Your 2018 New Year’s TECH Resolutions!

Say goodbye to 2017 and make some changes to protect your Technology

As with all New Year’s Resolutions- my advice is not to make them SO insurmountable that you set yourself up for failure. On the flip side, don’t make them so easy that they do nothing for you, or that you feel no sense of accomplishment.

1. ORGANIZE!

That being said, my number one Resolution is to Organize. Now this is an incredibly broad word and in its entirety, is way easier said than done. My point here is just focus on ONE part of your life. Your desk, your bedroom, your kitchen. Likewise, maybe just your EMAIL, your to-do list, your daily routine, etc.

My focus here is related to a conversation I had with a friend last night. They were searching everywhere for their medical card (NOT a Medical marijuana one). I asked them if they use Dropbox. She said “yes, it’s great for all my pictures!” I used to do that too. It is so one dimensional though that I was missing the point. When I came to LA Creative Technologies I found a big EMPTY file cabinet. I asked Josh where all his important documents were- like the one I had at my last business that overflowed with papers and junk and mismatched files?

He said- “they’re all in the cloud”. Assuming that he didn’t just throw them all in a bonfire I asked questions and found that he kept scanned copies of EVERYTHING- contracts, tax returns, legal documents, leases, warranties, etc. etc. in a cloud application like Drop Box. Anywhere we go in the world we simply sign in to that app, search for the folder (or even the name of the document, like “copy of Driver’s license”) and Viola! there it is!

So, guess what? No more frantic searching for documents or ID cards that you need once a year and can never remember the “clever” spot you put them in! Try this and you will NEVER look back! AND you will never look for those documents either!

2. UPDATE your software!

Some of the most damaging Cyber-attacks in 2017 involved Ransomware.  In May, the ransomware known as WannaCry affected more than 200,000 Windows computers in 150 countries. Security experts believe the malware spread through machines by getting people to download it via email.

This is the incredible part: Microsoft had already released a security update that would have prevented the WannaCry malware from infecting machines. But the hacked computers were behind on downloading the updates. This episode was an important reminder that keeping your software up to date is crucial.

3. Read Privacy Policies

Amid Uber’s laundry list of scandals, which included sexual harassment accusations and an undisclosed security breach, there was an important revelation that everyone can learn from. It involved Unroll.me, a free service that unsubscribes you from junk mail.

To gather intelligence about its competition, Uber bought information about its main rival, Lyft, from Unroll.me. How did Uber do that, exactly? Unroll.me scanned the contents of its users’ inboxes and sold anonymized data, information that did not have individuals’ names attached to it — in this case, emailed Lyft receipts — to Uber.

You may be shocked to learn about Unroll.me’s business model. But the truth was always there in the fine print: the company’s privacy policy clearly stated that “we may collect, use, transfer, sell and disclose non-personal information for any purpose” and that data can be used “to build anonymous market research products and services.” Still, people were understandably outraged by the misleading nature of Unroll.me. A company that promised to rid you of spam mail scanned your inbox and sold information about you to other companies, including marketers.

So, make it a habit to read a company’s privacy policy. As boring as it sounds, a bit of reading will go a long way.

4. Delete Unnecessary Apps

The Unroll.me episode also raised awareness of the sheer number of third-party apps that may be leeching off your personal information. There are probably apps and web services you don’t remember downloading or subscribing to, and they could still have access to your data.

THIS year do an audit on your third-party apps. On your smartphone, delete apps that you have not touched in several months. For a clean break, in some cases you will also have to visit the company’s website and request that your account be deleted entirely.

Also check your primary online accounts, like Facebook, Twitter or Google, to see which apps are hooked into them. Chances are you have used those accounts to quickly sign up for a web tool or app. The ones you never use may still be leeching off your personal data, so you should disable them.

On Facebook, go to the settings page and click on the Apps tab to see which apps are connected to the account. On your Google account page, you can find a similar apps list labeled “Connected apps & sites.” And on Twitter, go to the Apps page under “Settings and privacy.”

