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Why You Need Both Software and Hardware Firewalls

A firewall sounds like a pretty intense thing – unless you’re an action-movie stuntman. Yet when it comes to internet security, you may not have as much firewall protection as you need.
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6 Reasons to Replace Your ISP Email

Keith Haskin
September 15, 2020
When you sign up for an internet service, the provider will hook you up with an email address, too. Your internet service provider (ISP) wants to keep you connected to them. But this convenient email address isn’t always the best long-term solution for you.

Hey You, Get Off the Public Cloud

Greg Fyn
September 15, 2020
The Rolling Stones sang, “Hey you, get off my cloud,” yet businesses might want to think instead about leaving the public cloud. Weigh these possible public cloud concerns against the advantages of alternate cloud solutions.

Getting the Most out of Microsoft 365 – Book it!

Tanner Lytle
September 15, 2020
Accountants, dog groomers, and physiotherapists didn’t get into business to manage bookings. You want to be working on the thing you enjoy doing, not fussing with phone calls and emails, trying to schedule times for clients to come in. That’s where Microsoft 365 Bookings comes in handy.

What Is SharePoint, and Why Use it?

Tanner Lytle
September 15, 2020
Mobile, remote workforces still need tools to share and collaborate with one another. Business teams want to work together and get the job done efficiently. Microsoft SharePoint helps make that happen.

What is Software as a Service (SaaS)?

Tanner Lytle
August 10, 2020
Software as a service (SaaS) allows users to connect to and use cloud-based apps over the Internet. Common examples are email, calendaring, and office tools (such as Microsoft Office 365).

What is Platform as a Service (PaaS)?

Tanner Lytle
August 10, 2020
Platform as a service (PaaS) is a complete development and deployment environment in the cloud, with resources that enable you to deliver everything from simple cloud-based apps to sophisticated, cloud-enabled enterprise applications. You purchase the resources you need from a cloud service provider on a pay-as-you-go basis and access them over a secure Internet connection.

What is Serverless Computing?

Tanner Lytle
August 10, 2020
In understanding the definition of serverless computing, it’s important to note that servers are still running the code. The serverless name comes from the fact that the tasks associated with infrastructure provisioning and management are invisible to the developer. This approach enables developers to increase their focus on the business logic and deliver more value to the core of the business. Serverless computing helps teams increase their productivity and bring products to market faster, and it allows organizations to better optimize resources and stay focused on innovation.

How to Avoid Online Job Search Scams

Tanner Lytle
August 3, 2020
Cybercrooks are disturbing people. Consider job-search scams. With the world economy reeling, bad actors are capitalizing on people’s desperation. They’re targeting those looking for work. There are steps you can take to filter out illegitimate opportunities.

Protect Your Home from Technology Fire Risk

Keith Haskin
August 3, 2020
You love your technology and probably have a lot of it at home. You might not think of computers, smartphones, printers, or routers as a fire risk, but they can do real damage.

4 Advantages of Consolidating Your Tech

Tanner Lytle
August 3, 2020
Technology is the lifeblood of business today, and you likely have a lot of it. But you may have accumulated software and hardware as you grew. Now, you have a hodgepodge of technologies never designed to work together. Consolidation can help.

Invest Now in Your Top Tech Priorities

Tanner Lytle
August 3, 2020
The global economy is in a slump. But believe it or not, now could be a good time to invest in technology priorities.

Recovery Test Your Data Backups

Tanner Lytle
August 3, 2020
Most businesses are aware of the need for data backup. Without it they risk losing important files in the event of a hard drive failure or cyberattack. Yet having a backup in place isn’t enough: it’s important also to test that backup. Ensure that you are able to restore that essential data when you need it.

What to Do about Slow Internet in the Home Office

Keith Haskin
August 3, 2020
A few months ago we thought working from home would be temporary: a couple of weeks of remote work was going to help corral this coronavirus thing, and we’d get back to usual. Now we know better, and the things we could put up with in the short term loom as bigger challenges. Poor internet connectivity is one of those.

What is the Best Way to Backup?

Keith Haskin
July 9, 2020
“That will never happen to me.” We get through our lives telling ourselves the worst won’t happen to us. It’s the same with business: “We won’t need this data backup.” Yet, whatever your industry, secure, reliable backup ensures business as usual. So, what’s the best way to backup? Here’s help.

Why Your Small Business Needs VoIP

Keith Haskin
July 9, 2020
Why would a small business need VoIP? Not just another acronym to learn, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offers many advantages for small business. Especially SMBs that want to run with the enterprise-sized companies.

Internet Lingo 101: Cheat Sheet For Beginners

Keith Haskin
July 9, 2020
If you’ve ever had a sudden computer problem, you know it can be very stressful. So much of our day-to-day life requires having access to a working computer.Homework, budgeting, bills, even browsing dinner recipes all have a degree of urgency that mean dealing with a broken computer isn’t comfortable for long. Your computer technician offers two options: remote repair or bring it in. Which is the best choice for you?

