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Managed IT Service: Locky Ransomware Attacks Your “Offline” Computer

Managed IT Service in FloridaLocky is one of the top Ransomware threats, and because of its popularity it went through several updates this year. The last update was recently on July 12th, 2016. Who is behind the Ransomware, Locky? The Russian Cyber Mafia! The newest version of the virus can now encrypt your files even when their code can’t reach its Command & Control center. The July 12th version starts encrypting files even when your computer is offline or a firewall blocks communication.

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Why Multi-Factor Authentication is Way Better Than Passwords

Why Multi-Factor Authentication is Way Better Than Passwords

Time hasn’t been kind to the password. It’s continuously put down as one of the least secure methods of protecting systems. It’s not due to any fault of the password, though. People just have a hard time remembering long and complex passwords. To aid in security, it’s recommended that you use some sort of multi-factor authentication. While some users prefer easy SMS message two-factor authentication, there are actually many different types of multi-factor authentication available.

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DMA Locker, Yet Another Ransomware: Managed Services in Florida

DMA Locker, Yet Another Ransomware: Managed Services in Florida

The Dell Sonicwall Threats Research team have observed yet another ransomware in the wild called DMA Locker. Ransomware remains a very lucrative business for its operators. The only way of recovering files is to pay the ransom assuming no backup is available. Don’t become the next Ransomware casualty; contact us at Symmetric Engineering Group to learn more about our IT Support and Managed Services in Florida.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Let These 4 Office Distractions Get the Best of You

Tip of the Week: Don’t Let These 4 Office Distractions Get the Best of You

It’s time to be realistic and admit that the office can be an extraordinarily distracting place. Constant meetings and discussions, phones ringing, and emails hitting the inbox can all seem overwhelming. With so much going on, how can you get the most work done while still remaining in contact with your co-workers?

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41 Microsoft Software Titles Reached Their End of Extend Support or End of Life - In April Alone!

41 Microsoft Software Titles Reached Their End of Extend Support or End of Life - In April Alone!

You don’t need us to tell you that Microsoft has an extensive library of software products aimed at all kinds of businesses. But, of course, nothing good can last forever, and old solutions eventually give way to more versatile or efficient versions. When this happens, Microsoft stops supporting older software in order to provide better features and experiences to users of more recent versions.

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The Top 5 Smartphones on the Market Today, Vol. 1

The Top 5 Smartphones on the Market Today, Vol. 1

Years before Steve Jobs stood up on the stage in San Francisco and proclaimed Apple had brought you the future, the future he spoke of was already being developed, and in some cases utilized already by millions of people around the world. Cellular phone technology had been around for some time by 2007, but the iPhone, set in motion a mobile revolution.

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Aspiring Authors Beware: An AI Program Almost Won a Literary Award

Aspiring Authors Beware: An AI Program Almost Won a Literary Award

Even if artificial intelligence is still a long ways off, people always try to emulate it and push it toward greater heights. One of the best, most recent examples, is how an artificially intelligent program co-wrote a short novel (or novella) that almost won the Hoshi Shinichi Award. If it won the award, it would have been groundbreaking, but the fact that it came so close to doing so begs the question: how long will it be before computers can emulate human creativity?

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Managed IT Service: Ransomware and CEO Fraud in Tampa!

Managed IT Service in FloridaRecently several of our "Non" Managed IT customers have experienced some serious issues with a new Threat on the rise. Ransomware!  What happened to our local customers who were victimized by these crimes?

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Tip of the Week: How to Effectively Take Advantage of Multiple Displays

Tip of the Week: How to Effectively Take Advantage of Multiple Displays

One of the best ways businesses are providing employees with the means to be more productive with their workstations is by issuing them multiple displays. There are various advantages and disadvantages to using multiple displays that you should be aware of.

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How to Tell When Your Network is Stretched Too Thin

How to Tell When Your Network is Stretched Too Thin

A network is arguably one of the most important assets that your business has. It keeps your team connected to crucial information and mission-critical applications. This is perhaps why it’s so irritating when your network acts up. You should be on the lookout for even the slightest problem with your network, as even a small change could be a sign of bad things yet to come.

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