Data Backup Essentials – What Every Company Must Know

March 15, 2017

Any loopholes in managing company data can have serious consequences. Take, for example, Morgan Stanley which had to pay up financier Ronald Perelman a whopping $1.45 billion, in part because the global giant could not produce all the critical email communication during the trial’s disclosure phase. Whether yours is a small, medium-sized, or large business, you must put the necessary … Read More

3 Emerging IT Trends That Will Start Impacting Businesses This Year

March 15, 2017

Each year, new IT trends arise, but they are typically not too surprising or revolutionary. However, this year, three innovations have matured to a point where they are beginning to impact how businesses operate. What’s more, these technologies have the potential to transform the IT landscape in the very near future. Here are the three emerging IT trends and how … Read More

What Is Downtime Really Costing Your Business?

January 13, 2017

When preparing your technology budget, it is useful to know the costs associated with downtime. This information can help you prioritize IT expenditures so that critical systems and operations receive the funding needed to keep them running efficiently. Knowing the downtime costs can also motivate you to create business continuity and disaster recovery plans if you have not created them … Read More

Introducing Risk Intelligence

January 13, 2017

Don’t Let Sensitive Data Sink Your Business CTS Risk Intelligence Tells You How Much a Data Breach Will Cost Our clients recognize the importance of security, but they often don’t realize the urgency until they see something real. CTS Risk Intelligence makes the case, by assigning a dollar value to your data vulnerability, Some of the powerful features include: Data risk communicated … Read More

3 IT Areas Where Your Business Might Need Help

January 13, 2017

Outsourcing operations to IT service providers is common among small and midsize businesses (SMBs), according to a CompTIA survey. More than 70 percent of the 500 SMBs participating in the survey said that they use an outside IT firm at least occasionally. Most often, the SMBs hire the IT service providers to troubleshoot computer and network problems as well as … Read More

How to Vertically Select Text in Microsoft Word

December 15, 2016

In Microsoft Word, you can select text by clicking and dragging your cursor over the content you want to work with. In this case, you are selecting text horizontally. It is not commonly known that you can also select text vertically in Word 2007 and later versions. Once selected, you can perform any task that you would normally perform on … Read More

10 Ways to Make Your iPhone Battery Last Longer

December 15, 2016

Apple iPhones have been around since 2007. Each year has brought better graphics, more features, and an ever-growing number of available apps. Although these advancements are generally a good thing, they can take a toll on battery life. Here are 10 ways you can conserve battery power on iPhones running iOS 7 or later: 1. Turn Down the Brightness of … Read More

4 Trending Threats to Your Mobile Security

October 7, 2016

The popularity of mobile devices has increased substantially in recent years. According to the latest numbers from eMarketer, approximately 25% of the world’s population uses smartphones. That number is expected to rise in the next few years. Hackers have begun to notice this trend, and so it is no surprise that many are now focusing their efforts on mobile device … Read More

How to Build a Disaster Recovery Plan

August 30, 2016

Disaster can strike at any moment, and its effects can be devastating to businesses. The UK’s Department of Trade and Industry estimates that 70% of businesses that suffer a major data loss go out of business within a year. With such consequences, it’s critical to have a solid disaster recovery plan in place in case the worst should happen. A … Read More

How to Tackle 3 Types of IT Security Breaches

August 30, 2016

When it comes to IT security, prevention is undoubtedly preferable to cure. But sometimes, despite everybody’s best intentions, breaches happen. According to an article last year from HelpNetSecurity – even the U.S. Department of Energy wasn’t immune from being compromised. If this were to happen to your business, you must pick up the pieces as best you can. Here’s how: … Read More

5 Things to Do to Achieve 100% Infrastructure Uptime

August 30, 2016

Any company that depends on technology would want to achieve 100% infrastructure uptime for better productivity. While the idea of 100% uptime may be very appealing, it may not always be possible. However, companies can make the most of their infrastructure and get closer to their uptime targets with a little help from these tips. Moving closer to 100% infrastructure … Read More

Planning to Upgrade to Windows 10 for Free? Time is Running Out.

July 21, 2016

Windows 10, the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system, was released on July 29, 2015, and millions of people have already received their copies of the tech giant’s newest operating system. If you plan on taking advantage of Microsoft’s free Windows 10 upgrade offer, there is an important deadline approaching: July 29, 2016. You have until then to upgrade … Read More

Hackers Are Exploiting Server Vulnerabilities to Spread Ransomware

July 21, 2016

How much is your business willing to pay if a cybercriminal holds your data ransom?   Cybercriminals are devising new ways to obtain your data. Up until this year, these cybercriminals relied on unsuspecting users to open a phishing email as a means to install ransomware.  Today, cybercriminals have devised a new mode of attack –  using unpatched servers as … Read More

6 Reasons to Use Our Remote Monitoring to Keep an Eye on Your Systems

July 21, 2016

Remote Monitoring is a tool used to gather information, and send detailed analysis reports back to your IT provider about your network. Almost anything can be monitored, from routers and firewalls to virus detection and email services. Here are five benefits of using remote monitoring : 1. Reduce the Chances of Downtime In order to operate smoothly, your company needs … Read More

How to Use Windows 10’s Sleep Mode

June 17, 2016

When you are not using your computer, Windows 10’s sleep mode can save you a considerable amount of electricity or battery power. For example, a typical desktop computer in sleep mode uses about 95 percent less power than one left awake, according to the ENERGY STAR Computer Power Management Savings Calculator. The energy savings result from Windows 10 stopping all … Read More

