Paradigm Tech Blog

Paradigm Tech has been serving the Texas area since 2003, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Gary has been involved in the IT industry for over 15 years.  He is the driving force behind our network security, compliance and operations team.

Pay Attention In Order to Spot Risk

Pay Attention In Order to Spot Risk

These days, it feels like there are risks around just about every corner that could affect your business. This can make it hard to navigate the challenges of running your company in an efficient way. Let’s examine some of the risks your average small business might encounter, as well as what you can do about them.

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Understanding How You Get Malware will Help You Avoid It

Understanding How You Get Malware will Help You Avoid It

Malware has plagued anyone using technology for a long time, and while security has certainly gone a long way toward protecting users from malware, so too have the threats grown more powerful and dangerous—especially for businesses. Let’s take a look at some common ways individuals might find themselves with a malware problem.

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There Are Few More Serious Security Problems than Phishing

There Are Few More Serious Security Problems than Phishing

Phishing is a serious matter, so serious that it is responsible for a quarter of all data breaches. Therefore, you need to consider it a threat to your business, whether you think these attacks are obvious or not. Phishing is a popular tool in the hacker’s arsenal, so you should be prepared to address it with your staff to preserve your business’ future.

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The Role IT Plays in Your Business Might Be Larger than You Think

The Role IT Plays in Your Business Might Be Larger than You Think

It’s no shock that business executives are already busy enough, but you need to add “knowing more about your IT infrastructure” to that list if you haven’t already done so. It’s critical that you are on the same page as your IT staff, and this relationship will fuel productive relations with both your technology and the staff utilizing it.

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Don’t Make These Cybersecurity Mistakes Before Going on Vacation

Don’t Make These Cybersecurity Mistakes Before Going on Vacation

Whether you are sitting on a warm beach, taking a scenic train ride out into the countryside, or camping at the foot of a mountain, a vacation can be a great way to disconnect from the everyday buzz of work and screens. Although, if you are like me, you probably bring a few screens with you… let’s assume you keep it to a minimum. Either way, it’s important to not set yourself up for failure when you get back.

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What’s the Difference Between a Power Strip and a Surge Protector?

What’s the Difference Between a Power Strip and a Surge Protector?

We’ve all been in the position where we need to plug something in, but the outlet is completely full. Fortunately, there are devices that can help resolve this problem—but as is the case with most things, one option is notably better for business purposes. Let’s go over what makes a power strip different from a surge protector, and why the latter is a far better option for businesses.

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To Maintain Your Security, Trust No One

To Maintain Your Security, Trust No One

Remote circumstances have forced businesses to ask themselves some hard questions, specifically in regards to network security and cybersecurity. We all know that it’s important, but a zero-trust model takes things to a whole other level. Let’s take a look at this concept and why it might be just the model you need to guarantee maximum security for your company.

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Tip of the Week: How to Shape Your Disaster Recovery Plans

Tip of the Week: How to Shape Your Disaster Recovery Plans

You need to be sure that your business is prepared for disaster, which will necessitate a disaster recovery plan. While there are many steps that go into creating one, we wanted to highlight a few in particular and outline a few best practices to follow for each. Here are three of the most vital elements of a successful business continuity strategy, with a few tips to help you fulfill them most effectively.

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Managed IT Services Make a Huge Difference

Managed IT Services Make a Huge Difference

It can be a challenge to keep your business technology and solutions in proper working order. This goes doubly for businesses who don’t have time or resources to handle day-to-day management, let alone implementing new solutions that can improve operations. Thankfully, outsourcing gives small businesses like yours the opportunity to better manage their technology, and it’s all thanks to managed services.

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Reviewing the Purpose of World Backup Day

Reviewing the Purpose of World Backup Day

Did you happen to miss World Backup Day last week? If so, it’s not the end of the world; March 31st might only come along once a year, but every day can be considered World Backup Day if it means you are focusing on data continuity.

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Your Employees are Your Biggest Cybersecurity Threat

Your Employees are Your Biggest Cybersecurity Threat

When it comes to cybersecurity, businesses have a lot to worry about, with the costs associated with protecting a network (or responding to failed attempts to protect your network) dominating these costs. While it is incredibly important to protect your business in any way possible, it is often not enough, and even the most careful companies fall victim to attacks.

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Microsoft Pricing is Going Up, but We Can Help Get Your Money’s Worth

Microsoft Pricing is Going Up, but We Can Help Get Your Money’s Worth

We just wanted to provide a public notice that Microsoft intends to increase the price of its Microsoft 365 and Office 365 offerings. If your business relies on these tools in its operations, you can expect to see your costs for them go up, regardless of where they are sourced from.

That’s the bad news. The good news is, we can help you get the greatest mileage out of these solutions… potentially by introducing you to capabilities that you have yet to take advantage of.

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Stay Safe When Shopping Online

Stay Safe When Shopping Online

Some people shop almost exclusively online, and with the holidays gifting many folks gift cards, hackers are on the lookout for ways to exploit those who shop via the Internet. What can you do to stay safe while you are shopping online?

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Facebook Users Need to Be Aware of Phishing Scams

Facebook Users Need to Be Aware of Phishing Scams

Using email to trick users is something that hackers have done for ages, but they usually find themselves tucked away in the spam folder where they belong, or blocked entirely by enterprise-level content filters. Hackers, however, are a crafty lot, and they have discovered ways to break through these measures through the use of a surprising third party: social media websites.

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VoIP is the Solution to Growing Communications Costs

VoIP is the Solution to Growing Communications Costs

Investment in communications is one way that any company can improve operations and everything that comes along with them. There are many options out there to improve communications, but few have the same impact on your bottom line as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP).

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3 Solid Reasons Why Data Backup is Essential

3 Solid Reasons Why Data Backup is Essential

One of the best investments you can make in your IT infrastructure is implementing a data backup and disaster recovery solution. Not only is it a crucial part of any business continuity plan, but it also helps to future-proof your business in the event of a potentially disastrous scenario. There are three big reasons why you should consider implementing data backup and disaster recovery, and if you fail to do so, you are putting your company at risk for no real reason.

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A New Ransomware Awareness Tool is Making the Rounds

A New Ransomware Awareness Tool is Making the Rounds

Ransomware is such a major problem for computing-dependent organizations that even government agencies are getting involved, equipping businesses and organizations with tools to help themselves identify whether or not they are at risk of these attacks. The most recent addition to this group, the United States’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have made their Ransomware Readiness Assessment, or RRA, available as part of its Cyber Security Awareness Toolset.

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4 Reasons to Ditch That Landline Telephone Solution and Get VoIP

4 Reasons to Ditch That Landline Telephone Solution and Get VoIP

Believe it or not, there was a time when a technology as prevalent as the landline was an exciting new solution for businesses, but that time has long since passed. These days, there are better options available for your communications needs. In fact, these modern tools might just be powerful enough to convince you to ditch your landline entirely in favor of them!

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Have You Considered Hosted VoIP as a Practical Solution?

Have You Considered Hosted VoIP as a Practical Solution?

Many businesses experience a similar scenario when dealing with their telephony—one where an extremely expensive solution limits their capabilities… unless, of course, they are willing to fork over more of their available budget. VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is another option that can help fix both issues at once. Let’s take a few moments to review how VoIP does this, and what this can do for your business. 

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Solid State Storage Can Breathe New Life Into Your Computer

Solid State Storage Can Breathe New Life Into Your Computer

When you are looking to buy a new computer, you need to consider the options available for data storage. This is especially true if you are looking to replace a computer used by several users. The more people that use a computer the more files will likely be stored, after all. Today, however, there is another determination to be made: how fast is your storage device?

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