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Technology Tips and News for Busy Professionals

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Greetings!                                                                                                        Volume 3, Number 8

We hope you enjoy and benefit from these technology tips and news for busy professionals.  We bring this to you because we are committed to bridging the gap between people and their technology.

 

INFO-TEK employs a full time staff of trained and certified computer & network specialists who are quick to respond, easy to talk with and people you can trust. 

 

We specialize in small business and home office clients and we have helped thousands of people in the greater Kansas City area with their computer service needs at very competitive and affordable rates.

Are You Managing Your Employees’ Use of Social Networking Sites at Work?

 

Conduct Yourself Properly Online

 

New Scam: Fake CS Call from Microsoft

 

Rule of Thumb

 

 

NEWS:  Gmail Users Targeted by Rogue Password Recovery Tool

“Building good relationships between people and their technology 365 days a year.”

 

 

Are You Managing Your Employees’ Use of Social Networking Sites at Work?

 

 

Description: http://i2.createsend5.com/ei/r/A6/A20/51A/182008/csimport/compliance-social-networking-c_1.jpgIs your organization properly monitoring and managing the use of social networking websites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn by your employees? Here is a primer on what you need to know and why it matters.

The use of social networking websites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is exploding, with some using them even while in the workplace. While these sites offer work-related benefits such as fostering better workplace communication and collaboration, they also expose the organization to risks as well. Some of the risks borne out of social networks include the mundanesuch as potentially embarrassing the company through inappropriate posts online, to the serious—such as security threats via viruses and malware or through the inappropriate sharing of proprietary or confidential material. This begs the question: are companies properly managing the use of social networking sites of employees at work?

In a survey recently published by the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics with the Healthcare Compliance Association , it was discovered that for most companies, this was clearly not the case. With a sample of almost 800 respondents from for-profit, non-profit and government organizations, the survey revealed that half, or 50%, did not have a policy covering the use of social networking sites at work. Of those companies that do have a policy, 34% include it in a general policy on online usage, and just 10% specifically address the use of social networking sites.

About half of the respondents also reported that their employer also does not monitor the use of these sites, or at best has passive systems in placeusually being done by their security department. Yet despite this, a significant number, nearly one fourth of those surveyed, or 24%, report that their organization has had to discipline some employees for improper use of these sites.

Despite the suggestion from the research that a lot of companies do not yet have formal policies and governance systems in place to manage the online activities of employees in social networking sites, it suggests that over the long term it is something that they should do. Employees may be engaging in risky activities that the company is not aware ofand therefore, as with other online activities such as email, should be managed properly.

Do you agree? Or do you think that the fears of some organizations are bigger than the actual risk? Let us know. We help companies understand more fully the risks associated with online activity and how to better monitor and manage them. We would be happy to speak with you on this subject and help you make sure that your data and systems are safe.

 

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Conduct Yourself Properly Online

 

Description: http://i3.createsend5.com/ei/r/A6/A20/51A/182008/csimport/online-darke-side-c_2.jpgIf you are thinking about posting those wild pictures from the office booze cruiseyou may want to think twice. In today’s increasingly hyper-connected world, you never know how long those images will be online, who can see them, and where they may end up. It therefore becomes increasingly important to be smart about exactly what and how much you post online. After all, what you put up in cyberspace today may come back to haunt you later on.

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New Scam: Fake CS Call from Microsoft

 

Description: man on the phone with surprising faceA new scam has been making the rounds recently scammers calling through the phone and posing as people from Microsoft, scaring victims into paying for bogus services and stealing their credit information. These fraudsters can be very persistent so it’s important to always be alert and informed.

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Rule of Thumb

 

If a message pops up on your screen and you don’t recognize the source, DO NOT click on the ‘Install/Fix/Close/Cancel’ buttons because if you do, you’ll install a virus.  Instead, close the window down by pressing ‘Alt-F4” at the same time (the ALT and F4 keys on your keyboard).  This will ‘force close’ the window without having to click on any buttons on the screen. 

 

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NEWS:  Gmail Users Targeted by Rogue Password Recovery Tool

 

Description: http://zapp5.staticworld.net/news/graphics/223261-scam_original.jpgConsumers trying to recover forgotten Gmail passwords have been reminded not to use the widely-circulating Gmail hacker Pro software, which claims it can recover passwords for a fee.

Webmail password recovery scams are nothing new but this particular one can turn up in several guises, starting with the simple fee scam uncovered by GFI Labs.

Gmail Hacker claims it can search the hard drive for the forgotten Gmail password, returning it for a fee of $29.99 (£19), in spite of the fact that Google itself offers the same password recovery and reset for nothing using its own service.

The program "processes" the user's Gmail address before demanding the payment in return for a generated key.

"Clearly, this is designed to extract a tidy sum of money from unwitting users, and we'd like to save you, Dear Reader, the trouble of wanting to try it out. We categorize GMail Hacker Pro as a Trojan under the detection name GmailHackerPro.pj!.1a.," says GFI in a new blog.

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