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Windows 7 End of Life

Posted by Laif Thorbahn on Jul 26, 2019 9:06:00 AM

Just as everything dies, Windows 7 is reaching it's end of life. It may be sad for some, but Microsoft will no longer be supporting it as of January 14th, 2020. So the question stands, what do you need to do if you are currently running Windows 7?

A Brief History of Windows 7.

First, let's start with a look back at the history of this operating system. Windows 7 was originally released in July of 2009 and has been an OS powerhouse for a decade. Over those years, it became a household name and was widely praised by both home and business users alike. In the first years, Window 7 had sold over 630 million copies worldwide and for a long time was the most popular desktop operating system in the world. That title was only lost recently when Windows 10 overtook in the latter part of 2018.

What does End of Life Mean?

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Topics: IT services, Managed Service Provider, Windows

What is a Network Switch?

Posted by Austin Palmer on Apr 12, 2019 9:17:00 AM

How does a internet traffic get from the Web to a computer or vise versa? Nearly all computers find their way into a Switch with rare exceptions of being routed directly through a Modem. The Network Switch goes by many names and you may have heard of a few; you can find them as a Switch, Hub and even your home Router is often a Switch combined with a Router.

Switches are necessary for a network to function and expand properly, without it you will be unable to go beyond the number of Ports on the back of your router for your wired devices. What the Switch is capable of is very simple in nature, however, it is as vital as your router itself. It will take all your wired traffic, and expand your possible connected devices considerably, often with as many as 24 to 48 extra devices.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider

6 Ways We Shield Your Business From Ransomware

Posted by Mark Nash on Mar 15, 2019 9:08:00 AM

One of the most frightening and infuriating types of malware out there is known as ransomware. What ransomware does is lock or encrypt the data on a device in order to make it inaccessible and then, as per the name, holds the data for ransom. Being threatened to pay someone in order to access your own data is absurd. This is an unfortunate reality some come to face though. If you end up being one of the unlucky ones who find themselves in that situation, there are a couple of things you can do.

Reports indicate that the ransomware strain has spread to 150 countries, impacting 10,000 organizations, 200,000 individuals 7 and 400,000 machines. Source: Barkly, “WannaCry Ransomware Statistics: The Numbers Behind the Outbreak,” May 2017.

The Possible Attack

You are often limited in terms of your possible responses to a ransomware attack by what actions you took before the attack happened, however one thing everyone can and should do is do not pay the ransom. One of the best ways to discourage hackers from using ransomware is to decrease the returns they get from it. In addition, just because you paid the ransom does not mean you will get access to your data back, it is possible (and likely) that the hacker will take one payment as an opportunity to charge you more with no plan to stop.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider, Internet Safety

Inside Secure-IT: Network Security and Device Protection

Posted by Laif Thorbahn on Dec 14, 2018 9:05:00 AM

Welcome to the Inside Secure-IT series of articles. Inspired by a post done by the US-CERT at the beginning of October describing the threat posed to MSP’s by hackers and other ne'er-do-wells. Our response, a comprehensive series of posts that takes a look at what we do at Lighthouse IT to keep your company data secure both on and offsite.

How can you be sure that your network is safe?

Both network security and device protection are needed to ensure the safety of a company. Having a great layer of security for your network means that you can sleep at night knowing nothing malicious is happening to your business. Device protection brings that feeling a step further and lets you feel safe about each device on your network as they each have another layer of defense.

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Topics: IT services, Managed Service Provider, I.T. Fights Back, Inside Secure-IT

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