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Ben has been providing IT services and direction to Fortune 1000 companies for almost 20 years and has spent the last 10 years bringing those ideas and technologies to the SMB market.

How to Shop Securely This Holiday Season

How to Shop Securely This Holiday Season

While the major holiday shopping days have passed us by, many people are still looking for that perfect gift often using the Internet to find it. While online shopping is certainly more convenient, it can also be dangerous. To help keep you safe this season and beyond, we’re reviewing a few practices to protect your identity while shopping online.

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A Recent Data Theft Shows Us What to Watch Out For

A Recent Data Theft Shows Us What to Watch Out For

Trend Micro, the developer of the popular antivirus program, has attracted some unwanted attention after a former employee managed to steal customer data and sell it to scammers. These scammers then use this data to call Trend Micro customers. If you use Trend Micro’s antivirus solutions, you’re going to want to pay close attention to any calls you get.

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Start Using Two-Factor Authentication Everywhere, Today

Start Using Two-Factor Authentication Everywhere, Today

It can be easy to slack off when it comes to good password practices. Many users still use the same password across multiple sites and often don’t use secure passwords. Password managers make this a lot easier, but it’s really two-factor authentication (2FA) that can make all the difference. Strong, unique passwords are still important (not all accounts offer two-factor authentication) but let’s talk about why you should always enable two-factor or multifactor on all of your accounts when possible.

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Examining the Relationship Between Professional Services and IT

Examining the Relationship Between Professional Services and IT

Professional services have a reputation for being the important kind of work that has to be learned through experience. However, that reputation doesn’t usually cover these businesses using very much technology, because for a very long time, professional services didn’t.

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Business Growth Is Fueled by Cloud Usage

Business Growth Is Fueled by Cloud Usage

Most businesses make technology decisions with an eye on growth. One technology that is being used more than ever is cloud computing. There are many different benefits that an organization can see by using the cloud. Today, we will address these benefits and explain how cloud computing works to facilitate business growth.

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Tip of the Week: Better Project Management, Better Projects

Tip of the Week: Better Project Management, Better Projects

You have goals for your business and most of them will require strategic investment to get off the ground. These projects can have a huge effect on your business. If they go right, your company stands to benefit, but if they go wrong, you are putting your business in jeopardy. It is important that you have a careful and capable project manager to help you implement your plans. Today, we’ll give you three variables that you have to look for when hiring a project manager. 

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The Business Functions of the Internet of Things

The Business Functions of the Internet of Things

Do you remember the days when wireless connectivity was primarily associated with computers, or laptops? With today's advancing technology, virtually anything is able to connect to the internet. We call everything in this category the Internet of Things, or IoT. 

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4 Key Steps to Better Cybersecurity

4 Key Steps to Better Cybersecurity

In many ways, explaining why sufficient cybersecurity is important for your business has become redundant - especially when it is much more important to understand how this cybersecurity needs to protect you. The threats to data and privacy are known, but no less potent. In order to counter them, you need to make sure you have what you need to protect your business - starting with a few key considerations.

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Tip of the Week: Limiting OneDrive Sharing

Tip of the Week: Limiting OneDrive Sharing

Statistically speaking, there’s a pretty good chance that you use Microsoft Office 365 in your business, which means you can use OneDrive, Microsoft’s contribution to cloud-based storage and collaboration. If this is how your users work productively, they are probably already familiar with how they can share these documents - but what if there are some things you don’t want freely shared around? Today, we’re going over how you can restrict OneDrive sharing capabilities.

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The Conferencing Options That Really Matter

The Conferencing Options That Really Matter

Conferencing software is bringing a whole new angle for businesses to communicate with staff and clients, alike. This is shifting the way companies do business; and, with this newfound freedom, they are expanding their reach and being more efficient. Let’s take a look at the features that come with the best conferencing solutions and how they help businesses improve their operations.

