What Bitcoin Is and Why It’s a Trending Topic

What Bitcoin Is and Why It’s a Trending Topic

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You’ve heard of Bitcoin, but do you know what it is or why it’s being talked about?

With its appearance in 2009, Bitcoin became the first cryptocurrency ever invented, meaning it isn’t a physical form of currency, and can be stored offline on a person’s personal hardware or online.

Bitcoin is treated as if it were physical coin, able to be stored and traded.

Storing Bitcoin online makes it vulnerable to theft, so many choose to store it offline, also known as cold storage.

With its ease of transfer and storage, Bitcoin has become controversial, and has facilitated the move of millions of dollars’ worth of Bitcoins outside of the eyes of law enforcement, subsequently skyrocketing Bitcoin’s value.

Would you invest in and use Bitcoin as a currency?

Contact IntelliSyn today to keep your bitcoin (or other important data) secure.

Happy Holidays From IntelliSyn!

Happy Holidays From IntelliSyn!

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IntelliSyn would like to wish everyone and their families a wonderful holiday season.

With a new Ottawa office, the launch of IntelliShare, a webinar series on growing your business with the cloud, and our recap of the last 20 years in technology, IntelliSyn has had a busy and exciting 2017.

We look forward to continue working with current and new clients in 2018.

As a reminder, our office will remain open over the holidays with the exception of December 25th and 26th and January 1st.

Clients with 24/7-hour service and/or support contracts will not be affected by the closure.

Enjoy the holidays!

Chris Stratton
CEO, and President (Canadian Division)

IntelliSyn Welcomes New Director of Business Development, Shah Usama Javed, to the Team

IntelliSyn Welcomes New Director of Business Development, Shah Usama Javed, to the Team

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A keen reader, collector of rare books, robots, and antiquated computers, and lover of golf and tennis, Shah Usama Javed is the newest addition to the IntelliSyn team as Director of Business Development.

Shah will be working diligently to develop and maintain working relationships with new and existing partners of both the Canadian and USA divisions of IntelliSyn.

Before joining IntelliSyn, Shah spent 2 years at Softchoice, where he was responsible for driving innovation among private- and public-sector clients in the mid-Atlantic U.S. and Canada, and partnered with vendors to achieve aggressive growth targets and increased market share.

He also held a combination of sales and technical positions working with the Trillium group, leading the effort in developing and building a digitization framework for B2B sales processes and implementing a predictive analytics engine in a move towards an eCommerce platform.

Prior to that, he spent 3 years as a techno-functional consultant involved in ERP implementations for clients in different sectors at the planning, analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance phases of the SDLC.

With a Bachelor of Arts (honors) degree from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Political Science and Economics and a minor in Biology, Shah holds certifications from Microsoft, VMware, Dell, and Oracle, and is licensed to consult clients on what solutions they choose.

Shah volunteers his time educating new immigrants, women, and minorities about the different aspects of the technology landscape and niche IT sectors at a non-profit called MicroSkills.

IntelliSyn is extremely excited to have Shah’s presence in our Canadian and U.S. divisions!

Checklist: Is Your Office Ready to Go Mobile?

Checklist: Is Your Office Ready to Go Mobile?

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Offices are switching their traditional non-networked data and file methods to more accessible formats by going mobile, allowing employees to work remotely or access important files and data on the go.

But how do you know if your office is ready to transition?

Take a look at this “when to go mobile” checklist:

  • You have employees working remotely: A mobile office enables seamless data access and transfer for employees who work remotely or are on the move often. Remote data storage, like the cloud, allows your office to operate smoothly, regardless of where your employees are.
  • You want your data to be secure: Setting up mobile access to files is much more secure for your data than sending files over email or using a third-party file sharing service. Your business will have full control over what data is accessed and by who when using the cloud. Stay secure by going mobile instead of relying on risky data storage methods that can cause your data and files to become lost, damaged, or even destroyed by malicious persons.
  • You’re looking to grow your business: Going mobile when growing your business will allow you to increase and maintain your data and files more easily than not having the integration capabilities a mobile office has to offer, and will result in your employees being more productive because of the ease of access and transfer capabilities. Your business can not expand if its technology infrastructure won’t.

IntelliSyn mobile office solutions offer crystal-clear voice and desktop-to-cloud unified communications and collaboration tools that keep your business moving with you. Provide all your employees with secure anywhere, anytime, any device access to business information and communication services with IntelliSyn’s Mobile Office.

If your business is experiencing any of the checklist items above, it’s time to consider making your office mobile. Visit our Mobile Office page for more details or Contact IntelliSyn today to start making your office more productive.

