Remote working challenges and benefits

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Cyber Security Mobile Workplace Configuration

In 2019, a survey of employees found that 81% felt they would be happier with the opportunity to work from home. Now, with businesses having to scramble to set up their employees to work remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers get to see how this will affect their flow of business. Beyond their employees’ happiness, it also brings to the front the pros and cons of team members working remotely.

PROS

Flexibility:

· Your employees will have more say in their work and life balance.

Comfortable work environment:

· Employees tend to be more comfortable in their own space.

Greater productivity:

· One study found that employees working remotely can work 1.4 more days per month. Part of the reason is not having to struggle with commute times.

Employees feel like it is a benefit:

· This can’t be overstated. Most employees, if given the option, will feel being able to work remotely is a major job perk.

CONS

Lack of security:

· When your employees are located in one central location, security is easier to maintain. This is much more challenging when everyone is spread out across different networks.

Difficulty passing information:

· While systems like OneNote, Google Docs and Dropbox have grown in popularity, each has its advantages and disadvantages in sharing information between your workers.

Online meetings can be more tiring or frustrating:

· The need to be constantly focused to retain information can be stressful.

· It is also easier for employees to be sidetracked while on a meeting by checking email, working or just their surroundings.

· Home internet is sometimes not as stable and there can be frustrating lags or drops during online meetings.

Here is how MainStreet IT Solutions can help set up your employees for successful remote working:

· Develop a mobile IT infrastructure at a cost effective price through our HaaS program.

· Set up your network and devices to accommodate secure remote work.

· Standardize file sharing by establishing uniform file sharing solutions with configurations that allow for passing and backing up the appropriate file types.

· Provide recommendations for hardware and software that can help address sub-optimal online meetings.

There is no question that recent events have changed the workplace and increased the need for and interest in working remotely. Feel free to give us a call and talk about your remote working challenges. We are happy to help.

What Is Malware?

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Cyber Security

We’ve all heard of it before, but what exactly is malware?

Malware is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network once it is embedded into a target’s computer. Malware can take the form of codes, scripts, active content, and other software.

Malware attacks can be harmful to all companies, but can be especially devastating to smaller businesses. According to SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors and a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration, 43% of cyber attacks target small businesses. At MainStreet IT, we provide enterprise-level anti-virus protection at an affordable price for small and mid-size businesses. Learn how to keep your small business secure from attacks by calling us for a free consultation today.

Ransomware Attacks Increase

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Cyber Security

Did you know that ransomware attacks have increased over 97% in the past two years? According to a recent survey of cybersecurity experts, 81% believe that there will be a record number of ransomware attacks in 2020.

Mobile malware, banking malware, and ransomware are the primary threats to expect this year. Here on our own site, we’ve outlined some questions you can think about to see if your company is protected.

https://www.mainstreetitsolutions.com/ransomware/

Almost always, there is room for improvement and we’re happy to answer questions about ransomware and cybersecurity. You can get ahead of hackers and attacks by putting proper cybersecurity measures in place. If you’re ready to protect your business from online threats, give MainStreet IT a call at any time.