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The Importance of Cybersecurity

Posted by Mark Nash on Oct 4, 2019 8:45:00 AM

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)!

Now is the perfect time to talk about being safe online!

One of the most important things to remember for cyber security is that everyone needs to be active in it. It only takes one person clicking a sketchy download from a phishing email to compromise an entire network. Knowing how to be safe online does not require you to learn a load of technical jargon. You simply need an idea of what actions could be detrimental and be able to keep an awareness for anything that seems fishy. This can keep you much safer.

There are lots of actions you can take to increase your safety such as:

  • Checking that your system is running up-to-date security programs and read up on what scams and exploits people are using.
  • Making sure you have an enterprise-grade firewall protecting your business.
  • Backing-up all of your data so that you are ready for the worst.
  • Implementing user-based security and permissions to minimize human errors.
  • Getting a password and document manager to ensure password security.
  • You could even enlist the services of a certified ethical hacker to test your system’s security and inform you of any vulnerabilities they find.
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Topics: IT services, Internet Safety, NCSAM, Ransomware, Cybersecurity

What makes a good website?

Posted by Mark Nash on Sep 13, 2019 9:13:00 AM

One of the best ways for a business to attract potential customers is to have a quality website. This can even be a great way to engage with them! If you are unsure as to whether your company’s website is of a professional level, able to garner the attention of its visitors, then here are some things you should consider.

Making a website visually appealing is different than making it look good in the eyes of a search engine. But it really isn't too far off. Search engines use to rank websites based on keywords and a few other factors, but now they focus on the quality of the website's user experience. This means making a site easy to use and mobile friendly will actually help your get to the top of Google. Combine those with giving great answers to people's search queries and you have given a user an awesome experience! So, in order to fully understand what a "good" website consists of, you must first learn how to implement some techniques to make the visitor as happy as they can be.

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Topics: Momentum Marketing, Website Development, SEO

Best way for employees to communicate internally

Posted by Laif Thorbahn on Aug 23, 2019 9:24:00 AM

Communicate internally? What's that all about?

This may seem like a no-brainer, of course we should communicate internally, but some people may not know the reason why internal communication is so important. To keep it simply, it keeps everyone in-the-loop and on task. These meetings or chats that happen with coworkers can also help build trust and increase efficiency. (Which in turn can increase enthusiasm at the workplace.) Another benefit of internal communication that gets overlooked, is that it actually helps with communication externally. If everyone knows what is going on, they are better able to answer questions clients may have. It may be surprising to some, but many businesses function without much internal communication between colleagues. With things like Microsoft Teams or Slack/GoToMetting or Zoom, there are great ways to fix this issue, but we will go over that in a bit.

What should be talked about?

Be it meetings or small chats, there are many things that can get talked about. Most would tend to lean towards more serious topics whether they be future plans for the company or how to best serve the clients they have. While these are great topics to talk about it is all too easy to forget that this time can also be used to ask questions no matter how mundane. These meetings can also be used for semi-casual conversations, like what should be for lunch that day. Again, increasing morale and efficiency.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Office 365

Windows 7 End of Life

Posted by Laif Thorbahn on Jul 26, 2019 9:06:00 AM

Just as everything dies, Windows 7 is reaching it's end of life. It may be sad for some, but Microsoft will no longer be supporting it as of January 14th, 2020. So the question stands, what do you need to do if you are currently running Windows 7?

A Brief History of Windows 7.

First, let's start with a look back at the history of this operating system. Windows 7 was originally released in July of 2009 and has been an OS powerhouse for a decade. Over those years, it became a household name and was widely praised by both home and business users alike. In the first years, Window 7 had sold over 630 million copies worldwide and for a long time was the most popular desktop operating system in the world. That title was only lost recently when Windows 10 overtook in the latter part of 2018.

What does End of Life Mean?

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Topics: IT services, Managed Service Provider, Windows

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