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Is your internet Router Hacked ?

You all have probably heard the news clips on Russian hackers getting into your internet routers and steeling your passwords.  The question is how vulnerable are you and is this something you need to worry about? 

First if you are a business with a legitimate Firewall not a Router you are not at risk for this issue.  If you purchased your router from a retail store you may be at risk.  If you are not sure of what you have. Give us a call we can do a quick evaluation of your firewall and internet service for you.

This issue generally is only something that affects home users with retail store type routers. Vulnerabilities in some routers’ firmware code allow hackers to change some of the router’s critical settings. For example, altering the Domain Name Server (DNS) settings enables them to instruct your router to send your Internet requests to malware-infested servers and fake websites.  If that happens it could result in malware being downloaded onto your computer or mobile device and/or having your identity and online accounts compromised. Bad, bad stuff for sure.

To check your router and make sure you are not at risk you can use one of these free tools.  Visit this page on the F-Secure website.  After you click the button the tool will check your router’s settings to make sure they haven’t been changed to values that are known to be incorrect or malicious. The entire test takes mere seconds and the results will be displayed right on your screen.

here is a list of the most vulnerable routers

If you are unsure or you get a bad result please contact us we can help.

Managed Services! What is it exactly?

Well it is a term that makes no sense to the average non-IT person. Unless you work in the IT industry, you probably have not heard of Managed Services before.

Here is the skinny… Managed Services is a service offered by an IT company that takes care of all your computer and technology issues for you. In other words if it is IT related  Managed Services makes it so much better.

Now, a lot of people get the same look of confusion on their face when someone says Managed Services. That’s normal.  Just like the word Idiopathic make no sense to anyone but doctors, or architrave makes no sense to anyone but those in the building and engineeringl field.

So that is all fine and good, but what does it do for you and your business? And how does it make it better?

Let me see if I can break it down for you here:

Managed Services is known above all for its monitoring, IT company’s or Managed Service Providers (MSP's) use tools called RMM tools that allow them to proactively monitor all your systems and either automatically fix it or generate an alert for the technician to look at.  Usually we can fix a problem before anyone ever knew about it.   All this equates to less down time for your business and improved productivity.

Because of all this monitoring, you and your staff will experience very little downtime. Your computer network is no longer sputtering out of control. It does what it should, when it should, no matter what. Why?  Because a group of technicians make sure that it does.

Managed Services also automatically keeps your systems updated to the latest security patches this helps keep you one step ahead of the hackers and viruses that are looking to gain access to your systems. Also we are able to monitor the antivirus software keep it up to date and know when you have something bad going on before it gets out of control.

When you have fully Managed Services your IT Systems are… well, fully managed. From routine maintenance and automatic upgrades to proactive monitoring and instant support, your technology remains consistent because it’s consistently taken care of.

In other words, hurdles are all but eliminated. Problems are identified and corrected immediately, and your business can remain productive and free of IT challenges and complications.

It is always possible for you to still have a hardware failure and or a system break down now and again and you could still experience a network glitch here and there. But with Managed Services, this will not cost you anything. Because all this is bundled into a flat rate monthly support plan called Managed Services.

This means that those ridiculously large and out-of-control repair expenses go away completely. You finally have the full ability to successfully budget for your technology needs. No more guessing. No more hoping. No more praying. It is what it is and won’t change.

With the lovely combination of routine maintenance, proactive monitoring, and a flat, monthly rate, a fully Managed Services solution removes the element of surprise from your IT. There will be no coming to work on a Monday morning only to discover a broken-down network. There will be no large repair fees to wait for. And there will be no dreading an eventual collapse of your data. Managed services eliminates the surprises.

No more Googling. No more YouTube-ing. No more calling that friend of a friend. Managed Services is managed by a group of professionals who are experts at what they do. You are no longer the wannabe IT guru, and you no longer have to figure it out by yourself.

So hire an MSP. If you need help or advice, just call us.

Your Password is important make sure you use a good one.

If you want to check your password you can go to this link. It is safe and will give you a good idea how good your password truly is and how easy it could be for a hacker to crack it.

No longer do fancy symbols and upper-case letters and numbers have any importance.   Most hackers use computer programs that will zip through these like butter.  What does make it harder for them is the length of the password in other words you could use the following (This is my good and safe password) as a password and it would be much safer than Pa$$w0rd   again give it a try here.

The other thing that is important! is to change your password regularly.  I recommend changing password at least every 90 days and do not reuse old passwords. Also do not use the same password for all your systems.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon in our current culture to face major security breaches on our favorite platforms, such as the recent ones that involved LinkedIn, MySpace and Tumblr, where hundreds of accounts details went for sale on the dark web. Think about it. If you used the same password everywhere, attackers would be able to quickly access all of your other accounts quickly (and they know it).

What’s more alarming than that? Almost 90% of small business owners don’t feel like they’re at risk of experiencing a breach.

We at Prestige have a good handle on how to get this issue under control give us a call to see how we can help.

Don't leave your programs running

Some programs will develop issues if you leave them open such as QuickBooks.   Not to mention Word Documents Excel Spreadsheets etc.. It is always a best practice to exit and restart your computer at the end of the day. Doing this achieves two important tasks, one it logs you out and second, it makes sure all running applications are terminated.
The last thing you want is to find your critical data was not backed up because it was in use and you have now lost months of work.

Remember! reboot your computer at the end of the day to keep everything running well. Do not turn it off as security scans and patches are usually done after hours so as to not interfere with you while you work.