Barracuda Email SPAM Blocker

What is happening with my emails?

 You may have noticed that things are looking a little different in your email inbox. Captain IT recently implemented a new SPAM Filtering system called Barracuda.

 This decision was made to ensure that your email accounts have the latest protection. There is no additional charge to our valued clients.

Anthony from Captain IT announcing the new email Spam filtering system called Barracuda. Now our client emails will be even more secure and prevent phishing and other online cyber attacks at no additional cost to our clients.

Vimeo Could Have Collected Biometric Data Without Consent

The popular video site Vimeo now finds itself in hot water and are facing a lawsuit for allegedly violating the Illinois Biometrics Information Privacy Act.  The act requires all private companies collecting biometric information to maintain a publicly available, written policy that explains their practices concerning this type of information.  It also includes guidelines relating to the retention and destruction of such information.

According to the lawsuit filed:

“Vimeo is actively collecting, storing and using–without providing notice, obtaining informed written consent or publishing data retention policies–the biometrics of thousands of unwitting individuals throughout the country whose faces appear in photographs and/or videos uploaded to the Magisto “smart video editor” application in Illinois. Each face template that Vimeo extracts is unique to a particular individual in the same way that a fingerprint or voiceprint uniquely identifies one and only one person.”

The lawsuit is being brought forth by Illinois resident Bradley Acaley, who downloaded the Magisto app in 2017.  He purchased an annual subscription for $120, uploaded several photos and videos of himself and then could no longer access them after his subscription ended.

A Vimeo spokesperson had this to say about the recent filing:

“The lawsuit is based upon a fundamental misunderstanding of how the Magisto video creation app works.  To help customers create better videos faster, Magisto uses machine learning technology to help identify objects within video frames.  Determining whether an area represents a human face or a volleyball does not equate to “facial recognition,” and Magisto neither collects nor retains any facial information capable of recognizing an individual.  We look forward to having an opportunity to clear this up in court.”

It’s an interesting case and its outcome will no doubt have ramifications and ripple effects that extend far beyond Vimeo.  Stay tuned.

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Google Adds Several New Password Features To Help Users

Google is taking additional steps to provide a safer and more secure environment for their massive user base.  Chrome is the most widely used browser in the world. In recent months, Google has made moves to provide better password security. Most recently, they released a Chrome Extension called Password Checkup that scans all of your stored login credentials to see if they’ve been found in data breaches. If they have been breached, it prompts you to change them.

As good and helpful as that is, the company has taken an additional step and has now integrated the Password Checkup tool directly into Google’s Password Manager.

Here’s how it works:

  • Open your Google Password Manager, which you can access via https://passwords.google.com.
  • When the page displays, you’ll see a new link labelled “Check Passwords.” Click that.
  • Google will then proceed to check your stored login credentials to see:
    • If any of your passwords have been exposed via a third-party data breach
    • If the password in question is being reused among multiple sites
    • Assess the relative strength of all of your stored passwords.

Once this check is complete, it will display the results in different categories that show you exactly which passwords are at risk, and why they were flagged.  From there, you’ll be able to change any problematic passwords and re-run the check to give yourself a clean bill of health.

This is a fantastic move, but the company isn’t stopping there.  Ultimately, the company plans to have Chrome automatically alert you when your saved passwords were discovered in a breach and allow you to act immediately to change them and keep your accounts safe.

When the plan is fully realized, Google’s password security feature built into Chrome will rival the capabilities of many paid password management offerings, and that’s a very good thing indeed.  Kudos to Google for raising the bar.

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Computer Trouble? We can Fix That!

Don’t let that computer get in the way of you making progress with your work day… Call Captain IT for Fast, Reliable & Dependable IT Service and get back on track with your day!

VOIP Web Phone Service

Is your current phone system not keeping up with the demands of your business, or do you find your company missing calls, or worse yet sales due to lacking functionality or features? A new Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone system from Captain IT may be in order. With our new VoIP solutions in Riverside, you can rest assured that your business needs will be met and far exceeded.

Cost-Effective VoIP Solutions For Businesses Throughout Riverside 

Let Captain IT’s VoIP service provide the benefits every business needs today:

  • Features that you’ll use – If you want to take a call on your laptop, or on your cell phone when you’re on the go, or you’d like to access a phone number without any hassle, then Captain IT’s VoIP services are definitely for you.
  • The ability to take on your company’s workload – With optimized technology, your VoIP system will never go down because too many calls are being made, and the system can grow with your business.
  • Low-cost and easy to install – Installing and setting up a new VoIP system in your office is easier and more affordable than you might expect. Our trained staff will not only provide all of the necessary training and help to make the transition smooth and worry-free, but we can also help you find the right solution that meets your budget.

If you’re not happy with your current phone solution, have outgrown your existing system, or are looking for new features; call us today, and let us help you make the right choice.

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