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Click to listen to Tom Pierson (Manager of Technology Services) at Cognoscape talk on the news about XP and Heartbleed security issues!

Click on Video   An apparent security flaw found on most websites is allowing hackers to use the Heartbleed virus to breach private information — including your emails, passwords, and credit card numbers.Link to this post!

Security Risk! Windows XP And Office 2003 Pose A Dangerous Threat To Your Business.

Security Alert for Windows XP. If you’re using Windows XP or Office 2003 you only have until April 8th before hackers may attack.     As a Microsoft Certified Partner, Cognoscape LLC, a Dallas based IT Security Company, would like you to know that you may very well be at risk of serious cyber attacks…. Read More

Are SMBs Keeping Sensitive Data Safe in Bring-Your-Own-Device to Work Era?

The global research firm Forrester recently projected that by 2016 there will be over 200 million employees using their own smartphone for work. That’s right, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement is upon us. While BYOD has undoubtedly enabled businesses to better accommodate an increasingly mobile and dispersed work force, how secure is sensitive… Read More

Managed Service Providers Benefits

Managed Service Providers can decrease the overall IT support costs of small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) by as much as 30% to 50%. While a managed service provider can most assuredly assume full responsibility for IT operations, and operate as a remote IT department if desired, they can also be a valuable asset to… Read More

Keeping up with Technology – Speaker for your event?

With the rate of technology ever increasing and the importance it has on becoming a successful business, Michael is increasing his number of speaking engagements as a value add activity to surrounding communities.   He can easily adapt his talk to the audience or topic and speaks on all things technology and how to maximize it… Read More

Thoughts of families, friends, folks and oh yeah, business too…

  With yesterday’s real world tornado examples in the DFW area, we give thought to our families, friends and folks in general.   We hope you are all well and were unaffected by the storm.   This is, of course is the most important of considerations.   At some point your thoughts as a business owner, partner or… Read More

Windows 7 Backup and Restore

Here’s a good article by Microsoft on Windows Backup and Restore.   This is specific to Windows 7 and it’s features  with Windows Backup Restore capabilities.   Check it out.  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/backup-and-restore Backup and Restore—improved for Windows 7—creates safety copies of your most important personal files, so you’re always prepared for the worst. Let Windows choose what to back up,… Read More

How Do I Remove a Virus?

We often get asked about virus removal. Here’s a great article from Microsoft to get you on the right path… http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/Windows7/How-do-I-remove-a-computer-virus How do I remove a computer virus? If your computer is infected with a virus, you’ll want to remove it as quickly as possible. A fast way to check for viruses is to use… Read More

Network Security tools are not always enough

Network Security tools and antivirus products do not provide complete protection from the Viruses and Malware that threaten businesses on a regular basis.  Common sense and intuition can help fill the gaps where network security tools leave off.  A recent example comes from a client who correctly DID NOT open the attachment and referred the email… Read More

Information Security and your Business

A recent study released by Symantec Corporation reveals that many small and mid-sized organizations are recognizing the importance of information security. On average, SMBs are now spending approximately $51,000 per year to protect their company information. This is a substantial increase from last year when one-third of SMBs didn’t even have antivirus protection in place. SMBs risk cyber attacks and loss of confidential data and devices. In today’s hyper-wired world that could mean the difference between success and having to shut down.

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