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What You Can Learn From The Scouts About Data Backup

Be Prepared—It’s what data backup is all about

When it comes to your business data, those two little words can mean the difference between your organization failing and prevailing.

Successful data backup is a two-pronged approach.

First, you need a strong local backup solution because 95% of all data restoration happens from your local network. Local data storage reduces stress and saves you time. It’s perfect for those instances when a file is corrupted or accidently deleted. Your network administrator can handle those situations quickly and easily.

Next, for those rare instances when a major system failure takes your network down, you need secure, reliable offsite data storage and system replication managed by an IT services provider you can trust. All QualityIP backup solutions utilize virtualization failover technologies. That means we can have a replica of your network, applications and data up and running from anywhere.

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Of course, we’d prefer that you never have to rely on backup technologies. That is why our team of experts are just like the scouts—prepared.

We ensure your network is:

  • Built using best practices
  • Monitored to prevent failures
  • Maintained for optimal performance

QualityIP is the IT Consulting company you can trust. We install and maintain the right solution for your business. We manage the process 24/7—every day of the year. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your network is up and running and your data is safe.

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IT Security—Have a Plan

Simple IT Security Steps to Protect Your Business and Yourself

While we can’t stop lax security at major corporations from compromising our personal information, we can do a lot to protect our businesses and ourselves as we go about our normal day.

Simple steps to enhance IT Security:

1.  REGULARLY REVIEW PRIVACY SETTINGS

As an IT provider, we schedule periodic reviews to verify the privacy settings on the devices connected to our client networks. These days every device, application, browser, and social media platform has security settings. Too often, without IT Support, they are set and then forgotten. The developers of these devices and apps routinely update them, which can add new security settings and even reset older ones. Following IT Security best practices, we review the security settings that are in place and make sure our customers are not sharing information that could compromise their devices and accounts.

2.  INSTALL UPDATES

Also, we routinely install application and firmware updates on network devices. Often, these updates include security patches that plug holes in the system. Without this layer of IT Security, it’s much easier for the bad guys to get in.

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3.  USE STRONG PASSWORDS

Strong, unique passwords on every site is a must. As standard practice, never use the same password on two different sites. To help with that, use a password management tool. They’re a great way to store and generate secure passwords. We can recommend a couple for you to consider for managing your personal passwords.

As an IT provider, we have a password management system in place to manage passwords companywide, keep them safe, and routinely update them. We also activate two-factor authentication wherever possible. It’s one more level of IT Security that goes a long way toward protecting you and your business.

4.  DESTROY OLD DATA STORAGE DEVICES

Old hard drive destruction is essential to overall IT Security. As part of our e Waste Recycling Program, we shred all data storage devices such as: hard drives, solid state drives, thumb drives, circuit boards, memory cards, tablets and cell phones which makes data reconstruction impossible. We recycle all other parts of old computer systems in accordance with EPA standards.

It’s critical that privacy settings are managed, updates installed, and strong passwords used for all devices connected to your business network. In addition, old hard drive destruction should be a part of your overall IT security plan. Diligence in these areas go a long way toward keeping your business information and systems as well as your personal data secure.

QualityIP knows IT Security. We’re here to help

Watch Facebook, Twitter, and our blog for more IT Security tips throughout 2018.

 

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e Waste Disposal— Out with the Old and In with the New

Start the New Year Off Right—Securely Dispose of e waste

Why wait until spring? Why not start 2018 off right and clean out the e Waste cluttering your office? Getting rid of your old computers, servers, and equipment is a great way to get everyone in your company excited about moving forward with a successful new year.
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Email Scams and Spoofing

Protect Yourself from Email Scams and Spoofing: Look for Red Flags and Take Simple Precautions

We recently posted on Social Media about the latest email scam making the rounds. For those posts, we were letting you know that scammers were trying to imitate a notification from Microsoft® about “unusual Office 365 Mailbox sign-in activity.” To detect the scam, we suggested that you look at the following red flags:

  1. The domain associated with the sender’s email address didn’t match a Microsoft domain. That’s a red flag. This email is likely spam.
  2. When moused over, the pop-up that appeared for the text links in the body of the email did not have a URL associated with a Microsoft domain—neither did the button. That’s another red flag indicating the email is likely spam.

These tips are a quick way to check out of the legitimacy of any email. The reason it’s so important to check out both the sender information and the link URLs is because of spoofing.
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Tech Gifts For This Holiday Season

Five Tech Gifts Everyone Will Love to Find Under the Tree This Year
1. Smartwatch
A smartwatch is a great tech gift for anyone on your list who can’t get enough of their smartphone. It provides a fun and fashionable way to access that indispensable computer without reaching into their pocket. With a selection of models rivaled only by the variety of smartphones they have available, Apple and Android each carry a line of these miniature computers for the wrist.

IT Roadmap

Take Your Company Farther in 2018 with an IT Roadmap

Bypass Common Roadblocks with an IT Roadmap

Very successful businesses have one thing in common—strategic planning. It’s your vision of the future and the steps it will take to get there. Likely, one of the big steps you’re going to need to take in 2018 is to upgrade your business technology. It’s changing fast and a well thought out IT Roadmap is vital to moving ahead quickly and with fewer roadblocks along the way. Managed IT services from QualityIP will help you get there.

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Upgrade Your Technology and Save On Your Tax Bill Too

Take Advantage of Section 179 of the Tax Code to Upgrade Your Technology Before Time Runs Out

It’s hard to believe that there are only a couple of months to go before 2017 is but a memory. Even so, it’s not too late to use Section 179 of the tax code to your advantage to upgrade your business computers and phone systems.

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If You’re Using Wi-Fi, Your Device is Probably Vulnerable

Understanding KRACK WPA2 Vulnerability

Most businesses and homes automatically check the WPA2 box when setting up their Wi-Fi network—as they should. This protocol has been the industry standard for encrypting information shared over Wi-Fi connections since 2004, and its widespread use is a testament to its trusted performance up to this point. We now know, thanks to Mathy Vanhoef and Frank Piessens at KU Leuven, however, that WPA2 WiFi networks are vulnerable to cryptographic attack.

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Microsoft’s 2007 Line Up Retiring After Ten Years

Office 2007 is just one of Microsoft’s 2007 product line that is reaching end-of-life.

And, unless you’re an IT tech, it’s probably the product with which you are most familiar. After all it brought us The Ribbon.

Remember when it came out, how Microsoft’s menu banner or, The Ribbon, was the first update to their Office interface in more than ten years? Most of us hated it. Learning The Ribbon was like starting all over again in Office. We all complained about how the commands we used most frequently in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint were suddenly hidden under menu headings that made no sense. There was a lot of frustration and whining from users. Yet, it survived and so did we. For some of us, Office 2007 is the only suite of Microsoft Apps we’ve ever used.

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Get The Most From Your IT

Are you getting the most out of your IT?

We all know that technology makes our lives simpler when it works well.  When technology malfunctions in the workplace, it may mean lost customers or sales.  Many Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) think that they can’t afford or benefit from hiring an IT company in Akron to manage their IT services.  However, by outsourcing some or all of it, SMBs have much to gain.  Here are the top three reasons to ask experts to manage your IT services:
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