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Is That A Business Continuity Plan in Your Pocket…Or A Bunch of Jargon?

Is That a Business Continuity Plan in Your Pocket or a Bunch of Jargon?Technology is full of difficult jargon. To further complicate things,

8 Hard Truths for SMBs not Worried About Data Recovery and Business Continuity

8 Cold Hard Truths for SMBs Not Worried About Disaster Recovery and Business ContinuityThe foundation of any successful business continuity

The Sky’s the Limit for SMBs Taking to the Cloud

The Sky's the Limit for SMBs Taking to the CloudThere has been a lot of hype about cloud computing transforming the way small-to-medium size

Why Should You Get On The Cloud?

A recent article by The Guardian (UK) states that the cloud industry is set to see a growth of around 30% soon. But many small and medium b

Understand How Data Losses Happen – In Order to Prevent Them

Small business owners are often worried about data loss. Rightly so, because data loss has the potential to wipe out a business. We have

The Benefits of a Managed Service Provider

Managed Service Providers - or MSPs - are often recommended as a cost effective IT solution for small businesses. For a minimal monthly fee,

Six Steps to Better Data Backup and Quicker Recovery

Think Quicker Recovery Time, Not Quicker Backup - While incremental backups are much faster than executing a full-backup, they also prolong

Seven ‘Must Haves’ for Your Small Business Website

Your website represents your business and so building and maintaining it need to be of primary concern to you as a business owner. We often

Mitigate Costly New Technology Risks for Continued Stability and Profitability

Partnering with a managed service provider (MSP) is one new approach being used by many companies like yours. Experienced MSPs have access t

Is your Business Safe from Virtual Threats?

Did you know that 50% of small business owners think their businesses are too small to be targeted by the thieves of the virtual world? Cont

Is That Email a Phishing Scheme?

Research has revealed that over half of all users end up opening fraudulent emails and often even fall for them. Phishing is done with the a

How Much Does Downtime Really Cost Your Business?

Many SMB owners think IT downtime only costs them a few productive hours, but there’s a lot more at stake when your systems go down. Custo

Has Your Website Been Optimized for Mobile Users?

Did you know that this year there will be more mobile web surfers than stationary ones? That means more prospects are accessing your busines

Five Ways Your Business Can Improve Its Search Engine Rankings

In an age where most business happens online, not showing up in Google search results can really hurt you. While there’s no real shortcut

Five Things You Should Do Right Now to Preserve Your Network and Systems

1. Backup Files Every Day - As catastrophic as data loss is, the number of businesses that still are not backing up their network is unbelie

Data Loss Can Cause You to Shut Down

Small and medium sized businesses today are relying more than ever on IT systems to efficiently run their business, support customers and op

Can You Really Afford Not to Have a Backup Plan?

According to Symantec SMB, 50% of SMBs admit to having no backup and disaster recovery plan in place. 41% of those surveyed confessed

The Four Most Important Things Every Accounting Firm Should Know about Cyber Security

Discover four tried and proven ways to keep your company’s computer systems and data safe and secure from cyber-criminals A high standard of cybers

BREAKING NEWS – New Worldwide Ransomware Outbreak Reported

Reports have begun to pour in regarding a new ransomware infection currently wreaking havoc in Russia, Ukraine, France, Spain, and several other count

Security Risks of Using Public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi can be quite dangerous. Here is a detailed list of the most common risks of using it and how to mitigate them. June is the Offici

Are Voice Message Notification Emails The Latest Ransomware Delivery Vessel?

Ransomware attacks are now being delivered via voice message notification emails to unsuspecting victims. A June 2016 Federal Bureau of Investigation

Happy Superman Day Everyone!

