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Ransomware Exposed: What it is and How it Works

Posted in Communications, Finance, Industry Trends, Newsworthy, Security, Technology

Ransomware Exposed: What it is and How it Works

Ransomware has become an undeniable threat to business growth, profitability and security. It’s a ruthless type of malware that locks your keyboard or computer to prevent you from accessing your data until you pay the ransom, which is usually demanded in untraceable Bitcoin. Cyber criminals are turning this type of attack into big business, raking in billions each year as many businesses have no choice but to pay up. How does ransomware get into the network? Surprisingly, it’s NOT those random...

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What is the ‘ransomware’ WannaCry worm and how does it spread?

Posted in Communications, Insurance, Legal, Newsworthy, Professional Services, Security, Student Housing, Technology

What is the ‘ransomware’ WannaCry worm and how does it spread?

Malicious software called ‘ransomware’ has forced British hospitals to turn away patients and affected Spanish companies such as Telefonica as part of a global outbreak that has affected tens of thousands of computers. What is WannaCry – also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.0, WannaCry and WCry? HOW DOES IT WORK? WannaCry is a form of “ransomware” that locks up the files on your computer and encrypts them in a way that you cannot access them anymore. HOW DOES IT SPREAD?...

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The 5 coolest home tech products at CES 2017 include a cute robot and a security drone

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The 5 coolest home tech products at CES 2017 include a cute robot and a security drone

If you’re a fan of technology, you’ve probably heard of CES, a consumer electronics and consumer technology trade show that takes place every year in Las Vegas. This year’s show runs from January 5th to 8th, and to mark the occasion we’ve rounded up five of the coolest home tech products on display. Scroll on to meet some of the futuristic devices you could soon be using in your home. 1. Kuri by Mayfield Robotics Photo: Mayfield Robotics If you’re looking for a smart home hub that can play...

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Building owners have work to do on accessibility

Posted in Bylaws / Regulations, Development, Exterior Building, Health & Safety, Industry Trends, Interior Building, Retrofit, Security, Suite Renovations

Building owners have work to do on accessibility

Story by: Chad Griffiths Most businesses, owners and property managers are aware of laws, building codes and bylaws designed to better accommodate those with disabilities. However, from my own experience, there’s still a lot of progress that needs to be made on accessibility. I recently had a reconstructive foot surgery that confined me to a wheelchair for the first couple of weeks and crutches for a further six weeks. In no way whatsoever will I suggest that this temporary situation was...

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Multifamily Technology Trends for 2016

Posted in CMHC, Communications, Finance, Housing, Industry Trends, Marketing, New Products, Payments Processing, Professional Services, Recreational, Security, Technology

Multifamily Technology Trends for 2016

Story by: Lindsey Schooner  | Zillow.com Once upon a time, your company built a website. Then you went paperless, started using social media and optimized for mobile. This year, will it be beacon technology or virtual reality? Your business doesn’t grow by staying the same, so here’s a look at the rental real estate technology trends that could be game changers in 2016. Technology as an amenity From dinner dates to food delivery, today’s renters use the internet for everything, and they expect...

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How to Accept and Make Online Payments Easier for Residents

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How to Accept and Make Online Payments Easier for Residents

Story by: Tim Blackwell | Property Management Insider A recent report notes that a growing number of retail, entertainment, and travel outlets are turning to self-service checkout kiosks for their customer service needs. For many businesses, kiosks have the ability to enable customers to make their purchases or check in quicker and avoid lines waiting for an agent or cashier. According to a report by Technavio entitled, “Global Self-Service Kiosk Market 2016-2020”, the size of the global...

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4 Areas to Focus on to Better Understand Financial Budget Variances

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4 Areas to Focus on to Better Understand Financial Budget Variances

Story by: Christine Bright | Property Management Insider Being able to manage the leasing, residents, and staff are critical functions of a good property manager, but often I hear from regional managers and other leaders in the multifamily housing industry that managers are good at running properties, but don’t fully understand how to read a financial statement. Understanding Financial Variances in Property Management Usually, the reason is that no one has invested the time to teach them to...

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6 Tips for Rebranding Your Apartment Community

Posted in Appraisal, Communications, Exterior Building, Health & Safety, Housing, Interior Building, Janitorial, Maintenance, Marketing, Recreational, Restoration, Security

6 Tips for Rebranding Your Apartment Community

Story by: JENNIFER CHAN So you acquired a new building, but it needs a little bit of work. Perhaps the features are dated, the name is passé, or the reputation has taken a hit. One way to start fresh is to rebrand your building, revitalizing your apartment community inside and out. Here are some steps you can take as part of a systematic approach to turning your complex around. Create a story around your product Your brand is what sets you apart from other communities. It puts a face to your...

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Attracting Tenants: A Generational Approach

Posted in Communications, Housing, Industry Trends, Interior Building, Marketing, Recreational, Security, Senior Housing, Student Housing, Suite Renovations

Attracting Tenants: A Generational Approach

Story by: DOUG CLARK As landlords, do we need to be concerned with the age of our current or prospective tenants? After all, we’re already juggling property taxes, maintenance costs, legal issues and more. Every market is unique; targeting your marketing efforts to a specific age group isn’t always useful, but in some cases it may significantly impact your return on investment. If you’re buying and renting out properties in a college market, it’s easy to guess that your tenants will tend to...

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Work Smarter With These Landlord Hacks

Posted in Communications, Housing, Interior Building, Maintenance, Restoration, Retrofit, Security, Suite Renovations

Work Smarter With These Landlord Hacks

Story by: JENNIFER CHAN Ever wish you had more time and resources to keep up with the work on your rental property? Maintenance doesn’t stop once you find a tenant, but there are several ways to make your job as a landlord a little easier. Here are some tips to help you save time and money managing your property. Change locks with ease: Replace locks quickly during turnover using KwikSet SmartKeys, which allow you to easily reset the lock yourself. Standardize your property features: Finding...

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