March 2013
In This Issue:

Brian's Blog
Your Business Is BYOD
Mobile Apps Cater to Our Connected World
Fighting Images in Microsoft Word
Et tu, Printer?
Business Continuity Tip
Quote and Cartoon
Et tu, printer?
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

When you think about protecting your business from security risks, what comes to mind? Most likely, you're not thinking about your office printers. But you should.

Printers found in many businesses these days do more than just print. Many of them also scan, copy, fax and receive print jobs through a network connection. Like a computer, printers are equipped with processors, hard drives and operating systems—and are thus susceptible to the same threats that commonly plague PCs.

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Business Continuity Tip
Cybercrime Goes Mobile

Mobile devices have become an essential tool for everyday life. We check in for flights, make online purchases, access bank accounts, and connect to social media all on mobile-enhanced websites and newly developed applications.

The worldwide adoption of the smartphone has prompted cybercriminals to shift their focus toward mobile users and away from the traditional PC environment.

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Brian's Blog
by Brian Gregory, President

Thanks to all that came out for our Seminar at Bass Pro a couple of weeks ago! We had over 40 attendees and a great discussion!

Lots of talk about tablets, cell phones, and “BYOD” or “Bring Your Own Device”, the practice of allowing employees and/or clients to use their personal devices on your network. There are LOTS of advantages to BYOD, in particular convenience and cost savings, but MANY pitfalls as well – all dealing with security. If this is a challenge you are facing, let us help! There ARE answers out there!

One item we discussed where the interest surprised me was Xerox solid ink printers. These are phenomenal devices but I was blown away by the response. All Xerox solid ink printers are fast and print phenomenal documents. One big advantage is that the consumable is literally just a block of wax – a big crayon. There are no big toner cartridges to throw away (or save in a big stockpile) and no messy toner to spill and get all over your hands. They are super efficient with a low cost per page – but in particular, the 8870 model prints COLOR for the price of Black & White! That’s about 3 cents per page. I use one in my office and we love it. We don’t print a ton of color, but with this printer we don’t care if it’s color or black and white. Most color printers cost more like 20 cents per page and some are over 50 cents per page – those costs are eating at your bottom line. Even with our small print volume, this printer was worth the investment and will pay for itself quickly in consumable savings! Let me know if you would like to learn more.

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


Your business is BYOD. Now what?
used with permission from HP Technology at Work

After serious consideration, you've allowed workers to BYOD (bring-your-own-device). They can now use their own laptops, notebooks, smartphones and tablets in the office and to conduct business after hours. Now it's time to quickly swing into action and choose the right supporting technology and IT strategy for maximizing your productivity and network security.

The BYOD express is running at full speed

In a December 2012 survey, Gartner noted that 33 percent of businesses have BYOD policies relating to the use of personal mobile devices to access enterprise applications. That number is expected to balloon to 70 percent by the end of 2013 [1].

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Mobile Apps Cater to Our Connected World
Used with the permission of http://thenetwork.cisco.com
by Kirsten Chiala

The future of mobile is faster and easier access to entertainment, shopping, and socializing.

From shopping to socializing, consumers are demanding faster, and easier transactions and connections, and retailers and developers are listening. Cisco's latest Mobile Visual Networking Index finds global consumer mobile data traffic grew an astounding 74% in 2012. It's no wonder then; mobility is changing the way we buy things and the way companies sell them. That means for many brick and mortar businesses, the cash register, like the desktop, is headed for the history museum. As you've no doubt noticed, more retailers are moving to purchase systems that allow them to sell anywhere, anytime, on handheld devices.

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Fighting images in Microsoft Word

Remember this? You're working on a document – maybe it's a report for your sales meeting, a set of instructions for a client, or a promotional flyer – and you are trying to place an image. You're bumping it down a few keystrokes at a time to get it perfectly situated between paragraphs or at the bottom of the page when suddenly it goes flying off, jumping to the top of the page or disappearing completely.

What happened?!

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