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Everyday Human Error Can Affect Data Protection

Everyday Human Error Can Affect Data Protection   Are you under the impression that data loss is all about putting up firewalls to protect against evil cyber attacks? 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

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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

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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.  

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

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

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Run your Business, not an IT Company

Run your Business, not an IT Company   You 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,

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What is the Cloud: A Simple Analogy

What is the Cloud: A Simple Analogy   You use the cloud and don’t even know it. Do you go to Amazon and create a wish list? 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,

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Loss of Data: Causes and Prevention

Loss of Data: Causes and Prevention   The 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

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Be Proactive: How to Avoid Potential Network Failures

Be Proactive: How to Avoid Potential Network Failures   For 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

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It is Heaven! Using the Cloud to Challenge Big Business

It is Heaven! Using the Cloud to Challenge Big Business   Has anyone suggested you begin moving your business to the cloud? Cloud data storage or cloud computing? What is this, anyhow? And isn’t it something for huge companies?   In the last post we explained what cloud computing is. Simply put, it is the

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5 Ways SMBs Can Save Money on Security

  5 Ways SMBs Can Save Money on Security   Small-to-medium sized businesses and large enterprises may seem worlds apart, but they face many of the same cyber-security threats. In fact, in recent years, cyber-criminals have increasingly targeted SMBs. This is because it’s widely known that SMBs have a smaller budget, and less in-house expertise,

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Four Key Components of a Robust Security Plan Every SMB Must Know

Four Key Components of a Robust Security Plan Every SMB Must Know   Most businesses are now technology dependent. This means security concerns aren’t just worrisome to large corporate enterprises anymore, but also the neighbourhood sandwich shop, the main street tax adviser, and the local non-profit. Regardless of size or type, practically any organisation has

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Just Because You’re Not a Big Target, Doesn’t Mean You’re Safe

Just Because You’re Not a Big Target, Doesn’t Mean You’re Safe Not too long ago, the New York Time’s website experienced a well-publicised attack, which raises the question – how can this happen to such a world-renowned corporation? If this can happen to the New York Times, what does this bode for the security of

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