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Your tech goals Make the Most of Your Data Migration Data migration is a sizable task. There’s plenty that could go wrong as you move your data from one server to another solution. As you transfer your data, it helps to keep a few considerations in mind to ensure the process goes smoothly while getting the biggest benefit from the time it takes you.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 23 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Your tech goals Has Your IT Team Attained these Goals Yet? For any business to be successful, it needs access to the technology solutions that allow it to operate efficiently. Your IT team is responsible for ensuring that this access is not interrupted, which isn’t an insignificant responsibility. However, by clearly defining goals for your IT team to strive for, you provide a benefit to all members of your staff.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 16 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
HIPAA dat Tip of the Week: 3 Crucial Pieces of HIPAA Compliance If your work requires you to store medical data, you should be aware of how important your data security is, as a problem could potentially put your business at risk of closing up shop permanently. Security has to be a priority with so many regulations setting compliance standards that must be followed. How can you balance the effectiveness of your business without undermining its security?
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 15 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Mobile antivirus Could Your Favorite App Infect Your Device? When considering solutions to help ensure your business’ IT security, mobile devices often go overlooked. This makes sense--for most of the time the telephone has existed, it has been attached to a wall, only capable of transmitting sound. However, with phones now being palm-sized computers that we carry in our pockets, keeping them safe from cyberthreats has a new importance.
by CompuTech City Admin Wednesday, 14 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
HIPAA and wearables HIPAA and Wearables May Clash in the Near Future Today, perhaps now more than ever before, technology is making strides toward making its users consider ways to stay healthier. Wearables are one of the primary examples of how technology is aiming to make users both more active and more interested about their own health. At 2018’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, this technology was front and center, showcasing how far it has come in just a year’s time.
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 13 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Email can dangerous Tip of the Week: How to Protect Yourself from Invoice Impersonation As cybercriminals become increasingly sophisticated in their methods of attack, it is important that your staff--the ones on the front lines--are educated to spot these attempts and know what to do if one is encountered. In order to spot these attacks, it is important to know what to look for.
by CompuTech City Admin Monday, 12 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Managed service provider Will 2018 See Any Changes to Your Infrastructure? Any business’ IT is reliant on that business’ computing infrastructure, which makes the infrastructure an important topic for every business to consider. As we progress into 2018, it is important to stay up-to-date and considerate of each new development and trend.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 09 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Project manager concept Outsourced Project Management a Good Option for Small Businesses Small businesses often have to rely on different means to achieve the same level of project management as enterprises. This is due to the demands of project management being significantly different in scope, but also the way that your company implements new technology solutions. Instead of worrying about the specifics of project management, you can outsource these responsibilities to a managed service provider.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 08 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Managed service provider 4 Ways a Managed Service Provider Can Help Your Business How much does your business rely on technology to keep your organization running forward? As business technology becomes more complex, it’s becoming increasingly popular for organizations to have their own internal IT departments to manage and maintain it. Yet, small businesses don’t often have the necessary funds for such a feat. How can your company afford quality IT service? You can start by pursuing managed IT solutions from a managed service provider.
by CompuTech City Admin Wednesday, 07 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Storage digital documents Here Are the Benefits of Using Cloud-Based Document Management How many documents does your organization accumulate just by simply staying in business? There’s no doubt that you’re sick of the traditional filing cabinet, which is both hard to move around and a pain to organize. Thankfully, modern technology solutions have afforded businesses just like yours with the ability to host and manage documents in a digital, cloud-based environment.
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 06 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Software abstract concept 3 Types of Software and How Businesses Use Them For the modern business owner or executive, making smart business decisions has become a necessity. Margins are small, efficiency is key, and if we were to be completely honest, business is a day-in and day-out grind. In the course of doing business much is made of cost reduction and curtailing inefficiencies that lead to wasted capital. Much is made of collaborative systems that allow for remote access. Much is made of protocol, process, and performance. With so many moving parts in every business, there has to be the “glue” that allows for cohesive actions to be taken. That “glue” is software.
by CompuTech City Admin Monday, 05 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Technology from ces future Do You Prefer Your Reality Augmented, or Virtual? At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), new products (and the technologies that fuel those products) are put on display to give industry professionals a look to see what companies are working on. At CES 2018, held in Las Vegas, Band and Olufsen introduced their speakers-as-art-concept, Samsung unveiled a 146” television that is designed to take up a wall, and many companies, including Aura, introduced new smart home security products that are sure to get an intruder’s attention (over Wi-Fi).
