December 2021

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Hackers are Stepping Up Their Game This Holiday Season


The holiday season has almost arrived, and more Americans are expected to turn to online shopping this year than ever before. The ongoing pandemic, combined with convenience, makes online shopping an obvious choice for most consumers.

November 2021

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The Easiest Way to Disaster-Proof your Cyber Security


Though no one would dispute the increasing prevalence of cyber-attacks on businesses in recent years, many small-business owners believe themselves and their business to be immune to such attacks. Broadly speaking, many small-business owners are likely to think that cybercriminals will go after the bigger fish. Unfortunately it is far from the truth.

October 2021

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Want to Make Sure your Business is Protected From a Data Disaster?


Did you know that 93% of all businesses – that don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place when they experience a data disaster – go out of business within a year of that disaster? And yet, 68% of businesses don’t have a disaster recovery plan in place.

September 2021

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A Flexible Partnership with IT Professionals


It’s hard to see how investing in your company’s IT services would be as incentivizing as other investments that might deliver a more tangible ROI. However, ensuring that your IT department has a competent team that’s up-to-date on the latest cyber security knowledge and has access to the latest software to allow them to do their jobs well is a sounder investment than you might think.

August 2021

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Beat the Heat! How the Dog Days of Summer Can Wreak Havoc on Your Technology


The dog days of summer are here, and it’s hot out! Homeowners and business owners alike are bracing for their upcoming power bills as they run their air conditioners around the clock trying to keep cool. But for many business owners, it’s not just about keeping your team cool – it’s also about keeping your technology cool.

July 2021

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Take your Business to the Next Level with These Technology Solutions


When you set goals for your business this year, there’s a good chance one of those goals was tied to growth. It’s a common goal. You have your eyes set on acquiring new customers. You’re ready to take their business to the next level. The challenge, however, is getting to that next level. If you do a web search on how to grow your business, you’ll find more results than you know what to do with. It can be frustrating and overwhelming.

June 2021

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Don’t Let your Employees Become your Biggest Vulnerability


A couple years ago, TechRepublic ran a story with the following headline: “Employees are Almost as Dangerous to Business as Hackers and Cybercriminals.” From the perspective of the business, you might think that’s simply inaccurate. Your company strives to hire the best people it can find – people who are good at their jobs and would never dream of putting their own employer at risk.

May 2021

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Is Lack of a Cyber Security Policy Leaving You Open to Attacks?


Every business, big or small, should have a cyber security policy in place for its employees. Employees need to know what’s acceptable and what isn’t when it comes to all things IT. The policy should set expectations, lay out rules and give employees the resources necessary to put the policy to work.

April 2021

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What Is Co-Managed IT? Is It Right For You?


When it comes to IT solutions, most businesses rely on one of three options. They have a dedicated in-house IT employee or team, an outsourced managed services provider (MSP) or nothing at all. There is, however, a fourth option: Co-Managed IT. This is an efficient and reliable option for most small to mid-size businesses with internal IT Team.

March 2021

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Questions to Ask Any IT “Expert” Before Letting Them Touch Your IT!


There are seemingly countless IT services providers to choose from these days, and it can be challenging to tell one from another. However, not all IT services providers are created equal. Some offer independent services, while others are part of larger firms. Some are new to the field, while others have been around for years. There are also companies that put out slick marketing to grab your attention but make it hard to tell if they really live up to the hype.

February 2021

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Remote Work Without Exposing your Business to Cybercriminals


A record number of businesses embraced the remote work model as they adapted to the new COVID-19 reality. It was a huge shift that came with many challenges, and some of those challenges are still felt today.

January 2021

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Finally Shed the Old This Year – It is Costing You Much More Than You Think


When was the last time you updated your technology? Between your hardware and software, if you are still doing business on older technology, you could be putting yourself at risk, and it could end up costing you big. As we begin a new year, it’s time to take a close look at the tech you rely on every day.

While many small businesses tend to put off major technology purchases due to the upfront costs, by doing so, you may be opening yourself up to major costs down the road. These are hidden costs that businesses don’t always consider when they decide to “hold off” on investing in new equipment or the latest software.

See five ways outdated technology can take a toll on your business. Read More below.

