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6 Reasons to Switch to Office 365 0

6 Reasons to Switch to Office 365

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Blog, Office 365

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 six 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...

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6 Steps for Managing a Virus Attack 0

6 Steps for Managing a Virus Attack

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Blog

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.   1. 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.   2. 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....

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The Perils of a Computer Hack: Don’t Let It Bring You Down 0

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

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Blog, Security

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...

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4 Signs You Should Outsource Your IT Management 0

4 Signs You Should Outsource Your IT Management

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Blog, Managed Services

In the 21st century, IT is integral to business. From small start-ups to multinational enterprises, effective IT management is vital. In running a small business, there are two viable approaches to assuring IT can support and enhance your business goals. The first is to employ an in-house IT department, scaling as necessary to correspond with growth. The second option is to outsource IT services to a third party provider and leverage external resources, expertise, and proactive strategies to drive success. Here are four signs that the latter approach may be most advisable for your small business:   Your Business is Growing   If your company is undergoing significant growth, taking on new projects, or shifting service offerings, flexibility is essential. As companies grow, take on more work, adopt a BYOD (bring your own device) environment, or shift to mobile computing, needs change. Issues like collaboration, communication, and security take precedence. It can be increasingly difficult for a small internal IT department to keep pace. Outsourcing gives you that flexibility and freedom as your IT needs change and grow.   Wasting Money on Paid Training   If your business is using paid training to keep the IT guy up-to-date with knowledge and new techniques, this can not only leave a...

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The Challenges Small Business Face in a BYOD World 0

The Challenges Small Business Face in a BYOD World

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Blog, Business Image

The way that we work is changing and this means that “bring your own device” (BYOD) workforce mobility is now on the rise. According to a 2013 study, Canada leads the world in BYOD workplaces, with 75% of Canadian businesses supporting the use of employee-owned smartphones and tablets. While a BYOD workplace is convenient and has advantages in terms of productivity and flexibility, it also presents challenges, especially to small business owners. Today, we’re going to share some of these challenges and explore different methods to overcome these challenges and power your business. At its best, BYOD makes it easier for employees to be productive and offers teams more flexibility and cost savings. However, personal devices are now being utilized with corporate systems and interfacing with company data. As a consequence, without proper safeguards in place data protection is a major vulnerability. Data Leakage Mobile devices are often the weakest links in terms of IT security, as they are the most vulnerable to attack. According to a study by BT Americas (PDF link), 68% of global organizations have suffered mobile security breaches in 2014. Despite this fact, according to the study 34% of U.S. organizations do not have a BYOD policy in place – similar figures apply to Canada....

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About O365

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog

  The world of technology is constantly changing and evolving to make our lives more simplistic and productive – and that includes Microsoft Office 365. With enhanced integrated features, O365 provides each customer with a platform to assist and make your valuable time much more efficient. If you’re already taking advantage of this system or considering Office 365 implementation, here are five things you may not know about Office 365. Did you know it’s affordable? With Office 365, you will have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote for your PC or Mac. And with flexible subscription plans with low money payments, you can choose the best fit for you, whether it’s an individual plan or one for the entire business. Either way you can be sure to get great value for your money. Updates are also included, so you always have the latest version of each app. You can activate up to ten devices per subscription, giving you the flexibility needed to succeed in the modern business world. Did you know it’s easy to use on the go? Anywhere, anytime, you can always stay connected to your colleagues, clients, and contacts through any of your devices. And with OneDrive Cloud Storage, you can share and save anything,...

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