• When your company’s management wants to make a decision, does it do so without the relevant heads of marketing, finance, and operations at the table? Surely not!

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  • Think you know how to create a solid, safe email password? Chances are, you’re not following current best practices for email security. New standards were recently released by the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST), and it calls for organizations to update their password-management policy to reflect the new recommendations.

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  • In the wake of the massive Equifax security breach that was recently exposed, we wanted to take action to educate our clients about the breach and what’s happening as a result of it. First, though, as part of this cyber awareness training brief, we want to take some time to review the specifics of what happened.

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  • In 2014, Google announced that it was encouraging everyone to switch from HTTP to HTTPS, and made clear that doing so would have positive impact on a site’s search engine ranking. Since then, more and more companies have completed this migration as part of their threat and vulnerability management strategies.

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  • Before we go into detail about the latest threat we have been informed of, we need to urge all readers who use WebEx to upgrade to the latest version immediately! This week’s report hits close to home because attackers have found a way to reach victims through the popular online meeting software “WebEx”.

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  • App ID theft has made its way into the picture just in time for holiday shopping and online purchases. In recent weeks there have been reports of Google Play and Apples App Store hosting phony versions of legitimate apps. These fake apps look identical to the real thing and have been causing problems for countless customers.

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  • With today’s technology criminals are able to create malicious emails that look identical to the real thing. We suggest you question everything that comes through to your inbox. One click on a harmful link is capable of causing significant business distruption and financial loss.

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  • We have found an uncommon phishing email which will hit your user’s inboxes soon. Many of the big service providers such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Twitter, PayPal etc. send out a security alert via email warning of a possible security-related activity such as “unusual sign-in activity”.

    Similar emails have been used for password phishing for almost a decade, however, now these security alerts are being used as a new attack method for a technical support scam.

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  • ICS makes it a priority to investigate the newest critical threats to your business network and as a partner we take pride in making sure your corporate network and critical data is secure.

  • As we have stated in previous blogs, email is the vehicle of most attacks. These emails contain attachment with .js, .DOC and other suspicious extensions. Once clicked, these extensions are capable of infecting business networks with malware, ransomware, Trojans, crypto locker and a wide array of harmful infections.

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  • Security threats are constantly on the rise these days, if you follow the ICS blog you will know that there is a new scam released on a weekly basis. The frequency of these new threats make it difficult for updates and security patches to keep up. By the time antivirus vendors find ways to block theses malicious viruses, there has already been a new threat released.
    All employees or individuals must be aware of the fact that even with the most cutting edge security software and hardware, it is still possible for the newest threats to slip through. When this happens it is crucial that employees are able to recognize threats and suspicions emails.

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  • If you are a regular reader of the ICS blog you are no stranger to the amount of threats out there but for new readers we must stress the importance of security awareness. All these threats have the potential to cripple your critical business resources. We have been seeing an influx of phishing scams making their rounds lately and most have come via email. The newest wave have been including malicious attachments in the disguise of business related invoices or past due bills. These have been fairly successful because this method entices the targeted user to open the attachment without thinking twice. They automatically assume its business related and therefore legitimate. Once the attachment is clicked, malware or ransomware infects the computer. This week’s newest threat falls right into this category.

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  • Yesterday, news broke that Prince Rogers Nelson was found dead in his home in Minneapolis at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator and was declared dead shortly after. Internet criminals are going to exploit this celebrity death in a number of ways, so be careful with anything on anything related to Price's death: emails, attachments, any social media (especially Facebook), texts on your phone, anything. There will be a number of scams related to this, so think before you click! 

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  • Ransomware is advancing at an alarmingly fast pace. The main purpose of the ICS blog is to keep all of our partners, friends, and associates informed of all the latest threats. Awareness is a key defense tactic when it comes to the security of your critical business data. This week’s is a perfect example of how sophisticated the threats are becoming. In this ransomware attack the scammer actually knows the home address of the targeted victim.

