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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.

The Difference of Enterprise VPN

The Difference of Enterprise VPN

In normal circumstances, the virtual private network (VPN) is a great tool for people who work out of the office. With the COVID-19 outbreak pushing a lot of workers out of the office, the VPN has now become an essential part of a business’ day-to-day operations. Today, we’ll define the VPN and tell you why you’ll probably need a VPN designed for business use.

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Tip of the Week: Laptop Cleaning Best Practices

Tip of the Week: Laptop Cleaning Best Practices

While we don’t mean to gross you out, your computer can be a pretty dirty place - and considering that we have our hands all over it (and who knows what else) all day, it seems a little obvious. What is also obvious is the idea that perhaps it should be cleaned once in a while. Here, we’re giving you a few tips to help you to do so safely.

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Is VoIP A Part Of Your Business Yet? It Should Be

Is VoIP A Part Of Your Business Yet? It Should Be

What is your business’s preferred method of communication? It’s usually email or some type of telephone solution. Especially for a telephony solution, you need to make sure that your communication infrastructure is designed specifically for your organization. To this end, a traditional telephone system could be holding your business back from achieving its most lofty goals.

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Exploring Common Server Issues SMBs Encounter

Exploring Common Server Issues SMBs Encounter

A server is a very important piece of the modern business’ technology infrastructure, and so it is important to understand what it is that could cause it to crash. Here, we’ll go over some of the most common crash causes to help you determine how to best take care of it. 

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Backups Leave Your Business Secure

Backups Leave Your Business Secure

In order to function properly, the modern business needs data. With the predictions of serious cyberattacks, like ransomware, that have been made for the coming year there is no business that can neglect its data protections. Here, we’ll discuss what these predictions are, and what you need to do to prepare.

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Looking at Half a Century of Technology

Looking at Half a Century of Technology

2020 is just a few weeks old, and as a technology company, we are proud to promote the use of technology. To celebrate 2020, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at just how far technology has come in the past 50 years. 

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What You Should Know About Bandwidth

What You Should Know About Bandwidth

Depending on the company, the Internet connection is perhaps the most important part of its IT infrastructure, especially if it has remote workers or multiple offices connected by a Wide Area Network (WAN). Other technologies such as VoIP, screen-sharing, and webinars also benefit from optimized bandwidth. Today, we’ll talk about bandwidth, what your company’s needs are, and how to get the Internet service that is right for you. 

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You Need to Have Your Software Licenses in Check

You Need to Have Your Software Licenses in Check

When you own a vehicle, you get a little document called a vehicle title. This certificate establishes the legal owner of the vehicle. When you own software, you are given a software license. Like any contract, things can go south if you violate the terms.

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Any Business Should Leverage Certain Software Solutions - Does Yours?

Any Business Should Leverage Certain Software Solutions - Does Yours?

Businesses rely on a lot of different software solutions to complete their processes. Many are based on a given business’ industry, but there are a few types that every business should involve in their operations. Let’s review what they are, and how they can be beneficial to you.

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Your Computer May be Older than You

Your Computer May be Older than You

Think about how much office technology has changed over just the last 10 years. Remember those bulky, 60-pound CRT monitors? Remember thinking a 32” screen was a TV, not a computer monitor? While you more than likely have replaced those old computer monitors, what is the status of your computer hardware? If you purchased your computer at the same time as that monitor, your hardware is also extremely outdated. How do you know exactly how old your computer is, and when it’s nearing retirement?

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New Communications Solutions to Move Your Business Forward

New Communications Solutions to Move Your Business Forward

As a business owner, it’s your responsibility to keep an eye on how your staff communicates. Email and telephone have long been staples in this regard, and these solutions come packed with features like file storage and instant messaging. With more organizations taking their businesses on the go, these businesses are trying to take advantage of applications with the ability to integrate with their real-time messaging apps. Enter: Slack and Microsoft Teams, two solutions that hope to change the way business communications work.

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Technology Basics: Virtual Machine

Technology Basics: Virtual Machine

Your business’ servers are extraordinarily expensive machines. Maintaining them isn’t cheap, but if they fail, it can be very bad for business. What does the small business that doesn’t have tens of thousands of dollars to throw into a server do when they need to stretch their IT budget? 

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Using Smartphones to Be More Productive

Using Smartphones to Be More Productive

The smartphone is the defining invention of our time, and as a result, it has to be used for more than gaming, social media, and messaging. The smartphone is a great device to supplement your productivity efforts while you are on the go. Since these devices can do more than they ever have, more can be done by using mobile apps designed specifically to increase interdepartmental collaboration and business-to-client communications. 

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Backup Your Data to Protect Your Business

Backup Your Data to Protect Your Business

It’s not always hackers that create dangerous situations for your organization. Threats can come from even unforeseen locations, such as your business’s network. No matter what the threat is, though, you have to be extremely careful about the little things that spell doom for organizations just like yours. One of these is failing to have a data backup solution in place.

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Reliable Communications Help Build Better Relationships

Reliable Communications Help Build Better Relationships

Communication plays a critical role in the way you develop relationships and clients. To optimize communication with your clients and customers, proper use of technology is essential, but it also makes for a much nicer experience from an operational standpoint. How can your business utilize this powerful communications technology?

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What Happens When Your Microsoft Office 365 Subscription Expires?

What Happens When Your Microsoft Office 365 Subscription Expires?

Microsoft Office 365 is a highly useful subscription-based solution. However, as these services are based on the successful continuation of one’s subscription, it may be useful to know the procedure that Microsoft undergoes when a subscriber cancels their services. Here, we go into each step that Microsoft follows.

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Have You Figured Out Your Next Technology Implementation?

Have You Figured Out Your Next Technology Implementation?

The capabilities of business technology are truly incredible, and they’re only becoming more impressive. This means that the solutions you have in place now will certainly need to be upgraded to other options at some point.

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Tip of the Week: Follow These Steps Before You Upgrade

Tip of the Week: Follow These Steps Before You Upgrade

Why do manufacturers and developers constantly issue updates and upgrades to their software and hardware solutions? A business’s IT solutions might seem like something you want to set up and not think about ever again, but this is simply not how the cookie crumbles. This week’s tip is dedicated to why your organization needs to have a strategy in place to approach your upgrades.

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The Medical Field is Having an IT Growth Spurt

The Medical Field is Having an IT Growth Spurt

For many industries, technology has been extremely important to the expansion and innovation of their processes and outcomes. This is especially true in the case of the healthcare industry and the advancements made to medical IT. Particularly, this has given patients a far greater scope of control over their medical records - something that healthcare providers must remain aware of to leverage these changes to their advantage.

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What Are Some Features of the Smartphone of Tomorrow?

What Are Some Features of the Smartphone of Tomorrow?

The smartphone has completely changed the way that the workplace functions, providing near-constant access to all the wonders of the Internet. People can communicate in ways previously never thought possible, and the possibilities these days are indeed limitless. There are applications out there that can make life more fulfilling and business more productive.

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