Author: Darryl MacLeod

Total posts: 35

Security Best Practices for Your Windows 10 Computer

Security Best Practices for Your Windows 10 Computer

Posted on November 18, 2019 - by Darryl MacLeod

Windows 10 comes with tons of great features for your business, including privacy and security tools for hardening your computer. This guide gives you our top tips and best practices for ...

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How to Encrypt a Hard Drive with BitLocker in Windows 10

How to Encrypt a Hard Drive with BitLocker in Windows 10

Posted on September 18, 2019 - by Darryl MacLeod

Encryption is key to making sure that your data is protected. It's also an easy best practice to include in your security policies. The encryption process can vary between systems ...

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How to Disable Automatic Login in Windows 10

How to Disable Automatic Login in Windows 10

Posted on September 15, 2019 - by Darryl MacLeod

When you first set up a new PC with Windows 10, you create a user account which is set by default to log in automatically at startup. This likely isn’t ...

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How to Enable Auto-Updates in Windows 10

How to Enable Auto-Updates in Windows 10

Posted on February 7, 2019 - by Darryl MacLeod

Updates in Windows 10 are critical for keeping your systems secured. Cybersecurity specialists send alerts and reminders to businesses and government agencies on a regular basis about installing updates. A flaw ...

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How Big Tech Companies Can Regain Customer Trust

How Big Tech Companies Can Regain Customer Trust

Posted on January 22, 2019 - by Darryl MacLeod

Distrust towards big tech firms has grown around the world. Users have legitimate reasons to be concerned about the large amounts of personal data they share with these companies. Big ...

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Posted on May 8, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Your intellectual property (IP) is your company’s holy grail. It’s what you put out into the world to get a return in revenue. And because there are ...

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How to Setup an Incident Response Plan

How to Setup an Incident Response Plan

Posted on April 3, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Incident response plans are a critical part of any business's information security program. We know that it’s important for employees to care about cybersecurity - but what do they ...

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How to Make Your Team Care About Cyber Security

How to Make Your Team Care About Cyber Security

Posted on March 23, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Whether they know it or not, employees are on the frontline of the defence against cyber attacks. The mindset of “it won’t happen to us”, when it comes to ...

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How to Encrypt a Partition in Linux

How to Encrypt a Partition in Linux

Posted on March 20, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

You can protect your data by encrypting a partition in Linux. With Linux, you actually have a number of ways to add encryption to your servers and desktops. One of ...

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How to Install Antivirus on Linux (Ubuntu)

How to Install Antivirus on Linux (Ubuntu)

Posted on March 15, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Linux is generally considered to be more secure than other operating systems. However, it’s increasingly a target of attackers; as Linux systems are used for critical roles like web ...

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Best Practices for Printer Security

Best Practices for Printer Security

Posted on March 15, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Printer security is an easy topic to overlook in your information security program. But don't make that mistake at your company. The printers in your office can be an easy ...

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How to Setup a Password Protected Screensaver in macOS

How to Setup a Password Protected Screensaver in macOS

Posted on March 8, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Protecting your Mac’s screensaver with a password is simple. Yet many users don’t think about doing it. If you’re a Windows user, don’t worry, we have ...

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Employees, You Are The Weakest Link

Employees, You Are The Weakest Link

Posted on March 6, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

When an employee signs a policy they acknowledge they have read and understand the document but is that really the case? Turns out, the answer is no. A ...

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Strong Passwords and 4 Types of Passwords You Should NEVER Use

Strong Passwords and 4 Types of Passwords You Should NEVER Use

Posted on March 1, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Strong passwords are a good defense against persistent cyber attackers but weak passwords can be the entryway to confidential data and operating systems. While there are so many types of ...

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How to Disable Automatic Login in macOS

How to Disable Automatic Login in macOS

Posted on February 16, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Automatic login can be either a useful feature for devices in the workplace... or a vulnerability in your security program. When you set up a new Mac, or do a ...

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How to Turn on The Firewall in macOS

How to Turn on The Firewall in macOS

Posted on February 15, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

MacOS includes an easy-to-use firewall that can prevent potentially harmful incoming connections from other computers. To turn it on or off: From the Apple menu, select System Preferences.When the ...

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How To Turn on The Firewall in Windows 10

How To Turn on The Firewall in Windows 10

Posted on February 15, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

You might be required to enable the Windows Firewall by your job. Or disable it to use alternative software based on your company's security policies. In Microsoft Windows 8 and 10, you ...

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How to Backup Your Mac

How to Backup Your Mac

Posted on February 14, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

MacOS has a built-in backup tool called Time Machine. Once you plug in a hard drive and set up Time Machine, it will work automatically in the background, continuously ...

