We’ve all at some point in time had to stop working on an important project or playing a fun game because our laptop battery runs out and we’re not near an outlet. Given that at least for the time being, there won’t always be a charging station available where you would like to do some work or browse the internet, it’s helpful to know how to maximize your laptop battery’s lifespan. While all batteries naturally deteriorate over time, here are a few ways to keep your laptop battery “healthy” and enhance its longevity.
- Don’t leave your battery completely drained and never keep it plugged in once it’s fully charged.
- Refrain from exposing your battery to temperature extremes, high or low. Keep between 41 and 70 degrees, Fahrenheit.
- If you are going to keep your laptop plugged into a power source for a long period of time, remove the battery to prevent damage caused by the heat from being plugged in.
- Never store your battery for long periods of time, for this can result in extreme discharge. If you plan to store away your battery for a few weeks, recharge it to 40% and remove it from your laptop.
- Last but not least, don’t drop it! Batteries are constructed of sensitive materials and any physical shock can affect the long-term performance.
OptfinITy has been working with small businesses and organizations for over 18 years and helping them to find the best technology to optimize operations and productivity. If you have any questions about laptop recommendations or which technology is the best fit for your organization, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 703-790-0400 or visit us on the web at www.optfinity.com.
According to a recent AP News article, Riviera Beach, Florida recently became the latest victim of a ransomware attack launched against a U.S. city. The attack caused numerous problems for the city including disabling their email, direct deposit, and emergency response systems. After working with outside security consultants, the city agreed to pay the hackers a ransom of $600,000 for them to unencrypt their data.
While ransomware attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent, they are also extremely preventable. For example, the attack on Riviera Beach was caused by an employee clicking on a malicious email link giving the hackers access to the city’s systems and files. Had this employee been more aware of phishing scams or known how to spot one, perhaps he/she wouldn’t have made the mistake of clicking on a link that would cost the city over half a million dollars. To be fair, hackers can be tricky, but organizations can keep their employees one step ahead of criminals by focusing more on cybersecurity.
At OptfinITy, the recent uptick in cyberattacks hasn’t gone unnoticed, which is why we have launched PerusITy, an entire division dedicated to cybersecurity, to combat these rapidly growing threats. PerusITy provides clients with preventative measures including vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, 24 X 7 network monitoring, an efficient cybersecurity training program, and a business continuity plan to prevent excessive loss in the event of a breach. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the security of your organization don’t hesitate to give us a call at 571-370-5777 or visit PerusITy’s website at www.perusity.com.
Springfield, VA (June 17, 2019)- OptfinITy, the leading Managed Services Provider of the Greater Washington, DC area has announced the creation of a new cybersecurity division, PerusITy, which will feature HIPAA Compliance Audits, Vulnerability Assessments, IT and Security Audits, Managed SOC Services, Penetration Testing, Business Continuity and Physical Security (cameras and monitoring).
“With everything you hear in the news lately, many of our clients as well as business leaders in the community have expressed concerns regarding how to best protect themselves as it relates to both cybersecurity as well as physical security for their organizations. And while there is some overlap with our core IT offerings, we felt it made more sense to have a group whose primary focus is on security,” said OptfinITy CEO Michael Drobnis.
PerusITy will be managed and run by OptfinITy Founder and CEO Michael Drobnis along with his Chief Security Advisor, Ruoxi Li. PerusITy’s mission, although security focused, will be to provide the same outstanding customer service people have come to expect from OptfinITy, which has resulted in many awards including being placed on the MSP501 and CRN 250 lists multiple years in a row.
For more information on OptfinITy and PerusITy, you can visit their websites at www.optfinity.com and www.perusity.com respectively.
MVLE, whose mission is to provide meaningful employment and support services for individuals with disabilities and military veterans, hosted their annual golf tournament at the Springfield Golf & Country Club last week.
As this year’s beverage cart sponsor, OptfinITy was proud to provide the tournament’s participants with two signature cocktails, the Cyber-Rita and the 24 x 7 Lemonade, which are in direct reference to their cybersecurity and 24 x 7 managed IT services. OptfinITy considers themselves very fortunate for this unique opportunity to raise awareness for their new cybersecurity division, PerusITy, as well as raise awareness for what MVLE does for the community. “I’ve always appreciated the work that MVLE does for the community and I am very grateful to have been able to be a part of their charity event this year,” said OptfinITy CEO Michael Drobnis.
OptfinITy has been the Greater Washington DC Metropolitan area’s most successful MSP for the past 18 years and is known for their outstanding customer service which has won them multiple awards over the years including being placed on the MSP 501 and CRN 250 lists multiple years in a row. For more information on OptfinITy and PerusITy, you can visit their websites at www.optfinity.com and www.perusity.com.
A govtech.com article has reported that the city of Baltimore has experienced yet another ransomware attack, the second over the past 14 months. Unlike the attack back in March of 2018, this ransomware virus did not affect the city’s 911 and emergency dispatch systems. However, as a precaution, the majority of the city’s servers were shut down, with the exception of police, fire, EMS and 311 which remained operational.
As we continue to hear of more and more ransomware attacks targeting large US cities, it is important to understand these attacks have the potential affect not only people’s money, but also people’s lives. The city of Baltimore has experienced two attacks in just a little over a year, and it’s time everyone; businesses, government, and cities, step up their cybersecurity training and awareness programs. These attacks aren’t going away, and they are going to get worse if everyone doesn’t start paying more attention to cybersecurity.
At OptfinITy, we noticed cybersecurity as a quickly growing need among our clients and the community, so we decided it was time to dedicate an entire division of our company to it and launched PerusITy (www.perusITy.com). For more information on our standalone cybersecurity division, give us a call at 571-370-5777.
