Beat the heat! How the dog days of summer can wreak havoc on your technology

June 30th, 2021

The dog days of summer are here, and it’s hot out! Homeowners and business owners alike are bracing for their upcoming power bills as they run their air conditioners around the clock trying to keep cool. But for many business owners, it’s not just about keeping your team cool – it’s also about keeping your technology cool.

These 5 types of hackers are a threat to SMBs

June 25th, 2021

Malicious hackers are motivated by different things. Some do it for fun, some want money, and others just want to end your business. Getting to know how they behave and what drives them informs how you must defend your organization against them.
Script kiddies
In terms of skill, script kiddies (or skids, for short) are at the bottom of the hacker totem pole.

Mike Ritsema Talks about Cybersecurity & Small Businesses [News Net Interview]

June 14th, 2021

This past Wednesday, the FBI confirmed that a group called Ransomware Evil and Software Sodinokibi were the ones behind the latest large-profile cybersecurity attack on international meat produce, JBS Foods. Although the company claimed that customer, supplier, and employee data hadn't been compromised, the attack still left a harmful effect on operations and company privacy.

Cloud-based ERP and its benefits

June 9th, 2021

Using the cloud is so common these days that most small- and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) have at least one cloud service supporting their operations. An increasingly popular cloud-based service is enterprise resource planning (ERP). But what is it? And what are the advantages of using a cloud-based ERP solution? Here’s a quick and informative overview.

Why Microsoft 365 and Surface are perfect together

May 28th, 2021

Surface is comprised of Microsoft’s top-of-the-line laptops and tablets built with touchscreen capabilities, allowing them to integrate with Office 365 in even more efficient ways than previously possible. Here’s what to look forward to.
Audio transcription in Word
This new feature allows audio files to be uploaded into Word, which will then be broken down and transcribed on a side panel using Azure Speech Technology.

[Tech Tip Webinar] LastPass Password Management Tips, Tools, and Business Impact

May 5th, 2021

With more devices, apps, and users than ever before, there is additional complexity when it comes to managing and protecting user access in your business. Did you know that 80% of data breaches are caused by weak, reused, or stolen passwords? These unprotected passwords are what create endless risks for your business, making it all the more important to ensure password security among your employees.

Employees keeping your data safe? Don’t count on it

April 30th, 2021

In any business, big or small, employees can be your biggest IT threat, and they might not even realize it. Businesses already face countless cyberthreats, like data breaches, cyber-attacks, online viruses and malicious e-mails. But despite all these outside threats, the real problem can come from the inside.

4 ways to boost staff efficiency with IT

April 28th, 2021

Technology enables businesses to work remotely, collaborate more efficiently, and manage their time more effectively. But to achieve these benefits, you need to implement technologies that align with your business’s needs. Here are some things to consider.

[Tech Tip Webinar] Mike Ritsema’s Top 6 Outlook Functions

April 16th, 2021

If you missed last week’s webinar on Mike Ritsema’s top 6 Microsoft Outlook functions, we’ve brought you a recording of it! Select the topics you are interested in below:

0:00 Intro
0:50 How to work offline in Outlook - send all
2:11 How to customize the Outlook top ribbon - save the folder; attach file; delay delivery
4:15 How to create quick parts and email templates
7:05 How to create quick steps - right clicking on emails - moving to folders
9:00 How to reply with IM - through Outlook, you can share to Teams and OneNote
10:20 How to share my calendar through email
11:27 How to create auto-text
13:30 How to create rules in Outlook to organize your emails

Mike also went over his favorite Teams functions a few weeks ago, so if you are interested, you can view that video below: