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COVID-19 Scams on the Rise: How to Stay Safe

A pandemic is a scammer's dream. We at Optimal Networks have been serving the IT and cybsersecurity needs of law firms and associations in the DC Metro area for nearly 3 decades, and we've never experienced a time like this before. As we all look out for...
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Top 8 Teleworking Considerations for Executives

As more organizations shift to teleworking in response to the coronavirus outbreak, many business leaders find themselves navigating brand new territory. Even if part of your workforce regularly works from home at least part of the time, having your...
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How to Block Spam Emails in Microsoft Outlook

Spam! Those annoying, useless email messages that clutter up your Inbox. Even if you have a spam filter in place, a few spam messages are bound to slip by. Fortunately, Microsoft Outlook makes it very simple to block spammers and prevent them from...
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Finding a Fit: Top 13 Questions to Ask Your IT Team

Whether you're starting the search for an IT firm or looking to strengthen your partnership with your existing IT team, it's important to determine how your needs as an organization align with what a particular provider will deliver.  We've reached the...
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Windows 7 End of Life: What Your Business Needs to Know (and Do)

As you’ve probably (hopefully) heard by now, Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 as of January 14, 2020. For the past three decades we’ve managed technology systems for small and mid-sized law firms and associations in the DC Metro area. Over...
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The Anatomy of Comprehensive Ransomware Protection

What will it take the city of Baltimore to recover from its recent ransomware attack? Over $18 million. Atlanta won’t be surprised: it cost $17 million for them to recover from their attack last year. There’s a reason we keep seeing more and more about...
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Top 3 Technology Items Executives Must Consider

What one tool directly influences your business’s ability to attract and retain top talent, minimize risk, and gain competitive advantages? Your technology. While many executives are tempted to stay out of their IT altogether, we’ve reached a point in...
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How to Choose the Right Phone System for Your Business

On the surface, replacing the phones at your office probably seems like a fairly straightforward project; in the grand scheme of technology projects, this one is pretty simple, right? There are of course far more complex initiatives for your business to...
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Top 10 Tips to Avoid Social Engineering Hacks

  Did you know that 95% of all successful cyberattacks begin with a phishing scam? And that’s just one type of social engineering, a hacking method that puts us, our families, and our businesses at risk on a daily basis. The unfortunate truth is that our...
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The Dangers of Online Shopping and How to Stay Safe [Video/Infographic]

This past Cyber Monday, consumers spent nearly $8 billion online, with over 54% of purchases made directly from smartphones. Two days prior, on Black Friday, online sales surpassed $6 billion. The holidays are, of course, prime time for purchases in...
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