How to Easily Manage Your Passwords


According to Cyber Risk Analytics, over 4.2 billion credentials were stolen in 2016. Unfortunately, breaches happen on such a large scale because people don’t follow proper password protocol. Today, we’ll teach you how to manage your passwords easily and securely, including why you should use different passwords and why you may want to use a password manager.

Passwords are like keys; each one grants access to a different room (or account). Imagine that you use the same key to get into your house and your office. Or if that key is also used to get into your car. That doesn’t seem very secure, does it? Now imagine that someone makes a copy of that key, and now a stranger has access to your house, office, and car.

This scenario may seem scary, but this is the risk you run when you use the same password for multiple accounts. And, as we’ve seen from the Cyber Risk Analytics study, this same scenario plays out billions of times per year. You and your business can avoid being a victim if you vary your passwords and use password managers.

Three Myths About Outsourcing Computer Support


The term outsourcing has become a dirty word. For instance, consumers associate outsourcing with poor customer service. We’re here to champion the word for Managed IT Service Providers and how outsourcing is a win-win for all involved.

Outsourcing IT support to a managed IT service provider has become the norm. For instance, most businesses focus on generating revenue for the company instead of dealing with computer issues. Same can be said about services performed within a company. A business pays a municipality to maintain their water and electricity. For example, a business is paying a professional to manage all aspects of their electricity. You’re not connecting wires, installing light switches, or fixing electrical wall mounts. You’re hiring a professional to perform these tasks on your behalf. Although a business owner can maintain her own PCs or electricity, chances are she’d rather outsource these tasks to experts.

Is Your Business Safe From Cyberattacks?


Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) takes data from thousands of reported cybersecurity incidents and breaches in order to give business owners a snapshot of where cyberattacks are trending. Interestingly, small businesses account for over half of the victims of reported data breaches. Why do small businesses take up such a large part of the pie?

Cyberattacks can interrupt your daily operations (at best) or they can completely cripple your business (worst case scenario). We want to make sure that you don’t become a statistic! Read on to find out if your business is ready for a cyberattack, or if there are improvements that you can make to keep yourself secure.

Why Are Businesses Ignoring Security Threats?


A survey compiled at the RSA security conference showcases that lots of businesses are behind with proper security standards. Some companies are completely ignoring security threats due to lack of time or know-how. A trend that we want to stop right now!

Why are businesses not being proactive and implementing security protocols onto their company network? The answer may shock you. According to BleepingComputer, 26 percent of companies who have security bugs don’t have the time to fix them. This is mind boggling and scary! Businesses that are ignoring security threats need to implement a system to manage their network devices. For instance, perform updates during non-critical business hours. This way, when patches are made to the system, workers’ computers are not affected. Companies ignoring security threats are left wide open to hackers. Similarly, if a worker is not trained to spot security threats, chances are the computer may become compromised.

Benefits Of Partnering With A Managed Service Provider


In a previous blog, we discussed the difference of using a PC repair shop versus working with a managed service provider (MSP). Waiting on a PC repair is time consuming and can cut productivity for days on end. A benefit of partnering with a MSP, management of the company’s entire computer infrastructure is off-loaded to an experienced support team who can assist immediately. In addition, the vendor is proactively monitoring the infrastructure which allows customers to focus on generating revenue for the company without experience significant downtime. So, what are the benefits of partnering with a MSP? Let’s discuss.