Trick or Treat! – Cyber Security Awareness At Your Door

Halloween is right around the corner!
October is also Cyber Security Awareness Month and we’re here to review some tips to keep your information safe.

Don’t Click Spooky Links From Strangers

We’re taught to never take candy from strangers, so opening links from an unknown source can be just as dangerous! Phishing scams are designed to make their victims believe they are interacting with a trusted website/user. Once the hacker gains the users trust, they will attempt to collect login credentials, financial data, or account information. This could cause a data breach and could affect you and your companies data.

Rather than opening untrusted emails or links, try to verify the information by looking it up to see if there is a website associated with it. You may also want to try phishing training within your company to ensure that your employees understand what a phishing attack looks like.

Chase Away The Lurking Monsters

Unlike Halloween monsters that go away after the holiday is over, online monsters can infiltrate your computer for months without being noticed. Using your computer on a public Wi-Fi can leave your computer vulnerable and easier to attack your data.

It is important to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) while using a public network to keep your information secure and encrypt traffic between your devices on public, unsecured network.

Using A Strong Password Will Protect Your Candy

Protecting your candy on Halloween night from bullies or your older sibling is crucial. It is also crucial to have a strong password and maintaining it. Having a strong and secure password will keep your information safe, but changing it every 60-90 days will continue to keep hackers away from your data. Your password should include: upper and lowercase letters, numbers, symbols, and punctuation.

It is important as well to have different passwords for all of your accounts.

Don’t forget a password manager! Password manager is a program that allows users to store, generate, and manage their passwords for local applications and online services. It assists in generating and retrieving complicated passwords, storing the passwords in an encrypted database or calculating them on demand.

Garlic Will Keep The Vampires Away

A great way to keep vampires away is to have garlic around your neck. Keeping hackers away starts with having Multi-Factor Authentication.

Multi-Factor Authentication is a security technology that requires multiple methods of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify a user’s identity for a login or other transaction. Having that extra layer of protection will allow your data to be protected while making it difficult for any malicious attacks to happen.

Don’t get the monsters compromise your data!

For more information, contact PCS!

Apple Announcement Recap From October 18

Apple has made another announcement this year!
From it’s MacBook Pro line, to new AirPods, and finishing with new colors for its HomePod Mini!
We’re here to go over everything that Apple announced on 10/18.

MacBook Pro

The MacBook Pro has gotten it’s biggest update in years. Apple announced it’s new generation of computers: MacBook Pro 14- and 16-inch powered by it’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max chips. Apple says these new chips are much faster and may go further as to replace the “Pro” performance computers powered by Intel chips. They removed the touch bar, but they are bringing back the HDMI port, and SD card slot, and a MagSafe connector. It will have 3 Thunderbolt 4 ports and also a headphone jack.

The M1 Pro chip is said by Apple to be “scary fast.” It has up to 10-core CPU, up to 32GB of unified memory, up to 16-core GPU (Graphical Processing Unit), up to 200GB/s memory bandwidth, up to 20 streams of 4K ProRes video playback, and support for two external displays. Both the 14-inch and the 16-inch can support the M1 Pro chip.

Apple has said that the M1 Max chip is “scary fastest.” Being as fast as it is, it has 10-core CPU, up to 32-core GPU (Graphical Processing Unit), up to 400GB/s memory bandwidth, support for four external displays, and up to 7 streams of 8K ProRes video playback. Both the 14-inch and the 16-inch can support the M1 Max chip.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro has up to 17 hours of video playback and 11 hours of wireless web browsing. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has up to 21 hours of video playback and 14 hours of wireless web browsing. Both MacBook models are also 8TB of storage.

The MacBook Pro lines are less than 4 mm thin, has custom optical films and diffusers (7 films and diffusers mixed), and the cameras are 1080p HD! The cameras are double the resolution and uses a lens with a wider  aperture that lets in more light.

The 14-inch MacBook Pro has a 14.2″ Liquid Retina XDR display. The 16-inch MacBook Pro has a 16.2″ Liquid Retina XDR display.

Apple has even upgraded their keyboards on the new computers. Removing the Touch Bar allowed Apple to bring in a full-height function key row to the Macbook Pro. There are shortcuts now for Spotlight, Siri, Dictation, and Do Not Disturb. They also made Touch ID have a new, tactical ring that guides your finger for a fast, easy, secure way to unlock your Mac.

The Macbook Pro 14-inch model starts at $1,999.00 and the 16-inch starts at $2,499.00. 

AirPods (3rd generation)


Apple released it’s new line of AirPods that were redesigned to look similarly to the AirPod Pros. The AirPod 3rd generation has up to 6 hours of listening time with one charge and up to 30 hours of total listening time with this case.

Here are a few new features for the AirPods 3rd generation:

  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracing.
  • Sweat and water resistant.
  • MagSafe, wireless, and Lightning charging.
  • Pitch-Perfect Control – You can press to play, pause, and skip through songs, or answer and end calls.

The AirPods 3rd generation is $179.00.

HomePod Mini

The new HomePod Mini‘s that were released in 2020 will now have different colors to add to the collection! The new colors are Blue, Yellow, and Orange.
All functions remain the same as far as the HomePod Mini is concerned.

The HomePod Mini’s still are $99.00.