Work practices have undergone a revolution in the digital age. Networked devices and more mobility have blurred the line between work and home as vast numbers of people perform their jobs across multiple platforms, often far from the office.
It wasn’t all that long ago that the use of web-based email or “webmail” was viewed as unprofessional and something that most people used only because it was free and convenient.
As opposed to the attention typically given to acquiring new servers and workstations, comparatively less thought is usually dedicated to a network upgrade. Why? Part of the reason is due to the fact that most small and midsize businesses (SMBs) don't have network specialists on staff to plan for consistent network updates, meaning they need to rely on the expertise of trusted partners.
Yet, the constantly evolving business landscape and always-connected world of today means heightened reliability and security at the network layer are more crucial than ever. In addition, everything from legacy client server apps and modern three-tier web applications to streaming media and cutting-edge cloud services are accessible through the local area network (LAN), continually pushing the needle higher on bandwidth requirements.
Small and midsize businesses should plan on a regular network review to prevent performance and capacity problems before they happen. Here are three things IT managers should consider when performing a network upgrade in their organizations:
If you are on the prowl for a managed service provider, you might feel a little overwhelmed. There is a surprising number of managed service providers available for hire, each with its own unique strengths and weaknesses. Some offer bare bones service with a handful of technicians while others have full-fledged teams of technical experts who provide a myriad of services. Here's what to look for in managed services provider prospects.
Whether you plan to outsource cybersecurity, cloud hosting, website updates, various business applications, or any other projects or tasks outside your IT team’s expertise, there are certain skills and features that all outsourcing companies should have.
Password managers, aka password vaults or safes, help solve the problem of keeping your passwords for multiple sites straight. They serve as the central spot to store all your passwords, encrypted and protected by a pass phrase or token you provide; this leaves you with only needing to remember one password, no muss no fuss. With the task of remembering every other website log in taken care of, you are free to make your passwords as long and complex as possible which makes your accounts that much harder to hack.This week we will be looking at three different password managers, all of which are equipped with features designed to improve your security.
Topics: System Administration