The Shocking Cost of Data Loss

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The cost of data loss

Think about these facts revealed in our new infographic:

  • A hard drive in the US dies every 15 seconds
  • SMBs experience an average of 6 outages a year
  • 70% of SMBs experiencing a data loss shut down within 2 years

All true. And a little bit scary considering that we rely on computer systems to perform vital business functions and to store years and years of customer and financial data. Do you think your business could survive a data loss? Check out our infographic to understand what that could mean to your business.

When it comes to protecting your data and your technology, we can help. Interested in learning how?  Register for a free backup assessment at: http://www.everonit.com/data-loss-infographic/

 

 

CyberVor security breech awareness, 1.2 billion passwords stolen

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burglarSecurity awareness has gained visibility in the news recently, with millions of passwords being stolen at a time. The breech at Target got the attention of the general public as well, considering it directly affected just about everyone. The most recent of the breeches looks to be the work of a Russian cybergang, gathering around 4.5 billion credentials. With many of these being duplicates, the estimated total of unique credentials still sits at 1.2 billion stolen, possibly affecting most adults in the world. The founder and chief information security officer for the security firm that monitored this gang found that his credentials had been stolen as well. This security firm has named this attack “CyberVor.”

The Russian gang accomplished this by injecting code to steal from SQL databases through websites. Companies from fortune 500 to small businesses were affected. The good news, it is believed that the gang has not yet sold any of this information, and there has been no confirmation that any of it has yet been used.

So what can you do to protect yourself from this and other breeches? First, change your passwords. This should be done for both home and business accounts. Second, make sure that your computer and server patches are up to date. Third, verify that your antivirus has the latest definitions. If you are running a business, you should have some sort of security appliance to protect your company. The more advanced, they better protection you will have. And last, monitor your accounts for any unauthorized activity. Unless you have seen your information being used without your permission, never panic, just take the necessary steps to ensure that you are protected.

Tech Tips for Techs: Converting a Shared Mailbox to a User Mailbox in Office 365

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In this TechTip I’ll cover, in brief, how to convert a Shared Mailbox in Office 365 to a regular User Mailbox. This is, again, one of those things that Microsoft doesn’t provide the functionality for in the portal UI, but does allow you to do through Powershell. Like most Exchange-related tasks that you would leverage through PS, this also does not require a licensed user to run it – only Global Admin rights are required. You absolutely must ensure that you have a free license on your tenant to assign to the newly-created account, or the process will fail. (Cannot create a user mailbox on 365 without a license.)

Once you’re ready, fire up Powershell, connect as a Global Administrator, and run the following command:

Set-Mailbox user@domain.com -Type:Regular

 Once this command runs, go back to the Users and Groups section of the 365 portal and initiate a password reset against the newly-created account. Alternately, if you don’t want to go through the temporary password reset process, you can forcibly set the password if you’ve connected to the MSOL service by running this command:

Set-MsolUserPassword -UserPrincipalName user@domain.com -NewPassword YourPasswordHere -ForceChangePassword $False

That’s it! As part of the stored proc that runs on the backend, 365 should automatically assign an available license to the new user. NOTE: If you have more than one license type available, make sure that the new account has the license you want it to have. E3, E1, EXO1, etc.

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Internal Networking for Your Home: Owning vs. Renting

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In today’s world, it is critical to have just as good of an Internet connection at home as you do at work. For your standard IT technician, their own home usually has some level of networking involved, as we like to play at home as much as do at work. But what do you do if you are renting a home and cannot put holes in the walls? Typically, an IT-enthusiast who owns or is looking to own a home  will look at it to some degree and determine where they can put network drops, where they can run cabling, etc. But in a rental, the rule is usually “No holes in the walls!” So what can you do?

I have run into this issue many times as I move into new locations. In most cases my favorite thing to do is to get CAT6 cabling in bulk, run it along the floorboards (you can usually tuck cabling under a floorboard), and run it up and around door frames to wherever you want. This conceals the cabling very well and allows you to fully wire the home.

However, in my latest home I didn’t have this option, as we had vaulted ceilings and nowhere for the cable to go. So what do you do? You actually have a pretty neat option: Powerline Ethernet Adapters.

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These little devices are very handy, and can be found at most electronic stores. These are the models I chose to use, after doing some research — and I will tell you why in a minute, but first let me explain what they are.

Powerline Ethernet Adapters take your networking cable and send it into the wall outlet to run along the ground to where another adapter is. They come in pairs, and you can plug one in to a wall outlet by your modem, and the other anywhere in the house, and you will automatically get networking from one end to the other. These are fantastic in those situations where you cannot run cabling.

Check out this diagram below to understand what can be done with these little devices:

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I chose the Actiontec PWR511KR01 units because the pair had a great price ($36.51 on amazon.com) and they also offered some of the highest speeds at 500mbps. A lot of the various Powerline adapters that you will find on the market will be rated differently, as they have different speeds. Keep this in mind when choosing the right set of adapters. Will you be streaming video, games, or music, or just surfing the web? You will want to choose the right speeds for the right level of activity. TP-Link makes a 200mbps starter kit and also a 300mbps model; other decent kits are made by Linksys, Netgear, Belkin, and ZyXel.

You also have options as to whether you want single adapters or 2-4 port adapters. Personally, I bought the single adapters and then used existing Netgear 8-port switches to break out into the various devices I needed to wire up. This has been working great for over two years now, with no complaints. The devices are plug-and-play, no configuration needed, and I have only had to reset the device on the very rare occasion (you can tell when it’s needed because all of the link lights on the device turn red, in addition to not having any networking in your house).

Networking a home has become so easy, but of course they never replace the real thing (i.e CAT6 cabling throughout). If your house is on two different circuit breakers, they could be on two different lines, in which the adapters won’t reach each other, but keep in mind one mistake I made (which took us an unfortunate while to figure out): don’t put the power line adapters on a wall outlet that has a switch. We could not understand why we were not getting networking, when we came to find out we just had to flip the switch!

You also cannot put these devices on power strips, as they must only go into wall outlets. But for the price and the convenience, even someone who is not IT-savvy can handle something like these, and within minutes your entire home can be networked seamlessly!

If you have any questions about these devices, or anything network-related, feel free to call Everon at 1-888-244-1748, and we will be happy to help!

Quick Tip : Find Your Desktop

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Do you ever get so caught up in a project that you find yourself with a screen full of open windows? I find myself in that situation on a daily basis. What makes it worse is that I have two monitors, and you know what that means… more open windows. In situations where I need to get back to my desktop quickly, I end up spending a good couple of minutes minimizing all of the open windows on my screens.

I’m all about shortcuts on my computer. If there’s any sort of trick or shortcut that can help me work more efficiently, I want to know about it! A few weeks ago, I got fed up with minimizing windows. With the help of our Everon Techs, I quickly learned that you can get to your desktop in the click of a button.

Literally, one click.*

Here’s how:

Step 1: Locate the button on the far right corner of your screen.

Step 2: Click that button.

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Step 3: TA-DAAA! It’s your desktop!

*(Please note that I am working with Windows 7. This feature does not apply to other versions of Windows.)