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Smartphones Are at the Center of the Internet of Things

Smartphones Are at the Center of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things can be used to create a lot of opportunity for your organization, but there are considerable risks that your business can’t forget about, no matter how tempting it is to take advantage of them. Even though security remains a prime concern for businesses, it’s clear that the Internet of Things isn’t going anywhere. Therefore, you might as well embrace it, or at least prepare for it.

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Tip of the Week: How ‘StarWars’ Can Compromise Your Data’s Security

Tip of the Week: How ‘StarWars’ Can Compromise Your Data’s Security

If you think about it, password security is an interesting phenomenon. The odds are that a user knows the importance of using a strong password, as well as the potential consequences of using weak ones. Yet, time after time, people would rather go with passwords that are easy to type and remember, as opposed to adding a few simple security measures.

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7 Questions Every Business Owner Should Ask of Their IT Provider

7 Questions Every Business Owner Should Ask of Their IT Provider

Having quality IT support is essential to keep your business running, but how can you know for sure that you’ve found the support that’s right for your organization? Often times, good IT support can be tricky to find, especially in areas where the technical skills required to perform IT maintenance are sparse. How can you get the support you need without making a difficult compromise?

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Why Accounting Departments Love Managed IT Services

Why Accounting Departments Love Managed IT Services

If you’re looking for an outsourced IT provider, perhaps the best thing you can ask a prospective company is how they can save you money and improve the flexibility of your budget. Break-fix IT can place an unneeded burden on your organization, but managed IT allows you to save money and improve operations all at the same time.

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How Running Your Own IT May Be Costing You More Than You Realize

How Running Your Own IT May Be Costing You More Than You Realize

When you decided to start a business, did you ever think that there were so many angles to cover? From the core work that goes on to all the small seemingly mundane details that you have to acknowledge, there is so much work that, for the small business owner, it can be extraordinarily difficult to cover all the bases. This is doubly true when it comes to your company’s technology. If you don’t have the technical expertise to manage your company’s technology, and you don’t have the financial resources to hire a dedicated IT administrator, then you need another option.

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Tip of the Week: A Beginner’s Guide to Network Security Best Practices

Tip of the Week: A Beginner’s Guide to Network Security Best Practices

Security is a critical component for businesses, regardless of their size. However, since so many considerations need attention, it can be easy to get lost in a swirl of solutions. In times like these, it’s best to get back to basics and make sure you have the essentials covered. To help, here are two steps to help you evaluate your initial security implementation and current processes.

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Study Shows More Universities Need to Study Up When it Comes to Cyber Security

Study Shows More Universities Need to Study Up When it Comes to Cyber Security

There’s no denying that education, whether through a professional or autodidactic medium, is important in cybersecurity. While it’s not always the case, organizations like to hire people with a formal education. The problem in this case is that most educational institutions do little to foster an understanding of actual cybersecurity.

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Tip of the Week: Here’s the Best Way to Secure Your Android Device’s Data

Tip of the Week: Here’s the Best Way to Secure Your Android Device’s Data

Your phone is a repository of data that hackers would be glad to get their hands on. This is especially true of company devices. For the sake of your business, you need to keep your mobile data safe. Therefore, for this week’s tip, we’re going to show you how to connect your Android device to a VPN.

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How Can a Game Educate Players About Security Best Practices?

How Can a Game Educate Players About Security Best Practices?

What if a computer simulation could teach a user about security best practices? This is the idea behind Orwell, a simulation that puts the player in the position of a surveillance agency employee who is on the hunt for the perpetrators of a terrorist attack.

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Google Wants You to Tweet Emojis at Them. Here’s Why

Google Wants You to Tweet Emojis at Them. Here’s Why

With mobile technology more accessible than ever, Google has become the go-to search engine for those in need of quick answers. Now, Google is making it even easier for a user to describe what they want by increasing its usability with Twitter and the little images known as emojis.

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36% of Workers Feel Stuck Using Outdated Technology

36% of Workers Feel Stuck Using Outdated Technology

Many businesses may be holding themselves back by not committing to the proper use and maintenance of their technology. As a result, worker productivity suffers and consequently, so does the business’s return on their tech investments. Is your technology holding your business back from maxing out profits?

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Tip of the Week: How to Maintain a Good Working Relationship With Your Vendors

Tip of the Week: How to Maintain a Good Working Relationship With Your Vendors

The technology your company uses has to come from somewhere, and if you’re like most companies, that somewhere will be from technology vendors. To prevent your company from being taken advantage of, we recommend establishing the following practices to best deal with your vendors.

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The Best Way to Prevent Downtime is With Proactive IT Maintenance

The Best Way to Prevent Downtime is With Proactive IT Maintenance

So you’re in the market for an IT provider. What is it that you look for? Do you want a provider who waits until your technology is broken before taking action, or would you prefer one who prevents this from happening in the first place? Chances are that you’re of the former mindset, and you’re not alone. More businesses than ever are switching from break-fix IT to managed IT services.

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Encryption Has Been Around for as Long as the Pyramids

Encryption Has Been Around for as Long as the Pyramids

We often think of encryption in terms of the computing sense of the word. Data is scrambled to prevent it from being stolen and used for nefarious purposes. However, encryption has been around for quite some time, dating back to ancient times. At its heart, encryption (a type of cryptography) must be defined as the protection of secrets.

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Tip of the Week: Protect Your Online Identity With These 8 Tips

Tip of the Week: Protect Your Online Identity With These 8 Tips

The Internet has long been a great tool for business, but you can’t take advantage of it without putting your sensitive data at risk of threats, like hackers and malware. Granted, when it comes to cyber security, even the most cautious business will have a lot on their plate. We’ll go over eight of the most important security best practices, and how you can implement them for your business.

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opX launches new website!

opX is proud to announce the launch of our new website at http://www.opxllc.com/. The goal of the new website is to make it easier for our existing clients to submit and manage support requests, and provide more information about our services for prospective clients.

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Disaster Recovery and Why it Matters to Nationwide Businesses

When you mention the term 'disaster recovery,' most people think about the big ground-shattering events like earthquakes, fires, floods, tropical storms, etc. While these natural events are certainly disasters and devastating in their own right, smaller things can constitute as a disaster for your business, and they aren't seasonal.

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What is your Identity Worth to You?

Your identity has quite a lot of value, especially in the wrong hands. Let's talk about a few of these statistics and what it means.

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Slow Computer? Increase your memory to boost computer Speeds

Sometimes when your workstation feels bogged down, a relatively cheap and simply hardware update can make a huge difference in performance. Adding more RAM (Random Access Memory, often just referred to as memory) can be a game changer for your bogged down PC.

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How Safe is Your Email?

 

Email is (and has been) a prime method of communication for businesses of all sizes. With email comes a whole slew of issues that are essentially synonymous with the technology; spam, information overload, phishing, and information privacy. Even Nationwide small businesses that only do business locally are at risk of these issues. Personal email accounts are equally at risk. Employing proper precautions and practices whenever communicating via email is very important to prevent the risk of security compromises, monetary loss, and even legality issues.

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