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Ransomware Is Bringing To Light The Absolute Need For Robust Backup

The University of Calgary recently submitted to the will of hackers and ponied up $20,000 to get their files back after more than 100 computers were locked via ransomware. Almost every security expert agrees that paying such a ransom is the ...

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Are You Doing Enough To Educate Employees On Security Risks?

Your employees are both your company’s greatest asset and your biggest potential security risk. In a recent study conducted by Experian Data Breach Resolution and Ponemon Institute, it was found that 55% of companies surveyed have experienced ...

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Change Your LinkedIn Password Now!

If you have an account on LinkedIn, you may recall that they suffered a data breach back in 2012. At the time, they force-reset the passwords of all users believed to be impacted. Unfortunately, it now appears that the breach was much worse ...

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NorthPoint Compass | September 2016

An estimated 11.7 million people are victims of identity theft each year. It is a growing crime and it is expected to grow more with each passing year. There is a big demand for stolen identities in the underground economy. Criminal outfits ...

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NorthPoint Compass | August 2016

You're probably familiar with 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi hotspots. In today's increasingly connected mobile world, there are a variety of ways to get and stay connected to the Internet, but what's really the safest way?

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NorthPoint Compass | July 2016

There has been a significant increase in activity by a malicious ransomware software called Troldesh. We have recognized that systems that are not actively managed or have no system access management policies are exceptionally susceptible to ...

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NorthPoint Compass | June 2016

In today's IT environment, data breaches are a constant threat. According to Gemalto's 2015 Breach Level Index, last year 1,673 data breaches around the world led to 707 million data records being compromised. And though email has come a long ...

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NorthPoint Compass | May 2016

If you're like most Internet users, you've never even heard of grayware, adware or madware. That's because these are all lower on the threat scale in the world of malicious programming. What's more, they toe the line between legitimate programs ...

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NorthPoint Compass | April 2016

Spam is a problem on the Internet, coming at us from just about every angle of the online space. Some spammers develop sophisticated, well-planned strategies, while others can be sloppy and still drive results. Either way, spam tactics come ...

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NorthPoint Compass | March 2016

Direct mail, social media, and print advertising all serve a purpose, but nothing beats email when it comes to speaking directly to your customers. Whether you're sending offers tailored specifically to previous purchases, or simply reaching ...

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NorthPoint Compass | January 2016

A small business or nonprofit gets what appears to be an invoice for a listing in an online yellow pages directory. On the face of it, it looks legit. It includes the name of an employee at the office, a copy of what the listing looks like, ...

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NorthPoint Compass | December 2015

"Big data isn't just for the big guys," says small-business mentor Rieva Lesonsky. "The immense volumes of information available to anyone can level the playing field for smaller businesses." Businesses can use this data to help predict customer ...

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NorthPoint Compass | November 2015

Spear phishing isn't what you do when you're on vacation in Hawaii. It's a targeted attack on your personal information. An updated version of the old trick "phishing," where scam artists simply ask you for your password or other private information, ...

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NorthPoint Compass | October 2015

The 2015 hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the quietest hurricane seasons in some 45 years, with a mere 50 percent of normal activity. The 2015 forecast by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology team, calls for seven named ...

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Emergency Disaster and Recovery Planning

The 2015 hurricane season is shaping up to be one of the quietest hurricane seasons in some 45 years, with a mere 50 percent of normal activity. The 2015 forecast by the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology team, calls for seven named ...

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NorthPoint CEO featured in Action 9 Report – Identity Theft

An Orange County woman claims a Best Buy computer repair turned into an identity theft nightmare, and she only survived it thanks to the honesty of a total stranger. Action 9’s Todd Ulrich investigates how her personal information disappeared ...

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NorthPoint Compass | September 2015

Businesses today not only have to worry about running their companies, but also worry about keeping compliant with industry and federal regulations regarding the security of their data and information that can change as frequently as the weather. ...

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Compliance starts with process and security!

Businesses today not only have to worry about running their companies, but also worry about keeping compliant with industry and federal regulations regarding the security of their data and information that can change as frequently as the ...

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NorthPoint Compass | August 2015

Microsoft's latest PC operating system arrived on July 29th with positive reviews, but is it ready for your business? Here are some of our initial thoughts. Is Windows 10 Free? First, let us discuss how Microsoft is handling the licensing/upgrade ...

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Windows 10 is here and it’s Free!

Microsoft’s latest PC operating system arrived on July 29th with positive reviews, but is it ready for your business? Here are some of our initial thoughts.

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NorthPoint Compass | July 2015

Even after all of these years of hearing about the "cloud," it's understandable if you're still not entirely sure what it means for your business. Lots of tech people will give you various definitions of what the cloud means, but it's not really ...

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NorthPoint Compass | June 2015

Even after all of these years of hearing about the "cloud," it's understandable if you're still not entirely sure what it means for your business. Lots of tech people will give you various definitions of what the cloud means, but it's not really ...

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NorthPoint Compass | May 2015

As an IT industry analyst, I report on how cloud IT adoption has grown with US small and medium businesses. Historically, the smaller business space has been more conservative when approaching new IT services that are hosted offsite. However, ...

