Ransomware has become one of the biggest threats to data stored on computers and other devices, with recent attacks causing havoc for personal users, businesses, healthcare providers and even airports.

Protecting your computers, tablets, smartphones and other devices is crucial for helping to protect against data loss, identity theft and even financial loss.

If your company is thinking ahead, then you're almost certainly considering a move to a next-generation network sometime in the near future.

Every business will be affected by the proliferation of this revolutionary style of network infrastructure; those that are able to achieve a trouble-free transition will be on a better footing than those who fumble when the dawn of NGN adoption breaks.

Ransomware is the name given to software that encrypts or deletes files on a computer and will restore them to the user in exchange for payment to the person who created the software.

It is most commonly spread by malicious email attachments, although it can be embedded in downloaded files, install when you visit a web page or even be transmitted to an unsecured computer when it connects to the internet.

Most small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are not in the IT technology business. They are in the business of providing a particular set of products and services to customers, and that's where their focus should be.

So, rather than expending a lot of time and internal resources on their IT infrastructure, more and more SMBs are entrusting that responsibility to a Managed IT Services Provider (MSP) partner.

Phishing scams involve tricking people to reveal confidential data which can then be used for fraud. This includes getting usernames, passwords, credit card details, and other things.

Phishing has quickly become a huge problem and continues to become more sophisticated.

It's not all bad news, and the good news is that you can defend yourself against phishing attacks and you can learn how to avoid phishing scams.

How often have you given your IT staff training and certifications, only to see them take their new qualifications to a different company? When it happens, it causes a gap in your IT support and unexpected personnel costs. You now have to recruit, hire and train a replacement.

You can take control of your budget, eliminate unneeded spending and get quality, on-demand IT support with a managed IT service. This can help lower costs and make them more predictable.

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