17 Jun 2020

What HTTPS means for cybersecurity

2020-07-09T10:38:58-07:00

As people’s reliance on the internet deepened through the years, cybercriminals also began to move more stealthily. Online shoppers, for instance, can be led to a payment page that has no HTTPS in its URL. If they enter their personal details on this page, they will be a prime target for identity theft without them knowing. Here’s why you should make sure that the websites you visit have a little padlock icon before their URL, and an “S” after the “HTTP” prefix.

HTTPS encryption

The “s” in HTTPS stands for “secured”. It was introduced in 1995, so older websites that have been left on its own without regular maintenance usually don’t have it. But even to this day, unsecure websites exist, and fraudsters can easily take advantage of them.

When you visit a site with an HTTP connection, everything you type or click on that website is sent without encryption. This means that anyone who intercepts the data transferred between the website and your computer can readily view them. Cybercriminals […]

What HTTPS means for cybersecurity2020-07-09T10:38:58-07:00
16 Jun 2020

Collaborate better with Microsoft Teams. Subscribe to learn more.

2020-07-09T10:38:39-07:00

Choosing the correct tools to collaborate is now a key aspect of every organization's digital transformation strategy. Subscribe now to GeeksHD and receive the latest insights into how #MicrosoftTeams and #Office365 can empower your business to achieve growth and scalability.

Collaborate better with Microsoft Teams. Subscribe to learn more.2020-07-09T10:38:39-07:00
15 Jun 2020

J. Walter Thompson creates a global collaboration hub with Microsoft technologies

2020-07-09T10:38:19-07:00

How do you enable effective interaction across a digital workspace while increasing productivity and efficiency? For J. Walter Thompson, one of the world's largest communication agencies, the answer was to fully integrate #Microsoft #Office365 with #Teams across all of its global offices. Watch this video to learn more, then contact GeeksHD to see what Teams can do for your business.

J. Walter Thompson creates a global collaboration hub with Microsoft technologies2020-07-09T10:38:19-07:00
15 Jun 2020

Ways MSPs are empowering businesses amid a global crisis

2020-07-09T10:38:04-07:00

To make it through the heightened economic uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are protecting their cash flows and focusing on their core competencies. Managed IT services providers (MSPs) are lending a hand, too — by empowering remote teams and helping small businesses leverage technology to keep operating despite the myriad challenges. Here’s exactly what MSPs are doing.

Providing infrastructure and service desk capabilities

In today’s digital work landscape, MSPs are keeping their noses to the grindstone to fulfill customer demands and help keep businesses running. While many small companies have taken the first step of transitioning to remote work, they still need help managing the logistics.

Right now, MSPs are providing customers with IT infrastructures and taking on a host of network tasks, including configuring hardware, establishing remote connections, and managing backup and storage options, among other activities. These all help to ensure that company networks are reliable enough to facilitate a remote workforce.

MSPs are also offering service desk capabilities, providing companies with a centralized resource for […]

Ways MSPs are empowering businesses amid a global crisis2020-07-09T10:38:04-07:00
12 Jun 2020

How to bypass the Windows 10 v2004 update block

2020-06-12T08:00:03-07:00

Some PC users are being blocked by Microsoft from updating their systems to the latest version of Windows 10, the May 2020 Update. The company has acknowledged the presence of some known issues preventing the update from being installed on some PCs. Here’s what you need to know.

Known issues

The update block is present on devices such as the Surface Pro X and 7, Surface Laptop 3, and Surface Book 3, according to a test by The Verge. The block is also present on other devices with the following configurations:

  1. PCs with games using GameInput Redistributable. Installing the Windows 10 May 2020 Update on these systems may result in mouse input loss.
  2. Always On, Always Connected PCs. Devices with more than one Always On, Always Connected network adapter may experience unexpected restarts.
  3. PCs with integrated Intel graphics. Systems may encounter substandard variable refresh rates after installing the update.
  4. Systems with Conexant or Synaptics audio drivers. PCs may display a blue screen of death (BSOD) error message if the May 2020 Update is […]
How to bypass the Windows 10 v2004 update block2020-06-12T08:00:03-07:00
10 Jun 2020

Researchers uncover new strain of Android malware

2020-06-10T08:00:22-07:00

The Android operating system (OS) relies on an open-source code that allows users and manufacturers to modify their phones’ or tablets’ OSs. The problem is, Android’s open-sourced nature also makes it susceptible to cyberthreats. Recently, security experts found DEFENSOR ID — a new type of Android malware exploiting the system’s Accessibility Services.

