The TDSIT Blog

Have You Made the Transition to Windows 10?

Posted by Tim Stanley on Thu, Dec 31, 2015 @ 05:56 PM

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Many businesses have already made the successful transition to the latest version of Windows. This upgrade offers performance enhancements, new tools to boost productivity and greater flexibility with newer apps and technologies.  A Windows 10 platform also allows users to leverage multiple devices and share applications on desktops, laptops, tablets and even smartphones.

Before you make the leap to Windows 10, be sure to consider these points:

  • There are minimum hardware requirements for all devices – these minimum requirements include a 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM exclusively for the operating system, 16GB disk storage, and a Windows DirectX 9 graphics card.
  • Driver updates may be required – be sure to check the drivers of printers, scanners or other devices. 
  • Business software applications – your accounting, sales management, point of sale or other systems should be checked to make sure they are compatible with Windows 10.
  • Certain features will no longer be available – Windows Media Center and Windows 7 desktop gadgets are among some features that will no longer be available with Windows 10.

To make sure your transition to Windows 10 is smooth and seamless, work with a knowledgeable systems integration partner that can help to evaluate your current infrastructure and plan the upgrade with you.

Tags: IT support, TDSIT, IT services, Windows 10

Preventing Malware Attacks 101

Posted by Tim Stanley on Wed, Dec 09, 2015 @ 10:40 AM

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The threat of malware attacks is not expected to slow down; on the contrary, vicious malware attacks are expected to amplify over the coming years.  The sophistication of this type of malicious software has made it very difficult to detect and block.

To keep yourself and your business safe, here are some basic tips:

  • Update or install security software – Make sure your security software detects and blocks malware and it is kept up to date in order to prevent new versions from penetrating your network.
  • Links and attachments – Whenever you or any of your personnel receive a link or attachment in an email be sure to verify before opening.  Confirm the link is from a trustworthy source that you know. The attachment should be scanned for viruses and malware even if it has come from a reliable source.
  • Educate your employees – Hold periodic training sessions with your staff to make sure they understand the dangers of malware and how they can help keep the company safe from attacks.
  • Bringing outside devices – USB drives, laptops, tablets or other devices could easily transmit malware onto your network once connected.  Reduce the chances of transmitting these viruses by having strict security policies in place for connecting these devices.

For more information on how to prevent malware attacks, work with a knowledgeable Managed IT professional who can objectively review your current security capabilities and provide insight on ways to improve.

Here are some additional blogs you may enjoy on ways to keep your company's data secure:

The Ultimate Guide to Password Security

10 Easy Ways to Protect Your Data

Six Areas to Consider When Drafting Your IT Security Policy

 

Tags: document security, security, Small Medium business, IT services, IT Security Policy, preventing malware attacks

Outsourcing IT: Small Business and Managed IT

Posted by Tim Stanley on Tue, Jul 07, 2015 @ 02:01 PM

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Technology today feels like it’s evolving almost daily! In fact, some experts say that technology advances significantly every 28 days. For many business owners this rapid evolution can impact their business IT choices faster than they might have expected when designing their initial systems. This can make keeping your IT infrastructure reliable and up to date not only confusing, but expensive.  Enter Managed IT Services!

Managed IT Services can help keep your technology up to date by giving you a more efficient and cost effective solution to your changing IT requirements. A Managed IT Provider will recommend appropriate solutions for your unique needs by analyzing and understanding your company’s goals and objectives. They can help monitor your networks, give employees access to applications, fill the needs of server and desktop management, security, and provide ongoing IT upgrades and maintenance.

Here are just a few of the many benefits small to medium sized businesses can experience by working with a Managed IT Provider:

  • Budget control and cost savings – A poorly managed IT infrastructure can be expensive to keep operating efficiently. It’s incredibly important to understand your current needs and build IT infrastructure with an eye toward the future. Managed IT Services is a practical and cost effective way to accomplish this goal.
  • Staying up to date with increasingly complicated technology - Hardware and software are constantly changing. Keeping up to date with software upgrades alone is time consuming and can take focus away from your core business functions. Having a Managed IT Provider on call can take this task off of your plate freeing your time to concentrate on growing your business.
  • Stability in your IT infrastructure - Businesses often run the risk of stretching resources too thin when it comes to improving IT infrastructure. If you are not thoroughly on top of the latest offerings and upgrades, it’s possible to overspend for the wrong technology. A Managed IT Provider can keep your technology on track and make responsible and reasonable upgrades as needed, offering infrastructure stability.

