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Microsoft Announces Activation of Canadian Datacenters

Microsoft Announces Activation of Canadian Datacenters

In a recent press release, Microsoft has formally announced the activation of multiple data centers throughout Canada beginning in June. Microsoft plans to deliver commercial cloud services, including Azure, Office 365, and Dynamic CRM Online, from Toronto and Quebec City. The move is a huge step to further strengthen Microsoft’s footprint in Canada’s increasingly competitive cloud landscape....

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The Latest on Windows 10 Security  

The Latest on Windows 10 Security  

Those who are ready, the free upgrade program ends on July 29th. It’s a good time consult with your IT provider in the next planning meeting for large upgrade projects. Windows 10 is Microsoft’s first Windows as a Service (WaaS) licensing model where the Windows OS consistently updates itself. It’s too early to tell if Microsoft will...

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What Is Malware Anyway? And How Can I Protect My Business Against It?

What Is Malware Anyway? And How Can I Protect My Business Against It?

It’s no secret — malware and the criminal organizations that develop it are here to stay. In fact, industry experts agree that malware is actually becoming more advanced and more adaptable as it constantly evolves to circumvent our efforts to stop it. A good IT servicer can help you keep your business ahead of the curve by...

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Windows Bloatware Removal Tools and Techniques

Windows Bloatware Removal Tools and Techniques

Most new desktop and notebook PCs come with annoying preinstalled toolbars, applications and utilities. They often distract users with unnecessary notifications. Some also slow down computers, reduce privacy, create security risks and waste hard disk space. “Bloatware” has become a popular nickname for these hard-to-remove programs. As a Tripwire security analyst recently said, “Bloatware needs to stop.”...

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Is Outsourcing Your IT Reverberating Back to Old School “IT Guy”?  

Is Outsourcing Your IT Reverberating Back to Old School “IT Guy”?  

Your IT guy or gal is likely overworked, under tremendous stress, and pulled in multiple directions day to day and hour to hour. The typical IT shop is expected to be a one-size-fits-all collection of experts. Those IT staff members are responsible for making sure that dozens, hundreds or even thousands of devices are kept functioning, and...

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Integrating Security Risks Into the CFO’s Decision Making Process

Integrating Security Risks Into the CFO’s Decision Making Process

CFOs and finance VPs typically focus on investor relationships, financial reports and SEC compliance, but in light of rising cyber threats toward small and medium enterprises, their purview also needs to include cybersecurity. Without an adequate understanding of cyber security, its risks and their financial implications for the company, a CFO cannot guide an organization through the...

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Beware of the Saw

Beware of the Saw

Sometimes, for good or ill, life can imitate art. Take, for example, the gory “Saw” movie franchise starring “Jigsaw.” It is, of course, a stretch to consider these horror films “art.” But the developers of the new Jigsaw Ransomware apparently adopted the character’s name and modus operandi because the malware gradually “dismembers” victims’ files until they pay...

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A Guide to Equipping Your Business: Mac or PC?

A Guide to Equipping Your Business: Mac or PC?

Commercial offices, retail stores, auto scrap yards and multinational conglomerates all have one thing in common: the desktop computer. In most cases, it is the single most important business tool used on a daily basis. For this reason, business owners have a very clear motive for choosing the very best computers they can buy when starting new...

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Small and medium businesses Owners Selecting An IT Firm

Small and medium businesses Owners Selecting An IT Firm

Although saving money on IT logistics and security may feel good in the short term, it is very difficult to hold that feeling when the unexpected catastrophe hits. It only takes a few seconds for a hacker to steal all of your proprietary information or customer data if you have an unprotected system. In those few seconds,...

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The U.S. Presidential Race becomes More Bizarre?

The U.S. Presidential Race becomes More Bizarre?

Just when many people began to believe the 2016 U.S. presidential race couldn’t become any more bizarre, The Democratic National Committee (DNC) revealed that hackers had stolen and leaked sensitive documents, including a 200-page opposition research book detailing aspects of the party’s battle plan for the coming election. The DNC confirmed that its computer networks had been...

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How to Protect Yourself from Social Engineering

How to Protect Yourself from Social Engineering

For those concerned about identity theft, it’s worth considering that some of the most effective techniques don’t rely on computer hacks or cutting-edge technology; instead, they are a more analog approach to the digital world. To a sophisticated fraudster, it doesn’t take a social security number to hijack someone’s life, and in their quest for personal information,...

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