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 …

Three Dangers of Running an Unsupported Operating System

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

“Nothing lasts forever.” – every IT professional Truer words were never spoken, as constant innovations in computers, software, and systems phase out older IT infrastructure. This can pose a problem for small- to medium-sized businesses with tight IT budgets. With limited funds, how do you keep a strategic IT technology plan to standards, yet provide your IT infrastructure with the …

Firewall

What’s a firewall and does my business need it?

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Security

“Block that score! Block that score! Zero yards, zero yards, not one more!” – old football cheer Just like a football team’s defense attempts to prevent the offence from scoring a touchdown, a firewall attempts to protect your network from unauthorized attempts to access your system, including hackers, viruses, and malicious code. A firewall can be hardware, software or both. …

Take the quiz: is your organization’s technology where it needs to be?

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services

Good enough isn’t good enough. Case in point: most small- to medium-sized business owners we talk to describe their technology as “fine,” or “good enough.” However, a key component of your business growth is your technology, no matter the size of your business. A 2018 article, “5 Reasons Your Company Should Invest In Technology,” from CEO World lists the five …

cloud computing

The pros and cons of using the Cloud

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

In my last blog,“What is the cloud?,” I discussed what the Cloud is and isn’t. In this post, I’ll discuss three advantages and disadvantages of using the Cloud. Cloud Advantages Lower hardware costs: You don’t have to purchase in-house servers. You use the provider’s hardware and only pay for what you need. Providers such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web …

Strategic Technology Plan

Four reasons why your business needs a strategic technology plan

Michael Anderson IT Best Practices, IT Managed Services, myCIO

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” We’re all aware of Benjamin Franklin’s famous adage, but when it comes to formulating a strategic technology plan, how many of us heed his advice? At 365 Technologies Inc., we’ve worked with organizations of different sizes and industries, and the one thing many have in common when we first meet them …

Why you need Worry-Free IT™ – Managed IT Services

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

Pack up your IT troubles, and smile, smile, smile At 365 Technologies, we so believe in Worry-Free IT™, we own the trademark. What is Worry-Free IT™ and how can it help your business? Relax. Take a deep breath. And let’s break it down. Through our extensive experience, research and client meetings, we identified five major technology issues that all businesses …