Office 365

Business owners… is your company currently utilizing Office 365? If not, it is something worth considering as there are many benefits. Here are just a few:

  1. Easily work remotely from anywhere on any device
  2. Easy and efficient collaboration between team members
  3. Robust security measures that allow you to SECURLEY access files from anywhere
  4. Improves your team’s communication and results
  5. No up-front costs and only one, low, monthly price

If you feel like any of the above features could benefit your company, schedule a quick Zoom call with us and we can discuss your free trial.

Watch over the next week for more information about specific ways Office 365 can benefit your company!

Business Data Security

None of us would fail to be sure our homes are secure.

Yet many business owners and managers don’t stop to think about their business’s data security… which doesn’t make sense.

There are a lot more automated processes trying to get at your business’s data than hoping to steal your television! Here are four simple ways to improve your company’s data security.

Feel free to contact us for a free zoom call to see how easy security can really be!

Create a new document quicker and become more efficient

We are constantly opening new documents. Did you know there is a quick shortcut to do this that will help you save time?

Whether you are working in Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Publisher, this shortcut is for you!

While in an already opened document, simple press “Ctrl + N” and a new blank document will immediately open for you saving time and steps:

Currently Open Document

Press Control-N

New Doc

Instant new document!

How laptop encryption can protect your businesses sensitive data


Millions of Laptops are lost or stolen each year

5% of your businesses mobile devices will be stolen or lost. That’s the average for businesses. It’s worrying and expensive.

But what’s more distressing is the exposure of confidential company and customer data that’s stored on these devices. Your business could suffer catastrophic results.

Don’t worry though – there’s a simple tool in Windows 10 to protect your company and the data your business owns. It’s called encryption.

Laptop encryption encodes your sensitive data, so that only those who have the correct decryption key can access it. So, if your laptop is encrypted and it is lost or stolen, only those with the correct password can access your data.

Encrypting your laptops is the best way to protect your business from a data leak.

For more information about how to do this, get in touch with us today!

Ransomware attack

Business Owners Here’s how to spot a ransomware attack before it hurts your business.

One of the most dangerous things that can happen to your business is a ransomware attack.

Automated processes take control of your computers and encrypt all your data, and lock you out. They won’t undo the encryption unless you pay a big fee. Your business is held for ransom.

The reason they can do so much harm is they quietly break into your system a long time before the attack is launched. The one upside of this is you can keep an eye out for symptoms you’ve been breached if you know what to look for.

Here are three ways you can check to see if hackers are already in your network.

Contact Durham IT Services for assistance or for more information!

Free Cyber Crime guide for business owners

A simple guide for business owners to plan and protect your business from Cyber-Crime

Two years ago, two thirds of all businesses reported some type of incident relating to cyber-crime.

Business security is your responsibility as a business owner, and it doesn’t have to be difficult.

Fact: Your business needs to be as prepared as it can be against the threat of cyber-crime. You are at risk whether you think so or not.

Read our brand new guide now. And you’ll see our recommended 5 step plan to prepare for an attack, and protect your business.

Cyber Crime Guide for Business Owners

Click the image to download your free guide

Ever wanted to quickly save a screenshot of something on your screen? Follow these simple steps to be able to easily “snip” a portion of your screen to mark up and save for later or share!

  1. Type “Snip & Sketch” in the search bar in the bottom left corner of your computer:
    Snip n Sketch 1
  2. Select the “Snip & Sketch” app
    Snip and sketch 2
    *Shortcut* – to snip what is on your screen without having to open Snip & Sketch app first, simply press the Windows Logo Key + Shift + S.
  3. Select “New Snip” button located in the top left corner of the app: Snip n Sketch 3
  4. At the top of the screen, select the type of snip (rectangular, freeform, window or full screen) you would like to use:
    skip n sketch 4
  5. For the Rectangular and Freeform Clips, click + drag your cursor over the portion of your screen that you are wanting to capture. For the Window Clip, click on the window that you would like to capture:
  6. The captured picture will automatically show up in your Snip & Sketch app where you can make notes, highlight and mark up as you please:
  7. Save the picture onto your device either as a PNG, JPG or GIF using the “Save As” button in the top right corner of the app:
Durham IT Security services
Your business is at risk if you and your employees don’t have at least a basic understanding of IT Security risks.
You’ve heard the term phishing, we’re sure. It’s where hackers send you an email, pretending to be someone else (like your bank), to try to get sensitive information from you.
But what is vishing? And smishing? And whaling?
These are all forms of phishing designed to steal your business information, and ultimately your money. We explore each one in our brand new video.

Want to learn how to protect your business from these and other security risks? Contact Durham IT Services today at (905) 231-1303 or fill out the form to the right!