BUYING VS. LEASING ..... 2
SLOWING YOUR PC TO A CRAWL ............................ 3
TECHNOLOGY TASK LIST .... 4
ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF BUSINESS OWNERS AND PLANTING THE SEEDS FOR A SECURE FUTURE.
Business Focus has it covered: What every business owner should take a look at now to ensure they won’t be greeting the same problems in 2008.
Countdown to 2008 If you are like most business owners, you have a huge list of tasks that sit perpetually on the back burner. You know, like fixing the filing system that currently consists of two piles labeled (at least in your mind) “Hot” and “Procrastinate,” addressing that longneglected employee problem, or finally bringing your embarrassingly outmoded website up to date. Now’s the time to tackle those tasks with a vengeance, because leaving your business problems behind in 2007
is the best way to start 2008 off with a clean slate. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a deep breath and keep reading. Of course, Business Focus is here to help. In this issue we address spam filtering, data security, desktop tips and hardware leasing vs. purchasing to help you ease your business into the new year. Happy Holidays from Business Focus!
Tech WATCH Electronic mail is mission-critical for businesses of all sizes. Email productivity, availability, quality, and
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AktiveProtect™ Your Network
Buying vs. Leasing Technology Purchasing For The Way You Do Business The next time your business needs new computers, networking equipment or other technology, should you buy it or lease it? If you don't know, read on. We’ll take a look at the ups and downs of both leasing and buying technology equipment to ensure you make the right choice for your business.
Leasing: The Benefits Based on the SonicWALL TotalSecure Solution, AktiveProtect™ removes the complexity associated with choosing between a host of point products and add‐on services by integrating everything you need in a convenient and affordable package. These all‐in‐one solutions combine a high‐performance deep packet inspection firewall and dynamic security services to keep your network safe from viruses, spyware, worms, Trojans and more. Even before new threats are identified, AktiveProtect™ is automatically updated with signatures that stop attacks before they can enter your network, ensuring you have around‐ the‐clock protection. Key Features and Benefits * A complete network security solution that integrates everything you need for comprehensive protection from threats such as viruses, spyware, worms, Trojans, adware, key loggers, malicious mobile code (MMC) and other dangerous applications. * A configurable, high performance deep packet inspection firewall delivers protection for key Internet services such as Web, email, file transfer, Windows services and DNS. * Gateway anti‐virus, anti‐spyware and intrusion prevention provides real‐time security against the latest viruses, spyware, software vulnerabilities and other malicious code. * Content filtering reduces liability concerns and increases employee productivity by providing the ability to manage access to objectionable or even illegal online content.
Leasing keeps your equipment up-to-date. Computers and other tech equipment eventually become obsolete. With a lease, you pass the financial burden of obsolescence to the equipment leasing company. For example, let's say you have a two-year lease on a server. After that lease expires, you're free to lease whatever equipment is newer, faster and cheaper. (This is also a reason some people prefer to lease their cars.) In fact, 65 percent of respondents to a 2005 Equipment Leasing Association survey said the ability to have the latest equipment was leasing's number-one perceived benefit.
Leasing: The Downsides You'll pay more in the long run. Ultimately, leasing is almost always more expensive than purchasing. For example, a 4,000 server would cost a total of $5,760 if leased for three years at $160 per month but only $4,000 (plus sales tax) if purchased outright.
Buying: The Benefits It's easier than leasing. Buying equipment is easy-you decide what you need, then go out and buy it. Taking out a lease, however, involves at least some paperwork, as leasing companies often ask for detailed, updated financial information.
Buying: The Downsides The initial outlay for needed equipment may be too much. Eventually, you're stuck with outdated equipment. As mentioned earlier, computer technology becomes outdated quickly. A growing small business may need to refresh its technology in some areas every 18 months. That means you're eventu-
ally stuck with outdated equipment that you must donate, sell or recycle.
The Last Word Ultimately, a few simple rules of thumb may help you decide to lease or buy. If your equipment requirements are relatively small and you have the money- then just buy it. You'll save money in the long run. However, if you require a substantial amount of equipment, such as computers for your company's 10 new employees or a new server, leasing may be a better option.
Kyvon now offers hardware leasing, which includes a $1 buyout option. Contact Kyvon for more details (314) 416-1490 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Slowing Your PC To A Crawl Seven sure-fire tips to ensure that your machine's functionality is worthless Seven proven techniques that will enable your desktops to move as if they were powered with Flintstoneera technology instead of dual-cores. If you recognize any of these behaviors, you can share the consequences and help others avoid bringing their machines to a screeching halt.
