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5 Common IT Mistakes that Businesses Make

Posted by Paul Riedl

Sep 14, 2017 8:50:00 AM


Avoid these common IT mistakes by preparing and making well planned IT decisions that will affect daily operations, as well as long-term success. 

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Topics: IT mistakes, backup solutions, IT policy

How to properly set up network shares and NTFS permissions to keep your network secure

Posted by Paul Riedl

Jun 28, 2017 12:28:24 PM

Protected-Network.jpgIf your organization’s network and NTFS shares aren’t properly structured, you may be leaving open a gaping hole for cyberattacks. Share permissions allow you to access specific folders and files on your computer network. NTFS permissions control your ability to interact with those files (e.g., read, edit, move or delete them).

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Topics: Network, Network Permissions

How to Make the PaperLESS Office a Reality

Posted by Paul Riedl

Jun 27, 2017 12:47:51 PM

Paperless-Office.jpgAre you tired of searching for the right project folder or document? You’re not alone. According to technology analyst IDC, the typical knowledge worker spends an average of 8.8 hours per week searching for information. That’s roughly 10 weeks searching for information every year, per employee!

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Topics: Organizational Tips, Office

10 Cool Tips to Help Your Laptop Beat the Heat

Posted by Paul Riedl

Jun 27, 2017 12:41:42 PM

Melting-Laptop.jpgSummer. It’s prime time for baseball, beaches, picnics and vacations. But while fun in the sun is usually good for you, it’s not so good for your laptop. Heat is the enemy of today’s sophisticated electronics – it can drastically shorten component life and can cause irreparable damage to your laptop.
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Topics: Hardware Protection


Posted by Paul Riedl

May 23, 2017 7:47:35 AM


Last week, tens of thousands of organizations worldwide were brought to their knees by a large-scale ransomware cyberattack called WANNACRY. River Run clients were unaffected, thanks to our advanced network monitoring and support services.

This global attack used a tool stolen from the National Security Administration (NSA) and exploited networks where TCP port 445 was exposed to the internet. We learned about WANNACRY early in its deployment and took immediate action to prevent it from affecting our client networks:

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Topics: Network Security, Cyber Security, ransomware

Protect your Computer Network from Remote Access ATTACKS

Posted by Paul Riedl

May 23, 2017 7:31:37 AM


Did you know you may be leaving gaping holes in your company’s network firewall?

If you allow your traveling and remote workers to access your network via the internet, you may also be inviting attacks by hackers, who can easily encrypt all of your data and hold it for ransom. According to a recent study issued by Navigant Global Technology Solutions, there has been a significant increase in the number of security incidents caused by remote desktop protocol (RDP) hacking in the first quarter of 2017. 

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Topics: Internet Security, Network Security, Hacked, remote monitoring

May 24, 2017: Visit River Run at Biz Expo 2017

Posted by Paul Riedl

Apr 25, 2017 1:48:26 PM

BizExpo-Logo.pngVisit us at the River Run booth at Biz Expo 2017, May 24, 2017 at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, where you can learn more about our BOSS backup service and our new voice over IP (VoIP) solution. We’ll be in booth 510.

BOSS replicates your data in three locations: two in the cloud and one onsite. It automates the process of creating frequent, verified backups of your data in multiple secure locations. In the event of a server failure or other disaster, BOSS will have you up and running with live data in a matter of hours. With malware exploits becoming frighteningly common today, frequent and redundant on- and off-site backups are a must!

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Topics: VoIP, backup solutions, BizExpo, BOSS Backup Service

Cyphercon 2.0 Shines a Spotlight on Cybersecurity Threats and Solutions

Posted by Paul Riedl

Apr 20, 2017 12:51:29 PM

Cyphercon.jpg“Cybersecurity threats to Milwaukee-area businesses have never been bigger or more dangerous,” warns Joe Skotarzak, President of River Run Computers, Inc. “Malware has been monetized. It is now a business, an economy that is run on Bitcoins. As a result, there are 400,000 new pieces of ransomware released in the world every day. Today, if you make money and you can pay ransom, you’re a target,” he warns.

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Topics: Security, Cyber Security

Slam the Door on Hackers With a Vulnerability Assessment

Posted by Paul Riedl

Apr 18, 2017 1:32:04 PM

Assessment.pngYour company’s network security is based upon a myriad of firewall, device and software settings. If even one of them is improperly configured, it could expose your business to a variety of internal and external threats. That’s why you ought to invest in a vulnerability assessment at least once a year, to ensure that you’re not unwittingly leaving the doors to your network wide open.

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Topics: Hackers, Security, Cyber Security, vulnerabilities

How to Ensure Ransomware Doesn't Kill Your Business

Posted by Paul Riedl

Mar 15, 2017 11:48:49 AM

Ransomware-Lock.jpgRansomware is a type of malicious software that encrypts files on infected servers and computers. It forces companies to pay ransom to the hacker who created it to get a decrypt key. Unless you have a real-time backup of all of the drives on your network, you may have no choice but to pay the ransom to regain access to your files.

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Topics: Network Security, Security, Cyber Security

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