Superman Day Is a Perfect Time To Start Your Journey To Becoming Your Own Information Technology Superhero You don’t have to rely on an outside sa

This Malware Downloader Can Infect Your PC Without Even a Single Click

A discussion of a particularly nasty strain of malware downloader and what you need to know to keep yourself, your business and your employees protect

Your WannaCry Response Guide: Quick Fixes For Malware Scares  

While you’re working out your long-term data security plans, here are the steps to take in the meantime. There are three general responses to a

Planning a Security Overhaul? Here Are Key Tips on How to Start

Getting ready to adopt a new security strategy? Here are the top tips on preparing your company! All right: Let’s assume your organization has

Yammer and Sharepoint: How this Software Relationship is Aiming for the Modern Team

Yammer is now more integrated than ever, so check out what this business social space has to offer. If your teams use Microsoft technology at wor

Have Your IT Services in Los Angeles Freed You from Stress, Worry, and Compliance Audit Fears?

Enhancing the productivity and performance of our clients’ IT networks, and consequently, their overall operations using the most advanced secur

Memorial Day – Reflecting On Sacrifice

Memorial Day has been observed on the final Monday in May each year since 1971, but this occasion traces its roots back much farther in our country’

6 Lessons Every Company Should Learn from the WannaCry Ransomware

WannaCry’s ransomware attack is mostly over – here are the lessons businesses must learn from the experience WannaCry was a particularly nast

Ready…Here Are Some Pretty Cool GMAIL Extensions

Got Gmail? Great! Now get one — or all eight! — of these great extensions that promise to bump up your productivity today! Gmail boasts more

What the MacPro Epic Fail Can Tell You About Buying the Right Computer For Your Business

Apple gained significant market share among business users, but the Mac Pro stalled their massive and unprecedented growth. Learn why flash and hype a

Smooth Moves: 10 Tips to for Painless Office Relocation

Moving to a new location is never completely hassle-free, but with careful planning, you can make a move with minimal disruption. Making the move

Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based work hub destined to change the way you communicate with team members. Follow these tips and tricks to make the most o

Who’s Managing Your IT Network?

Why Your Small to Medium Business Needs a Managed Services Provider. Small to medium-sized businesses should consider the proactive IT strategy that

From Telegraphs to USENET and How to Protect Yourself from Spam

When someone thinks of spam they typically think of unsolicited bulk commercial email they receive in their inbox. However, the concept of spam starte

Wisdom Wednesday: Taking and Printing Screenshots on Windows 10

Need a fast Windows screenshot? We’ll show you how to do it! Do you need to take a quick Windows screenshot for work or fun, but can’t figure out

Has Your Auto Dealership Kept Up with New Advances in IT Security?

Car dealership owners and managers have only in recent years discovered how vitally important having the topmost in IT security is to their business o

How Your Sales Team Can Beat the Competition with the Power of Data

A talented sales team can perform well, but if they harness the power of data they can beat the competition by forming strategies that have the insigh

Don’t Compromise Your Clients’ Data

Why CPA Firms Need to Use Secure File Sharing CPA firms of all sizes handle personally-identifiable information every day. This presents significant

Does It Make More Sense for Small Business Owners to Outsource IT or Manage it In-House?

Every business needs IT solutions of some type in place to compete today. Small businesses that have fewer resources face more challenges in managing

Is It Time to Upgrade to Microsoft Surface? 7 Advantages for a Growing Business

Microsoft Surface devices and software can help your company succeed: Here’s how. Is your company considering a switch to new computer services

8 Website Tips Guaranteed To Produce Results

Here are eight highly effective guidelines for better website conversions. When designing buttons — particularly those for landing pages — it

Zero-Day Cyber Attack Could Have Catastrophic Impacts for Microsoft Word Users

Malware attack seeks to disable user systems by targeting Microsoft Office vulnerability Microsoft Office users are on edge after being made awar

5 Key Steps for Researching IT Firms Ahead of Your Project

Looking for a new outside IT solution? Here’s how to find the best possible provider As a business grows, it’s common to seek the help of out

Flashback Friday: Remember Dialing Into The Internet

Who remembers dealing with dial-up? It was technology that changed the world, but how did it start? There was a time when the telephone line rule

Careful: Researchers Successful in Soundwave Attacks on Devices That Are Part of the Internet of Things

Although there are loads of security vulnerabilities built into IoT devices, there are some simple steps to take to protect your business. When t

I Want Highly Informative Excel Spreadsheets

If you are giving a presentation and part of it involves a shared display or handouts of a spreadsheet what can you do to keep the group awake? Let’

Is My Version of LastPass Impacted By Security Flaws?

