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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Key Strategies to Boost IT Security in the Workplace

June 20th, 2018 by admin

Businesses have more to worry about than ever when it comes to dealing with new forms of cyber-attacks. The shift to a BYOD workplace adds even more challenges to protecting your digital assets. While hardware and software solutions continue to improve as a first line of defense against nefarious IT...
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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security,

What Nonprofits Should Seek in an IT Provider

May 29th, 2018 by admin

While many of the technical needs at nonprofit and for-profit businesses overlap, there are still several key considerations for nonprofits looking for the right IT services provider. Nonprofits' motivations may be driven less by the concept of "spending money to making money" and more toward avoiding...
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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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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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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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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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Spectre and Meltdown: Valuable Lessons for Your IT Security Team

February 12th, 2018 by admin

At the end of 2017, the world learned about Spectre and Meltdown: two far-reaching security threats that exploit how CPUs work to expose protected information on nearly every recent PC, server and smartphone. Hackers can use these exploits to do things like steal passwords and other protected private...
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5 Specific IT Considerations for Remote Employees

February 5th, 2018 by admin

Businesses have a lot to gain by hiring remote employees, including the ability to recruit from a larger talent pool and the potential for less expensive workplace accommodations. However, remote employees introduce new challenges in IT security because of the lack of IT centralized IT management. While...
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Does Fintech Pose a Threat to Cybersecurity at Financial Services Companies?

January 29th, 2018 by admin

Financial services companies should embrace a healthy dose of caution when implementing new fintech in their business. Fintech, or any technological innovation in the financial sector, is not inherently more or less secure than any other new technology, but because it works with substantial sums of money,...
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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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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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Adobe Flash: The Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated...Until 2020

August 29th, 2017 by admin

Adobe Flash, the web content standard the Internet loves to hate, will soon meet its ultimate demise: Adobe will finish phasing out the platform in 2020. Flash, first introduced in the early 2000s, has been on a gradual decline for almost as long as it was on the rise. Fortunately for your company's...
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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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Spare Computer Parts: Which Ones To Keep For Disaster Recovery

July 5th, 2017 by admin

It happens in every office eventually: an employee is going about their workday and suddenly their computer or monitor won't turn on. Fortunately, there's gold in those unused desktops and laptops stuck in the storage closet. Aside from the computers having literal gold in some components, your business...
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Amazon Alexa in the Workplace: What Could You Do With a Virtual Assistant?

June 20th, 2017 by admin

Amazon Alexa, the voice-based intelligent personal assistant you may have seen an early adopter friend use at home, has surprising business use potential to increase productivity in the workplace. Like Apple's Siri, Google Assistant, and Microsoft's Cortana, Alexa is able to perform tasks for the user...
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Android and IOS: Is the Device Just Old, or Is It Obsolete?

May 23rd, 2017 by admin

When trying to determine if a piece of technology is simply old or completely obsolete, keep in mind that there are different criteria for Android and iOS devices than for desktop and laptop computers. An employee stuck using an obsolete device is likely, after all, to argue that replacing it would...
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7 Ways VoIP Increases SMB Productivity

May 16th, 2017 by admin

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions can help small and medium businesses  increase productivity by enhancing your communication potential. VoIP isn't just a simple digital upgrade over your existing office analog phone service: It opens the doors for new ways to look at customer management...
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The Three Copies Rule: Why You Need Two Backups

May 3rd, 2017 by admin

Anyone who has ever lost years of work due to computer failure will tell you that backing up your devices can save you considerable heartache and frustration. Reliable, redundant, and regular data backups are your business's best strategy for disaster recovery—but two copies of your data may not be...
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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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Getting a Clean Start: Managing Windows Startup Programs

February 23rd, 2017 by admin

It's quite common that, over time, Windows systems accumulate a laundry list of programs that load when a user signs in. While generally benign, most of these "startup" programs are unlikely to actually benefit the user—so the computer ends up doing a whole lot of work for no reason. Fortunately,...
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An Expert's Guide to Avoiding Phishing Scams

January 24th, 2017 by admin

Unlike most IT security threats, phishing scams attack the human element instead of the machine element. Phishing scams try to bait a person into exposing confidential information by posing as a legitimate, reputable source, typically by email or phone. Most often, the culprits seek users' account login...
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Boost Productivity and Security with Google's Cloud Applications