What Happens When Your Office Doesn’t Have Anti-Virus Software

What Happens When Your Office Doesn’t Have Anti-Virus Software

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Any time you connect to the internet, you are putting yourself at risk of encountering an unknown number of viruses and malware.

Even when not connected to the internet, inserting infected devices like USBs into your office devices can also cause serious issues.

Not having anti-virus software for your office devices can expose important data to corruption or even worse, deletion.

Prevent data corruption and deletion with safe and sound anti-virus software. With regular updates and different types of protection, anti-virus software could be the difference between your business faltering and thriving.

IntelliSecure protects your business’ most valuable asset with scalable, turnkey managed security and unified threat management (UTM) services that are tailored to your business environment.

With everything you need to keep your business data secure, IntelliSecure ensures you never have to worry about data breaches or any other security issues.

Contact IntelliSyn today to set your business up with the latest anti-virus software.

How IntelliShare Improves Your Office Efficiency

How IntelliShare Improves Your Office Efficiency

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Success in business is all about access to information. With unrestricted access to business files, your employees can be more responsive to customers and more productive.

An integrated office is the key to employee and business productivity.

To have an effective integrated office, you must be able to share files and data effortlessly, from one employee to the next, all on one system.

IntelliShare enables direct access to your business data from anywhere using browser-based client applications on any desktop or mobile device, including Apple® iOS, Android®, Windows®, and BlackBerry® devices.

It offers maximum flexibility. IntelliShare has no limits on file and folder sizes, so you never have to limit your collaboration processes based on storage space.

Contact IntelliSyn today to learn more about how IntelliShare can improve your office efficiency.

A Note on the Wi-Fi KRACK Attack

A Note on the Wi-Fi KRACK Attack

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As you may have heard, a serious weakness in the WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) protocol has been found, allowing cyberattackers to intercept passwords, emails, and data on devices or access points within close range.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the technology specifics:

This is an extremely dangerous weakness and affects almost every Wi-Fi device in the world. Your personal and business devices are at risk.

This is an extremely serious issue that can drastically affect your privacy and personal information.

Usernames and passwords, banking information, and other private credentials can be obtained easier than expected.

Whether you are an IntelliSyn client or not, I strongly urge you to contact IntelliSyn today to keep your personal and business Wi-Fi devices safe.

Chris Stratton

What Calling IntelliSyn’s Help Desk Guarantees for Your Small Business

What Calling IntelliSyn’s Help Desk Guarantees for Your Small Business

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Knowing your business IT’s Managed Service Provider (MSP) guarantees the best help desk support gives you the peace of mind of knowing your business data is always looked after, no matter the problem.

With IntelliSyn, you get all the support you need with our Help Desk Desktop Support services:

  • All the benefits of having a fully staffed, in-house IT department at a fraction of the cost
  • A variety of support options that provide solutions to the network and computer problems that plague you most often
  • Remote monitoring of hundreds of aspects of every system’s performance on your network, anticipating and correcting many problems before they occur

Contact IntelliSyn today to ensure your small business’ IT is secure and has 24/7 infrastructure management.

BREAKING NEWS: Protect Your Device and Network From a Wi-Fi KRACK Attack

BREAKING NEWS: Protect Your Device and Network From a Wi-Fi KRACK Attack

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A serious weakness in the WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) protocol has been found, allowing attackers to intercept passwords, emails, and data on devices or access points within close range.

In other cases, ransomware or other malware is injected into a website a client is visiting.

Known as KRACK (short for Key Reinstallation Attacks), this attack affects the core WPA2 protocol and exploits normally encrypted data, especially on devices running Android, Linux, and OpenBSD.

While there are other ways to help with protection, like using HTTPS-protected web pages, this extra protection can still be bypassed by exploiting this weakness.

If possible, using a wired connection over Wi-Fi is ideal until patches become available and are applied to your devices.

This is an extremely serious issue that can drastically affect your privacy and personal information. We strongly encourage you to contact IntelliSyn today for more information on how to keep your personal and business Wi-Fi devices safe.

Feeling Like a Tech Dummy?

Feeling Like a Tech Dummy? IntelliSyn Offers Access to the For Dummies Books to Change That!

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Learning about the technology tools your small business can use to optimize its productivity and performance doesn’t have to involve months of courses or training.

You can learn the basics easily and efficiently with the For Dummies books.

With their trademark black and yellow look, these instructional books have been used by millions for every topic under the sun, including technology topics such as cloud computing, firewalls, storage tiering, and so many more.

Our Insights page offers free access to nine different For Dummies books suitable for any small business seeking more information on essential tech tools.

Take a look to see if you could benefit from these books here.

Contact IntelliSyn today for more information on which technology tools your small business should take advantage of.