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  • Viruses and malware can create stress, especially in the business world where downtime equals loss of profits. It is very important to stay informed of all the latest threats in order to protect your data and with technology advancing at a rapid pace, malware programmers are finding different ways to sneak past network security features. This week’s threat is the perfect example of this. This new Trojan virus sneaks into your PC undetected and remains invisible.

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  • Unless you have been living under a rock, you have heard all the rave about modern cloud technologies. Businesses all over the globe are now moving their data into the Cloud. In layman’s terms this means having your business data, website and email services on servers located offsite in a secure facility called a datacenter. Businesses can have their entire network in the cloud, or just segments of it. This depends on the individual benefits it can provide to your IT infrastructure.  Although the general public has the correct idea about what the cloud really is, there are still a lot of misconceptions.

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  • There are more malicious threats on the web than you can imagine, every minute a new scam is created or a new vulnerability is uncovered. These threats come in all shapes and sizes, just having antivirus is not enough anymore. The most important defense is you. The end user is at the forefront of their corporate network and the internet, and must be properly trained on safe practices. One of the purposes of our blogs is to make sure all of our friends and partners are aware of the new threats discovered on a regular basis.

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  • Every week we are introduced to new threats, we cannot stress enough how important user awareness is in defense against these types of attacks. As soon as these threats are uncovered, another has already been created. These crimes advance with technology, and as we all know technology is advancing faster than ever. In phishing scams like this week’s, the attacker takes advantage of the most vulnerable aspect of any business computer network, the employees.

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  • With all the advancements happening in technology every day, businesses have no choice but to dive in head first. Businesses that are not accepting to the changing tech landscape will be left behind in the blink of an eye. This is why it is very important to always be on high alert for scams and other malicious threats. The modern hacker ranges from someone working out of their parent’s basement to highly trained criminal organizations located all across the globe.

    With this being said, businesses have the most to lose and often are the targets of the more sophisticated criminals. We have compiled a list below of the things attackers are looking for. Make sure these aspects of your business are kept under close watch.

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  • Criminals will jump through hoops these days just to pull off a scam. Unfortunately, these ploys are becoming more advanced with the technological advancements in today’s world. Employees must be aware that there is always someone waiting for an opportunity to get their hands on your company’s business critical data. With this said, employees can never be too safe when questioning the validity of email senders and links to websites. With the wrong click it is possible to give these malicious programs access to your network. This year we have already seen our share of crypto locker, ransomware, and malware.

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  • Everyone is interested in getting the best deal available, so when you hear you can get free or discounted Netflix you pay attention. In this instance, it was all part of an elaborate phishing scheme put forth to steal individuals personal data and infect their devices with malware. Being that Netflix is so popular, it offers a large platform and client database for scammers to work with. Reports claim that these attacks are complex and seem to mainly be initiated by the Eastern European Hacking group dubbed “cybermafia”.

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  • WordPress is a very popular open source content management system. Open source means there are hundreds of people from all over the world working to make improvements to the platform and the source code is available to the public free of charge. WordPress is the most popular of its kind and is mainly used for blogging and content management. Recently these websites have been experiencing vulnerabilities that have been infecting user’s computers with Ransomware.

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  • There is a new wave of phishing attempts that are more convincing than ever. You should always be cautious when anyone contacts you to notify you that they have found something wrong with your computer. Unless you are 100% sure that you know this individual, it’s a scam! Even if you think you know the person it could still be a scam, people can easily impersonate others and pretend to be someone they’re not. The scary fact about these types of phishing attempts is that the scammer actually provides you with the service tag of your computer.

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  • Paying for services by the hour can be very costly, there’s no doubt about that. If your central air breaks, you call the AC repair company.  If a drain gets clogged you call the plumber. When you get a computer virus, you call the IT technician. When something breaks it has to get fixed, especially if it’s slowing down business productivity. When it comes time to pay the bill, you will charged for every hour that was spent on your issue.  Nine hours of labor equals a nine hour bill. This process is called time based billing, and it could end up costing your business an enormous amount of money that can be invested elsewhere. 