December 2020

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4 Critical Cyber Security Protections EVERY Business Must Have in Place NOW to Avoid Being Hacked


Did you know the average website is attacked 94 times every day? As cybercriminals become better equipped with more advanced technology, that number will increase. Small-business websites (and small businesses, in general) are the most at risk for attack. Small businesses are tempting targets because SMB websites are often a direct link to that SMB’s network, where all kinds of goodies are stored, including sensitive business and customer data.

This is data cybercriminals want.

Cybercriminals and hackers can be aggressive when it comes to attempting to access your network and data. They use malware, ransomware, phishing scams, bot attacks and even direct attacks to get to your data. If you do not have protections in place against these kinds of incursions, you are putting your business in harm’s way.

November 2020

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Making This One Mistake with Your Computer Network Could Put You Out of Business


How do you handle network issues? If you are like most small businesses, you wait until something breaks or goes wrong before getting an IT services company on the phone. At a glance, it makes sense. Why pay to fix something if it isn’t broken?

Sadly, this way of thinking can do more harm than good, and it has taken many businesses out of commission.

When you get right down to it, there are two possible ways to handle network security:

  • By being reactive
  • By being proactive

One of these costs significantly more than the other and can destroy a business. You can probably guess which one we are talking about.

October 2020

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The #1 Mistake Your Employees Are Making Today That Lets Cybercriminals into Your Network


We all make mistakes. It is a fact of life. But as we all know, some mistakes can have serious and lasting consequences – especially when it comes to business, cyber security and the constant cyberthreats that are out there.

While some businesses have invested heavily in cyber security, many have not. When it comes to network and data security, one of the most vulnerable areas of the economy is small businesses

More often than not, small businesses simply do not go all-in when it comes to IT security. Some fear they do not have the budget and worry that IT security is too expensive. Others do not take it seriously – they have an “it will never happen to me” attitude. Then there are those who invest in some security, but it is limited and still leaves them vulnerable in the long run.

September 2020

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Sneaky Ways Cybercriminals Attack Your Network and What You Can Do to Prevent it NOW!


If you own a small business, your business is a target for hackers. According to a report by 4iQ, a cyber security analyst firm, from 2017 to 2019, there was a 424% increase in the number of attacks on small businesses.

At the same time, a survey by The Manifest, a business analyst firm, found that 64% of small businesses intended to put more time and money into their IT security in 2020. Many business owners also noted an increase in attacks against their businesses and websites and were ready to do more to protect themselves.

August 2020

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Why NOT Investing in IT Can Cost You BIG!


If you haven’t invested in IT security, then your business is at risk.

These days, it is easy to take technology for granted. It just seems like everything works so well. If things are working well, why spend more on things like data monitoring or secure cloud storage?

Here is a startling fact: a lot of business owners take this approach to network security. They might think, “This will never happen to me,” when it comes to data breaches, malware, and hacker attacks. While they might be great at running their businesses, they may end up skimping on their IT security.

July 2020

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How to Avoid Getting Hacked by Cybercriminals and Protect Everything You’ve Worked So Hard to Achieve


Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to steal data and make a buck at the expense of someone they have never met. They do not care if they ruin someone’s life or destroy a business in the process. This is why it is so important to stay up to date with the latest technology.

Cyber security threats are constantly evolving. If you let your software or hardware – or both – fall behind the times, then you put your business at serious risk. Five years ago, your malware protection might have been the best on the market. If you have not updated since then, you need to change that. Here is what you can do right now to protect everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

June 2020

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This Is The #1 Thing You Can Do to Prevent Cybercriminals from Hacking Your Network


There is one thing many small businesses do that puts them at risk for a cyber-attack. They take a reactive approach to IT security. They wait until something bad happens until they do anything.

Unfortunately, we live and work in a time when you can no longer be reactive to cyberthreats. Practically every small business is connected to the Internet and relies on a network to function. It’s the digital world we live in. We have to deal with hackers, data loss, equipment failure and everything else that goes with living in that digital world.