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How to Optimize Security, Regarding Your Servers

How to Optimize Security, Regarding Your Servers

Your business relies on its servers in order to function - which makes it incredibly important that these servers are sufficiently protected. There are a few practices that you can put into place that will help you to secure your server room. Let’s work our way from the inside out as we review them.

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Tip of the Week: How To Delete All Those Recordings Siri Has of You

Tip of the Week: How To Delete All Those Recordings Siri Has of You

With personal privacy being a major public topic, Apple decided to give users more control over their data. 

Back in July, Apple had admitted that it was holding and listening to recordings of iOS users who use Siri. This wasn’t much of a surprise, since we know that Amazon and Google do the same with their digital assistants. Apple now lets you delete the conversations you’ve had with Siri.

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Confronting Video Conferencing Doubts

Confronting Video Conferencing Doubts

Businesses heavily rely on multiple different inter and intra communication methods to better fulfill the needs of employees and clients alike. While the use of email or direct message may suffice for specific scenarios, there are no data sharing options available greater than verbal communication. Many businesses underutilize conferencing platforms, so today we thought we would share some of the benefits that your business should be taking advantage of. 

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I Lost Data Once… A Collection of Horror Stories; Part 2

I Lost Data Once… A Collection of Horror Stories; Part 2

Here’s a horror story about an entrepreneur who, at a glance, was following many data backup best practices. Unfortunately, at the end of the day, things didn’t go so well when a crucial task was missed.

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I Lost Data Once… A Collection of Horror Stories; Part 1

I Lost Data Once… A Collection of Horror Stories; Part 1

I wanted to share a few stories we’ve gathered about times when a person or business has lost data. First, thank you to everyone who shared these stories with us and allowed us to publish them on our blog, and… we’re glad you made it through. The first one is a story about someone who learned their lesson the hard way.

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Cybersecurity is a Shortcoming for the DHS

Cybersecurity is a Shortcoming for the DHS

Every IT administrator today needs to be concerned about cybersecurity, as does every private business when it comes to its network. However, the same can’t really be said for the computing resources of the government and other public entities… simply due to the lack of talent available.

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Monitoring Your Staff Has Benefits

Monitoring Your Staff Has Benefits

You always read about the multitude of ways you can improve your business, but next to zero of them talk about what amounts to the elephant in the room: your staff. The workforce is a massive expense for most businesses; and, if it isn’t, it’s likely because you do a lot of things yourself. So, knowing that it becomes important to understand the financials around the people you have working for you. Basically, each worker has a number, and if you are getting that number out of their efforts, interfering with their work dynamic (to try to get more out of them) may actually have the opposite effect. 

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Tip of the Week: Mobile Data Management

Tip of the Week: Mobile Data Management

There are hundreds of things that a business owner has to do, so managing the security of the data coming in and going out from mobile devices might not make the hierarchy of considerations that need to be immediately addressed. Today, we will take a look at why paying attention to the mobile end of your business is so important, how Mobile Information Management (MIM) helps with that, and how MIM fits in with the rest of your mobile strategy. 

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How Google is Trying to Make Passwords Easier and Better

How Google is Trying to Make Passwords Easier and Better

Common opinion more or less states that passwords aren’t so much “necessary,” as they are a “necessary evil.” The best practices that are recommended to maintain the efficacy of passwords today can certainly feel excessive - which tempts many users into ignoring these practices, to the detriment of their security. Fortunately, many large companies - like Google - are trying to make passwords easier to manage.

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How You Can Leverage G Suite to Your Business’ Advantage

How You Can Leverage G Suite to Your Business’ Advantage

Google’s offering is much greater than that of a simple search engine. It is hard to even imagine a time when the extent of the services offered by Alphabet, Inc. were just the search functionality that introduced a new verb into the public lexicon. Now, the applications that make up what is known as the G Suite are used by businesses everywhere. Here, we’ll go over some of the included features, and how your business can benefit from them.

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