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Post and articles that don’t seem to fit anywhere else. Typically about general technology topics of interest for all businesses in the Raleigh/Durham, Greensboro and Charlotte areas.


Nigerian Prince Alert! CEO Fraud: Phishing Email Scams Targeting CEOs

  • September 11, 2018

CEO Fraud Phishing Email ScamPhishing Email Scams Targeting CEOs: You’re Smarter Than A Nigerian Prince, Right?

Before you say you’ll never be one of those people who gets suckered into giving money to a Nigerian prince, just know that, a sophisticated version of this phishing email scam took tech giants, Google and Facebook, for over $100 million.

Yes. Google, a seller of security keys marketed as “the strongest, most phishing-resistant authentication factor for high-value users” and Facebook, a survivor of 600,000 cyber attacks every day, gave money to a Nigerian prince.

In this case, to a 40-something Lithuanian man named Evaldas Rimasauskas, who ran a sophisticated CEO fraud scheme, which involved him impersonating a large computer parts manufacturer using fake email addresses, forged corporates stamps, and phony invoices.

It took two years before anyone even discovered that they were being conned.

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Sharks In The Water! PhishPoint: Phishing Scam Attack Of The Week On Office 365 Users

  • August 28, 2018

Phishing Attack PhishPointHopefully you and yours are staying out of the Sharky waters lately (especially in Cape Cod and Texas!) Our topic today are the sharks in our digital waters this week. The latest Microsoft phishing attack, dubbed “PhishPoint,” demonstrates the lengthy extents in which cybercriminals will go to obtain confidential information. If you’re new to following our content or are just learning about Phishing Scams, check out our resources on phishing scams for business owners at the bottom of this page. In the most recent PhishPoint security breach, these hackers were able to use Microsoft’s Online platform to gain this information from users. Here’s what happened and most importantly, here’s how you can protect this from happening to you, your employees or your clients if you’re an Office 365 User.

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Technology Associates Employee Spotlight: Charles Campbell

  • August 27, 2018

Support Services Engineer Charles CampbellThis Month’s Employee Spotlight? Charles Campbell!

Meet Charles

This month’s Employee Spotlight is shining straight on Charles Campbell, our latest addition to the Technology Associates Team! Charles has earned a degree in Computer Information Systems from Wesleyan College, as well as, an Electronics Engineering degree from Wake Technical Community College and has since gained 20 years of experience in Corporate IT. We are now elated to have him join our team as a Support Services Engineer.

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Ransomware Attacks Becoming More Sophisticated

  • August 23, 2018

Ransomware Attacks Showing Increased SophisticationRansomware Attacks Becoming More Sophisticated

You’ve seen articles on LinkedIn, maybe seen one while scrolling your social media news feed, and most of us think ransomware strictly amounts to email scams like phishing. In this article we’re addressing some of the major types of ransomware attacks, how they’re growing in complexity and demand, and how you can protect yourself from these increasingly clever ransomware attacks.

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You Might Be A Helicopter Boss If…Leadership That Empowers Employees

  • August 21, 2018

how to empower employees leadershipAre You A Helicopter Boss?

Forget helicopter parents, when it comes to micromanaging leadership, swooping in and “taking over” a task, business owners take the cake!

With blood, sweat, and tears, and countless hours, you’ve built your business up to the empire it is today. This business is your baby. People’s livelihood depends on making this operation you’ve built work! Your clients depend on your process and product to work for them to earn their livelihood! And now, you’re faced with a new employee, or maybe it’s an employee that’s been with the company for several years, and you watch them move through a task and they’re fumbling. What happens next for so many of us? Helicopter Boss to the rescue!!

This post was inspired by Cindy Anderson’s awesome webinar around Fundamental Leadership Traits. If you missed it you watch it for free here!

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6 Women Who Are Crushing It In The Tech World Today

  • July 26, 2018

Parisa Tabriz Crushing In IT World6 Tech Ladies Who Are Absolutely Crushing It

In honor of August 26 being Women’s Equality Day coming up, we thought we’d compile a little article today where we acknowledge a few tech-savvy ladies who are absolutely crushing it in the technology field today.

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Technology Associates Ranked Among Top 501 Global Managed Service Providers by Channel Futures

  • July 5, 2018

Channel Futures Managed Service Provider MSP 501 2018 WinnerTechnology Associates Ranked Among Top 501 Global Managed Service Providers by Channel Futures

July 5, 2018: Technology Associates ranks among the world’s 501 most strategic and innovative managed service providers (MSPs), according to Channel Futures 11th-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings.

The MSP 501 is the first, largest and most comprehensive ranking of managed service providers worldwide. This year Channel Futures received a record number of submissions. Applications poured in from Europe, Asia, South America and beyond.

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7 Ways Your IT Services Provider Should Be Protecting You Against Ransomware

  • June 28, 2018

ransomwareRansomware is, without a doubt, the biggest threat to small businesses today.  One wrong click and a business could be locked out of their critical data and held hostage to hackers.

With the risks to business and the increased focus of international, federal and state lawmakers on data breaches, CEOs can’t afford to look the other way when it comes to cyber security any longer.

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How To Unplug, Turn Off, And Be Present On Your 2018 Summer Vacation

  • June 19, 2018

When it's time to turn off and unplug for summer vacation.

Getting ready to take that summer vacation with your family? Here’s your crash course for how to turn off technology and unplug from the office, social media, and other irrelevant “notifications” (AKA interruptions) that distract you from being present with your family and friends on your summer vacation.

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