Choosing a Business Phone System? Ask These Questions

Remember the days when business phones were all about making and receiving phone calls? Besides looking for the best deal on local and long-distance phone service, decision makers only had a few choices and features to consider for conventional landlines. ‘What phone features and options are most important to the business? Are you a small business that wants to appear larger or more professional? Consider unified communication systems that offer automated-attendants, toll-free or local numbers, and directory listings for getting...

The Woes of Work Wi-Fi When it Wont Work

"We have nothing if we don't have Wi-Fi." - anonymous Over 70 percent of American households have wireless internet or "Wi-Fi", and Wi-Fi has seemingly permeated nearly every space we inhabit: libraries, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, airports, bars, gyms, and even churches. Offering a visitor a few kilobytes to check the news or weather now seems like a basic act of hospitality. Workplaces have, of course, installed wireless networks to enable internet access for the phones, tablets and laptops on...

Tech Safety While On Vacation

It's hard enough to keep your technology secure when you're working from the office, even harder when you work remotely, but while on vacation, it's even trickier to keep your devices and data safe. "The truth is that vacation time is prime time for cybercriminals. Many people are already too lax about information-security practices in their everyday lives. But while they're on vacation, not only are they not doing enough to secure their devices, but they may also think their...

Educating Employees About Cybersecurity

It seems like we are hearing more and more about cybersecurity and hacking attacks every year. There are countless popular corporations that have been victims of dangerous cyberattacks that have put many people's personal and financial information at risk. Unfortunately, for most of these cases, the reason for these attacks is uneducated employees. Hackers intentionally seek access to your information through employees, so proper education is crucial. Through no fault of their own, any single employee that isn't completely educated...

Top Mobile Security Tips

Over the past 30 years we have made some incredible strides in the cell phone arena. I’m pretty sure most of us can do an entire day’s work from our phones which is a huge change from the ol’ bag phones we used to have to lug around. But, without the right protection put in place, working from your cool, modern cell phone poses a huge security threat to your business. In the past two years, nearly 28% of businesses...

Best Practices – Small Business Cybersecurity

There’s no amount of security that makes a small business owner feel comfortable. The number of hackers and attacks are rising; large corporations are getting scammed out of millions of dollars…where does that leave your business? Through no fault of their own, employees are usually your weakest link when it comes to information security. This can be easily combated by simply teaching employees about cyber security best practices. At a minimum, your employees should know: How to differentiate a phishing email...

How Do I Choose The Perfect File-sharing Service For My Business?

In recent years, cloud file-sharing services have proliferated among businesses and consumers, alike. And while the popularity of file-sharing and cloud-computing and storage has driven competitive advancement, with a booming market comes the difficulty of narrowing down your options and making a singular choice. For instance, in service of enterprises alone, the heavy-weight contenders  among file-sharing services are Box, Citrix's ShareFile, Dropbox for Business, Google Drive, Egnyte and SugarSync. That’s a lot to sift through! If you’re looking to shop...

4 Simple Essentials for Tackling Your BYOD Business Policy

Whether company-issued or not, the best thing you can do for yourself and your employees is to verify that everyone’s on the same page when it comes to personal and company-owned device management. Preferably, you’ll put down that page in writing. Here are the four most important criteria you’ll need to consider in crafting or re-crafting your BYOD business policy. Security   Securing your company-owned devices and, taking steps to ensuring that employee-owned phones and tablets are secure before connecting...

Why Ditching Your Outdated Tech May Be the Smartest Thing You Do in 2017

A guide for the risk averse among us. Are you still using Windows XP on your computers? Did you last upgrade your WI-FI router in 2001? If your answer is ‘no’ or ‘not sure’, then it may be time to look at upgrading your hardware and software – for a variety of reasons, namely: security, competition, and the invisible costs of harboring outdated tech. Viruses, Spyware, and Hackers Whether you like it or not, the rule of thumb in the...

Understanding the Internet of Things: How Will It Impact My Small Business?

The Internet of Things is a growing network of connected smart devices all of which communicate with one another and, all of which can be accessed via the Internet. Today, your fitness tracker and your smartphone are plugged into the Internet of Things, but those are only two tiny, little consumer-facing products.  In fact, the Internet of Things has been around for years and its transformation of the industrial and manufacturing sectors is well underway.   The public sector will...