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  • Brisbane IT Consulting Blog Archives - Page 31 of 43 - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    Google remotely managing and wiping your device is easy and effective Android has caught up with iPhone by providing a Device Manager that will allow Read More Help For Selecting the Best Cloud Based Computing Solution for Your Business Choosing a reliable cloud based solution for your business can be difficult Microsoft Office 365 and Google Apps both have their benefits In this article we re going to help you compare these two cloud computing solutions so you can choose the best one for your business Microsoft Office 365 Microsoft Office 365 combines cloud versions from its Read More What You Need To Know About Apple s New Apps for Businesses How to Connect Your MAC to Windows Computers and Servers From notebooks and desktops to iPhones and iPads Apple offers an incredible lineup of products to meet every business s needs While Apple isn t an enterprise company it doesn t need to be to provide a solid source of products that work well for businesses In fact Read More The 9 Top Technology Trends for the Near Future Strategic technology trends including new concepts like software defined networking and 3D printing will make an impact on IT sooner than most would think Gartner Inc a technology research and advisory company predicts the total economic value of future technology will be worth 1 9 trillion dollars in 2020 and will impact and benefit a wide variety Read More Page 31 of 43 First 10 20 29 30 31 32 33 40 Last Client Success CoalMont Pty Ltd is an Australian private company focused on the exploration and development of the Michel Creek Hard Coking Coal Project located in the Crowsnest Coalfield in British Columbia Canada CoalMont aims to become one of Canada s leading exporters of high quality hard

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  • The Ultimate IT Wish List To Prepare Your Business For 2014 - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    risks As for healthcare organizations Windows XP will make HIPAA compliance impossible 2 Tablets for Business As tablet technology continues to improve many businesses are allowing employees to use tablets for work related tasks Is a business suitable tablet on your IT wish list If not it should be Tablets allow you and your employees to access important information and applications complete projects and communicate when on the go 3 Hybrid Clouds The public cloud and the private cloud both offer benefits to your business When you combine private and public cloud infrastructures you can use the best of both worlds A hybrid cloud allows you to use the public cloud for non sensitive operations and a private cloud for confidential operations Flexibility is greatly improved when using a hybrid cloud 4 Hosted IT Services Hosted services let you use IT functions over the Internet to access storage servers and software applications With hosted services you can reduce scheduled downtimes for hardware upgrades or replacements In addition you can reduce the power consumed and physical space needed for hardware With the cost saving benefits of hosted services what business owner wouldn t want to add them to their IT wish list Complete your shopping and cross these items off your list before the holidays are over SmileIT can help you Migrate Away from Windows XP Create a Mobile Device Security Policy Use the Hybrid Cloud Deploy Hosted IT Services To learn more about our IT services and support give us a call at 07 3173 1991 or send us an email at peter smileit com au Client Success CoalMont Pty Ltd is an Australian private company focused on the exploration and development of the Michel Creek Hard Coking Coal Project located in the Crowsnest Coalfield in British Columbia Canada CoalMont

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  • Common Problems Businesses Face When They Choose The Wrong IT Company - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    be a problem as long as the IT provider is driven by the same standards and values that you do Hidden Costs Many IT providers include hidden costs in their contracts Look for an IT provider who doesn t charge extras without you approving them Be sure to include all of the services and support you ll require in the contract to avoid paying additional charges Threats to Confidential Data When you outsource IT services you re exposing confidential data to a third party Does your IT provider outsource specific functions to another company If so ask to be notified and approve before this occurs If you haven t approved this you have grounds for terminating the contract It s important to discuss confidentiality with your IT provider Long Response Time Will your provider arrive in a timely manner if you have an IT emergency If you have questions and concerns will you be able to reach someone right away Or will your IT provider wait a few hours or even days to get back to you Discuss response time with your IT provider before signing a contract Your IT provider has a huge impact on your business Are you spending your IT budget on the right company To avoid the common problems of IT outsourcing give us a call at 07 3173 1991 or send us an email at peter smileit com au SmileIT provides reliable IT Services and Support Client Success The complexity within Information Technology in today s market place requires business people more than ever to have total confidence in their IT support In my world of financial advising we are now committed to and therefore dependent on cloud and other web based technology to deliver superior service levels to clients Over the past 10 years

