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Small Business Tips: Ways to Reduce the Amount of Spam You Get

September 15, 2014 – 7:34 am

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Small businesses try their best to compete in a competitive landscape and because it can be challenging, time is a valuable commodity.  Is spam taking up too much of your time?  Do you find yourself deleting more messages than you read on a daily basis? There are a number of ways small businesses can be inundated with spam and there are a number of ways you can deal with it.

Tips for Business Owners:

  • Be careful about subscribing to services, opening attachments, downloading plug-ins or free tools, and be careful about using technology without antivirus  / intruder protection. You should safeguard all devices, including mobile phones.

Your Employees:

  • Implement strong security standards and educate anyone using company equipment about your policies.
  • Consider blocking social media sites, which can result in not only a loss of productivity but in opening your organization up to vulnerabilities.

Ways to Minimize and Control Spam and Other Threats

  • If you have a company blog and / or discussion forum install a spam filter, as it will catch a large percentage of spam messages that come in and will save you time moderating messages.
  • Code your email address on your website so that it can’t automatically be picked up by bots (robots that gather addresses and then sell them for the purposes of spam / send out mass communications of unsolicited mail). Consider using a contact form instead of listing your email address on your website.
  • Periodically examine your inbox to determine whether or not newsletters and other regular emails that come in need to send notifications. Consider unsubscribing if you are frequently archiving or deleting messages from the same senders without reading.
  • Monitor content / usage. There are tools that can make this easier so that if a certain employee or certain website is bringing about extra spam, malware, or causing other problems with your network and / or productivity you can deal with the problem swiftly.
  • Use business class tools to manage spam, content, encryption, storage, and threat protection. Kerio Control might be the perfect option for you to manage information and content flowing in and out of your organization. Learn more and / or request a demo here.

 

 

Are Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses Ignoring Security Risks?

September 5, 2014 – 8:56 pm

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Small business owners have a lot of things to do in a day and as a result many are reactive about technology instead of proactive. As a business grows, you will probably consider and / or look at security, IT administration, cloud computing, hosted email, and other technology issues on an as-needed basis. While this is common for small business owners it can lead to problems.

If you can switch to being proactive instead of reactive about IT management and internet security you’ll be in a better position for growth and you’ll lower the risk of problems such as data loss, intrusion, and other issues that plague many companies who are growing.  IT problems could cripple your business if they get out of control. And even something as seemingly harmless as employees surfing the web on company equipment on their lunch hour could put your data, any e-commerce sites you operate, and your productivity at risk.

Internet Security: Be Proactive Not Reactive

Some companies add IT security software as needed. Don’t wait until you’ve gotten your first virus to get antivirus.  Don’t make the mistake of assuming that since you don’t “think” you’ve got problems with intrusions or data theft that those problems don’t exist. If you aren’t being proactive about internet security, you are putting your business and your productivity at risk.

Seemingly Innocuous IT Problems Could be Symptoms of Big Problems  

Something as seemingly harmless (though annoying) as pop-up windows, a slower than usual computer, or homepage redirect could mean that your IT security issues need to be addressed — pronto.

Regardless of whether your business is large, medium-sized, or small you need to make IT security a priority. Security problems can put your data at risk and can render your equipment useless. Even seemingly small problems like adware on a computer could eat away at your productivity levels. Whether you have 1 computer or many machines and devices that help you run your business and serve your customers, proactive IT security is important.

Control Internet Security:

GetSync’d offers Kerio Control, an all-in-one affordable business-class solution that  help you in many areas, including:

  • Authenticating users
  • Managing user access levels
  • Filtering content
  • Firewall
  • Intrusion detection
  • Antivirus
  • Load balancing
  • Bandwidth management
  • And more…

Regardless of the size of your business, security is vital. By being proactive about it, you’ll dramatically lower your risk of IT problems and data loss as well as keep users within your organization accountable about their online activities and more productive, too.

This solution can help you assess your technology usage and control outside threats as well.  It gives businesses the ability to control things with just a few clicks from a central administration panel. It provides an easy-to-use solution with a number of features and reporting capabilities that can help you easily assess and control your IT security. Learn more: GetSync’d Kerio Control and get information on pricing of Kerio Control.

Benefits of Cloud-Based VOIP Services for Businesses

August 27, 2014 – 11:35 am

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Premise-based VOIP is becoming less common as companies switch to cloud based VOIP solutions. Cloud-based VOIP is becoming increasingly popular for companies who want advanced phone systems but who don’t want to spend a fortune installing and managing it.   Using a Saas (software as a service) model, VOIP options that are managed solutions could make an advanced phone system available affordably to even the smallest company.

Cloud-based VOIP services take the pressure off companies to have internal resources that need to continually manage information technology and cloud-based services are much more easily deployed than setting up internal infrastructure. VOIP is cost effective and from a disaster recovery perspective, a cloud-based system makes sense, too, because your data is going to be safe in the cloud, regardless of what happens in your office.

Cloud-based VOIP options enable even small companies to operate like larger companies because of advanced phone systems and because the services are service-based, you aren’t tied into long term contracts with the vast majority of VOIP providers. Customer relationships drive businesses and if your company’s phone system can help with your CRM efforts even better.
Some of the possible features of a cloud-based VOIP solution you might consider beneficial to your business include:

  • Scalable capacity to add or reduce users as needed
  • Call features like auto attendant, conference calls, call display, and other features like faxing, paging, voicemail to email, etc.
  • Integrating your phone system with your customer relationship management tool to track calls and help you move deals along the sales pipeline
  • Advanced rule-based call routing and call forwarding options including to mobile phone systems, helping companies whose team members work remotely and / or who work on the road to provide seamless service to customers
  • Analytics, giving you useful data about incoming and outgoing calls
  • Security features including encryption and detection of unusual activity
  • The list goes on…

The fact of the matter is that VOIP solutions can be customized to your specific needs and adding cloud-based hosting to the mix makes it even more feasible for companies to manage their calls and associated data wisely and inexpensively.

The best way to determine whether or not a cloud-based VOIP solution suits your needs is to compare the costs, features, benefits, and administrative requirements of a few options, including a traditional phone system.

Choosing the Right VOIP Solution for Your Business

Whether you have a mobile sales force, a call center, or another need that makes cloud-based VOIP sound like a good option, you’ll want to review your options. Read reviews of VOIP services, check out features and benefits lists, and examine the full spectrum of what the provider has to offer.

GetSync’d offers hosted Kerio Operator, a hosted VOIP in the cloud that is robust, affordable, and a breeze to manage.  GetSync’d is an established Kerio partner who can also help companies with hosted emailonline security solutions, too. Learn more:  Kerio Operator.