PSA: Those Emails from Microsoft are probably fake…

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If you have not received a phone call by now claiming to be a representative from Microsoft stating your computer is at risk, then you are lucky. You’re much less lucky if you *have* received one of those calls and believed them.  They sure sound convincing. The new fad is to send emails that look very convincing, with links to …

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 …

Avast’s CCleaner distributing malware

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This is a shocking bit of news. The popular “CCleaner” application from Avast which is used by millions of people, may have been distributing malware via a backdoor. Just as shocking is the fact that Avast didn’t notify users. (Avast is security software company and provider of anti-virus/anti-malware products). An update has been released, however. You should install if it …

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 …

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 …

Your business should consider a network security audit

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Are you ready for 2017? How about your business network? This is a prime time to schedule a network security audit that will find the potential issues which are laying dormant, waiting for a “bad guy” to take advantage of them and exploit your network. Using a wide array of tools, Homeland Secure IT can perform a penetration test (PenTest) …

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 …

Microsoft Windows 10 Update Got You Down?

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If you are using Microsoft Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, you have been probably been harassed prompted to install Microsoft Windows 10 by now. In fact, we have had people call who said that their operating system didn’t even prompt them, it actually gave them a countdown and said it was going to install, and it did. Others claim that they …