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Cyber Monday Shopping Tips

With smartphones in almost every pocket, consumers don’t always wait for Cyber Monday to begin shopping on line for great holiday deals. In fact, last year over 103 million people shopped online between Thanksgiving and Sunday, and spent a record $8.03 billion online during that time period.

Safe buying habits on line start with being truly present during the purchase. Make sure that the websites that you are visiting are reputable, long-standing, secure sites and not phantom virtual...

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Your Computer Network is Being Haunted (And it's WORSE than Ghosts & Goblins)

Your small business is under attack. Right now, extremely dangerous and well-funded cybercrime rings are using sophisticated techniques to hack into thousands of small businesses to steal credit cards, blackmail you to recover data and swindle money directly out of your bank account.

82,000 NEW malware threats are being released every single day and HALF of the cyber-attacks occurring are aimed at small businesses just like yours. You just don’t hear about it because it’s kept quiet for...

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Six Ways You Can Improve Your Law Practice with Technology and Innovation.

Today law firms work hard to keep you protected and out of trouble when it comes to the court system, but are you doing your due diligence when it comes to your business technology?

Traditional practices can be streamlined by harnessing the power of technology to support the activities of any law firm.  Read on for several ways that you can improve your law practice, update your processes, protect the privacy of your clients and make  technology work for you to lighten your load, save...

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Mobile Device Essentials

There’s no doubt about it – the Internet and mobile and cloud computing have made our lives easier and our businesses more productive, cost-effective and competitive. But make no mistake about it: the Internet is also a breeding ground for thieves and predators, not to mention an enormous distraction and liability if not used properly. 


Without setting the rules straight, people in your organization can become casual and careless about their privacy and your business information....

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Is YOUR Data REALLY Secure in the Cloud?

Are you thinking about moving all or parts of your computer network “to the cloud” but worried about who can access your data? You’re not alone – but many security experts, software companies and cloud service providers alike agree that cloud computing offers a MORE secure way to store data. In fact, the US government's cyber security adviser Howard Schmidt had said that cloud computing will enable businesses to catch up on security issues.

That’s because most small businesses do...

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Adding up the Value of Security

Data security in your field is paramount.  As a business owner you need to protect your assets and data as well as the personal and financial information of your clients.  Off the shelf routers are simply not robust enough to truly guard you against the proliferation of internet threats and intrusions.

Upgrading your router to a firewall provides superior network protection and is an easy, cost effective way to safeguard your company while potentially saving you thousands of dollars in...

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For Accountants Only - A Data Security Debriefing

Exhausted, and exhilaration….that’s how our accountant clients’ say they feel after tax day.  What a ride!

Now, with the pressure of April 15th (or in this year’s case April 18th) behind you, we thought it would be a great time to remind you about the power and the added value of updating your security technology.

Data security in your field is paramount.  As a business owner you need to protect your assets and data as well as the personal and financial information of your...

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3 Critical Things You MUST Have In Place Now To Guarantee Your Business Could Be Back Up in The Event Of A Data-Erasing Disaster

Can’t afford to be down for days? Then take heed to these 3 easy (but critical!) steps to make sure you never have to experience extended downtime, data loss or corruption:

  1. Keep an on-site AND off-site copy of your data. You never want to rely solely on an on-site backup. If a fire, flood, natural disaster or burglary happens, you’re out of luck. Plus, it’s smart to have a backup of your backup – especially when it comes to your businesses data!

  2. Throw your old tape-drive...

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Making the Right Call on VoIP Telephony

Understanding the technologies and solutions that can streamline your business functions and save you money are time consuming tasks.  As your technology partner, our goal is to arm you with the information you need to best address the needs of your business.

Voice over IP (VoIP) is the methodology for the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over the Internet Protocol or IP network. It is also referred to as IP telephony, Internet telephony, broadband telephony, and...

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Scary But True Facts About Data Loss

“Because data is the heart of the enterprise,    it's crucial for you to protect it." - William R. Stanek

Being a Monday morning quarterback when data is lost and your company suffers a major IT security blow is NOT the best time to think about having a sure fire back up plan to prevent this kind of disaster from happening.  The best thing YOU can do is to get yourself into a management and monitoring plan with a great IT company and you will not have to shake in your business shoes...