LastPass has been busy fixing significant security flaws that allowed malicious websites to steal password and log in information for users. When

Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer? Part 2

Maybe, but It’s Complicated So far, scientific research has failed to firmly establish a link between cell phone use and cancer.  They leave us wi

BYOD Puts your Company at Risk for Data Breach

Caution: Companies That Allow Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Telecommuting Run the Risk of a Data Breach Companies have solid reasons for embrac

Discover IT Consulting in Los Angeles That Delivers Client-Tailored, Peak IT Performance

We’re all about enhancing the productivity of our clients’ IT networks, and consequently, their overall operations as well. Reaching that goal for

Never Lose a File Again

Most businesses today know that it is vital to make a backup of data and program files that you don’t keep on premise. To meet this need, companies

Wisdom Wednesday: The Hidden Costs Of Malware

Ransomware is malware that either freezes your computer or locks it so you cannot access data and programs that your company normally uses. The crimin

Find the right tool to help you schedule more easily

“Time is money”. We’ve all heard it before. In the end, there are only so many hours in the day, and when it comes to business, each one coun

Wisdom Wednesday: 4 Features to Send Your Business Website to the Top of Google’s Rankings

Because Google always changes the algorithm that it uses to determine search engine rankings, your business’ website needs to stay on top of the

5 Time Management Apps For Small Business Owners

Time management apps are the solutions that small business owners need to maximize efficiencies throughout their day. Small business owners are notor

Flashback Friday: A Look Back at the Internet of 1995

The internet has changed over the years, but people remain the same. See what’s different, what’s similar and how the past can define the

20 Years of Viruses, Bugs and Computer Scams

There are viruses that can be implanted on a computer in 2017, and lie in wait until a network becomes vulnerable before attacking. Unfortunately, vi

Women in Technology – Inventors and Innovators

When the topic of technology leaders and pioneers comes up, the first names that come to mind are likely Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. While their contri

Wisdom Wednesday: How to Avoid Computer System Infection

Criminals want your company’s financial data, customer lists including credit card information, intellectual property, and anything else they ca

Amazon Tech Staffer’s Typo Cripples Half the Internet for Nearly Five Hours

Even the Amazon company isn’t immune from experiencing a severe service outage. Is your business protected? On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Amaz

A Cloud Isn’t Enough: Why Additional Backup Is Necessary

A look at why businesses need more than a cloud to backup their information. Regardless of the size of your business, regularly backing up your syste

Why Managed Services Are So Essential to the Future

An overview of not just why managed services are important, but why they’re an essential part of the future of nearly every business you can thi

The Worst Password Mistakes that Compromise Security

Broadcasting your password on national television may be the easiest way to invite hackers, but common password mistakes make it almost as easy for yo

How the Changes to Office 365 May Affect Your Business

Changes to the way certain versions of Outlook connect to the Exchange server have the potential to disrupt email connectivity, and small businesses n

How Managed IT Service Organizations Cut Costs With Advanced Technology

It seems clear that an experienced MSP can help cut costs for small and medium-sized businesses. Each day, business is inundated with proposals for ne

What To Expect for Your Computer System from Malware & Ransomware in 2017

Cyber attacks are on the rise and there are a number of steps your company can take to reduce risk and mitigate success of an attack. Many experts in

Wisdom Wednesday: The Importance of Training Your Employees to Spot Spoofed Emails

The number of security issues and malware risks that your company must contend with continues to grow every year, but one of the most potentially deva

Understanding The Update: What NIST’s Recent Announcement Means For Your Business

Through the NIST’s updated cybersecurity guide, small businesses can develop the metrics, terms, supply chains, and purchases necessary to stay

What the Current State of the IT Contractor Market Means For Those in the Industry

The market for IT contractors in 2017 remains strong if the candidate has the right skill set and the ability to handle the challenges of freelancing.

