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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 19 years in business. With 25+ 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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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 business workflows, they don’t have exposure -- ...
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Meltdown & Spectre FAQ

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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 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 ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers

6 Reasons To Train Your Staff On Security Basics

Chris Vilim
As an owner of a small business myself, I have some crucial advice for you: you need to step up training your staff on IT security basis. Here are six reasons why.
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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: Hardware requirements check – You need to make sure you have enough hardware resources ...
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers

What Businesses Need to Know About Malvertising

Chris Vilim
One question that frequently comes up when our clients review their CoreCare reports focuses on malware infections and user habits. The report 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 ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers

I thought going to the cloud was cheaper?

Chris Vilim
You thought your business IT was under control, but 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 ...
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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: 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 ...
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