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?

Read More

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

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).

Read More

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

Read More

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

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. 

Read More

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

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

 

 

Read More

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

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 thatn 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.

Read More

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

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. 

Read More

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

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.

Read More

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