Stop using Microsoft IE right this minute – Exploit Warning

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A few days back, security experts started reporting that an existing vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer had been leveraged in a “Zero Day Exploit”. What does this mean for you? You could open a specially crafted document and become compromised. Microsoft has not released a patch as of this moment so they are advising the use of Microsoft Edge for …

Windows 10 mouse and / or keyboard stops working after reboot

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We encountered a couple of clients who had something similar in common yesterday. They came into work and found that their mouse and/or keyboard was not functioning though they had not done anything different or applied updates. The culprit was an update from Feb 16 that simply had not applied until after the machine had rebooted. This was very frustrating …

Meltdown and Spectre CPU design flaws – massive security vulnerabilities for your business

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The IT big news in 2018 has been about Meltdown and Spectre, two CPU design flaws that affect virtually every modern Intel processor with the exception of the Intel Itanium and Intel Atom prior to 2013. These flaws affect desktop computers, notebook & laptops, tablets, mobile phones, servers and even hosted servers “in the cloud”. What do you have to …

Trend Micro Worry Free Business Security 9.5 Released

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We are excited to announce the release of Worry-Free Business Security version 9.5. Worry-Free Business Security now includes: User notification for when new versions, service packs, and patches are available Enhancements to the ransomware protection features Support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 (WFBS Advanced) Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Creators support We have updated most of the customers we …

Thank you for the nomination for Best of the Upstate!

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Back a couple years ago, we were nominated for, and won “Best of the Upstate” for Best Computer Services. This was almost unbelievable because we are a smaller company, in a sea of larger and more established business computer support providers. Just goes to show, every vote does count! Last year, 2016, we were nominated, again, no small feat, but …

Important notice regarding ISP maintenance

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Today is Annual International Internet Spring Cleaning Day! ISPs (Internet Service Providers) around the world are increasing their efforts to keep our networks in tip-top shape so that they perform as fast as possible. In case you have missed the segments on the news and the endless emails flying around for the last week or so, I will go over …

Purchase new business computers from us!

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If you are planning to purchase new computers for your business, or even your home, there may be reasons to NOT buy the mainstream HP, Dell, or Lenovo, etc. While we are authorized resellers for many great and well-established brands, one brand continues to stick out among the offerings for their reliability, and just as importantly, for the simple fact …

Consider managed services to reduce downtime and frustration for your business!

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If you run a small or medium business without a dedicated IT department, you are probably painfully aware of the costs associated with keeping your computers and servers up to date with security patches and updates. Whether you are paying an IT company to perform preventive maintenance, or if you or another staff member are taking time out of your …

Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor trojan might encourage you to get anti-virus on your Mac

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A story over on the Bitdefender blog warns that a trojan that is posing as a file converter (EasyDoc Converter.app) is out in the wild and once it is run, creates a connection to the outside world, allowing full control of your Apple Mac computer. If you do not have current anti-virus / anti-malware software on your Mac, this will …

We’ve been nominated for Best of the Upstate – Best computer service!

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Last year, someone nominated Homeland Secure IT, LLC for the Greenville News “Best of the Upstate” award for Best Computer Service. Thanks to our friends, family, customers and vendors, we actually won! Honestly, I didn’t think we would. It’s not because I don’t believe we are the best, it’s because the other fine service providers have many advantages over us. …