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The Safe Way to Offer Wi-Fi “Guest Mode”

The Safe Way to Offer Wi-Fi “Guest Mode”

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Offering Wi-Fi to guests is common for businesses of all sizes. But is it safe?

There are advantages and disadvantages to your business offering “guest mode” Wi-Fi to visitors. It’s important to be aware of both so you can protect your business’ IT infrastructure and ensure that your network remains secure.

One reason businesses offer a guest Wi-Fi mode instead of access to their main Wi-Fi setup is that it allows for differentiation in the credentials used. Your guests can have a visitor password that differs from your company credentials — keeping control over guest usage and access separate from company usage.

Instating a guest mode also keeps sensitive data protected, as it does not allow access to the business’ main network. Guest modes only connect to the internet.

With guest mode, you may also limit the number of devices that can connect to the guest network, giving your business control over a Wi-Fi access point’s usage.

A downside to guest mode is that it is often an open and unencrypted network, meaning any network traffic may be vulnerable to “snooping”. Unless encrypted with a password every time a user logs in to guest mode, guests may be putting their data at risk. So be aware of what you and your guests send back and forth over this connection!

It’s also important to be aware that sometimes, even with an encrypted guest mode, it isn’t difficult for tech-savvy people to gain access to your network and sensitive data if your business is using unreliable routers.

To learn more about whether or not your business should offer Wi-Fi to its guests and how you can protect your business’ network from threats, contact IntelliSyn today!

Cloud Storage Vs. Local Storage for Your Small Business

Cloud Storage Vs. Local Storage for Your Small Business

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With so many storage solutions available, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for your small business.

To ensure your business’ data remains secure, properly stored, and conveniently accessed, compare just some of the advantages of both cloud storage and local storage with the information below.

Cloud storage advantages
-Maintenance, upgrades, and troubleshooting are provided for you as issues arise
-Storage size scalability – Easy to increase or decrease storage as needed
-On-site disasters are not a problem, everything is safe elsewhere
-Easy, accessible access on any device with an internet connection

Local storage advantages
-Access speed is often a lot faster than cloud storage
-Full control of backups, which means better control over who accesses data
-Disconnecting the drives from the network keeps your data safe from attacks

There are advantages to both cloud and local storage, and the good news is that IntelliSyn offers the best of both worlds with its IntelliServer solution!

IntelliServer increases network efficiency while reducing operating costs and it’s backed by complete network administration, maintenance, and reporting that simplifies network, data, and application management.

With IntelliServer, you get the ideal balance of public, private, or hybrid cloud-based hosting. And you can eliminate the daily hassles associated with using and managing advanced IT so you can get on with your business.

IntelliServer ensures that you get the latest and greatest solution for all of your storage needs with its state-of-the-art facilities that keep your data secure.

Contact IntelliSyn today to reap the rewards of an all-in-one storage solution for your small business!

Why Even Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Need Data Backups

Why Even Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Need Data Backups

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A large proportion of today’s business documents and data is digital.

Most businesses (large and small) depend on being digitally active to turn a profit. Spreadsheets and documents are not completed by hand or by typewriter!

Given that all businesses are working in the digital realm, there is an ever-increasing possibility of sensitive data being lost, corrupted, or stolen. Data loss or corruption can result from simple problems, such as hardware or software failure and human error. And every business should be concerned about the possibility of complex threats from cyber attacks.

Whether you’re a sole proprietor, a small business, or large corporation, it is important to reduce the possibility of data loss and ensure the protection of your business’ network and IT infrastructure with backups.

IntelliSecure Data Backup and Protection services are designed to keep your data safe and accessible at all times. They go beyond basic transaction-based backup offerings to provide network backup for files, objects, and transactions. This includes complete backup and protection of your on-site files and folders, as well as your off-site data in virtual machines.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about backups to protect your business’ data!

Three Tech Trends to Watch in 2017

Three Tech Trends to Watch in 2017

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Every day brings new changes to the technology that we rely on to run our businesses. With the rapid changes happening from desktop to cloud, it’s difficult to know what’s important. But if you focus on the right technology, you’ll improve the way your business operates and you’ll be better positioned to compete in the coming year.

Start the new year off on the right tech footing by focusing on these tech trends.

