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MSPs must watch out for TrickBot

MSPs must watch out for TrickBot

The history of malware is littered with viruses that were created solely to obtain banking information. One of the best known in recent years has been TrickBot, and lately, it has re-emerged with increased intensity. Since at least 2016, TrickBot...

/ August 6, 2020 / 8 Comments
Tech Time Warp: Compaq introduces the Presario and dominates the PC market

Tech Time Warp: Compaq introduces the Presario and dominates the PC market

If you owned a home computer in the 1990’s, chances are it was a Compaq Presario. Today, the name Compaq might incite nostalgia, but during the 1980’s and 1990’s, Compaq dominated the personal computer market. Compaq was one of the...

/ August 30, 2019 / 8 Comments
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I convince clients to add VPNs for a remote workforce?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I convince clients to add VPNs for a remote workforce?

Q: We are now supporting more clients with remote workers than we ever have before. We see using VPNs as a very useful tool for helping to securing their workforces, but some clients are reluctant to use them. What can...

/ April 20, 2020 / 6 Comments
Best practices for managing a remote workforce during an emergency

Best practices for managing a remote workforce during an emergency

The idea of promoting remote work has gained traction across businesses of all sizes. It provides flexibility to colleagues and creates a workforce without limits to city, state, or country. Offering this option to employees is a nice perk and...

/ March 18, 2020 / 6 Comments
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Block-time billing as a stepping stone to managed services

Block-time billing as a stepping stone to managed services

In my previous two articles, I’ve shared my thoughts on why should you move to the managed services model and also written on how to understand which of your existing clients will move to managed services. But for many IT...

/ September 12, 2018 / 5 Comments
Ask an MSP Expert: How can an RMM automate security offerings?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can an RMM automate security offerings?

Q: I have heard that adding an RMM tool can improve delivery of our managed security services offering for customers, specifically through automation. How can an RMM tool do this? If the new situation that MSPs and their clients find...

/ June 1, 2020 / 4 Comments
Tech Time Warp: Michael Dell launches his empire from a dorm room

Tech Time Warp: Michael Dell launches his empire from a dorm room

Think back to your freshman year of college and the activities that ensued in your dorm room: Cramming for tests? Late night pizza? Perhaps some partying? Great memories, right? At least until you compare your freshman year experience to Michael...

/ May 1, 2020 / 4 Comments
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Why security should be a pillar in your MSP marketing strategy

Why security should be a pillar in your MSP marketing strategy

Looking back on my two decades of industry experience, one thing I can say for sure is that while the digital era has brought a huge number of benefits with it, it’s also brought a number of significant disadvantages, too....

/ May 16, 2018 / 4 Comments
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Stop doing these 7 manual network management tasks

Stop doing these 7 manual network management tasks

Active network infrastructure management is a key element of any managed service offering. Traditionally, network management has involved a lot of tedious manual work, making it expensive and very hard to scale. And that’s why many MSPs have shied away...

/ January 10, 2018 / 4 Comments
Ask an MSP Expert: How can I convince customers to add cloud backup?

Ask an MSP Expert: How can I convince customers to add cloud backup?

Q: As an MSP owner, I know how cloud backup serves a vital purpose for protecting my clients Microsoft Office 365 environment. How can I best convince my customers that cloud backup is required for Office 365 even if retention...

/ August 17, 2020 / 3 Comments