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A Virtual Private Network (VPN) can help protect data privacy during online transactions, but it’s not a magic wand. Whether you go with one of the many popular VPN service providers or have a VPN built specifically for your organization, you need to understand both the capabilities and the limitations of VPN technology – especially where your data security is concerned. Let’s examine what VPNs can and can’t do for you.

Do you lose sleep at night over the many security vulnerabilities that might or might not be placing your company at risk? If so, you could probably benefit from vulnerability assessment and remediation. Let’s look at what’s involved in assessing and correcting cybersecurity weaknesses.

If you’ve ever forgotten to backup a critical file only to regret it later, you know just how important data backup is for any organization. A ransomware attack, hard drive failure, natural disaster, or accidental deletion can deprive you of critical information, potentially hobbling your business and exposing you to legal liability over breached or missing data. So here are some smart data backup scheduling tips and strategies for SMBs, courtesy of your Austin IT managed services team at Gravity Systems.

Spring isn’t quite in the air just yet, but the warm feelings generated by Valentine’s Day can’t be denied. While you’re planning whatever romantic gestures you want to extend to a special someone, you might want to think about lavishing a bit of love on that hard-working IT department of yours. When you fix or upgrade essential technology, you’re not just boosting efficiency and productivity; you’re also boosting your technicians’ morale by making life easier for them. Let’s look at a few examples of technological TLC you might want to provide this year.

Every business these days is looking for innovative ways to increase productivity and free up valuable resources. Today we highlight a few apps that have proved useful for our small business customers: 

 

Lookeen

We use this app internally and have quite a few customers who use it.  Basically, it is a 3rd party content indexer that works very well with Outlook.  It pulls the searching and indexing out of outlook (pst and ost) and moves them into a text-only index.  It turns out that much of Outlook slowness in searching is related to display times and not search times.  By removing the display part of the equation, Lookeen enables super-fast searching.  You can easily search 50,000 items in under a second.  Pro tip: turn off attachment indexing if you don’t need it for better indexing performance. 

 

TripIt

This is another useful app. This app isn’t meant to simplify your business operations. Instead, it will help you manage your travel in on “plane of glass”.  TripIt is a travel-based app that can help you book your flights, car rentals, trains, buses, etc. instantly. It is quite easy to use and is perfect for entrepreneurs who are always on the move. If you are into a business that requires you to travel frequently, try subscribing to TripIt. 

 

Mynd 

 

This smart app is built act like your virtual assistant and to handle a number of your daily calendar operations. It is also known as ‘calendar with brain’. It can help you deal with your appointments effectively and in a timely manner. It can also find the social profiles of people who you are planning to meet, helping you learn more about their background before meeting them. Mynd also tells you about the traffic conditions and reminds you to leave for your appointment on time based on current conditions.

There are tons of apps that small businesses and entrepreneurs can use for optimizing their operations. If you need professionals IT help, get in touch with us and we would be glad to provide you with our take.


 

Cloud computing has gained tremendous popularity in the last few years. In fact, the technology is no longer limited to large corporations; even small and medium sizes businesses prefer hosted servers to store and manage their data. 

Gravity systems provides your enterprise with advanced Managed IT services. We offer technological support. We have powerful anti-spam solutions as well as solutions for data back up. Our company keeps in view all of your needs and that’s how we shape our plans and solutions so that you may get the maximum benefit.

Resolving a technical issue when you are running a small time business can be frustrating and exorbitant. If all the investments are spent on resolving technical issues, what about other services which need upgrade? At this instant, the owners themselves take up the work of resolving the issue, which may further complicate the issue as they have no knowledge when it comes to IT solutions. This can test their patience and be frustrating and may lead to hopelessness.

Data backup and disaster recovery is a critical element in every Information Technology plan, and many would argue that it is the most important question to ask.  Our Common IT Questions blog series continues today with options to protect your data.

You always feel good when you can take old computers, external drives or other devices and donate them to Goodwill, a school, or a charitable organization. Someone is sure to benefit from these items, you say to yourself, and you're right. But if those devices still have your company's sensitive data on them, you may be giving away a lot more than you know. And you can't just delete that data, either -- you have to scrub it off of the drive.