January 11th, 2017 by admin

For anyone unfamiliar with the Google Applications platform, Google Docs et al. are a Cloud-based spin on mainstay office suite programs that can help your staff work better together. With a zero-dollar price tag (compared with Microsoft Office's hefty annual subscription fees) and the potential...
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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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The Benefits of Backups

November 16th, 2016 by admin

Even seasoned IT pros have made the mistake of not backing up a device—and panicked after losing countless important files because the device failed. We may know better, yes, but that doesn’t mean we’re perfect. On the flip side, we’ve all breathed a sigh of relief when a recent backup of...
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Think Manually Running Hard Drive Defragmentation Is a Big Deal? Think Again

October 19th, 2016 by admin

Good news: Your IT staff can stop running regular hard drive defragmentation on your office computers. Improvements in technology have rendered this decade-old practice largely irrelevant. One less thing to worry about, as far as we’re concerned. Hard drive defragmentation is a process in which files...
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Overloaded, Weak Signals: Alleviating Common Wi-Fi Bottlenecks

September 28th, 2016 by admin

If your staff is complaining about slow Internet access at your office, it’s time to consider how well the Wi-Fi network is configured. Slow Wi-Fi is best known, after all, for transforming an otherwise ideal work environment into a slow-boiling pot of aggravation. To increase productivity (and decrease...
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Are Comatose Servers Draining Your Wallet and Leaving You Vulnerable?

August 30th, 2016 by admin

Those old servers your business no longer uses—and keeps running anyway—are more than just a security risk: They’re hurting your firm’s bottom line. The term comatose server describes a functional server, connected to a network, that sits idle virtually all of the time. If your business is running...
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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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Looking at Data Storage Longevity

August 2nd, 2016 by admin

Not all storage devices were built to stand the test of time, so it’s important for every business to ensure its data is backed up on a reliable platform. If you’ve ever needed to reference financial records or court cases from a decade ago, you’ll know how much easy, reliable access to data can...
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Is Your Broadband Fast Enough? Here’s How to Check

July 19th, 2016 by admin

How fast is your company's broadband Internet speed compared to ten years ago? Chances are that while your online connection at work back then was faster than your first home Internet service (think of that annoying dial-up modem noise), if you tried using that "primitive" DSL at work today the relatively...
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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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Where's Your Company's WISP? Why You Need One NOW

June 14th, 2016 by admin

A WISP is one of the most important documents for any company doing business over the Internet—which, in this day and age, is pretty much everybody. Who's responsible for drafting and maintaining your company's WISP? Or are you even sure what a WISP is? If not, your company is already at serious risk...
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Data Sanitization: Are You Erasing Your Old PCs COMPLETELY?

June 7th, 2016 by admin

One of our pet peeves with some of our new customers is that once we come in to upgrade their IT network, they're careless about disposing their old hardware—specifically, their PC hard drives. They think that by simply deleting their existing files—email, customer records, and other sensitive or proprietary...
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URGENT: Uninstall QuickTime for Windows NOW

May 3rd, 2016 by admin

Today we'd like to pass along a critical security advisory to all our customers: If any of your company's Windows systems still retain Apple's QuickTime for Windows software, uninstall it immediately—as soon as you finish reading this post (if not before!). QuickTime was Apple's original media viewer,...
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Cybercrime Begins Over the Phone, Too - Don't Let Your Employees Forget

April 19th, 2016 by admin

If you've been a regular reader of our blog, you know we've spent plenty of time discussing phishing, malware, and other cybercrime. It's all part of our modern online world, and we know it will never really go away. We've talked about the tricks scammers use, from links in bogus emails to simply...
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Prepare Now or Pay Later: More Ransomware Attacks in the News

April 7th, 2016 by admin

We're only a few months into 2016, but we've already seen two high-profile ransomware attacks—where cyber-crooks heavily encrypt a victim's computer files before demanding payment for a decryption key only they can provide. Two notable incidents grabbed headlines: In January, Israel's Electricity...
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IoT Devices: Security Holes?

March 15th, 2016 by admin

Hackers can take advantage of a newer technology prevalent throughout your business to break into your network and compromise security: Internet of Things devices. Your business may have never considered that the handy new Smart Thermostats throughout the building or the Smart TV in the conference room...
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Internet Explorer: Upgrade Your Relationship or Break Up?

