Happy 2018! A new year means it’s time for New Year’s resolutions – not only for your personal life, but for your business too. If you’re like most businesses, you’re aiming to grow and prosper in the New Year. To do that, you need your technology and IT systems to support your goals. So we’ve helped put together a list of IT Resolutions that will help make 2018 your business’s best year yet!
We all know time = money. So for businesses, the more time employees spend not working or working unproductively, the more money you’re losing. Especially during the winter, businesses face significant obstacles to productivity. The holidays make work/life balance tough, winter storms keep employees home, and the flu runs rampant. What’s the answer to these winter woes? Telecommuting.
‘Tis the season… we want to be jolly, but unfortunately, hackers and scammers want to take advantage of our holiday habits. The holidays are one of the most notorious times of year for cybercrime, because hackers know that we’re spending money and we’re preoccupied. Keep your holidays merry and bright by shopping safe this holiday season. Here are a few tips you should know:
Every day, the world creates 2.5 quintillion bytes of data. That includes a huge amount of personal information not only about ourselves, but about our customers. With so much data out there, it’s more important than ever to safeguard the information you gather about your customers. Allowing your customers’ private information to fall into the wrong hands damages your reputation and erodes customer confidence. Even worse, it can result in lost sales and even legal action against your company.
“Password” is not a secure password. That may seem like the most obvious statement in the world. Yet for some strange reason, “password” is still the 4th most popular password choice, according to an annual study from SplashData. Here are the other gems from their Top 10 most popular (and most hacked) password list.
Good security comes from good planning, so you need to carefully consider how to handle customer information in order to be successful. It’s your responsibility to make your customers feel safe and let them know that they can trust you. A large part of that is keeping your own computer systems safe. Because if you can’t protect your software, how can you protect sensitive customer information?
Frustration. You know the feeling. The tear-out-your-hair, pound-your-fist-on-the-desk feeling when you’re just trying to get something done and your computer is crawling. Why is your computer running so slow, and what can you do about it? Here are a few of the most common reasons and some advice on how to get your systems up to speed.
“Now where did I save that file…?” It’s a thought we’ve all had, typically followed by minutes if not hours of frustration searching through files and folders trying to find the document you’re looking for. With disorganized files, finding anything specific can be like finding a needle in a haystack. A haystack that you have to keep coming back to day after day. Stop wasting hours of time searching for information by creating an organized file and folder structure.
If you haven’t heard, a super-sneaky phishing attack posing as Google Docs recently rampaged among Gmail users. The cleverly disguised email only took a couple clicks (through a REAL Google site!) to access your email account and forward the phishing email to everyone in your contact list. Google reacted quickly to stop the attack, but it spread like wildfire while it was active because it was so hard to detect.
One click may be all it takes… You’re checking your email Monday morning, cup of coffee in hand. You mark a few to follow up, confirm a meeting for the afternoon, and then delete a couple of junk promotional emails. But then you come across one that looks important – and it’s about an overdue invoice. You click on it and open the attached document to see what the problem is. Little did you know, a malicious file that was embedded in that document is now infecting your system, spreading like wildfire across your network.