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Rayne Technology Solutions has been serving the Monterey area since 2008, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Simple tips to help your business avoid Ransomware

Simple tips to help your business avoid Ransomware

Ransomware is not something you can resolve with a few clicks of the mouse.  You can’t install a new anti-virus solution and expect it to work its magic.  And you can’t call up your IT Provider and hope some nerdy tech will make everything new again within the hour, unless you have a solid backup solution and they can roll back to pre-ransomware data. Ransomware doesn’t work that way. 

Your business will be stuck.  There will be downtime; there might be lost data, and there will probably be some angry clients and frustrated employees thrown into the mix somewhere.  Ransomware will take your data, encrypt it, and force you to pay for the decryption key.  If you attempt to decrypt your data without paying for it first, the malware might automatically destroy your data. 

Obviously, none of this is necessarily considered a good thing.  It’s not like any business out there is just asking to have their data kidnapped and held for ransom or that they’d welcome downtime with open arms.  In fact, those are probably two scenarios no business ever wants.  So, to avoid both of them, here’s what we suggest.   

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7 Strategies to Keep Your Phone Safe from Hackers

7 Strategies to Keep Your Phone Safe from Hackers

In the span of a day, you probably do most of the following with your smartphone:

  • Go through your inbox and respond to emails (and unsubscribe from the annoying ones)
  • Check your bank account balance, breathe a sigh of relief, and purchase an item with your credit card
  • Send a text message to a friend, or two, or ten, or twenty—group texts are the best!
  • Play a game, get frustrated, and proceed to purchase an item within the game to move you along faster
  • Download a new application
  • Take a picture and send it to a family member or friend
  • Visit your work’s online database to check on that one project
  • Post to 2, 3, or 4 social media platforms 4, 5, or 6 times… each

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? In one day, you perform a variety of tasks with your phone. It’s your lifeline, your baby, your prized possession. Without it, you would be lost and feel completely naked.

As a result, your phone touches many different parts of your life all day, every day: your finances, your family, your daily habits, your work, your communication. We’re sure you probably see where we’re headed with this.

If you fail to protect your phone, whatever or whomever you fall prey to can easily rip through your entire life. Within minutes, your credit, reputation, and life can be destroyed. That’s why you should always and completely understand how to protect your phone from external threats.

Here are seven easy strategies to help you protect your beloved smartphone and all the precious data held within that piece of metal and glass:

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To Cloud, or Not to Cloud

To Cloud, or Not to Cloud

Everyone is talking about cloud computing these days and for good reason. The cloud is revolutionizing how computing power is generated and consumed. Cloud refers to software and services that run on the Internet, instead of locally on your computer. When tech companies say your data is backed up “in the cloud,” it has nothing to do with those white fluffy things in the sky. Your data isn’t actually up in the cosmos or floating around in space. It has a terrestrial home. It’s stored someplace - lots of places, actually - and a network of servers find what you need, when you need it and deliver it.

Cloud computing, if done properly can make your business much more efficient. However, a cloud solution is only as good as the quality of the research, the implementation, and the follow-through. So, how do you know if moving your business applications and data to the cloud is the right answer for you? There are few things you need to know about the cloud first. 

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4 Ways to Secure Your Digital Life

4 Ways to Secure Your Digital Life

Allowing a site to remember your password or to track your search history may make for a more user-friendly experience but that might not always be the best idea. More often than not, adding a step here and a step there will help you protect yourself within the Internet of Things (IoT) more successfully.

Here are four not-so-difficult steps that’ll keep things relatively easy, but your data increasingly private.    

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4 communication apps to help your team work together

4 communication apps to help your team work together

Communication is the key to a solid team.  However, finding an effective way to communicate with your coworkers can seem like a daunting task. 

But only at first.

We live in a time where apps rule supreme, and if apps are good for anything, it’d be communication.  So here are a few to get you started.  

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