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IT Disaster Recovery Planning: What Hurricane Season Can Teach LA Companies

Posted by Scott Spiro on Monday, 13 November 2017

Although Los Angeles businesses are safe from the wrath of tropical hurricanes, the disaster recovery lessons still apply.

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Topics: Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, Cloud Backup

Cloud Backup: Save Your Business From Natural Disasters

Posted by Scott Spiro on Wednesday, 25 October 2017



The hurricanes hitting Atlantic communities this year are some of the worst in history. Despite the tragic cost of these natural disasters, citizens persevere. But sometimes, the damage is irreconcilable. While it might seem trivial, not having cloud backup is one of the top reasons people lose their businessess, jobs and the ability to provide for their families in times of natural disaster.

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Topics: Cloud Backup

7 Critical Computer Security Tips to Protect Your Small Business

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 13 October 2017



Employee computers are the gateway to your software, programs and critical data. Are you taking proper steps to protect them?
 

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Topics: cybersecurity

Free Antivirus Software: The Consequences of Being Cheap

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 22 September 2017

Imagine for a minute that you’re the CEO of a scrappy, promising new start-up. In the beginning, it was just you and two other employees working on dinky PCs out of a 12-by-12-foot office, but things are picking up.

The company is growing rapidly and heading into uncharted waters. You're so busy with building your business, you haven't had time to think about cybersecurity.

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Topics: Cybercrime, cybersecurity, free antivirus software

What Will You Do When Code Breaking Hits Your Business?

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 24 August 2017

In today's world of rampant cybercrime, every savvy business owner knows the necessity of locking down their data. However, we find that the cyber security technologies used by the vast majority of businesses are woefully out of date. Sure, your current solution may have worked great, but digital threats to the safety of your company are constantly evolving. Criminals will eventually attempt to breach your data — and your barriers are not as secure as you might think.

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Topics: Cybercrime, Business, cybersecurity

Hiring an IT Services Provider in LA? Ask These 8 Qualifying Questions First

Posted by Scott Spiro on Friday, 18 August 2017

Once you grow beyond a few employees and machines, computers start to run slow, and IT issues begin to unravel. If you’re too small to hire full-time IT staff, outsourcing computer support to an IT services provider can be a cost-effective move.

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Topics: Business Continuity, IT Support, Computer Repair

How Ransomware Works: 5 Ways to Protect Against Ransomware Attacks

Posted by Scott Spiro on Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Ransomware attacks seems to follow a similar pattern. First, HR or another targeted user receives a file as an attachment. What was disguised as a résumé quickly becomes a nightmare for IT support and snowballs into a full-out crisis. But ransomware doesn't have to compromise your business. There are ways to prevent against ransomware attacks and stay out of the spotlight.

What Is Ransomware?

Ransomware is malicious software that encrypts your files or shuts you out of your computer until you pay a fee. 

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Topics: cybersecurity, Ransomware, Data Security, network security

3 Steps to a Proper Patch Management Process

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 20 July 2017



Protecting your company infrastructure against attack is top priority. But due to the complexity and time demands of IT departments, patches often get overlooked. And given the recent
WannaCrypt and Petya ransomware attacks, the need for a well-defined patch management process is more critical than ever.

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Topics: managed IT services, network security

Email Management Tips by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Posted by Scott Spiro on Thursday, 20 July 2017

Do you look at your inbox and want to cry? If so, you’re not alone. According to widely cited Radicati Group research, the average person gets 120 business emails every day. If you don’t manage your emails, you could end up in another statistical majority. People spend at least 14 percent of their workday on email alone. Is it any wonder that a recent Harris Poll found that only 45 percent of our workdays are spent on actual work? If you’re looking for the solution to your email woes, start with some of Silicon Valley greats.

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Topics: Email, Business, Email Management Tips

6 Network Security Threats Your LA Business Must Prepare For in 2017

Posted by Scott Spiro on Monday, 26 June 2017

When you think of data security breaches, companies like Target and Yahoo probably come to mind. But now more than ever, network security threats are targeting small businesses. Still, for many small business owners, investing in the necessary network protections gets overshadowed by more immediate tasks. 

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Topics: Cybercrime, Confidential Information, network security

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