Sequim IT got a new phone number!

 

 

 

Sequim IT has got a new phone number!
360-504-3272You can contact us now Monday through Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm. While our office is in the middle of being remodeled your call will be forwarded to our main office, Kitsap Networking Services, in Silverdale.

We anticipate the grand opening of our Sequim office in March 2017!

                               About Kitsap Networking Services, Inc.

Kitsap Networking Services, Inc. provides Professional IT Support to Kitsap County and the surrounding communities.  Services include IT (computer, server, network) maintenance, on-call support, IT training/workshops, secure offsite data backup, Managed Services, and consulting services.  We pride ourselves in relational IT Support where we invest in our clients and provide real solutions.  We look forward to working with you!

We are very excited to open Sequim IT, a branch of Kitsap Networking Services, which will be serving Callam and Jefferson counties. We specialize in medical outpatient clinics and professional services companies. Please call us today to schedule an appointment, we offer complementary consultations.

Holiday Schedule

Kitsap Networking Services, Inc.
Holiday Schedule

Santa is busy and so are we, here to fix your holiday needs!

Monday December 26th- Closed
Tuesday December 27th- 8:00 to 5:00
Wednesday December 28th- 8:00 to 5:00
Thursday December 29th- 8:00 to 5:00
Friday December 30th- Closed at Noon
Monday January 2nd- Closed

Avoid a holiday meltdown and schedule with a Tech today! 

Business Networking.

This is 7th week that we are showcasing our services here at Kitsap Networking Services. For the past 6 weeks we have looked at our different backup solutions, and different modules of our managed services. This week we will be diving into professional services which is our on call project based IT work for your business. Professional services include installing servers, workstations, internal networking, wireless solutions, and basic IT troubleshooting. Look forward to updates daily on different aspects of our professional services and how they can benefit your company!dec 12.png

Today we will be talking about the business networking side of professional services. Our job is to make sure your network functions to its highest potential; we make sure that the server talks to the computer and the computer talks to the printer! Many times a number of things can happen to interrupt those connections rendering the users helpless, that’s where we come in! We can help you with a variety of networking issues; like designing your network infrastructure, making sure your network is working at the highest speed that it is capable of, and we can also install/configure/ test modems, firewalls, routers, computers, wireless devices and more!

If you or someone you know needs help with their business networking we would love to come in and see how we can help! Look for tomorrows post on wireless solutions for your business!

Recovery.

Today we are going to go over the recovery process for offsite backup. Many businesses have had a file accidentally get deleted. This this can cost you valuable downtime if you have to re-create the lost file. With our back up software we can easily access lost files.

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In the event that files on your computer get deleted we can easily access the most recent saved version of that file and re-download it onto your computer; you will have a little downtime and it’s as easy as making a single called to us. 

 

If you have a fire malware or some hacker takes over your system and encrypts all of your data you can easily read download all of the recent saved files back on to any device. Your downtime will be minimal and you won’t have to pay ransoms.

 

The only thing that will make the recovery process lower is Internet speed. The slower Internet speed that you have the longer it will take. With your data backed up you will have peace of mind. If you would like to have more information on our offsite backup services please call us today. Next week we will be going over more of our services and how we can help your company.

Managing and Monitoring

Why managing and monitoring your data is important? Today we will be answering that question! It is the 4th day highlighting our offsite backup service and we will be telling you about the managing and monitoring portion of our offsite backup! dec 8.jpg

We receive a report for every successful backup and a warning when we have not run a backup for a certain amount of days. We have the ability to remotely manage what files are backed up and can restore files directly to the computer or to another system in the event of a hard drive or system failure. This minimizes downtime drastically if you find yourself in that situation. Our backup is HIPAA and Government compliant and only costs $1.00 per GB you need backed up.

Our techs also monitor the amount of data you have and how much space you have left. This is beneficial to you because if you are growing your business you will need more data backed up weekly. We can increase the amount of data you need backed up instantly.