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How to Disable Remote Access in Windows 10

How to Disable Remote Access in Windows 10

Posted on February 14, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Remote access effectively allows you to control everything on your computer as if you were directly connected to it. In Windows 10, you can do this through the Windows Remote Desktop ...

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How to Disable Remote Access for macOS

How to Disable Remote Access for macOS

Posted on February 14, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Remote Access is a useful feature of macOS that lets you access files on your computer from anywhere.However, remote access also lets anyone with your administrator login and password ...

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How to Encrypt a Hard Drive in macOS

How to Encrypt a Hard Drive in macOS

Posted on February 13, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

We know that encryption is important for the protection of your data. And there's no excuse since your Apple computer comes with tools to encrypt a hard drive in macOS. ...

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How to Set Up File Backups in Windows 10

How to Set Up File Backups in Windows 10

Posted on February 13, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Routine file backups are an essential way to protect against losing any important data on your hard-drive. Windows 10 comes with tools and features that make backing up your data easy. ...

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How to Check for Viruses Using Built-In Tools in Windows 10

How to Check for Viruses Using Built-In Tools in Windows 10

Posted on February 9, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

A Windows 10 virus can infect enough computers to make news headlines, taking down operations for big businesses or even government agencies. Windows 10 is now the most popular operating system in ...

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How to Check for Viruses Using Built-In Tools in macOS

How to Check for Viruses Using Built-In Tools in macOS

Posted on February 8, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

It's important to routinely check your computer for viruses. You may have been led to believe that you don’t have to worry about computer viruses on your Mac. And, ...

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How to Enable Auto-Updates in macOS

How to Enable Auto-Updates in macOS

Posted on February 6, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Apple makes it easy to enable auto-updates for your macOS. It all happens in the background while you’re going about your day. Apple will never install an update without ...

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How to Use a Password Manager

How to Use a Password Manager

Posted on February 5, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

Password managers are great. We all know the struggles of staring at the computer screen trying to remember the password to a login. Thankfully, password management tools exist to save ...

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How Do I Set a Windows Screen Saver Password?

How Do I Set a Windows Screen Saver Password?

Posted on January 18, 2018 - by Darryl MacLeod

A password-protected screen saver can protect your computer for those moments when you need to step away for a coffee refill. THIS GUEST BLOG COMES TO US FROM COMPUTER HOPE (...

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4 Ways Startups Can Protect Network Security: A Risk-Based Approach

4 Ways Startups Can Protect Network Security: A Risk-Based Approach

Posted on December 1, 2017 - by Darryl MacLeod

You have a great idea for a startup. So you come up with a solid business plan. You pitch it over and over and over. You get funding. Everything is ...

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7 Steps to Protect Your Personally Identifiable Information

7 Steps to Protect Your Personally Identifiable Information

Posted on October 6, 2017 - by Darryl MacLeod

In light of the Equifax data breach, it is extremely important for organizations to protect their personally identifiable information (PII). Governments are ramping up regulations and fines (see our&...

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Why North American Companies Should Care About GDPR

Why North American Companies Should Care About GDPR

Posted on September 21, 2017 - by Darryl MacLeod

GDPR isn't just for tech companies in the European Union. As a measure to improve the levels of protection of European Union citizens' data, the European Parliament adopted the General ...

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How to Recover From a Data Breach

How to Recover From a Data Breach

Posted on September 11, 2017 - by Darryl MacLeod

Considering that a data breach can happen to any company, at any time, being proactive is often the best tactic. If you suspect that you are a victim ...

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Don’t Keep Your Head In The Cloud: 5 Ways To Secure Your Local Data Backups

Don’t Keep Your Head In The Cloud: 5 Ways To Secure Your Local Data Backups

Posted on August 14, 2017 - by Darryl MacLeod

Local data backups are still an essential element of an effective security program for many organizations, even in the age of Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, and Microsoft ...

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Email Security: A Phishing Tale

Email Security: A Phishing Tale

Posted on July 5, 2017 - by Darryl MacLeod

Email phishing is tricky - it often comes from a sender you already know and trust. A few weeks ago my wife told me that she got an unexpected email ...

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4 Things You Can Do Today to Protect Yourself from Ransomware Attacks

4 Things You Can Do Today to Protect Yourself from Ransomware Attacks

Posted on June 28, 2017 - by Darryl MacLeod

With attacks like Petya and WannaCry, ransomware has reared its ugly head again. While a recent threat primarily targeted Windows systems, you should still be vigilant when it comes ...

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Cybersecurity Policies: A Cheat Sheet [with Templates]

Cybersecurity Policies: A Cheat Sheet [with Templates]

Posted on June 8, 2017 - by Darryl MacLeod

Cybersecurity policies are necessary for all technology businesses at this point. Your company must have information security policies in place and demonstrate that you are following them. The trouble is ...

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