Summit Tech Blog

The 7 Gifts of Managed Service Providers

Now Your IT Staff Can Take the Holidays Off!

You're busy this time of year. Holiday orders are coming in fast, you're trying to coordinate your own family plans, and you're also planning for the year ahead! You have employees to manage and when things are going well, it becomes easy to neglect your day-to-day IT maintenance. But could that lead to a high-stress holiday catastrophe? This is a...

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Part II: How to Budget for Information Technology

Unless you have a dedicated experienced IT team with time to do more than troubleshoot employee issues, you may not have the in-house capacity or expertise to know how to go about budgeting for technology.

Like every business decision, there are tradeoffs. Do you hold on to older equipment and just pay more to maintain it, or invest in newer, more efficient technology? How do you know when...

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You Know Those Cheap Web Hosting Platforms? Don't.

By Gary Grabowski| December 4, 2017 |

 Your association’s website can enhance credibility and build community—or ruin your reputation if it’s hacked.

Gary Grabowski, vice president and partner of Summit Business Technologies, explains how a secure hosting service can mitigate 99 percent of security risks. 

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Part I: Costs & Risks of Outdated Technology

You know that TV show, The Walking Dead, about the zombie apocalypse? Your organization may have unwittingly joined the ranks of the “zombie-net”—infected computers used by hackers to unleash attacks on a much larger scale. Organizations with outdated and obsolete hardware and software are responsible, to some extent, for the rise of the zombie-net, because they are easier for hackers to...

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Black Friday Shoppers Beware

By Marjorie Valin| November 22, 2017 |

Tags: Holiday

Bogus retail sites, extreme discounts, busy hackers 

The National Retail Federation expects 115 million physical shoppers to be out on Black Friday, and cyber crooks want a part of the action. Last year, researchers discovered nearly 20,000 URLs using the words "Black Friday" and promising huge discounts with links to malicious web pages. Along with the fake URLs, there were nearly 770,000...

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5 Technology Practices Nonprofits Should Consider

Technology is constantly changing and every industry uses it in so many different ways. In the nonprofit sector, technology can now be used to leverage communications with members and increase engagement.  It can be used in many different ways; from the way supporters engage with nonprofits to the way nonprofit organizations fundraise, market, and manage information. In today’s day and age, we...

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The Holidays Arrive Early for Hackers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for hackers. From now through the end of the year, the number of phishing attacks and online scams soar. The tremendous growth in online shopping has resulted in a veritable cornucopia of phishing emails purportedly from retailers, delivery services, credit card companies, banks, and let’s not forget charities. Not all of them are legitimate. 

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New Ransomware Threat Poses as Adobe Flash Player via Compromised Websites

By Lee Snead| October 25, 2017 |

Tags: Security Awareness, cybersecurity, ransomware

News Alert: Bad Rabbit Ransomware

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Phishing scams are serious—except when they’re funny

Turn the tables on scammers  

Phishing scams are nothing to laugh about – unless you’re watching British comedian James Veitch and his hysterically funny gigs on scam emails and the nature of the Internet.  He’s made a career out of scamming the scammers, from Nigerian princes to investment opportunities. One of our favorite performances is below.

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A Practical Guide: Controlling Your Data Privacy on Facebook

  • Facebook makes its security and privacy tools easier to find and alter in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica controversy.

With all the news swirling around Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that gained access to the private information of millions of Facebook users, many people are asking what information was collected and how they can better protect themselves.  The issue of...

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