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  • Apple is making an important under-the-hood change, as they did with iOS 10.3, and it’s important to consider the implications, especially in a business environment. There is a lot of great press about how macOS High Sierra offers improved performance, stability and new features.  One of those new features, replacing the aging HFS+ file system with a new one called APFS, is at the core of both our excitement, and our caution. Back in March, we posted Read More »

  • Technology has changed the way that we do business. This is true of nearly every industry, and it is equally true for criminals and con artists. What started as “Nigerian Prince” email scams have evolved into detailed and targeted attacks using our reliance on technology as a weapon against us. In the InfoSec community, we call this “Social Engineering,” “Psychological Attacks,” or “Digital Con-Jobs.” A Difficult Situation It’s Friday afternoon, and your boss emails you, from what looks to be their personal ...Read More »

  • During the final week of June, a malware named Petya – or NotPetya, or Goldeneye, depending on who you ask – began its assault upon computers in 65 countries. Arguably a more complex version of the attack that rampaged last spring, also called Petya (hence the naming scheme), this malware has small and large companies around the globe scrambling. According to Microsoft, the malware attack originated from a tax software based out of Ukraine, which is now under fire for ignoring ...Read More »

  • In the early hours of Friday, May 12, 2017, a hack now dubbed WannaCry began spreading like wildfire. For those unaware: Leaked alleged NSA hacking tools appear to be behind a massive cyberattack disrupting hospitals and companies across Europe, Asia and the U.S., with Russia among the hardest-hit countries.  The unique malware causing the attacks — which [had] been spotted in tens of thousands of incidents in 99 countries, according to the cyber firm Avast — ...Read More »

  • Apple will soon be releasing an update to iOS called iOS 10.3 and it has a major under-the-hood change that has us hopeful, but a bit leery. The non-geeky explanation is that Apple is changing the filesystem – the way in which all files (applications and data) are organized, stored, and mapped – with this update. This is the first filesystem change that Apple has implemented since it came out with HFS+ way back in 1998, and I had to ...Read More »

  • Large breaches of username and password combinations are becoming far more frequent. In the past few years we’ve seen users of LinkedIn, Dropbox, Adobe, Myspace, and now Yahoo! fall victim to hacks of username and password databases. You’re probably thinking “What do I care if someone can get into my Myspace account. I haven’t touched it in 8 years.” Well, who cares indeed? Unless, of course, you’ve used that same email address and password combination somewhere else. Hackers that get their hands ...Read More »

  • The easy answer is "eventually, but not yet." There is a lot of great press about how MacOS Sierra offers improved performance, stability and new features.  Unfortunately upgrading is a contextual decision.  Unless you have some super urgent business need for some of the new features (and we don't mean you want to geek out and play), hold back. Like our previous warnings, new software, including new operating systems, always have bugs, especially when first released. Apple’s current annual release schedule ...Read More »

  • As you’ve probably heard, Apple is releasing a new operating system, macOS Sierra, this fall, and Microsoft will stop selling PCs with Windows 8 at the end of October. Why Does This Matter? One of the important things to consider when it comes to making purchasing decisions for both Macs and PCs is what version of the operating system will come with your new computer. This is especially critical when your team uses an operating system known to work with your software ...Read More »

  • You may have heard in recent tech news that Microsoft is making a strong push to encourage users to upgrade to Windows 10. Many users have reported that the popup window prompting them to upgrade has been confusing. Since Windows 10 is a free upgrade for a limited time, the prompt may be welcome to some users but businesses need to think carefully about the impact on their company environment and workflow before embarking upon major operating system upgrades. Why Not ...Read More »

  • The easy answer is "eventually, but not yet." There is a lot of great press about how El Capitan offers improved performance and stability.  Unfortunately upgrading is a contextual decision.  Unless you have some super urgent business need for some of the new features (and we don't mean you want to geek out and play), hold back. Like our previous warnings, new software, including new operating systems, always has bugs, especially when first released. Apple’s current annual release schedule means this has ...Read More »