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Technology in the modern business world bring security risks.  New threats are discovered daily and need to be brought to light for the security of business critical data.  End user awareness is the first and strongest line of defense. As a Managed Service Provider it is our duty to keep you informed of these newly discovered vulnerabilities. 
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We are always reminding our partners and friends how important network security is.  Even with all the latest security technology implemented in your network, the number one threat still exists, your employees.  One of the biggest recent threats to your network this past year has been the ransomware called crypto-locker.  This advanced threat will find its way into networks through mouse clicks from untrusted sources and attachments from unfamiliar senders.  Once crypto-locker finds its way in, it encrypts all of the data on your network and holds it for ransom. Without current backups of your data if you don’t pay the ransom, you don’t get your data back.  Sources say even the FBI suggests the safest thing to do for your data is to pay the fee.

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If you think staying with the same business technology you have been using for years is saving you money, think again!  Not only is this slowing your business down, but if clients, partners, or customers find this information out, they will consider packing up their bags and taking their business elsewhere.  Using outdated technology doesn’t only affect the productivity of your business, it affects your reputation.

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In this era hackers will try anything to steal your sensitive data, financial information and make you a victim of identity theft. Don’t think that the holiday season is a time when these criminals take a break to sip some egg nog. Instead these cyber criminals are scheming to use the holiday season as a way to steal from you through phishing emails and social engineering.

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Disasters will arrive when you least expect it.  These events can be natural or man-made and are very capable of causing prolonged downtime.  A lot of businesses have DRP’s (disaster recovery plans) and think that is enough to keep them safe in the event of an emergency.  A disaster recovery plan can be complex and include significant roles from a few to many employees in the office.  It is very important that everyone involved knows their specific role and has walked through the process until they are comfortable with their responsibility.  Below we have provided the basic steps your business should take in order to ensure that everything will go as planned in the face of disaster

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If you have owned or used a PC at work, chances are you have had to deal with at least one malware infection at some point.  Besides being extremely annoying malware will slow down the flow of work and overall business productivity.  Some infections are capable of slowing your computer down to a crawl and expose valuable company data.  In this article we will discuss what you should do in the unfortunate event that your computer is hit with a malware infection.   

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Data is the backbone of every business from enterprise to the SMB market. It’s imperative to make sure that your data is safe and available at all times.  Disasters are capable of occurring without warning and can destroy all of your businesses critical data.  Backups are necessary to ensure that no important data is lost during any type of disaster.  We recommend having a professional backup and data restoration system implemented to ensure everything is available even during times of crisis.  There are many different techniques when it comes to backups, below are just a few of the techniques used in today’s industry. 

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We’re sure that everyone has been hearing all the buzz and excitement for the new Windows 10 upgrade and we are very excited and can’t wait to see what this advanced operating system can do to improve business productivity. Regardless of all the excitement and anticipation we suggest sitting tight and remaining patient during the initial roll out of Windows 10 free upgrade and urge our partners to wait before upgrading.

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We’re sure that everyone has been hearing all the buzz and excitement for the new Windows 10 upgrade and we are very excited and can’t wait to see what this advanced operating system can do to improve business productivity. Regardless of all the excitement and anticipation we suggest sitting tight and remaining patient during the initial roll out of Windows 10 free upgrade and urge our partners to wait before upgrading.

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Most computer and internet users have had their computer infected with malware in the past. We have all heard of terms like trojans, worms, spyware, ransomware and viruses but what is the difference between them? In this article, I will explain each type of malware and how to protect your business critical data from these cyber threats.

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Is your current Managed IT provider not cutting it for your business? Making the change to a new MSP can be a pretty daunting task, without the proper preparation that is. Integrated Computer Services has a guideline for all new partners. We make sure on boarding is done in a very organized and professional manner. This promotes a future of smooth sailing for your company. Below are some simple steps to address before transitioning to a new Managed IT Service Provider.

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There is no company that can withstand long periods of downtime and large amounts of data loss – the price some companies have to pay for this type of thing is bankruptcy. Top notch managed IT service providers work tirelessly to prevent or minimize data loss and downtime for its clients and end users and understanding your RPO (Recovery Point Objective) and RTO (Recovery Time Objective) is a critical piece to any good business continuity plan.

