2017 January

What’s New With Windows Server 2016?

Windows Server 2016 was released on October 12, 2016 and here is why you should think about upgrading your datacenter. Striking the right balance between your organization’s desire to innovate and the daily needs of key departments can be a challenge. Windows Server 2016 provides a robust, flexible solution. With a strong posture, a software-defined datacenter, and innovative application platform, Windows Server 2016 is the right choice for your business. What’s new with Windows Server 2016? A whole bunch! 

New Gmail Phishing Scam Is Highly Effective

There is a new Phishing scam that is impacting many Gmail users. This is a highly effective technique used to garner the victims account login information and then use their compromised account to further spread the scam to others in your contact book. There is no sure fire way to verify if your account has been compromised but if you are unsure, change your password immediately. Since there is no programatical way to prevent this sophisticated attack I ask that you spread the word, and share this article around to alert as many people as possible. 

Buying a New Computer? Don’t Forget These 3 Things

Often people do not take into consideration outside factors when buying a new computer or new technology. While these external variables might not be as critical as the actual machine hardware specifications – it is still important. Traditionally, these other factors are directly related to environment. More specifically power, temperature, and debris. So when buying a new computer you will want to keep the following in mind to hopefully prevent hardware failures in the future. 

One Email Protocol to Rule Them All

Email has been around for a long time now and has since branched out and found a strong foothold in modern business. The email systems of the past are shades of what they are today – yet it’s surprising to me that people are still oblivious to the 3 major protocols that our power our mail services. This is especially shocking given the important nature of these services so today we will be discussing what these major 3 email protocols are, and what differentiates them from one another.

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Popcorn Time: New Ransomware on the Rise

Just when you thought ransomware couldn????????t possibly get any worse, it has. A new ransomware has popped up called popcorn time. Popcorn time works the same as every other forms of ransomware with a twist. You can pay to have your files decrypted or you can decrypt it for free by infecting two other users. The required payment for this type of ransomware is usually 1 bit coin. Today, this equates to $810. That????????s quite a steep payment for your data and the hackers know this, so they offer you the chance to infect 2 other users. 

SAN vs NAS: What’s the Difference

What is a NAS?

In the world of technology, a NAS is an acronym to meaning, “network-attached storage”. Basically, it is a stand-alone storage device that is connected to your network – kinda like a workstation that has lots of storage and runs a very basic Operating System. It’s primary function is to provide a file system and storage, and to be online and available to serve those files to the users. Generally, you see these devices serving files (instead of requiring a dedicated server) or sometimes used as a repository for backup jobs.

The Best Cloud for Business: AWS vs Azure

Picking the right cloud for your organization can be a daunting, complexed decision. While there are many cloud providers available we will be discussing the two largest: Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure. While both public clouds offer features like self-service, instant provisioning, autoscaling, security, compliance and identity management features there are specific features that may sway your decision towards one or another cloud. The major differences between the two are price, licensing, hybrid support, reliability, and support for other platforms.