Author: Brandee Brown

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The benefits of choosing a local MSP

Do you want to spend your time with a local MSP or do you want to go with a more distant remote company? The benefits of choosing a local MSP.

Why do I need an MSP near me?

The next time you’re searching for a company to help you manage your business’s IT, take a minute and think about what you really need and what that company should be able to offer. What is your established budget and how much time and energy do you have to spend managing your IT? Do you need a company to resolve network issues and manage your IT security, or would you prefer a company to manage your finances, create a budget for you and make the necessary adjustments as the business grows? If you go with a remote company, what are their plans for installations and on-site disaster solutions?

There are many reasons why working with a local MSP can be one of the best decisions you make for your business.

The benefits of choosing a local MSP

If you are looking for an MSP, it is important to find one near you. The benefits of choosing a local MSP are significant. You can more easily meet in person with the MSP to discuss the specifics of scheduling. You will also know who will be working on your system and who will be maintaining it. If you need an urgent response to an issue, you won’t need to wait for a response from someone who is halfway across the country. You can also more easily ask the MSP about the history and level of programming skill of staff.

Choosing a local IT company as your technology provider is the best decision you can make. Technology issues can be expensive, time-consuming, and disruptive for your employees. Choosing a local IT company ensures that IT issues are resolved quickly and efficiently. Locally-based IT solutions provide top-notch customer service, knowledgeable employees, and competitive pricing. They are knowledgeable about the nuances of your business and can help build a customized solution to meet your business needs. A local IT company will help you plan for future changes in technology so you are not caught off guard when issues arise.

If you are interested in leveraging the benefits of choosing a local IT company, contact us today for a free consultation.

Potential Issues from hiring a remote tech company

There can be some setbacks when working with a remote company

One major lure of hiring outside the local scope is competitive rates remote companies can offer. The cost savings can be significant for businesses who are willing to work with a remote tech company. There are disadvantages as well. The company being hired will not be able to visit the office or even meet the people in the office. Another disadvantage is that it will be extremely difficult to hold anyone accountable for their actions or mistakes.

If you choose a remote company, you will need to you’ll need to be ever more efficient about managing your time. When your office is in the time-zone of the country you live in, it’s easy to set up a meeting working with everyone’s availability. But when your offices are in different time-zones, you will need to be strategize when  to schedule meetings. Not to mention remote monitoring. If technical issues arise in your company outside of your remote’s business hours, the response time to these issues could have detrimental effects.

What do MSPs do for businesses and their IT needs?

MSPs are IT service providers that provide IT needs to businesses. They offer services like data backup, managed IT support, managed security, managed cloud services, managed networks, managed servers, managed storage, managed mobile devices, managed services for office equipment, managed desktop support, managed network monitoring, managed software support, managed mobile support, managed voice and data services, managed voice over IP (VOIP), managed IP PBX (private branch exchange), managed videoconferencing, managed collaboration services for workgroups. And the best MSPs work with businesses to create monthly packages that are customized based on the individual business’s needs.

Businesses should consider MSPs because MSPs can offer better peace of mind that their IT needs are being handled properly. Choosing a local company ensures that you will get the best customer service, and ultimately become part of a larger network of local collaborators.

Here are 5 main advantages of working with a local IT company.

 

Password Manager

Password Manager 101

 

In today’s world, secure information is accessed and stored online. But just how secure is it? In this article, we will explore how to keep your information safe, ensuring only you can access it. (Hint…it includes password manager apps)

A secure password typically meets a checklist of criteria. Length, variation of numbers  to letters, as well as uppercase and lowercase all factor in. If the login allows, special characteristics add an extra layer of security. Never include your personal information in a password, such as birth date or address, as this information is easily accessible and therefore increase your possibility of being breached.

 

 

Length, Security, and Convenience

Most of us have an account on some form of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Keeping track of your passwords for all your accounts can be difficult, which is why it is important to choose strong, unique passwords that are not easy to guess. The first step in keeping your password game airtight should be to choose a strong password. An easy way to do this is to use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. This should be followed up by making it long, so 10-12 characters is a good goal. The next step should be to write the password down in an easily accessible place so it can be copied. There are a number of ways to keep track of your passwords, you can write them down in a password journal, you can attempt to remember them (not recommended), or you can download a password manager.

 

I personally recommend the password manager, because there are so many options out there that have extremely helpful features. They save your login information, usernames,  and have password generators that you can personalize to meet specific criteria, such as length, special characteristics and much more. You can purchase a password manager if you choose, but there are plenty of free options that come highly recommended.

 

 

Password Manager Apps

 

LastPass, RoboForm, Dashlane, Bitwarden and NordPass come recommended by numerous members of the tech industry if you are looking for quality, free software.

 

The Importance of Changing your Password Often 

 

Change your password often. Hackers will try to dupe your email account through various techniques. If your password is too simple, it’s easy to hack. Never use your name, birth date, or social security number as the password. Make it complicated. Use a combination of numbers, letters, and symbols.

@, or ! or ? if your keyboard doesn’t allow for these symbols. As your passwords get longer, it’s important to note that they become more difficult to remember.

One way to keep your password game airtight is to use the Diceware method. This method involves rolling dice to create an eight-word passphrase with five dice. 

 

 

Commonly Used Examples of Password Length and Strength

Creating a Password that is 16 Characters Long, has a numeric component, and contains upper and lower case letters and special characters. Try this: Select 16 characters, upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special symbols. You could use “yourmom2012” or “r0cky345”

 

 

-To install the password manager, you will need to go to the browser, go to the page where the password manager is and download the version suited for the device you will be using it on. 

If MYTE Technologies can assist you any further, here is information about cloud support services that we offer.