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Greetings!                                                                                                        Volume 4, Number 7

We hope you enjoy and benefit from these technology tips and news for busy professionals.  We bring this to you because we are committed to bridging the gap between people and their technology.

 

INFO-TEK employs a full time staff of trained and certified computer & network specialists who are quick to respond, easy to talk with and people you can trust. 

 

We specialize in small business and home office clients and we have helped thousands of people in the greater Kansas City area with their computer service needs at very competitive and affordable rates.

Go beyond data back up with BCP

 

Oh no! Dropbox sees account info hacked

 

Five ways to Bridge the Divide between Desktop and Mobile

 

Rule of Thumb

 

 

NEWS:  Apple struts lighter, faster, bigger iPhone 5

“Building good relationships between people and their technology 365 days a year.”

 

 

Go beyond data back up with BCP

 

 

Description: http://www.techadvisory.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/BCP_July24_C.jpgNatural disasters happen. Small business owners are well aware of this and many have taken steps to ensure that potential damage to their business is minimized and they can remain operational - a practice commonly known as business continuity. The vast majority of small business owners ensure that their data is backed up. While this is a good practice, it likely won’t be enough to remain operational during or after a disaster.

Here are five things you should be doing, aside from backing up your data, to ensure you're ready for anything.

  • Where to work. One of the first things you should consider is where you're going to work if your office is inaccessible. Hotels, convention centers or other office buildings are viable locations. Whichever location you pick, you should pick at least two different places, as far apart as possible. You should also be sure to inform your staff and include maps of the routes to the locations you’ve chosen.
  • Replacement equipment. It’s incredibly important that you know exactly what equipment you use and how integral it is to operations. For mission critical equipment (equipment your company absolutely can’t work without) you need to have a plan in place as to how you can quickly replace lost equipment, the cost of it and replacement time. For less important equipment, you should have a couple of vendors in mind.
  • Communication systems. During adverse business conditions it’s vitally important that you and your employees are able to communicate both with one another and with your clients. You should look into a communication system that’s flexible, can be established wherever you are and allows you to keep your numbers. VoIP is a great system; telecommuting is another option as well.
  • Coordinate staff. You’re staff drive your business, without them, your business likely won’t be able to run. With the continuity plan you develop, it’s important that you have hard and soft copies of the plan that are accessible to all staff, and staff know their role in the plan. When your plan is enacted you need to contact your staff and ensure that there aren’t any problems.
  • Access to critical documents. If you have a good backup location, can set up equipment quickly and staff know their roles you may think your plan is perfect. You’re missing one key element: access to documents, employees won’t be able to work without them. It’s important to ensure that you can access your data backups, which means you should probably keep copies offsite and in the cloud if possible.

A continuity plan is important; hopefully you’ll never have to enact it. Nevertheless, you should plan for the worse. If you’re unsure of where to start, or feel your current plan is inadequate, please contact us.

 

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Oh no! Dropbox sees account info hacked

 

Description: https://i3.createsend1.com/ei/r/08/426/43A/172233/csimport/security_august07_c_2.jpg Have you ever wondered about the security of cloud based applications and services? If yes, you’re not alone. It can be a bit discerning to relinquish full control of your business and trust all your information, business processes or whole business to cloud providers. For the most part they offer a secure service; however, they have been hacked before, with the most recent service coming under attack in the last week of July.

The cloud service provider that had its security breached was Dropbox. While the company has taken steps to remedy this situation, some users had their information leaked before the situation could be solved.

 

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Five ways to Bridge the Divide between Desktop and Mobile

 

Description: http://i5.createsend4.com/ei/r/74/3BD/1C3/180931/csimport/healthcare_aug01_a_4.jpgDespite the popularity of mobile devices and software, 75 percent of physicians still use their desktops for practice management, according to a recent survey. Here’s why.

There aren't enough specific apps. Physicians love their mobile devices, however their concern is that when it comes to health related software, there are only a small number of solutions that meet their specific needs. While there are fewer physician oriented apps and solutions than other professions, there are still some great quality apps available with more being produced as demand increases.

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Rule of Thumb

 

If you’re using Microsoft Outlook as your email client, implement Email Archiving.  This is a great way to keep your Inbox and other email folders clean and at the same time, a way to backup your older emails. – please contact us if you need any help.

 

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NEWS:  Apple struts lighter, faster, bigger iPhone 5

 

Description: http://www.computerworld.com/common/images/home/iPhone_5_black_pods_120.jpgApple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives today unveiled the iPhone 5, a faster, slimmer upgrade that for the first time in the five-year history of the smartphone, boasts a larger screen of 4 inches.

 

None of it was much of a surprise, analysts said after the 90-min. presentation, which took place in San Francisco.

 

"It was an hour to tell a five-minute story," said Ezra Gottheil of Technology Business Research, referring to the first 60 minutes where talk of the iPhone 5 dominated. "They essentially said, 'It's all you thought it was, no surprises, have a good time,'" said Gottheil.

 

The Apple rumor mill had, as Gottheil noted, nailed all the high points of today's unveiling -- the most important new features, the look of the iPhone 5 -- weeks before.

 

 

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