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Are Managed IT Services Right For You? Consider This

July 11, 2019
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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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How Data Losses Happen – How To Prevent Them

May 21, 2019
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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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The Impact Of Network Downtime In A Small Business

April 24, 2019
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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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Can You Afford To Skip Disaster Planning For Your SMB?

February 20, 2019
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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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Data Leaks, Digital Privacy Act & Your Small Business

January 14, 2019
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There have been significant changes to Canada’s Digital Privacy Act, which are being enforced as of Nov 1, 2018, yet many small business owners are not informed on their responsibility in managing customer information – and certainly not prepared to prevent data leaks, breaches and intrusions. PIPEDA broadly defines “personal information” as “information about an…

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Internal Data Security – 5 Areas To Improve Your SMB

January 13, 2019
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Usually when people discuss network security and potential threats, they are talking about external threats. A hooded figure behind a keyboard may not be the most likely culprit out there. Perpetrators can be on your own payroll. While news of large companies being breached pop up regularly, the importance of internal data security for small…

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Cloud Storage Is Not Backup – You May Need Both

November 9, 2018
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As small business IT Consultants in Toronto, we take a lot of calls from small business owners looking for the right IT solutions to meet their needs. One common misconception is around cloud storage versus cloud backup. If your business is using OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox storage, you may have a false sense of…

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Cloud Based vs In House Servers For Small Business

October 10, 2018
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There are two primary options for hosting data for businesses: in-house servers and cloud-based servers. Which option is right for your company? The answer to this question will be different for everyone and should be dependent on several factors. For example, do you have one office or several? What size is your business? Do you…

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Password Policy Guidelines For Small Business

September 21, 2018
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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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