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Quick Cyber Security Tips to Integrate into Your Daily Routine

Just because October – National Cyber Security Awareness Month – is over, does not mean we should forget what we have learned. Here are some quick reminders to continue to stay cyber secure in your day to day life.
How many can you check off?
  • Always lock or turn off your screen when you walk away from your computer.
  • Create strong, complicated, long passwords, and do not share them.
  • Do not click links, attachments, or emails from strangers. Disable automatic downloading of attachments.
  • Enable two-step (or more) authentication.
  • Always actively install updates to your computer and keep software up to date. Use antivirus software.
  • Do not give out personal information in an email or text.
  • Check for https to ensure safe and secure websites. Always double check the URL because even one character off could entrap you in a phishing scam.
  • Back up any important data.
  • Report any suspicious activity.
Tips Courtesy of the Department of Homeland Security
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Introducing vCIO Services

 

Enterprise needs with a small business budget, we’ve all been there. With the growing changes in the market and the need to stay ever so competitive in your industry, technology at many times is the answer. But where do you start and how do you capture your business as a whole to see where improvements can be made and more importantly where your weaknesses and vulnerabilities are? This is where PC Professional can step in and be your vCIO (virtual Chief Information Officer).

CIO services are no longer the need of just large enterprises. With technology intertwined in essentially everything we do and the speed of information sharing growing at lightning speeds, you can’t be held back. Our goal at PC Professional through our vCIO service is to empower businesses to be the leader in their industry and to provide tangible strategies to achieve success through technology and innovation. No network is too small to consider a strategic IT analysis and management plan for business growth and competitiveness.

Our vCIO services include:

Quarterly Account Review

Your dedicated vCIO will sit down and prepare a detailed quarterly report that outlines all services performed the previous quarter, current business initiatives, projects in discussion, existing projects and their status as well as recommendations moving forward.

Project Management

All projects IT related will be overseen and managed by your vCIO who will have full responsibility and accountability of its success. As your single point of contact, all information including project status updates and deliverables will be owned and communicated by your vCIO.

Strategic Business Planning/Guidance

As your vCIO, the entire process of: research, decision making, planning, guidance, implementation and support will fall under our wing. From start to finish we’ll be the primary stakeholder in achieving success.

Kim Sanguinetti
PC Professional, Inc.
510-874-5892
ksanguinetti@pcprofessional.com
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Windows XP SP3 & Office 2003 End of Support – Are You Ready?

Are you still on Windows XP or Office 2003? The final countdown is well on its’ way and PC Professional is ready to help. For those XP users out there still holding on for dear life, you should’ve got a security patch today, March 11th, another one will come on April 8th and then it’s over. Microsoft will no longer support XP in any form or fashion. That means no updates or patches and no support whatsoever.

If you have any business data sitting on your XP system you are putting your business at risk for vulnerabilities and data theft. Beware that fixes coming out for Windows 7 and Windows 8 will only fuel hackers to exploit XP. Windows XP has been on the front line of service for 12 years, it’s time to upgrade. Recently, the troubles Apple went through with their SSL/TLS proves that hackers are out there aggressively looking for “holes” in core operating systems.

With so many SMB clients still running XP in their live environments, you risk compromising your entire network once an infiltration occurs on a single XP system. If the XP system is required by specific business needs, such as older equipment or applications that only run on XP, there are ways to minimize your risk. Call your PC Professional representative today and discuss your options. We want to at least share strategies on how to protect your network-the conversation is free, act now before it’s too late.

We’re ready to support you so give us a call now!