13 Nov 2020

Is Your Business Keeping Up? (Are You Sure?)


Ask yourself these questions to find out if your tech is keeping up with — or falling behind — the competition.

Keeping your operation up-to-date with the latest technology is challenging. Sure, it can be expensive and it takes time to research, install and implement. However, it’s critical in order for organizations to stay competitive.

  • Customers expect enjoyable, efficient and seamless experiences from the companies they work with. They’ll move on to your more modern competitors if it’s too hard to do business with you.
  • Employees provide better service — and are happier and more engaged — when they have access to easy to use software and systems. They’ll jump ship and work for someone else if it’s too hard to provide good customer service or do their jobs.
  • Add to that the pressure to leverage advancements like artificial intelligence. AI can only be supported by the latest hardware and software.
  • Plus, there’s the constant concern about data security. Old tech is an open invitation to cyber crooks to hack your systems and steal your data.

All […]

Is Your Business Keeping Up? (Are You Sure?)2020-11-13T12:43:36-07:00
12 Nov 2020

Checklist: 6 Steps to Building a Cyber Security Plan


Are you afraid of getting hacked?

Do you need to build a cybersecurity protection plan from the ground up?

Perhaps you want to make your current one stronger to increase your level of security against cyber thieves.

Getting hacked is a big concern for most organizations right now. A data breach could seriously harm the reputation of your business and drive customers — and prospective buyers — right to the digital door of your more secure competitors. Cyber crooks are out there waiting to attack 24 / 7, whether you’re at work or not. Leaving your business vulnerable is a risk you don’t want to take.

Protecting the cybersecurity of your business may not be as difficult as you think. Here are the six steps you need to take to ensure your business data is never compromised.

1. Inventory all your data.

Work with the people on your team to identify all your current data sources. Put a particular focus on sensitive material that could harm the reputation of your business if it’s lost or stolen. Don’t try doing this alone. […]

Checklist: 6 Steps to Building a Cyber Security Plan2020-11-12T13:59:43-07:00
6 Nov 2020

Software upgrades. Cyber security protection. A MAJOR 2020 business tax deduction.


Who could say NO to that?

  • Would you like to upgrade your company’s software and computer systems?
  • Is it time to improve the online security of your business?
  • Could you use a nice 2020 tax deduction?

All these things are possible if you take advantage of a tax opportunity many business owners aren’t aware of called Section 179.

If you handle things correctly, GeeksHD could help you get the software, computer systems and cyber security protection you need right now and not have to wait.

What is Section 179?

Section 179 of the United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code allows business owners to take same year total deductions for certain types of expenses like software and business equipment.

The typical tax deduction for business property is usually parceled out over time based on the useful life of the item. For example, if you purchase software or a computer for your business, and expect to be able to use it for five years, you would deduct the cost of that item from your taxes in increments over a five […]

Software upgrades. Cyber security protection. A MAJOR 2020 business tax deduction.2020-11-12T13:58:42-07:00
20 Oct 2020

9 tips for meeting with Microsoft Teams


New features in Microsoft Teams let you meet with anyone inside or outside your organization. For nine tips to host more productive meetings with attendees in or outside your organization, check out this blog post:

9 tips for meeting with Microsoft Teams2020-10-22T07:17:27-07:00
20 Oct 2020

Saving Money with Microsoft Teams


Microsoft Teams helps you improve access to information, save time, empower your workers, and drive financial success. To learn more about how Teams can increase your ROI, check out this infographic:

Saving Money with Microsoft Teams2020-10-20T11:00:29-07:00
20 Oct 2020

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona winery creates a perfect blend of tradition and technology with Microsoft Teams


With the recent pandemic changing everything, Ciacci Winery is reimagining the future of its business with a blend of tradition and technology using @Microsoft Teams. Check out their virtual wine tasting and the new frontier for their business with Teams!

