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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...
We all use USB drives, handing them back and forth like digital business cards and plugging unfamiliar ones into our computer all the time. But did you know these drives often serve as prime sources of malware and viruses? It makes sense — when a jump drive or thumb drive is shared between so...
As last week’s QuickTip pointed out, many Americans are worried about information security and the safety of their online data. For good reason, too,  news that broke last Wednesday indicates: a Russian crime ring has stockpiled the largest known collection of stolen credentials — 1.2...
No technology trend has been more ubiquitous lately than online security (or the lack thereof). With major corporations, social media sites, old cell phones, and even Internet browsers getting hacked left and right, Facebook announcing ramped-up plans to sell user information, and the...
Over the last 12 months, the four largest mobile carriers in the US — Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint — have all introduced slick new campaigns allowing users to affordably upgrade their cell phones far more often than the old industry standard of every two years. The biggest takeaway...
In late 2013 and early 2014, CMIT Solutions covered 10 tricks, tips, apps, and add-ins for Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel. But the list of keyboard shortcuts and productivity boosters applicable to the Microsoft Office suite, which includes these two gold standards of word processing and...

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