Scam Of The Week: Valentine’s Day Phishing Attacks

It’s important to keep in mind today the fact that heartless con artists use social engineering tactics to trick people looking for love. T

Supercharging Your Business with HP Business Solutions

A look at how HP Business Solutions can supercharge your business HP Business Solutions has always been aware of what companies require for operation,

Weekly Tech Tip: Require employees to use strong passwords and to change them often

Consider implementing multifactor authentication that requires additional information beyond a password to gain entry. Check with your vendors that ha

Seven Predicted Partner Possibilities for Microsoft in 2017

A look at the seven predicted partner possibilities for Microsoft in 2017 It’s important to focus your energy on the things that matter the mos

Wisdom Wednesday: Sifting Through Spam: Understanding The Dangers Of Junk Mail

Every day, businesses and individuals send over 205 billion emails all over the world. Though many of these messages contain valuable information, a

Data Diligence: How Microsoft Keeps Its Systems Safe

Microsoft’s cybersecurity practices provide a model for small businesses, allowing them to minimize the risk of attack or theft. From data brea

Say Goodbye to Those Pesky Tech Problems Once and For All

One of the main challenges of businesses today is controlling and avoiding IT and technology issues. Fortunately, a lot of these issues can be prevent

Microsoft Announces New Security Features For its Advanced Threat Protection System

As the network security risk for small businesses grows, Microsoft’s Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection adds new features to make its compreh

Weekly Tech Tip: Protect all pages on your public-facing websites, not just the checkout and sign-up pages

How Bing’s Marketing Capabilities Can Help Your Super Bowl Ads Score

From the run-up to the Super Bowl through to the final score, Bing can help you optimize your game-related ad campaign in five key ways. The biggest g

5 Reasons to Subscribe to Office 365

Read this blog to learn the top five reasons to subscribe to Office 365. We discuss its affordability, its super packed list of technologies and servi

Keeping Track of Your Passwords Made Easier with Free Management Tools

If you are struggling to keep track of your passwords, you are not alone. With the amount of unique and different passwords that you need to remember

Weekly Tech Tip: Create a mobile device action plan

Mobile devices can create significant security and management challenges, especially if they hold confidential information or can access the corporate

How We’re Raising the Bar on IT Companies in Los Angeles 

It takes a high level of dedication to be able to deliver what we do to companies who are demanding impeccable and versatile IT service and support. I

iOS 10 Brings New Tips And Tricks To The iPhone

iOS 10 delivers impressive new tricks to further enhance the user experience. The latest iOS 10 release from Apple has iPhone lovers welcoming a host

Weekly Tech Tip: Control physical access to computers and network components

Prevent access or use of business computers by unauthorized individuals. Laptops can be particularly easy targets for theft or can be lost, so lock th

Happy 10th Birthday to the iPhone

A look back at the iPhone’s rise to dominance on its tenth birthday Exactly a decade ago this January, the iPhone was unveiled to the masses. It

Our IT Consulting in Los Angeles Gives You More Options, Better Cost Control, and Greater Flexibility 

In this town, you have hundreds, if not thousands of IT companies to choose from who promise everything from more bandwidth to tight cyber security. S

7 Ways Office 365 Keeps Business Email Secure

Microsoft makes business email security a top priority, so you can focus on what you do best. Here are 7 ways Office 365 keeps business email secure.

The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times: Looking Ahead To SMBs In 2017

Despite what a gloomy picture we all may think 2016 was, 2017 could boost growth and positive changes for small and medium businesses, if they embrace

Weekly Tech Tip: Make backup copies of important business data and information

Regularly backup the data on all computers. Critical data includes word processing documents, electronic spreadsheets, databases, financial files, hum

Optimizing Office Email Productivity

Utilizing the crowd and other smart strategies for optimizing your email productivity Email productivity — or lack of it — is an essential

The Email Cloud Server is No Longer a Big Fall to the Ground

Today’s cloud email resources are far more robust, secure and professional than before. Companies worried about security should give the cloud a

How to Get the Kind of IT Services Los Angeles Companies Thrive On

Remaining competitive, compliant, and optimally productive are core motivations for LA companies in seeking better IT support. This is something we im

Wisdom Wednesday: Twelve Shortcuts Saving Maximum Time Using Microsoft Outlook

The latest version of Microsoft Outlook is designed to be a personal information manager, not just email. Learn the shortcut tricks and a user can bec

Business Just Got Easier: Cortana Can Schedule Your Meetings

Cortana is becoming a very impressive personal assistant and now there is something else you can add to the capabilities: scheduling. Many companies s

Happy New Year Everyone!

