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Sharon Durant

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Is it safe to use Facebook credentials to login to other websites?

Posted by Sharon Durant on 11/29/16 11:53 AM

Short answer- No, not really. Here's why:

A recent vulnerability was exposed in the OAuth 2.0 protocol that opened a floodgate of exposed passwords. Chinese researchers examined 600 top U.S. and Chinese Android mobile apps that use OAuth 2.0 APIs from Facebook, Google and Sina and support single sign-on for third-party apps. They found that 41.2 percent of the apps they tested were vulnerable to their attack, including popular dating, travel, shopping, hotel booking, finance, chat, music and news apps. The researchers said the apps they tested were downloaded more than 2.4 billions times in aggregate, meaning that more than one billion are vulnerable!

If you use Facebook or Google+ login credentials to sign in to other websites, your password could be 

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Topics: Security

Secure Your Business with these IT Policies

Posted by Sharon Durant on 9/30/16 12:40 PM

Employees are one of your biggest security holes. There is no foolproof prevention method for human error, and this is why employee mistakes are one of the most common causes of a security breach. So what can you do to prevent it? Well at the very least you need to include policies in your employee handbook, and ensure your employee reads through it and signs off on agreeing to abide by them. Having measures in place drastically reduces the chances of a security breach. Here are four areas to keep in mind when developing your own.

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Topics: Security

Employee Spotlight - Meg McCall, VP of Marketing

Posted by Sharon Durant on 9/8/16 10:00 AM

Meet our wonderful VP of Marketing, Meg McCall! Meg has extensive experience in marketing, information technology and community relations. For 15 years after college, she worked in various roles at United Way in Madison, Wisconsin, and then went to work for her alma mater, UW-Madison, as the Senior Marketing Manager for the Division of Information Technology (DoIT). Upon moving to San Luis Obispo in 2009, she became the Director of Marketing at MINDBODY, a SaaS business management software provider.

Meg has been a vital member of the Digital West team, serving in a marketing consulting capacity since June of 2013, but she just recently accepted a full-time position with us as VP of Marketing. Ironically, after spending most of her life in the Midwest, Meg has been splitting her time between San Luis Obispo and Ithaca, New York the last few years. Now she’s back in SLO, and we are thrilled to have her here.

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Jack's Helping Hand Provides Assistance and Programs to Children with Cancer and Special Needs

Posted by Sharon Durant on 8/23/16 12:09 PM

Digital West's Core Value of Giving Generously drives us to provide in-kind website hosting to any local non-profit, and Jack's Helping Hand is one of the many incredible organizations in our community that we support. We value the work that Jack's Helping Hand does of improving the lives of children in the community and want to let our followers and fans know about them.

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Topics: Community

Risks Financial Firms Face

Posted by Sharon Durant on 8/5/16 12:15 PM

TTP’s stands for threats and tactics, techniques and procedures, the number of which has been gradually increasing since 2015. The financial services sector has long been the target for cyber criminals, where they apply a myriad of techniques ranging from social-engineering to credential-stealing malware. This means the time for security professionals to boost cyber situational awareness has never been more fitting. These are the seven latest threats that have recently surfaced:

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Topics: Security

How Virtualization Helps Cut Costs

Posted by Sharon Durant on 7/14/16 12:49 PM

With the gradual integration of virtualization, many small and medium-sized businesses have seen many benefits that extend beyond their bottom line. Not only does it aid with cost efficiency but also with disaster recovery and several other areas of operations. Here are a few other reasons why thousands of SMBs are virtualizing their business model.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Can Your Business Survive a Disaster?

Posted by Sharon Durant on 6/22/16 12:36 PM

Disasters. They do happen — it’s only a matter of ‘when’. While most businesses acknowledge it, surveys show that only one in four companies worldwide have adequate protection in the event of a major disruption. We’re not talking about insurance here, but a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan that could save you thousands of dollars in losses and worse, a business closure. If you haven’t heard much about what DR is, this post will help you gain some insight about what it is and how it can affect the future of your business.

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Metro Fiber Internet Coming to Grover Beach

Posted by Sharon Durant on 6/15/16 4:30 PM

Digital West is expanding its fiber optic network beyond San Luis Obispo into Grover Beach. An agreement with the City has been reached for Digital West to deliver the much needed infrastructure to City public services and area businesses.

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Topics: Metro Fiber

Announcing David White as Vice President of Sales

Posted by Sharon Durant on 6/3/16 9:15 AM

We are excited to announce the addition of David White, VP of Sales to our growing team. 

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Topics: Digital West Staff

Why Managed Services Boosts Productivity

Posted by Sharon Durant on 5/13/16 12:29 PM

For many small and medium sized business owners like yourself, Managed Services may be a confusing topic. You’ve likely heard that they can lead to greater productivity and profits, but are unsure as to just how they do this. If you’ve been confused for long enough, today you’ll finally understand the process by which Managed Services can lead your business to increased productivity and a higher bottom line.

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Topics: Managed Network Services