Ransomware & Data Breaches…

There sure has been a lot of scary news lately about ransomware attacks and data breaches. It’s sort of surprising when a few proactive measures can dramatically minimize your risk of loss or business downtime. Keep your Windows and related applications patched. We know it can be a pain but you have to do it regularly. […]

Email Phishing…

Have you ever received an email like the one below? It looks serious doesn’t it? I received this just the other day and recognized it is spam. Had I clicked on the link, I would probably have infected my computer. Would you have recognized this as spam? Look for clues. Notice the from address of […]

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Dear Friends, It’s been a wonderful year for Exelos, but we couldn’t have done it without you, our clients, business partners and friends. As you enjoy the Christmas and New Year festivities, we extend warm wishes to you and yours. If you’re an Exelos ProTech client, relax knowing that we’ll be keeping an eye on […]

Email Safety Tips!

Don’t open emails from someone you don’t know or trust. If it seems fishy, it probably is. Report the message as spam and move on. Avoid sending any sensitive information over email. When you send a message, you no longer have control over what is done with it or to whom it is forwarded. Common […]

New “Locky” Ransomware In the Wild

Ransomware continues to be a major threat and a new variant called Locky is spreading. It’s named “Locky” because it renames all your files with the .locky extension after it encrypts them. And in case you’re not familiar with this type of virus, the decryption key is offered for sale to you by the crooks […]

Do Surge Protectors and UPS’s Wear Out?

If your surge protector or UPS is more than 3-5 years old, it may not be providing much protection. The bottom line is that these devices don’t last forever and should generally be replaced every 3-5 years or after a major power event. Surge protection is essentially circuitry that absorbs the hit of an electrical […]

Which Hard Drive – Rotating, SSD or Hybrid?

The holidays are a time when people buy new laptops. If its’ been a few years since your last purchase, then you may be baffled by the new hard drive configurations available. Check out this article for some insight into traditional rotating drives, SSD and hybrids.

Ouch… Another Threat!

Just announced, a pretty serious bug has been found in the Microsoft PowerPoint that could allow hackers to remotely execute malicious code on your computer. You can read the details here. The short advice: Be very careful opening a PowerPoint email or content you find on a website until a patch is available. Expect a […]

Don’t Pick a Printer by Duty Cycle Ratings…

Thinking of getting a new business printer? The HP LaserJet Pro MFP M476nw pictured here is an outstanding unit. But always check the Duty Cycle when selecting a printer… then divide it by 20! The monthly duty cycle is really the maximum number of pages you should ever attempt to put thru the printer in […]

Shellshock – Should I Worry?

Shellshock is just the latest vulnerability discovered that may allow hackers to exploit a machine running the Bash command-line interpreter. Bash is common on many versions of Unix, Linux, BSD and Apple. Bash can also be found on other systems from Windows to Android, but it is not installed and/or used by default. Click here to […]