The Pros and Cons of Upgrading Your Business’ Software

If you previously thought the only advantage to installing the latest edition of your office software was to give the employees “something new and shiny to play with,” you couldn’t be more wrong. Upgrading employee software can easily lead to enhanced network security, an increase in productivity, improvement of morale, and lower costs. Like many business expenses, purchasing business software upgrades should be viewed as an investment in both your company and employees. It makes sense to approach such purchases by researching the costs versus benefits, but remember that many of the advantages of upgraded business software won’t show up on annual reports or even in accounting records. The benefits are certainly there; they simply go beyond everyday expenses. Naturally, there are also some cons to consider when upgrading software, as well. We’ll take a look at some of the most common pros and cons of upgrading your business’ software below. Pro: new software is more secure The longer a program or piece of software has been on the market, the more time hackers and the like will have to find and exploit security vulnerabilities. Of course, the companies responsible for the software eventually release patches and bug fixes to […]

The Top 5 Worst IT Blunders of 2016

Last year was a year filled with security gaffes, data breaches, and hacks—many of which were felt country and even nationwide. Well-known organizations such as Yahoo, the NSA, and the IRS each had to deal with their own security breaches that found millions of user accounts compromised or exposed to malicious third parties. Everything from login details to personally identifiable information (PII) was released or obtained by hackers in 2016; but the attacks didn’t stop with just looted data.

Benefits of an Efficient Remote Office

More than a mere convenience, telecommuting—working from a home or other remote office—provides employees and employers with some fairly impressive benefits. It hasn’t always been easy allowing employees to work remotely due to technology constraints and an inability to monitor the success of the stay-at-home worker. However, advances in both hardware and software are giving businesses the opportunity to push the limits of efficiency and make remote offices as productive, if not more so, than the actual office.

How to Properly Vet Your It Consultant

A skilled and knowledgeable IT consultant can do wonders for your business, regardless of whether you’re a small business or a larger enterprise. Unfortunately, the reverse is true for IT consultants who are only interested in turning a profit. If their priorities don’t align with yours or they can’t handle your company’s needs, they can cause significant damage to your data infrastructure and your wallet.

6 Tactics to Combat High-Level IT Security Threats

The number of cyber-attacks and security threats across the country and throughout the globe has gone up – but there’s an even more critical problem businesses should worry about. The complexity and threat-level of those security breaches have increased, becoming more sophisticated. It’s increasingly more common for hackers to target larger companies—oftentimes, many at once. Today’s malware tends to have many different attack vectors compared to malware five or ten years ago. This means IT security is even more integral now to the overall health and integrity of your company’s data infrastructure.

Insider Threat Rises for Data Breaches

Data breaches have been a challenge to many businesses over the past twenty years. Cyber criminals have held files for ransom, leaked personally identifiable information (PII) to third parties, and turned millions of dollars’ worth of hardware useless. The threat of being exposed to hackers has always been a fear in the minds of computer users; however, there’s a threat as insidious lurking somewhere much closer to home.

How to Lower Your IT Costs

In the continued push to reduce overspending, increase workplace efficiency, and develop a fiscally sound work model, companies often neglect working toward lowering their IT costs. Whether your business has an in-house IT department or you outsource your IT work to another company, there are precautions you can take to avoid overpaying and being sold services you can’t benefit from. One of the most valuable pieces of advice for companies shopping for IT services or attempting to make the most out of their internal IT teams without breaking the bank is to favor regular maintenance and proactive monitoring versus waiting to fix a problem when it occurs.

How You Can Train Employees to Have Safer Computing Habits

People have many commonsense ways of protecting themselves, their homes, or their belongings. Habits such as locking the door behind you and keeping your valuables out of sight are practiced daily, and yet how often do you think to lock your work computer before walking away? Companies owe it to themselves to help their employees develop safer computing habits, and be more conscientious of their use of the company’s computers. After all, one of your employees could be the cause of the next security breach or malware infection that strikes.

How to Protect Your e-commerce Website from Hackers and Fraud

The customer journey is a long but rewarding process, so when your e-commerce website prospects finally become customers and reach your checkout page, you want to make sure things go smoothly. You’ve done a lot to get your visitors to the checkout page, from providing high-resolution images and accurate product descriptions to a responsive design and smooth customer experience, but there’s one critical conversion element every e-commerce site needs. Security. Specifically, customer security.

HummingBad Malware Infects Over 10-Million Android Devices

More than 10 million Android phones have been infected with an annoying little piece of malware called HummingBad. This malware looks to exploit a device’s data by stealing and selling it. While its tactics are fairly run-of-the-mill for malware—drive-by-download, data theft, etc.—HummingBad goes a step further by attempting to root itself.