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Two Reasons to Protect Everything with Two-Factor Authentication

Data theft is a constant threat, and it’s only getting bigger. Ransomware cuts through company security to get either payouts or incidental data, and unsecured networks let malicious users take even more information. Even on the individual consumer’s side of data security, people are after your passwords and your information. One of the best tools to keep people out of your accounts is with two-factor authentication. If you’re on the fence about it, here are two reasons why you should make it a priority: 1. Passwords are easy to guess, steal, or break. We all know how to make a good password. It needs to be longer than eight alphanumeric… Read More

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4 Steps to Protect Your Business Devices Before Giving Them to New Employees

It’s a growing trend to give employees laptops, tablets, and smartphones for handling business-related tasks. For many corporate environments, desktop computers just aren’t flexible enough. But BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, policies are filled with security pitfalls and procedural problems, even if they might initially save your company better. Whether you’re shopping for new business devices for predicted expansion next quarter or you’re resetting devices for the new employees following a bit of turnover, you can’t just let your employees turn on the computer and get to work immediately. Here are four steps you need to take first: 1. Don’t pick the cheapest business devices. Brand names aren’t always… Read More

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5 Reasons for a Small Business to Outsource IT (Part 2)

5 Reasons for a Small Business to Outsource IT (Part 2) Welcome back to the second half of our two-part article on why to outsource IT for small businesses. Last time, we discussed how most small businesses simply don’t have enough steady IT work to justify a full-time or even part-time technician on staff. But at the same time, you need access to highly professional IT services for infrastructure set-up, upgrades, and the occasional technical difficulties. Join us as we pick up where we left off, talking about why your team can mostly handle the computer systems on their own, and how sharing IT services through outsourcing is the best… Read More

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5 Reasons for a Small Business to Outsource IT (Part 1)

5 Reasons for a Small Business to Outsource IT   There is a mentality in the business world that every company should be self-encapsulated, with a department and separate staff for every logistical need. A team of accountants to manage your books, a team of marketers to manage your campaigns, and of course a team of IT professionals to keep your company computers and network humming. But as a small business, you know better. Small business is all about remaining sleek and streamlined, investing only in what you need so that there is more revenue to dedicate to growth and improvement. The key is knowing when it’s right to outsource… Read More

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4 Business Problems That You Can Solve with Virtual Hardware and Servers

Physical copies of anything are risky. Older business documents that have been folded away in file folders for years are at risk of everything from a fire to just getting lost. Locally saved filed on a single computer will disappear if the computer gets damaged, corrupted, or stolen. As the business value of a physical asset increases, so do the risks your company faces. Even during daily operations, physical hardware and tools are slowing your business down. Instead of being tied to in-house machines, start looking into virtual alternatives that free up your employees to work at home or on the road. Virtual alternatives also plug your company into the… Read More

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Reasons To Outsource Your IT: Give Your Business A Competitive Edge

  How many times have you run into trouble with your technology and hardware? Are you running into so many problems that you have lost track? If your business continues to deal with technology hurdles and speed bumps, it can quickly become a major problem that will hold your business back. How can you properly take care of your technology and use it to be more efficient and productive? Traditional IT Services and Managed IT Services Many businesses make the decision to invest in the traditional IT services and technical support. This type of support will inspect your technology, identify what is wrong, and offer their services at a substantial… Read More

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3 IT Projects for New Employees

  There’s a lot of background work going undone in your company. That has nothing to do with your coworkers, the workload, or even the industry you’re in. Every company has projects and maintenance tasks on their to-do lists that should be done because they’re important but are never done because they aren’t urgent. The IT department is no exception, whether if you have a one-man IT team or work in the headquarters of a multinational corporation. A dozen different ideas can be on your radar, but they keep fading into the background for one reason or another. But the next time your department in onboarding a new employee, start them off… Read More

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Free Programs Aren’t Always Free: 3 Ways to Block Adware

We’ve all done it. On our personal laptops, people tend to use a free version of the most popular antivirus software they know. Maybe it’s free McAfee, maybe it’s the free version of Avast. While reputable tools actually provide the free services that they promise, that’s not all they do. Free versions also advertise for themselves and others. Every time you restart your computer, you’ll get an offer for a premium download or a warning that your computer has a large number of problems which can only be solved by upgrading. These programs might also come with a program of free programs that clog up your hard drive and replace… Read More

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How Many Layers of Cybersecurity Defense Does Your Company Have?

  Both cybersecurity experts and criminals talk about IT defenses in terms of layers. Every expert lists a different number of layers. Sometimes they focus on different hardware and different points of vulnerability. Other lists of layers focus on different threat mechanisms. No matter how your company’s list is organized, the most important part is that you have a comprehensive list. Why is it important to think about cybersecurity in terms of layers? Layers are an easy way of thinking about most problems. It means you can divide up responsibilities in such a way that each part is independent of the others’ weaknesses. Responsible parties can also specialize in a… Read More

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Outsourced Services Can Help You Plan Your Business’s Expenses

Whether you have an entire department devoted to your company’s finances or you are singlehandedly totaling up the revenue and expenses, you need a formal process. If you can’t accurately predict future expenses and departmental budgets within a small margin of error, Q3 and Q4 will be full of headaches. But your budgeting process isn’t the only thing that needs to be standardized. The types of operating expenses your company has matter, too. Outsourced services might be the right way for your company to organize finances. Why should you outsource some of your operating expenses? Expenses come in two categories: costs of goods sold and operating expenses. If it’s not tied to… Read More

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