Wow, 2016 is done already!  Where did the time go?  We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone as safe and happy new year this

How You Can Use Microsoft Cognitive Services QnA Maker to Bootstrap Your Bot

There are so many ways you can use technology and now you can do it to automate QnA with bots. You cannot write a bot service without setting it up wi

Introducing the New OneDrive Admin Center

The OneDrive Admin Center preview was just released. This is what you need to know. There are so many great changes happening to OneDrive and the most

Wisdom Wednesday: Out Of Office In Microsoft Outlook

How Do I Set My Out Of Office In Microsoft Outlook To Only Send From One Date To Another? In Outlook, click on File, Info then select Automatic Replie

Should You Really Pay with Your Phone?

Technology has made pretty much everything easier, even paying for items. Although it is easier to pay with your phone, is it really smart to do it? H

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year.

Saving Time By Going with the Flow with Bitly

Saving time is very important in any business. Technology has helped make this more and more possible. Learn how Bitly came together with Flow to help

What You Need to Know About Email Attachment Limitations

Email attachment limitations can be frustrating but there are usually ways around them and we took the time to explore all of them. Security is increa

Turn off notifications and boost productivity.

When it comes to productivity, technology is a double-edged sword. Sure, modern advances in IT can help you and your staff get more work done in less

Weekly Tech Tip: Educate employees about cyberthreats and hold them accountable

Educate your employees about online threats and how to protect your business’s data, including safe use of social networking sites.  Depend

“Want to win…”

Optimizing your technology for success in business won’t happen by accident. Achieving an efficient and effective IT environment requires time,

New Ransomware Warning: Popcorn Time

New Popcorn Time Ransomware Demands Cash Unless Infected User Agrees to Spread the Virus to Friends We’re Urging Local Individuals and Businesse

Don’t Go For A Hike Without This

Microsoft Band is a great option for tracking your exercise. Now, Microsoft Band has a new update that allows you to track your hiking paths and much

How to Compete with Facebook Friends on Microsoft Band so Everyone Wins

Microsoft Band is a great way for people to focus on their fitness goals. Microsoft has taken it one step further and now allows friends to participat

Why Savvy Business Owners are Turning to Managed IT

Managed IT services make it easy for a small business to save time and money while improving security and efficiency. What makes outsourced IT so appe

Is Your Business Ready to Take on 2017?

We are nearly at the end of 2016, which for most businesses means that planning for the year ahead is already well underway. A big part of preparing y

There Is Still Time To Make The Most Of Section 179!

In late 2015, Congress passed and signed the PATH Act, which had the added bonus of increasing the Section 179 deduction cap to $500,000 for 2016. And

Are Your Emails Compliant With Anti-Spam Laws?

In order to avoid unwanted fines, companies must ensure that business, marketing, advertising, or commercial emails are compliant with the current ant

6 Sneaky Phishing Scams To Watch Out For This Holiday Season

The holidays have a way of bringing out the very worst in the type of people who happily profit by preying on others. Phishing scams have been a favor

No More Spam: Marketing Tips To Improve Email Open Rates

Crafting the perfect email isn’t enough to avoid the spam folder; you need to use these five tactics if you want to increase inbox open rates. Y

5 Components to Include in Your Data Recovery Plan

Every company needs a disaster recovery plan but many do not know where to begin. These five components will help develop a solid plan that can be use

Taking Advantage of Section 179 Benefits for Businesses

Getting a tax break for purchasing equipment is a reality. You can learn more about Section 179 and how it can benefit your business here. There are m

Tips for Enterprise Public Cloud Use

Enterprise public cloud use is becoming more and more popular. Before you choose a provider, use these tips from big companies who have paved the way.

