Before laptops and smartphones made their way into the office, companies essentially had to worry about only one type of device: the computers that were used within the office. And in the early 2000s, the rise of antivirus programs rose to help protect this single machine. Nowadays, employees are using all sorts of devices to do their jobs, especially as more businesses initiate bring your own device (BYOD) policies. Now, antivirus alone isn’t enough to combat all the different threats businesses will (almost) inevitably face.
Fact: Most small to midsize businesses are not properly protecting themselves from cyber security threats.
According to an annual study by Experian with the Ponemon Institute, 82% of companies say they are prepared for a data breach. While this means more businesses are prepared than ever before, the methods of breaching company security are only getting more sophisticated and complex.
You may think that, as a small business, you don’t need to have a server in the office. But if your business plans to scale, then having a server is going to make life a lot easier. Servers are computers that store company information: files, folders, internal web pages, and so on. Because the data is in a centralized storage location, this makes it a lot easier for everyone in the office to access what they need and multiple users can access the same data.
There are a few ways to set up a network printer, the most common ones being to buy an actual network printer or to share your existing wired printer over a network. Here’s the basic know how on how to do both.
VoIP stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, and it basically allows users to make calls over an internet connection rather than a telephone network. Switching your office’s communication system to VoIP can not only save your business a lot of money, but it can also provide many features that can’t be found with traditional phone services.
Are you moving into a new office? Maybe you have a business that’s finally found the perfect office to call home. Or maybe your company has grown too big for your current space, and it’s time to relocate. Whatever the reason, one of the biggest items on your new office's IT checklist is to set up the office network, one that will set your company up for success. So where should you start?