1. Internet of Things

In 2017, advancements in sensors, software, and mobile technology will allow a variety of devices to be interconnected and speak to one another. IntelliSyn’s IntelliOffice allows you to leverage the latest office technology and advanced interconnectivity with an end-to-end, turnkey business network in a box so you can remain productive and efficient.

2. Personalized Offerings

More businesses will continue to move away from generic, one-size-fits-all solutions that don’t match the unique needs of their office environments. Tailored products and services will be the key to improving efficiency and increasing productivity. With IntelliSyn, your business can get the custom IT network that fits your unique environment and addresses your specific needs.

3. Cybersecurity

The number of cyber attacks will continue to grow in 2017, and cyber criminals will continue to adopt more sophisticated techniques to get at the data they really want. You’ll need the latest and greatest IT security available to keep the bad players out and your data safe. Take advantage of the latest technologies with IntelliSecure’s turnkey managed security and unified threat management (UTM) solutions. With IntelliSecure, you can protect your business network and get the peace of mind you need for your business’ entire technology infrastructure.

Keep pace with the rate of technology changes and improve the way your business operates by contacting IntelliSyn today!

Happy Holidays!

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Everyone at IntelliSyn would like to wish you and your family a happy holiday season and new year!

We look forward to continuing to work with current and new clients in 2017!

As you break for the holidays, ask yourself: “Is my network secure and protected? Can I leave my IT up and running with peace of mind?”

 If there’s any doubt on either of these fronts, contact us today for information on our services and solutions.

As a reminder, our office will continue to remain open over the holidays with the exception of December 26th and 27th.

Enjoy the holidays!

Chris Stratton
CEO, and President (Canadian Division)

Protect Your Office IT Network This Holiday Season

Protect Your Office IT Network This Holiday Season

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If you’re looking forward to enjoying some time off during the holidays, make sure you don’t leave your office vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Protect your office IT network from cyberattacks and ensure you return from the holidays without the network security problems that can hamper business productivity.

Ensure your office is secure from cyber threats with this simple checklist:

  1. Set your computer to automatically update software and operating system updates to ensure the latest protection is running.
  2. Install protective software that scans for viruses on a regular basis.
  3. Install desktop firewalls.
  4. Protect sensitive data with encryption tools.
  5. Make sure passwords are strong.
  6. Backup all devices to protect data from the unexpected.
  7. Protect access by not leaving your devices in unsecured areas or logged on.
  8. Use secure internet connections.
  9. Stay current on new technology and security systems to remain the most up-to-date and secure.

And if you’re looking for more protection, consider our IntelliSecure cybersecurity solution.

IntelliSecure provides everything you need to safeguard your data and servers from attack with a complete, turnkey security solution.

Contact IntelliSyn today to get the protection your office needs for this holiday season and for the answers to any questions you may have about protecting your business network and IT infrastructure.

Chris Stratton Brings Security Insights to Small Businesses and Associations

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Over the past four months, Chris Stratton brought security expertise and insights to a variety of small businesses and associations through multiple speaking engagements.

Chris shared valuable information about applying big business security to small business networks at a Small Business Association—Canada (SBA) breakfast event and at IntelliSyn’s exclusive executive roundtable event.

At another exclusive roundtable event that closed off the year, Chris also spoke about how managed security service providers (MSSPs) help protect business IT networks from malware and other cybersecurity threats.

If you didn’t catch Chris this year, don’t worry! There will be more opportunities to attend IntelliSyn speaking events in 2017 and get insights into the IT issues that matter the most to small businesses.

On-Site, Off-Site, or Both? Which Is Best for Your Office’s Server Solutions?

On-Site, Off-Site, or Both? Which Is Best for Your Office’s Server Solutions?

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Thinking of using an on-site server for your business’ data network? Think again! On-site, network-attached storage solutions and application servers are costly and inefficient.

Your business can increase network efficiency, reduce its operating costs, maximize its network uptime, and eliminate the daily hassles associated with using and managing advanced IT so you can get on with your business. How? It’s simple.

Our IntelliServer service provides hosting and co-location services in state-of-the-art facilities.

IntelliServer gives your business the ideal balance of public, private, or hybrid cloud-based hosting.

And, it’s backed by complete network administration, maintenance, and reporting that simplifies network, data, and application management.

Check out our IntelliServer page or contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about the benefits of off-site server solutions.