May 2013
In this issue

Blackberry Tips

Network Security Checklist

Spam, Spam Go Away

Think Before Sharing Location

Business Continuity Tip
Continuity Tip
Know Your Route

Whether it's a building evacuation due to a fire or a city evacuation due to hurricane, know your routes. And most importantly, make sure your employees know your routes.

In the event of an emergency, stairwells, exits and/or roads may be blocked. It is important to have a plan and a backup plan in place so your employees know when to evacuate, where to go, and what to take with them. For a complete guide to developing a comprehensive emergency evacuation plan, click here.


Quote for Today

It is often easier to fight for a principle than to live up to it.

Adlai Stevenson

Just for Laughs

Blackberry Tips
by Alwyn Peirera, Helpdesk Leader
Getting a new Blackberry phone? Below are tips for phones that have Operating System 7 (NOT Blackberry 10). Users have to keep in mind the following when calling in for assistance to setup their new shiny phone:
  • Ensure phone plans are properly transferred from your old phone to your new phone. This includes the following:
         - your voice and data plan
         - cell phone number
         - remove SIM card from old phone and input into new one
           (unless old phone was lost)
         - 85% of the time users calling in think their cell phone
           provider transferred the plan onto the new phone and is
           automatically ready to go
  • Ask your office manager what Blackberry Enterprise server software is being used at the office. If you are not sure, call Idealogical.
  • Blackberry Professional Software is a paid application and each user added onto the console requires a paid license.

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Network Security Checklist
used with permission from Cisco

Many small and medium-sized businesses do not have adequate network security. Here's how to make sure you do.

Now more than ever, you depend on your network for your most important business operations, such as communication, inventory, billing, sales, and trading with partners. Yet up to now, you might have held off on protecting your network, for several reasons:

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Spam, Spam, Go Away
used with permission from Norton by Symantec

Spam. In some ways, it's the electronic equivalent of junk mail and junk phone calls. Spam is not only an unsolicited and annoying nuisance, it's also a pervasive problem that's clogging and overwhelming the Internet's email systems. Spam accounts for approximately 80 percent of worldwide email volume.

In other ways, spam is worse than junk mail or junk phone calls. Although some spam is simply unwanted but legitimate advertising, much of it is worse. It can include everything from scam offers to malicious code--all designed to wreak havoc on your financial well-being or on your computer. Here are some of the most current and prevalent spam threats:

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Think before sharing your location online
used with permission by HP Technology at Work

Many online alerts and notifications signal your real-life movements to the outside world. Location-based apps are trusted tools for keeping clients, colleagues and friends updated on your whereabouts. However, before you “Check in” everywhere, all the time, it is important to think about who exactly can access this information. Your old school friends? That funny guy you met at the airport? Their connections?

Awareness is key in avoiding the consequences of over-sharing your location online. Consider these potential risks before you set up an e-mail or social media notification sharing your holiday dates or where you’re meeting to discuss that important merger.

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