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  • Is Your Business Prepared For The Potential Security Threats of 2014? - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    and files Plus ensure you meet regulatory requirements for protecting and backing up personally identifiable information Pill otherwise you could face steep penalties Cybercrime Cybercrime is increasing Cybercriminals are motivated to make money cause disruptions and even bring down corporations and governments through online attacks You should be prepared for potential cybercrime attacks What are your security policies Are they well defined and enforced Do all of your employees understand the most common hacking techniques including phishing social engineering and packet sniffing It s important for your employees to know the answers to these questions Discuss the security of your IT assets with an IT provider Is all your software up to date Is up to date business class antivirus software installed on your system Cryptolocker a recent and disastrous form of ransomware proves the importance of having reliable backups of all your critical data Reputational Damage In a web connected world bad news travels incredibly fast Many business owners don t realize the potential reputational damage unmonitored social media can cause It s important to educate your employees on the proper use of social media For example responding negatively or deleting customer concerns on social media can have negative consequences for your business You should have a policy in place to address them instead In addition your reputation can be affected by data loss If you fail to secure and backup confidential data your business continuity is affected and customers may complain on social media It s critical to prepare your business for the potential and increasing security threats listed above To learn how to safeguard your IT system and ensure your business is protected give us a call at 07 3173 1991 or send us an email peter smileit com au Client Success CoalMont Pty Ltd is an

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  • Information Technology in the Automotive Industry - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    ways information technology can enhance business processes for the modern automobile dealer Increase Efficiency and Speed Automobile dealerships maintain massive amounts of data With a database management system employees can manage large databases and process data requested by various users improving the speed and efficiency of transactions Improve Communication For automobile dealerships communication between employees suppliers and customers is essential Over the years a variety of communication tools have evolved providing simple and cost effective methods of communication such as live chat systems online meeting tools VoIP telephones email services and video conferencing systems Manage Inventory Automobile dealerships must maintain enough stock to meet customer demand Inventory management systems track the quantity of each automobile maintained by the dealership triggering an order for additional stock when needed These systems can be connected to the point of sale system ensuring that the inventory management system is updated with each automobile that s sold Improve Customer Experience Customer Relationship Management CRM systems capture dealerships interactions with each customer improving the overall customer experience If a customer calls with an issue the customer support representative has the ability to see what vehicle or part the customer purchased the shipping information and the training

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  • Microsoft To Release 11 Security Updates on December 10th. - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    the top ranking in Microsoft s scoring system The Internet Explorer update will impact all currently supported versions of Microsoft s browser from IE6 to IE11 Microsoft patched IE during every month of 2013 Flaws found in a combination of Windows and Office editions will be patched by one of the five critical updates The update will shut down ongoing attacks reported to Microsoft by McAfee researchers in November On November 5 th Microsoft delivered a security advisory describing the threat and provided a temporary fix As for the last three critical updates two will address Windows and the third will patch Exchange The remaining six updates labeled important will patch vulnerabilities found in Windows Office 2010 Office 2013 Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 and SharePoint Server If the updates aren t applied users will be at risk from malware information theft and threatening attacks as cybercriminals will be able to acquire additional privileges and bypass security features Identity theft and cybercrime are the fastest growing crimes in the United States When identity theft occurs victims spend months or even years trying to undo the damage Our clients on the SmileIT managed IT services program have nothing to worry

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  • Brisbane IT Consulting Blog Archives - Page 17 of 43 - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    program is expected to spread rapidly over the next few months The Trojan program called Neverquest discovered on a private cybercrime forum in July targets online financial services users Essentially Neverquest is financial malware designed to steal credentials on financial related applications or websites PCs and smartphones are Read More Man in the Middle Attacks Protect Yourself from Network Traffic Hijacking According to net monitoring firm Renesys there s been evidence of mass hijackings of network traffic recently discovered Since the beginning of 2013 the firm has discovered live man in the middle hijacks involving over 1 500 sets of IP addresses A man in the middle attack is an exploit that occurs when an attacker intercepts communications between two parties often a website and Read More Is Your Business Saving Money By Cutting Back on IT Support In today s world of cheaper airfares with hidden fees and companies cutting corners just to remain cash flow positive it is not surprising that many business owners and executives think that cutting costs for IT will help them save money The opposite is actually true Businesses that invest in quality IT services and support actually reduce Read More How Does Encrypted

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  • Downtimes Negatively Affect Your Reputation, Ability To Comply With Regulations, and Increase Your Costs. - Brisbane and Sunshine Coast IT Support
    IT downtimes can keep employees from accessing critical information or data and impact important projects awaiting completion This directly affects a business s operations productivity and ultimately profitability Since most companies rely heavily on IT system downtimes can affect the productivity of almost everyone in the organization Some of the costs associated with IT downtimes include Direct Costs such as Lost transaction revenue Lost inventory Marketing costs Legal penalties from failure to deliver on service level agreements Indirect Costs such as Lost business opportunities Decrease in stock value Loss of customer partner goodwill Brand damage Bad publicity press Compliance and Reputation Risks When IT infrastructure fails it can lead to serious consequences for companies that must adhere to regulatory compliance standards such as healthcare financial or legal entities If they react to downtimes by moving data to a mobile device or public cloud service this could easily put their data at risk Plus this can potentially result in breaches and theft of sensitive information such as patient information customer data and or confidential business information As for the organization s reputation downtime can lead to lost customer confidence or worse customers giving their business to competitors What should you do

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