Employing a Managed Services Provider (MSP)

Keeping up with the rapidly evolving technological requirements of business processes – from customer acquisition and day-to-day management to marketing and sales force management – is often a major challenge for businesses. Here is a brief overview of why outsourcing your IT needs to a managed services provider (MSP) is an excellent option for small and medium-sized Twin Cities businesses.

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The Current Role of Information Technology (IT)

Information Technology (IT) is an essential tool for successful communication and for the improvement of many important fields in our lives: education, business, culture, marketing, etc. Piles of papers on endless rows in offices are long forgotten ways of recording and storing information. Digital communication has enabled us to have abundant information on hand. Therefore, not only does IT influence the development of business management; it has a crucial role in modern society overall.

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Avoiding Network Downtime

The minute you say it, the next two questions inevitably start issuing from every staff member’s mouth: “Whom do we call?” and, once the issue is resolved, “How can we keep these things from happening?” When a network goes down, however, all management is really concerned about is how soon the team can be back up and running.
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Responding to a Network Attack

When you experience a higher number of pop up windows than usual, a slower processing speed or passwords being changed without authorization, you might think that it is just a system error; but these are all tell-tale signs that you have been hacked. It can happen to anyone. Below are steps you can take to respond quickly and recover from a network attack:
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2 Common Cloud Computing Myths

Cloud computing represents a major advancement in data storage. It effectively pools resources and allows clients to access a greater range of facilities and tools that will store and process online data in a more cost-effective manner. With research and by implementing the correct methods, cloud services can be very effective, especially for the smaller businesses where cost savings are of great importance.
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3 Tips to Enhance The Effectiveness of Your Passwords

Many aspects of online security have become very complex with the increase in digital commerce. As cyber protection becomes more sophisticated, simple parts of your security system – like passwords – often become more complicated. Below are some points to keep in mind when you wish to increase the security of passwords in your organization.
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4 IT Disaster Recovery Tips for Your Business

Businesses in Minnesota should consider investing in a disaster recovery plan. Any organization can be hit by a devastating event anytime and, as a result, it is a good idea to be prepared. Below we have provided four of the most useful tips to prevent a catastrophic data loss.
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What Are The Dangers of an Outdated Firewall?

Firewalls are components of a computer network or system that prevents unauthorized system access while permitting outbound communication. A firewall does this by inspecting data going into and out of the computer system to ensure it meets predefined security standards. With time, a firewall will become obsolete and their efficiency diminishes.
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