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  1. Three Ways to Prevent Smartphones from Compromising Your Business Data Security

    Most businesses of any size have some level of network security in place, especially if they’re heavily regulated or retain sensitive customer data.  That’s because most businessowners know a fellow owner who has had to deal with the fallout of a business security lapse.  That might include stolen data, ransomware, social engineering, or a salesperson…

  2. It Probably Won’t Be Coronavirus, But Here Are 3 Risks Your Business Needs to Be Prepared to Face

    The way the news media is covering Coronavirus, you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re three weeks away from a zombie apocalypse.  There have been just over 40,000 coronavirus cases in China, and a thousand have died.  That’s around one tenth as many people as have died from the flu in China since October. The United…

  3. Don’t Let Someone Steal Your Business’s Online Identity

    If you’ve ever searched on Google for a business, you’ve probably seen their business information show up to the right of the search results.  As an example, searching for WingSwept returns the box below. Google pulls this information from your Google My Business (GMB) profile.  Your GMB profile has your business address, hours, phone number,…

  4. Average Ransomware Payment Doubles in 90 Days

    Ransomware might not command the media attention it once did, but that’s not because it’s gotten any less dangerous or expensive.  While it’s old news to much of the media, every day it becomes big news to thousands of small business owners. The financial threat is also escalating rapidly.  Ransomware costs doubled between Q3 2019…

  5. Windows 7 is End-of-Life. What Does That Mean?

    It’s been all over the news this week that Windows 7 officially reached “end-of-life” on Tuesday.  Of course, that doesn’t mean your computer isn’t going to turn on today if you’re running Windows 7.  It also doesn’t mean that Microsoft stopped selling Windows 7 this week. They stopped selling retail copies of Windows 7 way…

  6. Our Most Popular Blog Articles of 2019

    It’s a good time to review the most popular blogs over the last year now that 2019 is coming to a close.  While this blog has provided perspective on technology challenges, WingSwept has spent much of 2019 focused on big-picture business topics.  The most popular topics were split down the middle, with two focused on…

  7. Three Tips for a No Drama 2020

    Type the word “drama” into Google, and it will tell you that the definition is “an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances.” Most business owners don’t like drama.  Businesses thrive because owners anticipate opportunities and prepare to take advantage of them.  Businesses survive because owners anticipate challenges and prepare for…

  8. Should I Use Consumer Class Computers for My Business?

    Disposable Technology Is Expensive It seems like nothing is built to last anymore.  Incandescent bulbs, if you can get them, last around 1,500 hours.  But an incandescent light bulb built in the late 1890’s has been turned on for nearly every minute of the last 119 years, and it’s still going strong.  The same goes…

  9. Who Provides IT Help to Businesses?

    If you have more than a handful of employees, the odds are good that you will have to turn to specialists to address your technology needs at some point.  Depending on how extensive your technology needs are, you’ll likely solve this problem using at least one of three providers: fee-for-service, internal support, or managed IT…

  10. Three Signs an Employee Isn’t Contributing To Their Full Potential

    Successful businesses set goals.  Most employees know whether they are meeting company expectations based on important metrics.  They can take the form of sales goals, billable hours, customer problems resolved, deliveries made, or something else entirely.  These metrics help businesses ensure that employees are contributing to the company, but they don’t necessarily ensure the employee…