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Why is phishing still the most common cyber-attack?

By Josh Yarbrough | March 30, 2021
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What is phishing? Phishing.org defines phishing as “A cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.” This is a very common and…

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Benefits and Risks of Software from the Internet

The Benefits and Risks of Software from the Internet

By SandStorm IT | March 9, 2021
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Got a flat tire? You will need a jack, a lug wrench, and a spare. Need to hang a picture? A hammer, nail, and level will set you straight. Almost any problem can be solved with the right set of tools. The same is true with your software on your computer. From writing an essay…

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Common Browser-based Network Attacks

Common Browser-based Network Attacks and How to Avoid Them

By Jordan Sanders | February 16, 2021
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Day by day, we do more and more through our web browsers.  We perform daily work tasks like checking and sending email, visiting websites to learn about news in our chosen fields, and work in web-based operational systems all through our browsers, and outside of the office, we use those same browsers to check our…

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Fake Virus Warnings

How to Spot Fake Virus Warnings

By SandStorm IT | January 26, 2021
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You are browsing the web, minding your own business, when suddenly a screen like the following 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…

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How to Win The War Against Spam!

By Josh Yarbrough | January 5, 2021
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What is SPAM? SPAM is junk mail that you receive that you didn’t sign up for. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it as “unsolicited usually commercial messages (such as e-mails, text messages, or Internet postings) sent to a large number of recipients or posted in a large number of places“. And none of us are immune…

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5 Awesome Google Chrome Extensions to Optimize Your Browsing Experience

By Jeff Fowler | October 13, 2020
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In the recent years, Google Chrome has taken the browser market by storm, with over 62% of users now using Google Chrome (according to W3). Most users view it as an easier, faster way to browse the internet. According to reports (source: TechCrunch), there are now over 10,000 different Chrome extensions available on the marketplace,…

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Is your computer running slowly? Here are 3 simple solutions!

By Matt Ballard | September 22, 2020
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One of the most common complaints that IT professionals hear from users is “My computer is running slow”.  Slowness can be related to the computer or can be related to your internet connection. If it is slow to boot up, it could be unnecessary programs running in the background at startup. If it is slow…

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Network Attached Storage

What is a Network Attached Storage?

By Jeff Fowler | September 15, 2020
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As your data storage needs expand, you will inevitably outgrow traditional external USB hard drives and shared folders. There’s a huge cost difference between using shared folders/external drives versus having a dedicated file server. Luckily, there’s another option that fills the gap between those options nicely, and it’s a Network Attached Storage device. It’s more…

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Google Search Tricks

5 More Google Search Tricks You May Not Know

By SandStorm IT | August 25, 2020
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As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, we could provide you with hundreds of Google tips instead of just five, so here are five more to get the most out of Google, the most popular site on the Internet (Source: alexa.com). Get More Relevant Search Results When you search for multiple words, oftentimes Google…

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Managed Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware

Why is Patch Management Important For Cyber Security?

By SandStorm IT | July 14, 2020
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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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