Archive for January, 2012

Until recently (i.e. the past year), Mac computer users have long enjoyed relative freedom from hacker attacks; however, researchers at Symantec Corporation say online criminals are now setting their sites on Mac users.

   Online porn hunters are the latest target. Visitors to certain web sites are led to believe they can download a free video player when in fact they are installing malicious code onto their Macs.

   Once the users authorize the transaction, the hackers can redirect the users future browsing to fraudulent web sites and possibly steal the user’s information or passwords. Sometimes they simply send ads for other pornographic web sites. This results in thousands of dollars in income for the criminals.

   While you may think that Macs are essentially more secure than PCs because they are built better, security experts would argue differently. They believe that the Mac is actually no more secure than a PC. In fact, they note that the relatively low number of viruses, exploits and other cyber attacks directed at Mac users is due to Apple’s relatively small share of the computer market.

“I don’t think that the Mac OS is more secure than Windows — I think it is safer than Windows because there are less people trying to attack it. There is a big difference,” Natalie Lambert, a senior analyst at Forrester Research shared with MacNewsWorld.

   With that said, the fact remains that for every single attack on a Mac, there are at least 100 attacks on Windows-based systems.

   So what should you do if you own a Mac?

  • Use the same safe online surfing practices as PC users
  • Keep your anti-virus software up-to-date
  • Never open strange e-mails from unknown sources
  • Only verify user names and passwords by phone with your bank or other financial institutions.

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5 Keys To Success In 2012

Just before Christmas I received a box from a company in the Bay Area. I had never heard of them nor was I sure why or how they got my name.
Well, inside the box was a nice looking 8 ½ x 11 full color brochure and a lot of fortune cookies.

Two of the cookies had especially good messages (i.e. fortunes) inside them.

“Marketing and Sales alignment isn’t hard when both sides have common goals.”

“Stop procrastinating…starting tomorrow.”

What made these fortunes worthy of being mentioned in this article is that I manage and oversee all of the marketing and work with Phil on sales. The second “fortune” reminds me of a saying that my 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson, used to say -“Tomorrow never comes.” Also, the word ‘procrastination’ is the English derivative of two Latin words (pro meaning “for” and cras meaning “tomorrow”). Lest we should not forget that one of Scarlett O’Hara’s famous lines was “Tomorrow is another day.”

 We need to get past the procrastination and putting off of tasks — work or personal — by stopping, taking a moment or two and being realistic about what can be done in the neces-sary time frame and if it is worthy of being a high priority, impactful task. Instead of setting those big and oftentimes overwhelming goals for the New Year, I recommend making monthly goals. They could certainly “add up” to form the big yearly goal. A monthly or shorter term goal should still be a challenge; however, it can deliver a more stress free environ-ment for achieving it. (Maybe this is why I always went to schools that were on a semester system and not a quarterly
or trimester system.)

My Top Things To Accomplish in 2012:

Key #1. Stay Connected With Family, Friends And Clients.

Life is just too short not to. No counting is allowed or thoughts of reciprocity (i.e. I haven’t heard from so and so for years). If you want to maintain or jumpstart a relationship of any kind, take the first step and you will be grateful that you did.     

Key #2: Implement The Right Things At Work.
It’s important to focus on the activities that will help you reach those critical monthly and annual goals.

#3: Think And Be Healthy.

It is a mindset and a challenging one at that. As I wrote this article, I was switching back and forth between eating two clementines and M&Ms. I should have just had 5 M&Ms instead of the 15 or so. Aargh. Be consistent in exercising and mix it up so it doesn’t get too boring. If you don’t enjoy exercising or eating healthier, remind yourself of the end results (i.e. the outcome).

Key #4: Do Great Things With Rotary.

This is a big year for me because I am assuming the Rotary District 5450 Membership Chair role and responsibilities. I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. There is a rebuilding effort at my local Denver Cherry Creek Rotary club to boot. Also, my pet project, American Student Ambassadors, has launched and is moving forward slowly and surely over in Florence, Italy. Eventually, the goal is to expand to more hubs of study for American students and programs.

Key #5: Read, Read and Read A Bit More.

I continue to purchase more books (hardcover and Kindle) and yet I don’t get them read. 2012 is the year to turn this around. If I could just commit to reading one (1) book a month, that would be a significant result and it would sure make me feel better when I look at my full bookshelves and Kindle books.

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2012 has arrived!  Have you made any New Years resolutions yet? 

Besides resolving to spend more time with family and friends, getting fit, and getting organized, have you made any New Years resolutions for your business?

Looking at your current computer network and reviewing your past year’s network support and services, are you saying to yourself “I’m not going to let this happen again in 2012”! 
Do any of your New Year’s resolutions include dealing with continually pesky computer network issues?

Do Your Resolutions Look Anything Like This?

›   RESOLVED, double pinkie shake, I WILL get my critical company data automatically backed up and offsite daily.  Whether through fire, natural disaster, tape failure, or just human error, one day I might lose all of my company data which will cost me plenty.

›   RESOLVED, I will finally STOP do-it-yourself computer repair.  Few business people would attempt do-it-yourself insurance; so why do I or any super-user on my staff think that we can keep up with the increasingly complex, fast changing demands of a computer network?

›   RESOLVED, I will fire my current IT guy who doesn’t return my phone calls, makes me wait hours – even days – before he actually comes out to see us, charges more than we expected, and then doesn’t follow up to make sure that we are satisfied with the work.

FREE Computer Network Assessment Gets You On The Road To Keeping Your Resolutions And Eliminating Your Day-To-Day Computer Headaches

My name is Phil Bush and I am the President of CMIT Solutions of Denver. For almost eight years now we have been helping small to mid-size business owners like you eliminate common computer and network problems quickly and affordably so you can focus on doing what you do best: running your business.

If you haven’t had a recent assessment of your network’s back-up system and security, CMIT Denver will do it for Free** (for businesses with 10 or more computers), no strings attached. This assessment is valued at $397 and that doesn’t include the intangible value of feeling secure that your business is protected and secure.

For FREE, We Will Come To Your Office And…

  • Check your firewall’s security settings to make sure you are protected from the latest hacker attacks, worms and viruses.
  • Scan and remove spyware that is secretly stealing your company’s bandwidth, jeopardizing the speed of your computer system, and embezzling confidential information about you, your employees, and your business.
  • Check your network’s back-up system to ensure it is working properly and accurately backing up all of the critical files and information you never want to lose.
  • Verify that you have the most up-to-date security patches installed properly; miss one critical update and you’re a “sitting duck”.
  • Diagnose slow, unstable PCs.
  • Perform a quick network “tune-up” to make programs and files load faster.

** You will need to contact me, Phil Bush by February 10, 2012 to take advantage of this offer. Give me a call at 303-756-2648 or send me an email.

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