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Virtualization is not an IT trend. It is also not new, but it is new in many organizations, as companies of all sizes invest in virtualization technologies to reap it’s many benefits: energy savings, server and desktop provisioning, reduction in physical servers, increased uptime and availability, better disaster recovery…and the list goes on.

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VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, refers to the technology used in communicating calls and videos via an Internet connection. Since its introduction in the market, more and more companies have switched from using regular phone lines to this method of communication. There are several good reasons why many businesses choose to use VoIP, so if your company is still using older methods of communication you might want to learn about VoIP and decide if it’s time to make the switch.

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Small business owners face a wide variety of challenges, often including insufficient staff, client dependence, and balancing a desire to create quality products with the need to increase quantity of sales, just for example. In truth, most of the biggest challenges small businesses commonly come up against revolve around one central theme: the bottom line.

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Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company or a small professional office, your business needs a firewall. As the first line of defense against hackers, firewalls act as a barrier between computers and potential threats from the internet. They’re like security guards who inspect your bag before you enter the premises. Their job is to keep suspicious data out of your network while letting safe data in.

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Every year, thousands of people lose money to telephone scams — from a few dollars to their life savings. Scammers will say anything to cheat people out of money. Some seem very friendly — calling you by your first name, making small talk, and asking about your family. They may claim to work for a company you trust, or they may send mail or place ads to convince you to call them.

If you get a call from someone you don’t know who is trying to sell you something you hadn’t planned to buy, say "No thanks." And, if they pressure you about giving up personal information — like your credit card or Social Security number — it’s likely a scam. Hang up and report it to the Federal Trade Commission.

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Some scammers call and claim to be computer techs associated with well-known companies like Microsoft or Apple. Other scammers send pop-up messages that warn about computer problems. They say they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer. They claim to be “tech support” and will ask you to give them remote access to your computer. Eventually, they’ll diagnose a non-existent problem and ask you to pay for unnecessary – or even harmful – services.

If you get an unexpected pop-up, call, spam email or other urgent message about problems with your computer, stop. Don’t click on any links, don’t give control of your computer and don’t send any money.

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The information is an early Christmas gift for any social engineer. Crowdsourced query site Quora is asking the question of “what happened?” in the wake of a massive data breach that impacts up to 100 million of its users.

The hack exposed user names, email addresses, hashed passwords, direct message content and imported data from any networks that users linked to their accounts, like Facebook or Twitter. It also gave the information thieves access to a veritable treasure trove of social engineering and profiling fodder, such as questions, answers, answer requests, comments, up votes and down votes.

The site’s administrators discovered the hack on Friday, though no information as to how it occurred is yet available. Quora CEO Adam D’Angelo noted in a posting Monday evening that the site is “still investigating the precise causes,” but he said the breach has been contained.

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