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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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The Best Managed Service Providers (MSPs) in DC, MD, VA (Reviews/Ratings)

After being in business for almost 30 years, we at Optimal aren’t strangers to the IT industry. We’ve seen many Managed Service Providers (MSPs) come and go in the local area, and many of the companies we’ve worked with over the past few decades have...
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What is "Vishing" and How Can You Stay Protected?

Previously we’ve published several articles about email phishing scams and how to best avoid them. We even put together an infographic on the Top 5 Phishing Red Flags, which you can take a look at here. What we haven’t yet discussed is a different kind...
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Top 5 Phishing Red Flags (Infographic)

Did you know that 95% of successful cyberattacks begin with a phishing scam?   “Phishing” is an umbrella term used to describe an email scam where the sender tries to trick you into handing over valuable information such as account credentials, banking...
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Implementation vs. Adoption: How to successfully roll out a new technology solution

For more sessions in our ongoing Technology Education Series -- including all previous sessions available on-demand -- click here! When it comes to rolling out a new technology solution at your organization, there are a lot of boxes to check from both a...
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Should You Have a Team Full of Slackers? (Infographic)

Are you considering Slack at your organization?   It's a smart question to ask. Slack, an incredibly popular communication platform, now boasts: 500,000 organizations on board (70,000 paying) 8 million daily active users (3 million paid) 10 hours of...
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What Your Law Firm Needs to Know About Artificial Intelligence (AI)

If you’ve been reading any sort of industry publications these days, you have heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the supposed threat it’s posing to the legal profession as a whole.   First, let us say this: we don’t expect lawyers to become...
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What is "Blockchain," and How Will it Impact Law Firms?

Between 2014 and 2015, investors poured over $800 million into blockchain startups. The market for blockchain is expected to reach $7.7 billion globally by the year 2022, up from $411.5 million in 2017.   And in 2018, no one can seem to stop talking...
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Key Elements of a Successful Bandwidth Strategy (and Why It's So Important)

According to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Survey, companies now run 79% of workloads in the cloud on average.   After nearly three decades serving the IT needs of law firms, associations, and small businesses in the DC Metro area and beyond,...
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