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Improved Remote Meetings: Get the most out of the gear you already have

Best practices for Remote Meetings Before you run out and buy an ultra HD camera and noise cancelling headsets, try these remote meetings tips to get the most out of the equipment that you already own. Tip #1. Test every earpiece & microphone combination. Microsoft Teams makes it easy to make a test call. Try every device that you own. You may be surprised by which [one performs best. It turns our that the wired earphones and mic that came with my Samsung Galaxy S6 sounded better than my two bluetooth devices. My laptop’s microphone also performed nicely. You can […]

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Productivity Tips That Work for Tech Enthusiasts

Applying a Technology Edge There is no denying that technology has been driving improvements and innovation across different global industries for decades. Although the adoption of many technological solutions may seem disruptive at first, they are essential investments that help enterprises gain an edge. Regardless of the size, information technology helps businesses or companies remain competitive and relevant in their markets. Unfortunately, not all businesses, such as mid-sized companies and startups, are able to provide their employees with tech tools to help gain a competitive advantage. While the high cost of dynamic IT landscape is the major hurdle for many, […]

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My IT Company is Understaffed (Part 1)

Any IT frustration that you are feeling can always be traced back to this, your IT company is understaffed Does any of this sound familiar? I’m tired of seeing the same issues. We have new employees starting, but their computers aren’t ready. My IT company told me over the phone to reboot the server. Our staff doesn’t like to call them for help because there is no follow through. They were great for the first six months of our relationship. But now… If this sounds familiar, there is only one reason. Your IT company is understaffed. As IT professionals, we […]

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Infographic: 8 Cybersecurity Work From Home Tips

Work from home is the new normal. For many, it is likely to continue to some degree long after the COVID-19 crisis.  Here are 8 cybersecurity work from home tips to protect yourself digitally. Feel free to download and distribute this infographic. Click to Download

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5 Things Your IT Department Should Be Doing Right Now

COVID-19 has presented your IT department with a great opportunity After spending the last few weeks managing work-from-home requests, it is time for IT departments to take advantage of empty offices and quiet networks. Often times, important items are overlooked or put off, because of concerns over user impact. Here are 5 things your IT department should be doing right now. 1. Virtual Cleanup Review user accounts, group policy objects and Active Directory. Get current on all software, firmware, and bios technologies. Perform any maintenance that was postponed because it would require a device to be rebooted. Review configurations. Test […]

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Pandemic Tests Cloud Services

COVID-19 is now a global pandemic. Millions of people are affected as countries go on lockdown to halt the spread of the disease. Many employees are forced to work from home. That’s why there’s a sudden surge in demand for cloud services worldwide. Can the web infrastructure survive this pandemic, too? Even before the pandemic, many companies were already turning to online productivity and collaboration tools for their business. While projections on how long this pandemic will force people to stay in their homes vary, it is certain that for the next month or so, cloud usage will continue to […]

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Clarifying the CMMC Timeline

Version 1 of the much anticipated Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) framework was release by the Pentagon on January 31. Many news outlets are reporting that, “All DoD contractors must be certified by 2025.” This is a correct statement, but a misleading timeline. Starting in June of 2020, all newly issued RFQs will require CMMC compliance (likely level 1 or 2) in order to receive the Federal Contract Information required to participate in the bidding process. Since multi-year Federal contracts are limited to 5 years, by 2025 all DoD contracts will have cycled through under the new rules, making this […]

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Small Businesses Need IT Support More than Ever

Overall, small businesses face more challenges as compared to established setups. And the one area they tend to overlook is technical support. Whether it is a multi-office law firm, or any other business, lack of tech support may lead to an unprecedented financial crisis. Companies are unable to install and maintain their infrastructure due to a lack of capital income or finances. Even worse, many startups and small businesses suffer cyber attacks and data breaches by hackers as they cannot afford to hire trained IT professionals. Put simply, tech or IT support has become an absolute necessity for small businesses, […]

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Spread Awareness and Review Your Cybersecurity Guidelines

Whether it is about developing an application, managing a network or even organizing files, security guidelines are essential. The organizations that keep their security guidelines aligned and in place from the start not only can assess their options but also make reasonable decisions based on the type of industry and the sensitivity of the information. Threats to business data may change or transform with time, but the basics of security remain the same. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has outlined a guideline for protecting sensitive and personal information. It guides businesses about how to keep personal information in documents and on […]

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What is a Managed Services Provider

There is no denying that technology has evolved considerably over the last few decades. And if you are a startup or a small business, your IT department may not be able to manage the pace of advanced innovations. It may make your company’s IT more reactive and vulnerable rather than proactive. This can mean your systems struggle to meet the demands of your business in the digital world. If you have never considered opting for third-party support because of cost or any other reason, it is time to make a decision. Let’s dig deeper to find out what a managed […]

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