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Chris Vilim

Chris Vilim

President, Chris Vilim, and his team at CoreTech are celebrating 15 years in business. With 20+ years of experience, Chris’s background includes project management, business process analysis, technology systems engineering, cloud technology design & implementation, and business oversight.

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New network security basics for Omaha businesses

Chris Vilim

Are you concerned about network security? Worried that your Omaha business isn’t keeping up? The basic elements businesses used to employ to secure their systems and data, even three years ago, have changed. Review these four “new” network security basics below and see if you have kept pace.

1. Passwords and Logins

Thinking has evolved and continues to evolve on this topic. It’s not enough to simply have a complex password, it must be one that is unique among all of the passwords that you use.

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Topics: Network Security

Does your IT provider scare you?

Chris Vilim

When choosing an IT provider, you are probably looking for a reliable company who understands your business needs and is properly prepared and ready to assist. You may think you have found the perfect fit, but things can start to get spooky. So what are some things you should look out for to determine if an IT provider is not right for you?

1. Do they require long-term contracts?

Although you don’t want to change providers frequently, it is far worse to be stuck with someone who is not meeting your needs. Your IT provider should not hit you with a 3-year contract or any long-term contract for that matter. You wouldn’t enter into a 3-year agreement with a contract employee and how would this be any different? Be certain they continually earn your business with a 60-day out or similar contract. Technology is important for small and midsize businesses (SMBs), strategically and day-to-day, so be sure you are not latched into a contract that doesn’t satisfy your needs.

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Topics: Owners & Managers

6 reasons to train your staff on security basics

Chris Vilim
Owner to owner, I have some advice for you…stepping up training on security basics is one of the most important training sessions you can send your staff to this year. And here are the six strong reasons why…
 
1. Speed up recovery time and save money

You are not only avoiding security threats by training your employees on the importance of security, you’re also providing them with the knowledge of what to do if their system becomes compromised. For example, if an employee makes the mistake of clicking on an email containing malware, the chances of them realizing their error quickly and contacting IT support staff greatly increases. By taking this step right away, the amount of damage done is generally less compared to what it might have been had they waited to call.
 
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

The Windows 10 upgrade process for your business

Chris Vilim

In my prior post I addressed the question, “Should I upgrade my business to Windows 10?” If you read through the checklist and walked away thinking, “Yes, I should potentially upgrade to Windows 10” then the next logical question is “How do I go about upgrading?”

The upgrade process to Windows 10 is one that requires some research and planning to avoid problems and headaches. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Hardware requirements check – You need to make sure you have enough hardware resources (processor, RAM, drive space) to run Windows 10. If your computer is less than three years old, you should be pretty safe.
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers

Should I upgrade my business to Windows 10?

Chris Vilim

You are probably well aware that Windows 10 will remain a free download from Microsoft through July 29, 2016. It’s a great deal, right? New version of Windows at no cost – awesome! Yes, however what you need to know for your business, and Microsoft doesn’t tell you, is that you will need to engage your IT provider (CoreTech) to assist with the upgrade. That means your “free upgrade” isn’t so “free”.

Why? There’s a lot you need to keep in mind relative to your network, applications, peripherals, and a number of other factors before you upgrade. So, how do you determine if a Windows 10 upgrade is worth the cost?

We are providing some basic guidelines below to help you answer this question: 

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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers

What you need to know about malvertising

Chris Vilim

Just last week Wired published an article on “malvertising,” which I think may be of interest to SMB business owners and managers.

One question that frequently comes up when our clients review their CoreCare reports focuses on malware infections and user habits. They see the report that shows how many malware objects were recently blocked and on which computers. They typically ask what the end user may have been doing to instigate this.

The answer is likely that the end user did nothing wrong. Many new malware infections are being distributed through “malvertising” which requires no involvement from the end user other than viewing a mainstream website on their computer.

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Topics: Owners & Managers

I thought going to the cloud was cheaper? Busting the myth...

Chris Vilim

Your business IT was under control…and then the clouds rolled in.

Before the clouds rolled in most of our small businesses had an onsite server hosting data, business applications, and Microsoft Exchange for email. We supported the server and the network, and the software companies supported the business applications. The applications and data were very centralized, and the network design was relatively straight forward.

Then the cloud entered the conversation. It presented a whole host of solutions and advantages for access, storage, mobility, and scalability; and many vendors promised a less expensive solution for businesses. Therein lies the myth.

Early on, many clients came to us to discuss cloud solutions because they were told the cloud would help to lower their IT costs. They quickly found out that was not always the case.

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Topics: Owners & Managers

10 things SMBs need to know about Windows 10

Chris Vilim

What is important for a SMB owner or manager to know about Windows 10? As you may have heard, the Windows 10 release brings changes to the product which impacts your business differently than some operating system implementations have in the past. Take a look at this article that succinctly outlines items you need to know.

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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers

Windows 10 FAQs

Chris Vilim

We created this post to answer some initial questions you may have about Windows 10, however we are looking to hear from you about additional questions you may have. Please post a comment and then we will respond and add additional information to this post. Here is a start:

  1. If I don’t download Windows 10 when it comes out will I pay for it later? Windows 10 will be a free download for one year starting on July 29, 2015. At this time Microsoft has not released any pricing or subscription details that apply after the one year is up.
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Should your business be in the cloud?

Chris Vilim

 

When the cloud began to gain widespread popularity, this was the original question. However, the answer is no longer an all-or-nothing proposition. Many Omaha small and midsized businesses (SMB) have learned that a hybrid approach is the best bet for them and some are all in!

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Topics: Cloud