With hackers and programmers becoming more proficient with creating viruses and trojans that can cause millions of dollars in damages, it is more important than ever to ensure your systems security is top-notch and your computer is protected from viruses. While it used to be limited to the challenge of destroying operating systems or wreaking havoc, cyber-crime has evolved to include identify theft, financial fraud and other serious losses. In a cyber-crime report prepared by Norton in 2011, 431 million victims worldwide lost 388 billion dollars combined due to cyber-crime.
When investing in antivirus protection for your systems there are some key things to look for. In order to remain effective, antivirus software must be updated on a regular basis. At the very least this should be done weekly but it can take some time to load the files. Many good programs will automate this process so that is one consideration when purchasing protection. The other factors are the cost and the availability of tech support should a problem arise.
In today’s fast-paced business world, flexibility and adaptability are tantamount to your success. Regular business hours have become almost non-existent due to mobile technology. Employees now travel the world with a variety of devices that are used to complete tasks and carry out business duties. Maintaining productivity can be very difficult without the right platform for you and your employees to work with.
According to a report compiled by BCG Systems Inc., Microsoft Office 365 has become the platform for businesses to remain competitive and meet high demand in our fast-paced world. Here are the top six ways Microsoft 365 is increasing productivity:
Microsoft 365 allows you and your employees to access company email, documents, calendars and contacts from anywhere, anytime allowing for immediate response for time-sensitive business concerns. Seamlessly operable on most mobile devices, tablets, PC and MAC computers, this Office edition eliminates the need to search for Wi-Fi hot spots while you are on the move and ensures productivity can be achieved at all times.
Accessing the internet without proper protection is essentially leaving the doors of your business wide open when you leave for the day. What many business owners do not realize is regardless of the size of your business, you are a potential target for hackers. Credit card information, banking details and identity theft are common goals for these unsavoury types. With such attacks becoming easier for hackers as they develop new technology, it is more important than ever to protect yourself.
Although it is tempting to use the same password for all of your online activities, this is something you should never do. Passwords should be unique for each login you use and they should be lengthy and difficult to figure out. The harder a hacker has to work to try to get access to your information, the less likely they are to bother with your business. Since they have programs that can run thousands of password combinations in minutes, the longer and more difficult your passwords are,
The data you collect as you operate your business is a valuable asset. Whether it be customer information, accounting, inventory or any number of critical information types, remote backup is essential to protect your data.
Data backups are not a new practice however, typical backup systems are not the safest route to take to protect your company’s data. If you were to suffer a break in or a natural disaster such as flooding that made your internal servers unavailable, your backed up data would be useless. If your information is backed up to the cloud, you can be up and running again the same day that you suffer the loss. This can be invaluable for your business’ continuity.
There are several benefits to remote backup services that go beyond the ability to restore your data in the event of a loss.
- • Data backup providers meet stringent conditions to ensure your information is protected and available at all times.
At any given time you can look around at people and find many are using their smartphones or tablets to access the internet and message their friends. When users are not connected to a wireless hotspot, they use their data portion of their wireless plan. If you offer free WiFi access at your place of business you have the opportunity to provide a value-added service for your current customers, and a draw to attract new ones.
Another benefit to offering free WiFi to your customers is having the potential to build a database to use for marketing purposes. Customers have to log in and provide simple information such as their names, ages, genders and email addresses the first time they use WiFi services from your place of business. You can provide an option for them to opt in to receive future contact from you which will allow you to connect with them personally and send them newsletters or promotional emails to encourage them to return to your business.
As you may have read in the news, thousands of passwords worldwide have been hacked, leaving sensitive information vulnerable to theft. Hackers are becoming more proficient at creating programs designed to run dictionary words and common combinations against passwords; they can scan through thousands in just minutes. In order to protect your sensitive information from these online thieves and increase systems security, it is critical to develop unique passwords for every application or website you log in to. How strong are your passwords? Will they stand up to the programs hackers are developing?
A common mistake people make is choosing what they believe is a difficult password and using it for all of their applications and sites. While it may be somewhat tedious, creating a unique password for each instance is extremely important to protect your data. Should a hacker manage to figure out the password you use for everything you do online, they will have a wealth of sensitive information about you including but not limited to banking information,
Whether your small business has expanded enough to warrant network cabling or you have a move to make and need someone to assist with your network cabling, finding a company can be a challenge. With so many companies to choose from, the following skills will help you narrow things down a little.
Levels of Experience
You want to have a network cabling company that has varying levels of experience with moves, to start-ups; from small companies to large corporations. Dependability stems from vast experience; although a focus on service is important, experience is what will be at the heart of a well-planned installation.
Every moment your system is down is time away from the clients, productivity, and administration required to manage your business. You want to know that the company you hire will be working as efficiently as possible to detail each stage of the networking. This may help to ensure that the job is done with logical steps so your team knows what is required of them prior to the move or set up.
Here are a few qualities to look for in a dependable network support company:
You will meet with several companies and all of them will have a good spiel about their services. But what stands out in a network support company is commitment. Without commitment to your business you will not be able to depend on them to be there when you need them. Companies should focus on helping your business grow with easy-to-use technology that will provide your team with the tools they need to flourish.
You are looking for a support team that will allow you to focus on your business while they focus on your network. That means you need a network support company with the knowledge that will not only get you started but that will grow with you and continue to provide the input you need to stay on top.
An efficient network should result in significant cost savings for your business.
Advances in high tech security have made keeping track of your business easier and more affordable then ever. If you run a restaurant here are eight compelling reasons to consider adding a camera system:
Theft can occur in many forms. Staff may be stealing other servers’ tips, be giving away free drinks or food items to friends, walking home with a few beers or a bottle of alcohol from the bar, or they could even be stealing from customers. All of these issues can be caught using camera systems strategically placed throughout your restaurant.
The night life at some restaurants can get a little out of hand. Camera systems can help you keep an eye on things to make sure staff are not indulging in inappropriate behaviour that could be damaging to your restaurant or bar’s reputation. Cameras can help you determine if suspicions or rumors about bad behaviour are founded so you can take action to free yourself of the troublesome team members.