What is DEFENSOR ID?

DEFENSOR ID is a banking Trojan that minimizes its malicious capabilities to sneak past security checks and infiltrate the Google Play Store. The malware’s primary function is to request access to an Android device’s Accessibility Service, which would allow hackers to execute a variety of commands.

For starters, if unwitting users grant access to DEFENSOR ID, the malware can observe any launched apps and send sensitive information back to hackers. This means hackers can steal anything from passwords and private emails to banking information and one-time SMS activation codes for two-step verification processes.

DEFENSOR ID also allows hackers to remotely uninstall apps, launch programs, and perform gestures (e.g., tap, swipe, click) within the launched program. In […]

Researchers uncover new strain of Android malware2020-06-10T08:00:22-07:00
8 Jun 2020

Introducing Microsoft Teams

2020-07-09T10:37:42-07:00

With 5 generations collaborating in the workplace, how can you use a digital workspace to empower great ideas? Watch this video to learn how you can use #MicrosoftTeams to complement your #Office365 suite and enable efficient workplace collaboration, then contact GeeksHD to get started.

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8 Jun 2020

Are you tracking your Android’s data use?

2020-07-09T10:37:28-07:00

If you’re frustrated that you still have to deal with mobile data limitations in 2020, so are we. Sure, there are service plans that offer unlimited data, but they’re often expensive and throttle internet speeds after a certain threshold. Check out these tips for monitoring your mobile data usage so you can stretch it further.

Here are three things you can do to track and subsequently optimize the amount of data you are using on your Android device.

Tip #1: Turn off or limit your mobile data consumption

Using Wi-Fi is one of the easiest ways to reduce data consumption. These networks are everywhere nowadays, even malls and shopping centers often offer free Wi-Fi. In fact, Android devices can automatically switch between Wi-Fi and cellular connections. There is a chance, though, that your phone may lose a Wi-Fi connection and switch to a data network without your knowledge.

Preempt this issue by disabling mobile data entirely. You can often accomplish this by pressing your finger along the top of the screen […]

Are you tracking your Android’s data use?2020-07-09T10:37:28-07:00
5 Jun 2020

What’s next for iOS this 2020

2020-06-05T08:00:18-07:00

Apple’s WWDC — and their scheduled preview of iOS 14 and other OS iterations — is just a few weeks away. But if you want to know some of the juicier things their next-gen operating systems have in store for you right now, then read on.

Nifty app tweaks

Apple is developing new features for some of its prominent apps, and these tweaks may just make the cut come September.

Messages

  • Mention will let users tag people with the @ symbol, just like in Slack. This will also allow users to mute conversations but receive push notifications whenever they are directly mentioned.
  • Mark as unread will allow users to highlight messages so they would not forget requests or tasks and get back to these at a later time.
  • Retract will enable users to delete messages they’ve sent, with the deletion action visible to both sender and recipient.

Activity

  • Kids mode on the watchOS 7 will track movement time instead of calories burned. This is because the first metric is deemed healthier to track (from a mental […]
What’s next for iOS this 20202020-06-05T08:00:18-07:00
3 Jun 2020

Boosting home Wi-Fi with wireless repeaters and access points

2020-06-03T08:00:59-07:00

Fast, reliable Wi-Fi is a business necessity, whether you’re working in an office or at home. Now that more and more people are working remotely, having good home Wi-Fi is more important than ever. A wireless repeater device and additional access points may just be what you need to ensure a stable and lightning-fast wireless connection throughout your home.

Both wireless repeaters and access points are simple and inexpensive, and getting either or both of these devices can improve your home Wi-Fi.

Wireless repeaters are devices that extend the limited reach that Wi-Fi routers tend to have, especially in structures with thick walls and multiple floors. They receive a signal from a Wi-Fi router and rebroadcast it as a new network. This new network is an extension of the main network, enabling the signal from your router to be transmitted over long distances or to the other side of obstructions, such as a wall, post, or ductwork.

On the other hand, access points are devices that allow wireless devices to connect […]

Boosting home Wi-Fi with wireless repeaters and access points2020-06-03T08:00:59-07:00