Are you ready for Hurricane season? It is fast approaching, so it's time to get your plan in place.

The I.T. Guys Spring Newsletter

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Warning: Prepare to Encounter Phishing Emails in the Wake of Heartbleed!

The I.T. Guys provide IT services throughout the Tampa Bay area, and throughout Florida. We provide IT services in Tampa, Brandon, Riverview, and all towns large and small in Florida. Call 813-333-2878 or email us at  to learn more on how we can help protect your business and provide the best possible IT services to your growing business.

A dangerous security flaw, known as Heartbleed, was discovered in OpenSSL Web servers. The security flaw enables cybercriminals to steal sensitive data from vulnerable versions of OpenSSL, which is used to secure communications on the majority of websites, including popular social media and banking websites. This means cybercriminals can steal your personal information from all affected websites. If you’re on a website with a little lock by the URL, chances are, it’s vulnerable to the security flaw.

Heartbleed has been around for over two years, so it’s safe to assume your passwords may have been compromised. While many sources suggest to change your online passwords in the wake of Heartbleed, you should wait until the websites are secure to change your passwords. Even if there’s no indication that your passwords have been compromised, it’s imperative to change your passwords as soon as the websites are secure.

Cybercriminals will send phishing emails to take advantage of your concern over Heartbleed. These emails will likely offer links to change your passwords, however, these links will direct you to a malicious website designed to steal your login credentials. If you’re changing your passwords, please go directly to the website to do so. Never change your password in response to an email.

Here are some basic tips to protect you and your business:

  • Be on the look out for phishing emails: Most organizations will never send a password change request through email.
  • Never click on a CHANGE PASSWORD link: If you receive an email with a change password link, ignore it and go to the site directly.
  • CALL US AT ONCE: If you are not sure, before you do anything, call our support team. 

Are you ready for Hurricane season?

Is it that time of year already? It seems we were just getting used to the cooler weather and now here comes Hurricane season. So are you ready? Is your data safe? Unfortunately some of us do not think it will happen to us until it's too late. The truth is, we are all at risk of losing data if we do not have a disaster recovery plan in place. It's not that difficult to put one together and the cost is minimal considering the alternative. Please give us the opportunity to help you ensure you are properly protected. We care about our clients and would rather invest some time now instead of watching you suffer later.

Did you know a hurricane doesn't have to directly hit your building to affect your data? You can have a pipe in the wall break flooding your office, a fire could start from an electrical short, etc. There are a number of possibilities so why take the chance?

Our research has shown if you loose your data it could cost you a minimum of $100,000 just to get back to where you were before the disaster. Most businesses can not survive this kind of blow, even with insurance. Imagine the reports, records, files, documents, and such which would have to be re-created from scratch. Is it worth the risk to save a couple hundred dollars? Not a chance. Contact us today to setup your BDR appointment with one of our consultants.

Best way to clean your computer monitor

Knowing the best ways to clean a flat panel monitor can increase its overall longevity and protect the investment made in the equipment. Flat panel monitors, unlike the older CRT type of monitor, have more delicate screen surfaces that can be easily damaged if not cleaned correctly. Before doing anything when cleaning that may cause damage to your flat panel monitor, consider these tips for keeping your flat panel monitor clean.

Microfiber Cloths

1. Microfiber cloths are a great choice because they don’t leave behind lint like traditional cotton cloths and are far softer than paper towels. Many discount and electronic stores sell microfiber cloths for cleaning your flat panel monitor.

Compressed Air Dusters

2. Compressed air can be used to give your flat panel monitor a quick dusting. Using compressed air dusters in the vents located at the back of your flat panel monitor will help keep dust from accumulating in cracks and crevices and allow air to circulate. Good air flow is still crucial for the longevity of your flat panel monitor.

Electronic Cleaning Wipes

3. Electronic cleaning wipes are a good choice for cleaning your flat panel monitor. Electronic cleaning wipes are pre-moistened with an alcohol free solution that helps to cut any smudges or streaks that may appear on your flat panel monitor. Electronic cleaning wipes are also anti-static, which makes them safe for computers and other electronic equipment including televisions, DVD players, scanners, and remote controls.


Happy Easter!  From all of us here at The I.T. Guys.

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