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SRS Networks has been serving the California area since 1976, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Your End Users Are Your Last Line of Defense against Cybercriminals

Your End Users Are Your Last Line of Defense against Cybercriminals

Cybercrime has been on the rise over the last few years, and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. As it turns out, bad actors can turn a profit by targeting businesses, and their tools and tactics are only getting trickier.

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Windows 7 End of Life Upon Us

Windows 7 End of Life Upon Us

With just days before Microsoft retires two of its most popular operating systems, the quarter of computer users worldwide are at the risk of losing support on January 14, 2020. Therefore, we wanted to take this opportunity to explore the ramifications of an end of support event, and what you can do in response.

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Do Browser Apps Put You at Risk?

Do Browser Apps Put You at Risk?

For the average PC user, the Internet browser is probably the most utilized piece of software other than your OS. Depending on which browser you use, you may decide to download additional software to give you features that you typically don’t have or give you functionality that is all new. Before you use these software add-ons, you should know that there have been several examples of this software working against users. Let’s take a look at how browser extensions work and how you can get better functionality without putting your data at risk. 

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Working Remotely, You Need a Virtual Private Network

Working Remotely, You Need a Virtual Private Network

To those who weren’t around BEFORE the Internet became an irreplaceable business tool, it’s almost hard to imagine how businesses operated when this tool didn’t exist. Storing sensitive data has never been such an easy thing to do but at what cost? It is undeniable that the Internet has opened doors for not only us, but criminals as well. Today we discuss how these doors can easily be secured with the implementation of a virtual private network, or VPN.

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Protect Your Privacy on Facebook, Part 2

Protect Your Privacy on Facebook, Part 2

If you haven’t read part one of our Facebook privacy blog, it wouldn’t hurt for you to go back and read that one first. Today, we will be looking at configuring your Facebook with security settings designed to protect your personal information. The social media giant certainly has a checkered history when it comes to protecting user privacy. In fact, a lot of its ongoing troubles center around maintaining individual privacy of its users.

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Protect Your Privacy on Facebook

Protect Your Privacy on Facebook

Facebook is one of the most popular websites on the Internet and has been a global phenomenon for the two billion people that use the platform. This doesn’t mean that it has been smooth sailing for the tech giant, as over the past several years there have been a few major controversies concerning the privacy of user data and how Facebook works to secure it. Today, we’ll tell you how to get access to all the information Facebook has about you.

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Tip of the Week: Improve Your Mobile Data Management

Tip of the Week: Improve Your Mobile Data Management

Data accessibility has never been easier for both you and your workforce, but how do you know if this convenience isn’t also benefitting cybercriminals? Your mobile device contains a vast amount of sensitive information and files which need to be kept secure. This presents the need for some sort of secure management system, which in the tech world is referred to as Mobile Information Management, or MIM.

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Updating the Latest Major Data Breaches

Updating the Latest Major Data Breaches

A lot has been made recently about cybersecurity, and for many people it has caused them to alter the way they go about doing things. With more people more cognizant of their individual data privacy, and how to combat phishing and other social engineering attempts, you’d think major data breaches would be snuffed out regularly. It only takes one person, however, to fail to be vigilant for it to negatively affect a whole organization.

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Fighting Fire with Fire: Automating Cybersecurity

Fighting Fire with Fire: Automating Cybersecurity

When it comes to cybersecurity, automation can benefit many of your processes and protections. Let’s review how automation can be used to protect your business, and by extension, your livelihood.

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Understanding the Motives of Hackers

Understanding the Motives of Hackers

The term “hacker” has firmly become a part of the public lexicon, thanks largely in part to pop culture and its liberal use of the term. However, the use of the term so frequently has effectively diluted its meaning to “someone good with computers.” In order to keep your business secure against the hackers of the real world, it may help to understand the motivations behind their activities.

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Are You Properly Securing Your Server Room?

Are You Properly Securing Your Server Room?

Your servers are critical to the successful performance of your business’ technology. As a result, it is important that you do everything you can to keep them secured. Here, we’ve assembled some basic security practices to start you off.

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The Small Business Cybersecurity Starter Pack

The Small Business Cybersecurity Starter Pack

Running a business is one thing, but it is quite another to protect it from issues and threats. There is a vast assortment of potential obstacles that can pop up during your operations. Likewise, there are many ways that a business needs to be protected, each one as crucial as the last. A few basics include:

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Phishing is a Major Threat

Phishing is a Major Threat

Fishing - a jerk on one end of a line waiting for a jerk on the other end.
Phishing - very similar to fishing, but much more consequential.

While the word phishing is humorous and relatable due to it being derived from the word “fishing”, the consequences of falling victim to a phishing attack are far from comical. Today we will discuss just how serious these attacks can be, and the easiest way to prevent them.

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Watch Out for the One Percent

Watch Out for the One Percent

Do you know the phrase, “Locks only keep out the honest?” The idea is that even though you lock your doors, there is only a thin layer of glass and good intentions stopping a criminal from entering your home through a window.

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Basic Methods to Keep Your Phone Secure

Basic Methods to Keep Your Phone Secure

Mobile devices have become a staple in contemporary life, with more business uses added regularly. Unfortunately, this makes them a more enticing target for cybercriminals to go after. To help you keep your phone secure, we’ve assembled a brief list of best practices for you and the rest of your company to follow.

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Here’s a Malware Refresher

Here’s a Malware Refresher

Security threats are commonplace in the business environment, as any organization that turns a profit is sure to hold valuable data that is of use to criminals. Some people have an easier time identifying threats than others, but with so many different types of threats out there, it’s no wonder that some have trouble handling these scenarios. Here is a guide on some of the more common types of malware, as well as what you should do to avoid a dangerous run-in with it.

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Approaching End of Life

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 Approaching End of Life

A decade-old version of Microsoft’s popular database software SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 is losing support on July 9,2019. If your business hasn’t moved away from the software, you are looking at a few real pressing problems. Let’s take a look at the software and what options businesses that haven’t moved on from SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server R2 have going forward.

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Prioritizing Network Security is a Must

Prioritizing Network Security is a Must

Every business has their version of risk management. Nowadays, with all the technology organizations use for productivity, collaboration, and communications, managing risk can often be difficult. There are numerous threats that come from the Internet that could put a damper on productivity, create inefficiencies, or shut down production entirely. Regardless of how large or small your business is, you need to prioritize the security of your computing network.

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Unpatched Windows is Like Leaving Your Car Door Open in a Sketchy Parking Garage at Night with Wads of Cash in the Driver’s Seat

Unpatched Windows is Like Leaving Your Car Door Open in a Sketchy Parking Garage at Night with Wads of Cash in the Driver’s Seat

I recently read a statement from the National Security Agency (NSA) expressing concerns over the risks and vulnerabilities that come with running unpatched versions of older Windows operating systems. First, you know it’s serious if the NSA, an entity in the US who depends on the collection and processing of information, is worried that your personal information is at risk. Second, it’s another in a long line of reasons to not allow your network to fall into such disarray that you can no longer protect it.

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“Paying the Ransom” Isn’t a Ransomware Defense

“Paying the Ransom” Isn’t a Ransomware Defense

Ransomware has become a favorite attack vector for hackers - after all, for them, it’s pretty much a no loss game. They either get paid, or they move on to their next target. Unfortunately, cyberattackers that dispatch ransomware often do get paid, and these payments can sometimes come from a surprising source: cybersecurity firms.

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