Beware of Ransomware!

As we enter 2020 and look back on the past decade, we see how much business and technology have evolved. For example, smartphones went from being a toy that those dang Millennials couldn’t get out of their faces (and the real reason they don’t have jobs, according to everyone’s uncle) to one of the most important fields of computing and …

Windows 7 Replacement

The worst kept secret in the IT world right now is that Microsoft will end support of Windows 7 on January 14th of 2020. If you’ve been following this story at all, perhaps you’ve seen that many people are discussing this across all industries. And if you haven’t been following it, you’re probably wondering why this is such an important …

Writing Off Major Purchases for 2019

Managing a business is a lot like managing your weight — if you take in more than you put out, then you’ll have major gains at the end of the year. And with both business and personal weight, those gains can have consequences. As a business owner, the goal is to make as much profit as possible, but remember that …

Utilizing a vCIO

Using technology in any business is an absolute necessity in the modern world. For this reason, most larger businesses employ CIOs to oversee the technical aspects of business, ranging from purchasing to implementation and maintenance. While this may work for large corporations, many smaller businesses find themselves without a single, dedicated IT professional on staff, let alone a department with …

Plan Your Technology Refresh

You spend your whole life up to date with every new singer and song. Then, one day, you realize that you don’t recognize anything on the radio, and they don’t make music like they used to. You start to avoid the new stuff only listening to things from your college days. While in your personal life this attitude might work …

When Should I Upgrade My Technology?

When is the worst time to realize you need a new car? When you’re on the side of the road in your old, broken down clunker that just won’t run anymore. Hopefully, you’ve never been there before. Unfortunately, businesses often find themselves in that exact situation when it comes to their computer systems. As businesses are increasingly dependent on technology, …

Hackers are After Healthcare Information

When you think of a hacker frantically tapping away in a dark room, who do you think he’s targeting? Banks? The government? Try healthcare information. 2018 saw three times as many healthcare-related cyberattacks as the year prior, and 2019 is holding onto that momentum. Healthcare breaches are much larger in scope than we imagine. While you might think this affects …

5 Backup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The 5 Biggest Data Backup Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Being in the tech industry for 13 years, I have seen the good and bad of data backup. One of the most vital things a company should be doing is protecting their proprietary data. Below I’ve compiled a list, from my experience, of the biggest data mistakes a company could make and how to avoid them. 1. They don’t test …

How to Make a Safe Password

Make sure that your passwords are strong and unique.
Don’t use your birth date, phone number, social security number, family members name or your pet’s name – these can be easily guessed by a cyber-crook usually just by looking over your social profiles.

How to Keep Yourself Safe on Public Wi-Fi

Have you ever used a public Wi-Fi signal somewhere? Of course you have, right? Who hasn’t! We are a culture on the move and we are becoming more and more mobile every day. Whether you’re at a coffee shop, 32,000 feet in the air over the Pacific Ocean or even simply within some cities jurisdictions, you have Wi-Fi options to …