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With all the new technologies available to businesses today, there is always the question of which is the best for your business. Traditional backups have always been the go to method for ensuring data protection and recovery. In the recent years the Business Continuity method is gaining popularity. Below we have listed some of the main differences between the two methods in order to help explain why the business continuity is gaining momentum in the tech community.

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If you are not a trained professional in the IT field, making technical decisions can be overwhelming. A reputable Managed Service Provider can offer expert consulting for all your IT needs. For that reason, Integrated Computer Services has a staff of highly trained and experienced technicians that are specialized in working with all types of hardware, software and networks.

Over the years ICS has witnessed our fair share of avoidable mishaps when it comes to clients making important network decisions without proper advisement. We strongly recommend that our partners run everything by network administrators before implementing any changes or purchasing new technology. In the business world money has gone to waste on behalf of poor technical decisions made by people who didn't exactly know what they were doing.

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Microsoft Windows 2003 will stop receiving support starting July 14th, 2015. This is the final critical reminder we are sending out about Microsoft Server 2003's end of support life. This is essential for users to be aware of, if you are currently running critical line of business applications on Windows Server 2003 you will need to start taking the necessary steps toward upgrading as soon as possible! With the end of support life come a VERY high risk for network intrusion and potential threat. This is because "end of support life" means that there will be no more updates or security patches released to combat the new vulnerabilities as they are discovered. This leaves your network defenseless against these threats. Businesses who choose to continue to run Microsoft Server 2003 are putting their company IT infrastructure at high risk.

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Search engine optimization is a critical part of every successful business. This service will help increase legitimate internet traffic to you company's website. ICS offers expert search engine marketing services that will bring your business "organic" search engine results. Research has proven that over 70% of search clicks are being done via organic results, this makes search engine optimization a critical marketing tool in today's highly competitive business world! This service will boost your web traffic, search engine rankings, and conversions for your clientele.

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Integrated Computer Services is an industry leader when it comes to managed services, and we have the credentials to back it up! We regularly ask our readers to go back and see how their technology partner compares to us. In order for an MSP to be qualified to support business networks with advanced IT infrastructure there are a several certifications and affiliations that are essential. If your MSP or technology partner is lacking in this department, you should seriously consider switching to a new technology partner who is more qualified to securely manage, maintain, and deploy network architecture for small, medium and enterprise business.

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With today's advances in technology it is not necessary or cost effective to have a fully staffed in-house IT department for small and medium sized businesses. Technicians now have the ability to remotely access anything from printers, computers, switches, routers, cameras, vendor equipment and basically anything that has the ability to reach the internet. For small to medium sized businesses it is not economically feasible to have to pay for the presences off a fully staffed IT department when there are managed service providers like Integrated Computer Services that do it all from their headquarters.

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If you own a desktop PC you have thought about this question on more than one occasion. Growing up we were exposed to computers for the first time, one of the earliest task we learned was powering up and shutting down the PC. Were you ever instructed to power down your computer every night with the given impression that this will somehow miraculously make the life of my computer last longer?

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With all the fast paced advancements happening in the technology field it's getting very difficult to think of what will be available to businesses next. It is our pleasure to introduce you to the new Intel Compute Stick. This handy micro device gives mobile business professionals the capability of transforming a TV with an HDMI port into a fully functioning computer running Microsoft Windows 8.1 .

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We are happy to inform everyone about the upcoming release of the Windows 10 Operating System! This upcoming version will succeed the current 8.1 version and offer many advancements and new features. Microsoft has been able to enhance the capabilities of the Windows 8.1 in order to produce the most efficient and business critical OS on the market. If you are currently running Windows 8.1 this new release is something to get excited about, especially because there will be a free upgrade offer. That's right, Microsoft will be offering free upgrades to all the people who are currently running Windows 8.1! With this new operating system Microsoft has worked out all the flaws and shortcoming of the 8.1 version, and the improvements will be very noticeable. One new exciting feature that has everyone talking will be the addition of a virtual guide named Cortana. Take a seat Siri, you might have some competition! This new business savvy operating system is the future. Get acquainted, because you will definitely be seeing a lot of Windows 10!