How to Share Files With Microsoft OneDrive

June 17, 2016

Microsoft OneDrive is a file hosting service that lets users store files in the cloud. They can then access their files with their own devices or through a web browser. OneDrive does well for individual users, but really shines when it comes to its business capabilities. The service’s OneDrive for Business option lets employees collaborate remotely by sharing files and … Read More

7 Ways to Help Your Windows Computer Run Faster

June 17, 2016

Many different factors can cause computers to become slower and less responsive, no matter their age. Files might take longer to open, and applications might respond to commands at a snail’s pace. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to improve a Windows computer’s performance. Here are seven ways to speed up your computer: 1. Uninstall Preloaded Programs That You … Read More

Backup as a Service (BaaS) vs. Recovery as a Service (RaaS): 2 Major Distinctions

May 31, 2016

It seems like everything has the "as-a-Service" designation after it these days. As-a-Service products are changing the way companies procure and manage their IT. Two of the newer entrants to the as-a-Service scene aim to keep your important company data safe and available to you, no matter what. Backup as a Service (BaaS) and Recovery as a Service (RaaS) both … Read More

How to Protect iPhones and iPads from Cyberattacks

May 31, 2016

Apple has built a solid reputation for producing secure mobile devices. Some of the tech giant’s customers believe that Apple products are so secure that they do not need to take any additional security measures. However, Apple’s mobile devices are not without their flaws. There are known vulnerabilities in the iOS operating system and in the devices’ built-in apps. Plus, … Read More

5 Ways That Automation Can Save You Time

May 31, 2016

Using applications to automate routine tasks is more efficient than using manual tools. Yet most companies rely on manual tools, according to a ServiceNow survey. Eighty percent of the 915 surveyed managers reported that their companies still use manual tools and that those tools cause significant delays. On average, the managers said they spend two days every week using them … Read More

Nearly 90 Percent of Android Smartphones Are Vulnerable to Malware

April 15, 2016

Almost 90 percent of Android smartphones are vulnerable to malware, according to a 2015 study. It is not because of something that their owners are doing or not doing. Rather, these phones are vulnerable because they have not received regular security updates. The study found that Android devices receive only 1.26 updates per year on average, even though Google issues … Read More

6 IT Policies to Help Protect Your Company

April 15, 2016

Many companies rely on IT to help run their businesses. For this reason, they often depend on a set of IT policies to ensure the productive, appropriate, and legal use of IT resources. IT policies establish expectations and regulations for behavior related to company computers and networks. In addition, IT policies detail consequences for employees or customers in the event … Read More

4 Simple Ways to Boost Your Wi-Fi Signal

April 15, 2016

Wi-Fi has become a staple for millions of people, but one of the main problems that Wi-Fi users face is weak signal strength. Weak signal strength can seriously hamper your productivity since it results in slow connection speeds and a smaller range of coverage. However, there are several things you can do to increase your signal strength: 1. Move your … Read More

The Right and Wrong Ways to Get Rid of Old Computers

March 16, 2016

Before getting rid of an old computer, you need to make sure that all the personal and sensitive data on the hard drive is irretrievable. If personal or sensitive data falls into the wrong hands, your business could incur staggering direct and indirect expenses. The average total cost of a data breach in 2015 was $3.8 million, according to the … Read More

Is the Layout of Your Office Hurting Employee Productivity?

March 16, 2016

Businesses with open offices do not have separate offices or cubicles for employees. Instead, employees work together in one large room. Supporters of the open office layout say that it leads to free-flowing collaboration. For example, one employee might overhear another employee talking about a particular problem and be able to provide a solution. Supporters also point out that supervisors … Read More

5 Simple Tips to Make Your Outlook Life Easier

March 16, 2016

If you’re a busy businessperson, Outlook is the center of your communication. Customers are moving from phone calls to emails, so you need to cater to customer preferences. To keep up with customer emails, Outlook 2013 has several options you can set that help you automate and simplify your email experience. Here are five ways to make your Outlook experience … Read More

The Top 3 Issues in the Bring Your Own Device Debate

February 5, 2016

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, which allow employees to use their personal devices at work, are rapidly gaining acceptance. They seek to balance mobile security concerns with employee productivity. BYOD has been touted as the most radical change to the client computing industry in decades. While it does offer a wealth of potential advantages, BYOD still has its opponents. … Read More

Layered Security: High-Speed Internet Changed Everything

February 5, 2016

Back in my day, a good antivirus (AV) product was all you needed to protect a network. Patches were mostly bug fixes, and the Internet was relatively safe. High-speed Internet changed everything. Back in the days of dial up, the bandwidth did not exist to provide a cybercriminal with decent access to your network. The connection wasn’t 24/7 either. Users … Read More

Can VoIP Save Your Company Money?

February 5, 2016

The economy might technically be out of recession, but businesses are still doing everything in their power to cut costs and save as much as possible. One possible avenue for savings is switching from a traditional business phone plan to a VoIP plan. VoIP is a technology that has been around for over a decade now, and allows you to … Read More

Preparing Your 2016 IT Budget

January 19, 2016

As a business owner you mustplan for and prepare for renewing, and growing your IT infrastructure at certain intervals. Ignoring this can and will have a significant negative impact on your business, in both productivity and costs . If you’re not interested in bothering with an IT budget, you’re not a client of ours – because we are not interested … Read More