By -- 2016-08-3 in Blog

Are you a Yahoo user or someone that once had an account and is also utilizing the same password for other websites? You may want to think about changing your password. A cybercriminal is advertising 200 million alleged Yahoo user credentials on the dark web. Yahoo says its aware of the claim, but has not confirmed nor denied this data breach.

There are many reasons why this threat may not be a serious as it seems, but to be safe, you should still take precautions to ensure your security and online safety. First and foremost, enable two-step verification. Also, do not reuse passwords across multiple sites. Finally, ensure that you change your current Yahoo password just in case your account was one of the 200 million that was accessed.

And as always, feel free to contact Optfinity if you’re still unsure of your full security or if you need assistance in accomplishing any of the suggestions we mention. Don’t forget, Optfinity also provides free assessments for businesses so you can be sure you’re safe company wide.

By -- 2016-08-2 in Blog

All companies want to get the best out of their employees, which means efficiency at work and cutting back on options to lead employees to stray, such as apps and games on their computers. At the same time, all companies want higher profits and revenue, which for some companies, means luring these employees to buy said apps and games. Herein lies the dilemma for many.

While you might want to limit your employees access to buy apps and games through the Windows 10 Store, Windows wants you and your employees to buy their products. Forcing you, the savvy business owner, to pay extra for Windows 10 Enterprise to have access to restrictive features preventing your employees from making these purchases.

You can’t blame Windows for this decision as most companies would do the same. What you can do, however, is install productivity-tracking solutions, or look into a web content filtering system that keeps employees from browsing dangerous or wasteful websites. The point is to keep your employees accountable for the time they spend in the office, whether they’re on the clock and working diligently, or wasting time to whittle away the workday.

If opting for the latter decision, contact Optfinity and we can help as this is something we currently do for many of our clients. Micromanaging is never a good thing, but ensuring a way to keep your employees accountable for their work day is always a win-win situation.

By -- 2016-07-27 in Blog

On August 2, 2016, Microsoft’s update servers will begin delivering the Windows 10 Anniversary Update to current installations of Windows 10 that have been running for at least 30 days.

While there is no reason to think this update will be anything but positive, nor is there any cause for alarm, you could have reasons for wanting to delay the update: upcoming vacations, no time to deal with learning new tricks on old tools, or you just want to wait for others to get them to hear the feedback before committing.

So if delaying is your preference for now, follow the tips in the full article and it will walk you through this settings change. If you’d rather not deal with it and want a professional to assist you, that’s what Optfinity is here to help you with.

By -- 2016-07-27 in OptfinITy News

OptfinITy is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new website for Strategy and Management Services, Inc. (SAMS)! After two months of hard work and dedication, we are delighted to announce the new website, which can be seen at

The goal of the new website is to provide visitors with an easy way to understand all of the great services SAMS provides. Just a couple of the many new features the site contains are a WordPress integrated platform supporting social media for Facebook and LinkedIn to foster improved communication with SAMS’ clients, as well as intranet capabilities.

SAMS has a comprehensive approach to developing organizational strategies. They implement those strategies and initiatives, typically through customized enterprise-wide service offerings, and manage them based on the industry’s best practice standards. We encourage you to check out their new website and, more specifically, give them a call for all your strategic business needs.

If you are looking to build a new website or give your current site a facelift, please give us a call for a free assessment.

By -- 2016-07-22 in Blog

Smartphones today are almost the equivalent of laptops or desktops in many ways. They have caches, cookies, and histories which take up a lot of storage space on your device. For some iPhones, they automatically clean themselves up once storage space gets too low. And for iPhone and Android phones, you can go into your settings to clean these up manually.

But if you’d like to kick start your iPhone to do the cleanup now instead of later, the trick is to “rent” a movie from the iTunes store. You must ensure that the movie you wish to rent has a larger file than the space available on your phone. This will prompt your iPhone to automatically clean up your storage and make more room to fit the movie file.

Read the full article for more details on this trick. For reference, we had one of our technicians here at Optfinity try it out on her iPhone. Her storage increased by over 1.3GB. (Note that it may take your phone a few minutes to fully clean up its storage) Contact Optfinity if you’re still having problems with storage space or you just have questions or concerns regarding any tech issue.

