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Tuned in to any IT-related news over the last month or so? Then you may have noticed the avalanche of cybersecurity revelations. First, in mid-September, Home Depot admitted that a malware-based data breach had compromised the credit card information of more than 56 million customers — the...
On Thursday, October 16th, more than 20 million people participated in the latest Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Most surprising about this figure, though, is that nearly 10% of the participants exercised disaster preparedness in the Southeast, a region of the country no one ever associates...
One of the most famous quotes in the business world comes from Founding Father and early American Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin: “Lost time is never found again.” But in today’s digital-driven, connectivity-obsessed world, it’s easier than ever to waste time. Listicles, viral videos,...
In late September, cybersecurity experts discovered the latest in a long string of software bugs that threatened millions of operating systems, including Mac computers and Android smartphones. The bug, dubbed Shellshock by researchers from Kaspersky Labs and other firms, was initially compared...
In early 2014, CMIT Solutions covered 10 tricks, tips, apps, and add-ins for Microsoft Excel. But the list of keyboard shortcuts and productivity boosters that can help supercharge this gold standard in spreadsheet software continues to increase. As it should: while firm market share figures...
Scammers have been calling computer users claiming to be Microsoft technicians for at least five years. But the pace of the fraudulent phishing attempts hasn’t slowed down, and many of our CMIT Solutions clients have reported receiving them in recent weeks. The scam goes something like this: a...
Here are some revealing statistics from the Internet security firm Symantec’s July 2014 Intelligence Report: of the billions of emails traveling the information superhighway each day, nearly 63.7% are spam. One out of every 351 emails contains a virus. And 7.9% of all emails contain a...
In the small business world, Intuit’s QuickBooks accounting software continues to dominate. When QuickBooks first debuted in the early 1990s, it quickly claimed up to 85% of the market, and subsequent releases have maintained and even increased that impressive share, with an estimated five...
The New York Times revealed last week that, in mid-August, at least five American banks (including JPMorgan Chase & Co.) were hit by a wave of cyberattacks that stole gigabytes of information such as savings and checking account details. JPMorgan said it hadn’t noticed any increased fraud...
Microsoft’s current operating system offerings represent more choices than most consumers know what to do with. Windows 7 still leads the pack; according to July 2014 numbers from Net Market Share, its market share increased to 51.22% of computers worldwide. Windows 8 and 8.1, meanwhile — the...

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