Working with a Managed IT Provider is a smart option that can streamline your technology and offer a myriad of benefits to help you grow your business. If you’d like to know more, contact us today for a free no obligation technology risk assessment

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Tags: IT outsourcing, IT services

4 Things You Need to Know About IT Security

Posted by Tim Stanley on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 @ 10:02 AM

4 Things You Need to Know about IT SecurityWhen it comes to your IT department it pays to play it safe. Your company’s data is too valuable to be put at risk, yet new vulnerabilities are cropping up every day. If you are a small to medium-sized business (SMB), how do you keep pace? Many can’t, which is where having a good Managed IT Services partner in place can help keep your business secure. But if you haven’t invested in a Managed IT service yet, then keeping abreast of the latest threats to your IT system is vital. We address a few here.

What are today’s biggest threats to your company’s IT?

Several common threats rise to the top when it comes to making your IT—and your company’s data—vulnerable to a breach. These threats include:

  • Dangerous email and websites
  • Out-of-date browsers  
  • Unsafe Wi-Fi 
  • No disaster recovery plan in place, and more

Let’s dig deeper into these common, but avoidable, threats.

Dangerous email and websites

Malicious files found in spam and other dangerous emails are one of the most common threats an organization faces. When a co-worker opens a bad file it is likely to infect your entire system—so be sure you have all of the latest anti-virus software installed. (If you have budget concerns, this software is often free.) In addition, some websites that your coworkers browse during the day could contain malware or other threats as well. Your computers should always be running the latest security software to keep your network free from risk.

Out-of-date browsers  

If you use Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer (the three most commonly used browsers) then be sure to use the latest versions or you could be opening up your computers to threats. Just as threats evolve rapidly, so do the security tactics that browsers employ. So stay up to date.

Unsafe Wi-Fi access

Having unsecured Wi-Fi is a common threat to your work’s IT system. By locking down your Internet access you will have better control of who uses it and for what.

Not having a disaster recovery plan ready 

As a final note, you should also have a recovery plan in place in case your IT goes offline due to a disaster. You never know when a disaster might strike.

If you worry about your IT and feel you cannot keep up with today’s IT threats and solutions, you may want to consider Managed IT services to keep your company data safe and secure today…and tomorrow.

Contact us today for a no obligation technology assessment.

Tags: security, IT services

How the Cloud is Impacting Business

Posted by Tim Stanley on Thu, Jan 01, 2015 @ 12:47 PM

Cloud for businessFor anyone in charge of their company’s IT department or print environment, cloud technology has become an invaluable tool for streamlining procedures, connecting coworkers and improving data storage and access, and creating a better economy of scale. But many small to medium sized businesses have yet to get onboard the cloud, probably due to fears of cost and complication.

What is the cloud? How can it help business?

Cloud computing is a form of computing in which servers are networked in order to store data in a central place and allow easy online access to those who need it. In short, it is a great way to share resources faster, easier and without taking up any physical or digital space in a company’s office space.

Most people are already using the cloud and cloud technology in areas of their daily lives without even knowing it. Services like Drop Box are becoming increasingly popular ways for people to share anything—both personal and corporate.

For smaller businesses, cloud technology is a great way to keep IT functions better networked and accessible without a lot of upfront infrastructure costs. Workers simply login and access the apps and data they need to more efficiently do their jobs.

Five popular cloud services for better business

1. Sales Force. Sales Force touts itself as one of the world’s leaders in enterprise cloud computing. They offer a variety of apps and services that are tailored for a range of businesses—from CRM to marketing. They offer free IT infrastructure for fast integration of data.

2. Cisco WebEx. This cloud service is designed to make virtual meetings happen easier and more effectively. It’s a great tool for companies doing business in multiple places.

3. Drop Box. We mentioned Drop Box earlier, as many people both in and outside of the business world use this service to share large files, photography and more. It’s a simple drag and drop sharing service.

4. Office 365. This cloud service is Microsoft’s foray into cloud technology, providing a go-to office that’s accessible to users from anywhere, on any device.

5. Survey Monkey. Survey Monkey is an easy to use cloud service for polling and getting feedback—from both coworkers, customers and the general public.

In short, cloud based technology is making life easier and more dynamic than ever. For business, it can improve productivity without a lot of cost. It’s definitely worth investigating.

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Tags: mobile workforce, the cloud, IT services