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Break-fix or Managed Services?

In today’s constantly shifting technological landscape, where fresh viruses and the new security patches designed to protect against them arrive by the week, it takes a proactive approach to stay abreast of all the changes. This is why, more small to midsize businesses (SMBs) are ditching their outdated break-fix strategies and making the switch to a managed services provider (MSP) for their IT needs. Many are still coming to terms with the new rapid-fire reality of business in the digital age, it can be difficult to determine which...

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Don’t ever let your IT company do this to your computer network

Today, when companies need to be lean, nimble and brutally efficient to survive in a competitive marketplace, cutting unnecessary costs is paramount. Unfortunately, it can be easy when you’re on a tight budget to accidentally strip away components of your business that may seem unnecessary but are actually essential to your success. One of the first things that often ends up on the chopping block in the frenzy to save money is IT. Instead of continually investing in managed IT services, where professionals carefully maintain,...

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3 IT investments you should always take seriously

​What is standing between your business’s data and hackers a world away? What’s your plan when your on-site server fails? When you skimp on technology and IT solutions for your business, the answers to these two questions become simple: There is nothing standing between your business’s sensitive data and people who want to take advantage of that data. There is NO plan. It happens way too often. Businesses cheap out on certain aspects of their technology to save a few bucks upfront. You may even know someone who has done just this....

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Secure Business Class Email: On-site Vs Cloud

So what’s right for your business? This is a common question that presents. The Exchange Server (on-site) has traditionally dominated the email server market holding significant market share, with new features being constantly added providing great services to its customers. Since cloud services began to dominate the market, Exchange Server is continually facing competition from Microsoft 365 in terms of market share. When following the pattern in which organisations adopt cloud technologies, you can easily determine that Microsoft...

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3 critical errors you’re making by hiring the cheapest computer support company

In preparation for the New Year, business owners across the country are taking a close look at their finances, scratching their heads as they inspect their budgets, line by line, to cut everything that isn’t absolutely necessary and searching for new investments that will boost their bottom line. In the midst of all this, it’s vital that leaders take a long, hard look at their technology budgets. Chances are those budgets are a far cry from where they should be. Many business owners – especially those running smaller organizations...

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Modern Workplace

Modern Workplace Microsoft Modern Workplace – the name alone is a bold statement. However as Small Medium Businesses (SMB) focus on piloting through pre-COVID marketplace, it’s undeniable that we have indeed entered a new age. The way we communicate, work and simply live has vastly changed over the past 24 months. And one of the most crucial advancements over this time is the acceptance of the modern workplace. What exactly makes a modern workplace? How do you move your workplace? Should you even consider? Here are some of the most...

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Take Remote Working To The Next Level

In blog articles I know I’m supposed to quote industry stats and supporting 3rd party quotes. However, after speaking with many readers, the feedback they desire is what’s the low hanging fruit providing real returns for IT investment in my business. So, what’s hot right now in this pandemic altered world? Within our client base the most focus has been on Security, Microsoft Modern Workplace and Unified Communications. The C-19 effect has impacted us all in some way or form. Where and how we work has changed and the needs of...

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Making this one mistake with your network could destroy your business

A lot of businesses wait until something breaks before they fix it. And even then, they may take a “patchwork” approach to fixing the problem. They are reactive rather than proactive. Sometimes taking a reactive approach is fine, but other times, and depending on the circumstances, it can lead to even bigger problems. When it comes to network security, for example, being reactive to problems can be downright dangerous. It’s not just hackers you have to worry about. There are power outages, data loss, equipment failure and more. In...

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3 critical cyber security protections EVERY business must have in place NOW to avoid being Hacked

Five years ago, you might have had state-of-the-art security protecting your business and network. You had the latest malware protection, highly rated firewalls and a great data backup plan. Maybe you even had a handbook on how to address cyberthreats. You were set. But then you forgot to do one crucial thing: you didn’t stay up-to-date with your IT security policy. This is a trap countless businesses fall into. They invest in great cyber security once. Five years ago, this was fantastic. The problem is that cyberthreats are...

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The BIG mistake companies make with their IT Security

If you’re like many businesses today, there’s a good chance you’ve made this one mistake with your IT security: you don’t budget for it. Or if you do budget for it, it’s not enough to really protect your business. Time and time again, business owners decide NOT to invest in IT services. Instead, they go it alone or skip it completely. Or they might approach an IT services company and ask, “What do you charge for your services?” They don’t ask, “What will I get for my money?” or “How can you meet the needs of my company?” This is a...

