Your Data or Your Business: Ransomware Explained

This cyber attack scheme hasn't garnered nearly as much attention as the usual “break-in-and-steal-data-to-sell-on-the-Internet” type, but it can be even more debilitating. Ransomware attacks have begun appearing in the last few years and its practitioners are so polished that in a few cases they even have mini-call centers to handle your payments and questions. So what is ransomware? The…

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Is Your Business Safe From Online 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? Contrary to popular belief, 72% of hacker attacks often happen to smaller firms - firms with less than 100 employees! So how prepared is your small and medium businesses? Here’s a checklist to help you…

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Understand How Data Loss Happens – In Order to Prevent It

Small business owners are often worried about data loss. Rightly so, because data loss has the potential to wipe out a business. We have identified the most common forms of data loss so you can see how they fit into your business and assess the risks related to each of these pitfalls. 1. Human Error - Human error - by way…

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Mitigating the Pain of Unplanned Network Growth

Small-to-medium sized businesses today face many challenges, particularly things like increased mobile device use and unexpected network growth. While every business wants to grow, the problem with unplanned growth is that it can quickly turn chaotic from a technical standpoint; often resulting in companies and organizations sloppily scrambling to add new users, devices, and applications to meet service expectations. When…

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Six Steps to Better Data Backup and Quicker Recovery

When it comes to business continuity, nothing is more important than having a solid backup and recovery program. Allow us to share some of the Dykstra IT philosophies. Think Quicker Recovery Time, Not Quicker Backup - While incremental backups are much faster than executing a full-backup, they also prolong recovery time. In the event of data loss, a full restore…

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Do Accounting Firms Need Managed Service for their IT Needs?

Accounting firms are as technology-driven as any other business today. They face the same challenges that other smaller commercial enterprises do when it comes to keeping their IT infrastructure up, running and secure. According to one estimate, accounting firms spend 70% of their IT budget on maintaining their systems and 30% on new technology. Owners may insist that their…

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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 aim of gathering personal information about you, generally related to your finances. The most common reason for the large number of people falling for fraudulent emails is that the phishing attempts are often so well-disguised…

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Health Care Providers and Managed IT Services: Why are They Inseparable?

In healthcare, there is absolutely no escape from the mandatory utilization of technology. From the simple task of setting an appointment to billing and procedure codes, everything requires an intensive use of protocols that can be implemented only through the use of technology. HHS mandates these processes across the board, from a doctor who is operating solo to the largest…

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Are Managed IT Services Right For You? A Few Things to Consider

How do you get a small business to recognize the value of manages IT services? In the start-up environment, we encounter an eclectic bunch of personality types. There is a reason people become entrepreneurs or C-level execs. When we meet the owners or decision makers at smaller companies and organizations, we can tell right away why they're where they are.…

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Password Basics

You can have all the locks on your data center and have all the network security available, but nothing will keep your data safe if your employees are sloppy with passwords. There are many ways data can be breached, and opening some link they shouldn't is one of the most serious security sins employees can commit, but today we’ll…

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