May 2020

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Cybercriminals Are Out in Full Force in Today’s Crazy Times — Here’s How to Stop Them


In the past couple of months, just about everyone has been forced to shift priorities. If you’re like many business owners, you are intently focused on pivoting your business to accommodate today’s “new normal.” In fact, you are probably investing so much of your time in trying to retain your customers and generate new cash flow that you barely have time to even think about cyber security.

The problem is that cybercriminals and hackers know there’s no better time to strike than during a global crisis. In fact, they’re probably working overtime to craft new malware while the rest of us are trying to manage how our lives have been turned upside down. While you are so focused on your business, these cyber thugs are finding new ways into your IT network so they can steal data and passwords, compromise your clients’ private information and even demand large ransoms.

April 2020

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Employees Are Letting Hackers into Your Network By Doing These 5 Things… Here is What You Can Do to Stop It!


If you run a small business, you are a target for cybercriminals. At this point, it is just a fact of life. Hackers, scammers, and cybercriminals of all kinds target small businesses because they are plentiful, and more often than not, they lack good cyber security (if they have any at all). Here’s the kicker: these criminals don’t need to use malicious code or advanced hacking skills to get what they want. In reality, many of them target your biggest vulnerability: your own employees.

It is a sad truth, but every day, employees of small businesses let hackers right in because they don’t know better. They see an e-mail from the boss, open it and click the link inside. By the time they realize they’ve made a mistake, they’re too embarrassed to say anything. From there, the problem gets worse. Actions like this can end in DISASTER for your business.

March 2020

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Clear Signs You are About to Get Hacked … And What to Do NOW to Prevent It


Do you use the same password for everything? If you do, you are not alone. We all have bad cyber habits, whether it is reusing passwords or connecting to unsecured WiFi. These habits can make it easy for hackers to steal our personal information and use it for their own purposes – or they can sell it on the dark web for an easy profit.

These are habits you have to stop right now – and habits your employees need to stop too. After all, good cyber security practices are a group effort! But using the same password for everything or using simple passwords are not the only things that are going to get you into trouble. Here are three more clear signs you are setting yourself up for a breach.

February 2020

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Top 3 Ways Hackers Will Attack Your Network


You might read the headline of this article and think, “That has to be an exaggeration.” Unfortunately, it is not. Every single day, small businesses are targeted by cybercriminals. These criminals look for vulnerable victims, then attack.

This is the world we live in today. It is one where cybercriminals regularly take advantage of small businesses. Why small businesses? They are the favorite target of hackers, scammers, and other cybercriminals because small businesses have a bad habit of NOT investing in cyber security.

January 2020

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3 Places You Should NEVER Cut Corners With IT


Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to steal data and make a buck at the expense of someone they have never met. They do not care if they ruin someone’s life or destroy a business in the process. This is why it is so important to stay up to date with the latest technology.

Cyber security threats are constantly evolving. If you let your software or hardware – or both – fall behind the times, then you put your business at serious risk. Five years ago, your malware protection might have been the best on the market. If you have not updated since then, you need to change that. Here is what you can do right now to protect everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve.

December 2019

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Cybercriminals Confess Their Top 4 Tricks


Most cybercriminals love their jobs. They get to put their hacking skills to the test. In fact, many of them “compete” against one another to see who can hack into a network the fastest or who can steal the most data. They do not care who gets hurt along the way. And in most cases, it is small-business owners who are getting hurt.

Cybercriminals will do anything to get what they want. Some want to create chaos. Some want to steal data. And others want to get straight to the money. These are the people who will hold your data hostage until you pay up. They install ransomware on your computers, and if you do not pay, they threaten to delete your data. This is one of the many reasons why backing up ALL of your data is so important!

So, how do the bad guys get your data? How do they work their way into your network and find exactly what they are looking for? Well, it is much easier than you might think.

November 2019

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Employees Keeping Your Data Safe? … Don’t Count On It


Your IT services company is one quick phone call away. This is true of a lot of businesses that outsource their IT needs to an IT services provider. While having an outsourced IT company on standby is great, a lot of the time they stay on standby. That is to say, they only get a phone call when something goes absolutely wrong – networks crash, hardware fails, data is stolen or erased and so on. This is a major mistake.

