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5 Reasons Backup and Recovery Plans are Essential to Business

Having a backup and recovery plan for your business data is more critical than ever before. Without a plan, your business can suffer from permanent data loss, unnecessary expenses, and massive downtown. With these threats looming overhead, a majority of SMBs still go without having a backup and recovery plan for their business data. Here are five reasons that will (hopefully) change your mind. Losing Data is Simple – when technology experts talk about data loss, people always think of catastrophic events, which is not how most data disappears. Human …

What’s the Difference Between Home and Business PCs?

What’s the Difference Between Business and Consumer PCs?

We sell business level PCs and equipment and are often asked what the difference is between business and consumer equipment – specifically PCs. Here is a description of the most common differences between these machines. Longevity Business laptops are made to last longer. Manufacturers assume consumers will upgrade computers more frequently as new technology comes out. The same is not correct about businesses. Most businesses have a plan in place for replacing technology every 4-6 years. Also, business computers are built for long-term, all-day usage, which is very different from …

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How Tech Support Secures Your Network

I think by now we’ve all come to realize that computer security is essential in today’s hacker age, but what does your tech support do to secure your network? These three common business functions are areas that tech support works to control. Email – it has become the primary form of business communication, which means propriety business information is flowing back and forth all day long. The email includes internal and external communication. If you don’t have an email filter in place, they can be easily hacked. If an email is …

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Why Your Office Needs a Replacement Policy

You’ve just spent a lot of time and money to make sure that all your equipment is updated and top-notch! You can now forget about technology for a long time, right? Not quite. This is the perfect time to create a replacement plan for all your office equipment to ensure that you don’t have to drop a boatload of cash all at once in the future. So, let’s start with what a replacement plan is. This is the plan you have for how you will replace technology in the years …

Office 365 Boosts Team Collaboration

Office 365 Boosts Team Collaboration

Microsoft office 365 gives you and your employees the convenience and ability to work from anywhere with access to all the things you need. However, it also provides your team collaboration tools to help everyone work together better. Co-Author Documents With Microsoft Office 365, your team can edit documents at the same time using Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Everyone can see the changes made in real-time. Changes are color-coded to let you know who is making which changes quickly. Outlook Add-Ins There are multiple add-ins for Outlook, like GoToMeeting, SimplyFile, …

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Preparing for Windows 7 End of Life

You might have heard that extended support for Windows 7 is ending. Mainstream support ended January 13, 2015, but after January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for PCs running Windows 7. What does this mean for you and your office equipment running Windows 7? First off, if your office is a die-hard Windows 7 fan, you will find it more difficult to even find new computers with a Windows 7 license or the ability to get that operating system installed. If you are lucky …

IT Feature to Plan Before Construction

IT Planning: 5 IT Features to Review Before Construction

When it comes to the construction of a new office or the remodel of an old one IT planning can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Crucial steps for installing IT equipment are often overlooked in the planning process and can be costly to change later. Things such as cable infrastructure, access point locations, server room location, etc. all need to be thought out before construction takes place. Here are five technology items that should be planned out before you break ground. ISP (Internet Service Provider) – Finding an …

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How to Simplify Server Health with a Monitoring Service

Your server health is vital to the operation of your computer networks, daily activities, and therefore crucial to the operation of your business. An unintentional server crash can be a nightmare to recover from, so it is in the best interest of your business to keep it optimally functioning. Setting up your server in a separate, enclosed room is a good idea to keep it safe and reduce the noise to staff working near it. Wherever you keep your server, it is essential to make sure the temperature is between …

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5 Tips When Introducing a Company BYOD Policy

BYOD. You might not know what this is, but you probably allow it in some form. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device, and it is a common practice in many businesses. It can be on a large scale, of employees needing to provide their own computers, or a smaller form, of allowing employees to connect their personal cell phones to your network. The question that comes up frequently is, should you be allowing it? Here are some five tips to help you navigate BYOD in your own company. Create …