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Not if, But When. Are You Prepared for Disaster?

March 13th, 2014
  • 25% of PC’s will fail this year (Gartner Group)
  • 24% of companies said the experienced a full data disaster (Forrester Research)
  • 70% of small businesses that experience a major data loss go out of business within a year (PricewaterhouseCooper)

Is it worth the risk to be unprepared?

Call 619-717-8070 for a free evaluation of your backup and disaster recovery systems.

March Madness: More Than Just Basketball Madness, Network Madness!

March 11th, 2014

With the NCAA Tournament starting next week, businesses need to be aware of the bandwidth constraints.  This year, there are a lot of matchups during business hours and the NCAA is making more video streaming options available than ever before.

Check out this infographic showing the impact March Madness can have on your networks and productivity.

Key Points during March Madness:

  • Networks experience THREE TIMES more activity
  • 40% of companies experience network problems
  • Cloud Services (Office 365, SalesForce, etc.) WILL be affected by slow data transfer speeds because employees are streaming games
  • 7 out of 10 Google search results re: the tournament are laden with Malware and Viruses
  • $134 Million in lost productivity for American companies
March Madness Infographic on IT Networks

IT Network infographic of March Madness Impact.

Quote of the Day: Paul Coffey

March 1st, 2014
“Nobody’s a natural. You work hard to get good and then work to get better. It’s hard to stay on top. ”  Paul Coffey

Disaster Recovery Questions, Do You Have The Answers?

February 5th, 2014

What’s worse than having a CEO and board of directors grill you about your disaster recovery plan? Not having one, especially AFTER a disaster.

  1. What is at risk if core applications go down for a day?, a week?, longer?
  2. What will happen to key data in the event of a disaster?
  3. How are you currently protecting facilities and applications?
  4. What was the scope of the last test of the recovery process?
  5. What were the results of our last full recovery test?
  6. What are the recovery time objectives?
  7. How is data going to be protected during the recovery process?
  8. Who are the key decision makers in the recovery process and do they know their roles?
  9. Does the recovery plan meet all compliance objectives?

If you don’t have the answers to these questions, call 619-717-8070.


4 More Reasons Not to Use Google Apps or Gmail for Business

February 5th, 2014

As if there weren’t enough reasons NOT to use Google Apps and Gmail, here are four more reasons, just in the past 2 weeks.

1.      Gmail And Google+ Go Down Across The World – TechCrunch

Jan 24, 2014 – Gmail is currently experiencing what appears to be a widespread outage, with reports coming in from Europe, the U.S., Canada, India and beyond that Google’s email service is down. As an added bonus, note that Google’s Site Reliability Engineering team, which makes sure Google services stay up, was doing an AMA on Reddit exactly when this happened.

2.      Gmail Glitch Caused Thousands Of Emails To Go To One Man’s Account – The Huffington Post

Jan. 24, 2014 – There’s an bug in Google search which is pointing users directly to the personal email address of a man in Fresno, CA. The address appears in a “Compose” window that pops up when the top search result for Gmail is clicked. “I’ve been getting thousands of no-subject, blank emails,” he says. “500 of them come every hour, I can’t stop them.”

3.      Google Apps users messages being incorrectly placed in their Trash, Spam, or other folders.

Feb. 3, 2014 – In an email sent from Google yesterday with the subject line: “Google Apps action required: Please check now for misfiled Gmail messages”, Google stated “We discovered an issue that resulted in some of your Google Apps townsendadvisers.com users’ messages being incorrectly placed in their Trash, Spam, or other folders. The issue affected users’ actions only in Gmail for iOS, Gmail in a mobile browser, and Gmail Offline.”

What happened

Between January 15 and January 21, 2014, an issue in Gmail caused some actions, such as deleting, reporting spam, starring, archiving, or moving to a folder, to be incorrectly applied to a different message than the message the user was viewing. As a result, some messages may be unintentionally located in your users’ Trash or Spam, or other folders.

Your affected users did receive a pop-up notification about the issue in their Gmail for iOS, Gmail in a mobile browser, and Gmail Offline within the last week. The notification text:

You may have been impacted by a recent issue in Gmail that inadvertently caused some actions (e.g. delete, report spam) taken while viewing a message to be applied to a different message. The issue occurred between January 15 and January 22 and is now fixed.

We encourage you to check your Trash and Spam folders before February 14, 2014 for any items you did not intend to delete or mark as spam and move them back to your inbox. We apologize for any inconvenience.

4.      Corporate accounts hosted on Gmail are being hacked. 

Between 1/14/2014 and 2/1/2014 I received about 12 of the following email from many different companies that we do business with, all of whom host their email on Gmail.

Subject: Very Important Document!!!

Body: Please view the document i uploaded for you using Google docs.

Click here just sign in with your email to view the document its very important.

Thank you.

The moral of the story, please don’t use Google Apps or Gmail for business purposes.  For help getting off Google Apps or Gmail, call 619-717-8070.


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