5. Use a VPN

In April, Congress voted to overturn privacy rules that would have made it more difficult for broadband providers like Comcast and Charter to track and sell information about your browsing history to advertisers. The stronger privacy rules never went into effect, meaning nothing changed. But the privacy repeal underlined the sheer magnitude of data that internet service providers can collect and share about you. Subscribing to a virtual private network, or VPN, is a meaningful safeguard for your online privacy.

When you browse the web, a broadband provider helps route your device’s internet traffic to each destination website. Every device you use has an identifier consisting of a string of numbers, also known as an IP address. When you are on the internet, a service provider can see which devices you use and which sites you visit. You must realize that this information is used extensively in marketing and advertising to YOU among other things.

VPNs help cloak your browsing information from your internet provider. When you use VPN software, your device connects to a VPN provider’s servers. That way, all your web traffic passes through the VPN provider’s internet connection. So, if your internet provider was trying to listen in on your web traffic, all it would see is the VPN server’s IP address connected to the VPN service.

VPNs have their drawbacks. They often slow down internet speeds significantly, and some apps or services don’t work properly when you are connected to a VPN. I also wasn’t able to buy my 5th Groupon in a row during a sale because they found I was using a VPN from a different state (we’ll leave that story for another time…). But everybody can benefit from using a private network, especially in certain situations, like connecting to an open Wi-Fi network at a cafe or an airport.

BONUS Resolution!

For the love of Pete (Or any other person or Deity you choose), get a case and screen protector for your phone!! Just because you got it FREE or only $199 (with an MSRP of $999) after agreeing to pay $30 extra dollars a month, DOES’NT mean that it will be free again when you drop it.

Newer phones are made more and more out of glass and are even more susceptible to damage. For someone who worked in the cell phone industry over 18 years, this author doesn’t leave the store without a case and screen protector in hand (or at least an order placed on Ebay/Amazon for one)

 

I hope these help you to enter 2018 more aware of Internet Technology and how it can and WILL improve your life. People say technology is doing damage in some ways to society, but I feel it’s all in the hands of the users. Literally. Let it IMPROVE your life, not take it over.  I wish you all a Wonderful, Happy and Healthy New Year!

See you in 2018.

 

Some of this information was quoted from New York Times writer Brian X. Chen’s article “5 New Year’s Resolutions to protect your Technology”

 

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How We Do Business

Let’s face it, you come to us to manage your IT services, to create solutions and prevent the problems that you don’t have the time or skillset to deal with. That’s what we do, and we do it well.

It’s more than that though; there’s so much else we do that other MSPs don’t, including:

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Working with {company} means working with someone who has your company’s best interests in mind and will help you become technologically successful. Reach out to our team at {email} or {phone} to learn more.

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Managing technology has become a full time job in modern business. That’s why it’s important to find the best IT service provider to make sure your company stays competitive and operates efficiently.

For more information on what {company} can do for you. Reach us at {phone} or send us an email at {email} to get started with leaders in IT service and solution.

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In the modern business environment, you need the best IT services to thrive, regardless of your industry. From productivity to security, to communication, to innovative ways to get work done – Information technology is at the heart of it all. {company} offers services and solutions that are designed to improve your operations and maximize return on your IT investment. We specialize is servicing clients in creative industries in the Greater Los Angeles Area, providing you with the technology you need to stay competitive in today’s marketplace.

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Our services include, but aren’t limited to:

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Are you looking for a service provider who will help you bring your company to the next level? If so, contact {company} at {phone} or {email} to learn more about what we can do for your business.

Competitive Edge

Stand Out From The Pack With {company}’s IT Services

Give your company the competitive edge by utilizing {company}’s IT services to streamline operations and display a standard of excellence to prospective customers. We’ll help you implement advanced technology so you can streamline your business processes and rapidly identify new opportunities. Make the decision of who to choose an easy one for your clients by standing out from your competitors with {company}’s IT services.

