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Laif Thorbahn

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Laif had always been interested in computers and technology, wanting to know how they worked. Always being part of an expanding field is what pushes him forward. We at Lighthouse IT utilize Laif as a solutions consultant for our clients.
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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

Inside Secure-IT: Network Security and Device Protection

Posted by Laif Thorbahn on Dec 14, 2018 9:05:00 AM

Welcome to the Inside Secure-IT series of articles. Inspired by a post done by the US-CERT at the beginning of October describing the threat posed to MSP’s by hackers and other ne'er-do-wells. Our response, a comprehensive series of posts that takes a look at what we do at Lighthouse IT to keep your company data secure both on and offsite.

How can you be sure that your network is safe?

Both network security and device protection are needed to ensure the safety of a company. Having a great layer of security for your network means that you can sleep at night knowing nothing malicious is happening to your business. Device protection brings that feeling a step further and lets you feel safe about each device on your network as they each have another layer of defense.

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Topics: IT services, Managed Service Provider, I.T. Fights Back, Inside Secure-IT

Inside Secure-IT: User-Based Security and Password Management

Posted by Laif Thorbahn on Dec 7, 2018 9:13:00 AM

Welcome to the Inside Secure-IT series of articles. Inspired by an alert from the US-CERT at the beginning of October describing the threat posed to MSP’s by hackers and other ne'er-do-wells. Our response, a comprehensive series of posts that takes a look at what we do at Lighthouse IT to keep your company data secure both on and offsite.

Both user-based security and password management are important security measures to have in place. Users needing to prove they are who they say they are adds a layer that is very hard to break through. Password management allows you to keep more secure passwords and track them safety.

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider, IT Fights Back, Inside Secure-IT

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