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Derek Anderson

What Are Managed IT Services and Why You Should Demand It?
What Are Managed IT Services and Why You Should Demand It?

If you thought protecting your business only requires a lock and key, think again. Technology plays a vital role in small business nowadays and without the right approach, your digital assets and information are highly susceptible to a hack or cyberattack. You must be proactive to stay ahead of a never ending wave of fresh viruses and exploits that could unravel all the work you’ve ever done. This is why, in 2019, it’s time to take action. Join many other small and midsize business ditching their costly outdated break-fix strategies and make the switch to a Managed Services Provider (MSP) for all of your IT needs.

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Things You Need to Know About HIPAA Compliance
Things You Need to Know About HIPAA Compliance

In 1996, Congress called for better protection and confidential handling of protected health information (PHI). Later that year, they passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; we know it as HIPAA. 23 years later, HIPAA continues to protect patients and their information, but the way we’ve had to handle patient data has significantly changed since then.

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Are You Prepared for the End of Windows 7
Are You Prepared for the End of Windows 7

This is a wakeup call. If you are one of an estimated 40% of businesses that are still using Windows 7 on your computers, time is against you. Microsoft is officially pulling the plug on their support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020.

The clock’s been ticking for a while now. Back in 2015, Microsoft ended its mainstream support for this Windows edition to dedicate their resources towards newer versions. Since then Windows 7 has received security patches few and far between, but that’s it. Albeit it has been a trusty, tried-and-true operating system, come January 14, Microsoft will no longer ship out any further updates, security fixes or offer technical support.

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5 Tips to Reinforce Your Data Security Before a Breach Happens
5 Tips to Reinforce Your Data Security Before a Breach Happens

There's a large list of problems businesses of all sizes face on a daily basis, near the top of that list are data breaches and loss of sensitive business information. No industry is immune to data breaches - there'll forever be a group of hackers who see value in obtaining personal identifiable information (PII) of customers and employees. The Internet of Things (IoT) is largely to blame. Nowadays, businesses rely on integrated technology to take their work to the next level. However, that next level has a bunch of cybercriminals waiting to infiltrate your network security the moment there's a flaw, exploit or door left wide open.

Thanks to mounting, complex cybersecurity concerns, it's difficult to avoid a data breach but not impossible. In fact, there's a few simple yet highly effective practices any business owner can implement to prevent a data breach or minimize data.

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Biggest Mistake Your Employees Are Making That's Putting Your Business in Danger
Biggest Mistake Your Employees Are Making That's Putting Your Business in Danger

The rate of digital crimes these past few years has grown exponentially. Now more than ever we’re seeing big name companies scrambling to find solutions to data breaches in their network. A single data breach can be very costly and time consuming to repair and resolve, and the frequency of these attacks dials up every single day.

Despite the fact companies pour in billions of dollars into their cyber security, data breaches continue to happen! It’d be easy to blame a group of infamous hackers huddled away in a room chipping away at your network’s security system, but that’s only in a small percentile of cases. In fact, most hackers put forth very little effort to get into your network. It’s not as if these digital threats are sophisticated either; most hackers are still using the same tools and equipment they acquired three years ago. The average hack usually bounces straight off a system’s defense unless there are apparent vulnerabilities in the network’s structure. So, how is it we find ourselves watching high-profile breaches pop up on our news feeds?

Learn What Mistake Your Employees are Making Putting Your Business in Danger

Stop Hackers Sneaking Their Way Into Your Network
Stop Hackers Sneaking Their Way Into Your Network

Fortunately for you, there’s ways YOU can prevent this from happening to you and your business!

It’s all over the news. Facebook, Equifax and T-Mobile have all been victims of cyberattacks over the past year, yet while these companies are under fire for not safeguarding your information, they aren’t the only ones. Cyberattacks are a lot like an iceberg. On the surface are these high-profile breaches that generate a ton of noise when they’re publicly announced. Underneath however, hackers are going after small businesses…every…single…day.

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Stop Cutting Corners on Your IT
Stop Cutting Corners on Your IT

The way technology has come in the past few years puts businesses eons ahead of where they would have been just 10 years ago. Thanks to network system improvements, internet security and the influx of people entering the industry, your business can accomplish tasks with just a few keystrokes that previously used to take days.

However, there’s a catch that comes with technological advancement, and that’s cyber threats and attacks. Not only does new technology require capital investment, it also requires time and attention too.

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Attention all Act! users. If you own any version of the software dating between 2005 (Act! v7) and 2018 (Act! v20), there are sweeping critical changes that’ll come over the course of the new few months affecting your access into the software.

What’s happening? Based on reports, the third-party software component of Act! that distributes licensing services will be discontinued at the end of the year. This will cause common actions in Act! to fail and lock you out of your database. The most affected actions of all will include new installations on Act! on new hardware, modifying/updating existing hardware and modifying your user count.

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