Beware! Another Cryptojacking Malware is Spreading

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Feb 19, 2018 11:00:00 AM

        Are you familiar with the malware called Loapi? It can literally burn your smartphone to the ground. Loapi was nicknamed the "jack of all trades" of mobile malware. It can be adware. It can turn your phone into a botnet for DDoS attacks. It can do premium text scams, but most importantly, it can cryptojack your gadget. 

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Topics: Malware, Cryptojacking, cyberthreats, #protectyourself, #smartcomputers, smartphones

Avoid Being Tracked on your Laptop, Phone and Fitness Tracker

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Feb 12, 2018 11:00:00 AM

       Let's face it, we're all giving up some of our privacy in the 21st century. As much as you may value your privacy, your personal information is in the hands of computer makers, websites, corporations, politicians, government agencies, hackers and who knows who else? While the internet has made all of our lives better, the one downside is that it seems everyone is collecting information about you and sharing it with everyone else. The good news is that you can significantly limit the amount of private information they collect, whether you're using a laptop, smartphone, or fitness tracker. Often that starts with the information you allow them to collect when you're first setting up these devices. Take a moment, and really read through each step in the setup before check-marking anything. It's easy to mindlessly click through a setup, but that's when companies like Microsoft are asking for you permission to collect private information. It's easier to protect your privacy by restricting what a company can collect than going back and trying to reclaim your privacy.

LAPTOP PRIVACY                                          

 Windows 10                                                                                                                    Microsoft has taken steps to give you more control over your privacy, but it still collects loads of information about you. It's not the only company to do this, but it's one of the worst offenders. Here's how you can control your privacy.---Click on the start button>>Settings>>Privacy. Give yourself some time to thoroughly review your Windows 10 privacy settings. Click on each tab, and review your privacy options to see which ones are turned on and which ones are turned off. 

Mac                                                                                                                                      Apple, just like Microsoft and other companies, tracks you- a lot, but you have control over the privacy. Here's what to do---Click on Apple Menu>>System Preference>>Security & Privacy. Choose the information like Location that you allow Apple to collect.                                                       Note: If you're using an iPad, go to Settings>>Privacy>>click on categories like Location Services on the right-hand side>>turn them off.

SMARTHPHONE PRIVACY

Android                                                                                                                            If you're using one of the 2 billion (or so) smartphones running on Google's Android operating system, you know that Google collects a ton of information about you. They do that, as other companies do, to make it easier to provide you with personalized information. That could be a Google Map giving you directions to your doctor's office or telling you what time your local library closes. Those are good things, but come at a cost. You're almost always being tracked. Here's how to limit what private information Android collects about you. Click on Apps>>Settings>>Privacy & Safety. You can change your settings for location, and control which information that apps tracks. Note: Many companies manufacture Android smartphones, so your steps may very from the instructions above.

iPhone                                                                                                                           Click on Settings>>Privacy. Take a moment to review settings for Location Services, Calendars, Photos, and more.

Fitness Tracker Privacy                                                                                                   Fitness trackers are designed to help you improve your health. They can track calories you burn up while exercising and the number of hours you sleep. They can also tell you where you are, meaning your location. That's what fitness trackers do, they track you, but fortunately, you can put a limit on how much they know about you. There are many fitness tracker manufacturers and apps, so you need to check yours for privacy settings, but follow these steps for Fitbits. Click on Profile>>choose your account>>Personal Stats>>Settings>>Privacy. You can control some of your privacy from here, like who sees your workout stats.

 

Kim Komando. Avoid Being Tracked on your Laptop, Phone, and Fitness Tracker. February 4th, 2018. Kevin Downey. WestStar Multimedia Entertainment, Inc. Avoidbeingtracked

 

 

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Topics: #protectyourself, #readthefineprint, #smartcomputers, smartphones, tracker

For Smart Businesses, it's All About Proactive Maintenance

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Jan 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM

 

Technology is getting smarter and, thanks to recent big advances in machine learning, it can now automate many of the functions that used to be performed by humans. Self-healing automation is the next step in this revolution. It refers to applications, devices, and systems that can discover system faults or security problems, and make the necessary changes to fix them, without human intervention. It's set to be a game-changer for IT departments that spend huge amounts of time resolving issues and dealing with security threats.

What is self-healing automation? 

The idea that systems could be designed to diagnose and repair themslves can be traced back to the early 2000s, when IBM initiated the term "autonomic computing." It was inspired by the human body's ability to self-heal. Now that techonogies, such as mobile networks and the internet of things (IoT) look set to rival the human body in complexity, the concept is becoming more relevant than ever before. A key attribute of self-healing automation is that it is proactive, not reactive, which allows it to:

As such, this type of automation will become not just a benefit, but a necessity when using business systems that are too big and complex for people to manage alone.

What are the business benefits?

It's been said, accurately, that every company is now a technology company. Businesses of all sizes need their software, computers, and office machines to run efficiently and securely. In today's increasingly connected world, they can't afford outages that will significantly disrupt customer service. 

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Topics: #protectyourself, #self-healingautomation, #smartcomputers, #self-healing