By -- 2018-07-9 in Blog

Creating backups is more important now than ever! It may not be something you think to do every day but the consequences can be catastrophic. A recent CNET article reminds us of the rewards of creating backups, and negative aftermath that results from neglecting to do so.

How important are backups?  I guess the real question is how important is the work you do? The website that runs your organization?  The time you need to stay in business?  In addition to trying to recover from possible disasters, hundreds of hours of repairs may be required to get back the information you lose in the case of a system hack or crash.

An incredibly high number of organizations go out of business when they have a system failure and for some of those with backups, they fail too because those backups are not tested. If you have any uncertainty regarding how you are keeping your content safe, please give us a call at 703-790-0400 or visit us on the web at www.optfinity.com.

By -- 2018-07-6 in Blog

The days of having all aspects of your business in separate folders and spreadsheets are coming to an end. According to this CNET article more and more businesses are implementing CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems for their business operations. These systems essentially allow businesses to organize all their information into one spot, making them more efficient and customer friendly.

Given the undeniable benefits these systems provide for your business, what’s holding business owners back from using this technology? Perhaps they may not feel confident about dealing with the issues of the CRM once it is in place, or perhaps they are worried if something goes wrong they won’t know how to fix it.

If you are looking to expand your business’ capabilities and don’t know where to start, OptfinITy can help. In addition to implementing CRM tools, we offer 24 x 7 support to make sure things are running smoothly, allowing you to focus on the more important aspects of your business. If you have any questions about implementing a CRM system for your business, or already have one but would like someone else to manage it, give us a call at 703-790-0400 or visit us on the web at www.optfinity.com.

By -- 2018-07-2 in Blog

You probably wouldn’t walk into a coffee shop and start giving all the customers your social security number, so why would you share all your company information? If you are running your business from multiple locations or even your office without a reliable VPN, you may be doing just that!

Hackers are out for your information and make money off stealing it and selling it. Your first thing to consider should be whether you are primarily connecting from a home network or from the cloud. After that, it is advisable to pick a provider that offers secure communication protocols, protects your privacy, and has sufficient data capacity. Also, be aware of fake services and avoid free VPN services.

You don’t want to fall victim to hackers, so if you have any questions regarding VPN services and their maintenance, you can check out this article please give us a call at 703-790-0400 or visit us at our website at www.optfinity.com.

By -- 2018-06-30 in Blog

According to a recent TechRepublic article, browsers are more vulnerable to cyber-attacks than any other form of software being used in businesses today. If you want to be sure to keep your data and information protected from hackers, it is advisable to take the following actions:

  1. Only allow use of reputable business-related plug-ins and extensions such as Java or Flash, as this will avoid the risk of exposing your browser due to security flaws that are common in less reputable, non-business-related plug-ins.
  2. Ensure you have a Java security configuration that works best for your servers and workstations and stay on top of updates.
  3. Beware of malicious pop-up ads. These commonly appear in forms of messages that suggest your computer has a virus and prompt you to download antivirus software. An easy solution is to configure your browser to block pop-up ads, but it is recommended to have an option available to display them at will, as they are sometimes needed for legitimate websites to function properly.
  4. Be sure to establish all settings and ensure they remain in place from a centralized point of management. This ensures that the settings you have in place will not be changed by employees and put the company’s browser at risk.
  5. Since browser-based threats don’t necessarily use files, they often go undetected. Therefore, stay up to date on the latest cybersecurity technology. Be sure to analyze all code in real time and test for suspicious code using a filtered approach that analyzes more than just downloaded files and attachments.

If you are worried you don’t have the expertise to handle these issues, OptfinITy can help. For more information or to get answers to your questions regarding keeping your browser secure and safe, give us a call at 703-790-0400 or visit our website at www.optfinity.com.

By -- 2018-06-30 in OptfinITy News

OptfinITy Ranked Among Top 501 Global Managed Service Providers for third Straight Year

 

11th Annual MSP 501 Identifies World’s Most Forward-Thinking MSPs & Leading Trends in Managed Services


June 29, 2018:
OptfinITy ranks among the world’s 501 most strategic and innovative managed service providers (MSPs), according to Channel Futures 11th-annual MSP 501 Worldwide Company Rankings.

The MSP 501 is the first, largest and most comprehensive ranking of managed service providers worldwide. This year Channel Futures received a record number of submissions. Applications poured in from Europe, Asia, South America and beyond.

As it has for the last three years, Channel Futures teamed with Clarity Channel Advisors to evaluate these progressive and forward-leaning companies. MSPs were ranked according to our unique methodology, which recognizes that not all revenue streams are created equal. We weighted revenue figures according to how well the applicant’s business strategy anticipates trends in the fast-evolving channel ecosystem.

“I would like to thank Channel futures for once again recognizing all the fantastic work my OptfinITy colleagues do every day,” said Michael Drobnis, CEO of OptfinITy. “Our employee’s dedication, combined with dynamic growth-oriented customers is the reason we are who we are.”

Channel Futures is pleased to honor OptfinITy.

For the first time, Channel Futures will also name 10 special award winners, including MSP of the Year, CEO of the Year and one Lifetime Achievement Award for a career of excellence in the channel.

