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Omega Technical Solutions has been serving the Haymarket area since 2007, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

You Need to Be Asking These 4 Questions to Maximize Security

You Need to Be Asking These 4 Questions to Maximize Security

Today’s business has to prioritize its data security. There are endless examples of businesses that haven’t done enough. Some aren’t around anymore. To help you build a strategy, we’ve put together four questions that need to be asked to give you a chance to outwit and overcome the endless threats your company could run into online.

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Data Services Can Be a Big Part of Your Business

Data Services Can Be a Big Part of Your Business

We all use computers to run our businesses every day, and data has become a key factor in what most businesses do. Even smaller businesses have begun to use their data for strategic purposes, and in doing so have started a trend that has taken the world by storm. Let’s take a look at the data services that are designed to inform business owners and decision makers on how their business is actually working and how to improve operational effectiveness.

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The Hidden Costs You See When Using Cloud Platforms

The Hidden Costs You See When Using Cloud Platforms

Cloud computing is a tremendous tool for modern businesses. It provides users with anytime-anywhere access to the applications, storage, and processing they need to keep business running efficiently and productively. It is billed as-a-service, meaning that it also comes with the flexibility and scalability most businesses need to control their computing costs. Unfortunately, it’s not always that cut and dry. Today, we are going to look at the hidden costs that businesses might see if they select to use cloud resources. 

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Understanding the Benefits of Data Automation

Understanding the Benefits of Data Automation

Businesses of all sizes rely on data to operate, which means that this data needs to be collected somehow. Let’s consider how the concept of data automation has assisted these businesses to successfully accomplish more.

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Backup Data to Protect Your Business

Backup Data to Protect Your Business

We’re halfway through the year, and I don’t think anyone expected 2020 to go the way it has. Many business owners are being extra cautious about their spending and doing what they can to prevent unexpected interruptions to their business. One costly interruption all businesses need to continue to prevent is data loss.

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Why You Need to Keep an Eye on Your Data

Why You Need to Keep an Eye on Your Data

When a company operates primarily via the Internet, there seems to be an inherent trust that their audience naturally has. There’s little-to-no doubt that all promises will be kept and that all data shared with them will be fully secured, but is this confidence appropriately placed? While we can’t speak to the promises these companies make, we can weigh in on some common data security practices.

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Consolidate Your Servers and Save Big

Consolidate Your Servers and Save Big

“It’s time to do some spring cleaning! It’s been put off long enough!”

It’s easy to let things pile up to deal with them at a later time, especially when you are on strict timelines and only have so many resources. That’s why my desk can look like a disorganized disaster some of the time (but in my defense, it cleans up very well when it needs to). 

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What Does a Database Management System Do, Exactly?

What Does a Database Management System Do, Exactly?

As businesses have come to rely on increasing amounts of data, the importance of keeping this data organized and usable has also increased. Therefore, databases are a critical consideration for any business that wants to gain as much value as they can from their collected data. However, a database can only be useful if a database management system is involved. Let’s go into why this is.

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Tech Terminology: PDF

Tech Terminology: PDF

Today, while the world is still effectively split between PCs and Macs, we have at least one file format that bridges the divide: the PDF. This file format became standard in business communications, and is now used the world over. Today, we’ll dive into the history of the Portable Document Format and why it is so well-suited to business processes.

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Fileless Ransomware Uses Windows Tools Against You

Fileless Ransomware Uses Windows Tools Against You

By now everyone knows about ransomware, the dastardly strand of malware that encrypts data (or the drives it’s stored on) and sends the user a message demanding payment in a certain amount of time before the data is deleted forever. To add a little more menace to an already stressful situation, the message includes a countdown clock. If it sounds like a bad situation, rest assured it is. How could it get worse you ask? Simple, make it more difficult to stop.

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Tip of the Week: Improve Your Mobile Data Management

Tip of the Week: Improve Your Mobile Data Management

Data accessibility has never been easier for both you and your workforce, but how do you know if this convenience isn’t also benefitting cybercriminals? Your mobile device contains a vast amount of sensitive information and files which need to be kept secure. This presents the need for some sort of secure management system, which in the tech world is referred to as Mobile Information Management, or MIM.

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Understanding the Motives of Hackers

Understanding the Motives of Hackers

The term “hacker” has firmly become a part of the public lexicon, thanks largely in part to pop culture and its liberal use of the term. However, the use of the term so frequently has effectively diluted its meaning to “someone good with computers.” In order to keep your business secure against the hackers of the real world, it may help to understand the motivations behind their activities.

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Identifying the Value of Managed IT: Modern Data Solutions

Identifying the Value of Managed IT: Modern Data Solutions

There are many reasons that businesses today are adopting various managed IT services, if not electing for a comprehensive managed service agreement. One major reason is that working with a managed service provider allows businesses to do more concerning their data - whether that’s storing it, protecting it, or putting it to use. 

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Watch Out for the One Percent

Watch Out for the One Percent

Do you know the phrase, “Locks only keep out the honest?” The idea is that even though you lock your doors, there is only a thin layer of glass and good intentions stopping a criminal from entering your home through a window.

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Major Data Breaches of Q2

Major Data Breaches of Q2

With data starting to be treated more like a commodity, companies are spending more time and money attempting to secure the data they have. Some organizations aren’t successful. In 2018, over 446.5 million records were exposed, even as data breaches dropped by 23 percent to 1,244. Back in early May we took a look at data breaches over the first four months of the year. Today, we update this list.

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The Top 3 Threats Eliminated By Backing Up Your Data

The Top 3 Threats Eliminated By Backing Up Your Data

Businesses these days practically need to expect disaster, as even the most careful and calculated security practices could result in a data disaster. Some businesses don’t fear for their data enough, and this leads them to neglect planning for threats such as hackers, natural disasters, and user error. As the business owner, you need to stay informed about how best to handle these situations.

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“Paying the Ransom” Isn’t a Ransomware Defense

“Paying the Ransom” Isn’t a Ransomware Defense

Ransomware has become a favorite attack vector for hackers - after all, for them, it’s pretty much a no loss game. They either get paid, or they move on to their next target. Unfortunately, cyberattackers that dispatch ransomware often do get paid, and these payments can sometimes come from a surprising source: cybersecurity firms.

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Tip of the Week: How to Keep Your Files Properly Organized

Tip of the Week: How to Keep Your Files Properly Organized

Now that we have access to better file storage and management than the file cabinets that we’ve historically utilized, our capabilities have increased exponentially… assuming, of course, that our better file storage and management solutions are kept organized. As this organization is so crucial to successfully undergoing your operations, we’re offering a few tips to help you keep your files in order.

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Does Your Business Have a Sufficient Backup Plan?

Does Your Business Have a Sufficient Backup Plan?

Is your business prepared for any disasters that come its way? If you haven’t considered which threats could cause your operations the most trouble, you need to devise a strategy that takes all possibilities into account. Here, we’ll help guide you through these considerations.

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Tip of the Week: Creating a Database in Excel

Tip of the Week: Creating a Database in Excel

When trying to keep a lot of data organized concisely, while still keeping it all accessible when needed, a database is an excellent tool to leverage. Furthermore, it can be fairly simple to generate one of your own by using Microsoft Excel. We’ll offer a few steps and tips to ensure you get the most out of this capability.

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