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 02 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Gmail Icon current Tip of the Week: Managing Gmail with Labels and Filters Gmail is a great way to take advantage of business email, but do you know all of the ins and outs of how to use some of its finer details? Today’s tip is dedicated to going over some of the more useful features of Gmail, like filters and labels--both of which will be helpful in controlling your inbox.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 01 February 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Target ransomware checks Targeted Ransomware Checks for Particular Attributes Put yourself in the shoes of a cybercriminal. If you were to launch a ransomware attack, who would be your target? Would you launch an indiscriminate attack to try to snare as many as you could, or would you narrow your focus to be more selective? As it happens, real-life cybercriminals have largely made the shift to targeted, relatively tiny, ransomware attacks.
by CompuTech City Admin Wednesday, 31 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Digital Innovations Digital Innovations in 2017 That Impact 2018 Although the medical industry sometimes is characterized as being late to the technology adoption party, advancements in 2017 bode well for the industry in 2018 – and more importantly – for patients. Better care and lower costs along with increased patient empowerment are the top benefits of the innovations.
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 30 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Digital Files Is Your Business Prepared to Do Away with Paper? There’s no denying that digital records have quite a few advantages over paper documentation. Benefits of ‘going paperless’ include simplified search capabilities, more efficient storage, heightened security and automated backup capabilities. There are plenty of sources around the Internet that discuss making the switch to paperless documentation, but to keep your business documents safe, it is better to know what you’re getting into.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 26 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Chrome logo Tip of the Week: Google Drive is Better with these Chrome Extensions Google Drive provides its users with a considerable amount of utility. However, when combined with extensions made for Google’s Chrome browser, users have the tools to make their use of Drive’s capabilities even more efficient. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over a few Chrome extensions that your business might find useful.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 25 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Techies and Non Techies How to Keep IT and the Rest of Your Staff on the Same Side There are some facets to IT that are universally accepted as important, such as security. However, there are also others that create some conflicting opinions between management and IT personnel. When surveyed, business leaders and IT management held vastly different opinions as to the importance of various IT tasks. Is there a way to unify these priorities?
by CompuTech City Admin Wenesday, 24 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Licensed Software Why You Need to Be Certain You’re Using Licensed Software Using pirated software or abusing your software licenses for your business is heavily frowned upon. However, many software companies, in an attempt to protect their products, have unleashed a practice that can actually reward those who let it happen in the first place.
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 23 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Old Android Devices Tip of the Week: Putting Your Old Android Device to Good Use Considering how often smartphones are replaced, you’re bound to have a couple of them stashed away for a rainy day. These devices are particularly helpful in the event that your smartphone breaks unexpectedly, but there are other purposes that you might want to keep in mind. Here are three ways you might be able to use your old mobile devices around the office.
by CompuTech City Admin Monday, 22 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Meltdown and spectr ALERT: Make Sure Your Business is Safe from Meltdown and Spectre Intel recently found itself (once again) in hot water, mere months after many flaws were discovered in the firmware that enables all of their chips to do their job. This time, the issue could have potentially caused a permanent dip in the CPU’s capacity to function properly. This has come to be known as the Meltdown vulnerability.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 19 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Managed IT services According to Study, Only 28% Utilize Two-Factor Authentication 2FA, or two-factor authentication, is a simple and effective means of boosting your cybersecurity. Despite this, a study performed by Duo Labs suggests that 2FA has not been adopted as much as one might expect, or as much as it should be.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 18 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Managed IT services Tip of the Week: How to Type Special Symbols The Internet has enabled businesses to establish relationships on a global scale. Now, an upscale restaurant in Minneapolis can use the Internet to order ingredients from a vendor in Bordeaux. However, there can easily be a language difference when doing business internationally. This is when it is fortunate that Windows 10 makes it so easy to change your device’s language.
by CompuTech City Admin Wednesday, 17 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Managed IT services Mobile Security Showdown: Cellular Network vs. Wi-Fi Today’s business relies on mobile devices, like smartphones, to guide them to productivity and efficiency. In fact, the vast majority of people in today’s society own a smartphone. A report shows that 90 percent of people younger than 30 own a smartphone, which means that the forward-thinking business hiring talented millennials may want to start thinking about how to secure any mobile devices that they use to access company data.
