employee using byod mobile phone

Most employees no longer believe an office presence is necessary for a productive day’s work. Some reports support the idea that greater focus and productivity can come from employees working from home. Other reports support the idea that teams function best when physically present together. Most certainly, since broadband access became widespread, and as mobile…

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cover art for guide for small business on limits of antivirus software

It’s easy to assume it won’t happen to you, until it does. Cyber criminals are targeting small businesses in a big way – and the consequences can be shocking. To protect your sensitive data and prevent security issues, our team at TUCU present this free guide to malware and viruses so that you can understand…

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password login screen

Password Security A single password can unlock access to your network and your company data. Every password should be created and managed with that in mind. This article offers up to date password research and password policy guidelines for small business owners to action to improve data security. Password hacking is one way that cyber…

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smiling small business owner

In this day and age, internet access, WiFi and connectivity are critical to business.  If you want to succeed, your business needs reliable technology, and your team needs reliable access to it.  For the small business owner, it can be challenging to know and understand relevant tech terminology, internet speeds, the various components of a…

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security icons denoting pipeda compliance

What small business owners in Canada need to know about staying compliant with Microsoft Office 365. As Canadian small business owners gear up for another year of e-privacy and data protection regulation, it’s a good time to review Microsoft Office 365’s status in light of PIPEDA compliance. As you know, the Canadian Personal Information Protection…

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small business owner managing own IT on laptop

The end of the year is a great time to organize your books, reflect with your team, prepare for growth next year, and upgrade your technology. In this post, we give you specific DIY tips you can do to check and secure your computers and accounts to better protect your business. Managed IT Service Providers…

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Zero Trust Networks

In the era of total connectivity, companies who follow the old ways of doing network security are running great risks. It’s important to understand the Zero Trust Network for small business, why this is the new networking standard for IT security, and how to get started with Microsoft 365. Microsoft offers powerful tools for cloud…

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computers under water after flood depicting small business without disaster recovery plan

As a small business owner, you keep up with your industry – not tech terms. So the last thing you need is a bunch of confusing, meaningless jargon when you’re trying to understand what steps you need to take to ensure you can pull of a real disaster recovery for small business in the event…

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How do you get a small business to recognize the value of managed IT services? In the start-up environment, we encounter many 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…

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external hard drive backup on a computer

We recently worked with a small business owner who doesn’t have any data back up in place. Their files are stored on an external hard drive which they back up to every so often. Even if they had a central file storage device like a NAS, with mirrored drives, each housing the full data backup…

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small business owner with network problems

Many SMB owners think IT downtime only costs them a few productive hours, but there’s a lot more at stake when your systems go down. Avoid these headaches with a strong network setup, and ongoing network management services from a local IT support company. Here’s what’s really at stake: client trust and confidence in you…

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business owner considering no disaster recovery plan

Small business data backup is an absolute must. And yet, according to Symantec SMB, 50% of SMBs report they have no data backup and no disaster recovery plan in place. 41% of those surveyed confessed that they had not spent any time thinking about or putting in place any disaster planning or business continuity plan.…

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