The MSP 501 winners and award recipients will be recognized at a special ceremony, held this year October 9-12 in Philadelphia, as well as in the Fall issue of Channel Partners Magazine.

“This year’s applicant pool was the largest and most diverse in the history of the survey, and our winners represent the health and progressivity of the managed services market,” says Kris Blackmon, Channel Futures content director and editor of the MSP 501. “They’re growing their revenue, expanding their customer influence and exploring new technology that will propel them for years to come.”

The full MSP 501 report, available this fall, will leverage applicant responses, interviews and historical data to identify business and technology trends in the IT channel. Highlights will include:

• Revenue growth and business models
• Hiring trends and workforce dynamics
• Business strategies
• Service deliverables
• Business tools and automation investments


Background

The 2018 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by Channel Futures and its sister site, Channel Partners. Data was collected online from Feb. 28 through May 31, 2018. The MSP 501 list recognizes top managed service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors.

About OptfinITy

OptfinITy offers a full suite of IT solutions including managed services, cloud and hosting solutions, application development, website development, mobile application development and phone systems. Headquartered outside of Washington, DC, OptfinITy services clients throughout the United States.

About Informa

Channel Futures, Channel Partners Online, Channel Partners Conference & Expo and Channel Partners Evolution are part of Informa, the international business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events group. Informa serves commercial, professional and academic communities, helping them connect and learn, and creating and providing access to content and intelligence that helps people and businesses work smarter and make better decisions faster.

By -- 2018-04-30 in Blog

Does your business have a spare $2 million around to fix your computer problems when you get the next Ransomware attack?  As you may have seen in the news, the city of Atlanta, George recently became a victim of the SamSam ransomware, shutting down operational systems. Unlike most ransomware, SamSam indiscriminately searches the internet for vulnerable servers by looking for weak passwords or passwords that rarely get changed and then infecting the system. While Atlanta didn’t pay the ransom, the cost to remediate the issue was calculated at $2,667,328 according to this ZDNET article.

While your business may require less than the city to remediate your problem, there are things you can do today to make sure that Ransomware doesn’t hurt your organization. This includes changing and using complex passwords, updating security patches, installing the proper security equipment and educating your employees.

For more information on some of the things you can do, give us a call and we can provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation assessments. We can be reached at 703-790-0400 or on the web at www.optfinity.com.

By -- 2018-04-25 in Blog

According to a recent CNET article, cybercrime is now costing businesses as much as $600 billion.  In fact, the most recent Ransomeware attack costs millions of dollars to the city of Atlanta to recover from that attack.   So what does a small business or non-profit organization do?

The most important thing you can do is to make sure you have a Great backup.  Not just a backup but a backup which automatically checks to make sure that the backup works.  You also should have in place the proper security software and devices and even more importantly, the proper training program for your employees on what to avoid.

If you are unsure of what you are doing to keep you organization safe and would like a free security assessment, please give us a call at 703-790-0400 or on the web at www.optfinity.com. Don’t wait until a threat strikes.

By -- 2018-04-20 in Blog

Is your router out of date?  Did you ever change the default password/  Are you still getting security updates on it?  If you answered yes to any of these questions or you do not know the answers, then there is a great chance your router is at risk of being hacked.

                According to this article on CNET, more and more hackers are accessing organizational routers because they are not being updated and protected.  And once they are in your router, they have the ability to do a lot of damage through the theft of information or the shutting down of your systems.  What are you doing to keep your organization safe?

                If you are not sure or would like a free assessment of things, give OptfinITy a call.  For 16 years, OptfinITy has been providing organizations with budget friendly unlimited IT support that protects you and keeps you at ease with knowing that your technology is safe.    Give us a call at 703-790-0400 or on the web at www.optfinity.com.

By -- 2018-02-28 in Uncategorized

 

Springfield, VA, February 27, 2018 – OptfinITy, Washington, DC’s leading provider of IT Services, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named OptfinITy to its 2018 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments.

In today’s fast-paced business environments, MSPs play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies without straining their budgets or losing focus on their core business. CRN’s MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward-thinking and innovative of these key organizations.

The list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premises and off-premises services; and the Managed Security 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premise, cloud-based security services.

“Managed service providers have become integral to the success of businesses everywhere, both large and small,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “Capable MSPs enable companies to take their cloud computing to the next level, streamline spending, effectively allocate limited resources and navigate the vast field of available technologies. The companies on CRN’s 2018 MSP 500 list stand out for their innovative services, excellence in adapting to customers’ changing needs and demonstrated ability to help businesses get the most out of their IT investments.”

The MSP500 list is featured in the February 2018 issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com/msp500.

 

By -- 2018-02-15 in Blog

What do you think happens when you go to a website and there is a big warning that says this website is not secure?  Do you think you will go back to that website?  That is going to happen to millions of websites beginning in July when Chrome version 68 is released.

Google is forcing all websites to begin using HTTPS for all websites which means that the connection between the website’s server and your computer is encrypted. Google believes it will make the web a more secure place and if you don’t do it, they will announce to the world that you are not secure.

If you want more information, click here, otherwise if you need help with installing an SSL certificate to have HTTPS on your website, please contact OptfinITy.