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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox July 23rd, 2021

Thoughts From My Inbox

July 23rd, 2021

Happy Hour, Chickens, and Guardians

It’s Friday and there’s free stuff below.  What more could you ask for? There’s also the usual ransomware issues and security updates, as well as some pretty fancy chicken coops made right here in Cleveland! 

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Free Beer and Pizza   

Mark your calendars now.  The Ashton team will be treating you to beer and pizza on your way home from work on Wednesday, Aug. 4th.  We’ll be at Saucy Brew Works at Pinecrest from 5-7 PM, hanging out and greeting friends.  If you want to talk tech, we’ll have a few of the smart folks there.  If you want beer and pizza but nothing to do with technology, the sales and marketing team and the leadership team will be there, too!  Hope to see you on Wednesday, August 4th!



Live Music

Wonderstruck starts tomorrow, and If you don’t have your tickets yet, you’re in luck.  As the official technology partner of this festival, we have a few extra sets of tickets to give away, and I’ll be watching my emails until 9P tonight. If you’d like a pair of tickets for this Sunday (July 25), please respond to this newsletter.  It’s first come, first served, and when tickets are gone, they’re gone.  Limit of two tickets per person.




Pipeline Companies

The more things change, the more they stay the same. The FBI and CISA put out an alert all the way back in 2012 regarding hacking efforts by state-sponsored Chinese hackers. It’s recently been updated and I’m sure that has something to do with the Colonial Pipeline hack.  It’s interesting to see that many of the tactics used back then (spearphishing and social engineering) are still used (and working) today.  In the case of Colonial, no multi-factor authentication was in place and all it took was one leaked password to bring everything to a screeching halt.




Apple Security Updates

Apple has more security updates out, and I almost didn’t include this article because it gets way too technical (at least for my non-technical brain). I did find the last part of it interesting though, regarding the known networks list in your phone.  Ever go someplace (a restaurant, for example)that you haven’t been in years, and you automatically connect to their wifi?  It’s because that list never gets edited (this happened to me just recently). The suggestion is to check your settings and limit that list of known networks.



Data Backups

 Even before ransomware became a common topic, we were pushing the need for not only good data backups, but data that is easily recoverable.  Back then it was more “what if your server crashes- is your data backed up and recoverable?”, while now it’s “why pay ransom? We just need to restore your data from your backups.”  All too often when we’re speaking to a new prospect it’s “Well, we thought our backups worked but they were never tested.”  Can’t tell you how often we hear that. We back up your data hourly, onsite and offsite.  We test it every time we do it to, to make sure it’s working properly.  And in the event that a hacker were to get into your network, we have your data air-gapped in our data center, meaning that nobody can get into it.


Chicken Coops

My account often sits dormant for a couple of months at a time, and then I’ll get the itch to start doing some more research. I’m in one of those moods right now, and was trying to find info about somebody who has since been defined as a “first cousin, twice removed”. It’s a long story, but suffice it to say that, while the woman who builds high-end chicken coops is not a relative, I found a tangential connection to my cousin. And since I’d read in article about this a week ago and it came to me again, I figured I’d share.  Because we all need a fancy chicken coop, right?




If you or your users use any Adobe products, you should probably check out this new list of security updates for items including Photoshop and Premiere Pro.


Google Chrome 

 Google has released updates to their Chrome browser for Windows, Mac, and Linux users.  If you’re one, you should read this and make the necessary updates.



That’s all for now.  The Olympics officially started this morning with the Opening Ceremonies, and the crummy weather seems to be getting pushed further back for the weekend. That’s good- maybe it’ll hold off until Monday.  And while the Cleveland Indians can’t get over the hump and win a World Series, they can take pride in owning the second most pathetic name (Guardians) in all of professional sports, behind the Seattle Krakken. 




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