Simple tips to increase cloud affordability

Nov 15, 2018 8:44:06 AM / by Frontline, LLC posted in cloud platforms, cloud service

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Moving to the cloud can save you a considerable amount of money, which explains its rise in popularity over the years. What many business owners fail to realize is that some cloud services come with hidden costs. And while they might seem insignificant at first, they can add up to a staggering amount if left unchecked. Minimize your cloud expenditures with these five tips:

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Office 365 beefs up anti-phishing measures

Nov 15, 2018 8:39:28 AM / by Frontline, LLC posted in office 365, anti-phishing

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There are plenty of things to love about Office 365. For a small monthly fee, it gives you the latest cloud-based version of Microsoft Office apps and robust communication tools that improve collaboration and productivity. But it’s also an extremely secure platform that can defend against the most cunning phishing attacks.

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Secure your Mac computer in 6 easy ways

Nov 15, 2018 8:37:04 AM / by Frontline, LLC posted in macos, cyber security

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If you’re a Mac user, data privacy and security should be your #1 priority. Without the right security measures, you’re inviting cybercriminals to steal your critical data. Are you willing to take the risk? Secure your computer and fortify your defenses with these six tips. 

The basics
First, let’s start with the basics and head over to the Security & Privacy pane in System Preferences. Here, you’ll find the General, FileVault, Firewall, and Privacy tabs, which control various aspects of security. To change your security settings, click on the padlock icon on the bottom of the screen and type in your username and password.

Firewall
Enabling the firewall will block unwanted incoming network connections. All you need to do is click Firewall in the System Preferences > Security & Privacy pane, click the padlock icon on the bottom left, enter your username and password, and click Turn On Firewall. Don’t forget to enable Stealth Mode by clicking Firewall Options then clicking Enable Stealth Mode in the dialog box — this makes your computer invisible on public networks.

Passwords
Make sure to set strong passwords for your user accounts if haven’t already. To do this, go back to the General section of the Security & Privacy settings. In this section, you should also consider setting the Require Password field to “immediately.” This will require you to re-enter your login credentials to unlock your Mac when it goes to sleep mode or when a screensaver is on.

Automatic login
It’s best to disable this function, especially if you are using a mobile Mac. If your Mac gets stolen, you don’t want to give thieves a free pass to your private data.

Applications
At the bottom of the General Settings tab, there are three options that authorize which apps can run on your Mac. The safest option is to allow only apps from the App Store to run, and the least secure option is to allow apps downloaded from unauthorized stores. Get the best of both worlds by choosing the option of running apps from the App Store and from developers known to Apple.

FileVault
The FileVault tab enables you to encrypt all the files in your account. To decrypt them, you must enter either your account password or the recovery key you created when you switched FileVault on. It might be tedious to type in a password every time to access a file, but it helps keep your vital data under lock and key.

In this digital age, ensuring the protection of all your devices is crucial to your business’s success. Feel free to give us a call and we’ll help prepare your business for choppy waters.

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Is your IT Security proactive?

Nov 15, 2018 8:27:31 AM / by Frontline, LLC posted in it security

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Do you spend hours obsessing about the inner workings of DNS-layer security, intrusion prevention systems, and data encryption? If you’re not a managed IT services provider (MSP), you probably don’t. Instead, you’re probably looking for a business partner to manage those nitty-gritty details for you. However, there’s one thing you really ought to know: What exactly are “proactive cybersecurity” measures?

Understand the threats you’re facing

Before any small- or medium-sized business (SMB) can work toward preventing cyberattacks, everyone involved needs to know exactly what they’re up against. Whether you’re working with in-house IT staff or an MSP, you should review what types of attacks are most common in your industry. Ideally, your team would do this a few times a year.

Reevaluate what it is you’re protecting

Now that you have a list of the biggest threats to your organization, you need to take stock of how each one threatens the various cogs of your network. Map out every company device that connects to the internet, what services are currently protecting those devices, and what type of data they have access to (regulated, mission-critical, low-importance, etc.).