How to Write and Establish a Proper Business Continuity Plan

Though we never know when disaster will strike, we can adequately plan for one. Even with some amount of lead time, however, many things can go wrong.

7 Quick Tips to Help You Maximize Employee Productivity

There are only so many hours in a day, and figuring out how to get the most out of each one is a trick we all wish we could master. Or perhaps more im

What is Customer Communication Management?

As a key component under the aegis of the Customer Experience, Customer Communications Management, or CCM, is a way for enterprises to create, manage,

Windows 10 Defending Against Ransomware in New Update

Cyber attacks happen every day. Now, Microsoft is helping you protect yourself from ransomware with their most recent update. Cyber threats are becomi

7 Quick Tips to Help You Maximize Employee Productivity

There are only so many hours in a day, and figuring out how to get the most out of each one is a trick we all wish we could master. Or perhaps more im

Get Enhanced Security with Windows Server 2016

With security standing as the number one problem in computer networking, Windows Server 2016 steps to the plate with an OS platform that promises much

The Importance of RPO and RTO in Data Backup Solutions

Data security and protection is everything for companies doing business in this computer-networked day and age. Going with anything less than an absol

On the Apple Update Regarding the Security Content of iOS 10.1

Apple released a statement regarding the security content of iOS 10.1 on October 24 which breaks down the various security-flaw patches relating to Ap

Hack of SCAN Health Plan Affects Nearly 90,000 Patients

As reported in Healthcare IT News in August, a major hack of Long Beach, California-based SCAN Health Plan exposed the data of nearly 90,000 of its me

Beat It! Cracker!

How to Discern Between Crackers and Hackers While the pejorative term “hacker” has become largely synonymous with one who has malicious mo

Enhance Your Computing Life with These Microsoft Outlook Plugins 

As the top-rated business email client in the land by 2016 estimates, Outlook runs on approximately half a billion devices, or half the Microsoft Offi

Just How Safe is Your Data in the Cloud?

An incident first reported last month involving 68 million Dropbox users’ (a cloud service) stolen contact information shed light on cloud secur

Laptop Battery Charging Tips from the Pros 

There’s a lot of talk these days about mobile phone batteries and charging, but laptop batteries are in a class all their own and deserve attent

Annual Global Cybercrime Costs to Exceed $6 Trillion by 2021

According to a recent Cybersecurity Ventures report sponsored by Herjavec Group, projections have it that cybersecurity defense costs will exceed six

Yahoo Data Theft Good Reason to Regularly Change Passwords

In case you needed another reason for regularly changing your passwords, the recently-uncovered Yahoo hack of 500 million accounts is probably the rea

5 Helpful Smartphone Battery Charging Tricks

Some smartphone battery-charging myths die-hard. One of them is that allowing your phone to charge all night is a good idea. It isn’t. Frequentl

IT Security and Rights to Privacy: Where Do We Draw the Line?

There is much debate going around these days about the need for IT security, with the counterpoint made that it can also be quite intrusive, causing t

How to Prevent Updates from Reinstalling in Windows 10

Windows 10 has become a sometimes tricky beast to master, what with all of its updates, versions, and appurtenances that have made it both highly prai

10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Office 365 Migration

There are many ways beyond just moving to the cloud to maximize the benefits from your Office 365 migration. Many are aware of the basics in terms of

5 Ways to Get Cyber Risk Assurance and Protects Your Assets

Proper and careful cyber risk assessment and management allows you and your SMB enterprise the long-range assurance needed in order to plan and fulfil

Email Phishing Schemes to Suffer with DMARC Authentication

Email phishing schemes have a powerful new enemy on their hands in DMARC, or Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance. It will

Legal Practices Soar in Efficiency When Taking to the Cloud

If you are like most attorneys, you have some experience with the cloud. While some lawyers use the cloud for nothing more than a “to-do”

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