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The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Mobility and BYOD

    The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly of Mobility and BYOD   There are a lot of advantages to mobility in today’s workforce, but the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) movement has also brought its share of headaches as well.   We live in a society where everyone must have the newest technology. We are inundated with ads reminding us that the smartphone or tablet we just bought a year ago is laughably outdated and inferior to the upgrade that just hit the market.   People who have just bought the latest technology don’t want to have to set it aside to use a separate company-issued device. As a result, businesses are beginning to grant these employee-owned devices access to their file and email servers, databases,Read Full Article


4 Essential Pieces to Any Small Business BYOD Strategy

It’s hard to remember a time that  kids at the bus stop didn’t have cell phones and the mobile device strategy of many businesses was typically “you’ll take what you’re given, refrain from using it for any personal use, and the data may be scrubbed clean whenever we please.”   We’ve come a long way.  Today, businesses really have no choice but to let employees use personal devices for work purposes.  Blurred lines now make it difficult to differentiate between what is professional and what is personal.  A company or organization may partially pay for an employee’s tablet computer or smartphone, but that same device is used to upload photos to Facebook or download torrents of this season of Game of Thrones.   Naturally, securityRead Full Article


Business Continuity: What Every Business Owner Should Know

Technology is full of difficult jargon. To further complicate things, certain terms are often used in a different context between one publication or service provider and the next. An example of this is the usage of backup, disaster recovery, and business continuity. These terms are commonly used interchangeably, often resulting in confusion. In an effort to alleviate some of this confusion, let’s describe each physical process. You will see an overlay among all three, although they are each different processes. Backup – In IT lingo, the most basic description of backup is the process by which your data, as in files or programs, is copied from its original location to another. The purpose of this is to ensure that the original files or programs are retrievableRead Full Article


The Benefits of an IT Managed Service Provider

Managed Service Providers (MSPs)  are often recommended as a cost effective IT solution for small and mid-sized businesses. For a minimal monthly fee, MSPs provide a reasonably priced solution to the complex technology pains needs of businesses. Here’s a look at the various benefits an MSP can offer your business: Freed-Up Resources and a Renewed Emphasis on Core Business – Both business owners and internal IT staff would much rather focus on revenue enhancing tasks like product development or the creation of cutting-edge applications/services. This is one reason routine monitoring and maintenance tasks are often neglected by an internal IT person or team, which always proves to be detrimental much later. Often perceived as a “threat” to an internal IT person or staff, MSPs can insteadRead Full Article


Is That Email a Phishing Scheme?

Research has revealed that over half of all users end up opening fraudulent emails and often even fall for them. Phishing is done with the aim of gathering personal information about you, generally related to your finances (or your business and its finances). The most common reason for the large number of people falling for fraudulent emails is that the phishing attempts are often so well-disguised that they escape the eyes of a busy email reader. Here are a few tips that help you identify whether that email really came from your bank or is another attempt at defrauding you via a phishing email. 1. They are asking for personal information – Remember, no bank or financial institution asks you to share your key personalRead Full Article


The Cost of IT Downtime on Your Business

Many small and mid-sized business owners think IT downtime only cost them a few productive hours, but there’s a lot more at stake when your systems go down. Customer satisfaction and loss of brand integrity are just two of the key losses apart from more evident costs, such as lost productivity and what often adds up to a high tally of lost profits from sales, billable hours, and/or however else your business earns an income.  Here’s a few other ways downtime can hurt your business: 1. Customer Loss – Today’s buyer lacks patience; they are used to getting everything at the click of a mouse, at the tap of a finger. Suppose they are looking for the kind of products/services that you offer and your siteRead Full Article


Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. Ribbon Cutting

Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. is pleased to announce its upcoming ribbon cutting event to be held on Wednesday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m. at our new office, located at 2200 Tulane Avenue, Suite 302. We welcome local dignitaries, clients, media, friends, and the general public to attend, though ask that you R.s.v.p. to charlotte@rent-a-nerd.net. We are absolutely thrilled to have moved close to downtown, although that comes with mixed emotions, since Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. was founded and located in Old Metairie since its inception in 1997. Click here to read Darrin’s brief story of founding Rent-A-Nerd, Inc. Following the brief ceremony, guests will enjoy light refreshments and tours of our office and the rooftop garden of our new home in the high-tech and environmentally-friendly Campus Federal building. TheRead Full Article