Blog: Resources & Tips

Equifax to Pay up to $425 Million to People Affected. Are you Included?

In 2017 Equifax publicly announced that a data breach occurred and exposed personal information of 147 million people. Find out if you’re eligible to claim benefits. The Federal Trade Commission posted information about the settlement late July on its website and encourages claims to be filed immediately. The credit-check company, Equifax, has reached an agreement […]

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5 Ways to Protect Your NAS Device from Ransomware

Network-attached storage (NAS) devices are common targets of ransomware attacks. Find out why NAS devices are often attacked and what you can do to protect your storage device and the data in it. Small and midsized businesses often use network-attached storage (NAS) devices for file sharing, storage, and backups. Because these devices are used to […]

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5 Common Misconceptions about Hybrid Clouds

The concept of a hybrid cloud is still hazy in many people’s minds. Here are five common misconceptions about hybrid clouds set straight. Despite being introduced back in 2011, the concept of a hybrid cloud is still hazy in many people’s minds. This is understandable given that there are many misconceptions about what hybrid clouds are and how […]

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5 Ways You Can Better Protect Your Windows 10 Computer Thanks to the May 2019 Update

More than a billion adults have been the victims of cybercrime. Here are five security-related improvements rolled out through the Windows 10 May 2019 Update that can help you avoid becoming the next victim. People fear cyberattacks more than physical attacks or robbery — and for good reason. More than 1 billion adults have been the victims of cybercrime, […]

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Save Time by Setting Up Rules in Outlook and Gmail

Slogging through numerous emails every day takes time. Declutter your Inbox by taking advantage of Microsoft Outlook’s and Google Gmail’s filtering functionality. If you are like most people, you receive numerous emails at work. Employees receive an average of 126 emails per day, according to one study. Having to slog through that many emails takes time […]

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Is Your SaaS Data at Risk?

Companies that assume their SaaS provider will restore application data they accidentally lose are risking permanently losing that data. Learn why SaaS providers are not required to restore this data and what you can do to avoid permanent data loss. Software as a Service (SaaS) is the largest segment of the cloud computing market, with […]

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SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS: What’s the Difference?

You have probably seen the acronyms SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS before, but do you know what they mean? Discover what these acronyms represent and, more important, the differences between them. The IT industry is embracing the shift from ownership-based business models to service-based ones. Vendors are increasingly offering their hardware, software, and other IT products […]

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Watch Out for This Direct Deposit Scam

Cybercriminals are trying to scam businesses into depositing employee paychecks into their bank accounts. Learn about the variations of the scam and what you can do so that your business does not become the next victim. Most companies use direct deposit to pay their employees. In the United States, for example, more than 80% of workers have […]

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Don’t Let Your Phone Stalk You

Stalkerware is legal but often considered unethical. Find out what stalkerware is and how it can get on your smartphone. The idea of someone tracking your whereabouts and eavesdropping on your conversations can be unsettling. Yet, more than 58,000 Google Android users had this happen to them. That’s because these individuals had stalkerware installed on their smartphones. […]

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All It Took Was 52 Seconds for Hackers to Attack a Poorly Secured Server

Researchers set up honeypots to learn how cybercriminals find and attack poorly protected Secure Shell (SSH)-enabled servers. Learn what the researchers found so you can protect your devices. Companies often enable Secure Shell (SSH) in servers, network attached storage (NAS), and other devices so that users can remotely access them. Security experts highly recommend using […]

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Software Supply Chain Attacks Are on the Rise

Software supply chain attacks are becoming more widespread. Learn what they are and how they occur so you can develop a strategy to help manage the risks. The statistic is alarming. Software supply chain attacks increased by 78% in 2018, according to Symantec’s “2019 Internet Security Threat Report“. And security experts expect the number of […]

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Debunking 4 Common Myths about Complying with Data Privacy Regulations

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) protects the data privacy rights of European Union citizens, while the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) gives California residents more control over their personal data. Similarly, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) safeguards the medical information of US citizens. Regulations that protect people’s privacy and data rights […]

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What You Need to Know about Foldable Phones

Foldable phones have been stealing the tech spotlight recently, but are they really all they’re cracked up to be? Here is what you need to know to make up your own mind. Thanks to new offerings from Samsung and Huawei, foldable phones have been making a comeback. These mobile devices are smartphone-tablet hybrids. Vendors are […]

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Are Your Employees Inadvertently Exposing Your Company’s Sensitive Data?

