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If the idea of storing your most important documents in the cloud causes panic and dismay, then you need to read this article.
It’s okay. No, really. It’s okay to be nervous of the cloud. After all, have you been there? Seen it? Touched it? I haven’t! So yeah, the idea of the cloud can be a little disconcerting, especially if you are old enough to remember when 500 megabytes was an acceptable size for a desktop PC’s hard drive.Read More
Some businesses can skimp on IT and get by just fine—but not very many. Indeed, any time you plan for business growth, you’d do well to look at your IT system and calculate whether it will be able to handle an additional load or whether it will need to be reconfigured or flat out replaced.Read More
Too much success can actually be bad for a small business. Here’s what you need to know about handling growth.
It’s utterly counterintuitive, but you can succeed too quickly. It’s happened before: a startup or small business produces something that’s wildly popular, over-expands their operations, and suddenly finds themselves crumbling under the insupportable weight of their own success.Read More
Positive online reviews are gold. Individually, we may deny it, but collectively, the facts are out: our purchase decisions are heavily influenced by reviews, either from people we know or—in the case of product reviews on sites like Amazon—from complete strangers. So, as a business owner, how can you garner more of these precious, glowing remarks?
In this article, we’ll take a look at the five steps you need to follow to get positive reviews.Read More
It might be the season for giving, but that shouldn’t include unauthorized access to your office’s Wi-Fi network.
It might seem a bit old-fashioned to be worried about giving away wireless Internet. But what if your office is running on a data cap? Those unauthorized megabytes can add up quickly – and expensively.
And there’s another thing to consider here: security. Giving any moderately skilled computer operator access to your wireless network is not much different than sitting them down at your computer with a list of your passwords. (And let’s face it: Most of us aren’t as diligent about creating strong passwords as we should be.)
Last year, we ran a series about basic networking information that you can review if you’re unfamiliar with Wi-Fi. Today, we’ll discuss how you can tell if someone is using your Wi-Fi and what you can do to fix it.Read More
With a successful, growing business comes the need for greater technology and more efficient operations. Improving your network capabilities generally comes with a hefty price tag, server computers can cost you thousands upfront. Cloud computing has recently emerged as a cost-effective, powerful, and convenient alternative to the more traditional approach. To make the most out of your cloud computing ventures, we’ve put together a few cloud computing tips for Jacksonville businesses designed to stretch every dollar a little further and make the most of your network.Read More
Would you walk out onto a main highway blindfolded? Even if you are a risk taker, most people wouldn’t jump at that option. Running a business network with a lack of a firewall is strikingly similar, however. You see, the Internet is just like a busy highway; there’s traffic moving at high speed going both to and from your business. Make no mistake about it, Jacksonville businesses need firewalls.Read More
What’s one of the first things you notice about a new computer? How fast it is, right? You may marvel at the pristine HD screen or laud the concert-venue worthy sound that pours out of the speakers, but what really matters? That your computer is fast.Read More
Living in the digital age, our businesses must effectively leverage technology in order to compete and thrive in our market.
Our ability to maintain safe networks and secure devices within our network is crucial.
If your business lacks a dedicated IT support team, then maintaining a safe network is easier said than done.
The truth is that for most small businesses, having single or even multiple IT experts on your payroll does not make much financial sense.Read More
In a previous post, we discussed how to identify your target audience. Closely related to the subject is finding your business niche. Finding your niche is all about finding what makes your product unique, great, special.Read More
Technology has done wonders for the advancement of business development.
Today, we can practically do anything online from convenient portals such as our laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and desktops.
Starting up and running a business is as simple as setting up a network and connecting with your employees digitally.
Unfortunately bringing more aspects of our business online is a double-edged sword; it poses greater risks, despite the benefits and convenience of digitizing more elements of our business.Read More
Small businesses often have small IT budgets—and that doesn’t have to be a problem.
As we’ll see in this post, there are several options for small businesses to utilize great IT on a limited budget. Some of these are highlighted in current trends, including the use of mobile technology, cloud computing, and bring-your-own-device policies.Read More
Wait a second, you’re probably thinking. Shouldn’t that headline read “The Pros and Cons of Expanding a Business”?
Nope, it’s not a typo. In this post, we are going to talk about the potential downsides of expanding a business.Read More
IT emergencies happen, and usually at the worst possible times. When they come, are you prepared to deal with them?
Can you prepare for something that is, by definition, unexpected and potentially catastrophic?Read More
About 2.4 billion people in the world have access to the Internet, and about 70% of them log on to it each day. (That’s according to the 2009 CIA World Factbook; I’m guessing the numbers have gone up since then.) You probably use the Net multiple times per day, as I do, to check the weather in the morning, stay in contact with friends and business associates, shop, and the like.
There’s an old saying in IT that goes something like this: “You never realize how important backups are until you need one and don’t have one.” Unfortunately, this is true even today. While consumers are more tech-savvy than ever, many computer users still neglect to create copies of their hard drives to protect their data from potentially permanent loss.Read More
Another wave of ransomware scare has hit the Internet. Should you be concerned?
Yes. The short answer is yes, anytime you hear news of another cyber threat, you should be concerned. But not frantic. Here’s why.Read More
Why worry about someone looking over your shoulder when you can worry about someone stealing information from your browser?
Our Internet browsers are our windows to the world. We use them to check the weather, keep up on the news, bank, shop, and do all kinds of things. Unfortunately, from a security standpoint, a browser is more like a wide-open screen door than a locked window.Read More