5 Ways A Managed Services Provider Promotes Revenue Growth in 2020

To gain and maintain a competitive edge, small to mid-size businesses (SMBs) require the same technologies as larger corporations. With enterprise needs and small business budgets, more and more SMBs are turning to a managed services provider (MSP) to move them ahead of the curve. While some businesses view IT consultants simply as a means to keep computers up and running, others see the possibilities for powerful, strategic partnerships. Choosing the right MSP not only helps your organization work smarter; it can also help you grow your business and improve your bottom line. Consider these five ways a quality managed…

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Update Retail Privacy Practices with New York SHIELD Act

According to a 2019 retail privacy study by Deloitte, the majority of customers worry about the security of their personal data. Yet, only 22 percent of retailers build privacy into their strategic planning. With the New York SHIELD Act taking effect in 2020, retailers have the opportunity to revamp privacy practices to establish trust and strengthen customer relationships. Back in 2016, the adoption of the GDPR in Europe sparked an increased concern about privacy in the United States. Since 2016, at least half of the individual states have passed privacy laws modeled more or less on GDPR, including SHIELD. Many…

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How can Green Computing Energize Your Business in 2020?

From recycling to water conservation and solar panels, the Green Movement touches many aspects of our lives. For small to medium businesses (SMB), going green often begins in the computer room. Not only is it environmentally responsible, but green computing makes good business sense. What does Green computing means? In basic terms, green computing involves reducing the environmental impact of technology. That means using less energy, reducing waste, and promoting sustainability. Green computing reduces the carbon footprint of a business and provides a reputation boost. From a budget perspective, eco-friendly computing can reduce energy and operational costs more than 30%….

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9 Tips for Safe Online Shopping to Keep the Season Merry

This year, according to Adobe Analytics, shoppers spent a record $4 billion shopping online on Thanksgiving Day. And by the time the ball drops on New Year’s Eve, holiday shoppers will have spent more than $143 billion online. Not surprisingly, cyber criminals love this time of year. But with a little education and some basic safety tips, you can enjoy safe online shopping this season. 1. Beware of “Too Good to Be True” Deals You know never to trust a street seller offering Prada handbags or Rolex watches for $50. The same logic holds true for online sellers. The security…

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How to Deploy Two-Factor Authentication

used with permission from HP Tech@Work Put those passwords in their place Cybercrime is constantly on the rise. It seems like every quarter there is a new breach of a major website, with hackers stealing the online credentials of hundreds of thousands to millions of unwitting users, including small businesses. A Poneman Institute study showed that the average cost of a data breach increased from $7.91 million in 2018 to $8.19 million in 2019 which is the highest cost globally. Passwords offer one level of protection. But for a deeper level of protection, you also need two-factor authentication. Two-factor authentication…

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Section 179 Deductions Power Technology Investments for Small Businesses

When December air turns frosty, children of all ages envision sleigh bells and a cornucopia of gifts. Business owners make their own wish lists. But instead of letters to Santa, they dream of year-end tax deductions. With Section 179 of the tax code offering more tax relief than ever, small businesses can make those dreams a reality with upgraded technology. Recent Changes Bring Business Benefits The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which took effect last year, introduced some key adjustments to Section 179 and bonus depreciation that put even more money back into the business budget. These changes include the…

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How to Fight Formjacking and Win Back the Holiday Shopping Season

The 2018 holiday season brought a new kind of Grinch. Late in the year, Symantec revealed that hackers had begun to employ a nearly invisible new tactic called formjacking. According to the Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec blocked nearly four million formjacking attacks in 2018. One third of those attacks occurred during November and December. Remember ATM skimmers that steal credit card information when you swipe your card? Think of formjacking as the online version of skimming. Hackers infect an online order form with malicious JavaScript. Then, when you enter your card information to make a purchase, the code transfers…

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Is Private Browser Really Private? Short answer: No

Is Private Browser Really Private? Short answer: No used with permission from Norton by Symantec by Alison Grace Johansen You probably expect your “private” browser to be private. It’s not. So-called private browsers are a standard feature of several web browsers, and have private-sounding names like Private Browsing, Private Tab, and Private Window. Using a private browsing mode can help you to do a lot of things, but maintaining total privacy isn’t one of them. That doesn’t mean they’re not useful. It’s important to understand what a private browser does, and does not, do. For instance, do you know that…

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Internet Domain Name Provider, Network Solutions Data Breach Confirmed

eMazzanti Technologies reports on Network Solutions Data breach affecting millions of web.com domain name customers Hoboken, New Jersey ­- November 6, 2019 — eMazzanti Technologies, a NYC area IT security consultant and MSP, shares information on a data breach confirmed yesterday by Internet domain name provider, Network Solutions. eMazzanti believes it important to share this information broadly as organizations large and small may be significantly affected. Currently, eMazzanti helps business leaders deal with all types of evolving cyber security threats. Network Solutions, the company reporting the breach, is the world’s first Internet domain name provider. It currently operates as a…

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3 Steps to Proactive Manufacturing Cyber Security

Global insurance giant Chubb recently published a cyber risk report listing manufacturing as one of the top two industries targeted by ransomware attacks. With a large attack surface and a high incentive to quickly restore operations, factories make a particularly attractive target. Consequently, the spotlight has turned to increasing manufacturing cyber security. In fact, just last March, the Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro suffered a ransomware attack. The incident forced the company to temporarily close multiple plants, and losses totaled nearly $52 million. Smaller manufacturers, as well, face significant risk, heightened by historically lax cyber security measures. Industry 4.0 Blends…

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