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 16 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Managed IT services Is Your Business Considering Moving to Managed IT? Your business relies on its technology being maintained properly, but it’s not always as simple as updating a software application or replacing a hard drive following a catastrophic failure. You have to think about who you’re paying to maintain your technology solutions, if there’s anyone doing it at all. You need to consider what happens when you lose data or when your organization experiences downtime. How do you keep technology from becoming a hindrance for your business?
by CompuTech City Admin Monday, 15 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Unified Communication Do You Have a Unified Strategy to Your Business' Communications Communication is one of the cornerstones on which your business functions, and without it, you will find that going about your daily duties is considerably more difficult. Communication is one of the many ways your organization accomplishes both major and minor tasks, so you want to pay especially close attention to how your business handles phone calls, email, and even mobile devices--both in and out of the office.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 12 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
New network security There are New Ways to Secure Your Data Security is an aspect of running a business that absolutely cannot be ignored, regardless of whether or not you see it as a considerable issue in the near future. The fact remains that your organization will always be at risk unless you take actions to keep it safe today. By taking advantage of some of the latest and greatest security tools on the market, you’ll be able to protect not only from the basic threats, but more advanced ones as well.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 11 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Ben Franklin Mouse Where the Internet Stands in 2018 People spend a lot of money on the Internet. From an individual standpoint, the amount the average person spends on Internet-based services is their largest expense outside of the money they spend on their residence, and perhaps their transportation costs. In order to understand the landscape of what is effectively a battle for Internet supremacy, you first have to take a look at the battlefield itself.
by CompuTech City Admin Wednesday, 10 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Security Gatekeepers 5 Steps to Turn Your Staff into Security Gatekeepers Instead of Door Openers The healthcare industry is a primary target for cybercriminals. Many medical facilities have outdated technology systems and are home to Private Health Information (PHI), personally identifying information and patient financial information. Protecting this data is an all-important responsibility for doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers.
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 09 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Hitman Email Scam Threatens Hitman Email Scam Threatens Your Life, Instead of Your Data Email scams have become a sort of punchline, often featuring Nigerian princes or wealthy, unknown relatives in need of funds to get home. However, another email scam is anything but amusing, as it uses a unique possession of the target to entice them to comply: their life.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 05 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
CompuTech City top blog post Readers’ Choice: CompuTech City’s Top Blog Posts from 2017 From protecting your business from email spoofs to protecting your laptop from toddlers, 2017’s most popular blog topics were all over the board. Here’s a list of your favorite CompuTech City blog posts in 2017. If you missed one, this is your chance to read it – or to read it again!
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 04 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Android permissions Tip of the Week: Do You Know What Your Android Permissions Actually Mean? Downloading an application on an Android device is fairly simple: access the Google Play store, find the app you want to download, and press the button that says install. However, it is also too easy to simply hit ‘Allow’ once the app starts asking for ambiguously-worded permissions. Today, we’ll examine what these permissions actually mean.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 04 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Digital Man Why ROBOT is a Risk After Nearly 20 Years The Internet is rife with potential threats. Some are situational, but most are deliberate actions made by malicious entities who are trying to obtain any semblance of value from you or your company. Some of these exploits have been around longer than you’d imagine possible. This has been made evident by huge Internet-based companies such as PayPal and Facebook testing positive for a 19-year-old vulnerability that once allowed hackers to decrypt encrypted data.
by CompuTech City Admin Wednesday, 03 January 2018 CompuTech City Blog
Block chain technology Here’s Our Rundown on Blockchain Technology As we discuss business technology, we occasionally broach topics that not everyone may be familiar with. Despite the recent media coverage that has been afforded to it, Bitcoin and blockchain technology may be a good example of one such topic. To resolve this, we’ve put together the following primer on this technology and how it will impact data security in the future.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 29 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
not best practices Tip of the Week: Why You Should Reexamine Your Business PracticesAs a business adopts certain “best practices,” it is important for business leaders to consider why they are adopted, and more importantly, are they really for the best? There are many problems that subscribing to false best practices can produce, and so it becomes important to identify, adjust, and resolve them.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 28 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Christmas mobile snow Technology Has Played a Part in Shaping How We Celebrate the SeasonThe holiday season has always been one of deep-seated traditions, some that draw from ancient customs, and some that are inspired by more contemporary trends. These traditions have been shaped, and often inspired by, the technology available in the day. Today, we’ll reflect on how the technologies we have now have impacted our celebratory traditions.
by CompuTech City Admin Wednesday, 27 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Android phone security Secure Your Android During the Holiday Season Android is a very common operating system on mobile devices around the world, and because of this, you won’t be surprised to hear that hackers are always trying to one-up security developers. If your business takes advantage of Android devices like smartphones or tablets, you’ll want to consider these 11 security tips that will help keep your organization safe.
