We’ve all heard it said before, “If you aren’t paying for the product, then you are the product.”It seems the influx of freemium applications in recent years has given this saying a new level of meaning. What exactly is freemium? A combination of the words ‘free’ and ‘premium’, it is an internet based business strategy in which the publisher gives the core product away for free and sells additional features to a fraction of their following. An example of a successful freemium business most all of us are familiar with would be Skype. For no cost at all, a Skype user can make audio or video calls to other Skype users, place Skype conference calls, or instant message other users. However after one has become more comfortable with Skype, they might see the value in being able to make calls to landlines through Skype, sending SMS messages, or receiving voicemails. All of which are included in Skype’s premium paid services.
Cloudflare, a major CDN service, has accidentally leaked customers’ sensitive information for the past few months. On February 17th, Tavis Ormandy, from Google’s Project Zero, notified the CloudFlare security team of leaked data that he came across while working on a corpus distillation project. According to Ormandy, “This information included private messages from major dating sites, full messages from a well-known chat service, online password manager data, and hotel bookings. We’re talking full https requests, client IP addresses, full responses, cookies, passwords, keys, data, everything.”
Security, reliability, and disaster recovery are the top three challenges companies are faced with when utilizing cloud storage. Today, data recovery is at the forefront of many of our minds. Disasters happen, whether they are natural, man-made, or accidental, and they have become more common in this age of cyberwarfare. Disaster recovery budgets remain the same for many companies, but yet, end users cannot afford downtime. Optimize your DR plan and slash your budget with a cloud based DRaaS solution.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software is useful in improving the sales, marketing and customer service areas of your business. Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a powerful enterprise application that every company should take advantage of. We’ve compiled five reasons you should be utilizing Microsoft Dynamics CRM to optimize your customer relationships.
Never before has it been as important to establish a strong cybersecurity plan for your business. Cyberattacks no longer affect only large enterprise corporations. Every business is now vulnerable to an attack, as our reliance on the internet continues to grow. Across the world there are many companies questioning their cybersecurity measures and how to prosecute breaches. Take charge of your company’s cybersecurity today with these three keys to establishing your cybersecurity include, evaluation, development, and backup.
Not all publicity is good publicity, especially when it comes to a cyberattack. A cyberattack can hurt your business’ data, reputation, and cost you future sales. Within the first month of 2017 there have already been a multitude of cyberattacks. These victims include businesses just like yours, with headlines reading Lloyds Customers Hit by Cyberattack, Austrian Hotel Forced to Pay Ransom Following Cyberattack, and Cyberattack Shuts Down Sundance Box Offices. These breaches can happen at anytime, and to anyone. The next big data breach is not an if, it’s a when.
Every year millions of people fall victim to phone scams. In a recent study on 2015, approximately 11% of the adult population in the United States (27 million) fell victim to a phone scam. The total losses amounted to roughly $7.4 billion. Each year the number of victims continue to increase. Whether it’s the IRS calling about money owed or a relative has been kidnapped and the caller is requesting ransom, there are a few things to remember when it comes to these unsolicited calls.