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Why is it so Important to Update Your Computer Operating System?

Posted by Chalise Moore on Mar 6, 2017 5:08:14 PM

Support for Windows Vista to End April 11, 2017: What That Means for You

Often it can be hard to determine when it's time to update your computers operating system. Recently Microsoft has announced that it will no longer offer product support for Windows Vista. With this announcement, many Microsoft users will need to update. This change can be confusing and hard to manage, and users are often left wondering why it is so important to spend the time and money needed to update their operating systems. With stronger security, access to support, and the ability to work with newer programs, updating old operating systems becomes a necessity.

The following clip shows how updating electronics, whether it be operating systems or printers, can be essential to success of a company.

As the video shows, updating your electronics is vital. The following list will help to explain why updating your outdated operating system is so important.

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Topics: Network Security, Microsoft

Mobile Device Management (MDM): What You Need to Know in Today's BYOD World

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Oct 18, 2016 7:49:41 AM

Mobile technologies are changing the way we do business. There are so many benefits to empowering your workforce with mobile solutions that enhance productivity. You have the ability to access data, and even work remotely. Everyone agrees, mobile + business = good things, but managing the flow of information to and from these many devices can be a big job.

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Topics: Network Security, IT Services, Mobile Device Management, Productivity, mdm

A Look Behind the Curtain: Why Your Business Should Consider a Network Analysis

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Sep 27, 2016 9:00:00 AM

How well do you know your network?

Few things  can seem more abstract than the health of your network. Be honest, it's not something you think about frequently, and when you do, you probably feel overwhelmed by the complexities of keeping it secure and running smoothly.

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Topics: Network Security, Network Infrustructure

3 Ways to Boost Mobile Security

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Feb 17, 2016 2:00:00 PM

1. Set a pin or passcode.

Your passcode is your first line of defense. If someone wants to access your device, they'll first need to break this code. This is not always easy, and can operate as a deterrent against theft. Many mobile devices also have the option to unlock your phone using fingerprint authentication. Based on high levels of encryption, this is a very good option for securing your phone.

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Topics: Network Security, Tips, Managed IT, Mobile Device Management, Security

Tips to Avoid the Microsoft Support Phone Scam

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Feb 16, 2016 3:21:43 PM

Recently, Microsoft "Tech Support" Phone Scams have been carried out even more frequently than usual. You may get a phone call from someone claiming to be a Microsoft Support Technician. Be prepared so you can protect yourself and your business from becoming the prey of scammers.

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Topics: Network Security, Tips, Microsoft, Managed IT, Scam Alert

Using Internet Explorer 8, 9 or 10? You Could Be at Risk

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Jan 26, 2016 9:27:21 AM

Microsoft announced that as of January 12, 2015, they will no longer provide security patches, automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance for Internet Explorer versions 8, 9 and 10.

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Topics: Network Security, Tips, computers, Microsoft, Security

8 Tips for a Stronger Password

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Jan 25, 2016 11:34:02 AM

Although there are many exciting biometric password technologies emerging, the good old-fashioned password is still as important as ever; possibly even more than ever before. Many people still have the feeling that it's unlikely their passwords will be compromised, but in reality, all of us are at risk. Your password is your first line of defense against hackers. That's why having a strong password is so important.

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Topics: Network Security, Tips, Data Security, Managed IT

5 Tips for Online Security

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Dec 15, 2015 11:58:41 AM

The internet is now more important in our lives than ever. But every day hackers and scam artists are finding new ways to take advantage of unsuspecting busineses and individuals. Learn how to protect yourself with these 5 tips for online security.

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Topics: Network Security, Tips, IT Services, Data Security, Managed IT, Scam

Beware of Flash Drive Hacker Scams

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Nov 2, 2015 9:15:00 AM

 Flash Drives (or USB Drives) may seem like an innocuous item to find laying around in an office environment. You may find one and decide to use it, or simply plug it into your computer to see if you can identify an owner. What you might not know is that this can be bait used by hackers to gain access to your computer and network. Don't fall victim to the flash drive hacker scam.

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Topics: Network Security, Managed IT, Scam Alert

5 Tips for Avoiding Email Scams

Posted by Marie Bradshaw on Aug 19, 2015 12:58:00 AM

Cyber security has become one of the most important parts of running a business. One tool none of us can do without is email, but sometimes even the best of us make emailing mistakes that can put us at risk for email scams. Make sure you and your employees know these simple tips for improving email security.

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Topics: Network Security, Managed IT, Scam Alert

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