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Why You Should Consider the Migration to Office 365: Licensing & Upgrades

If your business is still working with the desktop versions of Microsoft Office – now is the time to consider an Office 365 migration. Why move? Let’s consider just two of the top benefits OXEN Technology has seen with Office 365 migrations: Eliminating expensive, confusing licensing costs Simplifying updates and upgrades We’ve helped many organizations migrate to Office 365 and get their apps in the cloud. We know the major differences between quoting and designing an on-premise Office environment versus Office 365. Eliminating licensing Headaches Budget-conscious? You can save money, but also headache and worry, on licensing. Buckle up, because…
OXEN Technology
November 13, 2017
Managed ServicesSecurity

3 Security Advantages of Managed IT Services

Managed IT services, or outsourced remote network management, can help your business in many ways. It’s a cost effective way of having your IT infrastructure monitored and maintained by experts instead of hiring an IT director. Or, it can free up your IT director and IT staff to work on more important projects than daily maintenance. But other than productivity and peace of mind, what are the security benefits of managed IT services? Here are three security advantages you get with remote network management. #1 You Stay Updated Basic managed IT services include running software updates, patches, and upgrades for…
OXEN Technology
November 6, 2017
BackupSecurity

Your best security defense includes backup

Why should your business have a data backup? Here at OXEN, we highly recommend a backup strategy for everyone as part of a strong security defense. You’ve probably recently heard a lot about the critical need for a backup solution in the fight against ransomware. Essentially ransomware is malicious software that encrypts your files and won’t decrypt them unless you the pay the ransom. You can’t rely on ransomware being removed. Even if it’s possible to remove it, it could take days and a lot of money. And if you pay the ransom, you can’t rely on the attackers to…
OXEN Technology
October 30, 2017
Backup

When is a simple data backup not enough?

You know you need data backup, but when do you need a business continuity solution? If you’ve been paying attention to the news, you’ll know that massive global ransomware attacks are only growing in scale and frequency. These attacks and other threats and accidents that cripple, ransom, or destroy organizations’ data are a convincing argument for a solid backup solution. Restoring from a data backup is often the only reliable way to recover from these events. Even smaller organizations and businesses know that they need some sort of backup solution now. But when do you need more than a regular…
OXEN Technology
October 18, 2017
Notifications

Microsoft Outlook Connectivity Changes for Office 365

On October 31st, Microsoft will be changing the way that Outlook connects to Exchange Online. If you are an Office 365 customer, you may be impacted by this change if you use Outlook 2007 or older. If so, OXEN is here to help you prepare. Who will be affected? The change affects all Exchange Online customers. However, only customers using Outlook 2007 (or older) need to take action beforehand. If you have Outlook 2010 and it has not been updated in a long time, you may also experience issues. What will be affected? Microsoft Outlook 2007 (and older) for Windows…
OXEN Technology
October 11, 2017
AnnouncementsSecurity

Equifax Breach: What should you do to protect yourself?

The big news this past week has been the Equifax breach. On September 7, Equifax — a top credit reporting firm — announced that hackers stole consumer data from mid-May through July 2017, affecting 143 million people. Hackers stole customer names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, and addresses. A smaller set of consumers also had their credit card numbers and other documents taken. This is one of the largest data breaches in US history and the biggest known leak so far in 2017. The size of this breach has alarmed consumers and lawmakers, and Equifax has been highly criticized for its…
OXEN Technology
September 12, 2017
Security

A Short Guide to Data Security Practices for Your Business

Much has been said about data security practices and cybersecurity measures that businesses should follow. All the information and recommendations out there can be confusing and overwhelming. Large data breaches and multiple scary ransomware attacks have dominated the news for years now. Each time businesses have to ask, “Should we be worried? Are we a target? What can we do to defend ourselves?” So here’s a short beginner’s guide on keeping your data safe and your risks low. #1 Don’t ask for information you don’t need Don’t ask for and don’t hold confidential information “just because”. If you don’t store…
OXEN Technology
August 28, 2017
InfrastructureSecurity

Why bother with software and hardware updates for security?

When was the last time you thought about software and hardware updates? For many, updating software and hardware is not a priority because "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". At OXEN, we politely disagree with this age old wisdom because it's abundantly clear that today's cyber attacks pointedly prey on vulnerabilities present in old software and hardware. (This holds especially true for operating systems such as Microsoft Windows.) It may not be "broke", but it's still old. "Working" does not mean "secure". Old software and hardware simply do not have the latest defenses like security patches and advances in…
OXEN Technology
August 16, 2017
Security

Update on Petya ransomware: It’s a wiper

In late June, a new ransomware attack was announced that was quickly spreading across the globe. Since then, after further analysis, it appears that this Petya ransomware isn’t in fact ransomware: it’s a wiper. Petya ransomware encrypts the master boot records of infected Windows computers, thus making the affected machines unusable. Because of the way the virus works, there appears to be no way for the attacker to decrypt a victim’s files – so don’t pay the ransom! It seems incredibly unlikely that victims would ever get their data restored. The other notable aspect of Petya is that it uses…
OXEN Technology
July 10, 2017
Security

Warning: Petya ransomware outbreak similar to WannaCry spreads worldwide

A new ransomware attack called Petya, PetyaWrap, or GoldenEye began spreading worldwide on June 27th, and it looks similar to the WannaCry outbreak in May. It targets Microsoft Windows operating systems and so far reports show that all systems from XP to Windows 10 are susceptible. Petya looks to be more sophisticated than WannaCry and doesn't have the same flaws that allowed a "killswitch" to slow down WannaCry's progress. This means Petya may be a more virulent attack and harder to slow down and stop, although experts are saying they hope the patching of the known exploits it uses after…
OXEN Technology
June 28, 2017