Security should be an important part of your business; however, we continually see homes and businesses using low-end routers. These routers do no outbound filtering which can cause data leakage. We also see open ports that introduce security holes into your network (how would you feel if you knew your RDP port was hit thousands of times a night by hackers in other countries?). My question is, why is your router accepting or sending traffic from/to countries like China or North Korea or other embargoes countries? Why do you have a port open when its just one user at home that needs access to that port? We are now offering a managed firewall for only $50 per month in most cases ($30/month for managed clients). There is no cost for the firewall (we will own and manage the firewall). This is an excellent router/firewall that will make your network flow better by providing Quality of Service (QoS) and traffic control preventing traffic from entering or leaving your network to places it shouldn’t be going. We can also provide a separate network for your guests (most companies freely give out their wireless codes to customers/vendors who now have access to your internal computers). This is a separate offering than our regular services for servers and computers and can compliment your existing IT support. Call us at 817-354-2487 for more information and to setup a consultation.
Microsoft commissioned a study to examine the impact of non-IT professionals managing technology in small businesses across several countries. The AMI-Partners study found that, on average, nontechnical employees, who are acting as the company’s I.T., lose six hours per week in business productivity. Certified I.T. Solutions, LLC can be your I.T. department saving your employees time and money.
I received a phone call today from the supervisor of a new employee. They couldn’t figure out how to add email to a phone. I asked that they send a help request with the model of the phone. Right away I received the request and within five minutes I sent specific instructions for that model. The reply was “Thanks!, [I’ve] been trying to figure that out for days…”
CITS is your I.T. department – we are here to save you time. Rely on us!
One of the things that separates CITS from other MSP’s is that we are “vendor-neutral.” This doesn’t mean that we don’t have our favorite vendors – we like Dell, Netgear, Mikrotik and Cisco among other manufactures. What “vendor-neutral” means to us is that we don’t recommend a piece of hardware or software based on the commission we get in return. In fact, we do not make money off selling hardware and software to our clients that have an agreement with us. When a service based company profits from selling hardware/software they are putting themselves at conflict with the client. When the support company makes a commission or a spiff for recommending a certain brand it puts them at conflict with the client’s needs. We want to be a partner with our clients and to avoid conflicts of interest.
Recently a client of mine chose a different VoIP partner than we recommended. When I saw the quote I recognized the router that was selected. The VoIP provider charged $350 for a $60 router! This might have included setup but there was a separate line item for “system installation.” Furthermore the provider did not know how to configure critical pieces of the router. Fortunately, I am familiar with the router and was able to make the necessary changes.
Another example is a client chose to disregard my computer quote (a Dell quote that was provided within their agreement and in which I would not have made a dime) and decided to get a competing brand since the quote was less (it turns out that it was sold by another vendor’s son who made a commission off the sale). When I went to setup the computer I informed them that the computer they got didn’t include a certain version of Microsoft Office that was required for their other critical software. Furthermore, one reason I don’t like the brand they chose is because it comes with a lot of preloaded software and it has already caused complaints from the user. The client ended up spending more money than they would have if they had just gone with my quote. My quote was based on my client’s needs not my profit.