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How to Protect your Computer Network – Lesson #2 – Firewalls

How to Protect your Computer Network – Lesson #2 – Firewalls

You have heard the term. You may even know if you have one. But have you ever wondered what it is they really do? Hopefully I’ll be able to shed some light on these important devices. But first I have the clear something up. There are firewalls, and then there are firewalls.

How to Protect Your Computer Network – Lesson #1 – Understanding the Threat

How to Protect Your Computer Network – Lesson #1 – Understanding the Threat

The title gets your attention but it really is so important to know the answer. Cyberattacks are a reality these days to nations, businesses, non-profits, and individuals; we are all targets. The days of burying your head in the digital sand when it comes to securing your network are over.

Why is Windows XP getting updates?

Why is Windows XP getting updates?

Microsoft products usually have an end-of-support date, where no more feature updates and security patches will be offered. However, earlier this month, Microsoft has released a security update for Windows XP, an operating system that has been unsupported since 2014. Although releasing a patch for an old system seems unusual, Microsoft does have its reasons.

2 Critical Reasons to Patch your Computer

2 Critical Reasons to Patch your Computer

You have probably seen the notification popup on your home or work computer prompting you to apply updates. Some of us choose to apply them and some of us are too busy to be bothered. Well, if you are wondering whether taking the time to install these patches is worth it or not, I’m here to tell you it is.

Wikileaks details router vulnerabilities

Wikileaks details router vulnerabilities

When we write about how antivirus software isn’t enough to keep you safe from malware, it’s not just scare tactics. There are so many ways hackers can break into your system that antivirus solutions will never catch. For a real-world example, look no further than the router exploit kit recently leaked from the CIA.
The Wikileaks CIA documents
For several months, the notorious website famous for leaking government data has been rolling out information it obtained from the Central Intelligence Agency.

New Office Construction Begins!!!

New Office Construction Begins!!!

Exciting times here in Sundogland! The city has issued our building permit to commence construction on our new office space. Woot! Woot! It really is a moment of celebration for us all. The revitalization of this historic downtown building is a public/private partnership that when completed, will be occupied by multiple professional service firms generating activity and daytime traffic to the downtown and its establishments.

6 more Office 365 productivity tricks

6 more Office 365 productivity tricks

By now, you’re probably familiar with popular Office 365 productivity features like Skype for Business, and real-time collaboration in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You might even remember a few time-saving keyboard shortcuts that will make your Office 365 experience a lot smoother.

How to Create the Best Passwords

How to Create the Best Passwords

We have heard it repeatedly, we need to have a different password for every account…it needs to be complex…and we need to change it all the time...ugh! We ask ourselves, how can we be expected to remember so many complex passwords and have the discipline to keep them in a state of change? The real question we should be asking ourselves is, how can we not do this?

Look, there are more hackers than ever, and their tools are becoming more sophisticated.

New keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10

New keyboard shortcuts in Windows 10

It’s undeniable that keyboard shortcuts can activate computer commands faster than dragging a touchpad or a mouse. To that end, if you’re using Windows 10, there are a couple new keyboard shortcuts worth trying.

Windows Snapping

If you’ve never used Windows Snapping, you’re missing out on one of Windows 10’s key features.

Please Welcome our Newest Engineer

Please Welcome our Newest Engineer

Justin Williams has joined the Sundog IT team as a Level II Engineer, bringing with him prior experience in both in-house and managed services IT. He’s a Chicagoland transplant to DeKalb, but has always enjoyed visiting the area. His move west offers an exciting new career opportunity as well as bridging the distance gap to his fiancé, who resides in Sterling.