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5 Reasons to Switch to Office 365

5 Reasons to Switch to Office 365

Posted on Jun 28, 2016

Times are changing, especially when it comes to the world of technology, and that includes the way we communicate and share our ideas and information with one another. Cloud computing platforms like Office 365 are revolutionizing the way we collaborating and do business. In fact, Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest growing commercial product ever. This robust suite facilitates mobility and communication on a whole new level. If your organization hasn’t yet made the transition, here are five reasons why you should make the switch to Office 365.   1) Cost   With Office 365, you can get pay-as-you-go pricing. You can buy as many licenses as you need and alter your plan as your organizational needs change. The scalable deployment ensures your organization has the flexibility to reallocate resources as needed.   2) Storage through OneDrive   OneDrive is a great feature that comes as a part of the 365 package. This cloud storage service provides businesses with 1TB of storage space per user, allows files to be shared either internally or externally from your business, along with tools that enable control over what gets shared and seen by whom. OneDrive gives you flexibility and control.   3) Team Sites with SharePoint Online   Office 365 provides a built-in guidance feature to assist in day-to-day tasks, such as coordinating calendars, document libraries, task lists, and discussions. SharePoint provides user-friendly and intuitive document management systems for corporations large or small. It also provides you full control and customization of the layout in order to best reflect and complement your business processes.   4) Improve Communication and Collaboration with Skype for...

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How to Manage a Virus

How to Manage a Virus

Posted on Jun 14, 2016

A computer virus is a form of malware that can replicate and spread through unwitting user actions. According to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, viruses account for 57% of malware instances. According to 2015 statistics, between 12% and 16% of computers in Canada report malware and unwanted software encounters. Viruses represent a significant vulnerability, especially for business computers. They have the ability to destroy systems, compromise data security, and even affect the reputation of your organization. In case your business ever encounters a virus, here are some important steps for how to manage it.   Inform users and clients   If your system has been compromised, the first step is to inform any other users or clients that might also be affected by this. It’s important for them to be kept informed about the status of the virus, along with the security of any relating, sensitive data.   Ensure that you are using current anti-virus software and that it is being updated whenever necessary.   Anti-virus software is important for containing and notifying users about potential threats. Without regular updates, it can provide windows of opportunity for attacks to occur and penetrate your IT infrastructure using known exploits. Always keep your system up to date and active.   Scan the computer   Once the anti-virus program has contained and removed the virus, scan the computer again to ensure the threat has been eliminated. It’s also beneficial to schedule a scan once the computer is not being used to give it a thorough assessment.   Re-format the computer’s hard disk   In some cases where the virus is aggressive, you...

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The Perils of a Computer Hack: Don’t Let It Bring You Down

The Perils of a Computer Hack: Don’t Let It Bring You Down

Posted on Jun 8, 2016

It’s common place to have trust in the ability of technology to make your business run smoothly. Your employees rely on desktops, laptops, and smartphones to communicate with clients and colleagues. Accessibility and collaboration are priorities, but these imperatives must be balanced with the need for security. After all, the modern office and BYOD (bring your own device) environment leaves a window of opportunity for malicious computer attacks. It’s essential to implement security measures to ward against an attack and to have a plan in place should an attack ever happen. Here are a few tips to follow if your business should suffer a hack:   What Can Happen When Your Computer Gets Hacked?   From malware to phishing scams and brute force hacks – there’s so many outlets through which hackers can use and abuse technology to get access to your information. A hack can affect your ability to do business, undermine your reputation, cost you money, and even become a legal issue if privacy laws and compliance regulations are violated.   Often, many people and organizations don’t even realize they’ve been hacked until it’s too late. So always keep an eye out for compromised emails or credit cards, newly installed programs, unwanted browser searches, and those pesky pop-ups.   What Steps to Take if Your Business Gets Hacked   If your business does come under attack, there’s a few essential steps for you to take. You should already have a protocol in place regarding how best to communicate the breach to your employees and customers. Riva Richmond of Entrepreneur recommends the following course of action if your...

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