In the early hours of one recent morning, Cowabunga’s vigilant security system detected unusual activity on a client’s computer. At 4:55am, a remote access application was launched. While such applications can have genuine purposes, the timing was odd. Our security system quickly terminated the suspicious activity and we noted it, planning to notify the client at a more reasonable hour.
But by 5:16am, a second, different remote access application was flagged. Two such applications in such a short time span raised red flags. We knew immediate intervention was required.
Despite our best efforts, initial phone calls and on-screen alerts to the client went unanswered. Undeterred, we took further steps to ensure the client’s safety by shutting down active browser connections and other suspicious applications.
Finally, the client responded. They revealed they were on the phone with what they believed was “HP support”. They’d been instructed to ignore our calls and on-screen messages.
It became clear: our client was on the brink of becoming a victim of a technical support scam. A fraudulent search result had led them to a fake support line.
Thanks to Cowabunga’s unwavering commitment to security, the scam was thwarted. No credit card, bank, or retirement funds were compromised.
At Cowabunga, we pride ourselves on being more than just a managed services provider. We’re your frontline defense against the increasingly sophisticated world of cyber threats. Our message to all our valued clients and prospective partners: Let us be your first and only call for technical support. With Cowabunga in your corner, rest easy knowing you’re protected from the myriad of threats lurking online.
Choose Cowabunga for steadfast protection, always. Secure your computers, servers, and networks with the best in Honolulu.
In today’s interconnected world, where businesses and residents rely heavily on the internet, ensuring network security is of paramount importance. A robust firewall is the first line of defense against cyber threats and unauthorized access. Among the myriad of firewall options available, Cisco Meraki firewalls stand out as a reliable and advanced choice. In this article, we will explore the significance of a firewall and delve into the key features that make Cisco Meraki a top contender for safeguarding networks.
The Importance of a Firewall: A firewall acts as a protective barrier, monitoring incoming and outgoing network traffic and filtering it based on predefined security rules. Whether you are a small business or a resident, a firewall is crucial for several reasons:
Network Security: Firewalls prevent unauthorized access to your network and protect your sensitive data from potential cyber attacks such as malware, ransomware, and phishing attempts.
Traffic Management: A firewall ensures that your network resources are utilized efficiently by regulating and prioritizing traffic flow.
Compliance: For businesses, certain industries require compliance with strict data protection regulations. A robust firewall helps in meeting these compliance standards.
Key Features of Cisco Meraki Firewalls: Cisco Meraki firewalls offer a wide range of features that cater to the needs of both small businesses and residents. Here are some of the standout features:
Cloud-Managed Security: One of the unique aspects of Cisco Meraki firewalls is their cloud-based management. This allows easy and centralized control of multiple devices across different locations, making them ideal for managed services providers overseeing several clients.
User-friendly Interface: The intuitive dashboard of Cisco Meraki firewalls simplifies the configuration and monitoring process. Even non-technical users can easily manage their network security effectively.
Advanced Threat Protection: Meraki firewalls come equipped with intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and antivirus scanning to proactively identify and block malicious activities, providing an additional layer of protection.
Content Filtering and Application Control: For businesses and parents alike, content filtering and application control features are valuable. These features allow users to restrict access to certain websites or applications, ensuring a safer online experience.
VPN Connectivity: Cisco Meraki firewalls support Virtual Private Network (VPN) connectivity, enabling secure communication between remote offices or telecommuting employees.
Conclusion: In conclusion, selecting the right firewall is crucial for safeguarding your network and data from cyber threats. Cisco Meraki firewalls offer a compelling suite of features, making them an excellent choice for managed services providers and individuals seeking reliable network security. By embracing the power of Cisco Meraki firewalls, you can not only fortify your network but also build trust among your clients or family members by providing a secure online environment.
Remember, while we’ve highlighted the advantages of Cisco Meraki firewalls in this article, it’s essential to conduct a thorough evaluation to ensure the chosen firewall aligns with your specific needs. With the right firewall in place, you can stay ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity.
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Cowabunga! Computers can build you a custom gaming computer.
We have looked around the island and found that custom gaming computers are in short supply. If you need a custom gaming computer, we can build you one. We can build a gaming computer for your child, teenager or full grown adult. Depending on the game you are trying to play, we can ensure that the parts meet the requirements needed to play smoothly.
Do you suffer from a weak wireless signal? This is a very simple question to answer. Either you do or you don’t, it’s a yes or a no.
The solution to the problem however is not quite so simple. A poor wireless signal can be caused by a whole spectrum of issues. In this short article, we hope to tackle some of the more common issues.
The most common issue with a weak signal is access point placement. Before you go out buying new equipment, you should first determine if repositioning the access point will give you better coverage. Place the access point in a central location in your home and see if that helps cover your entire house. Access points broadcast their signal outwards in a circular pattern. Depending on the material used to build your home, the walls will distort and reflect the signal causing dead zones.
If placement of the access point doesn’t help because there are too many obstructions in the house, adding additional access points may be of importance. In this configuration, you want to move your access points so they evenly cover the household. You don’t want them bunched up in the middle of the building and you don’t want them on the very edges either.
Once you have the right placement and right quantity of wireless access points to cover your entire home, you want to make sure that your devices are talking on the right frequency. Newer access points operate in the 5Ghz spectrum. This spectrum typically requires a direct line of sight for a fast reliable connection. If there are obstacles in the home, 5Ghz speeds will tend to drop off quickly and you may be better off using the 2.4Ghz wireless signal.
Moving beyond just the speed, making sure your access point is capable of handling more devices is important. In todays modern world, its not uncommon for a typical family household to have 3-4 ipads, 2-4 smart phones, 3-4 wireless televisions and 2-3 laptops computers. When you do the math, we are talking about 20+ devices for a family of 5. When looking for a good access point, you want to make sure it has MU-MIMO technology. MU-MIMO stands for Mult-User, Multiple Input, Multiple Output. This technology opens up the lines of communications with the router and allows all devices to talk simultaneously without crowding each other out.
We configure and deploy Meraki Wireless Access Points in areas like schools where WIfi is mission critical to the learning of the students. When you have 30 students in a classroom, and 20 classrooms across the campus, Meraki Wireless Access points offer advanced capabilities to smooth out issues and offer detailed reporting when issues arise.
For residential and commercial businesses, we deploy Unifi wireless access points. These offer a cheaper alternative to Meraki because they do not require an active subscription to function. These offer equally high performance to their Meraki counterparts, but require a little more hands-on knowledge to setup, configure and troubleshoot.
If you need help with a wireless problem, if it’s a new install or a wireless installation that isnt working like you expect it, we can be of assistance.