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Alex Saltman

It's Time to Stop Taking Chances with Your Business' Data

It's Time to Stop Taking Chances with Your Business' Data
While everyone affected by the Ashley Madison hack is still licking their wounds, I can't help but feel truly sorry for those who fell victim to the Android Stagefright debacle. While it's never nice to find out that an online provider you trusted with your personal information, not to mention your endeavours in adultery, have been released for all the world to see, Android users' data was hacked not because they did anything, but simply because they owned the smartphone. The Stagefright Hack at a Glance The hacker sent MMS messages with video and a malware code, and even those who didn't actually click and watch the video were still affected. Here's the kicker: the Hangouts app which automatically processes the video and images sent in MMS messages ensured that the hacker's malware code was ready to start wreaking havoc from the phone's Gallery. Once the message was sent, the...
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Alex Saltman

Ashley Madison: A Warning to Businesses Everywhere that Robust Network Security is a Must

Ashley Madison: A Warning to Businesses Everywhere that Robust Network Security is a Must
In the wake of the Ashley Madison and the less scandalous but equally unnerving Android Stagefright hacking disasters, network security is - or should be - on the minds of anyone who owns a website and/or uses the web to buy or sell goods, store important business information, find dates, or anything else. While I'm sure those who've just had their dirty laundry aired by hackers are probably re-thinking what they do and say online, the can of whoop a$@ that's just been unleashed on Ashley Madison should be a warning for anyone who uses a network for business purposes. But, first, for those who haven't heard about the Ashley Madison hacking scandal, it went something like this: Ashley Madison is (or at least was) described as 'the premier cheating site' that was recently hacked and more than 30 GB of customer and company data were released (And that's only...
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Alex Saltman

An Online Backup Solution from IT Horizons Provides Remote Work Sites with Data Protection & Freedom

An Online Backup Solution from IT Horizons Provides Remote Work Sites with Data Protection & Freedom
  Before 'the cloud,' companies with field operations struggled to find an efficient and effective solution for storing and updating their data. With company headquarters hundreds of kilometres away and work environments that weren't really conducive to external data storage systems, securely storing crucial business information was just downright impossible.   The evolution of cloud storage has forever changed the way that businesses can use and store data. In particular, oilfield companies and others in the heavy industrial sector are experiencing new found freedom and flexibility by using online backup solutions to store the information that's vital to their operations.   How You Will Benefit: Data Security: While physical data storage systems can become damaged or even stolen and often aren't practical for field locations, storing information in a data centre by way of the internet offers a much more secure solution. Flexibility: Whether you're using a PC or Mac,...
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Andrew Tejero

Need Onsite Field Support? We're Happy to Swing by Your Neck of the Woods!

Need Onsite Field Support? We're Happy to Swing by Your Neck of the Woods!
Not every business has the luxury of (or the need for) a full-time technical support team, nor are they within a stone's throw of the nearest IT company. Stone's throw?! Heck, some companies' worksites aren't even within a day's drive! At IT Horizons, we know that even the most remotely based companies have technical needs too, and so we've stocked our team with personnel that are equipped and ready to meet those needs, no matter where or when. Get Your Technical Systems Ready to Work with our Help With fall just around the corner, oilfield companies throughout northern Canada are gearing up for one of their busiest times of year. Get the systems that are at the heart of your operations on track and ready to deliver with installation, maintenance and repair services from our qualified team. Beyond installations and maintenance, with IT people who are ready to visit your...
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Angie Saltman

How Microsoft Office 365 Will Revolutionize the Way You Work

How Microsoft Office 365 Will Revolutionize the Way You Work
In today's world, there are so many different ways companies can utilize technology to improve the way they do business. By using various technological systems to facilitate workflow and enhance productivity, the up-front investment you make is recouped quickly. Office 365 for Business, the Ultimate Cloud Solution More and more businesses of all sizes and from every sector are turning to the cloud. With the right cloud solution, you and your employees can securely store, access and use the information that's vital to your business operations, right over the internet. Microsoft Office 365 is the new business standard for companies that want more flexibility, to cut costly inefficiencies and are ready to grow their businesses. These are some of the many things Office 365 for business has to offer: Access to Microsoft Office applications like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook The freedom and flexibility to work in the office or...
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