Business & Technology Blog

10 Ways to Protect Your Small Business Network from Hackers

Posted by VNS Staff

February 23, 2015 at 11:33 AM

small business network securityIt seems that hardly a week goes by without another big data breach making the news.

First it was Target, whose stores were hit with software that compromised their point-of-sale systems and revealed millions of customer credit card numbers. Then it was Home Depot, whose sale systems were compromised in much the same way.

Now it is Anthem Blue Cross, the second largest health insurer in the nation. That data breach did not reveal customer data, but it did give the hackers millions of birth dates, Social Security numbers and other sensitive data.

If you own your own small business, you need to make sure you do not become the next news headline. You may think that you are too small to be a target, but these days every business is a suitable target for identity thieves, hackers and other bad guys.

Here are 10 things you can do right now to keep your own small business network safe.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Network Security

Firewalls: What They Are and Why They're Awesome

Posted by VNS Staff

February 16, 2015 at 10:53 AM

firewallYou’ve probably vaguely heard of firewalls by now but do you have any clue what they’re about?

Or whether they actually do you any good?

In short, they’re pretty fantastic little pieces of technology and there are a bunch of reasons why you should make sure you’ve got one.

Read on...

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Topics: Network Security, Managed IT Services

Keep IT Local: 4 Reasons to Outsource to IT Companies in Los Angeles

Posted by VNS Staff

February 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

IT companies in Los AngelesAs your IT systems become more important for your company's operations, it may make sense to outsource to an IT company.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Companies

3 Little-Known IT Support Features Your L.A. Business Should Be Getting

Posted by VNS Staff

February 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Searching_Uncovering_IT_ServicesWhen you outsource your IT support here in Los Angeles, you're looking for expert help to keep your IT services running and to keep costs low.

Ideally this expert help includes advice and support over the whole range of your IT activities - including three particular service features that keep costs low while helping you achieve optimal network performance.

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Topics: IT Support, Managed IT Services

5 Easy Ways to Organize Your Office Desk for Greater Productivity

Posted by VNS Staff

February 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM

office desk organizeSome say that your desk reflects your state of mind, and a messy desk indicates that some chaotic thought processes are at work. Whether this has a scientific basis or not, it may be worthwhile just trying to appear like you have your act together, in which case an organized desk is a great place to start!

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Topics: Tech Tips

Ransomware is in the Spotlight...Again

Posted by VNS Staff

February 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM

ransomwareRansomware is nothing new.

In fact, it's been around since early 2013, draining the pocketbooks of those unfortunate enough to have been infected. We even wrote an article on the CryptoLocker ransomware network security threat back in September of 2013.

But we're finding it back in the spotlight once again, highlighted by NBC Nightly News in the video below.

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Topics: Backup & Disaster Recovery, Network Security

Productivity Hack: Managed IT Services

Posted by VNS Staff

February 3, 2015 at 8:00 AM

managed it services productivityMost so-called productivity ‘hacks’?

Well, they can suck. Half the time, they seem to be about adding even more unproductive filler to your already jam-packed life.

So you’ll be glad of a productivity hack that actually can help make your business – well, more productive!

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Topics: Tech Tips, Managed IT Services

4 Steps to Finding Great IT Support in Los Angeles

Posted by VNS Staff

February 2, 2015 at 12:11 PM

IT_Support_in_Los_AngelesOn the hunt for IT support in Los Angeles that you can actually count on?

It’s not as hard as you think!

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Topics: IT Support

Inserting Special Characters in Your Documents Quickly and Easily

Posted by VNS Staff

January 30, 2015 at 11:10 AM

inserting special charactersWhen you're working on a document in a word-processing or page layout program, oftentimes you'll need to insert special characters such as copyright symbols, trademarks, bullets, accented letters and other symbols that are not available via a standard keyboard.

Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Writer, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, and other programs offer a means of inserting these non-keyboard characters; however, the process is fairly laborious and time-consuming. For example, in Microsoft Word, you must open the Insert tab, select Symbol, search for and select the character you need, then click Insert again. Some software, such as Word, will maintain a top-level quick-access list of symbols you use frequently, but you are still required to access the list from the Insert tab.

Fortunately, there are a number of shortcut methods for inserting special characters that save time and allow you to continue working with much less interruption. 

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Topics: Tech Tips, Software

3 Signs Your Server is Dying a Slow (and Expensive) Death

Posted by VNS Staff

January 28, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Server_Network_DyingAsk not for whom the bell tolls!

Why? Because, tolls for your server. Sorry.

Here are a few tell-tale signs of impending server death…

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Topics: Backup & Disaster Recovery, Network Security