January 2017 Technology News Round Up

A lot caught our attention this month for our Technology News Round up. Unfortunately there have been HP battery recalls and macOS bug fixes. Sadly these things have become so frequent I almost hesitated to mention them here. Apple and Microsoft have announced features to reduce blue light display, which is believed to be bad for our health.

There is the latest technology where you can have your DNA sequenced for less than $100. President Trump is installing Skype seats in the White House Press room. When you think about it face to face press meetings seem so last century.

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IT Housekeeping for Business: February = Cloud

February Cloud

“Ransomware — malicious software that encrypts the victim’s files and holds them hostage unless and until the victim pays a ransom in Bitcoin — has emerged as a potent and increasingly common threat online. But many Internet users are unaware that ransomware also can just as easily seize control over files stored on Cloud services.”

More and more businesses use the Cloud for applications, backup and file storage. These companies make it really easy to sign up and use – so easy that businesses often forget to review, analyse and check what they are paying for. Technology moves fast, so you need to check regularly that the benefits and risks (see above quote and link) have not changed. So, this month it would be good to review what you are doing on the Cloud.

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IT Housekeeping for Businesses: January = Passwords

Throughout 2016 security firms such as Symantec were reporting that small businesses were increasingly being targeted.  The hope is that this won’t be repeated in 2017, but January is a good time to review the first, most basic, tool for security.  Passwords.

January Passwords

“43% of all attacks are now targeted at small businesses,” she said. “They are paying the price for being online.” 
Sian John, a chief strategist at Symantec.

(See http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/04/12/cybercriminals-target-half-their-attacks-at-small-businesses/ )

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