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11 Essential Ways to Secure BYODs and Protect your Workplace Network

From small businesses to international enterprises, the BYOD trend is a budget-smart and employee-flexible policy that can seriously expand your workforce capabilities. BYOD stands for Bring Your Own Device. It means that employees can use their own phones, laptops, and tablets to access work data and the workplace wifi network to do their job. BYOD saves the company money on providing devices and allows employees to use the devices they are most familiar with, and prevents having to juggle both personal and work devices. Continue Reading

19 Examples of Lines Hackers use for Social Engineering Attacks – Part 2 of 2

 

“This video is soooo funny. Just click the link and you’ll see what I’m talking about. OMG so cute!”

A personal contact approach is often used when hackers just want you to click the link. Many people don’t think twice about clicking a funny “youtube” link from a friend or relative to lift their spirits at work. But if the email address is unusual, don’t. Besides, why aren’t they sharing it with you on Twitter like usual? Continue Reading

Entry Points Where Social Engineering Can Put Network Security at Risk

Keeping your business data secure is a multi-layered process. You need to protect your network and databases through many steps, and part of that is making sure that your workforce knows how to repel social engineering hacks. Classic phishing attempts are well known to be the primary way that modern hackers gain access to business data. By getting just one employee to click an infected email link or visit an unsafe website by lying to them, hackers can gain access to secure logins, customer information, and even plant long-term spyware or ransomware on your network. Continue Reading

19 Examples of Lines Hackers use for Social Engineering Attacks, Part 1

Hackers will do anything to hack your network, steal money, or gain access to sensitive data. Hackers are also incredibly lazy. While they could compete with you in single cybersecurity combat; your firewalls vs their blackhat skills, they’d rathe take the coward’s way and trick an employee into breaching security for them.

This is known as a social engineering hack; When a hacker uses phone, email, or chat to fool an employee into using their own access to expose the network to malware, wire money, or send over sensitive information. The reason it works is beacuse hackers are good at coming up with a con-artists’s line that convinces staff members that they are legitmate despite any warning signs.

The best defense against this type of attack is to know what’s coming. not only that clicking links and doing unconfirmed favors is bad, but the types of lines that hackers use and why they have worked in the past. So let’s dive right into the psychology and methods of the social hacker. Continue Reading

Windows 10 Upgrade: Here’s What You Need to Know (Time Sensitive!)

If you use Windows 10 as the operating system on your office’s computer(s), then you may have heard talk recently of upcoming updates that are anticipated to be released sometime in late May or early June. Whether you have already downloaded a Beta version of this update, or you are anticipating its release, you may naturally have questions about what this update means for you, and you may even be wondering why this update is taking place, and how it could ultimately affect you and your business. To help ensure that you are ready for the latest update to the Windows operating system when it arrives, here is an overview of everything you need to know about the Windows 10 update.

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The Smart Way to Upgrade to VOIP Office Phones

For many offices and growing businesses, the idea of switching to VOIP phones can seem like a pretty big commitment. Even if VOIP is everything you’ve dreamed of and will cut the costs of wired TelCo office phones, there’s still a degree of uncertainty. You can’t help but wonder what you will do if something goes wrong with the VOIP system after you’ve already removed all your existing office phones. Will employees be forced to use personal cellphones? Will clients be lost because they can’t get in touch?

As experienced VOIP technicians, we’re familiar with all of these fears, because we assuage them on a regular basis. Upgrading to VOIP is a smooth and easy process. But you also don’t have to put all your eggs in one basket right away. For any business that wants to take the communication migration to the cloud with a little caution, we have exactly the right solution ready and waiting. Continue Reading

How to Reach Your Digital Transformation With Managed IT Solutions

We hear many stories of how companies in the midst of a digital transformation are changing their business models. They may even have an executive strategy session or a series of sessions in order to identify all places in the organization where there should be digital improvements. They may even have vigorous debates about the best ways to eliminate legacy systems that are not bringing the company into the present digital age. A company’s leaders are painfully aware that a digital transformation is a journey that must include leveraging their current IT capabilities to keep up with consumer demands. Going fully digital creates a great deal of pressure on any executive team, and one of the biggest reasons is because of the high costs associated with adopting new technologies so as to complete the total transformation.  Continue Reading

How Can Non-Tech Companies Continue to Thrive in a Tech-Oriented World?

When the 90’s ushered us into the digital age, cutting-edge businesses began making websites and building their digital presence. However, only in the last ten years has it become absolutely necessary for every business, no matter how non-tech, to be fully ‘digitally transformed’. What this means is that your business needs a well-made website, an interactive mobile app, online customer service, and a suite of software that supports your industry functions. Even if you are a small brick-and-mortar business with a local-only customer base, society has changed. Foot traffic and street signs are no longer the primary way people choose a business and phone lines aren’t even the leading form of customer contact anymore. Instead, your customers are using search engines and mobile apps to find the venues and services they want, they check online reviews, they investigate a business’s website, and they might even reach out through live chat, text, or email before making their decision. Continue Reading

5 Reasons Managed IT Goes Above and Beyond Break-Fix Services

When a company decides to outsource their IT services, there are always a few decisions to make. Whether or not to hire someone local or a larger fully-remote service, how much service your company needs, and how much interaction you’d like with your external IT team. Some companies with very few computers or need for innovation may find that basic emergency break-fix services are sufficient but in the modern age when most companies have a website, app, and software suite, it’s best to go for complete managed IT. How is this different from a break-fix package? Managed IT services take pride in their ability to provide technical support above and beyond the basics, working with companies rather than simply working for them when something goes wrong. Here are the five primary reasons why a high quality managed IT service offers much more than break-fix solutions. Continue Reading