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The Year in Review: Hot Tech Topics from 2015

We’ve seen a year of technology snafu's as hacking and cyber crimes have hit their stride.  More and more companies are understanding the value of having a robust management and monitoring program in place to catch cyber crime BEFORE it's too late. 

The focus of many of our blogs this year have dealt with security.  We've compiled our 2015 blogs in case you missed any of them.  Click on the titles below for a link to that blog.

Remember, staying informed and having a quality tech...

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Like a bad penny, CryptoWall is back: CryptoWall 4 Update

Keeping our promise to keep YOU in the know, here is an update on the latest cyber threat we've seen resurface.  We urge you to review your current data back up strategies and consider a proactive approach to protecting your business from this and other cyber threats.

Just in time for the holidays, the latest version of CryptoWall has begun circulating the net.

This version has new features including a redesigned ransom note, new filenames and now encrypts a file's name in addition to...

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A word is a word is a word, unless...it is your password. Tips for creating strong ones.

Hacking is rampant but why make things easy?  Strong passwords are one way you can protect your data.

Accounts such as AOL, Facebook, Yahoo, and others like this are constantly under cyber attack as cyber criminals and hackers try to back their way into your accounts to gain access to your data. The reason it is so widespread is because these systems are widely used and well known to you, to me and to hackers. 

To better defend against an attempted hack, you can simply create a stronger...

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Being Smart About Cyber Liability

Every day across the globe, breaches of information take place. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and Personal Health Information (PHI) records are compromised by electronic and physical loss in companies across the United States. 

 According to the NetDilligence 2014 Cyber Claims Study, PII was the most frequently exposed data and companies are not well equipped for a breach.

In our rapidly changing and high tech world, It is critical for business owners and corporate executives...

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Section 179: Technology Investment Deductions - Savings that Bears Repeating

Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to write off the entire cost of your computer equipment and software purchased?

Well you can!  Here is the skinny on IRS Section 179.

Under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 179 you are able to deduct the entire cost of computers and software purchased and put into use before December 31, 2015 up to $25,000.  This deduction is specifically intended for small businesses and can reduce the overall costs of your technology.  There is a possibility the...

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7 Critical Security Measures for Your Staff’s Mobile Phones

There’s no doubt about it – the Internet and mobile and cloud computing have made our lives easier and our businesses more productive, cost-effective and competitive. But without setting the rules straight, people in your organization can become casual and careless about their privacy and your business information. 

Because of all of this, if you are going to allow employees to use mobile devices – particularly personal mobile devices – to access, store and use company data, then...

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Summertime safety tips for kids surfing the net

Summertime is upon us and that means more free time for our kids. In a perfect world, our children would be active all day long, keeping busy with some form of physical and preferably outdoor activity.  But when the lazy days of summer arrive and we find our kids surfing the internet rather than surfing the ocean waves, it’s time for us to implement ‘safe surfing’! We’ve gathered some valuable tips and reminders to help you and your kids stay cool and out of the heat while traveling...

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5 Tips to Know Before Moving Data to the Cloud

Cloud computing is all the rage these days, and while some companies are moving their whole IT infrastructure to the cloud, many others are choosing to streamline their businesses by moving individual business applications. 

If you are considering moving any of your company’s software applications “to the cloud,” make sure to consider these 5 tips BEFORE pulling the trigger:

1. Back It Up!
Migrating data to any new location is a mess, and anything can (and usually does) go wrong....

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Four Tips Every CEO Should Know About Data Back Up

The old saying “pack your own parachute” comes to mind when I think of data backups or, more specifically, data RECOVERY. Here’s the best tip I can give you, the absolute WORST time to check your parachute is on the way down. 

The same goes for checking the robustness of your network and data back up where the absolute worse time to think about it, is AFTER a data disaster.

What continues to surprise me is how many companies don’t properly pack their parachute and systemati...

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Good News & Tax Incentives for Investing in Your Technology

 

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to write off the entire cost of your computer equipment and software purchased?

Well you can!

Under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 179 you are able to deduct the entire cost of computers and software purchased and put into use before December 31, 2015 up to $25,000.  This deduction is specifically intended for small businesses and can reduce the overall costs of your technology.  There is a possibility the amount of th...

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