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So how can IT give me the competitive edge?

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  • Boost Productivity – Through enhanced efficiency, you can expect your workforce to increase project capacity and meet a high level of quality a& quantity of materials for your clients.
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For more information about how LA Creative Technologies can help your business gain the competitive edge, contact us today to learn about what our IT services can do to help your company grow. You can reach us at (323) 454-1312 or inquiries@lacreativetechnologies.com to start a conversation with a member of our team.

Company Growth

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One of the biggest challenges faced by business today is maintaining the momentum to increase profits enough to achieve year to year growth. {company} can help you build a strategy to use technology as means of gaining competitive advantage and achieving your goals of strong and consistent growth.

We know that a large obstacle faced by modern businesses is a lack of guidance on making the most of their technology investment. That`s why we provide our clients with Virtual CIO (Chief Information Officer) services that will help you leverage your technology and use it as a catalyst for growth.

So what can {company} for my company?

  • Scalability: Design systems and processes so streamline you’ll be able to expand and even franchise your business if you want to! We do this through activities as diverse as assisting with company structuring, creating of procedural manuals & Standard Operating Procedures and creating policies to ensure everyone and everything is working properly.
  • Sales & Marketing: Our IT services will allow your business to reach a larger range of the market. We’ll show you how to leverage your technology to help you expose yourself to new revenue streams and improve your sales volume.
  • Business Information Visibility: Through the strategic use of your IT solutions, you can enjoy more visibility of your business information and improve the first interaction potential clients have with your company.
  • Client Communications: Automate your client communication to save time. The automations are based on previous emails so you still maintain a personal feel.

Don’t let your company stay stagnant, leave your competitors behind by growing your company with {company}’s IT services. Contact us to learn more about what we can do to help you reach your business goals by calling {phone} or sending an email to {email} to start a conversation with a member of our team today.

Increase Revenue

Increase Your Profits With {company}’s IT Managed Services

Let’s face it, you’re in business to make money. You want to find the best way to maximize profit while cutting costs. {company} understands this, and we can help you do it by working with you to create and implement a strategic plan to help you realize your goals.

But how can an IT company help you boost your revenue?

  • Grow your business: We help you grow and scale by creating integrated systems throughout your organization, ensuring they’re configured for maximum efficiency and documented so everyone knows how to use them.
  • Strengthen Marketing Efforts: The job of a marketing team has changed drastically in today’s technological age. It is more important than ever that businesses have the internet presence needed to stay competitive and put yourself in front of more potential clients.
  • Provide more Value to your customers: streamline your sales process and learn how to provide more value to your customers through effective use of technology.
  • Vendor Management Services: We handle the busy work of managing all your technical vendor relationships, ensuring optimal results and giving valuable time back to your staff.
  • Increase Workforce Efficiency: Give your workforce the tools they need to do their job more efficiently and cohesively. Thanks to cloud tools like Document Management Systems, CRM and a plethora of others, you can allow your team to collaborate and produce the best possible product for your clients.

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Enhance Efficiency

A strong and well-equipped workforce is perhaps a company’s most valuable asset. Your employees do the ground work and accomplish all the smaller parts that make up the big picture of your business, so it’s important to make sure they’re operating as efficiently as possible. {company} works to boost your company’s efficiency by providing your staff with the tools they need to effectively meet operational goals and collaborate with each other in pursuit of the best possible product.