1a. Visit gambling sites. Many gambling Web sites will expect you to — and in some cases trick you into downloading software in order to play. While this software in many cases isn't malicious, some will sit in your system tray even when you aren’t playing and can inundate you with pop-ups and “free offers,” all the while soaking up memory and degrading your system’s overall performance.
1b. And don’t forget the porn sites. Similar to their gaming cousins, lots of porn sites will open all kinds of windows and pop-ups in addition to tricking you into downloading applications. These applications sometimes transmit data regularly to other Web sites. This robs you of computing cycles, and slows performance while increasing security risks.
2. Ignore EULA’s and Privacy Policies (especially on free software). It’s free, after all, so why bother reading the End-User License Agreement and all that legal stuff? Except that you’ll often find that, along with your “free” program, anywhere from 15 to 20 other files are installed from various adware vendors. There are a few great and truly free programs out there, but typically adware is the difference between the free and paid versions of software.
3. Download free screensavers, toolbars, browser helpers, unknown cleaners and any software offered from pop-up ads. Since you’ve decided to ignore the EULA, these are the programs for you. Remember, if it costs nothing, it’s usually worth nothing. Even toolbars bundled from legitimate sources such as Google will rob you of computing cycles.
5. Open as many programs as possible for as long as possible. Computers are capable of doing many millions of things at a time, so running lots of programs that are unnecessary or fun will only add to your own enjoyable day. If you get enough programs running, you will even get built-in breaks during the day while your porn loads. Whatever you do, don’t run defrag or reboot the system. Rebooting will only force you to re-download all of those picture files again, and since it took so long the first time, you’d only lose productivity, right?
6. Run lots of Internet video loops. Everyone loves blooper reels and funny videos. Have them on constantly, so when coworkers come by, you can show them the latest and funniest. Don't worry that there won't be people walking by, because they are sure to be hunting for the IT person since their Internet is running slowly at the moment also.
4. Download peer-to-peer file-sharing clients.
7. Keep your PC warm.
Since peer-to-peer relies primarily on the computing power and bandwidth of the active users within the P2P network, it has the potential to consume huge amounts of PC resources in the form of CPU cycles and memory, which, in turn, can tax the average system to the point where it slows to a crawl.
Try to place your desk as close as you can to a radiator or baseboard to keep your feet and PC warm. If you have a desk with one of those cut-outs for a PC, be sure to push it as far back as possible to keep the case exhaust air from blowing all over the place. Use the top of the PC, or any space in front of it, to store books and papers and such. In no time your PC will fill with dust and the overheating will bring your system to a screeching halt.
So download Limewire and Kazaa onto your work desktop, which can effectively punch a huge hole in your security schema by bypassing your company’s firewall. Mis-configurations can result in wide open TCP/IP ports, a notorious method of introducing malware or spyware into a network. Once infected, one PC can infect other PCs on the network.
The Last Word Kyvon’s AktiveNet™ will proactively monitor your desktops, servers, and more. AktiveNet™ reports will let Kyvon know before your systems slow to a crawl, and will allow technicians to remotely manage the issue. Contact Kyvon today (314) 416-1490.
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Technology Task List
Your End-of-Year Technology Task List
Don’t forget about your current business technology when planning for the year ahead.
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1. Review all your systems from top to bottom. Carefully examine what's working and what's not. Decide where the problems are, and figure out what can be fixed. You might be able to fix them yourself, or you might need outside guidance. Whatever you do, don’t assume anything. Don’t assume that just because you've had a certain system in place from day one that it's still adding value to your business or your customers. A system review can be an eye-opening experience for business owners--they're usually surprised to find their business has fallen into habits that are hindering them from being more successful 2. Consider technology upgrades. If you need new computers or a new phone system to help things run more smoothly, the end of the year is a great time to make those upgrades. A new computer, phone system or other technology upgrade can make a huge difference in the daily lives of your employees by enabling them to spend less time attending to such problems as computer crashes or lost voicemails and focus more attention on the things that really matter. Just be sure everyone gets the appropriate training on the new technology. Kyvon offers system evaluations at no cost to the business owner, with upto the minute pricing on hardware and software upgrades or replacement. Contact Kyvon today (314) 416-1490.
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