Monthly Archives: February 2012

Microsoft calls Google Malicious

A recent update to Microsoft's anti-virus and anti-spyware solutions, Forefront and Security Essentials, tagged as a malicious site. An update went out a few hours later to correct this but it required users to run the update, to fix the previous update. While the issue was rather benign, it raises the question of how updates to programs that are supposed to protect you end up either costing you more time, or possibly even cause more problems for your systems.

With the decades of experience with computer infrastructures, Renascence IT has seen anti-virus programs quarantine or delete items as false positives, Microsoft releasing updates for their operating systems that have then promptly crashed said systems, and patched programs no longer work. While it is hard to anticipate what might go wrong on updates or patches, we have the experience to know what to look for and how to time such updates so your business is not crippled by a "fix". Feel free to email or contact us with any questions on how to patch your systems or any other IT-related issues.

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Is it Safe to Bank on Public Wi-Fi?

An article released by Upgrade Your Life discusses how easy it is for someone to hack your online bank account at a public Wi-Fi spot. While you may be secure behind your own company's protection, an employee who has access to your bank logins can easily lead your company's financials into malicious hands. The article goes on to explain how easily you can be led astray by fake websites who then steal your login and now have your financial information.

At Renascence IT, we look beyond the company that's behind four physical walls. You can secure laptops, desktops and networks down, but with more and more people doing their work in the "cloud" or travelling, it is too easy to hack your information. We, however, can provide solutions to these problems (most free or nearly free) and make sure your money stays with your business and not in someone else's hands.

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Why Offsite Backups are Needed

A couple of weeks ago, I had a client who leases office space on the 5th floor of an 8 story building. I got a panicked call on a Monday that there was a fire on the 8th floor and that water may have seeped down to lower floors. We braced for the potential of having water soaked servers and prepped a team to go onsite. Thankfully, they suffered no water damage, but was a wake up call for them that even tough they had onsite backups, they needed to make sure their offsite system of file storage was safe.

At your company, do you backup your data? Most of you do. However, have you thought about what might happen if your office, your building or your server room goes the way of Mother Nature, act of God, or malicious person? How do you recover from your backup if your backup is ALSO destroyed? At Renascence IT, we have multiple options for rotational backups or cloud based storage that are even secure by  HIPAA, SSAE 16, and SSAE 70 standards. You put on a seat belt and have an air bag in the event of an accident, shouldn't you do the same for your company? Contact us for a free evaluation or quote.