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"How did I get a virus on my computer? Shouldn't my antivirus software have stopped that?"
Antivirus software is not a guarantee against getting viruses. It can't stop user error, or bad browsing habits. We have a simple saying at Network Depot when it comes to viruses: "The best defense against a virus is an educated user."
We have a number of blog posts that explain how viruses can get on your computer, including "Is It Possible To Keep My Computer Virus-Free?", "Here's a Quick Way to Get Rid of a Virus", and "When Don't I Need to Worry About a Virus?"
We also have an entire e-book that you can download for free that explains how to be a safer and smarter internet user to help prevent viruses: "Surf Smart: How To Protect Yourself From Common Computer Infections on the Web."
To really be smarter about your browsing habits though, it is important to understand how hackers trick you in the first place. Hackers exploit three human psychological weaknesses to deploy viruses, adware, and malware. These are: Greed, Curiosity, and Fear.
One question that our sales team asks every time they go on a meeting with a new prospect is, "Do you have a firewall?"
More often than not, the response is something along the lines of- "No...we didn't really think we needed one."
That way of thinking can be dangerous for your business.
Firewalls are very important. They perform many different functions that help protect your network and data, both from external and internal threats. Without one, your system is much more vulnerable. To read more details about firewalls, check out this blog post, Firewall 101: What It Is, What It Does, Why You Need It.
We've also put together this short little video that explains what a content filtering firewall does and how it can help protect your company's network. Check it out!
To see more great videos like this, check out the Videos section of our website.
Technology is moving at an incredibly fast pace. These days, just when we get used to one thing, something newer, better, faster, and easier comes along. At the heart of all this innovation and technological advancements is a single goal- to make our lives better through the use of technology.
The issue we encounter though, is that all of this technology builds on each other. So, if you don't keep up with it, it will be impossible to be able to use all these new innovations to their full potential. It would be like trying to write in cursive if you haven't even learned your A B C's.
That's why training is so important. By keeping up with at least a basic level of understanding of the programs and software that are important to your job and your industry, you will really be able to use technology the way it was meant to be used.
Today's blog post was written by Dan Kolansky, Director of Marketing for Virtual Administrator.
I have been a proud owner of "The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell for years. I first heard about it well over four years ago when a business coach I had been friends with mentioned it to me during a networking event. He used a lot of words which sort of made sense, and sort of didn't. Words like "Maven", and "Connector."
Being the genius that I am, I figured it just meant that when you want to grow your business you just need to seek out "mavens" and "connectors." That was that, a whole book summed up in a sentence right there. And if you're anything like I was, you can stop reading this blog post here and get on with your life. I personally never even broke the spine on my fresh copy of "The Tipping Point"...Until this year.
This year was different for some reason. Perhaps it was boredom, or perhaps the book looked particularly lonely, but I decided it was time to dive in and really see what masterpiece Malcolm Gladwell had cooked up.
In case you haven't been outside, it's really cold out today.
There is a cold snap currently moving across the country, due to what is known as a "polar vortex", where basically a cold front breaks off from the arctic circle and travels around. Due to this cold weather, many people are (rightly so) taking precautions. Schools are closed, people are warned to stay indoors and stay warm as much as possible, etc. And that's not all. There are tips and advice being sent around on how to take care of your house, your car, and your pets in this weather. The Washington Post had a great article yesterday that had some really helpful advice.
So, what about your IT?