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Catharsis Managed IT Ltd has been serving the Toronto area since 2002, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: The Basics of Data Backup

Tip of the Week: The Basics of Data Backup

Data backup and disaster recovery are two of the linchpins of any business that relies on data and IT solutions storing information. Your business needs to have a plan for when operations are interrupted due to an unforeseeable data loss event. There are a few ways that you can keep your data backups as safe and efficient as possible.

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Are You Guilty of These Computer Goofs?

Are You Guilty of These Computer Goofs?

Everyone makes mistakes. This is especially true when it comes to the technology that is used by your organization every single day. For this week’s tip, here are some things to avoid when using your computer.

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Data Security Must Be a Priority for Your Organization

Data Security Must Be a Priority for Your Organization

After 143 million people had their personal information put at risk in the Equifax data breach, it comes as no surprise that data security is an even hotter topic than usual. As much as you’d like to think that a breach like that would never happen to your business, this is an unrealistic hope that won’t do you any good if the threat of a data breach does come around. It is much better to be prepared.

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WANTED: MSP IT Company for Sale

Are you struggling with work-life balance? Are you getting close to retirement or simply looking for a change of career? Tired of the challenges of running a small business?

Have you considered selling your business and cashing in on what you’ve built?

The management team at Catharsis Managed IT is looking to grow through acquisition. We are looking for independent contractors and small it businesses interested in joining forces or simply selling and moving on. If you have considered “moving on” and want to ensure your clients and staff will be well taken care of then you need to give us a call (416) 865-3376.

Check out our website and give us a call if you think being part of a team might help bring some balance back to your life.

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WANTED: Independent IT Support Contractors

Struggling with work-life balance? Avoiding vacations because you don’t want to lose the billable?Missing benefits such as life insurance, disability, dental and drug coverage? 

Have you considered joining a company that can provide all this and more?

The management team at Catharsis Managed IT is always looking for strong, entrepreneurial, customer service oriented professionals to help grow our business. We can provide a technically challenging and diverse environment to keep you interested, provide the comfort and security of regular employment and free time to enjoy your life outside of work.

For more information, call (416) 865-3376!

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3 Reasons That Remote Monitoring and Management Is A Good Choice

3 Reasons That Remote Monitoring and Management Is A Good Choice

The businesses of today rely on technology in order to function, which means that their technology needs to be in top shape. However, this requires a sizable time commitment, something that most businesses will have trouble seeing through. Help comes for these businesses in the form of remote monitoring and management.

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Business Continuity

Business continuity is an incredibly important part of running a business, but some smaller organizations underestimate just how crucial it is in the event of a disaster. Here are three things to keep in mind when putting together a quality business continuity plan.

Keep Each Department in MindBusiness continuity is something that should be applied to the entirety of your business--not just your IT infrastructure. You want to ensure that your entire in-house team has a say in your business continuity plan, specifically to ensure that--in the event of a disaster--they are able to get back in action as soon as possible. If each of your departments can ensure access to important information post-disaster, it makes it much easier to recover in the long run. A good rule of thumb is to ensure that each department has access to mission-critical data, that their processes are moving forward at a steady pace, and has three points of contact within the organization.

Practice OftenA plan is worthless if you don’t know how to implement it. You should think of practicing your business continuity plan as a fire drill for your organization. By planning for the worst and practicing what you do in the event of a data loss disaster, you ensure that your business can realistically pull off what the business continuity plan demands in your time of need. Make sure that each of your team members knows their individual roles in your business continuity plan, and keep everyone updated on changes made to the process so that your staff is on the same page. Depending on how often you practice your business continuity plan, you’ll start to see whether certain details are missing or obsolete, giving you time to change them before your plan is needed at all.

Data Backup & RecoveryIt wouldn’t be a business continuity plan if it didn’t include data backup and disaster recovery in at least some capacity. Manually backing up your data can be a dangerous tactic, as you’re relying on systems that aren’t automatic and could be subject to user error. Furthermore, you need more than just one copy of your business’ data in order to ensure proper recovery. If one copy is destroyed, you better have a backup in place. 

Catharsis Managed IT Ltd can help your business build a business continuity plan specifically designed to suit the needs of your organization. To learn more, reach out to us at (416) 865-3376.

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How Safe is Your Email?

 

Email is (and has been) a prime method of communication for businesses of all sizes. With email comes a whole slew of issues that are essentially synonymous with the technology; spam, information overload, phishing, and information privacy. Even Toronto small businesses that only do business locally are at risk of these issues. Personal email accounts are equally at risk. Employing proper precautions and practices whenever communicating via email is very important to prevent the risk of security compromises, monetary loss, and even legality issues.

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Tip of the Week: Did You Know Microsoft Word Calculates Math Equations?

Tip of the Week: Did You Know Microsoft Word Calculates Math Equations?

You know Microsoft Word as a word processor that lets your organization compose documents. Yet, you may not know the extent to which you can use this application. You might be surprised to hear this, but you can even perform mathematical calculations using Microsoft Word!

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Catharsis Managed IT Ltd launches new website!

Catharsis Managed IT Ltd is proud to announce the launch of our new website at http://www.catharsis-it.com. The goal of the new website is to provide more information to our existing and prospective clients.  

We'd also like to welcome everybody to our blog, and we encourage you to leave comments.

Tip of the Week: Protect Your Online Identity With These 8 Tips

Tip of the Week: Protect Your Online Identity With These 8 Tips

The Internet has long been a great tool for business, but you can’t take advantage of it without putting your sensitive data at risk of threats, like hackers and malware. Granted, when it comes to cyber security, even the most cautious business will have a lot on their plate. We’ll go over eight of the most important security best practices, and how you can implement them for your business.

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When Juggling Business Responsibilities, You Can't Afford to Drop IT Maintenance

When Juggling Business Responsibilities, You Can't Afford to Drop IT Maintenance

The business world increasingly relies on IT services. Regardless of which industry you fall into, IT will undoubtedly play a major role in how your business functions on a daily basis. Businesses also need their technology to remain in proper working order, but this is easier said than done--especially if you don’t have the luxury of an in-house IT department. Thankfully, managed service providers make this much less difficult.

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Slow Computer? Increase your memory to boost computer Speeds

Sometimes when your workstation feels bogged down, a relatively cheap and simply hardware update can make a huge difference in performance. Adding more RAM (Random Access Memory, often just referred to as memory) can be a game changer for your bogged down PC.

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