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Integrated Computer Services is always encouraging our partners to be technologically strategic. This means that your business is open to accepting and embracing modern technology. Technologically strategic businesses leverage cutting edge technology to gain a competitive advantage in their industry. VoIP (voice over IP) phone systems are the latest and most advanced phone systems taking over the business world. If this is a service you haven't heard of, we strongly suggest you give it some consideration in order to optimize your telecommunication services. More and more businesses are making the switch to VoIP phone systems, don't be left behind.

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Glen Rock, New Jersey 03/17/15 – Integrated Computer Services, Inc. announced today it has received the CompTIA Managed Services Trustmark™, a respected industry credential that signifies its adherence to best practices for technology service delivery and customer interaction. CompTIA is and has been one of most respected and trusted names in the IT industry for years. With that said it is a standard for every legitimate MSP and IT outsourcer to utilize CompTIA's information while following their suggested standards and best practices. CompTIA is best known for their in depth knowledge and contributions to the industry and service expectations.

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Integrated Computer Services is very familiar with ITIL's service life cycle approach. These are effective steps that we utilize in order to ensure that we are providing our clients with the best support possible. ITIL's approach consists of five steps that every IT company should follow. These five stages consist of service strategy, service design, service transition, service operation, and continual service improvement. We suggest you become familiar with the following five categories and evaluate your current managed service provider. Has your current IT utilized any of these techniques? If you had to answer no, then you should re-evaluate your current MSP. In order to manage networks successfully these five steps must be practiced and utilized for every business.

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There all different types of businesses out there, all having different strengths, weaknesses, wants and needs. But one thing is certain, technology is present in every business, office, cubical, and meeting! Technology is everywhere. Although technology is a part of all businesses, it serves a unique role in each. Most businesses will generally fall under one of three categories when it comes to their technical needs. Companies can be either technology strategic, dependent or adverse. Take a look and find what category your company can relate to.

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Integrated Computer Services has been built on essential core values that have been ingrained into the company throughout our 12+ years of service. We take pride in practicing what we preach and have a strict set of core values that every employee takes pride in following on a day to day basis. These values ensure that your company's information technology is in the best hands possible. If you are not currently an ICS partner we suggest you evaluate your current IT solutions and compare how they stand up against Integrated Computer Services. If your current partner is not displaying the same quality of service and value that ICS has to offer, we urge you to reevaluate your situation. Top notch IT services is not only about being responsive to issues as they occur, the other half of the battle is being proactive to ensure that you will not have these problems to begin with as well as keeping your company up to date on the latest technology.

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There is nothing more important to the well-being of a business than the security and reliability of its information systems. If your company has a flawless Disaster Recovery Plan you will be able to rest easy knowing no matter what happens you will not lose any of your businesses critical data. Without a good "DR" plan, a simple act of nature or a man-made incident could lead to permanent data loss and prolonged downtime.

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Internet use policies are one of the most important aspects of your organization's networks security. These policies allow work related websites to be accessed by employees, and harmful or distracting websites to be prohibited and blocked. Internet Use Policies will increase company productivity plus reduce unnecessary risk of malware, viruses and hackers. Once you have a policy in place you will need a content filter service or web filter device to enforce the policy.

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We would like to introduce you to the new Surface Pro 3, which is a new business focused tablet-PC designed by Microsoft. We believe this tablet is a game changer for the mobile business professional since it can replace your laptop while still functioning as a convenient tablet-pc. The Surface Pro 3 includes the full version of Window 8.1 Professional allowing you to run all of your line of business applications including the full version of Microsoft Office 2013. Need to type fast and efficiently on the go? Road warriors can get the optional Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to boost productivity while on the go.

