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4 Tips for Ensuring a Smooth Migration to the Cloud

Cloud computing is a must-have solution for cutting costs and increasing productivity. But it may be difficult to achieve these benefits if you don’t have a clear-cut migration strategy. There’s a lot that goes into ensuring a smooth migration, so we’ve compiled a few helpful tips. #1. Start with a Technology Assessment Migrating to the […]

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What are hackers really looking for when they attack small businesses?

Outsourced IT providers love to rattle off statistics when trying to convince owners of small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) how important cybersecurity is: Australian businesses and government organisations are expected to spend up to $3.8 billion in cybersecurity in 2018… A 2017 Norton SMB cybersecurity survey pegged the average cost of a cyberattack to an […]

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Recent Office 365 Updates You Should Know About

Office 365 has shifted from offering essential business software as a pay-once license to a subscription-based model in which you always have access to the latest software. As such, the world’s most popular productivity and collaboration suite is regularly updated to address the fast-changing needs of the modern workplace. Here are some of the most […]

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How Small Businesses Can Protect Themselves from Phishing Scams

Did you know that more than half of all emails that land in our inboxes are spam? As if that’s not enough, almost half of all spam emails contain malicious attachments or links. The most common of these threats come in the form of phishing scams, which are designed to dupe unwitting victims into giving […]

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What to do in case you get infected with ransomware

Australian businesses were spared from the WannaCry attacks, which affected 200,000 businesses worldwide. Its impact was only recently felt when it infected 55 traffic cameras in Victoria, causing motorists to be incorrectly fined. However, large-scale cyber attacks like WannaCry are not one-off events, and the next big heist could be right around the corner. Even […]

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Small-business technology, then and now

Decades ago, small-business technology amounted to using a Hotmail account or Yahoo Messenger to communicate with colleagues and clients. ‘Cloud’ was synonymous with rain. ‘IT support’ is two bespectacled men showing up in your workstation to fix a slow-booting PC, and hiring a Managed Services Provider (MSP) was a foreign concept. Today, businesses respond to […]

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How to make employees less susceptible to cyber attacks

This may come as a shock, but your employees — not your outdated computers — are the weakest link in your company’s network security. While it’s true that an insecure network and the proliferation of sophisticated cyber attacks are key reasons for hackers’ success, human error actually plays the biggest role. Based on industry and […]

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Top 5 challenges SMBs face when implementing a backup plan

Businesses deploy a backup plan not because it makes them more profitable, but because they are expected to have one. For some companies, not having the right backup system means a violation of compliance regulations. For unregulated businesses, it entails nothing more than risking exposure to disasters with little-to-no legal consequences. Small- and medium-sized businesses […]

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Cloud computing myths and misconceptions — debunked

The advantages of cloud technology are varied and well-documented. Improved efficiency, faster workflow, and huge cost-savings are some of its undisputed benefits. Any business owner who has used the cloud, however, can attest to its complexity; so before using the cloud yourself, you may want to give it some more thought. As providers of a […]

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