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Archive for March, 2008

SBSummit Day 2: Do I really need Windows Vista Ultimate for my business for BitLocker?

A caller was looking at Windows Vista Business, and was questioning why the Microsoft employee said to go with Windows Ultimate. The Microsoft employee said, Because of BitLocker. You can use it to secure your laptops data from theives and it is unbreakable.

There are other 3rd party programs out there such as TrueCrypt (free) and PGP Whole Disk Encryption (fee), that will do the same thing. Some will not have a TPM (Trusted Protection Module) chip support (Meaning you take the hard drive out of the laptop and put it in another, and no one can access your data). A thief will more than likely not want to take your laptop out of your bag, take the hard drive out and put it back in. They will take the whole thing.

Is BitLocker unbreakable? Nope! Students at Princeton figured it out! Visit their website to see a video demo of how you do it: http://citp.princeton.edu/memory/

You can also read more in their FAQ: http://citp.princeton.edu/memory/faq/ Please note the third FAQ question for the BEST WAY to avoid foil the thieves, as it is time sensitive for them.

What is BitLocker?BitLocker is a program the encrypts your entire hard drive to protect your data from thieves. It can use a TPM chip or a USB Drive as an added layer of protection. To read more: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/windowsvista/features/details/bitlocker.mspx

BTS LLC is hosting the Microsoft Small Business Summit on its website from March 24th-27th.

Learn about marketing, starting up a business and the latest Microsoft technology to increase business. There’s a ton of stuff to better your business, and I suggest you check it out. It is all online and free!! To watch the Pre-Summit, Summit and to take a look at the program guide, please visit http://www.beacontechsolutions.com/sbsummit.htm!

Is that virus / spyware warning I get while surfing the web really true?

While surfing the web, you get a pop-up message saying you have virus’s and / or spyware on your computer. Or maybe you have been getting random pop-ups on your computer screen and one of these comes up. How do you know? If you have a Anti-virus and Anti-Spyware scanner on your computer, it will display somewhere in the Virus / spyware alert the name of their company. So if you have Trend Internet Security, it should state Trend or even Trend Internet Security.

 These fake pop-ups really have no clue if your infected or not. They are fake programs or animated graphics to fool you into installing their program. When you download the “full version” to scan your computer, the fake program will pretend to remove the bad stuff it finds. In fact it will even install spyware on your computer. Some may even ask for money to reverse action.

The best course of action is to ignore the pop-up and click on the Red X to close the window. To be safe, you can run a manual scan on your computer with your current Anti-Virus / Anti-Spyware program or use one of the free online scanners I have listed on my website.

If you do not currently have a comprehensive security suite (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spyware, and Firewall product), please find a reputable product and purchase and install it. If you are unsure of what product to be and / or need help installing it, need support or professional removal of spyware and viruses, please contact Beacon Technology Solutions LLC!

Welcome to Beacon’s Blog

Beacon Technology Solutions LLC is proud to announce our new blog! Eric Vogel will be writing the blog posts under the nickname of Beacon. Beacon will blog about tips and tricks, computer news, and news about current and future services and products. (Except special promotions and discounts. Which will be in our Newsletter. Reminders will also be sent out to remind you of blog posts.) If you look below, you can subscribe to our RSS feed and other feed buttons to add the blog to your favorite home page(s).

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