IT Support – Best Option

IT support: what’s the best option for your business?

Michael Anderson Business Talk, IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services

You have lots of IT-support options these days, some of which may be better choices than others. Generally speaking, you can break down IT support into three categories: The one-person show Pay-per-hour versus break-fix option A managed service provider solution Which one is right for your business? We outline the pros and cons, below. 1. The One-Person Show When we …

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365 Technologies teams up with Mother Earth Recycling

Michael Anderson 365 News, Culture, Green Technology, Hardware, IT Best Practices, IT Security

Our old hardware is going to a new home with a big heart 365 Technologies has teamed up with Mother Earth Recycling to recycle its old electronic equipment. “We usually recycle 200 to 300 computers a year,” says Michael Anderson, President and CEO of 365 Technologies. “This year, with Windows 7 support ending, that number will be closer to 400 to …

Virtual Chief Information Officer

Three benefits of hiring a virtual Chief Information Officer

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services

The three benefits of hiring a virtual Chief Information Officer to manage your IT services If you’re running a small- to medium-sized business, and you need a trusted advisor to help manage your IT networks, backup and recovery systems, you could benefit from having a Virtual Chief Information Officer, or vCIO from 365 Technologies. vCIOs are highly skilled and specialized consultants …

Gift Card Scam

Gift card scam uses boss’ email address

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

Sometimes it’s good to question the boss. If you get an email from your boss asking you to purchase gift cards, you may really be communicating with scammers. For the past six months or so, there’s been an email scam from “bosses” requesting that you purchase gift cards on their behalf. It’s a more sophisticated version of the traditional email …

Free Wi-Fi – Be Careful

Be careful about using public Wi-Fi

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

Would you like some free Wi-Fi with your coffee? Odds are, the last time you were at a coffee shop, you thought, “I’m paying for the coffee – I might as well use the free Wi-Fi.” There’s no doubt that Wireless Internet, or Wi-Fi, connections are everyone’s favourite free service. However, using free, public Wi-Fi is dangerous, especially for a …

Human Resources and Cloud Computing

The benefits of Cloud computing for HR professionals

Michael Anderson Cloud, IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services

Keep your feet on the ground, and your human resources in the Cloud; how to improve employee communications in the Cloud. Most organizations think of the Cloud as a place to hold their software and data, but the Cloud can also help transform how businesses communicate with people and implement HR processes. HR handles several key functions – and a …

IT Security Audits

Securing your network data begins with an IT security audit

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services, IT Security

The growing complexity of cloud services, data networks, and disaster-recovery backup services make comprehensive IT security audits a must for business owners – without an audit, your business may be at serious risk. Why your business needs an IT security audit: 1. Your data is more valuable than ever Malicious hacks and ransomware, such as Cryptolocker, cause downtime and are …

Protect Your PC

Protect your PC by doing these three, simple things

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post about how to keep your PC running in tip-top shape. These tips continue to be important to ensure your PC has a long life, so I’m reposting it today with some updates. Tip #1: Protect your PC with a surge protector Your home’s electrical outlets don’t provide a constant and consistent …

Property Management

Property managers need IT too

Michael Anderson Business Talk, IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services

Technology is changing and impacting the property-management landscape. Consider electronic transactions, online financial and tenant data-storage, and smart devices that are now regularly installed into offices and residences (also known as the Internet of Things). As building systems, processes, and tenant information become increasingly connected to the internet, the chances of a cyberattack and a privacy or data breach grows. …

Microsoft Windows 7 Support Ends

The final countdown: Windows 7 support ends in 2020

Michael Anderson Business Talk, IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services, Software

On Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer release security updates or patches for the Windows 7 operating system. After the support ends, your organization’s computer, network, and data are vulnerable to attacks, security risks and viruses if you don’t upgrade your systems. Microsoft does not support operating systems (OS) over 10 years old, and it moves these systems from …