Monthly Archives: July 2011

Laptop Battery Hacked to Stop Working

You may have seen posts in the past about malware, viruses and phishing, but this one is truly inventive. A security researcher was able to hack into an Apple laptop's battery and permanently disable, or "brick" it. No matter what is done afterwards, it cannot be used any longer. The way into doing this is through a chip found on all laptop batteries that tells a laptop how to operate with various operating systems and boot sequences. However, this person was able to get into the chip and put code on it to make it permanently dead. 

With the various threats out in the world, sometimes the worst attacks are the ones we don't know about. Whether it is a way to make your smartphone feed information to hackers or something that can make your $2000 laptop useless, Renascence IT Consulting is constantly up to date on these and other issues. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns about security for your network or how to use your current resources for the best ROI.

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Yes, Your Droid or iPhone Can Get Infected!

Many people think that since their iPhone or Droid is a phone, it can't get malware or viruses like a computer. That is completely wrong. It is estimated that by next year 5% of all smartphones will be hit with malicious code or install an infected app. With these kinds of statistics, small businesses need to consider training their employees that their business phone should be treated like a computer, because essentially, it is a computer. 

At Renascence IT Consulting, we know of the problems and issues that can result from an infected machine, be it Windows, Mac, iPhone, or Blackberry. In this day and age, some extra precautions on a company phone that has sensitive or financial login information for your business, can prevent lost business time and money down the road. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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What your IT Person Knows about your Company?

Do you have a part time IT person that comes in and checks on computers and your network? Do they shuffle around in the back and leave a while later declaring everything is alright? Do you know if they can be trusted? An article in ITworld.com (link below) discusses how easy an individual can sniff your company's network for logins for websites, grab emails in transit, and even plant malicious code or illegal items on your servers. 

At Renascence IT Consulting, we only use full-time trusted technicians who are at the top of their game and ethics. You won't have three or four rotating contractors, but specific administrators who are dedicated to your company and its success. We are fully insured and make sure you are as comfortable with us, as you are with your own employees. If you have any questions or concerns on your current network, feel free to contact us for a full, free evaluation.

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