January 2014
In This Issue:

Brian's Blog
Business Referral Program
Safeguard and Protect Your Data
Avoid Tech Support Phone Scams
What the Technology You're Using Says About Your Business
Business Continuity Tip
Quote and Cartoon


Business Continuity Tip
Winterize Your Kit

This winter there was a story on the news about a family of 6 that survived for two days stranded in the wintery Nevada Mountains. This remarkable story of survival prompts many of us to wonder – what would I do in that situation? Would I have the tools, resources and know-how to help my family survive?


Let's not leave it to chance. As travel picks up during the holiday season, it's important to stock your car's emergency kit with the winter essentials. Supplies like rock salt, extra hats and blankets, and emergency flares will help to ensure your employees and co-workers are prepared no matter what.

For a full list of supplies, click here for a comprehensive checklist from the Center of Disease Control and Prevention.


 

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 Quote of the Month


I am certain there is too much
certainty in the world.

Michael Crichton
 

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Brian's Blog
by Brian Gregory, President

With great pride, I presented an award to Marty Peralez this month for his 10th anniversary with the company. Marty is an invaluable part of the team and I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Marty lives in Gardner with his wife and 2 sons, and is heavily involved in Soccer. We’re glad to have him around! Marty will be headed out with his wife for a well-deserved skiing vacation soon. With Marty’s anniversary, 5 of our 8 staff have been with the company more than 10 years.

Don’t forget about the upcoming End of Support for Windows XP. We’re in the final stretch. I expect higher prices and availability issues as we get closer to March, so I recommend getting in now while you can. Office 2003 is also becoming unsupported on April 8th. That’s not as big of a concern but something you should be aware of. As I’ve mentioned before, a lot of times the bigger issue becomes 3rd Party apps that will no longer support the Microsoft software.

I’m working on lots of new solutions for phone service – virtual, private cloud and on-premise. Lots of new ways to do things, we have something that will fit your business model. More information to come next month!

For more of my rambling thoughts, check out my blog.


Business Referral Program

Send your referrals to www.netinn.com/referral
or e-mail sales@netinn.com

Your personal referrals are the greatest compliment we can receive. Referrals are one of the primary reasons we have been successful for over 20 years. Our business referral program thanks you for assisting us in finding new clients in need of IT resources. If one of your referrals engages with us for projects or services, you may be eligible to receive a $50 Visa gift card. For more information, visit www.netinn.com/referral or give us a call!


4 Ways to Safeguard and Protect Your Small
Business Data

used with permission from SBA.gov
by Caron Beesley
 
 

Are you doing enough to safeguard and protect your small business data?

Small businesses are widely adopting data back-up practices to ensure data is retrievable should a disaster occur, but gaps remain. According to a July 2012 study by accounting software company Sage, the bulk of small businesses are backing up key data such as financial information, but most businesses back up that data on-site only. Furthermore, the study found that only 38 percent of surveyed small businesses have a formal emergency or disaster preparedness plan.

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Avoid tech support phone scams
used with permission from Microsoft Safety & Security Center
 

Cybercriminals don't just send fraudulent email messages and set up fake websites. They might also call you on the telephone and claim to be from Microsoft. They might offer to help solve your computer problems or sell you a software license. Once they have access to your computer, they can do the following:

  • Trick you into installing malicious software that could capture sensitive data, such as online banking user names and passwords. They might also then charge you to remove this software.
  • Take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.

What the technology you’re using says about your business
used with permission from Microsoft
by Cindy Bates
 

Did you know the technology you use has an impact on what current and potential customers think of your business? Those are the findings of a survey we recently conducted, in which 90 percent of respondents said they would – or would consider – taking their business elsewhere if a company uses outdated technology.

About 60% of respondents said they consider a 5-10 year old operating system or desktop computer to be “outdated.”

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