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Palindrome Consulting has been serving the Hollywood area since 1999, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

What security threats should I focus on?

Security is a big issue, and big business for many IT companies. There are always security threats, and according to media outlets, most security threats are coming from highly advanced groups capable of launching incredibly complex attacks that bring widespread technical devastation. While these are dangerous, many security threats affecting small to medium businesses are much simpler.

Here’s an overview of the three most common security threats small to medium businesses face.

Targeted external attacks Large, organized cyber-crime groups do exist, with Anon proving that. When these groups set their sights on something, nothing is safe. Luckily, the possibility of a smaller business like yours coming under attack from targeted external attacks is pretty slim. While rare, it could still happen and you should take steps to ensure your server(s) and systems that connect to the Internet are up-to-date. You should also ensure your firewalls and/or virus scanners are properly configured, and internal systems (Intranet) are separated from the Internet.

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Do you secure your online identity?

Theft has been going on nearly as long as there has been life on Earth. When the Internet was invented, theft was digitized and, one can argue, that’s where it really took off. One of the more common types of online theft revolves around criminals stealing online identities and there’s big business in people’s personal information.

In the first quarter of 2012, nearly 12 million pieces of online identification and personal information were stolen by thieves. This represents a nearly threefold increase over the same time period in 2010. A staggering number for just three months, and it’s forecasted that the number will only increase in the years to come.

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