Protecting Your Computer from CPU Flaws

If you’ve been an ATB client for any period of time, you already know that we generally recommend staying current with all updates and patches to protect your computers’ vulnerabilities. However, when it comes to two current CPU flaws known as Spectre and Meltdown, you may want to seek professional IT advice before making any updates to “fix” these issues. ...

Smart Security for Voice Assistants

Voice-activated assistants such as Amazon Echo and Google Home are increasingly popular – and can be a fun and useful tool at home or in the office – but like most internet-connected technologies, they aren’t without security risks. One of the primary security concerns surrounding smart devices is their ability to “listen.” Did you know that once your voice assistant ...

The VoIP Crossroads: Pros and Cons of Open Source vs. Proprietary

Voice over Internet Protocol, better known as VoIP, is quickly becoming the standard for voice (and multi-media) communication across businesses large and small. There are many benefits associated with VoIP, including cost savings, real-time conferencing capabilities, the ability to share media – including live stream video as part of a singular transmission – and enhanced teleworking functionality. But assuming you’ve ...

Cybersecurity: The Future of Ransomware in 2018 and Beyond

If 2017 proved anything it’s that cybersecurity is an ongoing concern and total prevention may be impossible, but being prepared can help ensure the consequences of an attack are limited. From the Equifax breach, to state-sponsored attacks by foreign adversaries, to Russian manipulation of social media during the election and beyond, to the WannaCry ransomware attacks, and to countless other ...

Guest WiFi Access Doesn’t Need to Compromise Network Security

In this day and age, visitors to your place of business (and even your home) probably expect to have access to WiFi. But if you’re still just sharing your network login credentials with anyone who walks through the door, it is probably time to rethink your WiFi protocols and separate guest access from the primary network. There are several advantages ...

Understanding Virtualization

Virtualization isn’t just for large corporations and enterprises anymore. Companies of all sizes can benefit from virtualization, whether you’re looking to reduce IT costs, enhance security, increase operational efficiencies, or do some combination thereof. But before we get into the details of the various types of virtualization, it is important to have a general understanding of what virtualization is. At ...

Your Business’ Blueprint for a Seamless ERP Transition

The ERP Transition Blueprint Implementing new ERP software provides distinct advantages in the marketplace. As companies grow and change, so too do their operational requirements. Ten to twelve years is the typical life expectancy of ERP software, at which point a transition into a new system becomes necessary for continued growth and profitability. Security, reporting, and performance needs increase alongside ...

Net Neutrality & Your Online Privacy: The Pros & Cons of the Repeal

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably – at a minimum – heard the phrase “net neutrality” sometime over the past few years. But just so that everyone is on the same page, for the purposes of this information, we’ll define net neutrality as the requirement for internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all traffic equally (or said ...

Email Security: A Multi-Pronged Approach for Businesses

Email isn’t going anywhere. In fact, when you stop and think about it, there are very few business interactions and transactions that don’t involve email communication at some level. Whether you’re communicating internally or externally, one thing remains constant – you should NEVER assume emails are safe without first going through a series of precautions. At first glance, it may ...

The Benefits of Collaboration Software

What if we told you there was a way to improve your employees’ productivity rates and daily workflows? If that sounds like something of interest to you, keep reading, because when implemented and used successfully, collaboration software can yield tremendous benefits to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). While in the past, group collaboration software was a tool primarily used by ...