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KT Connections has been serving the Rapid City area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Can Your Former Employees Be a Threat to Your Business

Can Your Former Employees Be a Threat to Your Business

Employees come and go in the business world, so you should be prepared to handle this turnover when it happens. If your company does not have an adequate response to employee turnover, you could potentially put your business at risk. Here are three ways that you can make sure former employees cause you the least amount of worry, especially in regards to staffing and cybersecurity.

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Sharing a Computer with the Kids? Better Make Security a Priority

Sharing a Computer with the Kids? Better Make Security a Priority

If you work remotely, or even if you simply use the home computer for typical household tasks, and your kids use it too, it is a good idea to buckle down on security best practices. Most of what we discuss in this post will apply to virtually anybody—safe and secure computer habits are important for everybody—but this goes double for those with children and teenagers in the house.

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Improve Your Business’ Wi-Fi Connection with These 3 Tips

Improve Your Business’ Wi-Fi Connection with These 3 Tips

Wi-Fi is a major part of any modern office, and when it is absent, people become painfully aware of just how much of a luxury it is. Let’s discuss some strategies you can implement to optimize the speed of your business’ wireless connection.

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Microsoft Dealing with Major Data Leak

Microsoft Dealing with Major Data Leak

Incorrect configurations on your infrastructure’s hardware are surprisingly easy mistakes to make, and even worse, they can have severe security ramifications if they are not discovered promptly. It can happen to anyone, as evidenced by a recent data leak. One of the most popular software developers out there, Microsoft, made a pretty nasty blunder with one particular setting that led to a huge data leak that could have exposed millions of records.

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Windows 8.1 Is Running Out of Time. Here’s What You Need to Know

Windows 8.1 Is Running Out of Time. Here’s What You Need to Know

With the release of Windows 11 on the horizon, it is important that businesses looking to implement it start to consider not only their hardware, but their strategy to upgrade away from their current operating system. But that’s a topic for another day—we’re focused today on the folks who don’t even have Windows 10 yet and are still stuck in the days of Windows 8.1, an OS expiring in 2023. Don’t get caught unawares without a plan to upgrade.

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Self-Healing Networks on the Horizon

Self-Healing Networks on the Horizon

These days, if you are not taking cybersecurity seriously, then you are waiting for something bad to happen that could potentially destroy your business for good. While the number of threats out there has increased significantly over the past couple of decades, so too has the number of powerful security options out there. In fact, one way that you can leverage these solutions to your advantage is to use “self-healing” security software, the concept for which is pretty neat.

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ALERT: Update Your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac NOW.

ALERT: Update Your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac NOW.

If you use almost any Apple products, you’ll want to check for and apply an update that will prevent your devices from being spied on. Apple has just issued an emergency software update for a critical vulnerability that was recently discovered.

The new updates were pushed out on Monday, September 13th, 2021, and include a major security fix for the Apple iPhone, Apple iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple Mac computers and laptops.

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Cybersecurity is Critical for a Business, Regardless of Its Size

Cybersecurity is Critical for a Business, Regardless of Its Size

It can be very tempting to read the cybersecurity headlines and assume that cybercrime is an enterprise business’ concern. There’s a sense of security in the idea that threats are, for the most part, directed toward the likes of Colonial Pipeline and other organizations of its size.

Unfortunately, we have some bad news for those who have felt this temptation and had these ideas: that sense of security is a false one.

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The Proper Use of Technology Can Be the Key to a Better Business

The Proper Use of Technology Can Be the Key to a Better Business

Modern businesses need to take advantage of every opportunity they can get in today’s crowded marketplace, almost regardless of the industry they work in. One great way to gain an advantage is to put technology in place that can significantly enhance how your business works, inside and out.

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A New Ransomware Awareness Tool is Making the Rounds

A New Ransomware Awareness Tool is Making the Rounds

Ransomware is such a major problem for computing-dependent organizations that even government agencies are getting involved, equipping businesses and organizations with tools to help themselves identify whether or not they are at risk of these attacks. The most recent addition to this group, the United States’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have made their Ransomware Readiness Assessment, or RRA, available as part of its Cyber Security Awareness Toolset.

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Three South Dakota Industries At Risk For Ransomware

Three South Dakota Industries At Risk For Ransomware

Cyberattacks have been on the rise as bad actors continue to reap the benefits of their nefarious acts, many shifting their gaze to key industries as a means of gaining leverage. South Dakota is home to various industries—many of which are viable targets for cybercriminals and ransomware. Let’s identify three such industries that need to increase their vigilance. 

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Tip of the Week: How to Delete Temporary User Settings

Tip of the Week: How to Delete Temporary User Settings

How often do you run out of storage space on your computer? Hopefully, never. If you notice your computer’s hard drive is filling up but you aren’t adding a lot of files to the drive, it might be temporary files such as cookies and browser cache files taking up space.

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7 Important Hardware Terminologies to Know Regarding Computing Technology

7 Important Hardware Terminologies to Know Regarding Computing Technology

As a business owner in a sector that is not necessarily dedicated to technology, chances are that you do not need to know everything there is to know about computer hardware. That being said, it helps to have a passable knowledge of the various hardware terms you might use on a daily basis. This will especially make it easier for you to talk to your technician or your service provider—whoever handles your technology.

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Customer Highlight: Peaceful Pines Senior Living Community

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Peaceful Pines Senior Living Community sets a new standard of service and care offering three lifestyle opportunities to meet the needs of our residents; independent living assisted living and memory care living.

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3 Easy Steps to a Digital Transformation

3 Easy Steps to a Digital Transformation

Technology has enabled some of the greatest changes in the business world, so it makes sense that your company should try to implement it as needed. Unfortunately, it can be a bit confusing, especially if you have not thought about it in recent years. Thankfully, there are three pillars that can hold up a digital transformation strategy and enable change for your business. 

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Why You Should Care that Chinese Security Cameras are Banned

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Due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, many businesses are seeing a reduced onsite workforce. With less staff at your business office, there are fewer deterrents for unwanted or criminal activity. There has been a rising trend in businesses of all sizes investing in physical security to prevent this. Unfortunately, many security cameras have joined the growing list of banned devices from Chinese manufacturers. If you’re considering investing in a security camera, take a moment to learn how to ensure your device won’t hinder your business.

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Employee Highlight: Bill Whitman

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Here at KT Connections, we’re awfully proud of the people working with us, so we like to showcase one of them every so often here in our newsletter. This time around, we wanted to help you get to know Bill Whitman, a Systems Engineer on our team.

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Tip of the Week: Shortcuts for Your Internet Browsing Convenience

Tip of the Week: Shortcuts for Your Internet Browsing Convenience

People are spending a lot of time online, especially as of late, with many working remotely and using tools and resources sourced through the Internet. In light of this, it seems to be an opportune time to review a few useful shortcuts that can help speed up one’s Internet browsing.

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You Should Be Training Your Staff on Phishing Tactics

You Should Be Training Your Staff on Phishing Tactics

Phishing attacks are a major problem that all businesses must be prepared to handle. Sometimes it comes in the form of messages or web pages designed to steal information from your employees, but other times it might come in the form of phone calls asking for IP addresses or network credentials under the guise of your IT department. It’s especially important that your staff members understand how to identify these tricks, and it all starts with phishing training.

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Support Your Technology More Effectively with These 3 Practices

Support Your Technology More Effectively with These 3 Practices

IT support can be challenging to handle for small businesses. They might understand the importance of IT, but their actions often do not speak to this. Some small businesses fail to invest properly in IT support, or they simply do not know what to look for in the services they need. Thankfully, you have us to help you make the right call for your business IT.

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