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You Got Phished and Took the Bait: Now What?

There are a number of email scams out there, ranging from emotional appeals from Nigerian royalty to notifications that you just won the lottery in London – even though you’ve never purchased or made an entry. Fortunately, greater education, awareness and suspicion of these types of email scam messages have helped protect a number of SPAM recipients. While many of these Internet email scams are just digitally updated con games that have been around since before the first World War, the con artists are getting smarter and attempting to work around your suspicions by taking the wolf in sheep’s clothing…

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Why Web Design and Server Hosting Should Be Kept Separate

Many small businesses that want a website understandably appreciate the web designer who takes care of every aspect of its setup. The business owners are too busy running their companies to get involved in the details of setting up a website. Hence they outsource the entire process. However, allowing the web designer to take care of the hosting is a mistake. The web designer can host the your website either on his own server or with a hosting provider. A server is a computer that holds the website’s software files and makes the website accessible from the Internet. If the website…

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Server Hosting: Can a Butterfly Put You out of Business?

There is a reason why meteorologists can’t predict the weather months in advance. It’s chaotic. This means that although it is readily modeled with the help of computers, it is highly sensitive to the smallest of inputs. Tiny inputs like the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in one area, can lead to a tornado weeks later on a different continent thousands of miles away. This disproportionate cause and effect chain is called the butterfly effect. The term was coined by Edward Lorenz who was a meteorologist, mathematician, and a pioneer of chaos theory. In unstable or chaotic systems, small inputs…

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Scoping Out Disaster Scenarios for a More Strategic Business Continuity Plan

The two words of business continuity might sound like a simple concept if you think you’re thoroughly prepared for disasters. If you haven’t had a professional audit of your company, however, you probably only know a quarter of the potential things that could happen to bring excessive downtime. As it’s always said, you probably don’t know what you don’t know. Ultimately, when it comes to guessing what could potentially happen, you might as well throw everything in. If this seems overwhelming, you can still scope out some of the most likely scenarios that could happen in your company. With disasters…

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Putting the Risks of Data Loss and Business Downtime in Dollar Figures

While more and more companies are investing in disaster recovery and preparedness, there are still many remaining that have yet to follow suit. All organizations, no matter how big or small, should have a data backup and recovery plan. The problem is that some businesses don’t think it’s worth it to invest money into disaster recovery. Their mentality is the same as someone who passes on travel insurance; it’s just a superfluous expense that won’t pay itself off in the future. Except the monetary risks of forgoing disaster recovery planning are much more extreme. And maybe that’s the problem that…

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Network Security is Crucial for Small Businesses

Most business owners know how to think about physical security. They install security cameras over their cash registers, change locks when key employees leave and take cash to the bank whenever it reaches a certain amount. Unfortunately, many business owners don’t know that computer & network security are as important to the survival of their business as physical security. Many businesses see more money pass through their networks than through their cash registers. Online banking logins, wire transfer instructions, credit card transactions and ACH transactions all flow through a typical business network. Unfortunately, hackers and cyberthieves target all of these types of…

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How Unreliable Server Hosting Affects Businesses

Reliable server hosting is important for businesses of all sizes. Depending on how a server is used, server reliability can mean business success or failure even for a two man company. Perhaps the two man company relies on its hosted website or web application to attract customers, sell products, or render online services. Larger companies may have a similar need for reliable websites and web applications. However their larger size also means they probably need reliable servers for their internal operations as well. How much server unreliability can a business tolerate? The answer is none at all. The idea that…

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Enjoy Maximum Security with Colocation Server Hosting

Deciding whether or not to house your own servers isn’t the easiest task. There are pros and cons that you need to consider before making any type of commitment, but as an alternative, you should look into colocation server hosting. Colocation has numerous benefits, including sufficient security. Passive and Active Protection from Fire Fire can spell disaster for servers, especially if it is allowed to spread. Fortunately, with colocation, you can feel confident in knowing your servers are as safe as possible with passive and active fire protection. Constant Video Monitoring With individuals that are solely responsible for keeping an eye…

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Email Security: Five Tips to Protect Yourself

E-mail can be a terrific form of communication for keeping in touch with family, friends, and business associates. However, using it unwisely may make you and your computer susceptible to spam, scams, and viruses. Here are five tips to avoid these problems: Utilize Security Software A decent security program with a firewall should be your first line of defense when using a PC. It should come as no surprise that comprehensive security programs are necessary to protect PCs against spam, viruses, worms, Trojans, etc. Even for email, security software can protect against the malicious software hiding in email attachments. Be Smart…

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Dispelling 3 Myths of Business Continuity

There are many myths out there surrounding business continuity which take away from the main argument. In this blog we’ll dispel three myths we’ve heard way too often. 1. Business continuity isn’t a company objective  When people think of company objectives, they think of things like increases in productivity, hitting certain sales numbers, and minimizing costs. Well, you should also include business continuity in this category. The main thing you have to remember is that without business continuity, your entire business can fail instantly. According to a recent Tech Target article, there are too many businesses that think this could never happen to them:…

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