Monthly Archives: February 2011

Spyware on phones listens on your conversations

As if malware isn't bad enough on the computer, new spyware has been found that, if downloaded, conferences your phone calls to malicious sources who can listen in for sensitive or vital information to use for their own purposes. Another piece of malware can transmit data from your phone to a remote server where it will be scoured for any logins to financial or other business related services.

At Renascence IT Consulting, Inc. we are aware of the multiple threats the linger not only on your computer but your phone as well. As more and more businesses uses Blackberries, Androids, and iPhones to conduct more company functions, the problems of sensitive data leaking out becomes more of an issue. If you are concerned for your data or network, mobile or hardwired, please contact us for a free analysis.

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15 Stupid Small Business Tech Mistakes

As a small business, you have many functions that need to be run, but oftentimes technology takes a back seat, when it should be one of the critical aspects to secure. Do you have a backup procedure for your files and network? Do you have anti-virus protection and patch your systems on a consistent basis? Do you have a friend of a friend running your IT or do you have a professional group that is insured handling your sensitive data and knows what to do if your systems go down? 

At Renascence IT Consulting, Inc. we have the experience to come in and secure, backup, and make sure your business will continue to function, even if a critical part of the technology fails. We recognize that not all companies require 24X7 attention, but just a little proactive setup can save your business money, time, and even prevent you from shutting your doors if your data suddenly got wiped out or compromised. Contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.

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Bloatware killing your laptop

A recent report about HP laptops was scathing about their Wi-Fi software spiking the laptops usage. A simple program that merely checks if a Wi-Fi adapter was turned on or off was causing the issue of spiking the CPU usage to 99% and killing the laptop's performance. A fix has been issued but is not automatically updated on laptops that have been affected.

Is your laptop or desktop running slow? Did you just purchase a machine and wondering if you need half the programs that come pre-installed? At Renascence IT Consulting, Inc. we have decades of experience recognizing bloatware and what programs are needed and what can be removed. We believe that you paid enough for your computers for your business that you should experience its full potential. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us.

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87% of Fortune 1000 companies infected with malware

Attending a security conference yesterday, I was stunned to see that statistic. From the Risk Management Association, 87% is the approximate percentage of Fortune 1000 companies that have computers that are infected with viruses, malware, and/or botnets. With malicious content like that on a network, it is an open door for cyber criminals to siphon intellectual content, financial data, and personnel records easily. In addition, these infected systems can be used to harm other computers out on the internet. 

With a staggering number such as this, how is a small business able to succeed where large ones fail? At Renascence IT Consulting, Inc, we believe it is with knowledge, experience, and the right tools. We stay up on the latest threats to a business network and can recommend a solution to you whether you are a Fortune 1000 company or own a small one to two person shop. If you wish to know more, please email or call us. 

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No more Internet?

The last of current internet addresses has been allocated, and there will be no more of Version 4 (IPv4) of Internet addresses. Do not fret, as Version 6 (IPv6) is already in place. However, is your company IP Version 6 compliant? Why is this a big deal? Imagine your current phone number (123) 456-7890. Let's suppose that there are no more numbers that can be given out. The government starts issuing numbers like (1234) 567890 – 123456 to new customers? How do you talk to these new numbers and, if you are new customer, how do you talk to people on old phone numbers? There has been a system in place for a few years to prep for this, BUT this means you need to make sure your network is capable of talking to both types of addresses. 

At Renascence IT Consulting, Inc. we have been monitoring the address drought. We know what to do to make sure your new business is setup for the latest technology, including IPV6. If you are an older business, we can budget your network to make sure it can talk to new addresses as well as old. Contact us if you need an evaluation or some questions answered.

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