The ease in which employees can now share information coupled with current cultural trends is causing accidental data leaks in many businesses. Learn how to prevent employees from accidentally exposing your organization’s sensitive data. The number is eye-opening: 83% of companies believe that employee errors have put sensitive business and customer data at risk of […]

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Malvertising Is Likely Coming to a Browser Near You

Cybercriminals are increasingly posting malicious ads on legitimate websites to obtain data and spread malware. Discover how malvertising works and what you can do to protect your business from it. Cybercriminals do not take holidays off — in fact, they often use them to their advantage. That’s how a group of hackers celebrated President’s Day […]

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6 Ways to Make Your Passwords Easy to Crack

Passwords are an important line of defense against cyberattacks, yet many people make it easy for hackers to crack them. Here are six mistakes that people often make when creating passwords. Serious consequences can result from cracked passwords. Cybercriminals might use them to steal money or data from the compromised accounts. Or they might change […]

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7 Ways to Spend Less Time Dealing with Emails

Business professionals often spend a lot of time reading and responding to emails every day. If you are one of them, here are seven ways you can reduce the amount of time you spend dealing with emails. In many businesses, employees use emails to communicate with each other, customers, suppliers, and other business associates. And […]

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What Is Digital Transformation and Why Are Companies Pursuing It?

Digital transformation is a popular topic of discussion in boardrooms. Learn what digital transformation is all about and why companies are interested in digitally transforming themselves. IDC predicts that at least 55% of organizations will be digitally transforming themselves by 2020. But what exactly is digital transformation? More important, why are companies pursuing it? What “Digital […]

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Don’t Let Your IT Policies and Procedures Fall by the Wayside

IT policies and procedures are not “set and forget” documents. Discover why they need to be reviewed regularly and learn some tips on how to do so. Businesses sometimes create IT policies and procedures and then forget about them. Reviewing IT policies and procedures is important for several reasons, including: Keeping IT systems running optimally. Companies create […]

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Reputation Jacking: Another Trick Up Hackers’ Sleeves

Reputation-jacking is on the rise. Discover what reputation-jacking is and why cyber criminals like to use it when attacking businesses. Cyber criminals have another trick up their sleeves. Besides using phishing emails to steal money and data from businesses, some hackers are now employing an additional technique known as reputation-jacking — using popular, legitimate cloud […]

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7 Reasons Why IT Projects Fail

Projects frequently fail in businesses. Here are seven common reasons why IT projects fail and how you can avoid these pitfalls. Having projects that fail is common in businesses. In one 2018 study, the Project Management Institute surveyed more than 5,500 companies and found that 15% of the projects they started failed. And these failures were […]

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4 Misconceptions about Tech Support Scams

Despite being common, there are many misconceptions about tech support scams. Not knowing the truth can result in falling victim to this type of fraud. Here are four misconceptions set straight. Tech support scams are common and costly. In 2017 alone, around 11,000 victims filed complaints with the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). They reported losing […]

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Small and Midsized Businesses Continue to Be Common Targets in Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware continues to pose a significant threat to small and midsized businesses, according to a Datto survey of 2,400 managed service providers (MSPs). More than half of the MSPs reported that a least one of their clients experienced a ransomware attack in the first half of 2018. Although the average ransom was only $4,300, the attacks cost […]

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Why Cryptojacking Is More Dangerous Than Many Businesses Realize

  Cryptojacking might not seem as dangerous as ransomware or data breaches since cybercriminals are stealing a computer’s processing power rather than money or data. However, companies that dismiss this threat might be putting their businesses at risk. Cryptojacking malware is becoming increasingly sophisticated, which could spell trouble for companies unprepared for it. The Changing […]

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Avoid Data Loss in Office 365

Microsoft understands the value of business data and the costly repercussions of losing it. That’s why they’ve released a slew of security and compliance tools for Office 365 subscribers. But given the increasing sophistication and frequency of data breaches, these cloud security solutions aren’t enough to protect your files. You’ll need to follow these seven […]

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Browser Security for Business Data

The internet isn’t for the naive. It’s a wild place of dangerous creatures like polymorphic viruses, ransomware, scammers, and malicious hacker organizations. As  any business owner today would know, data is everything. If you or your employees browse the net unprotected, this valuable resource is threatened by cyber criminals on the lookout for easy targets. […]

