The Power of Power Protection

I live in Vermont. This state is beautiful, but its glory comes at a cost: the weather. Up here we get all sorts of weather, and while it is rarely extreme, it is an unusual week if it doesn’t include some sort of meteorological variation. Thunderstorms, high winds, freezing rain, sleet, hail, and blizzards are …

2FA/MFA: Multi-Factor Authentication, What Is It?

Password security is one of the most fundamental steps to effective end-user security policy. However, over the years, advice on how to keep passwords and access to them secure have undergone several revisions and updates, which has left people and businesses confused as to best practices. We are going to look at the latest recommendations …

What is an MSP?

Before Vermont Panurgy, I managed a trade school in the Pittsburgh (PA) area with three physical locations. The school offered associates degrees in four disciplines: dental assisting, medical assisting, medical coding and billing and massage therapy. With multiple locations, over 300 students and 100 employees, the school utilized a wide variety of computers, printers and …

Don’t Lose Your Files, Save Them Properly

Remember paperback books? Remember how you’d put it down somewhere, then have the hardest time remembering where you put it? Keeping track of stuff is tricky but keeping track of documents and files you’ve saved on your computer can often feel even more confusing. Recently, with the advent of cloud synced storage, yet another layer …

Personalized IT for Your Business: Know your Techie

The importance of a well-functioning IT infrastructure is critical to the health of any business.  These days it is impossible to imagine a successful business that does not rely on technology to keep it functioning.  Reliability is a must to keep any business efficient and competitive. Your business has likely contracted with an IT support …

Do You Remember the Time? Risks and Protections for Business Data Storage

Throughout history, the way we humans have stored memories has been fraught with unreliability. Before the written word, memories were passed down through stories, and each person retelling the story added their own flare, sometimes radically changing the substance of the story, until the line ran out and the stories were forgotten. Once scrolls, books …

Turn to Face the Strain: The Importance of Employee Training in 2021

Coming up on our one-year pandemiversary (yes, I just made that word up), one thing that has become very clear is how different the workplace has become. No more water cooler chats or unexpected pop-ins, team meetings gone remote, difficulty measuring employee productivity or maintaining employee morale, and that’s just a few. The changes are massive and …

Managing Employees Remotely: The Importance of Updates

Back at the beginning of last year with the pandemic closing most in-person businesses, a wide variety of businesses started letting their employees work from home — all at the same time, with virtually no preparation or planning. Now, nearly a year later, it is clear that work-from-home is likely going to be a part of …

How Many IT Companies Does it Take?

You all have heard the old joke, told in numerous permutations, starting with the simple task of screwing in a lightbulb. If you’ve been following business and government news over the weekend, you probably heard about the security breach at SolarWinds, an IT company that services clients from Government Agencies to Fortune 500 companies. I …

“I Didn’t Send That!” Domain Impersonation and You

How many of you were affected by the #Ransomware attack on the UVM Medical Center’s IT network last week? Whether it was a delayed or cancelled appointment, an issue with work orders and partnerships, or just dropped communication, this type of attack is a tragically real example of the importance of network security. One of the biggest …