Offsite backup is the safest way to keep your information safe and there could not be an easier way to get your files back if they are lost, the only variable is your internet speed! If you are interested in learning more about our offsite backups please call our office today! Tomorrow we will be walking you through the recovery steps in the event something happens to your local data!

A Closer look at Offsite Backups!

This is the 6th week of our 7 week service showcase! Many businesses know that their data is backed up, but they do not know how their offsite backup works; today we will be showcasing the specifics of offsite backup.dec 7.jpg

The process to setting up offsite backups is very straight forward. First, we install the backup program onto your workstations and or servers. Second, you select the most important files that you want backed up and choose your backup schedule. Third, after the initial seed (full backup of your data), only changed/ new files will be uploaded daily. Fourth, restore; with your files backed up you can select all of them or just specific files, you can also choose specific dates to recover files from.  And lastly, access; you can access your files from any device and anywhere on the web.

Another big question about offsite backup is where the data resides? The data is kept on redundant cloud servers which are located in controlled facilities in different parts of the country. The servers and facilities housing the data meet government standards to ensure that all the data is protected.

Another feature that our software offers is that it can back up multiple workstations and servers on the same account; the cost of offsite data backup is not determined by how many computers or servers you have, it is determined by how much data you need backed up! If you have ten computers but only need to back up 25GB of data, you will only be charged for that 25 GB of data!

We can offer large and small amounts of offsite data, if you would like a quote, give us a call and we will schedule a tech to look into how much data your company would typically need! If you found this article helpful at all let us know! Look for tomorrows post on the management and monitoring for your offsite data and how it works!

Offsite Data- How it Works!

Many businesses have online backup at their office but they do not know the specifics of how it works; today we will be answering those questions for you!dec 6.jpg

Many people think having offsite backup for their office is a long process that costs a lot of money, but in reality the steps and results are easy!

1)     Install the backup program onto your workstations and or servers.

2)     Select the most important files that you want backed up and choose your backup schedule.

3)     After the initial seed (full backup of your data), only changed/ new files will be uploaded daily.

4)     Restore; with your files backed up you can select all of them or just specific files, you can also choose specific dates to recover files from.  

5)     Access; you can access your files from any device and anywhere on the web.

Many people wonder why backup is so expensive; the answer is quality. Sure you can find cheap backup solutions online that only cost 5 cents a GB but what you do not realize is that getting that data back could cost you tens of thousands of dollars if you need it back right away. Many companies that offer cheap backup will restrict the funnel for getting your data back and if you want to get your data back quickly, they will charge you an arm and a leg. The other downside to having cheap backup is that it is not encrypted and does not automatically back up new files on a daily basis.

Our offsite data may cost more, but it will ensure that your files are safe, updated and encrypted. If you would like to learn more about our offsite data backup and how it can benefit your company, contact us today!

Data Offsite that you cannot live without!

This week we will be going in depth about offsite backup and how badly you need it for your business. Studies show that 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months of the disaster. With current ransom ware running wild we take backup very seriously and want to equip you with the tools necessary for protection Today we will be talking about backing up your “most important, can’t operate without” data offsite and how your business can be affected if it is not properly backed up.

Here at Kitsap Networking Services, Inc. we partner with the leader of business backup who is HIPAA and government compliant. Our offsite backup service costs $1.00 per GB (with a 25 GB minimum). With online backup you always have a backup, whatever happens. Every day your backup is automatically and immediately stored safely outside your business. Even if a fire or burglary were to happen, you can easily get your data back with the click of a button. Online backup runs quietly in the background so you do not have to worry about switching out external hard drives, or having to take the time out of your day to make sure that your receptionist clicks the button to back up your data while closing.   Using online backup brings considerable cost savings since you do not have the cost of tape streamers, tapes, backup software and servers or the time you need to backup. The backup is always ready to restore. You can restore your data at any time and at any location with a simple press of a button. Your data is automatically encrypted before it is sent over the secure Internet connection. The data remains stored encrypted. This is your data only for you to read.dec 5.jpg

Data backup is an often overlooked aspect of running a small business. With businesses increasingly relying on home computers and operating online, it is now more important now than ever to have a secure backup system in place. Many people take unnecessary risks with the safety of their information. This is particularly dangerous for small businesses, because data loss can cause huge problems and in some cases will result in a loss of revenue. If you would like to make sure that your businesses data is being backed up please contact us today! Look for tomorrows post on how online backup works!

