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When That Fake App Steals Your ID

FakeAppSusan loved editing photos on her Android phone. 

She’d heard rave reviews from her friends with iPhones about Prisma, a new iOS app for image editing. So when she heard Prisma would soon be released for Android, she logged in to the Google Play Store to see if it was there yet.

To her surprise, she found one that looked just like what her friends were describing. Delighted, she downloaded and started using it. Meanwhile, the app—a fake—was busy installing a Trojan horse on her phone.

When she got to work the next day, she logged her phone into the company network as usual. The malware jumped from her phone to the network. Yet no one knew. Not yet, but that was about to change…

Now, this isn’t necessarily a true story (at least, not one we’ve heard of—yet…), but it absolutely could have been. And similar situations are unfolding as you read this. Yes, possibly even at your company…

Fake apps exploded onto iTunes and Google Play last November, just in time for holiday shopping. Apple “cleaned up” iTunes in an effort to quell users’ concerns, but hackers still find workarounds. Unfortunately, these fake apps pose a real threat to the security of your network. Especially if your company has anything but the strictest BYOD (bring your own device) policies in place. And the more your network’s users socialize and shop on their smartphones, the greater the risk of a damaging breach on your network.

Fake apps look just like real apps. They masquerade as apps from legitimate merchants of all stripes, from retail chains like Dollar Tree and Footlocker, to luxury purveyors such as Jimmy Choo and Christian Dior. Some of the more malicious apps give criminals access to confidential information on the victim’s device. Worse yet, they may install a Trojan horse on that device that can infect your company’s network next time the user logs in.

So what can you do? 

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Can Austin Businesses Reach Their IT Support Nirvana?

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In the movie The Matrix, the captive humans were given the option to live in a computer-generated world that reflected a paradise or nirvana.

However, the humans systematically rejected that peaceful reality and instead accepted a world full of greed, crime, violence and injustice.

Many times, I think life imitates art, as some business people in Austin and San Antonio seem to reject the possibility that IT support can exist in an absolute state of harmony where there is no downtime, productivity can dramatically increase and business continuity can withstand virtually any disaster with profits unaffected.  Does this state of IT support really exist? 

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What Are People Saying About Cloud Computing in San Antonio?

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When you bring up the subject of cloud computing, in a market like San Antonio, you will find a plethora of opinions that range from the true believer, skeptics and even the naysayers.

For business owners trying to decide if they should take their networks into the cloud, this murky range of opinions can be very unnerving!

Whom should you trust when it comes to cloud computing?

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Traditional Computer Support Just Makes Promises!

 

TraditionalComputerSupportJustMakesPromisesIf your company gets computer support from a managed services provider then no doubt they have made many promises.One of the most common claims these companies make is that they will be proactive and prevent problems before they happen.

These promises sound good but remember that they can still be broken.

This is why we ask if you would prefer getting a guarantee instead of a promise?

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Cloud Computing Makes Staffing IT People History!

CloudComputingMakes Staffing IT People HistoryThe cloud has been around for some time without making waves but it’s latest evolution, the virtual desktop, is finally going to make cloud computing a game changer!

In fact in a recent sales meeting I candidly told an IT Director that our CIT Cloud Office would completely elminate his position.

Read more to find out what his reaction was to my statement and the full impact of the cloud! 

The cloud has been around for some time without making waves but it’s latest evolution, the virtual desktop, is finally going to make cloud computing a game changer!

In fact in a recent sales meeting I candidly told an IT Director that our CIT Cloud Office would completely elminate his position.

Read more to find out what his reaction was to my statement and the full impact of the cloud! 



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