How the Release of iOS 8 and iPhone 6 Will Affect Small Business Technology

This month’s security breach notwithstanding, Apple has been a beacon of new technology and innovation for decades now and the new release of iPhone 6 and iOS 8 are a big part of that. The release of the Apple Watch early next year may push the boundaries of technology even farther. Though they’re following up on the already released Samsung Watch, Apple promises to bring a few different and upgraded features to the table – we’ll focus on that sometime in the future, though. For the moment, let’s talk about iOS 8 and how it’s going to affect small business technology.

Features of iOS 8 and iPhone 6

  • Better integration – As usual, how well your integration between your devices works is going to depend on what types of devices you use. For those who are already Apple converts, the new operating system is going to be a nice upgrade. Apple has made it even easier to share information and document back and forth between your different devices, including Mac and iPad. The app used to do this is called “Handoff” and it will allow you to transfer information from your mail app, Safari app, and more. You’ll also be able to answer calls directly from your Mac or iPad if you have Wi-Fi connection. As for its benefits to small business technology, this will make it easier to move information around on the go.
  • Health and fitness – Companies that work in the health industry may find iOS 8 to be more useful than any operating system before it. It will make it easy for patients and clients to share health information regarding exercises that they’ve done and duration of those exercises. It’s a great way to keep patients and clients in check and to help improve their health – from calories burned to cholesterol levels.
  • iCloud – This might be the most useful feature for iOS 8. If you don’t know how the cloud works, it essentially allows you to store your files on a remote database that you can access from anywhere with Wi-Fi at any time. The iCloud allows you to access any and all of your files from your Mac or even from your PC whenever you need them. The great part about it is that if you make edits on your iPad, they’ll also show up on your iPhone automatically. The cloud is becoming more and more useful all the time and small businesses are beginning to see the value of using cloud within their entire company.

Staying on Top of Small Business Technology

The best way to move your business forward is to make sure that you’re keeping up with the newest technology available. It’s not always easy to do that on your own. Outsourcing your IT ensures that you’ll get the newest updates as soon as they pop up and that you’ll have someone to advise you on all of the workings of the technological world! To talk to someone about outsourced IT for your small business, give us a call at (443) 992-7394. We’d be happy to assist you with your professional business networking needs.

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Source: Apple

What is Malware and How Can I Protect Myself?

Just the word “malware” sounds bad. That’s for a pretty good reason. Malware can do some serious damage if hackers manage to somehow get it on your computer. Most people store important information or their computers that they wouldn’t want anyone else getting ahold of – malware can provide hackers and thieves with this type of information. Think of all of the passwords you use on a daily basis. Do you access your bank account from your computer? With malware and spyware, hackers can see your password and gain access to your accounts. It’s pretty scary. Learning a little bit more about how malware works and what you can do to protect yourself may give you some peace of mind if you take the advice to heart.

What is malware?
Malware is a program that you (unwittingly) install on your computer that allows others access to your information. Though you never plan to install malware or do it on purpose, you’ll find that sometimes simply clicking the wrong link can install malware. Once it’s there, that’s it. Unless you find it early enough, you’re probably going to find yourself in a tough situation and detecting it isn’t easy. You probably won’t have an idea that what you’re clicking on is spam and you likely also won’t know exactly how the malware got on your computer once you figure it out.

How can I protect myself?
There are a few things that you can do to make sure that you don’t end up with malware on your computer. First and foremost, make sure you keep it up to date. Most companies that manufacture computers and operating systems stay on top of the most prevalent scams and make patches to prevent against hackers each time they break through. You should also be careful about what you click on when you’re on the Internet. If you’ve been using the Internet for a while, you probably know that already. If you don’t know what something is or if it looks suspicious, don’t click on it. You should also invest in some software that can detect malware or help prevent it.

If you own a business, one of the best things that you can do to protect yourself is to outsource your IT. A company like Working Nets can help you to figure out if there’s something suspicious going on and keep you up to date on the latest malware scams so that you know what to avoid. At Working Nets in Baltimore, we support your business by providing top-notch Information Technology (I.T.) services to companies like yours: Companies that don’t need full-time I.T. services, but do need someone to turn to, when they are having a problem.  If you have any questions about malware please contact us at 443.992.7394 or visit our website!

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Source: http://safeandsavvy.f-secure.com/2011/01/20/how-to-protect-from-malware/#.U3aMGfldXTo