The Benefits of having Anti-Virus and Anti- Malware.

Many people do have heard of viruses and malware but they do not know the differences between viruses and malware; today we will be telling you the benefits of having anti-virus and anti-malware! Viruses are a specific type of malware (designed to replicate and spread), While malware is a broad term used to describe all sorts of unwanted or malicious code. Malware can include viruses, spyware, adware, nagware, Trojans, worms, and more. However, because viruses made headlines a few years ago, most security companies focused their marketing on them, which is why they’re called “anti-virus.”dec 2.jpg

Other tools call themselves “anti-malware,” but malware is a broad term that includes viruses—so it isn’t clear which threats they cover either. So, we set out to find out which tools cover which threats, and how to keep yourself 100% covered. Many people think their anti-malware tool also protects them from viruses, even when it does not, and vice-versa. The focus of online criminals has shifted and therefore malware has changed. Criminals see today’s online society as an opportunity to steal personal data including credit card and banking details, pins and passwords, and information such as home addresses, phone numbers and even the names of family members. Criminals can, for example, write malicious code and distribute it in the form of a Trojan virus. The Trojan virus can collect personal data which can be sold to crime organizations who can then steal money directly from the victims bank account.

However, no one tool can catch everything. So, we suggest you install one security tool that scans for as much as possible, and one that protects you from threats while you surf the web, install applications, and open files. Then, install another anti-malware tool that has automated settings to make sure nothing got through or has been overlooked. With this combination, you’ll protect your business from as much as possible while saving money long term.

If you are left wondering if you have both anti-virus and antimalware let us know and we can set up a complementary consultation to check out what you already have. We hope you found this useful! This concludes our week highlighting Managed Antivirus! Next week we will be focusing on the importance of online backup!

The Effects of not having your Anti-Virus Properly Managed.

It is day 4 of the managed antivirus week! Today we will be talking about the effects of not having your antivirus managed properly. Antivirus software isn’t just for home users. Businesses with multiple computer systems and servers are prone to malicious software on the internet just like anyone else, perhaps more so. Malicious software in general doesn’t have a specific target. It targets anyone and everyone. Small businesses that may only have one computer that backs up once a week stand to lose a week worth of data. Others may not even back up and stand to lose everything in an instant.dec 1.jpg

The larger issue is not losing data. It is where that data goes. Hackers develop malicious software to steal data. Take a small dental clinic for example. They might have 5,000 records in their office on one computer system. If every client used a credit card, not only can a hacker steal the credit card information, but also names, social security numbers, addresses, and bank information. Basically, this is the theft of 5,000 people s identifying information. Hackers can also steal the company s information as well if it is stored on that PC, from passwords to bank account information.

Almost all companies rely heavily on their computer systems to keep track of data, day-to-day tasks and money. Even small businesses have moved away from pen and paper tracking, leaving ledger books to accumulate dust in storage bays. Years of data used to take up huge amounts of space with filing cabinets and boxes of records and paper in a storage closet, rarely accessed. The only thing a company had to worry about was flooding, fire and rodents. All of those millions of files can now be contained in a single computer system, even on hard drives as small as 2.5 inches.

Computers also carry the risk of damage by floods and fire, rodents not so much. However, there is an additional risk to keeping all of your data on a computer: hackers and malicious software (malware). Much of the internet is strewn with this malware, designed to steal data wherever it can. Small and large businesses alike are at risk of losing thousands, if not millions of dollars worth of data. The risk of not running antivirus software on business computer systems is increased tenfold over that of the average home user. Businesses stand to lose their entire company because of malicious software, something that could be prevented with as little as a $35 investment in managed antivirus software.

If you do not have managed antivirus please contact us today to discuss your options. Look for tomorrow’s post on the benefits of having anti-malware and anti-virus on your systems!