Security is a top-of-mind concern these days and for good reason. The costs of a data breach can be significant — and in some cases enormous. For example, the Target breach in 2013 ultimately ended up costing the company a cool $162 million. And who can forget the Epsilon breach back in 2011? The price tag for that incident? Four (cue Dr. Evil voice) BILLION dollars.Of course, most data breaches aren’t as staggeringly expensive as these notorious cases. However, all breaches are costly and can take several weeks, months, or even years to investigate and clean up. And we haven’t...

In the business world, there too are many acronyms to try to remember them all. The same goes for electronics. But there are a few that will make your workday so much easier. One is “BLF” which stands for Busy Lamp Field on your IP business telephone. While it doesn’t sound very sexy, the BLF indicator just might be your new BFF (Best Friend Forever). The BLF has been around for quite some time but is more useful now than ever on cloud-based phones.On most modern telephones, the BLF is usually a small Light Emitting Diode (LED). Great, another acronym!...

Are you still using your legacy phone system? Many businesses today are. We spend our days communicating with clients, suppliers, customers and investors over email, using online chat, and on the telephone. While in 2018 less than 50% of Americans had a landline phone at home, instead preferring to be wireless, using their smartphones for communication, most small businesses are still reliant on old fashioned, outdated and often costly legacy phone systems.These outdated systems can mean that you are missing important calls, facing static on the line, and other issues that really should be behind us as we move into...

In the 21st century, communication is the key to success in business. Whatever the nature, size and scope of your enterprise you need to be able to make the outbound calls that secure new business and facilitate healthy operations while ensuring that when your clients need you, you’re never more than a phone call away. And in the digital age, more and more businesses are choosing to eschew traditional telecoms networks for VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) services to facilitate their business communications.If you’re considering changing over to VoIP for the first time, you risk walking into a potential minefield....

If you are considering upgrading to a feature-rich and scalable hosted cloud phone system, then you will obviously want to know if you can use your existing phones, or if you need to purchase new phones. As with many questions of this nature, the answer is “it depends.” Before exploring this further, it will be helpful to quickly and simply look at how hosted cloud works.Understanding Hosted CloudOne of the most beneficial things about hosted cloud is that it does not need its own separate telecommunications infrastructure. Instead, it “piggy backs” on your existing IP network — which is the...

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