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How are your competitors using cloud computing?

Cloud Computing, Cloud Solutions, Cloud Services or just Cloud – it doesn’t matter the name you use to describe IT services in the cloud - the important thing to understand is that businesses of all shapes and sizes have been and are adopting cloud solutions to help drive business growth. As a business owner, how and if you choose to leverage the cloud requires careful consideration. Which cloud services will be the right fit for your business, providing the most bang for buck? How will you manage the migration to the cloud, and how...

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The Dangers Lurking In SMB Networks

The most significant risks to SMB’s don’t always come from threats with catchy names like Wanna Cry. Instead, the biggest threats can come from sources with names that are often more mundane like “Paula in Accounting” or “Dave in Purchasing.” That’s because the most acute cybersecurity risk in any organization comes from within. Yes, hackers can do their thing and need to be monitored, but Paula in accounting can be even more menacing. Paula or Dave don’t need to be bad people. Chances are they’re just opening that video of cute...

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Videoconferencing – The key to a successful remote workforce

Videoconferencing has become an essential component of a business's arsenal. With an increasingly remote workforce, multiple offices, distant clients and overseas suppliers the need for effective communication remains one of the hidden keys to unlocking success. Being able to communicate your message to staff, clients, prospects, suppliers, investors – in real-time – is absolutely critical in today's complicated fast moving world. We’ve all heard of videoconferencing, which is a live connection between people in separate locations...

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IT Security Training to strengthen the weak links in your business

Lack of IT Security Training often leads to Shadow IT, which refers to the use of information technology systems, devices, software, applications, and services without explicit IT department approval. It has grown exponentially in recent years with the adoption of cloud-based applications and services. An example is an individual employee signing up for a cloud-based app on a work device without going through an approval process first.   Lack of IT Security Training is a problem As technologies advance so do the capabilities of...

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IT Security – 4 common myths

While it is up to the IT department and technology vendors to implement IT Security practices, an organisation needs to have a safety first culture. With proper training, communication, and leadership support a company can help mitigate their risk by increasing employee awareness and understanding around cybersecurity. Ultimately the business owners are responsible for protecting their data and they have the most to lose in the event of a successful cyber attack. Here a 4 common IT Security myths.   Myth #1: We're too small to...

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IT outsourcing – The 4 main benefits

IT Outsourcing has been on the rise, not only because it reduces headaches for business owners, but also because of the monstrous increase in cyber security threats in recent times. Unless you’re an IT specialist business, setting up or extending out your own IT services department makes little business sense. The 4 main benefits of IT Outsourcing:   1) IT Outsourcing allows business owners to reduce and control costing Outsourcing your IT services to a dependable partner allows you to control expenditure with a set amount each...

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Disaster Recovery Plans

Entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially ones that are fairly new, often don’t think about making plans to recover in case of a disaster. However, it is the smallest businesses that often have the fewest resources to fall back on in case of disaster. Why does this happen? 1: It’s not on an entrepreneur’s radar – The challenges and hurdles of starting out are what drive small business owners. The excitement that comes with getting a new client or releasing a new product are what motivates them. To be honest, things like...

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Managed Service Provider (MSP) – 4 tips for choosing the right one

A Managed Service Provider (MSP) is becoming increasingly instrumental in the business technology landscape today. Accounting firms, law firms, professional services organizations – small businesses in every shape, scope and market – are turning to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) for IT security, data management, 24/7 system monitoring and a variety of business IT services. A Managed Service Provider is an IT protector, facilitator and sherpa all rolled into one – a provider of IT services designed to help a business operate more...

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Data Backup No Longer Simple

Data backup used to be much simpler; it happened locally and was always stored on a single device. Today, data backup occurs across multiple devices and platforms. In the event of an outage or breach, restoring any data from the company’s infrastructure in 2019 is considerably more complex. Today’s technology allows Small Medium Business (SMB) to protect and restore individual user data from physical and digital platforms. This ensures that even in the event of an incident, SMBs will still have control and continuity. In what is an...

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BEC Attacks

BEC attacks - heard of them? One of the most prominent cybersecurity threats to SME business today is BEC attacks. Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks are a successful method for bad actors to trick end users into exposing sensitive assets and other information. As is the case with many other tactics employed by hackers, BEC attacks heavily focus on individual end users. How do you protect yourself against them? As the name “Business Email Compromise” hints, BEC happens when an attacker hijacks an email account and attempts to...

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