Skip the Hotel Wi-Fi…Here is Why:

Skip the Hotel Wi-Fi…Here is Why:

Nov 19, 2020 by Patrick

If you TRAVEL frequently – or you have taken a local hotel up on their day-rental options, mid-covid to gain some quiet work space – KEEP READING

Hackers specifically target HOTEL Wi-Fi – and it is not hard to figure out why:

  • Poor security
  • Lots of people crowded together in one building
  • Lots of personal information at their fingertips

The best way to avoid poor hotel security is obviously not to use hotel Wi-Fi. Bring your own wireless access BYOW – i.e. mobile hotspot.

For extra protection, use a VPN, and make sure all updates have been installed before leaving your home. 

In the event you do have to use hotel Wi-Fi without these additional safety measures, stay alert…

  • Is your mobile device running slowly or launching apps on its own?
  • Are you experiencing automatic website redirects?
  • Are you seeing pop-up advertisements appear more frequently?
  • Is your battery life low?
  • Is your cursor moving on its own?
  • Are you receiving more unwanted emails, texts, or calls than usual?

These signs should are RED FLAGS – but many people miss this stuff…it does not end well for anyone but the attacker!

P.S. Have you seen my free guide on 8 critical IT security protection your small business should implement? Download it here and fine out 8 Critical steps SMBs should be doing.

Employees – the Weakest Link in the Cybersecurity Chain

Oct 22, 2020 by Patrick

Do you know your company’s security plan from start to finish? Have you actively participated in a test-run of your RECOVERY PLAN in the event of an attack?

Cyberattacks are more prevalent and sophisticated than ever before. As the threat landscape multiplies in size… YOU might be placing more FAITH in YOUR EMPLOYEES than perhaps you should be…

The challenge is growing with most of your employees working from home.

What should you be doing?? 

Employee training is now at the top of cyber security expert’s lists for preventing attacks – If you are still working on prioritizing security, you can check out the NIST’s Framework to inform cybersecurity training & awareness.

You can also check out the do’s and dont’s of cybersecurity for some DIY training.

IT decision-makers are drowning in an endless sea of to-do’s that COVID ushered in – unexpectedly. EMPLOYEES ARE THE LAST LINE OF DEFENSE – make this a priority – SOON!

P.S. Have you seen my free guide on 8 critical IT security protection your small business should implement? Download it here and fine out 8 Critical steps SMBs should be doing.

This Browser’s New Update Will Tell You Which Websites Are Tracking You…

Oct 22, 2020 by Patrick

It is a little bit scary to think about – but some of the websites you visit have been TRACKING you.

Maybe it is not a major problem for your Facebook ads to align with the new furniture you were just browsing on Amazon – but if they keep it up long enough, they can put together a complete profile on you…

Married, three kids, baby on the way, plays golf, uses Apple products, eats organic…how much more do they know? 

Turns out, computers KNOW MORE ABOUT YOU than most of your friends or family…

GOOD NEWS For Apple iPhone Users (And Mac Users) – latest Safari update tells you who knows what about you – pretty handy.

Not only that, you do not have to update your entire Mac iOS if you do not want to. Just pull up your app store and click on Updates. DONE in SECONDS!

After you update, you can open the browser and click on Safari Dropbox > Privacy Report.

Once you have read your privacy report and learned who is tracking you, you will probably want to change some of your browser settings – more security! You can learn more HERE!

P.S. Have you seen my free guide on 8 critical IT security protection your small business should implement? Download it here and fine out 8 Critical steps SMBs should be doing.

Will the Sale of TikTok Include Your Data?

Sep 14, 2020 by Patrick

TikTok – you know, the big craze for weird dance videos…How much of your data is sitting on TikTok servers right now? Maybe none. How about your kid’s data?  Did you know your kids are a big target for hackers? 

Microsoft may be buying ByteDance…the PARENT app to TikTok.

This is a massive security concern… TikTok has close ties to the CHINESE government. And they love US data! 

If China requests data from ByteDance (And they probably will), the Chinese laws will FORCE ByteDance to turn over a shocking amount of data…data IT IS COLLECTING about us…

Yes, it’s possible ByteDance will be added to the Bureau of Industry and Security Entity list, immediately BANNING it (and TikTok) from American IP and technology…

To bypass this, Microsoft recently stepped forward as a potential purchaser of TikTok. If they follow through, it’s unlikely all breaches will be sealed…Will the Chinese government keep copies of the data they’ve already collected? …No Doubt.

