2016 December

Thinking About Switching? 5 Things to Consider for Your Small Business Phone System

If you’re reading this then you may have thought about switching from your expensive, aging phone system or maybe you are just looking for better features than your existing phone system has to offer. VOIP, or voice-over-IP, simply means that instead of using a POTS line for voice traffic you leverage an ethernet line. This has several advantanges over the traditional phone systems like flexibility, advanced features, and scalability – not to mention the cost savings. While there are many more reasons to switch to a small business VOIP phone system, here are the top ten things to consider:

Yahoo Hacked: 1 Billion User Accounts Compromised

In the wake of criticism and security concerns over Yahoo’s 2014 breach, the internet giant came forward in a statement yesterday revealing that they had been victims of an aparent hack that impacted over 1 billion user accounts. They go on to state that,


For potentially affected accounts, the stolen user account information may have included names, email addresses, telephone numbers, dates of birth, hashed passwords (using MD5) and, in some cases, encrypted or unencrypted security questions and answers.

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Our Favorite Gadgets for the Techie in Your Life

With the holidays coming up there has been one thing on everyone’s mind: what do I get for the geek in my life? Techie oriented people can be difficult to shop for so we have complied a list of all the best gadgets and cool technology to make your life easier this Christmas season. There are lots of fun, new gadgets available today so picking between them can be tricky. Don’t settle on a BestBuy giftcard, get them something they will truly enjoy… or just treat yourself! 

Tips to Stay Safe During the Holidays: Avoid ‘Free WiFi’ Traps

With the holidays rolling approaching it is not surprising to see people taking vacation days and running around town but hackers never take the day off. It is especially dangerous around the holiday season when it comes to public WiFi networks. Ensure you stay protected by following these tips to stay safe during the holidays. Be careful connecting to that WiFi network in the mall or airport this season since that network might not be legitimate. With the advent of mobile hotspots hackers are now taking advantage of the popular practice of retail stores providing open WiFi networks to their customers.

Microsoft at It Again: Forced Office Upgrades

Microsoft will be ending support for Office 2013 through Office 365 ProPlus on February 28th, 2017. According to their TechNet article, “We recommend that you upgrade to the Office 2016 version of Office 365 ProPlus as soon as possible.”. While Microsoft will force users to upgrade their Office installation this does not include Office installations through Professional Plus, Professional, and Standard editions. So basically, if you are leveraging Office licensing via Office 365 you will be forced to upgrade.