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Are your productivity tools actually slowing you down?
Productivity tools are supposed to make you more, well… productive. But if they’re not embedded properly within your business, tasks can actually end up taking…Read More
3 tricks for getting the most out of your Microsoft 365 License
Organizational reality for businesses has evolved in recent years. Hybrid or remote work models are common and largely appreciated by employees but, at the same…Read More
Do more with less: how to optimize your efficiency?
In today’s highly competitive market, one of the main challenges for businesses is how to stand out from the competition. To succeed in standing out,…Read More
Bot malware is a growing security threat
If we talk about ‘bots’ you’d be forgiven for thinking of the amazing AI chatbots that have been all over the news lately. But this…Read More
Don’t forget your phone when you think about cyber security
Our phones are a goldmine of private information. Just think of all the financial details, personal messages, banking apps, photos and contact information that live…Read More
Cyber attacks are getting bigger and smarter. Are you vulnerable?
Have you ever tried to buy tickets for a huge event and found that the seller’s website has collapsed under the weight of thousands of…Read More
How can your business benefit from the solutions offered by an IT service provider?
With the tech sector booming and the accelerated advent of all things digital, businesses must make the switch to digital to optimize efficiency, ensure their…Read More
AI is making phishing scams more dangerous
AI chatbots have taken the world by storm in recent months. We’ve been having fun asking ChatGPT questions, trying to find out how much of…Read More
What are the consequences of an IT shortage?
The impact of labour shortages is growing in almost all business sectors, including, unfortunately the IT department. This reality is especially true with the advent…Read More
Is your security focusing on the right things?
To protect your home from an intruder you make sure your doors and windows are all locked and secured. You might go further: build a…Read More
Young employees have different attitudes to cyber crime
If you employ anyone aged between 16 and 19, you need to pay special attention to the cyber security training you’re giving your team. A…Read More
Take action to avoid a spookily clever new phishing scam
Another day, another scam. And this is a sneaky one. Cyber criminals are getting smarter. This recent malware threat is unusually smart. It impersonates a…Read More
When did you last have a health check?
How’s the January health kick going? Lots of us take our health seriously – once a year, anyway – and it’s good to spend time thinking…Read More
Password Management Solutions … Safe, Secure, and Simple to Use
With the cybersecurity incident first revealed by LastPass last August and updated a few weeks ago on December 22nd, questions have arisen on whether password…Read More
Planning Your Cybersecurity Budget for 2023
For many organizations, this is the time of year for forecasts and budgets for the upcoming year. From an IT perspective there are many considerations…Read More
Businesses are spending more on IT this year
As a business owner or manager, you know how important good IT is. Your business couldn’t function without it. Your IT isn’t just about computers…Read More
A little trust goes a long way…
Countless employers still don’t trust their people to do their best work unless they’re physically in the office. But while managers may be struggling to…Read More
Windows is the prime target for cyber criminals
With its huge dominance in the workplace, Microsoft’s Windows has become the prime target for cyber criminals. They’re looking to access your information, disrupt your…Read More
Are your people Christmas shopping from work?
Almost half of people with social media accounts have admitted to falling for shopping scams. So if members of your team are doing a little…Read More
As 2022 comes to an end, the team here at MicroAge Chilliwack is wishing everyone well this holiday season. We will continue provide the best…Read More
Most ransomware victims would pay up if attacked again
Ransomware is one of the fastest growing cyber-crimes in the world. Last year, 37% of businesses were victim to an attack. In case you didn’t…Read More
Cybersecurity Layers – Part 3
So far in this three-part series of articles focused on a layered approach to cybersecurity we have covered the people, perimeter, network, and endpoints. In…Read More
Cybersecurity Layers – Part 2
In the first article of this three-part series, we talked about taking a layered approach to developing and implementing a solid cybersecurity strategy. We talked…Read More
Cybersecurity Layers – Part 1
As we enter the holiday season and people and organizations are planning their holiday get togethers and parties with friends, family, and colleagues, we thought…Read More
Why you will not be fine on this Cloud9
We go to a lot of effort working to protect our clients from online security threats. These could come in the form of key loggers…Read More
Android 13 is safer for your business
We all use our phones for a lot more than sending messages and making the occasional call. And that means most of your staff are…Read More
Can Phishing Simulations Help Reduce Cyber Risk?
In a previous article we talked about what cybersecurity awareness training is and how it has helped organizations and their employees be aware and prepared…Read More
What is Cybersecurity Awareness Training?
