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Why is it bad to reuse passwords on multiple sites?

By SandStorm IT | September 12, 2023
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When it comes to passwords, people like to use the same passwords for pretty much everything they need to login to. It’s easy to remember and more convenient to do, but it’s actually one of the worst things you can do for your security online. In 2022, over 24 billion passwords were successfully hacked. Using…

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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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future of IoT

How does the Internet of Things affect cybersecurity?

By Josh Yarbrough | August 29, 2023
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The internet can be wonderful. It can provide convenience and capabilities that would otherwise be impossible. It is potential at our fingertips. I remember years ago, as a child, watching my mother “surf the web”. Back then, those simple HTML websites were so cool to me. Especially if they had background music that played while…

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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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The Perils of Reusing Passwords: Protecting Your Digital Fortress

By Jeff Fowler | August 1, 2023
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In today’s digital age, passwords serve as the frontline defense for our online identities and sensitive information. However, despite the numerous data breaches and hacking incidents, many individuals still underestimate the importance of unique and strong passwords. One common yet perilous practice is password reuse, which involves using the same password across multiple accounts. In…

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What are Managed IT Services?

What are Managed IT Services?

By Justin Oliver | July 18, 2023
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What are Managed IT Services? The Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) defines managed services as “the practice of outsourcing day-to-day technology management responsibilities to a third party as a strategic method for improving operations and accelerating a return on their technology investment”, typically for a fixed price. It is the proactive monitoring of computer and…

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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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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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