5 security mistakes SMBs make and their simple solutions


Top 5 network security mistakes & their simple solutions

IT resources in small and medium-size businesses are often limited and time savers are welcome. But some security short cuts may put your business at risk costing more than time in the long run. Here are five of the most common security mistakes SMB’s make and their simple solutions.
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Choosing the right patch management software


Choosing the right patch management software

For the small to medium size businesses fighting to grow and make a profit automating everyday IT tasks is vital.

Even in larger organizations where IT teams are small and have a lot to do proactive threat management remains a low priority. That’s where automatic vulnerability and patch management comes in. Add deep network analysis and comprehensive risk assessment to the mix and you really have something of great value.
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GFI LanGuard® Step by step guide


GFI LanGuard is a leading network security scanner and patch management solution that acts as a virtual security consultant. It gives you a complete picture of your network setup, provides risk analysis and helps you maintain a secure and compliant network with minimal effort. So how does LanGuard work?

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Safeguarding your emails and files with GFI MailArchiver 2014

Safeguarding email is a must in today’s litigious society J003-Content-MailArchiver2014-300x300and archiving is the only way a company can do so effectively and securely. A new survey by GFI Software shows that more than half of respondents reported using their inbox as a document storage device and that external cloud-based storage alternatives are also posing a risk.

A new version of GFI MailArchiver is available today and we asked its product manager, Ian Bugeja, to tell us how GFI’s award-winning solution can help companies combat this problem.

Q: What’s the big news with GFI MailArchiver 2014?

Files. File archiving to be more precise. In earlier versions we had introduced a feature whereby users could manually archive files. Our customers loved this function and the recent increase in cloud-based storage services has only highlighted the importance of file archiving within the organization. That is what we have set out to address with the latest version of GFI MailArchiver. Road warriors are constantly using and saving files wherever it is convenient for them and the company often has no clue where these files are stored. We introduced new features that eliminate the need for employees to use public cloud-based services for document storage and this is done automatically for them.
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12 email tips to share with your users

Unsolicited email or spam may be a mere nuisance for most anti-spam-300x300emails users, but for an IT administrator spam is a headache and a major security threat. More than 3% of all spam includes a malware payload, but that doesn’t mean that the remainder is safe. Far from it. You can still be directed to a website that is infected by clicking on a link in that email.
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How to License GFI LanGuard

GFI LanGuard 2014 R2 is a network vulnerability scanner, patch management, and network auditing tool. There are currently over 1,500,000 nodes with LanGuard deployed.In this article I will answer some of the most frequent questions I receive about licensing GF LanGuard.

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How to Improve Your Company’s Cyber Security with GFI LanGuard

Recently, a small bank in Wyoming with a 1 man IT department contracted a nasty computer virus that their antivirus did not catch. The virus caused a huge loss in production and new business.

Because their Big Name antivirus failed to detect the virus, the bank began looking for an alternative. How did this happen? Because today computer crackers (The Bad Guys) are exploiting third party applications such as Java, or Adobe Flash. Also there may be machines on the network with outdated antivirus definitions.

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The top 23 free data recovery tools

Your fault, my fault, nobody’s fault… it doesn’t matter. When a file you need is gone, all you really want to do is get it back: as quickly and as painlessly as possible. Deleted by accident? Formatted by mistake? Drive corrupted by the latest attempt at quadruple-booting? Plugged in the power to a non-hot swappable drive? Dragged a DVD across the gravel parking lot? Ran the USB key through the wash? We’ve heard, seen, and even done most of them, and along the way we have found a number of great tools to bring our data back from the dead.
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A single part of GFI Cloud saves a “One Man IT Team” 10 hours per week!

Kevin Downham is the IT manager at MacDermid, a UK-based speciality chemical services firm.

The infrastructure Kevin presides over is an accurate reflection of a modern SME IT department. He single-handedly manages around 80 PCs spread primarily across two locations, with a selection of mobile remote users spread across the world.

Prior to implementing GFI Cloud, Kevin dealt with challenges that will feel familiar to anyone in a similar job role: holidays were always difficult, with nobody to take the reins and leave him undisturbed. In addition, much of his time was taken up with repetitive routine tasks – such as monitoring service uptime and deploying patches.

How GFI Cloud has helped

As Kevin says himself, “I didn’t realize how much I needed a server monitoring solution until I started to look into it.”

IT managers like Kevin know how crucial it is to keep a constant eye on the IT services that keep the business running. This kind of proactivity is a relentless and thankless task if it must be done manually; as Kevin says, “even if I was checking every 15 minutes, it still wouldn’t be enough!”

With GFI Cloud now implemented, Kevin gets an SMS alert within seven minutes of any key service failure. If a server stops “talking” to GFI Cloud, he knows almost immediately and can act on the problem. Kevin describes this functionality as “worth its weight in gold.”

However, it’s GFI Cloud’s patch management functionality that has been even more life changing.

Patch Management

Patch management can be a monumental task for IT managers who are committed to doing things properly. Patches are constantly being released for everything from core operating systems to browser plugins, and failing to apply even one can mark the start of a disastrous security breach.

Kevin estimates that prior to implementing GFI Cloud, he was spending around a third of each day on manual patch management—an amount of time that equates to over 10 hours each week.

In Kevin’s case, the geographical dispersal of users made things even more complicated thanks to time zone variations.

With GFI Cloud, all Kevin now has to do is approve the patches. GFI Cloud takes care of everything else (including the time zone differences), and Kevin has, as a result, been able to decommission his Windows Update server.

Many companies work with a “one man IT team” like Kevin. In the absence of any humans to help, these IT professionals need solutions that save time and reduce stress.

Perhaps the best benefit of all for Kevin is that he now feels that he can go on holiday, because GFI Cloud is always on duty. And with 10 extra working hours freed up each week, he now has time for more project work too.

Free Trial

Simply click this link to start your free 30 trial with free evaluation support. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me at 260.724.2748 or email bruce.naylor@frugalbrothers.com

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GFI Cloud Explained as Fast as Possible

Over the last several years GFI has been moving some of the functionality of their most popular products to the cloud. As of today there are currently 6 different subscription based services that can be purchased individually or together. The benefit to our customers include lower costs to purchase, no expensive hardware such as servers to purchase, and ease of deployment.
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