Cyber Security Seminar

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On Sept 26th I had given this 1hr seminar on CyberSecurity.  We recorded a video of the presentation if you would like to review it, please feel free!  And, if you have any questions contact us anytime.
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Internet on the go - Tethering & TurboHubs

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​ If you travel around a lot for your job or work out in the fields there is a few things you can do to stay connected and access the internet while in most remote locations. Today we are talking about hotspots and tethering. With a good portion of Alberta now having LTE coverage for mobility, you have enough speeds available to be able to connect to the internet from your laptop and work while on the road. There are essentially two different ways you can do this. The first option is tethering. ...
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Facebook - New mandate, new directions!

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Some interested news this week from the world of Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg announced a new direction and focus for Facebook, with a new mission statement as well stating "Give people the power to build community and bring the world closer." One of the first steps Facebook is taking towards this goal of creating a sense of purpose for all is to push it's nearly 2 billion users towards using Facebook's group & community features. Facebook's Communities Summit for top group admins was held just...
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New Client Website Launch for Nature's Essential Garden

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We were very excited to work with Shelley Rymal and her team at Nature's Essential Garden  on this project. Sage Valley Marketing (Nature's Essential Garden) owns and operates a very unique sales and distribution company based out of Wayne, Alberta. Nature's Essential Garden carries a very large product line, well over 500 items! This created a unique set of challenges in it's own right, coupled with the fact that certain products are sold both through retail as well as distribution channel...
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Why You NEED Patch Management

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One of the most important aspects of using computers to run your business is to ensure that they are safe and secure, that your data is secured, and threats caused by having computers connected to the Internet are minimized. With the current outbreak of yet another RansomWare threat this past week, it is even more important to ensure your systems are protected, and you have very solid backups in place. Over the next several weeks I will go over steps you can do to ensure your systems are safe, a...
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WannaCry - Ransomware Update

​ Users of Windows need to be aware ASAP of a new ransomware strain and take immediate measures to patch . Specifically, on May 12, 2017 a new strain of the Ransom.CryptXXX (WannaCry) strain of ransomware began spreading widely impacting a large number of organizations, particularly in Europe. Wcry is demanding a ransom of $300 to $600 in Bitcoin to be paid by May 15, or, in the event that deadline is missed, a higher fee by May 19. The messages left on the screen say files will remain encrypted...
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The SmartPhone - Redesigned. The New Samsung Galaxy S8 Series SmartPhone

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Samsung has changed the game with the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones, launched this week. The new Galaxy S8 is the latest edition of the extremely popular Galaxy S series of premium Smartphone. Samsung has taken things to the next level, by changing the standard phone design, and removing the entire bezel or border of the phone.This means the screen is MUCH bigger yet the phone is the exact same physical size. In addition to the beautiful new screen, the design implements a curved screen design th...
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The Importance of Security Patches

The Importance of Security Patches
Wikileaks has released more documents as part of their Vault7 data dump release of documents taken from the CIA. This new group of documents includes information on many different hacker utilities that the CIA had access to for gaining access to a iPhone or Mac laptop. Two important things are the big take away from this. 1.     Apple, like most of the big tech companies, takes security on their devices very seriously.They have patched their operating systems as fast as possible w...
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Is 2017 the year of Augmented Reality?

Is 2017 the year of Augmented Reality?
Augmented Reality had been around for a while, but it is getting much better as both the technology side of things improves, and developers come up with new and unique ways to use this tech. Google is investing heavily into this space with the Google Tango platform.Google Tango is a combination of a few things combined to give augmented realty while inside a building. First of all the phone or tablet needs to have two forward facing cameras, which allows Google Tango to see the world in 3D, as t...
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What does the WikiLeaks Vault 7 release mean to me?

What does the WikiLeaks Vault 7 release mean to me?
If you haven't already heard, WikiLeaks has released close to 8000 documents and web pages from the CIA.  To summarize what was released, these documents provide proof that the CIA and other allied intelligence agencies have the ability to spy on you via your computer, your tablet, smartphone, and even in some cases your television if it's a Samsung smart TV.  According to WikiLeaks the information given out is only a small sample of what they have, however they are contacting the manu...
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New Website Launched for Pizza 2/49 Drumheller

New Website Launched for Pizza 2/49 Drumheller
We were super excited to work with the Pizza 249 Team to build a custom designed website for them to showcase their food, their deliver & dine in menus, and also to incorporate an entire e-commerce solution that allows you to buy online and either pickup in store or have the food delivered. This setup includes both our BYTEsites platform, and the BYTEsite ecommerce platform for the online menu and ordering integration. ​ The Online Ordering Feature is GREAT!!! Mike Benci - Owner / Operator W...
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How Amazon broke the Internet

How Amazon broke the Internet
On the last day of February, websites and web based services numbering into the millions were totally offline for a big portion of the day.   How does this happen?  Well, the commonality was they are all using Amazon's cloud computing system called S3, which is short for "simple storage services".   The S3 service allows small, medium and even very large companies to host data and services in the cloud, running on Amazon's hardware in data centres strategically placed all over the...
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5G is Here! 1000Mbps speed on your SmartPhone

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5G wireless technology is here!!  S o what does that mean for you and your gadgets?  5G is short for the 5th generation of mobile network technology and we're now starting to see a few of the big US carriers adopt 5G technology. 5G promises a huge leap in speeds over LTE, what we call 4G technology. The system is capable of speeds up to 1 gigabit, or 1000 mbit per second. This speed is achieved two ways… the first is by increasing the width of the existing frequency, up to 40 MHz ...
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Major WordPress bug causes over 1 Million websites to be hacked

Major WordPress bug causes over 1 Million websites to be hacked
Having a website is probably the most important form of advertising for your business or nonprofit group. It's important to ensure your website is updated regularly and that you encourage your customers and members to utilize the site, and it's extra important to ensure that your website is up to date and secure.  WordPress is one of the most common website content management platforms, and just this week over 1 million WordPress powered websites were hacked due a major security flaw in the...
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Netflix - Internet Hero of the Week!

Netflix - Internet Hero of the Week!
Netflix is our Internet hero of the week for putting user experience in front of 2 billion dollars in additional profit. A recent report by the company Exstreamist ran the numbers and they calculated the profits to be made if Netflix were to start running advertising slots just like traditional broadcasters, they would be netting an additional 2 billion dollars every year. In my opinion this is a smart move by Netflix, as the ability to watch shows ad free is one of the best features of the serv...
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