Why Update?

Occasionally we get asked “Why Update? Our systems are working fine”- well, Ars Technica has an article showing how if you’re running a Windows server that hasn’t been patched recently, it’s possible a hacker can gain control of your server and learn the passwords of all your users- enabling even further mischief. Photo credit: Photo […]

Office Depot Fined for Fake Malware Scans

Ars Technica is reporting that Office Depot / Office Max has been fined $35 Million for faking malware and virus scans to convince customers to buy “repair” services. The scans would indicate there were problems even when there were none, allowing their in-house repair service to charge up to $300 to repair problems that did […]

Season’s Greetings

We here at Automatica hope that everyone has a happy winter season! Keep warm, enjoy the company of friends and family, and reminisce about the year gone by! Photo credit: IQRemix

November Brings New Data Protection Laws

As of November 1st, Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (or PIPEDA) has gone into effect, requiring Canadian businesses to take steps to protect their customer’s personal information. From the CBC: Among the new rules are a requirement that companies must keep accurate data about cybersecurity safeguards for two years following, in case breaches are revealed down […]

Happy Victoria Day!

We hope everyone has an absolutely fabulous Victoria Day long weekend! Photo Credit: Lea Fabienne

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter, everyone! Hope you and yours are having a great weekend!   Photo Credit: unsplash-logoGary Bendig

The Car Analogy

Working with people over the years, I’ve found it’s often useful to use analogies to help communicate complex ideas. Often times I’ve used what I call the “Car Analogy”- ideas like how a sports car is faster than an everyday sedan, but it’s also more expensive: meaning a computer built for speed will cost more […]

The SOHO Specialists

After working in the IT support field for over 30 years, it became apparent that IT support companies preferred to work with larger companies. While they would work with small and home offices (SOHO), they often did not understand the unique requirements of the smaller organization. Often times quotes would be prepared with server and […]