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The Business Guide to Ransomware

More and more, ransomware has emerged as a major threat to individuals and businesses alike. Ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts data on infected systems, has become a lucrative option for cyber extortionists. When the malware is run, it locks victim’s files and allows criminals to demand payment to release them.

In this e-book you’ll learn how the malware is spread, the different types of ransomware proliferating today, and what you can do to avoid or recover from an attack. Hiding your head in the sand won’t work, because today’s ransom seekers play dirty. Make sure your organization is prepared.


The Business Guide to Power Outages

Power outages, a leading cause of business downtime today, are on the rise. According to Inside Energy, a public media energy reporting initiative, the five-year annual average of power outages doubled every five years between 2000 and 2014. In other words, power outages are four times more common today than they were 15 years ago.

This ebook will help you better understand the tools and strategies that businesses use to minimize the impact of power outages. You’ll learn why power outages occur and why they are becoming increasingly common. You’ll also learn about preventative measures that can reduce the impact of power outages on your business. Finally, you’ll learn how these preventative measures alongside a robust data protection strategy can reduce the financial impact of an outage.


The Small Business Guide to Cloud Computing

You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “cloud computing” being used over the past couple of years, and you may be wondering what all of the buzz is about.

In this brief guide, we’ll explain the concept of cloud computing, the benefits and potential risks of using cloud computing, and things you should consider when evaluating cloud computing for your business.


Ten Ways Small Businesses Can Minimize Computer Headaches And Lower Their IT Costs Without Sacrificing Performance

Small businesses have unique needs and constraints that they must consider when planning and operating their business – one of the most important of which is their budget. From our experience in managing the technology of small businesses in a wide variety of industries, we have developed a number of best practices that can help you save money without sacrificing performance.

Our belief is that technology doesn’t have to be complicated, and that thoughtful management practices and a focus on keeping things simple will result in lower costs. In fact, the recommendations themselves are simple; so simple that most businesses tend to neglect them.

Practice these fundamentals and lower your information technology costs this year!


Moving Your Business? Here’s Your IT Checklist

Moving is never an easy feat, but some planning and investment can smooth the transition and keep your employees happy and stress free. Working with a project manager from Key Methods can assist you with these options and save you time and money.


Getting the Most From Your IT Service Provider

Small businesses face many challenges every day – finding good IT support is one of them. IT support can present unique challenges to business owners because many people feel intimidated by the technical nature of IT. This can result in uninformed decisions concerning the best way to get support for their business. Even though American small businesses spend billions of dollars each year on IT support, most of them don’t have a thoughtful IT support strategy to ensure they are getting the most bang for their buck. The following seven strategies will help you get the most from your provider of technical support.


More Than Just Backup – How to Pick the Right Backup Solution

Small and medium businesses (SMBs) need to keep their businesses up and running just as much as larger companies. Yet they are challenged by several limitations when seeking out a solution that meets their mission-critical data recovery, application uptime, and data retention needs.