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Technology Unwrapped

The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

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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How Much Should I Spend for IT Support?

Chris Vilim

Whether you spend most of your time working in your line of business applications, on your internal network or communication tools, in the cloud - the technology you use every day is critical to both your present success and your future growth. To support the effectiveness and efficiency of your technology, businesses need to create a dedicated budget for IT that takes into consideration both their size and specific needs — but how do you strike a balance with ...

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Topics: Owners & Managers, Trends

The cost of doing nothing

Chris Vilim

Getting a sleek, shiny, brand-new computer is an exciting experience. You have the opportunity to customize it to fit your needs perfectly. You have so much space for everything you’re going to need and seek to accomplish. Every program and web page works instantly, making each task feel effortless. However, technology doesn’t stand still. Innovation constantly materializes and propels the industry forward. Within just a few years, computers become incapable ...

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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Owners & Managers

Takeaways from all the recent data breaches

Chris Vilim

Just last week, there were announcements of three large data breaches from well-known companies -- Panera Bread, Hudson’s Bay Company (Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor), and Under Armour (MyFitnessPal). All these breaches come just after the news of ransomware attacks on Boeing and the City of Atlanta.

While many businesses may ignore these announcements with the thought that because they don’t use these sites or services as part of their ...

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Meltdown & Spectre FAQ

Chris Vilim

PDF: Spectre and Meltdown FAQs

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Topics: Security Threats

Omaha Network Security

Chris Vilim

Are you concerned about security? Worried that your company 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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

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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 ...

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Topics: Owners & Managers