Malware through Powerpoint without Macros

The best defense against Malware and Ransomware is to avoid downloading it altogether, however, this requires a more in-depth knowledge of what it looks like and how it operates. Until recently the second line of defense against Malware or Ransomware is to disable free use of non-trusted macros in documents, however recently discovered techniques for injecting Malware or Ransomware exploit methods of infection without using macros at all.

PowerShell code (Microsoft specific code used by your Operating System) has been exposed as part of new social engineering attacks using “.ppt” (Microsoft PowerPoint) files. After opening the presentation, malicious code triggers once the user hovers over or moves the cursor over a link which in turn activates the virus and causes it to deliver its payload, Ransomware/Malware. No mouse click are required.

A typical method of getting this malicious file to your system is through spoofed or spammed emails, often including tag lines or subjects of “Confirmation” or “Purchase Order”. Large font stating “Loading… Please Wait” will be on show as the main content of the PowerPoint presentation so if you see this please notify us immediately.

How to Create a Disaster Recovery Plan for Your Business

When it comes to protecting your IT infrastructure, the majority of businesses take disaster recovery particularly seriously. In fact, disaster recovery planning is integral to every organisation, regardless of their size or niche. Whether your business’ IT system is hit by fire, flood, snowstorm, theft or data loss, preparation is the key to survival and getting back to your pre-disaster best.

Here we reveal how every business can create a disaster recovery plan that they can turn to in their hour of need.

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Selecting the Best Anti-Virus Software

Protecting yourself online has always been important, particularly for businesses that have a lot to lose. Regardless of whether you are a small business just starting out or a large corporation taking the lead, safeguarding your infrastructure from viruses and spyware is essential.

As a leading provider of IT support and consultancy services, we have been assisting businesses of all shapes and sizes with protection since our inception. Whilst anti-virus software alone isn’t enough, selecting a program that suits your company, its needs and budget is a great start. Here our team of talented and experienced IT experts offer their tips for choosing the best anti-virus software.

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All you need to know about IT services management

Trying to run a business is stressful enough without your IT causing you constant problems. The management of IT services is when a specialist IT firm takes charge of managing and monitoring your IT for you without the hassle of having to find time to fix these issues yourself.

The benefits of IT services management

There are many benefits of letting an established IT company manage your IT services for you, some of which you may not have considered before however at ATS we have picked out some of the main reasons to outsource the management of your IT:

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5 Reasons why IT outsourcing is perfect for small businesses

If you’ve recently set up or currently run a small – medium sized enterprise and require someone to provide IT solutions for your business, IT outsourcing may be a great solution to your technical problems. IT Outsourcing is likely to be more cost effective than employing an in-house resource – and you will undoubtedly benefit from greater expertise, skills and experience.

Below are the 5 main reasons that IT outsourcing would benefit small businesses:

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The 5 Benefits of Remote IT Support

Remote IT support is now a popular choice for businesses as IT has become a crucial aspect of most workplaces and call-out charges can be cost prohibitive. Here at Associated Technology Solutions, remote support is one of many IT services we offer, with particularly fast response times to Tamworth, Lichfield and Aldridge businesses. However, remote IT support ensures our services are available for companies all over the UK who have problems with their IT.

We’ve analysed the 5 main benefits of having remote IT support – here they are.

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Access and send documents using Office 365

Using an internal server to share documents between colleagues is a popular choice for businesses however this limits you to the type of device you can use to send and edit documents on. Office 365 offers total flexibility on where and how you want to send emails within your business.

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Understanding Cloud Computing

You have probably heard of ‘Cloud Computing’ or ‘The Cloud’, especially if you own a popular brand of smartphone or laptop. Dropbox, Google Drive, iCloud and OneDrive are just a few examples of Cloud Storage.  This upcoming technology is constantly developing and becoming increasingly popular within businesses. With the arrival of ‘tablets’ and small laptops came the need for portable storage, storage that can be accessed remotely.  Being able to access files remotely and work away from your PC reduces time having to duplicate files on different devices and increases productivity.

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The 6 major benefits of having your own file server

Having your very own file server has often been seen as the preserve of much larger, more complex organisations. These days, however, many small and medium sized businesses reap the benefits of owning a file server.

Below are 6 of the key benefits of investing in your very own file server.

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A Small Business Guide – Your Data Protection Responsibilities

There are many legal and moral obligations that you must fulfil as a UK business, and one area that requires extra attention, particularly amongst the online business community, is data protection. The Data Protection Act is an important piece of legislation that aims to protect the privacy and integrity of data held by organisations across all industries, and it provides eight commandments for all to follow.

Here we take a closer look at the principles behind the Data Protection Act so that your small business can safeguard your customers and company from data loss.

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