letter blocks spelling out SPAM

45% of all emails are spam emails – that’s almost half of all emails sent out. Business email addresses are the target of more spam, because for a cyber criminal, access to a corporate or small business server can deliver more bang for their buck. The more accounts a spammer can phish or hack into,…

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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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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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data leaks in small business

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. PIPEDA broadly defines “personal information” as “information about an identifiable individual.” It can be a clients age, financial information or a…

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usb data theft by employee

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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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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digital lock indicating weak Data Security policy

If sensitive data plays any role in your small business, you need to protect it. Sensitive data can be email correspondence with a client, payment information, financial records, personal identification used to approve or secure services or loans, health related information, legal case file information and more.  With more advanced and complex IT systems constantly evolving,…

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glasses zoomed in on definition of privacy

What is PIPEDA? PIPEDA (Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act) is a Canadian data privacy law that applies to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information in the course of a commercial activity.  Our team of Small Business IT Service Providers have put together a summary to guide you.  What information falls under…

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Mobile device management post art

Mobile Device Management (MDM) allows your IT manager or IT support company to remotely troubleshoot mobile devices and to enforce IT security policies such as screen locks and strong passwords.  MDM also allows for separation of personal and company owned data on mobile devices, and is considered a must have for any BYOD policy. Today we…

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computer virus on screen

BYOD For Small Business Do you have a firewall? Do you have user permissions setup? Should you?  For small business owners busy with the day to day tasks of running a business, it’s hard to stay current on changes in IT threats. So it was no surprise to us when in a recent study performed…

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