Watch Out for the Little Green Light!

Did you know that cybercriminals can hack into your computer through your video camera or web camera? You might want to look up from your screen and check to make sure that the little green light near your built-in videocamera (typically found on a laptop computer) is not on. If it’s ever on while you are not using your videocamera, you & your information may be at risk!

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Don’t be too alarmed, but your family and friends might not be the only ones watching you through the videocamera on your electronic devices, including your laptop computer, desktop computer, and even cell phone. Many people have unknowingly had their personal information hacked through the use of a built-in or plug-in videocameras. These hackers will gain access to your devices’ video system through malicious software that is downloaded on your electronic device when you accidentally click on a spam link. These spam messages are typically received via email, and can sometimes be hard to recognize or distinguish as spam, resulting in your device being compromised and your personal information (or worse, photos or video footage!) at risk of being stolen.

 

However, there’s no need to throw your plug-in videocamera out or stop Facetiming your family altogether! There are many precautions and ways to prevent hacking like this, as well as tell-tale signs that you can learn to protect yourself from an attack like this. First off, we at Jump Start Technology will send you a complimentary protective videocamera cover that you can stick onto your laptop computer when you sign up for our email newsletter! This non-invasive little cover will slide open to allow access to your camera when you are using it, but can remain closed when you’re not – stopping any hackers in their tracks if they try to access your videocamera when you are not using it. In addition to receiving the free videocamera cover, signing up for our newsletter will give you access to the frequently released tips & tricks on how to identify a potential cyber threat and prevent one from affecting you. Additionally, our technicians have a wealth of knowledge about different software that they can install on your device(s) that will protect against any malware being downloaded on your computer that would allow hackers to gain access to your videocamera control system. If you are interested in protecting yourself, your business, or your family, please reach out to our team to assist you in making sure that your personal information is safe and give you peace of mind for using your videocamera from now on.


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Inspiration Blog Post

(Jump)Starting a company is an impressive feat, and doing so in the up-and-coming internet industry, with a family of two rambunctious toddlers, is even more impressive. Ron DeAngelis, my father, did just that twenty years ago – leaving his job at a successful DVD microchip company to branch off on his own and help his clients navigate the rapidly changing world of technology.

Starting out in the garage of my childhood home, JumpStart Technology was born with nothing but a vision, the support of his family, a hard work ethic, and my dad’s eagerness to learn as he went.

The inspiration for JumpStart started during my dad’s collegiate career within the Entrepreneurship Program at San Jose State University, where he participated in several entrepreneurial projects and won entrepreneurship competitions. He really enjoyed running his own business through those simulations, but never knew that he would eventually start his own company. Ron saw a gap in the market for IT service providers when working at his last job before starting JumpStart. His previous job had struggled to find a company that could provide the level of IT service that they had needed, and my dad thought that he could do better.

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So my dad bought a laptop and cell phone, and JumpStart Technology came to life. For the first few years, the company was supported solely by contractors that my dad knew from previous jobs or other work connections. After landing his first big client (originally Pets.com, but now widely known as PetSmart!), my dad was able to bring on his first employee. He worked tirelessly to secure clients, managing relationships with all of them as the token salesman for JumpStart. The company continued to grow every year, and had to exchange the garage for an actual office space after several years. Fast forward twenty years, and JumpStart has almost fifteen employees, clients across the nation, and the same commitment to client customer service as the company did during its humble beginnings.

One of the people that I look up to most in this world is my dad. He is the best role model, cheerleader, advocate (including devil’s advocate!), and mentor I could ever ask for. His passion and dedication to is business is extremely commendable, and such an inspiration to me as an up-and-coming business professional just about to enter the “real world.”

Being apart of a family business, and growing up within the company, has been such a wonderful growth opportunity and learning experience for me – and one that I did not even realize for a long period of time.

When I was little, I was excited to go to Daddy’s Office, because it meant lots of snacks, an air-hockey table, and getting to unpack and organize boxes Post-Its and Expo Markers. As I grew up, I was recruited to help out with filing and other administrative tasks, and I enjoyed the satisfaction of helping my parents, along with the souvenir money on family vacations that typically stemmed from it. Finally, when I was old enough to think about colleges and majors, I realized that I had learned a lot about life from being apart of the family business. I knew that I would be successful in college due to the can-do attitude my family instilled in me, and the responsibility (for various JumpStart projects) my parents entrusted me with at an early age. Reflecting back on the past 20 years, I have learned the good, the bad, and the ugly about juggling a family business – but also about juggling life. As in life, businesses are unpredictable and there is really no one set path to success. I learned, however, that with determination, a little grit, and a passion for what you set out to do, anything is possible – and I have my dad to thank for that.