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Are You Able to Identify Malicious Links?

Are You Able to Identify Malicious Links?

The Internet is gaining quite the reputation as a dangerous place. It hosts countless threats, many of which hide behind links that shield their intentions. Considering how much is on the line for your business, you need to make sure that you know which links are safe to click on, and which ones are best left ignored.

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Tip of the Week: Managing your Cloud Data

Tip of the Week: Managing your Cloud Data

There’s no denying the importance of data management for businesses, but companies that utilize cloud-based data storage and infrastructure access have to be extra aware. How can your business ensure that your data storage methods are working for you, and not against you? For this week’s tip, we’ll discuss some of the ways that businesses can best use their cloud-based data storage without compromising efficiency.

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IT Security Starts and Ends With Your Staff

IT Security Starts and Ends With Your Staff

We wish IT security was as simple as setting up a good firewall and installing an antivirus. We talk a lot about security solutions that cover a lot of your bases, such as our Unified Threat Management (UTM) system. While these enterprise-level solutions are important, any investment in protecting your network can be upended by a single act of user error.

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Antivirus Fights More than Just Viruses

Antivirus Fights More than Just Viruses

Antivirus is one of the simplest means of protecting a computer network, but that doesn't necessarily mean that a business should overlook the benefits of having an antivirus. If a business doesn’t have antivirus on its systems, it’s usually because they really don’t believe they are in any danger. The harsh reality emerges after a data breach. Regardless of its size, any business holds the kind of data that would draw in thieves and rogues. From Social Security numbers to credit card numbers to many other kinds of personally identifiable information, businesses possess plenty of data that can bring in a pretty penny on the black market.

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Tech Term: Spam

Tech Term: Spam

Spam: it’s something that just about every computer user has heard of, and knows is bad. However, how much do you really know about spam? For today’s Tech Term, we’ll slice into the different types of spam, as well as some theories as to where the term itself originated.

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You May be Losing More than You Think with a Misplaced Phone

You May be Losing More than You Think with a Misplaced Phone

Does your skin crawl with the thought of what would happen if you lose track of your smartphone? These days, a lot of users keep a plethora of personal information on their mobile devices, which makes a loss all the more dangerous for them. How can you make sure that your mobile device doesn’t accidentally become a treasure trove of information for any hackers or thieves who might try to steal it?

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Are Your Employees Equipped for Effective Remote Work?

Are Your Employees Equipped for Effective Remote Work?

Surprisingly enough, there are a lot of benefits to letting your employees work remotely. This doesn’t mean that you can’t still benefit from it--you just need to put a little more care into planning for it. Your business’s infrastructure must be set up to allow for remote capabilities without being influenced by the potential risks.

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Tip of the Week: Improving Your Online Privacy

Tip of the Week: Improving Your Online Privacy

Most users are aware that their browsers offer a “secure” browsing experience. Google Chrome has Incognito mode, Microsoft’s Edge browser allows you to surf the Internet “InPrivate,” and Apple’s Safari offers Private Browsing as well. The trouble is, these “secure” browsing options aren’t actually all that secure. For today’s tip, we’ll discuss ways to actually keep your Internet browsing private.

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Are You Exposing Your Data by Using Public Wi-Fi?

Are You Exposing Your Data by Using Public Wi-Fi?

You are going to inevitably be in the position where using public Wi-Fi is better than not using any Wi-Fi at all. The issue with this is that public Wi-Fi is considerably more dangerous to use than the secured in-house network of your office. How can you maximize the productivity of your business’ staff while on the go, without sacrificing security by allowing them to use public Wi-Fi to access important data?

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Chatbot Technology is Improving for Business Applications

Chatbot Technology is Improving for Business Applications

Chatbots aren’t an unfamiliar technology. These artificially intelligent constructs are becoming more and more prevalent, especially with the rise of virtual assistants in recent years. Now, with an example of this technology residing in most new devices, it becomes important to consider what it could mean for businesses as this trend continues in the future.

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Why Your Business Needs Email Encryption

Why Your Business Needs Email Encryption

Email is a solution that needs to be protected, lest you expose important information to any onlookers while messages are in transit. Encryption is one of the key ways you can make sure that your messages are safe, but email hasn’t always used this method to secure messages. In fact, it wasn’t until relatively recently that encryption became a staple of the major email providers.

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How to Best Prepare for Migrating Your Server’s Data

How to Best Prepare for Migrating Your Server’s Data

When the time comes, the process of migrating your data from one server to another is a considerable commitment. In order to ensure a smooth and uneventful data migration that results in the greatest benefit to your business, it helps to dive in with a few procedures at the top of mind.

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Password Security Needs to Be a Priority

Password Security Needs to Be a Priority

Passwords are everywhere. It seems that every account requires a password, in addition to the devices we use to access these accounts. This is a good thing, as it only helps to increase security - assuming that the password is strong. After all, a password that anyone can guess can hardly be called a password at all.

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Tech Term: What Does ‘NAS’ Mean?

Tech Term: What Does ‘NAS’ Mean?

There’s plenty of terminology and acronyms used in the information technology field that may be unfamiliar at first. Take, for example, NAS. For today, we’ll explore this tech term to gain a deeper understanding of it, and how it may influence your business.

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Without Data Backup, You’re at the Mercy of Malware

Without Data Backup, You’re at the Mercy of Malware

It’s no secret that a business relies on its data. Therefore, it only becomes more important that this data is protected, especially in light of the predictions that have been made for the rest of the year concerning ransomware. Read on for a closer examination of these predictions, and suggested actions that you can take to protect your business and its data.

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Managed IT Benefits Business Owners

Managed IT Benefits Business Owners

Business owners have a lot on their plate. Even the smallest businesses have a lot of moving parts that need to be attended to, which all add up to a mammoth amount of stress for their owners. Perhaps most obviously, financial matters contribute greatly to this angst.

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Tip of the Week: What Kind of Computer Fits Your Needs?

Tip of the Week: What Kind of Computer Fits Your Needs?

In the current business environment, a computer of some sort is a necessity. However, it is important that you select the right one. After all, it wouldn’t do to not have the capabilities that your business requires, but why spend extra for more than you need? For today’s tip, we’ll guide you through the computer selection process so that you can make the best choice for you, without doing too much damage to your budget.

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Blockchain Technology has Many Uses

Blockchain Technology has Many Uses

Blockchain is typically related to cryptocurrency, and most of the time you’ll hear these two words in the same sentence. Bitcoin has both risen and collapsed in value over the past few months, which has led many industry professionals to consider other ways to take advantage of blockchain technology. In fact, the blockchain is actually quite useful for a number of different purposes.

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Could CES Provide a Look at Tomorrow’s Workplace Tech?

Could CES Provide a Look at Tomorrow’s Workplace Tech?

Whether you’re talking about the hottest new desktop technology or the most streamlined and dynamic smartphone on the market, it’s demand which ultimately fuels the technology industry. If nobody wants to buy a product, it’s natural that there’s no reason to create it. What kind of consumer technology was revealed at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show, and how much demand is there for these new products?

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Tip of the Week: How Your Secrets Can be Spilled by a Jogging App

Tip of the Week: How Your Secrets Can be Spilled by a Jogging App

When considering your business’ security, it is only too easy to overlook how information of any kind might be compromised. Take, for example, the case study that is provided by the fitness application Strava, the jogging app that shares more data than many, including the United States military, would prefer.

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