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Password Security in 2020 - Part 2

By Erik Briceno

Password Security in 2020 – Part 2

In our last blog, we covered some generalized password advice that everyone should know. Unfortunately, there is no such thing as a password that can’t be hacked. Phishing scams and malware infections are ongoing problems, and now that we’re in 2020, these serious cyberthreats are on the rise and quickly making traditional password security depreciated.

But the good news is, current efforts to phase out passwords are also giving rise to additional security methods that can (and should) be used in conjunction with standard account protection practices. In today’s article, we’re outlining some very necessary steps to take in addition to simply coming up with a strong password.   Read more

Password Security in 2020 - Part 1

By Erik Briceno

Password Security in 2020 – Part 1

Major players like Microsoft are trying to phase out the use of passwords completely in favor of stronger and more user-convenient security measures. While it’s true that passwords are disappearing, it will still be quite a while before they’re gone completely. Many platforms are certain to use them for years to come. So, until that happens, strong password habits will continue to be your first line of defense against falling prey to brute force hacking, phishing, data breaches and more. In part one of our segment on password health, we’ll share the best password practices for 2020.   Read more

Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.

By Erik Briceno

Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.

Is your organization searching for a cloud-based software that offers strong security? Microsoft’s Office 365 might be your best solution. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the security side of things — specifically, how Microsoft handles their “security as a service” approach and how their understanding of an organization’s security needs in today’s technology-based business world is integrated into the Office 365 platform for both government and commercial entities. We’ll also highlight a few essential features and steps to take, per their own recommendations.   Read more

Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud

By Erik Briceno

Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud

In a previous article, we mentioned that one of the strongest tools in our arsenal that we at V2 Systems use ourselves is Cisco Umbrella, and we outlined why exactly we think it is such a useful utility. While it’s not our intention to sound like a commercial and try to sell you a product, today we’ll be covering Meraki MR for many of the same reasons: It’s simply that good.

And one of the best things of all? Because Meraki MR is also technically a Cisco product these days (Meraki was actually acquired by Cisco in 2012), it integrates seamlessly with Umbrella. They were practically made for each other. Here’s what Meraki MR is and how Umbrella works within a Meraki network.   Read more

It’s Not Just Windows 7. Windows Server Is Going Away, Too.

By Erik Briceno

It’s Not Just Windows 7. Windows Server Is Going Away, Too.

Much like Windows 7, support for Windows Server 2008 is quickly drawing to a close. End of life for both Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will be officially landing on Jan. 14, 2020. What does this mean for your business? Is there another option? How can you prepare for the transition to a new service? There’s very little time left, but we’re here to help.   Read more

Office 365 License Options Can Be Confusing. We’re Here to Help.

By Erik Briceno

Office 365 License Options Can Be Confusing. We’re Here to Help.

In an earlier blog, we talked about how organizations transitioning to Office 365 can do so smoothly with minimal disruption to their day-to-day business. For those who plan on going ahead with the switch, today’s blog looks at the available plans and options regarding the entire Office suite. This should help you figure out which is the best path for your company to take regarding this popular cloud-based software solution.   Read more

Preparing Your Business for the Inevitable Switch to Windows 10

By Erik Briceno

Preparing Your Business for the Inevitable Switch to Windows 10

In our last blog, we discussed at length about how support for Windows 7 will be coming to an end on January 15th, 2020. We also took a look at several options afforded to businesses who have not yet made the switch, and we explained why — out of all available options — simply migrating everything to Windows 10 is ultimately your best choice if your company is still predominantly using Windows 7 machines. Today, we’re going to outline what steps to take in order to make the preparations your company needs for the transition. It’s not as bad as you may think, and we’re here to help you at every point.   Read more

Support for Windows 7 Ends on Jan. 15: Do You Know Your Options?

By Erik Briceno

Support for Windows 7 Ends on Jan. 15: Do You Know Your Options?

By now, you should have already moved away from Windows 7. A lot of people haven’t. For some, it’s for personal reasons. For many businesses, it’s for several reasons — productivity interruptions during the transition and/or a reliance on old architecture, to name a few.

The fact of the matter is, whether we like it or not, Windows 7 is officially being put out to pasture in January of 2020. That means making some important decisions — and we mean right now. You absolutely don’t have to go it alone, however. V2 Systems is here to help you fully prepare your business for the transition and help with the process.

Here are some key things to know.   Read more

How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365

By Erik Briceno

How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365

Moving an organization’s infrastructure to a cloud-based option can seem like a daunting and expensive experience to manage. Quite the contrary, if an experienced and well versed third party handles the transition. What exactly is Office 365 and what are some good reasons for making the switch? More importantly, how do you make the switch without interrupting and/or up-ending your business?   Read more

At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.

By Erik Briceno

At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.

Are you familiar with Cisco and their many products? If you use our services, you might be surprised to know that we use Cisco Umbrella to help keep you safe. Let’s take a closer look at what Cisco Umbrella is, and how we utilize it to help keep your business secure from outside threats. What makes this product superior to others on the market?

It’s certainly not the only tool in our arsenal, but it’s definitely a good one. Here’s a more in-depth look at this full suite of detection and protection.   Read more

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Password Security in 2020 - Part 2
Password Security in 2020 – Part 2
Password Security in 2020 - Part 1
Password Security in 2020 – Part 1
Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.
Office 365 Security Is Surprisingly Powerful — IF You Know It’s There.
Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud
Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud
It’s Not Just Windows 7. Windows Server Is Going Away, Too.
It’s Not Just Windows 7. Windows Server Is Going Away, Too.
Office 365 License Options Can Be Confusing. We’re Here to Help.
Office 365 License Options Can Be Confusing. We’re Here to Help.
Preparing Your Business for the Inevitable Switch to Windows 10
Preparing Your Business for the Inevitable Switch to Windows 10
Support for Windows 7 Ends on Jan. 15: Do You Know Your Options?
Support for Windows 7 Ends on Jan. 15: Do You Know Your Options?
How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365
How to Make a Smooth Transition to Office 365
At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.
At V2 Systems, We Use Cisco Umbrella. You Should, Too.