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 26 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Internet loss Tip of the Week: What to Do When the Internet Goes Out Losing Internet can be a large problem in the business world, as we all become more and more reliant on it. Downtime of this kind can be immensely frustrating. However, not all hope is lost, as there are ways to troubleshoot the cause of an Internet outage.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 22 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Risky presents Are You Accidentally Gifting a Security Breach? The holidays are a time filled with good food, visits from dear friends and family, and exchanging gifts with those you care about. However, to keep the season bright and merry, you need to be a little cautious during your next gift exchange, as many gifts can present some unexpected risks to your recipient’s security. Be mindful if you see the following items on someone’s wish list.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 21 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Analyse your data Warehousing Your Organization's Data Can Bring Serious Benefits Your data is one of the most important assets at your business’ disposal. It’s really indispensable. Not only are large amounts of it the result of successful operations, it also can help your organization better understand the intricacies of its own operations, and where you want it to go in the future. Does your business have a process for collecting, storing, and sorting vital data so that your organization can figure out where to go next?
by CompuTech City Admin Wednesday, 20 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Data recovery Data Recovery Considerations: the Other Side of Your Backup Plan If we asked you how your organization backs up its data, would you be able to smile and tell us all about it in detail? While it’s important to be optimistic about the future of your organization, you should never believe that you are impervious to data loss. We’ll discuss some of the most important terminology behind data backup and recovery, as well as the best way to protect your organization from the crippling situations presented by data loss.
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 19 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Value of Managed IT Managed IT Delivers Some Serious Value How does your organization manage its IT? For some businesses, it’s not an easy choice or even a remotely affordable one. Some companies are forced to endure subpar services from break-fix IT providers that don’t necessarily have the tools available to prevent issues from happening. Others try to prevent issues from evolving into major concerns. These others are the organizations that have the right idea behind technology maintenance.
by CompuTech City Admin Monday, 18 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Small business help Small Businesses Face Challenges in 2018 The modern small business will face several challenges in 2018. The world is changing, and with it, so is business. For many small businesses, this can either be looked on as the opportunity they’ve been waiting for, or, it can be viewed as the beginning of the end. No matter what situations you are faced with this year, understanding what problems your business faces, and how to solve them is imperative to your small business’ success.
by CompuTech City Admin Friday, 15 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Choosing right MSP How Does Your IT Stack Up to These Standards? Selecting a managed service provider should be like selecting any employee. You need to make sure that your expectations are going to be fulfilled, and that your selection will be there when you need them to be. However, the criteria you examine your potential IT service provider by should be a little different than how you evaluate your other prospective team members.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 14 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
HIPAA Trends 2018 HIPAA Trends to Watch in 2018 – Leaner, but Meaner? Although the Trump Administration has a $6.194 million budget cut slated for the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the office which administers HIPAA, compliance will still be enthusiastically enforced, according to OCR director Roger Severino. The Congressional Justification for FY2018 predicts a shift from routine HIPAA investigations to larger actions with sizable fines.
by CompuTech City Admin Thursday, 14 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
New shortcuts in excel Tip of the Week: Excel-lent Keyboard Shortcuts How well do you know Microsoft Excel, the premier spreadsheet building software? Depending on your proficiency with it, you may already be familiar with some of the various keyboard shortcuts associated with it. We’ll list off some of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts, as well as what you can do to become a Microsoft Excel power user.
by CompuTech City Admin Wednesday, 13 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
Unpaid Invoices can hurt your company Unpaid Invoices are a Major Problem For SMBs While many different people open businesses, the primary reason that they all do so is to make money. A positive cash flow is essential if the business is to generate funds that support a cause or provide a decent living. However, to collect this cash flow, a business must have their invoices returned. As it happens, this doesn’t often occur in a timely manner.
by CompuTech City Admin Tuesday, 12 December 2017 CompuTech City Blog
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