State of Cybersecurity Summer 2016

The technological world is changing and transforming every single day. With constant software updates, new innovations and platforms and advanced systems, there are infinite ways for hackers to infect, threaten or break into your company data. This summer, keep a watchful eye out for the following cybersecurity threats. https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/05/15/14/38/computer-768608_960_720.jpg Ransomware Ransomware has been identified by the FBI as one of the biggest threats for businesses and individuals in 2016. Unique from traditional cyber hacks or viruses, ransomware is the term given when a hacker accesses professional or personal information and demands a ransom (money, gift cards, bitcoin or goods) in order to keep corporate data private. An easy way to…

Security Standards Rise as More Information Goes on the Cloud

With more information moving from devices to the cloud, security is a constant concern for businesses of all kinds. By sticking with the basics, a company can improve its online security. Photo: Pixabay     Requiring a strong password. A strong password is essential to protecting information. If companies are using a weak password or one that includes personal information, chances are someone can guess it. Google’s guide to creating a strong password illustrates that a random but memorable phrase is the best source for a password. Google gives the example of sPo0kyh@ll0w3En as a strong password.   Shorter expiration cycle. Having a strong password is important, but so is…

Easy Tips to Keep Data Safe From Hackers and Crashes

When it comes to technology, there are few things more important than the security of your information. And whether it is an external breach that exposes your data or an internal crash that destroys it, you want to be sure that you are taking every step possible to avoid those stressful situations. Fortunately, backup and security solutions don’t always have to be so complicated. Check out our suggested tips and tricks to help minimize the possibility of these threats. https://pixabay.com/en/blogging-blogger-office-business-336376/ Use a Password Manager We’ve written in the past about the dangers of repeated or outdated passwords. It is always good practice to update your passwords annually, or even more…

MDL Technology Shares 2016 Trends and Predictions for Cloud Computing

The cloud became the go-to platform for enterprise applications and data in 2015, but there’s still more to come. The cloud dominated the tech industry in 2015, and it looks like it could be the same for 2016. Cloud computing gives businesses a set of privileges that desktop computing can’t match. It’s a cost-effective way to have your company’s data accessible anywhere in the world. Cloud computing offers flexibility, scalability and lower capital expenditures than traditional in-house data centers. As we move further into 2016, many experts are predicting improvements to current-generation cloud environments, as well as new cloud technologies. According to Information Week, more cloud trends will emerge due…

Celebrate Simplify Your Life Week with Cloud Computing

The first week of August is known nationally as Simplify Your Life Week. One of the best ways to simplify your life, especially on a professional level, is to transition to cloud computing. The cloud offers vast storage, accessibility and security benefits for all of your data.   Better Storage Options Traditionally, data would be stored on a physical hard drive with a certain amount of space available that is prone to corruption, destruction and theft. With the cloud, all data storage is virtual. Instead of having to buy a new hard drive any time you want to upgrade storage, you can complete this action virtually at a much lower…

The Need for Automotive Auction Modernization

The automotive auction industry has a long history with practices that have been in place with great success. However, automotive auctions that stick by the same old processes they have used in the past are missing out on a huge opportunity to grow and increase sales. Utilizing modern technology to track every step in the auto auction as well as leads can greatly improve the auction business, yet many companies are still hesitant to change. Part of the resistance to modernization is the processes in place still produce results. But, as in every business, there are frustrating aspects that cause extra work at auto auctions and also in office backend…

The Complicated Relationship Between Cloud Computing and Government Agencies

Cloud computing has been growing in popularity due to the low expense, low maintenance and highly secure nature of the data storage option. However, many industries are still slow to adopt the cloud for their data storage needs. One of the most notorious industries that are slow to implement cloud computing, but that desperately need the technology are government agencies. In 2010, Vivek Kundra, the federal government CIO at the time, released a mandate that said every new government IT venture should evaluate cloud computing in their structure. And that was back in 2010 before cloud computing really took off! According to a GOA survey in 2014, this announcement has…