With a Managed IT Services Agreement your IT company is capable (and willing) to do so much more than react to a catastrophic failure. When you save the phone call for emergencies, you’re leaving a lot of expertise on the table. Your IT company can make a huge difference in the way your business operates day-to-day – and for the better!

October 2019

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Employees Keeping Your Data Safe?


In any business, big or small, employees can be your biggest IT threat, and they might not even realize it. Businesses already face countless cyber threats, like data breaches, cyber-attacks, online viruses, and malicious e-mails. But despite all these outside threats, the real problem can come from the inside. One of the biggest threats to your business’s security is simply a lack of awareness on the part of your employees.

September 2019

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Cybercriminals Are Plotting to Hack Your Network RIGHT NOW… What You Can Do to Prevent It?


Did you know that small businesses are more likely to be targeted by cybercriminals than any other business or organization? It’s true! While we hear about major breaches on the news, we don’t get to hear the stories of the businesses that struggle with hacking attempts and cyber-attacks.

Hackers love to go after small businesses for one very big reason: small businesses are less likely to invest in top-notch (or even worthwhile) cyber security. Hackers love this vulnerability.

August 2019

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4 BIG Mistakes You’re Making by Being Cheap with Technology


Technology is more affordable and accessible than it’s ever been. But there are still many small businesses that cheap out on their technology and IT solutions. They just don’t want to commit to quality hardware, software, security or backups – the list goes on.

They go for the cheapest solutions, which in many cases do not meet the bare minimum requirement to support or protect their business. They’re setting themselves, and their customers, up for disaster…

July 2019

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Ways to Protect Your Business from the #1 Security Threat You Face


Today, cybercrime is more than a potential threat facing your business. It’s an unavoidable force of nature.

“It’s just like preparing for hurricanes, earthquakes or any type of natural or man-made disaster that could create business continuity issues,” says Theresa Payton, the Fortalice Solutions CEO and former White House CIO, in an interview with Cybercrime Magazine.

June 2019

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Top 3 Strategies I Learned from Peyton Manning To Improve Leadership and Grow My Business


Peyton Manning knows a thing or two about success. As one of the most legendary quarterbacks in the history of football, he’s reached heights few of us can ever hope to match, regardless of our field.

When looking at a career as storied as Manning’s, it’s tempting to attribute his dominance to sheer innate talent and maybe some kind of preternatural work ethic. Certainly, if you ask him, he’ll tell you that these two are essential ingredients to any kind of outsized success. But there’s a third factor that we tend to overlook from the sidelines.

May 2019

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Are YOU Prepared for The End of Windows 7?


If you’re one of the estimated 40%+ of businesses still on the outdated Windows 7 platform, consider this your wake-up call: time is nearly up for your trusty, tried-and-true operating system.

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end support for Windows 7. That means no more updates, security or otherwise, will be offered by the company from that date forward.

April 2019

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4 Deadly Mistakes You’re Making with IT Security


For something so instrumental to the success of your business, technology can be an incredibly unstable, confusing and ever-changing tool. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the latest cyber security trend; hackers find a way to circumvent the process completely.

A new patch arrives for an essential piece of software, and the next day, another patch is required to repair the vulnerabilities the previous patch created. It can seem impossible to stay on top of this race.

March 2019

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3 Ways Your Employees Will Invite Hackers into Your Network… And What You Must Do to Prevent It


No matter how professional they are, members of your team – yourself included – are going to make mistakes. It’s true of every organization on earth. They’ll spill scalding coffee into the company copier. They’ll work overtime until the office is empty, then head home without thinking to arm the security system.

And, worst of all, they may unknowingly bumble into the cyber-attack that puts your business in peril, or worse, forces your business to go belly-up for good.

February 2019

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Why Your Business is The PERFECT Target for Hackers. Is Your Protection Up to Date?


People never think it’ll happen to them. Sure, they see the reports – 50 million-plus bundles of user data compromised by a Facebook breach; the billing information of more than 2 million T-Mobile users hacked by a mysterious malicious entity – but companies like those are massive, monolithic entities in American commerce. They’re decidedly big fish, not like you and your small business.

We hate to burst the bubble…

January 2019

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3 Fatal Errors You’re Making by Hiring the Cheapest Computer Support Company


Somehow, 2019 is already almost upon us. 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.