Grow Your Business with Our Industry Expertise

December 7th, 2018 by admin

MPA networks provide IT consulting services for many industries, from nonprofit and Legal sectors to healthcare and biotech, we offer industry expertise to help you expand your business to the next level. As companies start to grow and evolve, many concerns begin to develop, like, “will our old systems...
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3 Steps to Getting Your Business BYOD Ready

July 3rd, 2018 by admin

If your business is considering a Bring Your Own Device environment, there's a great deal of security preparation work to do beforehand. A successful BYOD strategy and BYOD policy is all about finding the sweet spot of control, where your business is able to protect itself from digital threats while...
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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security,

Lowering the Bottom Line: IT Management Support and Cost-Saving Benefits

June 27th, 2018 by admin

Shifting to IT management support services can make a huge difference in reducing your business' operational bottom-line. IT management goes a long way to streamline both infrastructure and support while providing access to a larger knowledge pool than what an on-site staff can provide. Businesses can...
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Unique IT Challenges Financial Services Providers Face Today

June 19th, 2018 by admin

Financial services providers find their IT challenges list is always growing because of security issues, employee needs, customer protection, regulatory laws and business requirements. Keeping up with IT concerns is important not just because failing to do so means lost business opportunities — but also,...
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Which Industries Are Most Likely to be Targeted with Cyber Security Threats?

May 21st, 2018 by admin

To understand why some industries are targeted in cyber attacks more often than others, it's important to understand what drives hackers and what makes a target appealing. Of the two, hackers are easier to understand: According to a Verizon data security report, roughly 70 percent of attacks are financially...
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5 Email Disasters: How a Service Like MPA Networks Can Prevent Catastrophe

May 3rd, 2018 by admin

Often, businesses don't prepare for email disasters until after one has hit. But while email may comprise just a small part of a company's day-to-day operation, an email disaster can have a staggering impact on your business. The 2016 Democratic National Committee email disaster is a prime example of...
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6 Can't-Miss Tools for Innovative Presentations

April 26th, 2018 by admin

It's easy to grow jaded about presentation software. After all, each new version of PowerPoint and Keynote may feel like the equivalent of the same old room getting a new coat of paint. However, new tools and apps offer all sorts of fresh and clever ways to make better presentations. Encourage your employees...
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What Changes in Net Neutrality Could Mean for Your SMB

April 19th, 2018 by admin

The FCC net neutrality 3–2 repeal vote of December 2017 could lead to major concerns for IT staff at small and medium businesses. As of February 2018, the FCC is continuing to move toward the net neutrality repeal, but actual business changes will take a while to go into practice. That delay means IT...
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Addressing the Unique IT Management Needs at Law Firms

April 11th, 2018 by admin

Law firms face many unique IT management challenges that stem from the confidential nature of the information they work with. And that confidential data is why law firms must make the protection of information a key IT priority. Threats can come from outside (such as hackers using pressure to extort...
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Training Employees in Data Security Practices: Tips and Topics

April 3rd, 2018 by admin

While there's plenty of technology available to keep your business's data protected, the human element is still the most important piece to consider in safeguarding your company's data. Properly training employees to understand and implement data security best practices works best when your business...
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10 Cyberattacks Your Business Should Defend Against

March 29th, 2018 by admin

Cyberattacks are a major security concern for any business that uses the Internet. Even if your company doesn't have a website, hackers can go after your email address and business service accounts. Though they represent one of the more severe risks of a cyberattack, a data breach costs an enterprise...
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Cybersecurity and C-Level Execs: Protecting Data While On the Go

March 26th, 2018 by admin

While all employees need to be mindful of security, the nature of C-level executives makes them more attractive targets for hackers. That means it's necessary for them to take greater precautions. According to TechRepublic, C-level executives are more vulnerable than other employees because of the mobile...
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Giving a Presentation: A Technology Preparedness Checklist

March 19th, 2018 by admin

Giving a presentation can be stressful, so dealing with technology issues at the last minute is the last thing you want when attempting a professional delivery. The following technology preparedness checklist can help you make a good impression rather than forcing the audience to sit through on-the-fly...
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Managing Messaging Tools in Your Office

March 5th, 2018 by admin

When used well, instant messaging tools can increase productivity while offering secure information exchange in your office. Messaging works in business environments because it's less involved than email, easy to queue and fast to respond. Several free and premium messaging systems that vary in both...
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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security,

5 Commonly Overlooked Workplace IT Disasters

February 28th, 2018 by admin

Because IT staff get so invested in making sure software, networking and security elements are working, they sometimes overlook the human, environmental and contingency planning factors that can invite workplace IT disasters. In many cases, preventative work becomes an afterthought for IT staff who...
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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security,

Do You Have a Crisis Management Plan for a Cyberattack?

