There will be a free electronic waste disposal on April 6th between 9am and 12pm at the Rush Henrietta Central School District Transportation and Operations Center. This event is being hosted by assemblywoman Marjorie Byrnes.
The center is located at 1133 Lehigh Station Rd, Henrietta NY 14467.
If you don’t use it, get rid of it. Obsolete devices, old data, even that cheap thumb drive in your table side drawer could put your personal information at risk. Holding onto old accounts or small amounts of forgotten data increases the likelihood that a hacker might have his way with your identity.
Check out this great article on reducing digital clutter here.
Hardware designed for 3D games has been utilized in an effort to create faster and more advanced simulators. Academics from the University of Sussex believe that GPUs may eventually create simulators capable of replicating the human brain.
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MetaFly, an insect-based drone funded on Kickstarter, uses its wings to create a differential between draft and lift— which enables it to be both lightweight and maneuverable.
Developed by computer scientists at Rice University, the application known as Bayou can create programs from just a few keywords or phrases. Bayou’s AI draws on human-written Java code, and is meant to aid programmers in navigating a growing amount of APIs.
Read more about Bayou here!
FIRST Team 2228, otherwise known as CougarTech, is a robotics team primarily composed of students from the Honeoye Falls-Lima and Rush Henrietta central school districts. The team came in 8th place in this year’s Finger Lakes Regional competition. SkyPort IT financially supports CougarTech with hardware and support labor (our CEO’s wife is even a mentor for the team)!
Congratulations to CougarTech on all their hard work this season!
Ransomware attacks cost both time and money. According to statistics:
- 63% of Ransomeware attacks required more than a business day to fix.
- The global cost of ransomware in 2019 is estimated at 11.5 billion USD.
SolarWinds MSP recommends the following in order to recognize and avoid a data hostage situation:
Our CEO Dan Marcellus was at the PSSNY 2019 Mid-Winter Conference. His one-hour continuing education accredited seminar provided insight into the interconnection of IT and HIPAA compliance that is lacking in most HIPAA regulated organizations. Pharmacists as covered entities need to follow the regulations that have been in place for may years. The big fines come when organizations do not show they care about protecting their client’s data, whether there is a breach or not.
HP is issuing a recall for its lithium-ion batteries that may overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. About 78,500 units in total were affected. The batteries were shipped or sold as accessories for HP ProBooks, HPx360, HP Pavilion x360 11in. Notebook PC, and others. They were sold at authorized dealers and online at www.hp.com between Dec. 2015 and Dec. 2018.
For more information, click here.
Here at SkyPort IT, we have various Microsoft Office subscriptions to suit whatever your needs may be. That includes our Enterprise E3 version, which has tools and services that are HIPAA compliant. We also include subscriptions from standard Business Essentials, Business Premium, ProPlus and E1 plans.
For more information on pricing and options, check out our handy info chart.
This article discusses Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) management systems, business associate’s security, the benefits of security monitoring and unknowingly welcoming a Trojan horse into an organization.
Feel free to read here!
Here at SkyPort IT, we standardize on the SonicWall product in order to protect our clients. It’s important to have ongoing firewall subscriptions in order to protect against newly discovered threats.
Read here about a recent malware threat that SonicWall protects against.
Another example (VirLock Ransomeware) is listed here.
A high severity vulnerability is actively being exploited by attackers to target Chrome users. This affects web browsing software for all major operating systems including Windows, macOS, and Linux. If you open or are redirected to a specifically-crafted webpage without further interaction, you will be affected. In order to deter this exploitation, you need to make sure that Google Chrome has been updated.
Click for more information about Google Chrome’s ongoing issue.
Just days after patching a critical bug in its RV line of routers, Cisco small and home office routers are now vulnerable to remote attackers. The bug does not require advance coding skills because it is able to bypass authentication procedures. Affected models include the Cisco RV110, RV 130, and RV215, all of which are small business and home WiFi routers.
For more information, click here.
Vulnerabilities have recently been uncovered that affect both 4G and 5G wireless technology. A trio of attacks (dubbed Torpedo, ISMI-Cracking, and Piercer) allow others to snoop on calls and pinpoint a device’s location.
Click here for more information on this article.
Recently, Microsoft made changes to their update policy for added security. They are requiring Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 and a few other OS’s to perform an authentication update prior to receiving the new scheduled Windows updates.
Luckily, our system here at SkyPort IT will do this update automatically for you!
For more information on the required updates, click here.
This article from the Rochester Business Journal reminds business owners to make sure that their information is safeguarded not only through high-level encryption, but also well-trained and vigilant employees. You can never be too careful when it comes to cyber-security.
Check out what our CEO, Dan, has to say here.
Looking for some good food to help you keep warm this winter season? Check out The Gluttonous Geek’s “Munchies & Minis” series, where you’ll learn how to make a medieval-themed “Tavern” Ale & Cheddar Soup.
Recipe & blog link here!
Napping at work may no longer be taboo, thanks to the rise of EnergyPods. Used by top tier organizations and companies, these specifically designed chairs take no longer than 10 - 20 minutes to give employees that midday boost of energy. Think a short snooze would benefit your productivity?
Click more to learn about “the world’s first chair designed specifically for napping in the workplace.”
SpeakUp, named after it’s command-and-control domain, is targeting Linux servers in East Asia and Latin America. The Trojan’s goal: mining cryptocurrency. While there have been no documented attacks on American servers, researchers believe that SpeakUp has the potential to expand.
Learn more about SpeakUp here.