How Natural Disasters Impact Businesses

Guest Author

Business owners can spend many sleepless nights worrying about the myriad disasters that can strike their companies. Will there be a labor dispute? Will the server go down tomorrow? Is an employee going to say something stupid on social media? In any case, being prepared and having a plan for these disasters is key to weathering the storm for any business. However, there’s one type of disaster that shockingly few businesses seem to have detailed plans to deal with, and it’s pretty obvious when you think about it. Many businesses only think about natural disasters in the context of how they’ll get their employees to safety in the moment, but they don’t consider all of the lasting impacts those disasters can have on their ongoing operations.

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Topics: Data Protection

Password Best Practices

Chris Gonzales

The first Thursday of May each year is World Password Day, a celebration to promote better password habits. "Passwords are critical gatekeepers to our digital identities, allowing us to access online shopping, dating, banking, social media, private work and life communications." (Per National Day Calendar)

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Topics: Data Protection

Drones on the Construction Jobsite

Shawn Foret

Drones are more than just the cool toys on the construction jobsite these days, they’re robust assets that many construction companies are leveraging to work safer, more efficient, and to produce better quality work, which leads to high profits in an industry known for low margins.

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Topics: Architecture/Engineering/Construction IT

Our Favorite Business Apps

Perryn Olson

Here at My IT, we’re all about leveraging technology to improve efficiencies to help our clients grow and be more profitable. Over the past five years, we’ve over doubled our company’s client base while only adding a few new team members because of our lean approach to business. Much of this efficiency has come from different applications, both in the management of client networks and to streamline our remote support, but also to make internal communications and processes more fluid and efficient. So, we asked our team, what are some of your favorite apps for work?

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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

Automotives and Mixed Reality

Guest Author

bigstock--160787537-sm.jpgThe auto industry continues to adopt new technologies to make the customer experience better and to create more efficiencies from manufacturers to auto dealerships. We asked Nathan Sykes, an avid blogger about business and technology, for his view of how the automotive industry is utilizing mixed reality. Here is what he had to say:

Automotives and Mixed Reality

Augmented and virtual reality technologies are taking industries by storm, including retail, entertainment and even automotive. No doubt, you’ve heard of mobile games like Pokémon GO and virtual games played via platforms like PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift.

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Topics: Auto Dealership IT

2018 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch

Stephen Tullos

bigstock--141309923-sm.jpgWith the new year looming, all of the Top 10 lists for 2017 are coming out, so we asked our team what does 2018 have in store in regards to cybersecurity. The new year looks grim.

2017 showed the world that hackers have gotten better. Last year, numerous attacks were front-page headlines including the WannaCry Ransomware, NotPetya, Gmail Phishing Attack, and the Netflix Phishing Scam. Plus, Equifax, Deloitte, Verizon, Yahoo, and Uber had large-scale data breaches effecting millions of people worldwide.

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Topics: Data Protection

Bitcoin for Business

Guest Author

Being in the technology industry, we’re regularly asked all things tech and we’ve had a lot of questions concerning Bitcoin lately. We reached out to our local Bitcoin advocate Raina Casbon-Kelts to learn more about what Bitcoin is and why businesses would be interested in it.

Raina writes:

While Americans had Cyber Monday last week where online retailers threw out their best deals, the steadily growing global Cryptocurrency community celebrated Crypto Monday!

Bitcoin is a Global Digital Currency invented by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto. The intention of Bitcoin is the decentralization of money, returning person-to-person transactions to the world and eliminating the middle men like Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and even banks.

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Topics: Data Protection

HIPAA Best Practices for Doctors’ Offices

David Bourgeois

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the “police” that enforce HIPAA’s policies, report that most of the $67 million (and growing) in fines “stem from improper use or disclosure of electronic protected health information (ePHI); poor health information safeguards; inadequate patient access to their ePHI; and the absence of administrative safeguard for such information.” [Source: HIPAA Journal]

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Topics: Healthcare IT

How Consumers Can Protect Themselves Online on Cyber Monday

Stephen Tullos

Cybersecurity is top of mind for many business leaders thanks in part to Ransomwares like WannaCry and HIPAA data breaches being in the headlines nearly every month this year. With that in mind and Cyber Monday around the corner, we put together this list of ways consumers can protect themselves from identity theft, hacked accounts, and cybercrimes.

Every method and piece of advice on this list is free, requiring consumers to take a step back or have a wary eye for small details.

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Topics: Data Protection

Productivity Improvements with iOS11

Perryn Olson

Apple’s new operating system, iOS11, is chock full of fun new features like gifs integrated in the Photo app and VR flyover cities. Instead of listing the 100+ changes, let’s focus on the twelves updates that can improve productivity for your business.

Top iOS 11 Productivity Improvements

  1. Transition Phones – Apple made it even easier to transition to a new phone (of course). You can now import all of your settings, preferences, and keychain passwords wirelessly just by having the two phones next to each other.
  2. Centralized & Customizable Control center – You can do more with fewer clicks and finger swipes because iOS11 has all the controls in one location and you can customize what is included via Settings.
  3. Simpler Notifications – The new interface also centralized notifications, making them easier to review and dismiss. You can also make a notification persistent, allowing it to stay visible until you’re done with that reminder.
  4. Do Not Disturb while Driving – A key, potential life-saving feature, allows you to disable texts and notifications while you’re driving so you can pay attention to the road. I expect many companies to require this setting for all their drivers, much like companies banning talking on phones while driving.
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Topics: Efficiency & Productivity

About My IT's Blog

We believe an educated client is the best client, therefore, we share our knowledge with executives and business owners looking for a fair, knowledgeable IT firm that fits well with their company and objectives.

My IT helps companies to protect their data, become more efficient and productive, and to boost high-growth using technology. In our blog, we discuss these topics and our extensive expertise working with medical practices, construction industry companies, and auto dealerships.

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