5 Ways To Boost Your Business Network And Help Your Business Succeed

Startup or established business?

No matter, your business can always improve its tech performance. Granted, it can occasionally be a pricey endeavor but it doesn’t always have to be. There are tweaks that you can do yourself before calling a professional.

1. Check your website speed.

There are free ways to check your connection speed to the internet to make sure your business is getting what it’s paying for. We recommend going to the website: https://fast.com. You will need to call your Internet Service Provider and let them know what your ISP speed you’re paying for vs. how much you are getting. You will have more room for negotiation and will be able to sometimes even get a discount at a higher speed. Your results may vary.

2. Utilize a VoIP phone system and install Slack.

Quality communication is key to any sized business. And oftentimes, miscommunication can lead to negative results for your clients and for your business. VoIP phone systems can be sometimes complicated to install, however, this process can be easily accomplished by any IT Service company like ETV Software. If your business is small enough, using Slack (a free internal communication tool similar to Spark or AOL Instant Messenger) allows for quick, snappy, communication when there are issues that need to be addressed immediately. You may also send files back and forth to the necessary people.

3. Clear your cache.

This tip applies to phones and desktop computers and is an often overlooked portion for speeding up your computer. Clear your cache by going to your browser of preference. After doing so, click on its name in the upper left-hand corner. From here you will get a drop-down and will click “Preferences”. Next, you will find “Managed Website Data” within said view. (Note: You may need to click through each individual browser section labeled “Privacy” or “Security” to find this information.) You will need to make sure to remember all passwords or store them in your browser before clearing all data, but you will then click the button “Remove” or “Remove All”. This should speed up the computer. If this still fails, bring it to a professional computer shop like Computer Repair In Tyler as you may have viruses or malware on your computer.

4. Rid of any unnecessary add-ons in your browser.

Search toolbars and browser extensions can slow down your browser immensely and reduce efficient computer use. It’s important to remove those that you are not using. Some have been known to act like viruses and attempt to steal your passwords so it’s important to knock out two birds with one stone as security and efficiency are both incredibly important for businesses of any size.

5. Install a malware anti-virus software.

If you’re running a PC, it’s almost a fundamental rule to choose an anti-virus software so you can browse the internet at will. We recommend AVG and AVAST for such purposes, but it’s important that you research the best one within your budget.

In summary, there are a few options before calling a professional to make sure your issues are taken care of beforehand. But, in the event that your business needs any assistance, it’s never a bad idea to consult with an IT Services firm. Your business is not something to gamble with. If any of these solutions doesn’t immediately help, call us at 903-531-0377. We also provide remote assistance so if you’re not in our area, we would still be happy to help you out!


Malware And Its Impact On Your Business

Malware is a tiny risk with a giant impact on small businesses...

One thing that is sure to put your business on halt is being attacked on a technological level. Our businesses today rely more and more on the internet to survive and flourish. If you lose your data, your inventory, your customer information, this could be a turning point for your company, but not in a good way. This is a never-ending threat because just like our useful technology, the tactics of criminals continue to gain sophistication. More and more organizations are becoming a target; from small and new companies to the federal government. No one is immune to losing their data, money and even reputation on the internet today. It's not a matter of IF it's going to happen, its WHEN, and more importantly how you handle that situation if you let your companies data become susceptible to threats. Not only are small businesses at risk, but larger businesses often become a target. Interestingly enough, some of the top targets for cyber attacks are financial services, information and communications technology, manufacturing, retail, and professional services. According to the 2018 IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Index, a data breach in 2017 ended up costing the businesses affected an average of $3.7 million.

Other organizations that are often affected by malware are state capitals and local governments. The fact of the matter is that cybercrime is everywhere. This may all be a daunting realization if you are a new business, or even an older business just now beginning to take the step to better security. If you ever need assistance in improving your security or getting rid of an attack that has already happened. give us a call or check out our website for more information!

https://www.etvsoftware.com/data-and-network-security/


Need a way to grow your business and streamline your process?

It's a great time to have your own business. Each year reveals an ever-growing plethora of applications and technologies designed specifically for new or small businesses. Here are three apps that can help!

Ever find yourself getting lost or distracted on your current go-to social media platform when trying to share moments with friends or colleagues? If so, the Capsure app will be perfect for you. It's an ad-free app that allows users to selectively organize their memories, ideas, and conversations.

An entrepreneur favorite is Google Keep. This app allows you to record, edit, share and even collaborate on any device at all times. With this app, teams will find it much easier to break down ideas and create action plans.

Our last app is Mixmax; if your business is always scheduling meetings this app is what you need. This is an email too that allows for quick scheduling at the click of a button. It also allows for easier follow-up decisions by showing you when the message was read.

These apps are all free with an optional upgrade!

Find out more about these apps here