With cyberattacks becoming increasingly costly and frequent, organizations can no longer afford to not prioritize cybersecurity in their budget. We have seen attacks in the past few years ranging from small businesses and organizations to large cities. While larger organizations have the budget and resources to handle cybersecurity internally, smaller organizations usually do not. Luckily, the option of using an MSP (Managed IT Service Provider) is available for these smaller businesses so that they too can maintain the same high levels of cybersecurity as their larger counterparts.
According to a recent survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the percentage of small businesses that experienced cyberattacks rose 6% in 2018, up to 67% from 61% the year before. Additionally, more than half of small businesses and organizations experienced a data breach in 2018 with catastrophic financial consequences of these attacks averaging between $1.43 million and $1.56 million in cost to operations.
While there are a variety of possible cyberattacks, the most common types are phishing schemes, malware, stolen devices and denial of service attacks. The most efficient and affordable way to combat these malicious threats is through partnering with an MSP. At OptfinITy, we provide proactive IT support that includes around the clock monitoring, threat prevention and elimination, firewall and network protection, and security awareness training. We also recently launched a new division dedicated to cybersecurity, PerusITy, that will focus on HIPAA compliance audits, vulnerability assessments, IT and security audits, security cameras, managed SOC, penetration testing and business continuity.
Taking initiative and locating cyber threats before they destroy everything you’ve worked so hard to build is the only way to prevent an attack on your business. While you likely don’t have the time required to effectively seek out and pinpoint these threats, OptfinITy can. We ensure high quality IT support by providing a dedicated group of IT professionals ready to assist you 24×7, but we also are more budget friendly than hiring an in-house IT department and our services are offered at a flat monthly rate. If you have and questions or would like to learn more about our managed IT services or our new cybersecurity division, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 703-790-0400.
The majority of us interact with some form of social media on a daily basis. Whether we use it for business or staying connected with friends, it is quickly becoming such an integral part of our daily lives. Given the growing constant prevalence of social media, an alarming statistic has arisen from a recent report from RSA security. The 2019 report, which was published in a recent CNET article, stated that fraud attacks on social media have increased by 43% in the past year. Cybercriminals have been carrying out criminal activities on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp due to their low costs and ease of use.
It’s easy to get overly comfortable with something you do, or use every day, but this recent rise in criminal activity across social media platforms should serve as a warning and reminder that cybercriminals are lurking. A few friendly reminders are as follows:
- Always be suspicious of any solicitation that appears to be too good to be true, even if it comes from a friend, and run your mouse over links that are sent to you and make sure the URL matches up with the actual website of the vendor it claims to be directing you to.
- Consider using an alternate phone number (which can be given to you via Google Voice or TextFree) when filling out contact information forms while making purchases. This will help prevent port-out scams and two-factor authentication fraud.
- Use strong passwords. If you’re worried about remembering multiple complex passwords, consider using a password manager such as LastPass.
As always, OptfinITy is happy to answer any questions you may have regarding technology. If you have any questions or concerns about staying safe on social media, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 703-790-0400 or shoot us an email at email@example.com.
With the dramatic increase in the use of mobile devices for business operations, it is important to make sure you have the company’s devices secured. Unfortunately, this apparently is not the case according to a recent itnews.com article. In this article, they have found that approximately 33% of businesses surveyed have experienced a data breach and/or were infected via mobile devices. This is up 5% from a year before and can be expected to continue to rise.
Why is this a recently growing problem? This recent increase can be attributed to both the business’s failure to maintain minimum levels of security for mobile devices or perceiving mobile devices as safer than other devices. With the increasing presence of malicious apps and rogue wireless hotspots, and the increased probability of falling for a phishing scam, mobile device users need to be trained and educated on the vulnerabilities associated with mobile devices. Organizations also need to take initiative and ensure their mobile security standards are on par with the cybersecurity standards for their other devices and not sacrifice mobile security to decrease the amount of time it takes to get the job done.
If your organization uses mobile devices for business operations or you wish to enroll your employees in a proper training, don’t hesitate to give us a call at 703-790-0400, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on the web at www.optfinity.com.
In the wake of two-factor authentication frequently being recommended to combat malicious hackers, another security threat has arisen: port-out scams. Port-out scams involve hackers trying to steal your phone number and transfer it to another carrier, allowing them access to any account that requires a text message confirmation to access. Considering many people’s bank and financial accounts are set up for SMS two-factor authentication, this is a horrific reality. A recent CNET article provides some suggestions on how to prevent your phone number from being stolen by hackers and avoid having your accounts compromised.
For starters, it’s always good to prevent the hacking of your accounts in the first place. To do this, use a password manager to keep track of multiple complex passwords and ensure they are different for each account. In the event your account is hacked, to prevent fraudulent use of your number for two-factor authentication, it is best to avoid the use of SMS altogether. Instead, it is recommended that you use your email or an authenticator app. Furthermore, you may consider using a disposable number which you can get from Google Voice or Textfree, anytime you are giving out your number to anyone besides your friends, family or bank.
As always, OptfinITy is happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have related to technology. If you have any questions or concerns about port-out scams, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 703-790-0400 or shoot us an email at email@example.com.
For the first time ever, Google raised its prices on G-suite last month. G Suite has helped businesses transform the way they work by consistently adding more tools, functionality and value to their product and has decided to raise its prices for G Suite Basic Edition from $5 per month to $6 per month (per mailbox), and from $10 per month to $12 per month (per mailbox) for its G Suite Business Edition. The G Suite Enterprise Edition will remain $25 per month (per mailbox).
These price increases are already in effect for monthly plans and you can expect them to change once your subscription renews if you are on an annual plan. If you have any questions about which G Suite is best for your organization, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 703-790-0400 or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.