The sale price of TikTok could include your personal information and data. Expect their data to also include everything collected from your employees…those using their own devices for business…YOUR BUSINESS!
So here’s the question…how much is your data worth to you? Expect Microsoft to make a decision by September 15th. Continue Reading HERE.

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Do You Know Your Top 5 Security Threats?

Aug 31, 2020 by Patrick

Half the battle for privacy and data security can be won simply by knowing what the enemy is up to…

Hackers target the most vulnerable…

Companies have discovered the cost efficiency of the work-from-home model, while data thieves have busied themselves by stealing from naive employees!

Here are the TOP 5 SECURITY THREATS you need to be aware of…

  1. PHISHING (Sending you emails designed to take over your computer).

    I agree, this is a major threat. Even the trained security professional can’t always tell what’s real, and what’s an attack.

    The good news…when destructive software hits your computer we can usually see it with the right detection technology in place.
  2. RANSOMWARE – taking your computer hostage.

    Again, I agree this is a major threat. The media has made us somewhat numb to it… however, don’t be fooled.

    Hackers can easily hit you with a ransom request if you’re not well protected against them.
  3. CLOUD VULNERABILITIES…well, cloud isn’t an attack or threat.

    Most of the attacks (over 50%) over the past 12 months involved the cloud.

    The fact is, people falsely believe they don’t need greater protection because they are in the cloud. Your phone, laptop, or desktop (when using the cloud) is the place hackers will attack.

    Remember, your data is not encrypted when working on it – the end node is a key part of your network and must be protected.
  4. GDPR – again this isn’t an attack or threat either – it’s a new law from our friends in Europe… 


Compliance in general has changed the way we look at security – in many cases its lulled small business owners into a false sense of security.

Being PCI, HIPAA, or GDPR compliant, in no way says, your data is safe. Check the boxes, then assess risk, finally, secure the data.

CRYPTO-MINING. This one is an attack…having your computer taken over to process cryptocurrency illegally.

Crypto-mining will eat up your bandwidth, computing power…even point to you as the perp!

Crypto-miners take over systems and use them for their crime…make sure this doesn’t happen to you. Some simple tests can tell us if your system is being used for this type of crime.

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New hours for DK Systems, LLC

Aug 17, 2020 by Patrick

As our IT business continues to grow I have decided to adjust our hours. In recent years we have begun servicing more businesses and to meet the demands of those businesses beginning Tuesday September 8, 2020, our new hours will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. If you need to drop off or pick up something before or after call the store and make arrangements: 414-764-4465.

Our retail store is still available and we will continue to repair your PCs and laptops, sell PCs, laptops, networking accessories, and many other cables.

Automatic Forgiveness of PPP Loans Might Be Coming Your Way…

Aug 17, 2020 by Patrick

As of July 15th, a bipartisan bill is being introduced that might mean automatic forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Loans under $150,000…

If you’re a small business owner who is struggling to pay your employees through the pandemic, you may have applied for one of these loans…

Now you might be starting to wonder how you’ll pay it back in full – but the good news is, you might not have to. 

“Recent SBA data released on June 30 indicated that PPP loans have supported more than 51 million jobs, but if PPP forgiveness isn’t realized for small businesses, then PPP will simply turn into a debt burden on borrowers who are still trying to weather the economic storm.”

Read more HERE.

Additionally, the bill cuts paperwork down to one page for micro businesses. Larger “small businesses” will still be required to go through the standard forgiveness process.

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The Best Web Browsers For 2020

Aug 1, 2020 by Patrick

Unlike switching between operating systems, changing your primary browser is fast and simple. In a matter of seconds, you can download and open a variety of options…

Here’s our take on the safest and most secure browsers for 2020:

#1…Chrome wins. 

Featuring an extensive password manager, reliable app integration, and the ability to block ads that don’t conform to industry standards…it’s a clean, secure option.

Best Chrome alternative?

Firefox – our second pick. And a very close second.

Recent updates to the browser include better privacy protections with anti-tracker support, improved password syncing across devices, improved readability, and integrated breach alerts.

Managing settings isn’t quite as seamless as Chrome…however if you don’t like Chrome for some reason, Firefox is a safe, well-functioning second choice.

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