Are You Protecting The Right Data?

Tanner Lytle
June 22, 2020
All businesses want to back up everything...

What Could Happen Without a Plan

Tanner Lytle
June 22, 2020
reasons you need BDR and should stop tuning out potential disasters

Should’ve Seen It Coming…

Tanner Lytle
June 22, 2020
All businesses should have a BDR or disaster plan in place...

The Advantages of Ad Blocking

Keith Haskin
March 27, 2020
Unless you’re in the advertising business, you probably try to avoid ads. You pay extra to stream ad-free content online. You leave the room if you are actually watching live TV shows with ads. You filter spam out of your inbox. You immediately click out of ads on the Web pages you visit. But are you actively blocking online ads? You should be. They are more than an annoyance. They could be a security risk.

5 Best Practices for Buying Technology for Employees

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
Buying technology for personal use can be exciting once you get past the price tag. Yet there are many factors to consider when investing in technology for employee use.

6 Quick Security Tips To Keep Your Business Safe

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Every employee shares one inescapable flaw that is putting your business at risk. They’re human.

Why You Should Never Use A Free Email Address For Your Business

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
The message is clear: email is king. Many clients and customers choose to communicate primarily by email and as you know, it gives a fantastic ROI in your marketing strategy…unless you’re using a free email like Hotmail, Gmail, or even your internet provider. If that’s the case, you’re losing business each and every day.

Four Simple Steps To A Modern Paperless Office

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
So your desk is buried in paper, your shelves are overcrowded with stacks of documents, and you’ve carved out just enough space for your keyboard, mouse and coffee? It’s time to go paperless, not just for your own sanity, but to streamline the entire business. It’s the one move that saves time and space while gaining flexibility for your mobile workforce. When you’re ready to adopt paperless processes, consider these 4 steps...

5 Undeniable Reasons Your Business Is Ready For a Professional Network

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Way to go! Your business has grown at lightning speeds and you’ve been adding new workers and computers along the way. Now that you’re sure everything is on track to succeed, it’s time to level up your network to a robust, scalable setup.Why? Here are the top 5 reasons to call in the networking professionals today...

Feeling the Budget Pinch? Here’s How Managed IT Can Help Save Your Business

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
When it comes to running a modern business, technology is always a growing line item in the budget. Costs seem to creep up every quarter, along with a new learning curve for simply keeping everything running along smoothly. It’s no wonder then that budget restrictions for tech were recently found to be a universal concern for small/medium business.

3 Tech Tips to Make You a Better Business Owner

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
There’s no doubt about it, business can be tough! You’re juggling employees, customers, suppliers, stakeholders…the list is endless. You’re also operating in a competitive, high-tech economy that keeps trying to speed ahead without you. It’s no wonder you’re craving ways to get ahead of the competition, cut costs, boost productivity and dreaming of a vacation. Here are 3 tech tips that will make your life easier – and maybe get you closer to that ‘World’s Best Boss’ mug.

Most Businesses Won’t Survive a Disaster. Could Yours?

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
With the crazy weather we’re seeing, natural disasters on the rise and cyber terrorism echoing for years, it’s not a case of ‘if’ a disaster will strike your business, but ‘when’. Surprisingly, it’s not the scope and scale of the event that influences how deeply your business is impacted, it’s your business continuity plan.

How to Stop Your Business Becoming a Victim of Social Engineering

Keith Haskin
March 27, 2020
You can have top-notch security in place but there is still one danger: social engineering. It’s the old kid on the block, but most of us have never heard of it. Perhaps the more familiar term is ‘con’: the art of manipulating people to take certain actions or divulge private information. Social engineers are a special type of hacker who skip the hassle of writing code and go straight for the weakest link in your security defenses – your employees.

Keep Up to Date by Outsourcing

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
Updating your business software is one of your best protections against cyber-attack, but actually going through and running the updates is a task that often gets overlooked. Either they take too long, they pop up at inconvenient times, or you simply don’t know when an update is available. Do you have a plan in place to ensure all your tech is up-to-date, or are you flying by the seat of your pants?

3 Essential Steps Before You Fire an Employee

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Your employees need access to your various business accounts so they can do their job, but what happens to those passwords when you fire them? Nobody likes to think of firing their employees, or why you’d need to, but nonetheless, it’s a responsibility every business owner must face at some point. While your accounts team will no doubt be on top of stopping their paychecks, it’s important to take the same proactive stance to strip their system access.

Should You Let an Amateur Loose on Your Network?

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
Most of us know a fair amount about computers, even kids are joining circuits and coding programs in schools - but that does that make everyone an IT expert? It’s fair to say almost all workplaces have that employee who can finesse the printer or use shortcuts nobody else knows about. They have skills, absolutely, but they often know just enough to be dangerous to your business.

Why Periodic Security Assessments Should Be Your New Normal

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
By now you know that building up your cyber security is just as important as building up your cash flow. Both are essential to your success, but while most businesses keep an eye on the financials, they tend to think cybersecurity is something they can set and forget. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are constantly coming up with new methods of attack and the security you had in place yesterday may not be sufficient today.