By -- 2016-07-21 in Blog

Do you utilize Apple’s FaceTime to make calls with your friends? Well, that call may not be as secure and private as you had thought. Due to computer bugs, hackers might be accessing your FaceTime calls during, and even after, your conversations.

Apple released few details about the bugs, saying only that “An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to cause a relayed call to continue transmitting audio while appearing as if the call terminated.”

As always, you should ensure you have downloaded the latest updates available for your iPhone. And until all possible bugs with the software are fixed, its probably best to keep highly sensitive conversations to other telephone options, such as your actual smartphone. Still not sure if you’re protected? Contact Optfinity for a free assessment.

By -- 2016-07-20 in Blog

Did you know that when you download an app and you mindlessly accept the rules and conditions, you may be giving that company permission to access much of your private information? Initially, Pokemon Go was accessing almost all of a user’s Google account information from emails to photos. Smartly, Niantic changed this once they were made aware of the situation.

But not all apps and developers are as pragmatic and responsible to limit their access into your lives. Read the full article on how to tell if you’re giving an app too much permission into your personal information, what to do, and how to do it. Remember there are difference between Android and Apple smartphones, so know your settings and how to modify them. If you need more help, feel free to contact Optfinity and we’ll ensure your personal information is safe!

By -- 2016-07-11 in Blog

As per this advisory note United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), a large number of products made by Symantec are affected (24 products) across multiple platforms (OSX, Windows, and Linux), and the severity of these vulnerabilities (remote code execution at root or SYSTEM privilege) make this a very serious event. A remote, unauthenticated attacker may be able to run arbitrary code at root or SYSTEM privileges by taking advantage of these vulnerabilities. Some of the vulnerabilities require no user interaction and are network-aware, which could result in a wormable-event.

US-CERT encourages users and network administrators to patch Symantec or Norton antivirus products immediately. While there has been no evidence of exploitation, the ease of attack, widespread nature of the products, and severity of the exploit may make this vulnerability a popular target.

Exploitable security holes in security software are a serious problem. Malicious attackers know that you’re likely to be running popular security products, just like you’re likely to have Windows and Adobe Flash installed. That, combined with the fact that your anti-virus product is running at a low-level on your computer with powerful privileges, can make for a noxious cocktail.

So, patch your anti-virus software and – if you’re a security vendor – try to iron out any vulnerabilities in your software *before* a malicious hacker or a Google employee uncovers them.

Check out Symantec’s SYM16-008 and SYM16-010 security advisories for more details of the available patches.

By -- 2016-06-30 in Blog

When the leader of the social media universe and the director of the FBI both do something, perhaps you should too. Covering the camera and microphone on your laptop with tape is a very simple way of preventing a hacker from having insight into your personal life.

Think this can’t happen to you? The report which part of this article is based on states that these types of trojans account for some 70 percent of all malware. So there are a lot of people out there wanting access to your personal life.

There are many reasons besides voyeurism and blackmail for these hacks. They can also view personal information lying around within sight of the camera or listen to you on phone calls giving out passwords, codes, credit card information, etc. So take the simple step and protect yourself. Read the full article for more ways to secure your computer and contact Optfinity if you still have questions or if you want a free webcam cover of your own.

By -- 2016-06-29 in Blog

When an employee quit Monsanto, the company discovered he possibly siphoned private corporate data off of his computer and their system and possibly gave it to a Chinese competitor. Their research shows that he had software on his computer to help him illegally acquire company data.

The main point of this article, for the purposes of this blog, is to showcase that one of the largest vulnerabilities to a company is that company’s employees. While ensuring you have a good HR team in place and proper legal documents for each employee to sign covering privacy and non-compete clauses, another avenue many employers fail to drive down is IT security to prevent this type of employee data theft.

If you are unsure if your company is prepared and safe-guarded against this type of hack, or just want some confirmation for peace of mind, contact Optfinity today and we will complete a free assessment for you to see where your vulnerabilities lie and what steps can be taken to mitigate them.