February 8th, 2018 by admin

A cyberattack crisis management plan is your business's best defense for minimizing cyberattack damage after technology-based preventative measures have failed. Unfortunately for most businesses, cyberattacks are not a matter of if, but a matter of when. Establishing a crisis management plan can help...
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3 Subtle Ways IT Management Makes Day-to-Day Operations More Manageable

January 22nd, 2018 by admin

For many businesses, it is difficult to gauge how helpful IT management can be in the workplace on a day-to-day basis — mainly because when things are going well, there's little to notice. Some of the most important benefits of an IT managed services provider show themselves subtly in what doesn't happen...
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Four Security Threats Your Company Could Face in 2018

January 16th, 2018 by admin

Hot off the tail of the massive 2017 Equifax breach that exposed personal information of 143 million customers, businesses are on high alert concerning IT security in 2018. While the IT security industry has been successful in mitigating and cracking down on many common threats, hackers are finding new...
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HTTPS: Securely Sending Personal And Private Information

December 28th, 2017 by admin

Avoid costly data security breaches by training your staff to check for secure connections when handling private information on the Internet. Secure Hyper Text Transfer Protocol, or HTTPS, is a technology legal, healthcare, and financial businesses use to protect confidential client information safe...
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Putting Unused Computers Back to Work

December 28th, 2017 by admin

There are many ways to reuse an old computer. Replacing an old computer that still works is a good feeling.   The device survived the replacement cycle. However, some desktops and laptops have the potential to lead second lives in the workplace. Re-assigning old devices to different jobs is a great way...
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Latest Popular Smartphones Significantly Dip in Drop Test Performance

November 22nd, 2017 by admin

After years of improving smartphone glass durability, a shift design is bringing back the perils of dropping the device only to discover the glass has cracked on impact. The newly released iPhone 8 and iPhone X aren’t doing well in drop tests, with screens breaking relatively easily. A “drop test” measures...
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Posted in: Hardware and Software,

Don't Neglect Surge Protectors in Your Workplace

November 16th, 2017 by admin

Businesses use surge protectors every day without thinking about them; however, they are an incredibly important piece of technology that can make the difference between a $20.00 and a $2,000.00 equipment replacement. While uncommon, a power surge can wreak havoc on computers, monitors, TV screens, smartphones,...
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Posted in: Hardware and Software,

Problems with Power Loss: Tips for Workplace Computer Battery Backups

November 8th, 2017 by admin

It's inevitable: employees working hard on a time-consuming project and then out of nowhere, the lights start to flicker and the power goes out. Suddenly, those workers express their frustration by pulling out their hair because they've just lost hours' worth of work. In addition to being portable, laptop...
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Alternative Employee Device Security: Fingerprints, Facial Recognition, and Iris Scans, Oh My!

October 17th, 2017 by admin

So far, 2017 has been an eventful year for increasing access to password-alternative smartphone and laptop unlocking techniques. Notably, Samsung added Face unlocking to the Galaxy S8 line and Apple introduced Face ID on the iPhone X. Of particular note, facial recognition is a convenient alternative...
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Wireless Charging in the Workplace: iPhone Joins Android

October 10th, 2017 by admin

Wireless charging in the workplace has the potential to make it easier for your employees keep their arsenal of devices running throughout the day with fewer of those pesky low battery warnings. Until recently, wireless charging hasn't been as good at increasing productivity as it could be because one...
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3 Lessons SMBs Can Learn From Retailers On Thanksgiving Weekend

September 6th, 2017 by admin

Online retailers are already working on business strategies for the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday online shopping weekend months in advance. These three days are the busiest online shopping days for retailers, bringing in nearly $6 billion in revenue combined. An online retailer's worst...
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When Windows 10 Support Stops

August 22nd, 2017 by admin

In July of 2017, some Windows 10 users received an error message when trying to install the Creators Update, stating, "Windows 10 is no longer supported on this PC." This first-of-its-kind problem stems from an incompatibility with a handful of Intel's Clover Trail CPUs found in some of the earliest...
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Avoiding Hardware Overkill: IT Consulting to the Rescue

July 18th, 2017 by admin

Spending far too much money on excessively overpowered computer hardware can quickly deplete your company's IT budget, taking funding away from other important expenses. Two exciting products released in June 2017, Apple's new iMac Pro ($4,999) and Intel's Core i9 CPU family (starting at $999), are poised...
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Flaws in 2-Factor Authentication Methods Could Leave You Vulnerable