4 Ways to Avoid IT Downtime

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
Technology is a wonderful addition to every business, but what happens when the IT goes down? All those things you do now that were completely unthinkable 30 years ago have become part of your day-to-day processes. It lets you compete with big business and connect with customers from far away, boost productivity and efficiency like never before, and even added multiple zeros to your bottom line. IT is a necessity. Unfortunately, this means when downtime inevitably hits, you’ve got a BIG problem.

How Losing a Mobile Device Puts Your Entire Business at Risk

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Losing a mobile phone or laptop is an experience that everyone dreads. The expense and inconvenience of buying a new device is unpleasant, but only represents a fraction of the damage done when a device is misplaced. The cost of data contained within every device can add up to many times more than the total value of the device itself.

Stay Ahead of the Curve with an IT Lifecycle Plan

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
All appliances have an effective lifespan. Computers are no different. In some cases, parts physically fail after years of service, in others they simply become too slow and too ineffective to keep doing the job. Hardware failures and IT issues can cost big in productivity losses, urgent fixes, and unintended downtime.

Business Tools to Take Your Business Out of The Office

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Being engaged in business used to mean staying wired in at the office eight to twelve hours a day. In the modern day, this is completely untrue. Often the most efficient workplace is spread far and wide and always on the go.

Protecting A Business from Internal Threats

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
When considering IT threats to your business many articles focus on hackers, viruses, and attacks from external threats. These dangers are real, constant, and easily identifiable. In many cases, however, the largest threat to a firm comes from inside the business itself.

Increase Your Productivity with Dual Monitors

Keith Haskin
March 27, 2020
Conventional wisdom states that cluttered workspaces lead to a disorganized mind. Mess prevents productivity and begins to hamper professionalism. Shouldn't that apply to the computer desktop too?

Professional Businesses Deserve Professional Setup

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
Phishing attacks have been around for a long time in IT. Designed to steal your credentials or trick you into installing malicious software, they have persisted in the IT world precisely because they have been so devastatingly simple and effective. Today, a more modern and more effective version of the same attack is commonly used.

Is Your Physical Security as Good As Your Cybersecurity?

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Headlines are often made by firms that have been hacked by "elite" cybercriminals. These events sound high tech, sophisticated, and interesting. The truth is almost always an amateur attacker chancing their luck with an unpatched security hole or bad password. Physical break-ins affect businesses far more commonly and cause much more damage, but get talked about far less.

Invest Well in Your IT Security

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it" is a common and useful rule for many business owners. It serves to protect your business against unnecessary costs and unneeded downtime. While protecting your business against many types of danger, it poses an outright threat when it comes to IT security.

Avoiding Growing Pains — Tech Tips for a Thriving Business

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Maybe you started your business in a basement or home office. It was just you at the beginning. Then, your service or product gained traction. The number of staff grew, and you moved into an office. It’s amazing how far you’ve come. Better still, your business continues to grow. It may be time to consider some of these tech tips to help your thriving business.

4 Common Compliance Issues You Might Be Missing

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Information security is on every business’s radar these days. Data drives so much of what we do. Looking to contain the risks, many sectors have established IT compliance regulations. Whether meeting a standard or not, don't overlook these common areas of concern.

Are You Doing Your IT Due Diligence?

Tanner Lytle
March 27, 2020
The words “due diligence” may make you think of a courtroom drama on television. Surely, that’s something only lawyers have to worry about? Not so fast. Due diligence is something your business can be doing, too. Are you covering the basics?

Making Technology Another Target for Continuous Improvement

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Your business likely talks a lot about continuous improvement. It’s everyone’s goal, right? Yet “set it and forget it” is a common approach to handling business technology. Here’s why IT needs your ongoing attention too.

Failure is Not an Option: Getting Rid of Single Points of Failure

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
You might think that your business is going to be OK even if a single device goes down. After all, there are other devices your people can use. It’s not as if the entire system is going to fall like dominoes. Or is it? Get rid of single points of failure to make one vulnerability doesn’t take down your network.

5 Common Computer Myths Debunked

Keith Haskin
March 27, 2020
Common urban myths would have us believe alligators live in sewers or people put razor blades in kids’ candy. Common misconceptions about computers are just as persistent. Here are several IT myths debunked for your benefit.

Are You Due? What to Do When You Get a Renewal Notice

Greg Fyn
March 27, 2020
Your business relies on any number of service providers. You’re likely contracting for domain names, website hosting, data backup, software licenses, to name just a few. And that’s only your online presence! So, when a renewal notice comes in, you might just forward it on or file it away for future reference. Here’s what you should be doing instead.

What’s Causing Your Bandwidth Woes?

Keith Haskin
March 27, 2020
Every time employees send or receive data online they need bandwidth. Like time and money, bandwidth is a scarce resource in many offices. After all, computers and digital devices rely on bandwidth to complete tasks online.