November 2012
In this issue

> Happy Holiday!
> Holiday Scams Abound
> Wireless: How Reliable?
> Working Securely
> Sort Incoming Email
> Managed IT Services
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

7 Advantages of Managed IT Services
by Chase Moritz, Heartland Technology Solutions

Many small to mid-sized organizations are turning to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to help alleviate some of the strain on their internal IT resources, or take over the management of their network all together.

There are quite a few benefits to partnering with an MSP, from improved reliability to a better understanding of assets, which are all valuable in their own right. These are a few that top the list for most organizations considering some form of Managed IT Services. . .

So, first of all, what is 'Managed IT Services'?

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Business Continuity Tip
5 Simple Steps to Prepare Your Business

Sometimes the most obvious things you can do to prepare are the ones that are most commonly overlooked. Here are 5 simple steps you can take to prepare. Set aside a few minutes and you will have these knocked off your list in no time.

‚óŹ Practice your evacuation planClick here for a list of suggested items you should take with you during an evacuation.

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Busy Life - Holiday Scams Abound Near Black Friday
reprinted with permission from Norton by Symantec

Scam-a-Claus is Coming To Town!

You better not pout, you better not cry, you better keep your wits about you, I€m telling you why... Holiday time is fast approaching and crooks, thieves, and cyber criminals of all kinds are prepared more than ever to steal your money, your identity, and reap untold havoc upon you. Black Friday, the date we now know as the busiest shopping day of the year, is a particularly vulnerable time for online and mobile holiday shoppers.

After digesting that turkey and delicious pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, the very next day is that other great American tradition called Black Friday. 

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Wireless: How Reliable Do You Need It To Be?

In this final post of our "Is Consumer Grade enough for your business?" series we'll look at the difference in Wireless solutions.

Wireless isn't really in the same category of Computers, Operating Systems, or Firewalls. It probably isn't a necessity for you to have wireless capabilities for your business to continue operations. It is however becoming more and more common in small businesses across the country and more people are beginning to rely on it in order to get their job done more effectively or conveniently.

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8 Tips For Working Securely From Wireless Hot Spots
reprinted with permission from Microsoft at Work

Wireless (also known as Wi-Fi) hot spots, are changing the way people work. These wireless local area networks (WLANs) provide high-speed Internet connections in public locations (and at home). You can access them with a wireless-ready mobile PC, such as a laptop, netbook, smartphone, or any other mobile device equipped with a wireless card.

Hot spots range from paid services, such as T-Mobile or Verizon Wireless, to free, public connections. Hot spots are everywhere, including coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, bookstores, airports, trains, and hotel lobbies.

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Automatically Sort Incoming Email with the Create Rule Feature in Outlook 2010

When you receive a lot of email, your inbox can get cluttered and difficult to navigate. Thankfully, you can use the Create Rule feature in Outlook 2010 to sort your incoming email by sender. Here are the steps to set up a rule in Outlook 2010 that will automatically put incoming mail from a particular sender into a specific folder:

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Quote of the Month

"You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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