What Is A Virtual Private Network – (VPN)?


A virtual private network, VPN for abbreviation purposes, is an organization and managed IT service providers best friend. What exactly is a VPN? A VPN is a service that lets you access the web safely and privately by routing your connection through a server and hiding your online actions. In short, a PC connects to the VPN server. The connection between you and the VPN server becomes encrypted. Encrypted data is unreadable by humans and computers. The VPN connection becomes active and can now browse out to the internet without someone intercepting the users connection.

How Hackers Use Employees to Access Your Network


Computer hackers are located throughout the entire world. Most hackers work around the clock looking for vulnerable systems. What exactly is a hacker’s goal? A computer hacker’s motivation varies. A common motive is holding sensitive data hostage or exploiting customer data on the internet, such as credit card or social security numbers. How do hackers access said data? For starters hackers can use sneaky methods in email message attachments or bad code when downloading a software. Let’s discuss how hackers use business employees to gain access to the company network.

Benefits Of Partnering With A Managed Service Provider


Technology is a constant changing environment in the business world. Today’s workflow has evolved from ten years ago. Email has become more accessible on multiple devices. Mobile communication has revolutionized the way we stay in touch with associates. Employees work remotely from home. How does a business manage all these technical aspects? That’s where a managed IT service provider (MSP) can help.

Email Spoofing – How To Recognize A Spoofed Email Message?


The genesis of email was a revolutionary tool that businesses adopted over time. Once email became the norm, malicious individuals figured out ways of scamming users. By now, most email users have received strange emails from spoofed accounts. In today’s blog post we discuss how to recognize email spoofing and what steps to take to prevent being a victim.

Data Backup & Recovery – Back Up Critical Business Data


Here in Southern California, over the last couple of months we’ve seen quite a number of natural disasters. The Woolsey & Hill Fire, followed by rain that closed down some highways and streets, and mudslides inhibiting individuals from driving to work. Today is a good day to remind businesses having a backup strategy in place is a must in case a natural disaster occurs.

Every business, no matter what size, needs a data backup strategy. The data a business accumulates over time becomes a valuable digital asset that’s irreplaceable. For instance, if a bookkeeper were to maintain all of their customer’s financial data on her PC and out of nowhere the hard drive crashes. What steps does the bookkeeper have to restore the data? First, the bookkeeper can research the internet and perform the task on her own. Second, she can take the hard drive to a computer store to determine if the drive is recoverable. Lastly, work with a managed IT service provider who can help restore the hard drive back to normal. Notice the time and effort into recovering the data. Wasted productivity. Even worse, lost revenue due to time wasted on choosing a hard drive solution.