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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.

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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Considering the Current State of Phishing

Considering the Current State of Phishing

We will never pass up the opportunity to draw attention to the importance of cybersecurity awareness, as it is a crucial element for any business to consider. One serious issue that has caused significant stress amongst businesses is phishing. Let’s consider some recent statistics to evaluate where we stand right now, specifically in terms of the prevalence of phishing attacks.

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Tip of the Week: How to Generate Strong Passwords That You Can Actually Remember

Tip of the Week: How to Generate Strong Passwords That You Can Actually Remember

Passwords are effectively the cornerstone of your business’ data security—if they aren’t up to muster, your protections could crumble. Unfortunately, many users shortchange their passwords to try to make them more convenient, also making them more convenient for cybercriminals. Let’s see how we could (and should) make passwords as effective as possible.

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What’s Happening with COVID-19 Scams

What’s Happening with COVID-19 Scams

During the COVID-19 pandemic there have been quite a few different types of scams. At first, most of the scams centered around economic relief money that was doled out to people to help prop up the fledgling economy. More recently however, scammers have focused on vaccines. Today, we will take a closer look at some of these scams, as they are growing in sophistication. 

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Let’s Take a Look at Phishing Attacks

Let’s Take a Look at Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks are growing in number and it presents a major challenge for businesses. The many different forms that these attacks come in just exacerbates the problem. Today, we will take a brief look at phishing to help you educate your staff on what they entail and how to mitigate the massive risk that comes with them. 

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Update Google Chrome, Says Homeland Security

Update Google Chrome, Says Homeland Security

Look, we get it… it’s one thing to hear it from “those IT guys” about how important software updates are. We’re into this stuff, after all, so we worry about things like that more. However, we’re hoping that a warning from Homeland Security to update Google Chrome will have a little more weight.

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Adobe Flash Will Soon Be Unsupported Software

Adobe Flash Will Soon Be Unsupported Software

Flash Player is going to be going out of support, the 24-year-old software being retired at the end of this year. That's a pretty big deal: Flash Player, at least initially, was a solution that most users have used at one time or another. What will this loss mean for your business’ processes?

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Why VoIP is a Great Choice for a Business

Why VoIP is a Great Choice for a Business

A VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) signal uses the Internet instead of using a traditional phone infrastructure. Let's review the concept of VoIP and how companies can use it to their advantage.

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Tip of the Week: Simple Steps to Safer Email Practices

Tip of the Week: Simple Steps to Safer Email Practices

Security is always a business priority, and with so many business needs now fulfilled digitally, it is critical that cybersecurity has a strong presence in organizations big and small. Nowadays, collaboration solutions have also had even greater importance in the workplace, making tools like email completely essential. Unfortunately, this gives cybercriminals an increased opportunity to use it as a means of attack.

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Tip of the Week: Keeping a Smartphone Cool

Tip of the Week: Keeping a Smartphone Cool

Smartphone users know how hot their devices can get, seemingly without reason, and how unnerving that can be. No wonder—these heat levels can damage the device itself. This means it is very important to try and control its temperature as best you can. We’ve put together some tips to help you keep your phone from overheating.

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Employees Can Be Your Business’ Best Defense Policy

Employees Can Be Your Business’ Best Defense Policy

A business’ employees are perhaps its greatest weakness in terms of its cybersecurity, although they also have the potential to be one of its greatest advantages if trained properly. To demonstrate this, let’s consider a few examples that exemplify either case.

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3 Technologies Your Business Can Use Right Now

3 Technologies Your Business Can Use Right Now

A lot of people didn’t take the novel Coronavirus seriously when it was first discovered outside of China in late February. Now four months later, as the pandemic rages on, people continue to work from home, have their hours cut, or be completely out of a job. For the business owner, this period has been filled with difficult decisions, including halting all major IT projects. If your business is looking for a solution to help them add the technology they need at a price that works for this period, here are three useful options.

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Tip of the Week: Building Up Four Business Security Basics

Tip of the Week: Building Up Four Business Security Basics

With all the threats that stand to create problems for your business, it can be surprising to hear that some of your biggest security risks actually derive from your staff, and their exposure to your technology. Less surprising to hear: security issues interfere with the successful operation of your business. Here, we’ve shared a few tips to help your staff better adhere to security practices.

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What Makes VoIP So Different?

What Makes VoIP So Different?

The differences between VoIP and the traditional method behind telephone services are pronounced enough that comparing them isn’t so much a consideration of one team versus the other—VoIP is in another league, practically an entirely different sport. Let’s go over what makes VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) so different, and how this offers greater benefits to businesses.

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The Employee’s Guide to Working Remotely

The Employee’s Guide to Working Remotely

It’s not uncommon where a situation arises and you will find yourself working from home. To make this work, it is important that you keep a few additional issues in mind so that you can make the most of it. We have put together a few simple best practices that you should keep in mind as you operate remotely.

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Understanding Tech Acronyms

Understanding Tech Acronyms

If you are a subscriber of this blog, you know that each week we create content that aims to educate people about the value of managed services and the growing importance of information technology. Today, we thought it would be useful to put together a glossary of some terms that we regularly use to ensure our readers understand what we are referencing. 

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Break/Fix Breaks Budgets

Break/Fix Breaks Budgets

If you were asked to describe your average tech support experience, chances are that you remember a time when you had to either wait around for the technician to come around, dealing with downtime the entire time; or, worse yet, unplug your technology and schlep it across town to the break/fix store only to be told that it may be done in the next few days (code for over a week). Today, we’ll tell you how managed IT services can keep you from playing the waiting game. 

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