The technology exists to streamline processes and make work easier and faster for your workforce. Your IT works to facilitate collaboration, enhance communication and motivate employees to perform at a high level of efficiency and quality. {company} helps you do this through a variety of projects and solutions, including:

  • Business Process Management: Lots of businesses spent a lot of unnecessary time and money on processes that aren’t well thought out. We’ll work with you to identify the areas where improvement will be the most valuable, then help you implement more structure into your organization!
  • Unified Communication: Allow your workforce to collaborate freely and work from anywhere over a versatile and reliable unified communication system. Encompassing Phones, Instant Messaging, Audio & Video Conferencing and a variety of other features, these systems keep your people connected!
  • Document Management: Having strong document management allows your team to work for efficiently by eliminating wasted time spent on searching for what they need. Allow your team to share data and work collaboratively on the same documents with ease by having one clean and simple access point to all of your documents.
  • Email Management: Our email management will help you set up the initial email system andshow you how to use it most effectively and efficiently. We’ll make your inbox is structured, and that tasks, calendars and meetings are seamlessly integrated and accessible wherever you are.

Learn more about what LA Creative Technologies can do to enhance your organization’s efficiency by giving us a call at (323) 454-1312 or sending an email to inquiries@lacreativetechnologies.com to speak with a member of our team.

Improve Productivity

Improve Your Business’ Productivity With Services From {company}

Technology plays a large part in boosting the productivity of your workforce and business as a whole — it can help you streamline operations and quickly do tasks that would otherwise be tedious and repetitive. {company}’s IT services and solutions will help you develop an efficient workflow so you can get the most out of your technology investment.

By partnering with us, you can enjoy the following benefits to help your company run more efficiently:

  • Automated systems that handle the repetitive tasks and keep your employees on course, leaving more of your valuable time free
  • Increased agility in your business, allowing you to more quickly react to the changing demands of your clients and your work.
  • Streamlined business operations throughout your organization.

We’ll make sure you’re using your technology in the best way possible to help your company run smoothly and allow you to implement more advanced IT solutions to boost productivity even further.

  • Before recommending any systems, we work to analyze your business process & workflow and help you design & implement improvements to these. By refining your day-to-day activities, your workforce is provided with the systems they need to set them up for peak efficiency and productivity – and allow them to do more for your company!
  • A variety of cloud solutions facilitate delegation of tasks and improve employee productivity, helping you and your employees get more done.
  • These include task and project management systems like Todoist, Trello, and Basecamp, and scale all the way up to CRM & ERP solutions.
  • Document storage and collaboration systems & policies ensure your workforce knows where to create and find what they’re working on, and have no question how to share it with internal and external stakeholders as needed.
  • To name just a few, this includes Windows & Mac storage systems, Soonr, Dropbox for Business and Microsoft Sharepoint.
  • Collaboration is further encouraged through cloud communications systems, allowing your entire workforce to stay connected & working from the office and anywhere else in the world
  • Microsoft Office 365, Google Apps, Broadview & Masergy are just a few of the systems we can put in place and help you implement!

Upgrade your company’s productivity with {company}’s services and solutions. For more information about what we can do to boost productivity in your business, give us a call at {phone} or send an email to {email} to speak with a member of our team today.

Project Visualization

Ensure Your Projects Run Smoothly With {company}

One of the most important aspects of growth within a company is successful and efficient project management. Although crucial to the development of your business, projects often go unfinished or lack focus on a specific set of goals. {company} will provide you with a virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO) trained to guide you through Visualization and Solutions Selection stages of the project and assure its efficiency and success.

Through a series of workshops, your vCIO will act as a resource throughout the entire process, working to understand your needs and the goals of the project and plan the workshop sequences to include any and all stakeholders. These workshops are broken into two sequences.

Project Visualization: Before planning a project, we execute the Project Visualization sequence to create alignment with your team and ensure we know what success looks like to you. We’ll use the workshops to identify priorities, create alignment around the core components of the project and generate a report enabling the Solution Selection process to begin.

Solution Selection: During this sequence, vCIO will generate a list of solution candidates and facilitate a series of workshops with stakeholders, and vendors when necessary, to ensure the proper solution is chosen. The final report will document the process and provide information to be used during future Planning phases.

For more information on {company}’s Project Management services, give us a call at {phone} or send an email to {email} to start a conversation about what we can do for your company’s future.