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Introducing Harmony Cloud

Posted by Matt Almendinger on Sep 17, 2021 2:00:00 PM

What is Harmony Cloud?

Leveraging our knowledge of client needs over the past two decades, we have been able to design cloud solutions specifically for businesses like yours. Meaning Harmony Cloud can be a hosted infrastructure at a fraction of the cost of public clouds providers. Using a scalable and redundant infrastructure, your business gets turn-key access to high-performing hardware without any upfront investment.

Harmony Cloud represents the pinnacle of our Harmony philosophy - providing simple, robust solutions that are available from anywhere. Plus, Harmony Cloud is designed to integrate with our full stack of solutions, providing you with the most complete user experience of all of our solutions.

Meet the next evolution of your business' computing.

Harmony Cloud is built upon our Harmony philosophy by providing effortless flexibility and peace of mind to you and your staff. Moving your workloads and electronic processes to the Harmony Cloud allows your team to work from anywhere without ever worrying about purchasing another server again. And with the Harmony Cloud doing all the heavy lifting, you don't need to invest in expensive or bulky PCs. Use long-lasting thin-clients, repurposed computers, tablets (such as iPad or Android), or even cost-effective Chromebooks. These systems also represent an increase in security by using hardened Operating Systems that reduce your exposure to ransomware.

Harmony Cloud is not only designed to be highly redundant and scalable but flexible, too, by allowing you to run our stack on your premises.

If you're ready to do business anywhere, read on...

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Topics: Harmony, IT services, Managed Service Provider, Remote Workforce, Harmony Cloud

Make Your Tech Work For You!

Posted by Mark Nash on Feb 5, 2021 11:00:00 AM

‘Harmony’ has a few definitions, but the most relevant to Lighthouse IT Solutions is both the “pleasing arrangement of parts” and “internal calm.” This is what Lighthouse IT Solutions’ Harmony services strives to provide you with; a suite of IT solutions that work with each other and your business in order to harmonize with your workflow.

Harmony combines the following categories into one cohesive plan: infrastructure, security, business continuity & disaster recovery, technical support & systems management, and finally mobility.

Let's take a look at each of these and how your business can benefit from the perks of experiencing Harmony.

Technical Support & Systems Management

Technical support and systems management is, of course, the first and main pillar which we are built around. We would not be much of an IT company if we were not able to help you with your technical problems. So, to ensure that we can help you with all your tech problems Lighthouse IT Solutions offers both onsite and remote help desk support. This is all neatly managed within our ticketing system. In the event of an emergency, such as a cyber-attack that brings your workflow to a halt, we offer 24-hour support to get your systems back online as soon as possible.

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Topics: Harmony, VoIP, IT services, Continued education, Office 365, Business Continuity, Managed Service Provider, Cybersecurity, Malware, Remote Workforce, Downtime

Cyber Security While Shopping Online

Posted by Mark Nash on Oct 13, 2020 4:00:00 PM

Even since the early days of the internet people have seen the potential of being able to make purchases for just about anything from the comfort of their own homes. Online shopping means that you do not have to deal with traffic, crowds, or even having to transport your purchases. However, despite the benefits of online shopping, it carries its fair share of risks. Just as with any virtual service, online shopping is often targeted by hackers who want to steal personal data and money. Although these risks exist that does not mean that you should never do any shopping online, as long as you keep safety in mind and follow good practices then the risks can be greatly mitigated. There are three primary methods that hackers use in order to steal data from online shopping transactions. 

1. Phishing

The first of these is by phishing, which is the use of fraudulent websites or emails posing as legitimate ones. Common forms of this are when a cyber-criminal makes a fraudulent website that looks just like the legitimate version of an ecommerce website, and attempts to trick the user into making a purchase through this fraudulent site thereby inadvertently giving the cyber-criminal the users data when they attempt to complete the transaction. Additionally, when a cyber-criminal creates a fraudulent email designed to look like it is coming from a legitimate source, often asking the user to follow a link to a fraudulent website to “confirm some information about a purchase the user made,” although in reality this is just an attempt to get the user to give up their information to the cyber-criminal. The best way to prevent falling victim to this sort of scam is to stay cautious and pay close attention. When performing online shopping only use reputable vendors, and always check the address bar of the site that you are shopping on to make sure that it is what it should be. Additionally, always check the sender address of any emails you receive to ensure that they are actually coming from who they say they are, and if the email asks you to follow a link hover over the link and wait for the text box to appear showing you where the link actually leads to so you can determine if you should actually click on it. 

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Topics: IT services, Internet Safety, NCSAM, Ransomware, Malware

The Importance of Protection

Posted by Griffin Ball on Oct 9, 2020 2:45:00 PM
This was the first full week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)!

As per cisa.gov, this week's topic is “If You Connect It, Protect It.” While networks, like the internet, are amazing tools that allow us to connect devices and share information between them, they are also security risks as the other devices you connect to can be malicious. Don't panic! With a bit of awareness and a few tools, it's easy keep your devices safe.

If a device is connected to a network, it needs antivirus software to monitor for malicious activity and to remove the sneaky software. Lighthouse IT Solutions recommends Sophos for all your devices, whether they are on your home or business network. For devices on your home network you can find the free or premium version for Sophos Home here.

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Topics: IT services, Managed Service Provider, Internet Safety, NCSAM, Ransomware, Cybersecurity