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The 5 Vital Elements of Real Business Security

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Generally speaking, when people think about security, they only think about it in terms of internet protection.
When it comes to securing your business, there is a much broader horizon to view. While internet security is critical to protecting your network and data, that only scratches the surface of what real security is all about.
Real security encompasses holistic protection of your organization from what happens on your network to who enters your building, who’s listening to your conversations to the proper training of your entire staff. 

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Certain business dynamics are custom-made for cloud-based solutions

Certain business dynamics are custom-made for cloud-based solutions. If you want to spend less time managing infrastructure and more time focusing on your core business objectives, it’s time to consider the cloud.
Step back and take a fresh look at the forces affecting your business. Check out the list below to see if any of these common dynamics might be driving you to the cloud:

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How an End User Might Accidentally Undermine Your Security: 10 Innocent Mistakes

b2ap3_thumbnail_innocent_mistakes_400.jpgIf you’re like every other small business out there, you know that the more employees you hire, the more technology that you have to procure. However, when you have more end-users, you provide more avenues for threats to slip into your network infrastructure unnoticed. When all it takes is one simple mistake from a single end-user, how can you minimize the chances of falling victim to an untimely hacking attack?

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Tip of the Week: 5 Tips From the 90s That You’ve Completely Forgot

b2ap3_thumbnail_dial_up_and_other_90s_tech_400.jpgThe 1990s were dominated by all sorts of great technology: VHS, floppy disks, and grossly oversized computer hardware. Learning new technology shortcuts was once all the rage, but when looked at now, these tech tips are rendered obsolete. However, that doesn’t stop them from hitting us right in the nostalgia. Here are some of our favorite tech tips from the 1990s.

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5 Step Checklist for Executing a move to Cloud Connect

Check listAfter our last article, you should now have a strategy in place for your move to a cloud-based phone system and should have managed to get all the right stakeholders involved. But now you have to execute that plan.
Fair warning: this is where some companies get stuck. A plan is one thing, but the ability to execute said plan is another entirely. Without the right tools and people, you can find yourself unable to properly and successfully transition to a cloud-based phone system.

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How to Build a Successful Roadmap to the Cloud

360 imageIf you have no strategy in place for a) determining if you need a cloud-based phone system and b) how you will migrate towards one if you do, you should prepare your company for a long and pricy road to failure.

Your phone system is a critical component to the success of your business and the productivity of your employees, but taking advantage of its capabilities requires incorporating your phone system platform into your overall IT strategy.

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Leveraging the Mobile Revolution

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We are experiencing a technological “revolution” of sorts when it comes to mobile devices.  The use of mobile technology for internet connectivity has rapidly begun to replace PCs, laptops and tablets in both our personal and professional lives.  Our ability to carry this device wherever, whenever has created a convenience to which we’ve become quite accustomed. The ease-of-use and functionality of personal Smartphones has now become a major player in many industries for field workers, remote employees and other job functions; enabling us to reduce costs, improve customer service and increase employee productivity.

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Hackers Reveal What Sony Movie Executives Really Think, and it’s Not Pretty

b2ap3_thumbnail_sony_data_leak_400.jpgOne of the most publicized hacks we have seen is last December’s breach of Sony Pictures Entertainment by the Guardians of Peace. In addition to the hackers exposing Sony’s budget, plans for layoffs, and 3,800 SSNs, they leaked personal emails from company executives. This incident should make every business owner a little nervous.

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Trust Your Gut when it Comes to IT Services

b2ap3_thumbnail_trust_your_gut_on_it_400.jpgHave you ever been stuck in a technology rut while working on a major project? If this is an everyday occurrence for you, your gut might be telling you that there’s a better way to handle your business’s IT. Most of the time, there’s usually a better way to handle these issues, and it’s with the latest and greatest technology. Your IT provider needs to be familiar with the most recent developments, good or bad, to deliver you the best quality services available.

