Singlesource IT has been an integral partner in managing and implementing our technology needs. They not only provide exceptional service and responsiveness, they anticipate and prepare to help in guiding the direction of growth in our company. By assisting in making us more efficient and economical they ultimately help make us more profitable.”

Meyers + Associates Architecture, LLC.

Christopher Meyers, Principal Architect




FaceApp: The Russian Company That Wants Your Selfie

Data breaches are back in the news. Capital One, one of the biggest banks and credit card issuers on the globe just reported that 106 million user's personal details were stolen by a rogue employee.  No one knows where it ended up; the investigation is just getting started.

Your personal information - social security numbers, birthdates, answers to "secret" questions, are the keys fraudsters employ to gain access to your accounts. Now a new piece of data is frequently being used as well: Your face.  

The logic is simple - who else has your face but you? But facial recognition technology is as hackable as anything else, and our selfies are making it way too easy for the bad guys to know exactly what we look like.

FaceApp is a mobile phone application that's recently gone viral. Millions of users have downloaded it and used the fun filters to see what they'd look like as old folks. You've probably seen the results on Facebook or Twitter.

It's fun. But risky too. Here's why:

What you didn't know is that FaceApp is run by a Russian company, a company that demands "perpetual, irrevocable" rights to the images you upload, and company that also does all of its photo processing "in the cloud" not on your phone.

This means that every selfie you pop into FaceApp gets uploaded to the internet, to a server you can't control, and is processed by the same type of software that enables facial recognition technology to be so effective.

While we don't have any proof that Russian spys are assembling new databases full of FaceApp uploads, you should understand that using FaceApp means that you're providing ID-style, geo-tagged, date-stamped, user-specific photographs to a 3rd party that does not enjoy the same rule-of-law protection that we are accustomed to in the states.

Combine the Capital One breach with the photos from FaceApp, and you'd have everything you need to forge anything from a fake Twitter account to a new passport. Building a database to cross-reference the two wouldn't be hard for a hacker to do.

What to do? Be alert!

Read the terms of service, educate yourself and your team on the best practices for handling personal and professional information. Be sure to limit access to corporate data on personal devices and use secure systems whenever possible. And look for suspicous activty whenever you're online.  

If you have any questions, give us a call. Singlesource IT has a wide range of solutions to make sure that your data's safe. And stays that way.


Mobile Device Management - Secure Data, Safe Devices. Everywhere.

Introducing Mobile Device Management, a software solution that remotely monitors and manages all of your company's devices.

Mobile Device Management puts you in control with a centralized dashboard: giving you a heads-up on the status and location of all of your team's devices, phones, and tablets. Keeping your data and technology secure is an on-going challenge for today's on-the-go workforce. Mobile Device Management is the solution you've been looking for. Now your business-owned devices can be safe and secure...wherever they may go.

Key features include:

Advanced Security - Configure detailed security settings on business-owned devices.

Location Tracking - Use the built-in GPS on mobile devices to locate lost or stolen smartphones or tablets.

Ownership Details - Keep track of devices registered to individuals and associated handset details.

Data Usage Monitoring - Help make sure you don't pay extra data usage fines by monitoring data usage.

Remote Control - Lock phones, set passwords, configure email and Wi-Fi, or wipe devices remotely. All Major Device Types Supported: Mobile Device Management supports Apple® iOS®, Google® Android®, and Microsoft® Windows® devices and tablets.

Call or email today to find out more.


Introducing Passportal´╗┐ - Password Management Made Simple

Take Charge of Your Company's Passwords.

You've worked hard to train your team to use strong, secure, robust passwords. But what happens when someone else needs access to that data? How do you securely share resources with new employees? What do you do when you need password-protected data from team members that are unavailable, injured, or have been let go?

The answer is Passportal, the leader in password management.

We're proud to announce that we've partnered with Passportal to bring their enterprise-level solutions to you. Now you can have the tools to audit, review, reset, and log user access to your company's passwords. Control the keys to your data. Call or email today to find out how.



Singlesource IT has Moved!

... but not too far away!

Singlesource IT is now located in Suite 103, a new enhanced office space to serve you better. Same building, same convenient, highly-responsive, central location off of Interstate 71.

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Singlesource IT
4889 Sinclair Rd., Suite 103
Columbus, Ohio 43229


Who Needs a $2,000,000 Clean Room? You Just Might!

Data loss is the heartbreaker of the IT world. Your end-of-the-year reports, your market analysis, blueprints, sales figures, confidential intellectual property, vacation pics from Vegas, whatever your data may be - at the end of the day, it's all just a bunch of 1s and 0s. Hard drives will eventually fail. And portable electronics - laptops, phones, and cameras - seem to be magically attracted to water.

We have many tools in-house to retrieve, copy, and repair data that seems like a lost cause. But for the toughest cases we've partnered with DriveSavers, the premier data recovery service in the United States.

What do they have that we don't? Let's start with the big one: DriveSavers has invested $2,000,000 to build the most technologically advanced data recovery environment in the industry. It features a 975 square foot Certified ISO Class 5 Facility. What does that mean? The Discovery Chanel went "backstage" to find out.  Take a look:

DriveSavers has recovered the hard work and critical data of Hollywood producers, of rock stars, and is trusted by corporate clients in every industry. Partenering with them has allowed us to deliver the same service to our clients. And sometimes that makes us look like rock stars too.