February 25th, 2016 by admin

The end is here for all versions of Microsoft’s Internet Explorer outside of the most recent version. If your business is still using older versions of the browser, it’s important to switch to a different browser—or upgrade to maintain the latest in security and support. According to Microsoft, support...
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The Dangers of Free Public Wi-Fi: How To Protect Your Network

February 2nd, 2016 by admin

How dependent have you and your employees become on public Wi-Fi outside the office? Mobile hotspots are almost everywhere now—from coffee houses and fast-food restaurants to hotels and airports (and even aboard most planes). Without Wi-Fi access, many of us feel alarmingly "disconnected"—as if...
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Transitioning to the Cloud? “Know Before You Go”

January 26th, 2016 by admin

The Cloud is here to stay—and growing before our eyes. Even the customer segment that the marketing world terms late adopters—the last people to "get on the boat" of tech trends—are finally taking a hard look at migrating at least some of their IT to Cloud-based apps. One big reason is that their...
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Fake Phishing: The Ultimate Security Training?

January 5th, 2016 by admin

What is the current state of your company's IT security training program—if you have one? Many companies settle for an annual group training session to broadly review the major types of cyber-threats—viruses, malware, and phishing. The problem with once-a-year "standardized" training is that once...
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Email Encryption: The Basics

November 12th, 2015 by admin

Chances are you probably have a few USPS "forever" stamps that have been sitting in your desk drawer for a while. When was the last time you actually used them to "snail mail" something—a bill payment or an important letter? Most bills are paid online these days, and most of our day-to-day correspondence...
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Treat Your Network As If It’s ALREADY Been Hacked

November 5th, 2015 by admin

Weak IT security generally revolves around the following theory: "We'll keep hackers out of our network—everything's okay until something bad happens." But strong security operates from an assume breach mindset: The hackers have already infiltrated our network, probably for a while now—where and...
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Playing It Safe with Windows 10: Upgrading or Maintaining Your OS with Minimal Pain

October 27th, 2015 by admin

Now that the dust has settled around the release of Windows 10, your SMB may be looking to increase productivity by upgrading your OS. Still, you should proceed with caution. The latest version of the operating system offers a more secure computing environment, better disaster recovery options, and...
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Lessons of Ashley Madison: How “Crackable” Are Your Passwords?

October 20th, 2015 by admin

The well-publicized recent hack of the Ashley Madison website will probably earn a spot in a "Hacking Hall of Shame"—alongside the infamous Sony and Target breaches—for the sheer amount of grief it may cause millions of marriages. Most of the blame lies with the Ashley Madison administrators...
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What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You: The Dangers of Shadow IT

September 18th, 2015 by admin

Last spring, Hillary Clinton received a barrage of criticism after it was revealed that she used a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State—seemingly at odds with government security protocols, if not federal laws. Clinton would go on to publicly dismiss the controversy, saying...
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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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Desktop-as-a-Service: Start with the Right Roadmap

August 27th, 2015 by admin

In this third installment of our blog series on Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Cloud-hosted virtual workspaces, we'd like to pass along a few pointers about when and how to plan a successful structured deployment within your organization. Everything starts with a plan. When is it time to...
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Hidden Costs of DaaS Service? Know What to Look For

August 19th, 2015 by admin

Back in July, we talked about the emergence of Cloud-based Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS). From overall cost to scalability, mobility, and security, more IT decision-makers are recognizing DaaS as simply a better alternative to traditional networks of standalone computers. As with any other...
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The Importance of Being Proactive: Why You Need A Breach Response Plan

August 6th, 2015 by admin

Each month, Microsoft releases a new security bulletin. In May of 2015, forty-six vulnerabilities had been identified and fixed, spanning products such as Windows, Internet Explorer, and Office. In June, it was even more. While some of these vulnerabilities were low-threat, others were more critical,...
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DaaS and the Virtual Workspace: The Next Big Thing?

