Are you disposing of your devices properly?

We talk about safely disposing of data on hard drives all the time. However, computers aren’t the only things with hard drives. Printers and fax machines need to be wiped clean before being disposed of.

Printers and fax machines must have their hard drives completely wiped clean before being disposed of. These machines often keep copies of the last documents they printed or faxed in their memory. If you do not wipe their memory before disposing of them, you may put sensitive or confidential data at risk. Simply deleting the hard drive is not always enough because remnants of the data may be left behind. At Kitsap Networking we have a server that is loaded with software to properly destroy data on these types of drives before they get recycled.

For any questions about data disposal please contact Kitsap Networking Services.

Are your devices set to download and install updates automatically?

New Threats Are Constantly Being Developed. Protect Your Home Computer and Personal Devices by Automatically Installing OS Updates.

Home computers, laptops, tablets, smart phones, and other personal devices can be vulnerable to the latest threats if they are not frequently updated. Set your computers and devices to automatically download and install operating system updates as they are released. This will ensure that even new threats will not be a risk.

The MSP software we use to track client’s assets has a built-in patch-management suite that downloads and installs updates on a designated schedule. This ensures that your devices stay up to date and protected.

For more information about how to configure your devices to download and install updates automatically please contact Kitsap Networking Services.

How Office 365’s reporting functions can benefit your organization!

How Office 365’s reporting functions can benefit your organization!

Your organization might have Office 365- but chances are you aren’t utilizing all the resources that Microsoft provides! One of the ways you can have a big impact on your organization is through reporting on Office 365 usage.

What kinds of reports are available?

Active Users

Email apps usage

Office 365 groups

OneDrive for Business user activity

OneDrive for Business usage

SharePoint site usage

SharePoint activity

Skype for Business Online activity

Skype for Business Online conference organized activity

Skype for Business Online conference participant activity

Skype for Business Online peer-to-peer activity

Skype for Business clients used

Yammer activity

Yammer device usage

That’s a lot of different reports! Obviously, you’re not going to want to produce regular reports on all these services.

If your organization has simply chosen not to use Yammer, you won’t need to spend time downloading Yammer usage reports. On the other hand, if you’re trying to increase organizational communication, you will want to investigate usage of all your tools for communication—including Email, Yammer, but also Skype for Business activity, too.

Another real-world example can be seen with license reports. With this you can discover how your licenses are being used, by who and what for. You might discover that some of the licenses you are paying for are not even being used.

Proper use of reporting in Office 365 can work provide an abundance of useful data for your organization. For more tips and tricks on reporting in Office 365 please contact Kitsap Networking Services.