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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 Reasons To Outsource Your IT In Q4

Outsource Your IT The fourth quarter is a crazy time for every business, no matter what size the company is. But if you have a small company, it can be even more chaotic as you try to make the most of seasonal sales. Depending on your organization’s structure, internal employees might take on different roles and have added responsibilities. A focus on long-term stability may have to go on the backburner to immediate sales. You might even bring in seasonal help or contractors. But bringing on people as you need them means you’re going to miss a lot of opportunities. There’s a lag between recognizing the need to free up… Read More

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3 Ways to Get Rid of Downloads and Strengthen Your IT Security

IT Security There are a lot of different ways cybersecurity threats can break through onto your network. Sometimes malware is too new to be caught by the latest catalog of known threats in your IT security antivirus program. Sometimes the attack is too complex or tries to attack too many different layers of your cybersecurity for it to be stopped. But these occurrences are relatively rare. Most threats get in because someone in your office let them in. There are a lot of potentially open doors at every company, and they include everything from malware designed to look like software patches to illicit online activity. Unfortunately, blocking Internet activity that isn’t… 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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3 Reasons Besides Ergonomics Why You Need a New Keyboard at Work

Every computer activity needs a different style of keyboard. Small laptops generally have a minimal setup with the basic QWERTY arrangement and very few command keys. That’s because the keys each need to have a certain size to be easy to hit, but the keyboard itself is constricted by the size of the device. While this is great for general use and online browsing, it’s no good for accounting work. It doesn’t have a ten-key number pad or a multiple of command keys that make shortcuts and formulas easier to input. Those same kinds of constraints can make a keyboard a bad fit for the office. Almost everyone needs to… Read More

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5 Reasons to Have an Expert Handle Attachment Issues

  A lot of malware focuses on phishing schemes and redirected links. But attachments are also dangerous once they’re downloaded onto a company network. Here’s why you need an expert to protect your company from unreliable attachments: 1. Malicious documents are an easy way to conceal attacks. Generally speaking, emails themselves can’t harm your computer or your business. All an email can do is convince the reader to take certain actions. It’s the links to unverified sites and downloadable attachments that cause the real problems. Downloading an unverified .exe file is the clearest sign of danger because that means your employee is downloading a program. However, viruses can be concealed in… Read More

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Three Hidden Sides of Email Security Your Company Might Not Have

What is email security all about? Most consumers see email security with two specific lenses in mind: How do you keep people from sending malicious and unwanted emails to an account? How do you keep unwanted people from accessing your actual account? These two questions address the majority of the security concerns when it comes to email. The first job of any email security plan should be to prevent unwanted emails from reaching the account. By volume, that means spam. Unwarranted businesses spam millions of email accounts every day. While this may be an inconvenience more than a hazard, it does mean valuable emails will slip through the cracks in… Read More

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Three IT Tickets That Mean You Need New CPU Fans

Whenever your air conditioner starts to malfunction, chances are the problem started with bad ventilation. Clogged vents mean that air doesn’t reach every corner of your house or the office. An unchanged HVAC filter makes the whole unit work harder. That can lead to overheating, faster wear and tear, and lower air quality. That’s why preventative maintenance is one of the most essential parts of having a well-running air conditioner. Your computer’s fan is exactly the same way. Your CPU generates a lot of heat, and the fan is designed to pull all of that hot air away from the internal parts. The more powerful your computer is, the more… Read More

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Thinking About Outsourcing Your IT? Here’s Why You Should Do It

Information technology is a major support system for a business of any size. Unfortunately, there are many small businesses and medium-sized businesses that overlook the importance of information technology (IT) as an essential component of their business. One of the main reasons information technology is overlooked in many businesses is because they feel the cost is too steep to develop an IT department and ultimately maintain it. However, there has been a recent trend of outsourcing. This trend of outsourcing IT functions is expected to grow over the next couple of years. When IT support functions are outsourced, over 50 percent of a business’s IT functions will be outsourced. Companies… Read More

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Proactively Protect Your Business Network with Outsourced IT Services

If your server goes down fifteen minutes before the end of the day, you might not be able to get a professional in until mid-morning the next day. Not only does that mean your employees you can’t finish up their projects for the day, it means the morning will also be off to a slow start. If your website is run on your dedicated server, then the fallout can be even worse: online visitors will get an “Internal Server Error” message and they probably won’t return. As your business relies more and more on updated technology, a constant online presence, and moving large amounts of data, don’t rely on outdated IT services to… Read More

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