July 11th, 2017 by admin

If your business is using 2-factor authentication, or 2FA, methods to secure your important accounts, you may need to investigate better ways to implement the practice. Security experts widely recommend using 2FA, a system which utilizes a second security level of authorization in addition to a password...
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Avoiding Disaster: Overheating Computers

April 5th, 2017 by admin

If one of your office computers always seems to shut down or slow to a crawl at the busiest of times, you may have a case of overheating on your hands—especially if IT can't find anything wrong on the software level. Performance hiccups might seem like a mere nuisance, but overheating shortens the lifespan...
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The Benefits of Laptop Docks and At-Desk Peripherals

March 21st, 2017 by admin

With a little bit of effort, your staff can reap all the benefits of a laptop, and many of the perks of a desktop, with a little bit of planning and some additional hardware. It's a common perception that laptops lead in portability, while desktops specialize in expandability. But improvements in peripheral...
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Virtual Reality: What does It Mean for Your Business?

January 18th, 2017 by admin

Depending on your industry, modern virtual reality (VR) devices could offer impressive options to improve productivity. The video game industry, for one, has been a major player in pushing VR technology. Despite a handful of flops like Nintendo’s 1995 release “Virtual Boy,” products like the “Oculus...
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Looking Forward: Cloud Services Costs and Opportunities

January 5th, 2017 by admin

If your small-to-medium business (SMB) isn't looking at ways to increase productivity through Cloud services, you could be missing out on exciting opportunities. But while the Cloud offers countless opportunities for business expansion, it can also taking up an ever-increasing share of your company's...
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Antivirus Software: When One Is Better Than Two

December 7th, 2016 by admin

If your company’s antivirus software is letting you down, you should think twice before installing a second one on a computer: It may actually make things worse. Multiple antivirus programs working in conjunction on the same device is not a case of “the sum is greater than the parts” but rather “less...
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Hack of 500 Million Yahoo Accounts Reminds Industry to Increase Security Measures

November 23rd, 2016 by admin

In September 2016, half a billion Yahoo account users received the bad news that their names, email addresses, phone numbers, and security questions were potentially stolen in a 2014 hack. According to CNET, the Yahoo hack is the largest data breach in history. In the wake of a major hack like this...
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Are Chromebooks Right for YOUR Business?

September 7th, 2016 by admin

Google’s Chromebook platform has the potential to replace traditional laptops and increase productivity for businesses, much like it has in the consumer market at large. For the uninitiated, Chromebooks are Cloud-oriented laptops that run most operations through the Google Chrome web browser instead...
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Password Managers and Recovery Strategies

August 16th, 2016 by admin

Secure passwords and recovery strategies are an essential part of doing business in the digital age—and password manager programs can help streamline the process. Password managers store and, often, automate login credentials for individuals across all secured online platforms for easy, secure, and...
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Defend Your Network Against Advanced Persistent Threats

July 12th, 2016 by admin

If you've looked over our previous posts since we've started our blog, you know how serious we are about protecting your company from everyday cyber-threats—mainly phishing, ransomware, and various other malware. Today we'd like to discuss a different form of cyber-threat plaguing businesses over the...
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The “Wearable Revolution”: Is Your Company Prepared?

July 7th, 2016 by admin

It's a fair bet that one of your employees has already shown off a trendy new wearable gadget around the office. What began with Bluetooth earpieces would branch off into smartwatches, smart glasses, wrist-worn fitness trackers, and even smart clothing (including a smart bra!) Research firm Gartner...
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Windows 10 Free Upgrade Window Comes to an End

May 24th, 2016 by admin

Those “Upgrade to Windows 10” notifications seem to be showing up everywhere, even in the middle of a weather forecast on Iowa television. What would’ve otherwise been an embarrassing interruption turned into a watercooler moment that anyone who used Windows 7 and 8 over the previous year can relate...
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iPhone “Backdoor”? It Already Exists! Why Your Company Needs It

March 8th, 2016 by admin

February's big story in the tech world was the conflict between Apple and the FBI over the creation of a "backdoor" to retrieve encrypted data on iPhones. The government is looking for any clue as to what—or, more specifically, who—motivated Syed Farook, along with his wife, to gun down his San Bernardino...
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IPv6: Heard of it? You Will...