Ciacci Piccolomini d’Aragona winery creates a perfect blend of tradition and technology with Microsoft Teams2020-10-20T09:15:35-07:00
19 Oct 2020

Tips on how to choose the right mouse


Have you been feeling some discomfort in your mouse-clicking hand lately? Have you been using that mouse for several years now? If you have, then it’s time to consider a computer mouse upgrade. Your mouse should allow you to work safely with ease and efficiency. If you’re looking to buy a new mouse, keep the following in mind.

Cable or wireless?

When planning to purchase a new mouse, it’s important to consider whether to get a wired or a wireless mouse. A wireless mouse is generally more comfortable to use since your range of movement isn’t limited by a cable, and it’s usually travel friendly. However, a wireless mouse can be less responsive, making it frustrating to use at times. Sometimes, a wireless mouse can also interfere with other wireless devices nearby. Using it requires batteries, which can create problems when they run out of juice. And if you use the same mouse for both work and home, you run the risk […]

Tips on how to choose the right mouse2020-10-19T08:00:48-07:00
18 Oct 2020

3 Out of 5 Organizations That Have Their Data Breached Go Out of Business.


Here’s how to successfully recover if it ever happens to you.

According to data from the National Cybersecurity Institute, as reported by the Securities and Exchange Commission, approximately 60 percent of organizations go out of business within six months of a data breach. It can be a devastating end to all the hard work and effort that goes into getting a business off the ground and making it successful.

So what can you do to prevent your business from becoming one of those that ends up shuttered because of cyber theft? In this article, we’ll answer all your questions about what a breach is, what steps you can take to prevent one and what you must do if it happens to you.

What is a breach?

A breach occurs when an unauthorized outsider penetrates or circumvents cybersecurity protective measures to gain access to your business records, software or systems. The breach could be done by real people, such as cyber hackers, or by something virtual like a virus or other form of malware.

Breaches can be the result of accidents […]

3 Out of 5 Organizations That Have Their Data Breached Go Out of Business.2020-10-20T09:15:51-07:00
16 Oct 2020

How to tighten your VoIP systems’ security


Few companies today would survive without effective, cost-efficient collaboration tools like Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions. But like any piece of technology, VoIP systems are fast becoming an easy target for attackers. Here’s how to protect your company’s internet-based communication devices from numerous threats.

What many companies don’t realize is that valuable information moves across VoIP networks just like sensitive data is shared via email. In some cases, internet-based calls are more vulnerable to fraud, identity theft, eavesdropping, intentional disruption of service, and even financial loss. With numerous VoIP-based attacks, it’s crucial to implement these security measures now.

24/7 monitoring

VoIP security breaches usually take place outside operating hours. Attackers make phone calls using private accounts or access call records with confidential information on the sly. Contract outsourced IT vendors to monitor network traffic for any abnormalities to avoid these security breaches.

Virtual private networks

Virtual private networks (VPNs) create a secure connection between two points, as if they belong in the same closed network. It’s like building a safe secret tunnel […]

How to tighten your VoIP systems’ security2020-10-16T08:00:54-07:00
15 Oct 2020

Microsoft 365 features that prevent phishing


Over the years, Microsoft has built a reputation as a provider of powerful and intuitive tools that enhance efficiency and productivity. The company is also continuously taking steps to protect their users from today’s top cyberthreats. A great example of this is Microsoft 365, which is well equipped to combat phishing scams.

Among the many business solutions that Microsoft offers is email hosting through Outlook. This service is protected by Microsoft Defender for Office 365. Defender has many key features:

1. Anti-phishing

The most dangerous types of phishing scams masquerade as emails from a party the victims know, such as their boss, colleague, business partner, or bank. A phisher may use crafty impersonation tactics, such as referring to the victims by their nickname, making it harder to immediately identify the scam as fraud. A cybercriminal may even take over actual email accounts and use these to completely fool their victims.

Using machine learning, Defender creates a contact graph of contacts that users normally exchange […]

Microsoft 365 features that prevent phishing2020-10-15T08:00:40-07:00
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