If you’re looking for a new way to maximize investment (ROI) and your company’s precious time, consider hosted IT (Information Technology). Take a look at just a few of its advantages here:
As part of your operating expenses, most hosted IT is tax-deductible. Check with your company’s accountant or accounting firm, of course, but know that this is one of the quickest (and most renewable) ways hosted IT can save you money.
Many costs are included.
With ClubDrive, user support costs are included, as are all back-end support costs. Problems with user device hardware are managed on a set fee schedule – and they’re usually minimal.
You get boosted security.
With ClubDrive, physical, virtual and device security are built in to hosted IT. Physical security is always in place because user data is in the cloud – not on your devices. Security from external threats is provided from the data center firewall and the 64-bit encryption we use.
If you’re ready to get hosted IT, talk to ClubDrive today. We’ll have you on the road to speedier, smoother service in no time!
By now, most people know what “phishing” is. It’s not the kind of thing where you go out and catch seafood for dinner, but a cyberattack that tricks you into releasing private data. And it’s only gotten worse as time has gone on. Here are a few sophisticated phishing tactics you should be aware of.
Beautifully made web pages
In the past, you could usually discern (via a poorly made webpage) if you were about to be the victim of a phishing scam. The page supposedly belonging to a real company would have obvious errors, clunky graphics or similar signs that it wasn’t legitimate. But now, the artistry of phishing by copying legitimate company webpages (such as those of banks) has been taken it up a notch. Sometimes it can be hard to spot the real from the fake.
Usually, once a phisher had your sign-in information (i.e., your username and password), it was game over. The sign-in would go nowhere and you’d realize you’d been duped. But now, sign-ins on fake pages actually take you somewhere, usually to an equally-convincing fake web page or even the real web page for the sign-in you just completed. So you might go about your business never realizing you’ve just been victimized.
These days, you hear a lot about the importance of moving certain aspects of your company’s data to the cloud. And maybe you think, “Yeah, yeah – when I get around to it. Right now I’ve got too much on my plate. What’s the rush anyway?” The answer may actually turn out to be “quite a lot!”
You may lose money
Every business wants to save money, but not having data on the cloud may send that money circling the drain. Cash flow that could pay only for needed services on a monthly basis is instead tied up in your current technological infrastructure. That means there’s none left over to shift operational costs toward business growth. A large chunk of your profits just goes into buying server after server … after server.
You may fail to meet compliance requirements
Clients trust you with their sensitive data, but not having it on the cloud may put that data at risk. Increasing governmental and industry requirements mean the need for security will only grow, and the cloud may be your best bet to cost-effectively meet their mandates.
Are you ready to avoid a data-pocalypse?
If you’re ready to avoid data disasters (and save money in the process), contact ClubDrive today. We’ll steer you toward the best way to put your data on the cloud … and open up the possibilities that await when you do!
There are plenty of nasty diseases going around these days. Colds, flus and oh yeah . . . computer viruses. They may not be as painful to your body as a cold or flu but they can do serious damage to your hardware – and your business. But how exactly do they do that?
A computer virus is actually software, but not the kind you want on your devices. It’s made to copy itself over and over so it can spread from machine to machine. The software is specifically designed to make your computer fail in one way or another.
Sneaky and sinister
You may not even know you have a virus on your computer until it’s too late. They’re usually designed to silently spread throughout your system. There’s no alert that tells you that you have a virus so you keep working on the computer, completely unaware of the damage being done.
Protect your computers from viruses today
The best thing you can do to fight against viruses is have a good anti-virus program installed on your computers. But even then, sometimes a virus is able to sneak through. At ClubDrive, we store your data on a secure server. If you ever lose access to it on your PC (personal computer) or laptop from a virus, your copy of the data is safe with us, and we can get you access to it quickly. Call today to learn more.
It’s easy to want to keep security on the back burner of your business. After all, it’s not one of your chief money-making operations. However, if you work with companies who maintain sensitive information, security is of paramount importance to them. Therefore, it needs to be of paramount importance to YOU.
Cybersecurity is your responsibility
Once upon a time, cybersecurity research was mostly funded by the Department of Defense. That’s because the government had a vested interest in protecting classified information. However, with more consumers trusting private companies with their sensitive data, such companies can’t rely on Uncle Sam alone to protect them.
The incentives are high
The incentives to protect client and consumer data are fairly high. In addition to being embarrassing, a data breach can mean a ton of time and money lost for your clients. In some cases, they never recover. Not only does that mean losing their business, but it can also mean a public relations nightmare for you. Imagine those clients telling all their friends how you failed to protect them. Bye-bye new business and hello lawsuits!
Maintaining security is hard. ClubDrive can help
The good thing is, you don’t have to worry about maintaining cybersecurity alone. ClubDrive can help. Whether you need secure hosted IT (Information Technology) or a data center cloud, ClubDrive prides itself on protecting you AND your clients. Contact us today to find out more.
If you’re a small or mid-sized business, you know that moving at least some of your data to the cloud is a wise idea. But are you aware of the more nitty gritty best practices that go along with it?
