How To Protect Yourself Against Bandwidth Snatchers

Free WiFiHas your Internet connection suddenly come to a snail’s pace?

You try everything – dump your cache, restart your router, and make a semi-threatening to your Internet provider – but to no avail, videos still buffers at 144p. Then, just as you’re about to give up, your connection mysteriously speeds back up.

Beware. You might have a bandwidth snatcher for a neighbor.

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Technology Associates Ranked Among Top Managed Services Providers In 2018 By Channel Futures

top managed services providers in 2018Technology Associates ranks among the world’s 501 most strategic and innovative top managed services providers in 2018, according to Channel Futures 11th-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings.

The MSP 501 is the first, largest and most comprehensive ranking of managed service providers worldwide. This year Channel Futures received a record number of submissions. Applications poured in from Europe, Asia, South America and beyond. We’re so pleased Technology Associates is announced as one of the top managed services providers in 2018!

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7 Ways Your IT Services Provider Should Be Protecting You Against Ransomware

ransomwareRansomware is, without a doubt, the biggest threat to small businesses today.  One wrong click and a business could be locked out of their critical data and held hostage to hackers.

With the risks to business and the increased focus of international, federal and state lawmakers on data breaches, CEOs can’t afford to look the other way when it comes to cyber security any longer.

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Phishing Email Scams May Cost North Carolina Business Owners Triple Damages

Phishing emails, we’ve been pounding this topic religiously these past few weeks, covering this topic in our Webinar Recap: How To Avoid Falling Victim To An Email Phishing Scam.

If you’re just joining us around this whole Phishing epidemic, and you’re not entirely sure what Phishing means, to quote an earlier article What Your Staff needs To Know About Phishing:   

Phishing is the security industry’s term for trick emails. Someone is wanting to trick you into giving them data, information or access to something they can exploit. Think of them as email con artists.

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Webinar Recap: How To Avoid Falling Victim To An Email Phishing Scam

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How To Avoid Falling Victim To An Email Phishing Scam

Date and Time: Tue, June 12, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT
Presenter: Eric Hobbs, CEO of Technology Associates

Email Phishing Scams represent the single largest threat to your businesses Cybersecurity stance. By the time you realize you’ve fallen victim it is too late to do anything about it – putting at risk your customer’s data and your business’ reputation. By the way, traditional defenses such as anti-virus/anti-malware, security patches, and anti-spam software, while foundational to a proper security stance, often fail to stand up to the onslaught of today’s hacking methods.

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Managed Services Agreements

The Agreement – when you pick a Managed Services Provider there is a ton of time and attention placed on the legal terms.  The Whereas’s and Therefore’s all seem to run together – you try in vain to decipher the terms and piece together what has been promised so far and that is actually on the paper.

Unfortunately for businesses, these agreements are carefully crafted to protect the provider and not the customer.  Here are the top things to look out for in a Managed Services Agreements – even one you’ve already signed.

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Business Saving Tips: Why Letting Your Staff Deal With IT Issues Doesn’t Save You Money

Letting your staff deal with IT issues doesn’t save money and in many cases has a huge negative impact on the larger costs in the business.

I often hear business owners tell me that they have one of their staff handle IT issues before calling in their IT provider.  It’s one of the more common business saving tips and it usually boils down to cost – something which has their hand on the throttle and can triage problems first “fixing the easy ones” then trying to set and manage expectations with their Managed Services Provider when they do need to pass something along.  The fear here is that the problem will drag on and on and result in some humongous bill.

I get it – understand precisely why they think this way, but I see things differently.  This approach doesn’t save money and in many cases has a substantial negative impact on the larger costs in the business.

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Megan Fox, Your Flight Status, And Traverse City: 12 Cool Ways To Boost Productivity With Windows’ Virtual Assistant Cortana

12 Ways to Boost Productivity using Cortana, Windows' Virtual AssistantThe adage “Time is Money” is never more relevant than when it comes to navigating through your Windows operating system to knock out your business’s week’s to-do list and boost productivity.

Consider this: Let’s say you spend 5-8 seconds browsing through a menu to pull up a calendar, move appointments that have rescheduled, or using your pesky URL search bar to google irrelevant facts about celebrities, the average user spends 15-25 minutes a week on inefficient productivity processes within their Windows devices.

Our solution? Save those precious wrists, fingers from carpal tunnel, and eyes from strain and fatigue and use Cortana.

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