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Relocating to a New Office in the New Year? Don’t… Until You Read This First

November 1, 2015 by

Relocating to a new office is always a major headache, but it does not have to be a painful and costly experience. The top issue of those people who have been through a “horrible” move complain about is something they “didn’t know was needed …” with “I totally forgot we needed to do …” coming in a close second. Put another way – it is the things you fail to do that make moving a fiasco.

Mistake #1 — Failure to Use A Checklist
For project managers, this might seem obvious; however, the person(s) in charge of moves for many companies does not always have project management experience. In other cases, a list is made, but it is not comprehensive and leaves out some critical steps.

Mistake #2 — Attempting to Reduce Costs by Moving your Own Computer Network
Communication networks are highly complex, and each cable and cord needs to be connected to the correct outlet for things to function properly. If you have your employees disconnect and reconnect your network, there is a strong chance something will go wrong. Movers are not particularly good with computer networks … Read more

Are Your Computers or Network Haunted?

October 1, 2015 by

haunted computers networkThousands of small businesses throughout the world are currently under attack – including yours. There is a network of crime rings in cyberspace that are heavily financed and whose sophisticated attacks pose a serious threat to your essential data. Their aim is to swipe credit card numbers, blackmail you with stolen sensitive data, and steal money straight from your bank account(s).

Consider this: each day, roughly 1 million BRAND NEW malware attacks are released, HALF of which are directed at smaller businesses (like yours) that typically have less sophisticated security defenses. Most of these cyber-attacks fly under the radar and go unreported out of fear of bad publicity/embarrassment and legal action.

According to the National Cyber Security Alliance, one out of five (that’s 20%!) of small businesses have been victimized by cyber-attacks during the past year alone. This figure will continue to grow exponentially as more companies use mobile devices and migrate over to cloud computing and online data storage.

 With so many small businesses at risk, it begs a few questions:

  1. How secure is your network against even the most sophisticated and nefarious cybercriminals?
  2. Is your data backup
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‘The Cloud’ with Sean Koenig from Chesapeake Digital Technologies, April 21, 12pm

April 15, 2015 by

Come out and learn about Cloud Computing

Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Glyndon Chamber of Commerce Lunch and Learn

‘The Cloud’
with Sean Koenig from Chesapeake Digital Technologies
April 21, 12pm.


  • Cloud Computing, Common Cloud Uses
  • Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Cloud Storage Overview
    • Backup and Disaster Recovery (BDR), File Cloud Backup, File Sync, SaaS backup
    • Cloud Benefits and Cloud Issues
  • Ways to Use the Cloud in Your Business

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Basic Essentials of Tech Security

February 2, 2015 by

Today more than ever, businesses are under attack. Hackers from all over the world are relentless in their pursuit of yours and your customer’s information. In fact, the problem is so bad that it seems every other week we are hearing about another organization that has suffered a security breach. But hackers are not just breaking into the likes of Target and Sony, they are going after small and medium sized businesses as well.

If your business has any kind of online presence or connection to the Internet (and just about all do these days), it is imperative that you make protecting your sensitive data a top priority. There are several security protocols that should be in place to secure your data.

Here are three essentials:

antivirus software

  1. Antivirus Programs and Firewall Software
    Let’s start with the basics. Most people are aware of the need for an Antivirus program on your office computers, firewall software, and a firewall on your network. Unfortunately, not all Antivirus programs are created equal. For example, free Antivirus solutions are typically two or three weeks (or longer) behind in updating their database {and pushing these updates
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4 Data Security Threats to Watch Out for 2015

January 2, 2015 by

Our data is more vulnerable than ever before as systems become more complex and hackers become more

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sophisticated. As we approach the half way point of the 2010s there are more potential holes in these systems to exploit and a higher probability of hackers finding these holes and potentially compromising your data. Threats from outside your organization are not the only worry, however. Internal vulnerabilities, such as rogue employees or contractors are also becoming an increasing problem.

Here are four security threats businesses will face in the New Year and beyond:

Credit Card Breaches
Consumers continue to use their plastic in increasing frequency to make purchases large and small. This means almost all businesses must be set up to accept credit cards in order to survive in the 21st Century. It also means that hackers will continue to develop more sophisticated ways of stealing the bank card data of your customers.


Extortion {Blackmail}
The Sony Hack of late 2014 publicized a new motivation for hackers to break into an organization’s network; extortion. In this case, the hackers, assumedly out of North Korea, sought to force Sony to shelve … Read more

How to Increase the Security for Your Website

November 18, 2011 by

The security of your business’s website should be one of your highest priorities. A secure website is one of the best ways that you can establish trust with your customers. The security of your website will directly impact your number of visitors and has the potential to hinder or boost your sales. With the massive number of website intrusions this year alone, hacking has become a major concern for most online shoppers. Whether it is to protect your website or your customers personal or financial data, a secure website is a must have. The following are some tips for creating a strong and secure website environment for your consumers. Securing Your Website

Use a Strong Administrative and Database Password:

Creating a strong administrative and database password will prevent hackers from accessing the admin interface and from taking over your entire online business. If a hacker does gain entry to your website’s administration panel they can pretty much do whatever they please from defacing your website to committing fraud by pretending to be you or your company. To learn more about creating strong passwords visit Elements of a Strong Password.

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Small Business Website Tips for Increasing Your Online Sales

November 17, 2011 by

Directing traffic to your website is only the first part of increasing your online sales. In the past we have often discussed the various methods for targeting your potential customers but what happens when they are actually on your website. Do your visitors follow through with a purchase or do your leads tend fizzle out? With this question in mind we offer the following suggestions to increase the likelihood of a sale once your customers are able find you on the Web. Increasing Website Sales

Ease Your Customer’s Fear:

With most transactions there are associated risks. It is very important to address these risks because they may immediately deter your potential customers. Having a secure website, a customer privacy policy, and offering a money back guarantee is just a few ways that you can put your customer’s fears to rest.

Create Value and Offer Incentives:

One of the great things about the Internet is that it allows people to easily explore their options however this can also make it hard for a business to stand out amongst competitors. It will help if you offer additional value whether it is … Read more



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