Update on Crypto Threats

Whether CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense, CryptoWall or another Crypto-Threat, they encrypt your files and demand a ransom to unencrypt. As each new Crypto-Threats attack is released, it has new characteristics to avoid detection and cause more damage.  For instance, the type of files that it encrypts has grown and the ransom demands have become more sophisticated.  Early versions had an expiration date beyond which you could not retrieve your files.  Newer versions raise the ransom as time goes by and there have even been reports of victims negotiating payment with the cyber criminals. As the extortion becomes bolder, victims are hit harder and have to pay more.  Bitcoin has become the ransom payment currency of choice causing speculation that this could damage the Bitcoin brand. The attacks hit the US hardest even though ransom payment had greatly declined. As Crypto-Threats have … [Read more...]

Sound Masking Basics

What is sound masking and why is it used? Sound masking is the addition of a familiar sounding, air conditioning-like background sound to an environment. Masking covers up or "masks" human speech and helps mitigate the distraction of other sounds, making an environment more comfortable, workers more productive and creating speech privacy. Here's an analogy. Imagine that you are in a darkened room and a child is flicking a flashlight on and off. The light is noticeable and distracting. Now imagine, the lights are on. The same flashlight is being flicked on and off-but without notice-it has been "masked." This is how sound masking works. Where is sound masking used? Sound masking is used anywhere speech privacy or speech confidentiality is desired or required and in any workspace to reduce distractions and improve productivity. The most typical installations are open office plans, … [Read more...]

Top IT Trends for 2015

For many years, we have been bringing you our Top IT Trends predictions for the technology that will change our business and personal lives. This year our Top IT Trends have an emphasis on business economy and productivity. We have seen a dramatic increase in the investment businesses are making in their IT systems. Technology advances have been incredible over the past few years, but this year we are focusing on the technologies that will help fuel your business growth in 2015. Business is back in 2015. The US economy is growing and IT is fueling the growth by bringing productivity, efficiency and modern ways of doing business. If you haven’t reviewed your IT system for upgrades and improvements – 2015 is your year to get into the Cloud! Cloud Productivity – If you are not in the Cloud, what are you waiting for? It will save you money, make you more efficient, productive and well … [Read more...]

Voted Best of Gwinnett for the Sixth Year in a Row

For six years in a row, the readers and editors of Gwinnett Magazine have identified LAN Systems as Best of Gwinnett in the Best IT Service category. Each year the magazine opens the competition to selecting the Best in Gwinnett from over 30,000 Gwinnett County businesses.  It is no small feat to be selected among the many nominations. As a technology company and service provider, LAN Systems is committed to providing IT services and solutions that make sense for growing companies in the wider Atlanta and North Georgia area.  Today, IT is required to maintain a competitive advantage in any industry and the more a company utilizes IT for its daily and strategic operations, the more benefit is received.  Not long ago, companies struggled with implementing an IT infrastructure that would not consume more than it delivered, but now IT is an essential part of a thriving business.  IT makes … [Read more...]