Monday, May 25, 2009

Need to Upgrade Your Office Network But Don't Want the Huge Cash Outlay?

With the economy still struggling, many businesses are trying to save money and cut costs every which way they can. So what should you do when you have to upgrade your network or purchase additional software, servers and equipment? Try leasing or financing your upgrade, project or purchase.

Over the last year, the number of companies financing or leasing IT projects and equipment has quadrupled; and when you look at the benefits offered, it just makes sense regardless of the economic climate.

Many banks offer vendor-neutral financing solutions to help you get the IT and telecommunications upgrades you need while preserving cash flow. Microsoft, HP and Dell offer leasing and financing options for their software and equipment, and many offer 0% “same as cash” financing for 12 month periods and 90-day no payment periods. Some are even offering to throw in free disposal of old equipment, support, discounts and flexible terms.

If you want some help in determining who’s offering the best deals on leases or financing, give us a call! We’ll give you straighforward advice on who’s got the best option for your particular project.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Are You STILL Keeping Critical Passwords On A Post-IT Note Next To Your Computer?

One of the hardest habits we struggle to get our clients to break is writing down their passwords on sticky notes by their PC. Obviously this is a security risk. Another bad habit is choosing really easy-to-remember passwords such as “password.”

But admittedly, it CAN be hard remembering all of those darn passwords that are always changing. To solve this little dilemma, we’re suggesting to our clients to stop using passwords and use “pass-phrases.”

What is a “pass-phrase” you ask? They are letters and numbers put together in an easy-to- remember phrase such as “GoEagles09!” These are MUCH easier to remember than a random cluster of letters and numbers, which means you won’t have to write them down on a post-it note anymore!

Pass-phrases can be built from anything, such as favorite quotes, lines from movies, sports team names, a favorite athlete’s name and jersey number, kids’ names and birthdates, pets, and so on.

All you need to do is be a little creative to get numbers, letters and punctuation into the phrase. Since introducing this to our clients, we’ve found (believe it or not) they actually have fun doing this! Just don’t get so proud of your pass-phrase that you share it with others!