Cybersecurity awareness training programs have been around for many years. Over the last couple of years these programs have gained traction. With remote or hybrid…Read More
Are you using Teams to share sensitive data?
Microsoft Teams has fast become one of the most useful business tools for the way we work today. No matter where your people work from,…Read More
Phishing, Smishing, Vishing – What’s the Difference?
In the IT world there are many words and acronyms used that mean something to those of us in the industry but that may not…Read More
Ransomware Beliefs That Can be Detrimental to Organizations
Although ransomware attacks continue to increase, many organizations still don’t believe that it could happen to them or that they should do anything to prepare…Read More
Make sure your cloud server is protected from this
Using a cloud server to drive your business’s technology is a smart idea. The benefits are huge. You can use as little or as much…Read More
Are you using a malicious browser extension without realizing?
There are hundreds of thousands of browser extensions designed to help us to save time, be more productive, and personalize our online experience. And while…Read More
Azure Virtual Desktop vs Windows 365: What is the Difference?
As we mentioned in a previous blog Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud-based offering where the backend is hosted by a third party….Read More
Common Reasons for Adopting Azure Virtual Desktop
There have been significant changes in the last several years in the way organizations of all sizes serve their customers. The same applies to their…Read More
Two thirds of remote workers use a faulty device, so they don’t get into trouble
There are a lot of reasons to take a second look at remote working, but we really didn’t expect this next one… A new report…Read More
Is your business making these cyber security mistakes?
It feels like every day we’re being warned about a new threat to our cyber security, doesn’t it? That’s for good reason. Last year, ransomware…Read More
What Is Desktop as a Service?
Desktop as a Service (DaaS) is a cloud based offering where the backend is hosted by a third party. These hosted desktops are also known…Read More
Securing the Hybrid Work Environment
From what we can tell the hybrid work environment is an environment that many businesses are operating in and will operate in for the foreseeable…Read More
What SMBs Should Expect From Today’s IT Service Providers
The role of an IT service provider has changed over the years. It used to be that it was enough to just be good with…Read More
Key Cybersecurity Requirements for Cyber Insurability
When an organization or business becomes a victim of a cybersecurity incident, having cybersecurity insurance can help with some of the costs that are associated…Read More
What Risks are Generally Covered Under Cyber Insurance Policies?
When an organization becomes a victim of a cybersecurity incident, having cybersecurity insurance can help with some of the costs that are associated with recovering…Read More
How to Prepare for a Cybersecurity Incident
A recent report by research firm, CyberEdge Group, found that 85.7% of Canadian organizations experienced at least one cyberattack within a 12-month period in 2021….Read More
The Benefits of Electronic Signatures for SMBs
An electronic signature is a process of attaching an encoded signature to an electronic document. Electronic signatures are legally binding based on federal and provincial…Read More
Is working from home really good for your business?
Working from home. Or remote working, as it’s now called… It’s the big thing in business right now, isn’t it? And some people love it….Read More
If any of your staff work remotely, you need to be on top of this
Remote and hybrid working is now normal for a lot of people. But a recent survey has found that, despite it being more than two…Read More
What does the global chip shortage mean for your business?
You don’t have to look very hard to find examples of cloud service outages. In June 2021, a huge cloud service outage caused many high-profile…Read More
Some employees won’t stop using apps that could be a security risk
It’s likely a lot of the applications and software tools you’re using now are different from the ones your business used before the pandemic. That’s…Read More
Microsoft’s taking a responsible leadership position on AI
Microsoft’s taking a responsible leadership position on AI Microsoft’s decided to retire and rework an AI tool that could not only recognize our facial features,…Read More
Ever wondered if your apps are spying on you? Now you can find out!
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Is It Hot Enough for Ya?
As hot as we may like the weather, your computer is not a big fan of heat. And dust is the number one cause of computer overheating. So it is important to your computer’s longevity and functionality to give it a thorough cleaning on a regular basis.Read More
Preparing to Create Your Incident Response Plan
Often, when we consider creating incident response plans, we have cyber incidents in mind. This is not surprising, given the ever-increasing frequency of cyber attacks…Read More
Has Your IT Service Provider Changed as Your Needs Have Changed?
