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patch management for 3rd party software

What is patch management for 3rd party software?

By SandStorm IT | September 5, 2023
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What are patches? Patches can be seen as some type of hotfix. Everyday exploits, bugs, and security risks are found within programs, and these are what the patches would fix.  A bug in the software could be a failure or fault that could cause it to behave in unintended ways.  If you think of an…

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Fake Virus Warnings

How to Spot Fake Virus Warnings

By SandStorm IT | August 8, 2023
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You are browsing the web, minding your own business, when suddenly a screen like that pops up. You find yourself unable to open anything else or even close the Window. Clicking on “OK” does nothing and, sometimes, you even hear a voice from your speakers telling you that your computer is infected with something truly…

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Cybersecurity Awareness

What is Cybersecurity Awareness and How does it affect my business?

By SandStorm IT | July 10, 2023
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As a busy parent, professional or retiree, we all take security seriously in some respects. How many of us leave our homes without closing or locking the door? How many of us leave our keys in the car when visiting a restaurant? I suspect the number of people who take such a relaxed approach to…

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mistakes when migrating data

What are the 5 biggest mistakes when migrating data?

By SandStorm IT | May 30, 2023
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A lot of data migrations have been occurring recently due to Windows 7 End Of Life. There are many considerations to keep in mind when you’re looking to move data between two devices, Servers, Workstations, or otherwise. With the importance of the data on most business servers and workstations, losing data in migration can be…

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Managed Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware

Why is Patch Management Important For Cyber Security?

By SandStorm IT | May 23, 2023
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Before we jump into why patch management is important, we should define what patches are and what patch management is. What are patches? Patches are software code fixes that repair broken functionality, add new functionality, or fixes security holes in software.  Patches have been around a long time.  You’ve likely been patching Windows workstations going…

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What is a VPN?

What is a VPN?

By SandStorm IT | May 9, 2023
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A virtual private network (VPN) allows a private network of devices to be securely extended over a public network such as the Internet. This gives the  functionality of a typical private network but with the convenience of a public network. VPNs are commonly seen in the corporate world, where having easy, secure access to the…

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Data Encryption

What you need to know about Data Encryption?

By SandStorm IT | April 25, 2023
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You may have come across the word encryption recently in the news. It’s becoming a bit of a hot topic in the media as more and more eyes shift to covering the ever expanding world of computer crime. Governments are focusing on it to try and gain the ability to decrypt files when necessary, and…

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How an IT Business Continuity Plan Can Help You Navigate a Natural Disaster

By SandStorm IT | April 4, 2023
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If a natural disaster happens, will your business be sidelined for weeks or months?? What happens if your office building is leveled by a tornado? Flooded? Catches fire? Hopefully, that will never happen. But, could your business survive if it did? Do you have an IT business continuity plan to help you weather the storm?…

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What are social media bots

What are social media bots and how can I protect myself?

By SandStorm IT | March 21, 2023
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Chances are, if you have used any popular social media platforms recently, you have been exposed to social media bots.  By definition, this is not necessarily a bad thing, since these bots are just accounts on social media which are run automatically by a computer program rather than a human.  However, most benign bots are…

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Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems

What are Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems?

By SandStorm IT | March 14, 2023
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You may not be aware of Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) as they relate to Information Technology (IT), but the concept is simple enough – an IPS is like the lock on your front door, it keeps people from being able to simply walk in and go through all of your…

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