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Why Choose online backup & recovery:

Threats to your data come in all shapes and sizes. Whether it be a natural disaster or a ransomware attack, you may fear you've lost your data for any number of reasons. And without your data, your business functions may grind to a halt. In this situation, how many of your clients will you be unable to help? How much revenue could you lose?

But if you have a backup and recovery solution, you can rest easy and know you have the following benefits.

Continuous and automatic backup: Once we configure our solution on your systems, your data will be automatically backed up at a rate that is best for you -- anywhere from once daily to every fifteen minutes -- without you having to worry about it.

Secure storage: Your files are stored offsite in an encrypted and HIPAA-compliant format, and they can only be unlocked by you. This keeps your data private and secure.

Trusted recovery: Get back your peace of mind. In the event of a business disruption, restore your files immediately and securely. That way, you can resume business functions with limited down time.


Risk of Using Outdated Microsoft Systems:

Microsoft end of life systems

Microsoft has ended support for Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2010. This means these systems no longer receive important security updates. Not only will these systems not work as intended, but they are now more vulnerable to attacks and out of compliance with regulations such as HIPAA.

What you should do

If you have these machines still in operation, plan to phase out and/or replace these devices to protect the security of your systems and to maintain compliance with HIPAA. The hardware in these machines may not be able to run a newer version of software, so they may need to be upgraded altogether. TechOn will review systems in use on your network and can help you plan the best strategy for addressing this risk in your environment.


Tech tips for the office:

Use strong passwords: Don't make it easy on hackers by using a weak or short password. At the very least, passwords should be 8 characters, combining letters, numbers, and symbols. The longer, the better. In fact, a longer passphrase (such as 'Ilovemydoggyforever!') is easier to remember and much harder for a hacker to crack than a short but very complex password (such as 'd0g$4eVa').

Lock your computer: You never know who might be watching and waiting. It takes only a second for someone to compromise sensitive data or steal the entire machine. Whenever you walk away from your computer, lock it to safeguard data. This also shows your customers or patients that you take the privacy of their data seriously.

Go ahead, be suspicious: Never click on links sent from people you don't know. Never download files you're not expecting. Never submit your password to anything but a secure, trusted portal you can verify as legitimate. If you suspect you might be the target of an email phishing scam, immediately tell your IT administrator.

Practice good computer hygiene: Cyber threats evolve every day, and good computer hygiene can help you address these threats. Make sure you have an up-to-date antivirus and a firewall on all systems. Install updates and patches as soon as they are released.

Backup critical data: Ensure business critical data is backed up securely, reliably, and often. A trusted backup solution is a critical part of a business continuity plan, and it can help you recover from any business disruption.

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