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Ask an IT Guy: How to Create a Business Disaster Recovery Plan

Whether you call it a plan, template, checklist or strategy, your  disaster recovery document(s) is your key to success when disaster strikes. 

And no, a disaster recovery plan is not the same as your backup – think of it as your backup’s bodyguard.

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7 Signs That Something in Your Business May Need a Change

Over the course of my business career, I've been lucky enough to meet and consult with a wide range of different leaders, and leadership styles. I'm thankful that I get to be the person that these leaders trust and confide in when they have business performance or employee-related issues.

It seems like there are 7 areas all business leaders find themselves dealing with at one time or another. I thought this month I'd share those situations, and how these items could indicate it's time for a change.

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Tech Alert: How Small Businesses Can Test Their Firewall

When was the last time you manually checked your oil? If your car is anything like mine, I let it tell me when I need an oil change or anything else for that matter. I don’t pounce until the dash lights up.

Unlike my car, your company’s security firewalls most likely doesn’t come with a light that alerts you to its needs. Beyond checking that the firewall is on/active, how do you test your firewall for accuracy?

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Tech Alert: There’s No Such Thing as a Simple IT Scenario

We have all done it.  Met someone who does (fill in the blank profession) and asked them for “10 minutes” of advice.  

 Just like your co-worker's dentist’s husband can’t tell if you need a root canal at the company holiday party – the IT world isn’t quite that simple either.

As it turns out, like your potential root canal, that “simple IT thing” can be much more complicated than you thought. 

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Tech Minute: The Wi-Fi Pineapple and Small Business

The Internet is a life staple. Think about it, what isn’t Wi-Fi enabled in your life? From our cars to our coffee pots, the Internet of Things (IoT) has taken over our everyday lives.

Along with the growth of Wi-Fi enabled devices, comes a greater number of entry points for hackers to infiltrate. Smart devices, in many cases, give hackers what’s known as “backdoor” access to personal information, sensitive data, and bank account access.  

Basically, hackers can sneak into your device and steal your information all because you logged into your account(s) on a Wi-Fi network. If your mind isn’t blown yet, wait until you read how they do it.

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IT Untangled: What Does HVAC Have to Do With IT?

There have been some historically great duos. Try peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. And who could forget IT and HVAC?

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Ask an IT Guy: What is Failover?

The saying goes “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  The same is true in any small business scenario. Life happens, and it always happens fast. Your system could be at the mercy of natural disaster, viruses, or even a fire. That’s where failover comes into play.

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IT Untangled: How Much Does a Server Upgrade Cost?

It’s time. You have out grown your server like an old pair of shoes. Or, perhaps your server has reached its end life, and you need to move on. No matter the scenario, getting a new server can be a MASSIVE undertaking.

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Tech Alert: 3 Mistakes That Kill the Lifespan of Your Computer

Computers aren’t cheap, which is why most are built to last 3-to-5 years. Things like care and upgrades can all help determine the lifespan of your PC, both negative and positive.

As a small business owner, you likely want to give your employees the best you can, but are conscious of the investment a new computer can be. Being diligent about the care of your computers is part of keeping your business thriving.

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Tech Trends: Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS)

Watch out one-time software purchases, you’re old news. While the now less-mysterious Cloud gains popularity in the business world, so does the booming “as-a-service” model. 

Honestly, the IT world is full of acronyms. People are talking XaaS this or that, and many of us are left scratching our heads, X-what? This particular acronym is the name of the now famous Internet-delivered service. This model is strictly internet based, opposed to local or on-site services.

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