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Tip of the Week: How to Back Up Your Browser’s Bookmarks

b2ap3_thumbnail_set_up_bookmarks_400.jpgWhen you have your workstation’s browser just the way you want it, you feel unstoppable. You have all of your most-frequently visited websites stashed in your browser’s bookmarks, and your latest search results can point you right where you want to go. Then your hard drive crashes, and you’re left with nothing whatsoever. What can you do to prevent this?

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Latest HIPAA Settlement at $150k for Compromising 2,700 Medical Records

b2ap3_thumbnail_hipaa_fines_levied_400.jpgThe latest in a string of costly settlements associated with the violation of the HIPAA law highlights the importance of your health care organization closely following HIPAA’s mandates. Is your practice’s IT infrastructure HIPAA compliant? If not, then even an overlooked detail as seemingly-insignificant as updating software will subject you to penalties.

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The Top 5 Most Innovative Mobile Phones of 2004

b2ap3_thumbnail_old_cellphone_400.jpgIt’s the new year and most technology websites are posting cute blog articles like, “The Top Gadgets of 2014,” or “The Hottest Technologies of 2015.” That’s all well and good, but for today’s blog we want to break with tradition and write about the latest mobile technology from 10 years ago. We think this will give everybody some perspective on “The Best Gadgets of 2014.”

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Tip of the Week: 4 Pointers for Preventing Email Spam

b2ap3_thumbnail_no_email_spam_400.jpgEmail, the most popular medium of office communication, offers spectacular boons to a business, but it’s not without its flaws. Spam is the #1 enemy of the email inbox, and it is a time-consuming productivity killer. Even the most vigilant workers get hit with spam from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you need to.

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What Could Anti-Surveillance Technology Mean for National Security?

b2ap3_thumbnail_are_they_watching_you_400.jpgThe Hackers on Planet Earth (HOPE) conference which took place on Saturday, July 21st 2014, had an important panelist, that being Edward Snowden. Whether he's a whistleblower or a traitor is a hot topic on the web, but one thing is certain - he has called for assistance in creating and promoting anti-surveillance technology to mitigate government spying.

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Celebrate your Freedom from IT Burdens!

b2ap3_thumbnail_america_and_it_400.jpgEverybody loves their freedom, but for some, freedom is an illusion. Take for example the busy business owner. Often times, their work schedules are so packed with tasks that they don't feel free to take a break and enjoy themselves. Technically, they have the freedom to quit, but we think there's a better way to find freedom in the workplace!

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Touch-Screen PCs: Hands-On Productivity or a Gimmick?

b2ap3_thumbnail_touch_screen_devices_400.jpgFor the past decade, touch-screens have changed the way that we as a society touch technology, and have greatly increased the mobility of business in that short time. This trend started with the smartphone, then spread to the 10-inch tablet and larger tablets - perfect for watching YouTube videos, Netflix, or other media consumption.

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The Joys of Server Migration

b2ap3_thumbnail_server_migration_400.jpgThere are times when a specific task is asked of a server requiring all of its data to be moved. When this happens, all the files and applications are transferred to another server unit in a fascinating procedure called server migration.

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Don’t Be Neutral about Net Neutrality!

b2ap3_thumbnail_how_big_is_your_piece_400.jpgLighting up the airwaves in the United States is the issue of net neutrality. It's a complex and technical topic regarding Internet regulations, but don't let the fine print keep you from caring. This is an important topic that could affect how the Internet is consumed around the globe!

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Warning: Protect Yourself from Cryptolocker and GameOver Zeus Now!

b2ap3_thumbnail_gameover_zeus_and_cryptolocker_400.jpgIt has been two weeks since the National Communications Association warned the world about the GameOver Zeus and Cryptolocker ransomware, and if you haven't taken steps to avoid these threats, it's not too late - if you haven't been infected yet, do so as soon as possible. Otherwise, your network will be vulnerable, and so will your banking credentials.

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