There is no arguing with the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to adjust and change the way they do business. Some of…Read More
Remote Access for Fun and Profit
While there are many benefits to remote access, it would be irresponsible to overlook the risks involved with workers having access to your business through insecure networks and computers.Read More
Patch Management Best Practices
Right up there with human error, unpatched systems are one of the top causes of data breaches. According to the Ponemon Institute, over 57% of…Read More
Best Practices for Cybersecurity Awareness Training Programs
Government agencies such as the Canadian Center for Cybersecurity (CCCS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S., not to mention…Read More
Avoid Becoming a Victim of Social Engineering
In any conversation regarding cybersecurity, the topic ultimately turns to phishing and the social engineering tactics that make this the most effective strategy for cybercriminals…Read More
To Pay or Not to Pay: That is the Question That Ransomware Victims Must Answer
Most people never heard of the Colonial Pipeline Company before May 2021, even though it transports 45% of all fuel consumed on the US East…Read More
Preparing for Compliance to the Modernization of Privacy Laws in Canada
With all the different legislation either already enacted or being enacted in different jurisdictions, organizations may find it difficult to determine what they need to…Read More
Only Fools Don’t Back Up Their Data
It may be a little late for an April Fools kind of post, but not backing up your data properly would be foolish! It is so easy to end up losing data when you don’t take the necessary precautions. Between technology glitches, hackers and system meltdowns, there is a good chance that somewhere along the line you are going to be in the position of needing to recover some, if not all, of your data.Read More
Tech Strategies to Extend Innovation & Growth
It is no secret that improved technology can drive growth and innovation within a company. There are many, many options that can support and lead to that growth. In this blog we will zero in on a couple that any business can use to take their company to the next level.Read More
Have you Heard About the Cybersecurity Onion?
Cybersecurity continues to be a top concern for businesses in Canada. This is not a surprise. In 2021, 85.7% of Canadian organizations experienced at least…Read More
The Modernization of Privacy Laws and What This Means for Your Business
In a digital world where personal information is so easily collected and may easily be used for malicious intent, concerns about privacy and the protection…Read More
How to Prepare for Disruptions Caused by Cloud Service Outages
You don’t have to look very hard to find examples of cloud service outages. In June of last year, a huge cloud service outage caused…Read More
Big Changes Coming to Microsoft 365 This Year!
They are calling it “The New Commerce Experience” (NCE). What does that mean to you? Well, in August of last year, Microsoft announced price increases across most of their Microsoft 365 license types. Their plan is to simplifying the license procurement process, aligning all offerings to the Enterprise Agreement model.Read More
Don’t Leave Your Cloud App Data Vulnerable
When cloud computing was first introduced, most businesses were reluctant to try the apps being offered by public cloud service providers. Companies were mainly concerned…Read More
Why Collaboration Data Needs to be Backed Up
In today’s business environment, the majority of collaboration content is acted upon and stored electronically in Software as a Service (SaaS) applications such as M365….Read More
What is the Difference Between Cloud Storage and Cloud Backup?
The cloud has become more pervasive in the last few years and in particular, the last two years. It has certainly helped businesses with their…Read More
5 Reasons to Back Up Your Microsoft 365 Data
Many SMBs have moved to the cloud to take advantage of all the benefits that it can offer. A common misconception, however, is that the…Read More
IT Concerns? We’ve Got You Covered
Sometimes the world of IT troubleshooting can be very similar to what my son had to figure out in order to make it to me through that door. We may not always know what is on the other side, but we have learned that as IT and security experts using our skills and extensive knowledge, we will find the solution and provide you with the results you need.Read More
Have Yourself a Hacker Free Christmas
Hackers don’t take the holidays off. In fact most are more active than usual, because many have time off from their legitimate jobs, your staff have mentally checked out for the holidays, and their systems have been left unguarded.Read More
Why IT Will Cost More in 2022
In a previous blog this month, we talked about planning your IT budget and investments for 2022. In this blog, we will dig a little…Read More
3 Very Risky Practices to Avoid When it Comes to Cybersecurity
With so many different types of cyberattacks being launched against companies these days, a common question among businesses looking to improve their defenses is “Where…Read More
Planning Your IT Budget and Investments for 2022
With 2022 just around the corner many organizations are planning and budgeting for the year ahead. IT should be part of that discussion. We would…Read More
What Businesses Need to Know about Upgrading to Windows 11
On October 5th, 2021, Microsoft released Windows 11. In this article, we are sharing the information needed on Windows 11 to make an informed decision about if and when businesses should upgrade the…Read More
Just One More IT Guy
So, let’s compare your IT support with what we will call “the Dennis situation”. Do you have a team for support? Or do you have the Lone IT Guyhave a team for support? Or do you have the lonely IT guy? He may be very good but, just a quick question, what happens when you are counting on him and he doesn’t know the answer? Who does he ask? Where is HIS support?Read More
What Businesses Should Know About Cybersecurity Insurance
As IT Service Providers, we work with clients to make it as hard as possible for threat actors to attack them. However, we are very clear…Read More
Top Data Back Up Best Practices
Data backup is a crucial step to preventing data loss whether from cyberattacks, ransomware, accidental file deletion, natural disasters, and other threats. The key is…Read More
Cybersecurity Data SMBs Need to Know About
For SMBs, a being the victim of a cybersecurity breach could lead to extensive and expensive damage. Some may never recover leaving them with no…Read More
What is Windows 365?