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NorthPoint Technology Group Welcomes Randy Centrella

NorthPoint Technology Group would like to welcome Randy Centrella, our new Account Executive. Randy will be responsible for building new business relationships throughout the greater Orlando region. He comes to us with experience in technology ...

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NorthPoint Compass | April 2015

It has been a few years since our region has seen a Category 5 hurricane, but we will again in the future. With hurricane season approaching, there is no better time to begin preparing. Here are 5 important steps to follow when preparing for ...

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Being Prepared Means Being Informed

It has been a few years since our region has seen a Category 5 hurricane, but we will again in the future. With hurricane season approaching, there is no better time to begin preparing. Here are 5 important steps to follow when preparing ...

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NothPoint Compass | March 2015

NorthPoint Technology Group recently attended the Central Florida Chapter Association of Legal Administrators (CFCALA) Conference. We enjoyed meeting so many new people to discuss technology issues facing the legal industry today. Once again, ...

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No More Protection for Windows Server 2003

You should know by now that Windows Server 2003 reaches end of life on July 15, 2015. Microsoft, Microsoft partners and authors around the web have been harping on this for the last couple years, with even increased persistence over the last ...

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NorthPoint Compass | February 2015

You should know by now that Windows Server 2003 reaches end of life on July 15, 2015. Microsoft, Microsoft partners and authors around the web have been harping on this for the last couple years, with even increased persistence over the last ...

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Why You Should Declare Email Bankruptcy in 2015

A depressing 88 percent of New Year’s resolutions reportedly end in failure, so why do so many of us keep making them year after year? If you’re like most people, the annual ritual will commence over holiday dinner and drinks, with ...

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NorthPoint Compass | January 2015

It's hard to believe Windows Server 2003 was originally released almost 10 years ago and is now quickly approaching its end-of-life. Microsoft has announced the official date for end-of-life support as July 14, 2015. While many businesses are ...

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NorthPoint Compass – December 2014

As we near the end of 2014, it's time to start thinking, planning, and budgeting for the New Year. We have a short checklist of four key areas we think you should consider when making your plan. If you have any questions about these key areas ...

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NorthPoint Compass – November 2014

Change is inevitable. And with IT operations, that phrase couldn't be truer. In April 2014, Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP. And now MIcrosoft has announced it will no longer support Windows Server 2003 after July 14, 2015. The risk ...

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NorthPoint Compass – October 2014

Maybe you've been busy. Maybe you've been waiting for the right time. Maybe you didn't think it was necessary. Whatever your reason for not migrating your business off of Windows® XP and on to Windows 7 or 8.1, it's officially time to stop ...

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September 2014 Newsletter

The reality of bring your own device (BYOD) is unavoidable. If your organization has yet to implement a BYOD strategy, you can take several steps to get started. But first, know that the question is no longer whether you will support mobile ...

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August 2014 Newsletter

Despite controversial beginnings, many school districts across the United States are embracing BYOD—bring your own device—in the classroom by expanding curriculum to include student owned devices. With this trend gaining momentum, some ...

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July 2014 Newsletter

It seems like every week another major company experiences a data breach. 2013 was a rough year for organizations struggling to secure their data and the list of breached organizations reads like a "who's who" of the business world: Target, ...

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June 2014 Newsletter

If you went to work this morning, you took a risk. If you rode your bicycle, walked, or drove a car, you took a risk. If you put your money in a bank, or in stocks, or under a mattress, you took other types of risk. If you bought a lottery ...

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May 2014 Newsletter

There have been some significant changes to the technology world over the last couple weeks. Microsoft discontinued support for their Windows XP Operating System, 2003 Office Suite and Exchange 2003 Email Platform. Many organizations have moved ...

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April 2014 Newsletter

April showers bring May flowers, but for Windows XP it is doomsday tomorrow, April 8th. Over the last several months, we have highlighted and explained the coming pitfalls of not upgrading to a current operating system. Many have made the switch ...

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Annual Northpoint Technology Group Legal Survey Results

Every year, we like to query our clients by the various markets. This year, we added the legal industry and were able to localize the results to the Central Florida ALA. Our method was to query the members in key areas of Technology Management ...

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February 2014 Newsletter

Here is this month's Northpoint Compass. Last month our focus was on raising awareness about the upcoming Windows XP End of Life. Although this month's focus is more on security, we did find it interesting that the Federal Financial Institutions ...

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January 2014 Newsletter

We have a new year in front of us with many new challenges that we face in business. Each one of these new challenges will most likely affect our bottom line in areas such as people or technology. Each challenge is an opportunity to make our ...

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July 2013 Newsletter

May 26 through June 1 was National Hurricane Preparedness Week and June 1 kicked off the 2013 hurricane season. If you are like most businesses nothing really changed during that week for your company. Continue Reading

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Welcome To Our New Website

On behalf of Northpoint Technology Group, we would like to welcome you to our new web site! We have added new features and information to help us better serve YOU. Feel free to contact us with your comments and suggestions. To learn more about ...

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2012 Company to Watch

NorthPoint Technology Group has been nominated for the 2012 Florida Companies to Watch award by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute. This program is the premier award for second-stage businesses in the state.

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