September 4th, 2015 by admin

In our ever-expanding universe of high-tech acronyms, perhaps one you've recently heard is IPv6. What exactly is it? Why do some IT people embrace it as the foundation of a "new Internet," while the mere mention of it gives others an instant headache? First, think back to the "good old days" decades...
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Is Your Server Room Too Noisy? Take Steps to Fix It

July 22nd, 2015 by admin

When we conduct our complimentary IT assessment for a prospective customer, one question we're frequently asked is "Can we do anything to cut down on the noise in our server room?" Most older office facilities in the Bay Area simply weren't designed to accommodate heavy computer equipment operating...
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Time To Think About Your Company's Next Tech Refresh?

June 24th, 2015 by admin

As the Bay Area moves into the warmest months of the year, you can enjoy the summer knowing your annual home spring cleaning is behind you—when you tackled all those chores in (literally) one clean sweep over a weekend. With that taken care of, now’s a good time to review your company's tech refresh...
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The Cloud: An Eco-Friendly Alternative?

June 11th, 2015 by admin

April 22 marked the annual worldwide observance of Earth Day. This made us think about the role small businesses play in the "Go Green" movement. Many companies have a genuine concern for preserving our planet's natural resources—even if many hotels use going green as a convenient excuse not to provide...
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It's Nice to Be Important, But It's More Important to Be Nice

June 4th, 2015 by admin

Let's face it—the humor on Saturday Night Live is pretty much hit-or-miss these days. But one classic SNL sketch from the late '90s remains our favorite: Nick Burns, Your Company's Computer Guy. Why are Nick's condescending remarks toward his fellow employees so darned funny? Because so many of us can...
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Stay Productive with IT Managed Services

January 14th, 2015 by admin

It doesn’t take a psychic to know that one of your business goals is improving efficiency and productivity. You can do both with an IT managed service provider. MSPs specialize in finding technical solutions to streamline your work environment and preemptively stop work interruptions. The end goal of...
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Stay Productive with IT Managed Services

December 12th, 2014 by admin

It doesn’t take a psychic to know that one of your business goals is improving efficiency and productivity. You can do both with an IT managed service provider. MSPs specialize in finding technical solutions to streamline your work environment and preemptively stop work interruptions. The end goal of...
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Handling Your Growing Network with IT Managed Services

October 31st, 2014 by admin

Small and medium-sized business (SMB) computer networks are more of a living project than a one-and-done IT expense. Network-focused IT managed services guides you through the possibilities and challenges presented by changes in personnel and office environments that can squeeze your bandwidth and...
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Happy 31st Birthday, MPA Networks!

April 1st, 2014 by admin

We are incredibly proud to launch into our 32nd year of business today! Thank you to our clients and wonderful team for making MPA Networks all it is today. "Without an amazing team, this simply does not happen," says Michael Price, CEO. Please take a look at our 30-year Anniversary timeline for more...
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Three Misconceptions about Cloud Computing Every SMB Owner Should Know

March 27th, 2014 by admin

By this point, nearly every small and medium sized business owner has heard of the cloud and has a basic understanding of cloud computing. A majority of them have probably even considered moving their data and applications to the cloud, not wishing to appear behind the times to both clients and employees,...
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To Cloud or Not to Cloud: a Heated IT Debate

March 18th, 2014 by admin

With all the hype surrounding cloud computing, it may seem like any business that is NOT in the cloud is woefully behind the times. As an IT Managed Services Provider, we hear the following questions from clients and prospective clients all the time: "Should we move to the cloud?" "The cloud is faster...
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MPA Networks Named to CRN's Pioneer 250 List of Top US Managed Service Providers

February 24th, 2014 by admin

We are thrilled to be named to CRN’s Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list as one of the MSP Pioneer 250. CRN is the leading media outlet for technology vendors and solution providers attempting to understand sales and service channels. The annual list recognizes the top technology providers and...
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Want Information Technology with Strong ROI? Take this Critical First Step.

January 30th, 2014 by admin

Escape the Dreaded 'IT Money Pit' Information Technology is the backbone of modern business - it is the infrastructure on which businesses run and employees work. It is the wheel that keeps everything rolling smoothly. As such, it makes perfect sense our IT should be reliable and contribute to solid...
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Resolve to Maximize IT Productivity in 2014!

January 16th, 2014 by admin

The new year's festivities have come and gone, and for better or worse, it's time to get back in the saddle. This first month back at work is the perfect time to consider business goals for the coming year and determine how to make your business more productive, profitable, and enjoyable for you and...
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How a Managed Service Provider Can Increase ROI and Influence Long-Term Business Success

September 30th, 2013 by admin

Partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure the longevity and productivity of your SMB. Why? An experienced MSP is a true business partner, reduces and streamlines IT costs, and takes a proactive approach to your IT and long-term business...
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