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Pitch Tech Solution to Upper Management-and Succeed!

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

Explain the financial benefits

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Topics: Office Culture, News Topics, Hardware, #smartcomputers, ITsolutions

5-Step Security Compliance for Small and Medim Buisnesses

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

What is security compliance?

Being security compliant means your IT protocols follow prevailing local and international industry standards, as well as adhere to any laws that apply in your locality. Examples include adhering to local privacy and security of personal information laws if, for example, you record your customers' personal and/or financial details. There are also global standards, such as the ISO/IEC 27000 family, that relate to the security of information management systems and are considered best practice.           

These standards are there to help organizations keep their information assets secure. Your business could be subject to fines or worse if you don't act to adequately protect your data assets.

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Topics: network security, Cyber Security, cyberthreats, #protectyourself

Pick a Secure Printer for your Business

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Mar 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

When printing copies of documents, it's often forgotten that many printers today are online and may not be secure. The last thing you want is for an outside party to have access to private documents, so how can you pick a secure printer? Most online printers have security features available, but they may be overlooked. If security features are unavailable, there are other steps you can take to secure your printer(s).

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Topics: #protectyourself, #invasionofprivacy, #smartcomputers, smartphones, printer, strongpassword

How to Stay Safe and Secure Online in 2018

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Feb 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM

One of the few industries in the world that will never see budget cuts is security. As the world grows even more complex and connected, our valuable information is increasingly exposed to malicious actors around the world. However, there are experts around the world working behind the scenes to fight the good fight, thwarting the hackers with ingenious new technologies such as the self-healing BIOS, self-encrypting drives and pre-boot authentication.

But while these guardians are feverishly battling on our behalf, all too often we turn out to be our own worst enemy. Cutting corners, clicking suspect dodgy links and downloading untrustworthy materials-we honestly do bring it on ourselves. 

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Topics: network security, Hardware, anti-virus, cyberthreats, #protectyourself

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. Here's what you need to know to start protecting your business.

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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.

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

It's Time to go on the Offense with your IT Security

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Feb 5, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Cybersecurity is now a game of attack, no defense.

It's said that the best defense is a good offense. This is particularly true in cybersecurity, where the average cost of a security breach in the U.S. is more than $200 per compromised item, according to a 2017 Ponemon Study. Considering how many data items can be at risk in the event of a breach, this could rack up quite a hefty bill. The need for proactive, rather than reactive security hasn't gone unnoticed. Gartner predicts global IT security spending to balloon from $90 billion in 2017, to $113 billion in 2020. Here's how businesses can stay one step ahead in a landscape of constantly evolving threats.

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Topics: network security, Cyber Security, anti-virus, cyberthreats, #protectyourself

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 themselves 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 technologies, 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

Fake Malware Apps: How to Spot and Delete Them

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Jan 22, 2018 11:00:00 AM

We often rely on official app sources like Google Play and the Apple App store to protect us from malicious and fake apps, because they have vetting systems in place that prevent corrupt developers from tricking users into installing shady apps. Although, app screening cuts down on the chances a malicious app makes it in, sometimes a sneaky developer finds a way to trick these systems into accepting a questionable app.                                 

Most of the time, they will disguise their malicious apps as legitimate services like WhatsApp or popular games like Pokemon Go to fool the app stores and their users. In the fake WhatsApp's case, they tweaked their developer ID to resemble the real name, by adding an almost invisible unicode character space after their ID. It was so effective, that the fake app was downloaded over a million times from the Google Play Store!                       

Like malicious apps from third-party sources, fake apps from official app stores can do all sorts of shady stuff in the background, like nasty ad-clicking malware, ransomware, and stealing your financial details. You can count on the bad guys to find new ways of generating profit at your expense.                                                                                                           

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Is Your Phone Really Listening to You?

Posted by Gulf South Technology Solutions on Jan 15, 2018 11:00:00 AM

     The new theory that people have been talking about is that FaceBook is listening to you through your phone, so it can send you ads targeted specifically to you . Let's say you start talking about a new jacket, all of a sudden your feed will be full of ads for jackets. It's weird and a huge invasion of privacy, but FaceBook isn't the only thing we have to worry about.  There is a new report about other apps that listen in on you.

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Topics: #protectyourself, #invasionofprivacy, #Facebook, #readthefineprint, #appsthatlisten