November 2021 Newsletter to Our Clients
It’s hard to keep up with the changes in technology, especially when you’re focused on business and everyday tasks. As a valued client we try to keep you informed of important updates and changes that may affect you and your business.
Microsoft has release Windows 11! Here are some things you should know:
- Windows 11 is a major update, meaning you’ll notice major changes in appearance and functionality from Windows 10.
- Microsoft is currently offering Windows 11 as a free upgrade from Windows 10.
- However, not all computers meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11. In other words, some computers could see a significant drop in speed and performance or may not even work if they were upgraded.
At this time, Preville Tech recommends you DO NOT upgrade any machines to Windows 11. We will monitor the performance and feedback about the operating system as it rolls out to new users.
Every day it seems like there’s another cybersecurity attack in the news. Malware, phishing attacks, ransomware, these are just some of the techniques hackers are using. Once someone gains access to your computer or server, they can steal data or lock it, preventing you from accessing it.
This latter form of an attack, called ransomware, is increasing in frequency. With ransomware, all of your files are ecrypted and, essentially, useless. The hacker offers you the “key” to “unlock” your files, if you pay them. Companies who aren’t prepared for these attacks (ie: don’t have backups) have paid in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and more to regain control of their files.
There are ways to protect your company from hackers. Firewalls, employee training, 2FA, automated backups, audits, automated updates, penetration testing, secure remote access for employees, etc. Some of these techniques are easy and inexpensive to implement, while others require more time and cost. What’s appropriate for your business and is it implemented? At a minimum we recommend firewall protection, automated backups, and secure access for remote workers. However, more may be appropriate for your company. If you’re in doubt about your cybersecurity protections or want to discuss options, give us a call.