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This day in age the average user is using more than one device on a regular basis. With the increase in cloud technology users are able to access all there business critical data from all over the globe. Individuals will be logging their credentials into numerous applications and services provided over the internet. The increasing capabilities of cloud technologies does not come without significant risk. It is very important to the security of your network and business data that all users have a strict regimen to follow when it comes to creating and regularly changing their passwords. With all the technology we have in this day in age, the security of business networks are still in need of improvement. Time and time again we hear about these security breaches within large enterprises. There are many different pieces to the security puzzle of a network, and secure passwords are your first line of defense. Below are just a few tips and recommendations when it comes to managing the password criteria for your network's users.

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Integrated Computer Services offers unlimited support packages suitable for businesses of all sizes and types. We ensure your business is always running at top speeds and you will always be available for the needs of your clients. We watch over your entire network and cater to its needs so you don't have to. This enables you to spend more time and energy on improving and growing your business, without having to worry about your network and issues with decreased productivity. We offer a wide arrange of affordable and efficient network solutions. Integrated Computer Services will provide top of the line support at a more affordable rate than an in house IT technician.

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In order to keep your business up to date with all the best and most reliable technology we have come up with the 4 year rule. This is rule states that any hardware, server, laptop, workstation, or software that is four or more years old should be under serious consideration for replacement. Technology is constantly improving at a fast paced rate and within four years it's more than likely this equipment has been surpassed by technology that is much more advanced. Your company might be able to stay afloat with the older outdated hardware and software, but chances are your competition will be running more efficiently with newer technologies. Working off of hardware and software older than four years can also be a potential risk to your business. This risk of equipment crashing becomes a lot greater the older it gets, this brings the risk of more frequent downtime and less productivity.

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Recently there has been a growing trend of individuals falsely posing as Microsoft technicians in order to retrieve sensitive information from end users. It is very important for you to know that Microsoft tech support will never call you out of the blue, in order for a Microsoft technician to call you a support ticket must have been created on your end first. These individuals are very tech savvy and are very familiar with the ins and outs of how Microsoft and their support team work. This makes it more difficult to decipher whether the phone call is legitimate or phony! In recent reports Microsoft claims to have received as many as 65,000 complaints from customers who have been targeted by fraudulent Microsoft technicians. Legitimate companies have also been penalized for unrightfully using the Microsoft trademarks and logos for their services. This is illegal in every sense, and these companies are trying to affiliate themselves with this technology powerhouse in order to boost their appearance and credibility for their clients.

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The internet can be a dangerous place when it comes to potential threats to your businesses computers and network. The uniformed end user is capable of unknowingly opening the door for viruses, malware, and threats that will slow down your network causing potential downtime. These threats can be disguised very well so it is important to be alert and on watch for anything suspicious or illegitimate looking. Sometimes these threats will look very real and be disguised as an advertisement or an email from a large company you are familiar with. Always be observant and question anything that might look a little odd.

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Server Virtualization technology has been around for years. As time goes on more businesses make the change from having many physical servers to one or two Hyper-v or VMware servers. Without virtualizing, physical servers take up too much space and sprawl the server room. Virtualization allows your organization to consolidate to only one or two high density Hyper-v servers that have the ability to virtualize 100s of servers thus reducing upfront hardware costs, reducing hardware maintenance costs, reducing power consumption, improving your disaster recovery strategy and boosting IT scalability and agility.

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The security of your network should be one of your business's biggest concerns. Your data is very important, and there are always individuals out there who will be able to benefit from stealing it. We have plenty of experience in supporting businesses, and the most common types of security breaches that we have heard or witnessed could have been easily prevented.

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When technical issue arise we are aware that they can bring business productivity to a halt. We would like to make the support request process as easy and expedient as possible. Below is a description of the two best ways you can submit a support request when technical issues arise.

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"The Cloud" is the official buzz word being used these days to describe hosted services. Hosted services is not a new concept, this has been in the IT industry for the past 15-20 years. In recent years this trend has been picking up a lot of momentum due to larger companies like Microsoft offering these services to large scale businesses.

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Your business's data is the heart and soul of your organization, without it your business is dead in the water. In order to be fully prepared for any potential problems that may arise, it is critical that your business has a rock solid backup and disaster recovery plan implemented. With a fool proof plan instated you will be able to breeze through your workdays without having to be concerned with important information and software being permanently lost.

