5 Must-Read Personal Security Posts for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! It’s a great time for all of us to get serious about cyber security both at work and in our personal lives.

With all that we do online—from social media to shopping and banking—cyber security has become as important for individuals as it is for businesses. The good news is that awareness is half the battle.

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5 Low-Tech Tips for Preventing Data Breaches

Many of the precautions businesses need to protect their data involve sophisticated, high-tech safeguards, such as antivirus software or virtual disaster recovery solutions. While these are important, it’s also critical that businesses don’t forget the actual, physical security of the devices and infrastructure that store and transmit their data. While not as sexy as high-tech safeguards, these low-tech precautions are essential components of any business’s cybersecurity strategy.

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Affinity to Host Two Events Open to the Public for Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Affinity Technology Partners, together with Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete LLP and the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Studio, are looking to change the perception about cyber security and educate small business owners on best practices to protect their businesses. The organizations are hosting two seminars entitled Small Business, BIG Target: How to Protect Your Company from Cyber Attacks, as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) on Oct. 18th and Oct. 27th.

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3 Reasons to Wait on Upgrading to macOS High Sierra

Yesterday, Apple released its latest operating system (OS): macOS Sierra. Current Mac users will be able to install an upgrade to High Sierra for free, which many will want to do in order to take advantage of some of the great new features it offers.

As helpful or as fun as the new features may be, though, we strongly recommend that users wait at least 3 to 6 months to upgrade to High Sierra, especially if they use their computers for business. Why, you ask, would a technology company be giving this advice? The short answer is that experience has taught us that upgrading to a new OS too soon can affect users' productivity. There are three reasons why this is the case.

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App Alert: What Parents Need to Know About Anonymous Social App Sarahah

App Alert: What Parents Need to Know About Anonymous Social App Sarahah

Here we go again. We’ve previously written about the dangers of anonymous social media apps targeted at younger users, such as Yik Yak and After School. Regardless of their developers’ intentions, these apps have earned a reputation for facilitating cyberbullying. And today we add Sarahah to our growing list of app alerts for parents.

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How to Avoid Highly-Sophisticated Phishing Scams

Phishing is a type of cyber attack that uses fraudulent means to trick people into giving up sensitive information, from credit card and social security numbers to confidential business data. Unlike with other types of cyberattacks, there are limited technical means of combatting them. While spam filters will help weed out some phishing emails, the best and most effective way to combat phishing attacks is to raise awareness among users.

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Internet Outages Kill Productivity. Invest in a Backup Plan.

To what extent does your business rely on a high-speed internet connection? For most of our clients, a fast, reliable connection is ether extremely important or vitally important to their business operations. Almost no one can afford the service slowdowns, let alone outages, that happen far too often even with business-grade service offerings from the major ISPs.

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10 Tech Tips for a Great, Safe School Year

As summer break comes to an end, both parents and kids alike take advantage of back to school sales and tax-free weekends to meet their technology needs for the upcoming school year. For kids, that translates into new tech devices to learn, have fun, and communicate with friends.

But the risks associated with technology—cyberbullying, sexting, exposure to pornography—are real and rampant. With careful planning, parent-child communication, and the right tools, however, parents can put guardrails around their kids and teens’ digital experience.

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Meet Kevin Foster and Jeremy McNutt, Newly Hired & Promoted Team Members

This summer has been great for Affinity. Because of our growth, we’re excited to announce that we have both added to and promoted from within our team! Kevin Foster joins us as our newest Systems Administrator. Jeremy McNutt has been promoted to Project Manager and Systems Administrator. These personnel changes reflect our continued commitment to providing the best technology service and client experience possible.

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5 Things Small and Mid-Sized Businesses Should Outsource To Benefit From Enterprise-Level Technology

Outsourcing IT to a managed services provider (MSP) is becoming a common practice for small and mid-sized businesses. But for many of those companies, the extent of that “outsourced IT” function is support services. Seeking a help desk, they want to be sure that someone is available to address technical issues as they encounter them.

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The Right and the Wrong Way to Set Up Guest WiFi

It’s common these days for businesses to offer WiFi to their guests. For better or worse, many customers, vendors, partners, and contractors may expect to be able to access WiFi when they’re in your store or office.

There is, however, a right and a wrong way to set up guest WiFi. The right way ensures that guests can access the internet on their devices with minimal hassle, without exposing your internal resources. Setting up guest WiFi the wrong way, however, can create serious security risks.

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4 Tips for Avoiding Ransomware Attacks

This past weekend, the world experienced the first truly international ransomware attack. The WannaCry ransomware has infected over 100,000 organizations in 150 countries since it was first discovered on Friday. WannaCry exploits a vulnerability in older or unpatched versions of Windows in order to carry out its mission: to encrypt victims’ data, holding it hostage until the user pays a ransom of $300. It has been spread largely through the use of spam emails containing malicious attachments.

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Dual Monitors vs. Ultrawide Monitors: Which Is Best for You?

Dual Monitors vs. Ultrawide Monitors: Which Is Best for You?

These days, busy professionals in fields from financial services to graphic design are increasingly relying on multiple apps to get their work done, often running two, three, or more apps at the same time.  And the more we flip back and forth between email, spreadsheets, and various business-grade apps in our daily work, the more extra screen real estate becomes a necessity.

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Amazon Echo vs. Google Home: Which Home Assistant Is Best for You?

Home assistant devices—speakers with powerful built-in voice assistants—have taken off in the last year. And it’s easy to see why, as they bring Star Trek grade functionality to the homes of consumers for under $200. You can ask them to play music. You can ask them about the weather. You can even ask them to control internet-connected devices, from thermostats to lightbulbs, inside your house.

Right now, the Amazon Echo and the Google Home are currently the only major home assistant devices on the market (although Apple’s HomePod will hit stores in December – more on this below). So, which one is the best?

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Business Email Compromise and Social Engineering: What Every Company Needs to Know

Imagine that you are an employee of a small or mid-sized business who handles financial transactions. Company executives regularly send you emails asking you to send money via wire transfer. It’s just part of your job. So, you arrive at the office on a Monday morning to an email in your inbox asking you to wire money to a specific account. How do you react?

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3 Helpful Ways To Limit Screen Time for Kids & Teens

When working with parents to create personalized internet safety plans for their families, we often hear concerns about screen time. Prolonged screen time is especially common this time of year. Kids are getting out of school and have more unstructured time to spend flipping through their smartphones or tablets, or sitting on the couch playing videogames.

Based on a recent report by the American Association of Pediatrics, parents’ worries about screen time are legitimate. While there are certainly benefits to kids and teens interacting with technology – for example, educational apps and staying in touch with extended family – there are still good reasons for placing healthy, age-appropriate limits on screen time.

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