The pandemic has changed the way many companies operate. One notable development is an increase in the number of businesses adopting a hybrid work model….Read More
The Benefits of Cybersecurity Awareness Training
We are not stating anything that most of us aren’t already aware of when we say that cyberattacks and the sophistication of these attacks has grown at impressive rates over…Read More
31 Tips to Keep Your People and Your Business Cybersafe
Whether you engage with an IT service provider like MicroAge or you have an internal IT team, there are some basic security practices that should be…Read More
The New Faces of IT
They were (and still are) the new faces of IT. They will take your computer problems and make them magically disappear. What could slow your business down or bring it to a complete halt, they can fix in no time at all. These guys know IT and they know how to use it and fix it. None of the old school methods for them. They know stuff that the rest of us don’t have a clue about.Read More
Microsoft Teams and Security
Data is at the heart of every organization, so it’s crucial that the tools we use in the workplace keep our data secure and protect…Read More
IT Experts Give A Next Level Welcome!
Being an IT Expert can be pretty serious business. That’s why here at MicroAge Chilliwack we have our own special way of welcoming newcomers to our fabulous team.
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8 Actions Your Business Can Take Now to Avoid Paying a Ransom Later
The number of ransomware attacks have exploded in 2021. The month of July started out with a big bang when cybercriminals encrypted the data in…Read More
Using Managed IT Services to Help Your Business Grow
The Business Development Bank of Canada released the Digitize Now: How to Make the Digital Shift in Your Business study last October. They surveyed more…Read More
Hybrid Work Trends Businesses Need to Know in 2021
As governments and businesses make plans to “reopen”, for lack of a better term, after over a year of living in pandemic mode, one thing we…Read More
3 Critical Cyber Threats For Businesses in 2019
Malware, vulnerabilities, and social engineering are some of the main concerns for IT security professionals. Although the tactics used to target businesses and individuals are…Read More
3 Ways to Reduce Your IT Costs
Are you looking for ways to reduce your IT costs? Here are three proven strategies to make your company more efficient, profitable, and innovative: IT…Read More
Top 5 Methods Hackers Use to Access Your Private Data
Cybercrime is on the rise across the world and it is incredibly costly to businesses. More than 66 million new viruses and malware packages have…Read More
The Advantages of IT Resourcing Services for SMBs
Leveraging technology to achieve business goals is essential to SMBs. Technology helps businesses differentiate and compete in their respective industries and markets. It enables them…Read More
What Should Be Included In A Cyber Incident Response Plan
Protecting your business against cyberattacks involves ensuring that you have in place the different security layers including protecting the network, patching applications, protecting the endpoints,…Read More
How to Maximize Your IT Assets
Productivity gains, competitive advantage, and better customer service are just a few reasons why companies should invest in technology. However, not all software and hardware…Read More
Why Data Backups Are Vital To Protect Your Business Data
When you lose data on your home computer, you may lose receipts, banking statements, and treasured memories. However, when you lose data on your office…Read More
How to Build a Team in Microsoft Teams in 10 steps
Many organizations have started using Microsoft Teams for online meetings and chat. The fact is, in the past year, the usage of Microsoft Teams has…Read More
5 Main Benefits of Microsoft Teams for SMBs
In the past year, the adoption of Microsoft Teams has seen exponential growth. The growth was driven for the need to adopt communication and collaboration…Read More
Cybersecurity Layering Approach
Cybersecurity shouldn’t be a single piece of technology that improves security. Rather, it should be a layered approach with multiple facets to ensure comprehensive protection. …Read More