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Being a Managed Service Provider, we know viruses and malware, it's what we do. So for us, it's obvious pretty quickly that there is something living in your PC that shouldn't be there. Unfortunately, end users don't have the years of experience we do in finding the warning signs. Here are a few tips to help you identify that something isn't quite right and should give our support team a call.

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It has come to our attention that Microsoft has been performing random licensing audits on businesses using Microsoft software products. It is essential to your company that you have the proper number of licenses for the number of users. If your business is found to be lacking the correct number of licenses you will be facing a possible lawsuit or penalty.

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If you're like the rest of us, sometimes the influx of emails that flow into your inbox could become a little overwhelming. Below are just a few simple tips to help keep your emails from piling up to an unmanageable amount!

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In this day and age you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your personal information. With today's technology there are numerous ways in which the modern criminal will attempt to fool you into forfeiting valuable information. Phishing is when individuals try to scam innocent people by sending them emails claiming to be legitimate businesses.

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When talking about hacking, most people picture someone hunched over a computer as lines and lines of Matrix-esque code scrolls across the screen. However, when speaking about hacking attacks in regards to Social Engineering this couldn't be further from the truth.

When employing Social engineering the attacker uses human interaction and social skills to obtain or compromise information about a company. These attacks typically take the form of emails, websites, phone calls, or sometimes may even be carried out in person. They are typically after data such as usernames and password, credit card or account information, and much more.

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When talking about hacking, most people picture someone hunched over a computer as lines and lines of Matrix-esque code scrolls across the screen. However, when speaking about hacking attacks in regards to Social Engineering this couldn't be further from the truth.

Microsoft Corporation will cease to support Windows 2003 server starting July 14th, 2015. In other word, when this date arrives this server operating system will no longer receive critical updates or security patches. The only way to receive continued support for these servers would be through customer support agreements.

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When it comes to the battery life of our hand-held devices, we will never be satisfied. Everyone has experienced the hardships of a dying battery on a portable device at one point or another. There are a few preventative steps that you are able to take in order to keep your device alive for longer periods of time. Below are just a few simple steps you can take in order to maximize your devices battery life.

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Integrated computer Services offers unsurpassed IT services all throughout the NJ and NY area. We offer top of the line technical support all within the budget of your business. Integrated Computer Services manages businesses of all different sizes. We make sure that all critical systems are running efficiently 24/7 and our technicians are well versed on all the latest technologies in the field. We ensure that your network is always in good hands, allowing our clients to focus on the needs of their business.

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Are you considering hiring a Managed Service Provider? Maybe your information technology infrastructure is 5 years old or your business technology platform cannot keep up with your growing business needs. Below is a list of 4 reasons why you need to hire an MSP (Managed Service Provider) as soon as possible.

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Nobody likes waiting for support (even its only a few minutes) and sometimes contacting your IT provider and waiting for a technician's assistance may not even be necessary. Here are some quick and easy tips to keep things running smooth and prevent some of those unnecessary calls to the support help desk.

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While software and hardware security solutions can protect users from most malicious content, there is no 100% fool proof solution. This is why it is becoming increasingly more important to train your end users to browse and email smart and safely. Here are some tips to make sure your employee's are browsing and emailing with your company's safety in mind.

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The Cryptolocker virus that has been making it past some spam filters and destroying companies' files shares and file servers. Cryptolocker usually sneaks into your network by email attachment. The Cryptolocker virus is disguised in an email referencing a fax, delivery or shipment in the subject line. It is very important that if you get an email in with an attachment and you are not certain that you know who it is from, do not open it! Right click on the email and send it to junk mail, block the sender, and permanently delete the email by holding the shift key down and then right click to delete the message.

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I'm sure you are all aware of how important your email system is to the productivity of your business, the average employee spends a significant part of their workday using this tool in order to pass information between employees, clients, and the rest of the world. It's hard to remember how work was before this messaging system made like a little bit easier for all of us. Just like everything else, as time progresses so does technology. Over the years emailing systems have advanced and made communications between us a lot more convenient.

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