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New Global Ransomware Attack

Posted: June 28th, 2017

There is a new outbreak of ransomware today that is taking down many companies around the world including shipping, banking, energy, healthcare etc.  Some reports are that it is using email as a way to infect one machine, and then using internal Windows features to spread from machine to machine inside a company. Please be extra… Read More

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Use OpenDNS as an Additional Home Security Layer

Posted: June 23rd, 2017

Security while online has never been more important, especially with the recent release of government hacking tools and exploits.  You hear a lot about Mainstream taking precautions for protection, but it is also very important for you to protect your computers and network at your home. We would like to recommend that each of you… Read More

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The Call for Open Data is Growing

Posted: June 16th, 2017

This article is a summary of the Open Data Seminar presented by JD Robinson, Mainstream Technologies at the 2014 Arkansas Digital Government Summit, November 5, 2014. INTRODUCTION What do we mean by OPEN DATA?  Open data is information that is free to use and distribute without any restrictions.  There are at least four reasons why… Read More

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WannaCry: How To Respond

Posted: May 15th, 2017

Over the weekend US-CERT has issued a bulletin regarding a new ransomware called WannaCry. This ransomware variant uses email phishing, Remote Desktop compromise, or by exploiting a system that is not up to date on all security patches. Systems that are past end of life such as Windows 2003 server, or Windows XP that no… Read More

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Mainstream Technologies Hires Jeff Pracht

Posted: April 24th, 2017

Brings 28 years experience to NWA (Little Rock, Ark.) – (April 26, 2017) — Mainstream Technologies is pleased to announce the hiring of Jeff Pracht as IT Business Development Manager. He will be responsible for developing the Northwest Arkansas market for Mainstream’s managed IT services and hosting. Jeff has 28 years of experience in the… Read More

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Mainstream Technologies Completes MSP/Cloud Verify Certification

Posted: March 30th, 2017

For Immediate Release MSP/Cloud Verify Program offers vendor-agnostic Certification for Cloud and Managed Services Practitioners Worldwide; Provides Quality Assurance, and Stamp of Reliability for Current, Potential Customers (Little Rock, AR) –  March 30. 2017 – Mainstream Technologies today announced that it has successfully completed the MSPAlliance’s MSP/Cloud Verify Program (MSPCV) certification process, the oldest certification… Read More

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Mainstream Technologies Hires Pat Thomas

Posted: March 10th, 2017

Brings 13 years experience (Little Rock, Ark.) – (Mar.10, 2017) — Mainstream Technologies is pleased to announce the hiring of Pat Thomas as Tier II Service Engineer. Pat will serve as technical leader for Mainstream’s day-to-day IT client support operation. His responsibilities will include working with clients for support, troubleshooting, and resolution of issues across… Read More

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Security Tip – Understanding Anti-Virus Software

Posted: February 20th, 2017

What does anti-virus software do? Although details may vary between packages, anti-virus software scans files or your computer’s memory for certain patterns that may indicate the presence of malicious software (i.e., malware). Anti-virus software (sometimes more broadly referred to as anti-malware software) looks for patterns based on the signatures or definitions of known malware. Anti-virus… Read More

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Security Tip – Supplementing Passwords

Posted: February 20th, 2017

Why aren’t passwords sufficient? Passwords are a good first layer of protection, but attackers can guess or intercept passwords. Additional security measures can protect you even if an attacker does obtain your password. You can strengthen that first layer of protection by avoiding passwords based on personal information or words found in the dictionary; building… Read More

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Security Tip – Securing Your Home Network

Posted: February 20th, 2017

How are routers used in your home network? Home routers have become an integral part of our global communications footprint as use of the Internet has grown to include home-based businesses, telework, schoolwork, social networking, entertainment, and personal financial management. Routers facilitate this broadened connectivity. Most of these devices are preconfigured at the factory and… Read More

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