7 Ways Small Businesses Can Take Full Advantage of Office 365

May 15, 2018

If you subscribe to Office 365 Business Premium or Microsoft 365 Business, you have access to seven apps designed for small companies. They are part of your subscription, so there are no additional costs to use them. Here is what you can do with these apps.

These Password Recommendations Might Surprise You

May 5, 2018

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has some surprising recommendations that might prompt you to rethink your business’s password policies. Learn why change is needed and what NIST is recommending that companies do.

Business Email Scams Are on the Rise

April 17, 2018

Sophisticated email scams designed to con companies out of money and sensitive data are on the rise. Learn how to avoid falling victim to these scams.

SamSam Is on the Loose and Headed for a Server Near You

April 6, 2018

In March 2018, the SamSam ransomware ravaged Atlanta’s computer systems, bringing many city services to a halt. This wasn’t the first time hackers used this ransomware to wreak havoc and it won’t be the last. Learn how SamSam differs from most other ransomware.

7 Ways Small Businesses Can Take Full Advantage of Office 365

March 2, 2018

If you subscribe to Office 365 Business Premium or Microsoft 365 Business, you have access to seven apps designed for small companies. They are part of your subscription, so there are no additional costs to use them. Here is what you can do with these apps.

4 Signs It Might Be Time for a Tech Update

February 28, 2018

Using older tech devices saves money, but there is a point at which it can hurt business operations. Here are four signs that it might be time to update or replace some tech devices.

Hackers Are Masquerading as Trusted Business Contacts

February 2, 2018

In November 2017, hackers sent out spear phishing emails specifically targeting employees who handled their companies’ finances. To trick the employees into falling for the scam, they made the emails appear to be from trusted business associates. Learn more about this spear phishing attack and how to protect your business from this type of scam.

What You Need to Know about Adobe Ending Support for Flash

September 14, 2017

For two decades, Adobe Flash has worked behind the scenes, letting people watch animations, view and listen to streaming content, and play interactive games through their web browsers. The Flash platform delivers the content, while the Flash Player (a web browser plugin) enables users to access it. However, the end is near for Flash. Adobe announced that it will no … Read More

The Value of Proactive IT Support

September 14, 2017

      When we walk into a potential client’s office, there are 4 specific things we look at. What is the cost of downtime for the client? How much is this currently costing the organization each month? How many hours is the staff losing due to inefficient IT systems each month? What is your average per hour salary cost? … Read More

6 Reasons Why Remote Monitoring Should Be a Part of Your IT Management Strategy

September 14, 2017

If your company is like most businesses, your computer systems power everything you do. To make sure those systems are secure and operating at peak efficiency, you can use a remote monitoring service to watch over them and gather information. Not only will you get data about your systems, but you’ll also gain peace of mind. Here are six reasons … Read More

5 Ways a Managed Services Provider Can Make Your Life Easier

August 11, 2017

Managed services providers (MSPs) are lifesavers for business owners and executives to manage their IT equipment and services. Among many other things, MSPs update software, provide data backup solutions, and keep files safe from hackers. As the industry trade group CompTIA noted in a March 2015 report, over 70% of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) used a third-party IT company … Read More

How to Reduce Your Costs If Your Data Is Breached

August 11, 2017

Data breaches are occurring at record pace in 2017 in the United States and other parts of the world. Taking preventive measures, such as locking down your network, using security software, and creating strong passwords, can make it much harder for cybercriminals to infiltrate your business. However, despite your best efforts to prevent a data breach, your company might still … Read More

4 Enhancements in the Windows 10 Creators Update That Can Improve Your Productivity

August 11, 2017

The Creators Update is ready for businesses to deploy. It is the first major upgrade to Windows 10 since the Anniversary Update in 2016. The Creators Update has many noteworthy improvements that you might find useful.Here are four enhancements that can save you time at work: 1. Restart Options Provide More Control Over When Windows Updates Are Installed A common … Read More

7 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Productivity When Working on Your Computer

July 24, 2017

You sit down at your computer to complete a quick task, but what should have taken only a few minutes takes much longer. Sound familiar? If it occurs often, you might be sabotaging your productivity without realizing it. Bad habits, old technology, and not taking advantage of your applications’ features can eat away your workday a minute at a time. … Read More

The Top 5 Benefits of Hybrid Cloud Backup

July 24, 2017

Hybrid cloud backup, also known as disk-to-disk-to-cloud (D2D2C), combines your existing on-premise infrastructure with cloud-based storage, giving you a highly efficient, scalable and affordable data backup and recovery system. Hybrid cloud backup adoption is growing year-on-year; a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider jumping onto the hybrid … Read More

Wired vs. Wireless Networks: Which Is Better?

