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Ransomware: Understanding and Avoiding System Encryption Attacks

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Filed under Managed Services, Productivity, Security

What is Ransomware?

ransomware01Ransomware is malicious software created by hackers to infect a workstation or file server and encrypt all files so that they are unreadable. Soon after infection, the hacker(s) responsible demand a large sum of money to decrypt the affected files, effectively holding the infected system hostage until the ransom is paid. Many vicious ransomware infections add pressure by imposing a deadline for ransom payment. Depending whether the infected system belongs to a home user, a company or an institution, the ransoms can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Recent statistics from the US government show that ransomware attacks have quadrupled each year since 2013, averaging 4,000 per day. The University of Calgary paid out $20,000 for a June 2016 ransomware attack on their email server. Read More »

What is the Cloud?

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Filed under Cloud Practice, Hardware, Managed Services

What is the Cloud?

At the most basic level, the Cloud is a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet and used to store, manage, and process data in place of local servers or personal computers.

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Why Should You Move Your On-Premise Microsoft Exchange to the Cloud?

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Filed under Managed Services, Productivity

Why consider moving your On-Premise Exchange to the Office365 Cloud?

Below are 5 reasons for any company to consider moving their on-premise Exchange to the Office 365 Cloud:

  1. Cost of Exchange Server Licenses and Cost of User CALs.
    • Exchange Standard (Open License) costs $862.00 (Note: Price is based on MSRP)
    • Exchange Enterprise (Open License) costs $4903.00 (Note: Price is based on MSRP)
    • You Need either Exchange Standard CALs $119.99 each or Exchange Enterprise CALs $72.99  (For 50 users that’s $6000 for Exchange Standard CALs).   (Note: Pricing is based on MSRP)
  2. Cost of purchasing server hardware every 4-5 years. This alone is a Capital Expenditure of $8,000-$10,000, not including Local Tape Backup or Cloud Backup costs. Read More »

Which Office 365 Plan Is Best For My Business?

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Filed under Managed Services, Popular, Productivity

What is Office 365?

Office 365 refers to Microsoft subscription plans that include access to Office applications plus other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud service) such as Skype for Business web conferencing and Exchange Online hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive for Business. The first version came with Office 2013 and the latest version now comes with Office 2016.

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The Six Biggest SMB Technology Mistakes

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Filed under Hardware, Managed Services

Small and medium sized businesses (SMB) often don’t have the resources or desire to track the latest IT trends, security threats, or even common break/fix tips. And not all small business owners are adept at maintaining best technology practices.

As a result, SMBs frequently make certain technology mistakes and here is a look at some of these mistakes.

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Why is a Disaster Recovery Plan Important?

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What is a Disaster Recovery Plan?

At the most basic level, a Disaster Recovery Plan is a document prepared by IT Staff with step-by-step instructions on how to restore all IT systems back to their previous functional state in the event of a site disaster.

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