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5 Proactive Defenses Against Cyber Attacks

As IT security consultants, we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Managed IT services providers (MSPs) such as ours want to provide clients with enterprise-level IT, but that requires that we specialize in overwhelmingly intricate technology. Explaining even the most fundamental aspects of cybersecurity would most likely put you to sleep instead of […]

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Office 365 Stops Billions of Phishing Emails

Sending phishing emails is the most common method hackers use to distribute malware and steal information. In fact, there are billions of phishing emails sent every year, and millions of people keep falling for them. However, if you’re subscribed to Office 365 there’s a good chance that you won’t see harmful messages in your inbox, […]

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Keep the Cloud Affordable with These Tips

Small and medium sized businesses and firms globally are adopting cloud technologies. However, there are hidden costs that some business owners might not be aware of. They might not seem like much at first, but those costs could eventually snowball. Follow these five tips to keep the cloud from breaking the bank: No standalones Cloud […]

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Is CRM Software Essential to your Business?

The right technology investment can lead to business success. With customer relationship management (CRM) software at the helm of your sales and marketing efforts, you can nurture long-lasting business relationships and improve your bottom line. If you need more convincing, we’ve compiled five more reasons why your business needs CRM. Grows with your business The […]

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What is App Virtualization?

Small- or medium-sized business (SMB) owners may be overwhelmed by their company’s IT demands. Fortunately, virtualization services are giving them a fighting chance to stay on top. Some technology vendors even recommend app virtualization services because many SMBs use it. Learn if it’s right for you by understanding the basics. What are non-virtualized apps? To […]

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Be Aware of these 4 Types of Hackers

Hackers come in all shapes and sizes. From kids wanting to gain notoriety on the internet to political groups trying to send a message, the motives for a cyberattack vary widely. So how can you protect yourself? It all starts with getting to know your enemy a little better. Here’s a profile of four different […]

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Forget These Disaster Recovery Myths

Disaster recovery (DR) isn’t what it used to be. Long gone are the days when a DR solution cost over a hundred thousand dollars and relied predominantly on tape backups. Cloud computing has dramatically changed the DR landscape. Unfortunately, there are still many misconceptions about DR. Here are a few of the myths that no […]

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Which Business Computers are Best?

We know that IT plays a big role in reaching your small- and medium-sized business (SMB) milestones. When it comes to hardware, you don’t need to be an IT expert to find the best possible solution. Here’s a concise and helpful guide to the best hardware for your firm. Portability Laptops allow you to keep […]

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4 Social Engineering Scams to Watch Out For

Experts are constantly creating new security systems to protect individuals and businesses from hackers. From those who want to attend popular events like the Olympics to avoiding an angry boss, hackers are preying on gullible victims to circumvent network security systems and steal sensitive information. If you don’t want to be the next victim, read […]

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4 Questions You Should Ask Any IT “Expert” Before Letting Them Touch Your Network

As businesses have become ever more dependent on technology, IT services providers have been popping up left and right. They’ve all got different strengths, capabilities and price points to consider. Some charge you by the hour and, while available to address any concerns you may have, they are pretty hands-off. Others are working on your […]

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A Quick Guide to Choosing a Mouse

The good ol’ two-button mouse just won’t cut it anymore. They’re unresponsive, uncomfortable, and the cord somehow ties itself up every time you put it in your bag. However, buying a new mouse can be confusing, so if you’re having difficulty picking the right one, here are some things you should keep in mind. Cable […]

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Master Microsoft Excel with these 3 Tips

Digital literacy is all about mastering essential computer skills like navigating search engines and word processors. But one of the most crucial you need to learn is Excel. Check out these tips to be an Excel master. Pie and Sunburst Charts Everyone knows that bombarding stakeholders with endless numbers and decimal points is the wrong […]

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How to Make Sure You Never Fall Victim to Ransomware

Late last March, the infrastructure of Atlanta was brought to its knees. More than a third of 424 programs used nearly every day by city officials of all types, including everyone from police officers to trash collectors to water management employees, were knocked out of commission. What’s worse, close to 30% of these programs were […]

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How Business Continuity Plans Can Fail

Just because your IT provider has a plethora of awards and certifications under its belt doesn’t mean that you can blindly hand over your business’s future to them. Often times, there are some aspects in your business continuity plan that tend to be overlooked by your provider. We have rounded up some of these issues […]

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