Happy May! We’re back to talking about security this month. Let’s jump right in, with…


Unless you’ve been avoiding the news, you’ve probably heard about the ransomware plague working its way around the globe. The number one way to protect yourself is to make sure that your computer OS and antivirus are up to date. While this particular infection targets Windows machines, you should always stay patched no matter what flavor of operating system you prefer.

Common Sense Security

I’ve been giving a presentation I call “Common Sense Security” for a few months; it centers on free or inexpensive things you can do to protect yourself and your clients.

Common Sense Security handout
Common Sense Security handout

You can download the accompanying handout at:

If you’d like me to give the presentation for your business or group, get in touch and we’ll see what we can work out. I’m also planning to have a video of a talk available soon.

We’re now SMS enabled!

There have been a number of clients who’ve texted the office number and been disappointed that I didn’t get their message, since it’s not a mobile phone. I use a Kerio Operator VOIP phone system which doesn’t support text messaging (many don’t).

Flowroute, the company that provides my phone service, supports text messaging. After a day of building web scripts I can now send and receive messages from our office number!

The system doesn’t support MMS messages yet, text only. This will provide a quick way to send passwords without going through email, since we know we should never email passwords, right?
Going to keep things short and sweet this month. Enjoy the weather, and let us know if you need help with your security- I’d be happy to evaluate your home or business and get you on the right path.