July 24, 2017

As a small business owner, you likely need to connect your computers to the Internet. One way to do so is to set up a local area network (LAN). With a LAN, you can provide Internet service to computers located in a relatively small area, such as an office building. LANs can be wired or wireless. Wired LANs usually use … Read More

How to Keep Your Company’s Network Secure

June 20, 2017

How secure is your company’s network? Protecting your information assets is one of the most important steps you can take toward long-term stability. Smart companies take a multifaceted approach to IT security, building layers of defense between themselves and hackers. Here are four steps you can take to safeguard your company’s most important assets. Network firewall The most basic line … Read More

5 Tips for Choosing a Cloud Backup Solution

June 20, 2017

With cloud-based services growing in popularity, due largely to their ability to drastically cut down on capital costs, and acceptance, more and more companies are looking to the cloud for data backup solutions. But in a growing field that seems to launch a new competitor every other day, how do you choose a cloud backup solution that’s right for your … Read More

Microsoft Is Ending Support for Several Business Applications in 2017

June 20, 2017

The year 2017 marks the end of the line for five Microsoft applications: Office 2007, Exchange Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2007, Visio 2007, and Project 2007. Microsoft will no longer support these applications because they are at the end of their lifecycles. If your business is running any of these applications, you should consider upgrading them before the support stops. … Read More

5 Ways to Declutter Your Hard Disk

May 11, 2017

As businesses grow, so do the number of files they generate. Presentations, proposals, correspondence, contracts, spreadsheets, and other types of business documents can quickly accumulate and fill up a hard disk. Fortunately, freeing up disk space on Windows computers is relatively easy. Here are five ways to declutter your computer’s hard disk when it is nearing its capacity: 1. Uninstall … Read More

4 Steps for Creating a Business Continuity Plan

May 11, 2017

Developing strategies for business growth is a cornerstone of the modern organization. Developing strategies to help avoid business loss is just as important, which means business continuity plans are critical. These documents provide detailed plans on how to keep essential operations running during an emergency in order to minimize losses. Some organizations call these documents "disaster recovery plans." Others use … Read More

IT Trends to Help You Stay Competitive

April 19, 2017

Staying ahead of technology trends can keep your business competitive, no matter how quickly the environment changes. Spotting new trends on the horizon — before your competitors do — can help your company develop successful innovations and be the first to bring them to market. This type of Blue Ocean Strategy thinking can give you an edge, but which IT … Read More

Cybercriminals Are Posing as Job Applicants to Spread Ransomware

April 19, 2017

If your business is hiring, you should be aware of a new phishing attack in which cybercriminals are posing as job applicants. Falling victim to this attack may leave your business infected with the GoldenEye ransomware. This phishing campaign was initiated in Germany, but security experts expect it will go global. How the Attack Works Hackers like to target HR … Read More

9 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts That You Will Actually Remember and Use

April 19, 2017

There are hundreds of keyboard shortcuts that you can use while working within applications on Windows computers. Trying to remember which shortcut does what in each application can be difficult. However, there are some shortcuts that work across many Microsoft and third-party applications. Here are nine versatile keyboard shortcuts: 1. Ctrl+A To quickly select everything in a file or an … Read More

Why You Should Invest in a Business-Grade Router

March 15, 2017

Routers are a critical part of a company’s IT infrastructure. These devices manage traffic on computer networks. In particular, they make connections between different networks. For example, they can connect a company’s private network to a public network on the Internet. The Internet would not be able to function without routers. These devices make sure that web traffic gets where … Read More