July 30th, 2015 by admin

We've recently received quite a few questions regarding "virtual workspaces." Particularly in light of the imminent release of the next version of Windows (which, as we've discussed, won't come cheaply for enterprise users), will virtual workspaces be a cost-effective alternative to full computers...
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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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Malvertising: The Next Big Cyber Threat

July 16th, 2015 by admin

We've spent plenty of time here talking about safeguarding your company against phishing and other forms of cyber-attack. As we've discussed, the first line of defense against phishing is to make sure your employees remain vigilant by avoiding email links and shady websites. But there's a bigger threat...
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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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Is Tape Storage (Completely) Dead?

May 28th, 2015 by admin

If you're over 40, you probably remember the original Sony Walkman—the freedom of listening to a single cassette tape in portable stereo. Even if you still have a few favorite cassette tapes packed away somewhere, where could you listen to them today? Tape is just so… ancient. Ask your kids. Magnetic...
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Know Your Enemy: These New Phishing Schemes are Hard to Spot

April 16th, 2015 by admin

A friend called me recently to gripe about his personal email account. His ISP has done a pretty good job of virtually eliminating the annoying spam he used to receive (remember your inbox way back when?), but now he's the target of two particularly relentless phishing schemes I'd like to share with...
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The $100,000 Phone Bill: Is Your Office VoIP Phone System the Next Target?

March 20th, 2015 by admin

How would you react if your company's next phone bill revealed a major cost spike—to the tune of over $100,000? It's actually happening now to small businesses across the U.S., thanks to international VoIP toll fraud—perhaps the fastest growing cyber-threat today. While many small companies have adopted...
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Welcome to the IoT: Will Your TV Be Watching YOU?

March 12th, 2015 by admin

We've talked recently about the potential dangers of the rapidly expanding Internet of Things, or IoT. As we discussed, the IoT consists of embedded sensors collecting data from dozens of devices in your daily life—your car, your health and fitness equipment, and even your home thermostat. All that...
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Is Your Law Firm HIPAA Compliant? Should It Be? Are You Sure?

March 4th, 2015 by admin

When the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) took effect in 1996, a number of legal "gray areas" existed in that original law. At the top of the list: to what extent was a law firm obligated to protect the confidentiality of Protected Health Information (PHI) stored in their...
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Surprising New Study: Email an Essential Cross-Generational Business Asset

February 12th, 2015 by admin

What was cutting-edge in the 1990s is still relevant today — at least, when it comes to Email technology. According to a new PewResearch report, 61 percent of office workers say Email is “very important” to their work productivity. That same study placed the Internet and landline phones at 54 and 35...
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Disaster Recovery: Smart Ways to Work Around a Broken System

February 4th, 2015 by admin

Computers have a knack for breaking at the most inconvenient time. Murphy’s Law is alive and well. But you don’t need to wait for IT repairs in order to get an employee back to work: smart techniques and planning can minimize your downtime so you can maintain productivity and take back otherwise lost...
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Watch Out! Protect Your Home and Office against the Internet of Things

January 28th, 2015 by admin

Internet of Things (IoT) devices provide a powerful way to utilize technology to enhance everyday machines in your home or office, from wrist fitness bands to refrigerators to thermostats. The ability to monitor your home security cameras while you’re on vacation, or tell your coffee machine to skip...
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The Cloud: A Better IT Choice for Law Firms… or Not?

January 21st, 2015 by admin

Several years since you probably first heard about it, "the Cloud" remains among the trendiest buzzwords in the tech world—particularly here around Silicon Valley. Several of our Bay Area law firm clients have approached us asking if migrating their IT into the Cloud is the right choice for them, especially...
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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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'Tis the Season—for Small Business Cybercrime. Here’s How to Protect Your Company

January 7th, 2015 by admin

The holiday season means more than shopping and gift giving. It also now marks prime season for cybercriminals and hackers around the world — and they're coming after small businesses in the U.S. "Targeting" Target—via Small Businesses You may have seen a segment on the November 30 broadcast of 60...
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Increase Productivity with Cloud Systems

December 23rd, 2014 by admin

Cloud-based applications have the potential to increase productivity for your business. By de-localizing your computing resources, your employees can benefit from ease of access, broader device compatibility, and reliance on local hardware. IT Managed Service Providers are available today to help you...
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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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Close Enough to Know You, Small Enough to Serve You

November 13th, 2014 by admin

If you've been reading our blog for a while, you know why we believe managed IT services are the smart choice over "going it alone" — particularly for a small business. Over the past few years alone, we've seen several major tech companies — some of the really big names — branch out into the outsourced...
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Disaster Recovery: Is Your Data Protected From the Next Catastrophe?

