Understanding the Proposed Changes to the Safeguards Rule and Who it Affects

GLBA (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act), also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act, might be getting some changes to better protect consumers and provide more certainty for businesses. GLBA outlines the regulations for financial institutions to protect the privacy and security of customer data in their control. Under this are two rules; the Privacy Rule and the Safeguards Rule….

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5 Myths About Outdated Tech in the Workplace & What it’s Costing You

With October as National Cybersecurity Awareness month, it’s a good time to bring to light common areas of business that are overlooked when it comes to technology. Aside from all the security risks come other challenges that businesses face when using outdated technology in the workplace. And when we say outdated technology, we aren’t talking about those computers that are 20+ years old, but any software or hardware that is at least 4 years old.

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Why Shutting Down Your Computer Is Important

Shutting down your computer after every use just doesn’t happen for everyone. People are typically one or the other when it comes to powering off your computer or not. You either power down every day or you’re someone who has probably never shut down their computer since they got it and powered it on for the first time. For those that shut down their computer frequently great, you are doing the right thing, but for those who never shut down their computer, well keep reading.

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Which AMS Does Your Insurance Agency Need: Applied TAM vs. Applied Epic?

With Applied having two solutions for an agency management system (AMS), which one is better for your business, TAM or Epic? If you are deciding between Applied TAM and Applied Epic or if you just need an AMS here’s a brief overview of the two solutions from Applied Systems.

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The Influence of Social Media in Today’s Culture

The rise of social media sites began in 1997, with Six Degrees accredited as the first social media site. Users could make individual profiles and add others to their personal network, just like most social media sites today. The site only lasted four years, while Friendster, LinkedIn, and MySpace took over. It wasn’t until 2008 that Facebook became the top visited site, and now it ranks third behind Google and YouTube as the most visited site in the world according to Alexa traffic rankings.

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Digital Dementia: What It's Doing to Us and How to Deal with It

“Digital Dementia” a term coined by Manfred Spitzer, a neuroscientist, in 2012 is used to describe how the overuse of digital technology results in the breakdown of cognitive abilities. Meaning, individuals who rely heavily on technology may suffer deterioration in cerebral performance such as short-term memory dysfunction.

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How to Prevent Phishing: Training Your Employees with KnowBe4

As cybercrime continues to increase, so do the chances of letting hackers into your workplace systems. And while you may have top of the line security in place, human error is the main cause of cyber security incidents. All it takes is one employee to open a malicious attachment or click on an infected link to become the next victim of a ransomware attack, data breach, or a cyber heist. With the help of KnowBe4, your employees can become experts on what a phishing email looks like and ultimately safeguard your company’s private information from being hacked. 

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What is 2 Factor Sign In? Should I be Using It?

How many times have you heard on the news of another company falling victim to a data breach? It seems like every week or so there is a successful attack on a major company. In fact, more than 4,000 cyberattacks occurred daily in 2016. That number has only continued to rise and does not appear to slow down anytime soon. A study from Cybersecurity Ventures found that in 2019 every 14 seconds a business will undergo a ransomware attack. This should raise your concern for the ever-growing need for cybersecurity.  

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Pioneer MSP 250 Award

Portage, MI (April 1, 2019) – Omega Computer Services is pleased to announce that we’ve been named to the Pioneer 250 of CRN’s 2019 Managed Service Provider 500 list! The Channel Company and CRN provide valuable insight and news for the global IT consulting community. Their distinguished list recognizes Omega as a top Managed IT Services Provider.

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5 Ways Technology Increases Team Collaboration

Technology has the ability to empower a team to accomplish more in less time. However, only the right tools and methods will prove its worth to a company. Collaboration through technology is a powerful and essential way to push a business towards its goals. Companies of all sizes are investing in the right tools and processes that work for them in order to drive growth. The capabilities of technology expand as far as the company requires to fit their needs. Here are a few ways to leverage technology to meet your business needs through collaboration across the company:

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Why Data Backup Is Important: The "Just In Case" Scenario

Things happen. And they often seem to happen at the most inconvenient times. For a business, that time is often. Floods, fires, power outages, and data disaster of any kind are all a part of the “just in case” scenario that propels businesses to invest in backup and disaster recovery for their equipment. Most of the time, we have no control over these disasters and have no sure way of telling when they will strike. Other times, data disasters occur because of lax security efforts from the company. Either way, having a fail-safe backup plan is essential for a businesses hoping to grow.

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5 Myths About MSPs Busted

Change can be difficult for people, especially the skeptical business owner, understandably. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful or necessary. Control over precious business technology and data is something many owners don’t want to give up, especially to another business of strangers. Many of these hesitations businesses experience are due to some common misconceptions regarding managed service providers and outsourcing I.T to an outside party. They key is to not let them scare you away from finding the right MSP to partner with!

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