Data Protection and Bring Your Own Device to Work

Data Protection and Bring Your Own Device to WorkBYOD refers to a firm's policy of allowing employees to use their own personal phones, tablets and laptops for all their work applications.This is a pretty common policy, and it has many benefits, but it brings along risks. How are you addressing these risks?Here are some of the issues raised by BYOD…

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Everyday Human Error Can Affect Data Protection

Everyday Human Error Can Affect Data ProtectionAre you under the impression that data loss is all about putting up firewalls to protect against evil cyberattacks? Some of the biggest sources of data loss include sloppiness, human error, and just plain forgetfulness.What are some of the unglamorous things that we do everyday that leave us vulnerable?PasswordsOld or easy passwords are a…

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Disaster Recovery Plans: Do You Have One?

Disaster Recovery Plans: Do You Have One?Disaster recovery and business continuity plans are issues that almost all small businesses fail to think about. More frequently, they decide they haven't the resources to address such "unthinkables."If your business was down for 1-2 days or more, what costs would you incur? Lost revenues and lost productivity. These are obvious. You won't make…

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Why Small Businesses Shouldn’t Avoid Making Disaster Recovery Plans.

  Why Small Businesses Shouldn't Avoid Making Disaster Recovery Plans. Entrepreneurs and small businesses, especially ones that are fairly new, often don't think about making plans to recover in case of a disaster. However, it is the smallest business that most likely has the fewest resources to fall back on in case of disaster. Why does this happen? It isn't on an entrepreneur's…

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Outsourcing? Really. Its OK: How it can save time and money

Outsourcing? Really. It's OK: How it can save time and moneyAlmost by definition, small business owners and entrepreneurs cringe at the concept of outsourcing. Those who start their own companies like the control and autonomy it provides them. Unfortunately, that preference for control and autonomy may have some bad side effects when it comes to IT.Small business don't have the…

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Run your Business, not an IT Company

Run your Business, not an IT CompanyYou went into business because you have an interest and expertise in some particular product or service. You began the firm to offer that product or service, but a dirty little problem came along with that new company. IT requirements. You need equipment, and you need networks, and printers, and data storage to keep…

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What is the Cloud: A Simple Analogy

What is the Cloud: A Simple AnalogyYou use the cloud and don't even know it. Do you go to Amazon and create a wishlist? Do you have an email account on Yahoo? That is cloud computing. All your emails are stored on Yahoo servers somewhere. They are on physical servers, of course, but they aren't on your laptop. The advantage…

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Loss of Data: Causes and Prevention

Loss of Data: Causes and PreventionThe adoption of technology from the simplest of matters to the most complex problems has rendered us heavily dependent on it. We love paying our bills minutes before they are due. We enjoy seeing loved ones face-to-face on our computer screens. We can access and print our extremely sensitive records from government and financial websites…

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Be Proactive: How to Avoid Potential Network Failures

Be Proactive: How to Avoid Potential Network FailuresFor small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), an IT network failure can be devastating because they don't have the resources of large corporations to bounce back from such disasters. Preparation against such devastation may be the only course for them to avoid failure and survive with the least damage if failure occurs. SMBs must…

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It is Heaven! Using the Cloud to Challenge Big Business

It is Heaven! Using the Cloud to Challenge Big BusinessHas anyone suggested you begin moving your business to the cloud? Cloud data storage or cloud computing? What is this, anyway? And isn't it something for huge companies?In the last post we explained what cloud computing is. Simply put, it is the offsite storage of your data, and perhaps even the…

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