November 6th, 2014 by admin

Last month, the Bay Area commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. Those of us who lived through that experience remember the sudden, unexpected jolt — and how the event disrupted our lives for several weeks afterward. Of course, we were a lot less reliant on technology back...
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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security, Solutions,

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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Posted in: Solutions, Hardware and Software,

The Ultimate IT Provider Checklist for Financial Service Firms and Investment Advisors

May 3rd, 2014 by admin

Registered Investment Advisories and other Financial Service Firms Must Choose an IT Provider Wisely Effective and reliable Information Technology plays a critical role in running a Registered Investment Advisory (RIA) firm or other financial services firm. Best-in-class technology systems are necessary...
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Use IT to Increase Workplace Productivity - Get the Whitepaper!

April 21st, 2014 by admin

It is vital that Information Technology enhance workplace productivity, rather than hinder it. With proper IT systems and management in place, it is possible to accomplish your work faster and with far less risk of downtime and technology inefficiencies. A productive IT environment also helps increase...
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Posted in: Solutions,

R.I.P. Windows XP. Current Users Now at Greater Cyber Risk

April 8th, 2014 by admin

Microsoft Corporation has just announced it will stop supporting Windows XP, one of the world's most popular and successful operating systems. Though Microsoft XP will not magically disappear from the desktops of anyone currently using it (which is a LOT of people!), Microsoft will stop supporting...
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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security, Hardware and Software,

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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Posted in: Solutions, Partners and Industries,

Use IT Standardization to Enhance Workplace Productivity and Limit Downtime

February 22nd, 2014 by admin

What is IT Standardization? Standardization refers to the general uniformity of desktops and laptops across an entire business. Ideally, all workstations and laptops should be identical (or as identical as possible), including uniform software versions and configurations. This process of standardization...
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Posted in: Hardware and Software,

How do I Love my Managed Service Provider? Let me Count the Ways

February 14th, 2014 by admin

In honor of Valentine's Day, let's take a moment to spread some MSP love and appreciate IT Services providers everywhere. How do I love my Managed Service Provider and hotshot team of network support engineers? Let me count the ways: They deliver IT Peace of Mind.  They give technology therapy sessions....
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Posted in: Solutions,

3 Tips to Leverage Your IT Labor Costs

February 7th, 2014 by admin

I'll make a decent bet that your greatest Information Technology costs are not related to hardware and software. In fact, they're probably not related to physical technology at all. What is Your Greatest IT cost? Support labor! IT labor costs can be incredibly expensive, especially...
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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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The Remarkable Truth about Information Technology and your ROI

January 24th, 2014 by admin

If we asked you a very simple question — what is Information Technology? —  how would you respond?  What would come to mind? We're guessing you would focus on computers, flashing lights, monitor screens, and server rooms, right?  Perhaps even throw in printers, phone systems, and mobile devices...
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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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Important IT Security Message for MPA Networks’ Clients

December 19th, 2013 by admin

One Malicious Email Could Cost you Thousands of Dollars and Take Down your Entire Network – Don’t be a Victim; Learn the Facts! Ransomware viruses are on the rise and their explosive growth in the past few months has been startling.  We want to help our clients be up-to-date on this issue and understand...
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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security,

5 Things you should do TODAY (and everyday) to preserve your IT systems

November 6th, 2013 by admin

The 5 basic tips below are essential to maintaining the health and efficiency of your network, servers, and computer systems. Please consult an expert IT Consultant or Managed Service Provider for more information about protecting your IT systems. 1. BACKUP - Data loss is a very real threat 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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4 Crucial Benefits of a Managed Service Provider

August 27th, 2013 by admin

Managed Service Providers - or MSPs - are tasked with the critically important job of managing IT to help businesses run smoothly. Information Technology is the foundation upon which businesses operate, communicate, and grow, and must therefore be well monitored and cared for. What many business...
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Posted in: Solutions,

The Real Cost of IT Downtime

August 18th, 2013 by admin

Downtime - it isn't always what you think! When you think downtime, I'm sure you're picturing the results of a total IT disaster - perhaps a flood destroying the server room or a malicious virus that hacks the network, forcing everyone to close up shop. This is the kind of downtime that may take...
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