Start with certain data
If you’re a little wary about moving your data to the cloud, that’s okay. This is where a cautious approach works well. Try cloud deployment for applications you don’t have a great deal of dependency on yet, like new applications you’re testing that aren’t presently a part of your day-to-day operations.
Have the best of both worlds
Perhaps there is data you’re absolutely not willing to put off-premises. That’s fine. Clouds don’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. You can simply start spreading your applications – or increasing the offerings your business has – by putting some of them in the cloud.
Find a cloud service that works best for you
One of the best things you can do for your business is finding the RIGHT cloud service. Not all of them will have the savvy, customer service-based approach that you need. Contact ClubDrive today to see how we can improve your business’s cloud-based infrastructure. Because (best) practice make perfect!
You’ve been contemplating moving your company’s data and operations into the cloud for some time now. But how do you know when it’s the right moment to make the leap? Below are some considerations.
You want to save money
As a company, you’re always looking to save money. The great thing about moving to the cloud is that you can do it any time – with the potential to start saving IMMEDIATELY. Extending the life cycle of your existing hardware, freeing up capital for other aspects of your business … these are just a few of the reasons you might consider moving to the cloud sooner rather than later.
You’re due for a hardware refresh or purchase
Don’t you hate having to buy new computer hardware every few years? It’s such a pain to install, set up and learn that sometimes, you’d rather have a root canal. But what if a move to cloud could eliminate that pain? You’d save not only money, but also time (and possibly your sanity).
Move to the cloud today
Do you want to talk to a real person who can get you started on the road to an easier life of remote servers and world-class customer service? If you’re ready to join the many businesses whose companies are thriving in the cloud, contact ClubDrive today!
On Sept. 28, 2018, Facebook announced that its network suffered an attack. The result was that the data of almost 50 million users was compromised. While Facebook has since addressed the issue and informed any users who might have been impacted, much can be learned about safety and security online from this massive breach.
A data breach can happen to anyone
If you think that data breaches only happen to mom-and pop operations, think again. If it can happen to a company as well-known, well-branded and well-funded as Facebook, it can happen to you. That’s why you need to take steps to secure your data, even if you think you’re too “small” for cybercriminals to bother with.
You can’t afford to ignore security
If you’ve been putting off getting security for the digital components of your business, or are in the process of converting to cloud-based applications, you can’t ignore online security any longer. All it would take is one breach like this to bring down a company like Facebook – and yours as well.
You need security you can trust
Now that you know online security is crucial, you need to outsource it to a company you can trust. ClubDrive’s outstanding reputation in the field – as well as our unsurpassed customer service – means we have what it takes to keep your business secure … wherever you choose to practice it.
Are the different data center tiers especially confusing to you? Do you feel like breaking down into, well, tears when you try to contemplate them? Here’s a quick guide to tiers that we promise won’t make you cry!
This is the lowest tier available. In general, it has the most downtime, but can be more affordable for small business owners. There is little-to-no redundancy (i.e., backup measures) in this system.
This tier has slightly less downtime than Tier one. There are also a few redundant components included in the system, such as additional cooling and generators. This makes it slightly more reliable than the previous tier.
Tier three is often better for larger companies, since the former’s uptime is especially high, with better redundancy. Maintenance and repairs can usually be done without shutting the entire system down.
Tier four has everything that the first three tiers have, in addition to full redundancy. They also come with at least four days of protection against a power outage.
Tier five is the newest tier available, generally considered to be the most premier tier. Incorporating all aspects of tier four, it is also required to run on local and renewable power sources.
Still confused about tiers? Talk to ClubDrive today about which one is best for you!
Do you have a strange e-mail in your inbox, claiming to be “important” or “urgent,” but you don’t recognize the sender? You open it up and it urges you to do something about it in a timely manner. And indeed you should. In fact, you should delete it as soon as possible.
Before you become the victim of a phishing scam.
What is phishing?
Phishing is when someone sends you an e-mail that appears to be from a well-known person, company or organization. But unlike real e-mails, they’re not trying to communicate with you; they just want to get you to reveal information they can use, such as your passwords, bank account numbers or credit card numbers.
What are some signs of phishing?
Some of the signs of phishing are obvious, and some are not. But if you see any of the following in an e-mail, it’s better to call up whoever claims to have sent it and see if they did so:
- Requests to update information. You should be especially wary if the e-mail seems to be from the government or a bank; those institutions generally don’t contact individuals by e-mail to update things like their passwords.
- Varying URL’s. Sometimes, there will be a URL in the e-mail that requests you to click on it. Hover over that URL and the one you see when you hover over the e-mail address. If they’re very different from each other, chances are someone’s “phishing” for you.
- General sloppiness. Many phishers don’t take the time to craft well-written e-mails. Unlike a multi-million dollar company or enterprise, such as a bank, you may find the e-mail riddled with typos, spelling errors and grammar mistakes.
Protect yourself from phishing
Protect yourself from phishing, malware and other attempts to breach your secure and personal information. Contact ClubDrive today to get started.