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Why data backup is essential for your business

Alyssa Sisco

If you were to sell your company tomorrow, what exactly would you pass on to a buyer? More than just a company name on a building; You have records, contracts, contacts, financial data and more that go into making your business unique and valuable. It takes an incredible amount of time to acquire, develop and build that network of information. If disaster struck and your computer crashed, how long would it take you to get all that information back? Your data is one thing you should never gamble with.

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Topics: Data Breach, Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Network Security

For the love of dogs...

Alyssa Sisco

From Baby Boomers to Millennials, studies show that we all have one thing in common. We love our pets. Not only does having our pets around bring proven health benefits, but it also enables us to work more cohesively with others. This is good news during a time when stress levels are high, morale is low, and finding common ground could be improved. Read on to find out how your workplace may be improved by a “bring your pet to work” policy. You may be surprised by what the research reveals!

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Topics: The Workplace

All I want for Christmas, is your identity

Alyssa Sisco
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not only for the good-hearted souls searching for the perfect gifts for their loved ones, but also self-serving cyber criminals. They spend their holiday season trying to lure you in with bogus discounts and counterfeit websites. They want you to believe that you finally found the perfect gift at a price you can afford, when really, you just unknowingly gave away your credit card information to be auctioned off on the dark web.
 
As you embark on your holiday shopping journey, keep in mind this list of tips to guard you from accidentally giving a cyber criminal the gift of your identity:
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Topics: Security Threats

Give meaning to meetings

Alyssa Sisco

As you race to meet a deadline, your calendar notification goes off. You have a meeting in five minutes! 

This is the absolute lowest priority on your totem pole, but attendance at all meetings is required. You then spend the next 30 minutes listening to someone ineffectively probe for anything to discuss, to make this meeting seem like it has a purpose. After a vast amount of time wasted in awkward silence, you are dismissed.

Finally free to be constructive, your motivation has been completely diminished. You're left frustrated after spending that half hour contemplating all the things you could have been accomplishing.

As you can imagine, this is not the best environment to inspire productivity. But all too often, this seems to be the outcome of our daily routines.

Our professional lives certainly don't have to follow this pattern. There is such a thing as an effective meeting. We just need to find what we're doing that's not working and transform it into something advantageous. Below, I have listed some essential factors in giving your meetings, meaning.

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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

Quick tip: How to set your favorite search engine as your default

Alyssa Sisco
When you open up your web browser with the intent to search for something, it can be irritating to have  your computer open a search engine you don't like or are not familiar with. Those who regularly search for information on the web usually have a preferred search engine. Below you will find some steps to take when your web browser default is not what you want it to be.
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Topics: Staff Training

Meet the team: Barb French

Alyssa Sisco

Chances are, if you call in to Core Tech you will speak with Barb at some point. She is our Administrative Coordinator and spends a lot of time on the phone with clients. She was brought on with our Unified Communications Team in June and has been a wonderful addition here. Read on to learn more about Barb!

What is your role here at CoreTech?

My official title is the Administrative Coordinator. I take service calls, help with special projects from the accounting or marketing departments, or anything else that needs to be taken care of. I enjoy keeping myself busy with new tasks each day.

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Topics: Our Company

Why ransomware education is important for your business

Emily Moulder

From ransomware and malware to email and financial data hacks, business data and personal information are the main targets of most cyber criminals. One of the greatest threats to your information security comes from your employees lack of knowledge on the subject, and hackers know that. They send malicious emails to your employees hoping they won't know the difference between a fake and real email. Educating your entire staff on cyber attacks and what they look like could be the difference in safe online use and paying millions of dollars ransom.

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Topics: Staff Training

How to outsmart hackers

Emily Moulder

 Hackers spend their days finding ways into your devices and accounts in order to obtain credit cards, passwords, social security numbers, and basically everything you wouldn’t want to share with a complete stranger. Also you have unscrupulous hackers that are constantly attempting trick you so that they can lock up you data and hold it hostage for a ransom.   Having a plan in place BEFORE your information is stolen is the best way to outsmart a hacker.

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Topics: Network Security

Strengthen your competitive advantage with these technologies

Emily Moulder

All businesses, regardless of size, are constantly faced with the challenge of keeping up with their competitors. Technology innovation is quickly becoming the driver of marketplace competition. New technologies have changed the pace and expectations of business processes. While you can’t predict future technologies, here are five that are currently fueling the competitive advantage of small and midsize businesses.

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Topics: Trends

Meet the team: Jason Hahn

Emily Moulder

Jason is an Administrator for our recently acquired Unified Communications team here at CoreTech. He has many years of experience and lots of knowledge in his field. I got the chance to sit down with Jason and learn a little more about him, what he likes to do, and some interesting facts about himself!

Tell me about your position at CoreTech? What do you do on a daily basis?

I am a service technician here at CoreTech. I spend most of my day out of the office installing UC equipment, but when I'm in the office I help out with remote service ticket issues.

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Topics: Our Company