Posts Categorized: Security

Are SD Cards a Security Threat for Businesses?

Flash Memory Storage | SD Cards | Ripple IT

SD and microSD cards provide flash memory storage for things like digital cameras, smartphones, and tablets. And as with anything used to store important data on a mobile device, there’s concern about how easy they are to hack, or worse to corrupt with malware. But according to Samuel Bucholtz, cofounder of Casaba, a security analysis… Read more »

Mail Services Close Amid Fear of Government Interferrence

Silent Mail | Ripple IT

Two encrypted email services, Lavabit and Silent Mail, shut down last week due to fears of customer data falling into the hands of authorities. The closure of Lavabit, which had been used by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, was followed quickly by Silent Circle’s announcement to end its encrypted email service, Silent Mail. An imposed legal… Read more »

5 Tips on How to Improve Network Security

Homer Barlett Talks IT Service in Atlanta | Ripple

With recent news of attacks on sites such as Wells Fargo and Twitter, improving network security should be a top priority for any company. And when you’re a small business, such an attack could mean the difference between staying afloat and not. So – how should you go about improving network security around the office?… Read more »

Using Two-factor Authentication to Secure Your Accounts

For the better part of a year now, Ripplers have been urging our clients and friends to consider using two-factor authentication for things like their Google accounts, password managers and social media sites. Evernote, LinkedIn and Twitter just joined the two-factor party, and Facebook has had some form of it since 2011. With 2FA becoming… Read more »

What is Single-Factor Authentication?

Securing Your iCloud Account | Ripple IT

For the better part of a year now, Ripplers have been urging our clients and friends to consider using two-factor authentication for things like their Google accounts, password managers and social media sites. Evernote, LinkedIn and Twitter just joined the two-factor party, and Facebook has had some form of it since 2011. But a staggering number of… Read more »

Windows XP: Marked for Death

Microsoft Windows XP | IT Support | Ripple

Still using the XP operating system on your PC? You’re certainly not alone. Something like 37% of Windows users worldwide are running the now 12-year old OS. But that’s gonna be a big problem by next year. Microsoft has announced that they’ll be ending extended support for Windows XP on April 8th, 2014. Mainstream support… Read more »

Tips for Securing Your Phone or Mobile Device

iPhone and Android Smartphones

The same great features that make your phone ‘smart’ also make it susceptible to data mining, viruses and malicious software. If your phone or mobile device isn’t secure and you loose it, or it gets stolen, then your personal information, including passwords, banking details, emails and photos could be used to access your accounts and/or… Read more »

How to Identify Signs of a Spyware Infection

James Bond Hates Spyware

Spyware. Yuck. The very sound of the word puts a bad taste in our mouths. But unfortunately, it’s not going away anytime soon. Knowing more about the ways in which spyware attaches itself to your computer can help you avoid getting infected in the first place, but even the best security practices can’t prevent every… Read more »