Create a baseline of protection

By reviewing current trends in the cybersecurity field and auditing your current technology framework, you can begin to get a clearer picture of how you want to prioritize your preventative measures versus your reactive measures.

Before you can start improving your cybersecurity approach, you need to know where your baseline is. Devise a handful of real-life scenarios and simulate them on your network. Network penetration testing from trustworthy IT professionals will help pinpoint weak spots in your current framework.

Finalize a plan

All these pieces will complete the puzzle of what your new strategy needs to be. With an experienced technology consultant on board for the entire process, you can easily synthesize the results of your simulation into a multi-pronged approach to proactive security:

  • Security awareness seminars that coach all internal stakeholders – train everyone from the receptionist to the CEO about effective security practices such as password management, proper mobile device usage, and spam awareness
  • Front-line defenses like intrusion prevention systems and hardware firewalls – scrutinize everything trying to sneak its way in through the borders of your network
  • Routine checkups for software updates, licenses, and patches – minimize the chance of leaving a backdoor to your network open
  • Web-filtering services – blacklist dangerous and inappropriate sites for anyone on your network
  • Updated antivirus software – protect your data and systems against the latest and most menacing malware

As soon as you focus on preventing downtime events instead of reacting to them, your IT infrastructure will increase your productivity and efficiency to levels you’ve never dreamed of. Start enhancing your cybersecurity by giving us a call for a demonstration.

Published with permission from TechAdvisory.org. Source.

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How to protect data on iOS 11

Mar 28, 2018 1:00:42 PM / by Frontline, LLC posted in 2018march28apple_a, Apple, ios 11, iPad, iPhone, mobile, privacy

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Many iPhone users are aware that Apple apps access their device’s data. But this can mean increased security risk, especially if your phone is used for both personal and business reasons. Fortunately, iOS 11 includes privacy controls to limit data access.

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Can private browsing keep you safe?

Mar 27, 2018 1:00:46 PM / by Frontline, LLC posted in 2018march27webandcloud_a, chrome, edge, Firefox, online privacy, Opera, private browsing, safari, security, vpn, Web & Cloud, web browsers

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Privacy is a precious commodity in this era. Every website you visit or app you download leaves a digital footprint that can be tracked by anyone. Fortunately, major web browsers all offer private browsing features to keep your internet activity somewhat safe from prying eyes.

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4 reasons for slow mobile internet speeds

Mar 26, 2018 1:00:51 PM / by Frontline, LLC posted in 2018march26hardware_a, cache, Hardware, internet speed, mobile phone, network, router, wifi

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Have you ever gotten frustrated with your phone because the browser took more than five minutes to load? Before you start blaming your old phone, check out these four reasons that might be the cause of sluggish internet connection.

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5 Android changes to look forward to

Mar 22, 2018 1:00:19 PM / by Frontline, LLC posted in 2018march22android_a, Android, android p, Google, indoor positioning, machine learning, security, update, volume slider

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Google has recently released an early preview of Android P, the next major release after Android Oreo. While we still don’t know what sweet treat the update will be named after, software developers have already had the chance to play with some of the features. Here are five changes you can look forward to later this year.

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Hypervisor security vulnerabilities

Mar 21, 2018 1:00:41 PM / by Frontline, LLC posted in 2018march21virtualization_a, hypervisor, security, server, update, virtual machine, Virtualization, vm, vm escape

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Regardless of how complex the technology, hackers always find a way to exploit it. In the past, virtualization was thought to be an extremely secure solution businesses could rely on to improve IT management and save money. But it does have exploitable vulnerabilities. Hackers can attack the hypervisor to access your systems.

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Make the most of Office 365

Mar 16, 2018 1:00:47 PM / by Frontline, LLC posted in 2018march16office_a, apps, flow, Microsoft, microsoft teams, Office, office 365, planner, powerapps, sharepoint, yammer

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Maximizing your Office 365 investment is easier said than done. Sure, you use Outlook and SharePoint all the time, but there are loads of features you’re probably not using. If you’re looking for ways to make the most out of your Office 365 subscription, you’re in luck because that’s what we’re discussing today.

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