Affinity has teamed up with Pinnacle Financial Partners to host a lunch seminar to give businesses real-world, actionable tips on boosting their cyber security. The seminar features a panel of experts from every angle—legal, law enforcement, technology, and insurance—to give business leaders a full picture of why cyber security is important, and how they can achieve it. The event will take place at Pinnacle Financial Partners’ 1717 Mallory Lane location in Cool Springs (Brentwood) from 11:30 to 1pm. A complimentary lunch is included, but registration is required.Read More
Affinity is pleased to welcome Kyle Clemmons to our growing team as our Inside Sales Representative! In this role, Kyle will serve as an ambassador for Affinity, introducing our company’s game-changing approach to managed IT services to businesspeople throughout Greater Nashville.Read More
With very few exceptions, all businesses rely on technology to some degree, and most rely on it heavily. But businesses differ in terms of how they view their IT investment. Some view technology as a money pit that they can’t live without – a necessary evil. Others view technology as a tool that can help them compete in an economy of “disruption.” They know that in the 21st century, the companies who use technology as an engine for innovation and transformation (think Uber) are the ones likely to succeed.
While there are certainly valid reasons for some business owners to view their IT as a necessary evil, it is possible for every business – regardless of size – to transform their technology into an engine for growth.Read More
The number of widespread cyber security issues in the news seems to be growing, doesn’t it? VPNFilter – malware that affects consumer and small-business grade routers and other network devices – is just the latest threat to make headlines.
The FBI is advising everyone to restart their home or small business routers to mitigate the effects of VPNFilter. But how does this affect your business? Read on to find out.Read More
Affinity is thrilled to announce that Carter Glascock has joined our growing team as a Systems Administrator! Carter has extensive experience serving the IT needs of businesses in the Nashville area, from finance and venture capital groups to nonprofits and manufacturing.Read More
As your managed IT services provider, we want to provide as much awareness as possible of the latest scams and tactics that may put your data and company assets at risk. One such tactic that we’ve seen in play recently is pop-up phishing – a type of social engineering attack used by criminals to trick people into giving access to their computers and/or payment information.Read More
Cyber security is a nebulous concept for many business leaders. There are, it’s true, a complicated array of risks to data security, and, as a result, it can be easy to throw one’s hands up and ignore them all together. After all, you have a business to run, and that’s complicated enough. However, as countless companies making news headlines have found out, turning a blind eye to cyber security can be catastrophic for your business.Read More
If you’ve ever worked with a Managed Services Provider (MSP), you’ve probably heard the term “vCIO.” “What does that mean?” you might have wondered. You might have been told that the “v” stands for “virtual,” and CIO stands for “Chief Information Officer”—the position in a corporate environment responsible for aligning technology strategy with business strategy. The idea is that, with the MSP, your business will have a virtual CIO – someone to provide strategic technology consulting.
But not all vCIO services are created equal. Just because two MSPs both offer vCIO, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can expect the same thing from both of them. The right kind of vCIO service is truly valuable. But, in some cases, it doesn’t amount to much more than project sales pitches.Read More
This month, Sean Wright, Affinity’s President and Founder is speaking at two cyber security events that are open to the public. On March 6th, Sean will speak at a SCORE Network event titled “Cyber Security for Small Business: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” held at the Pathway Women’s Business Center. And on March 15th, Sean will join a panel of experts for an seminar titled “Real-World Cyber Security” at Pinnacle Financial Partners’ Brentwood office. Information and registration for both events can be found below.Read More
One common instance of the drive for convenience leading to poor security—and poor business practice—is the use of personal file syncing accounts, such as Dropbox, for work purposes. Perhaps an employee uses his personal Dropbox account to access work files at home. Or a CEO uses her personal Dropbox account to share a file for review with an important potential client.
While it may seem like the employee is simply taking praiseworthy initiative and that the CEO is taking necessary steps to grow the business, the use of personal file-syncing accounts is highly problematic from a technical perspective for at least two reasons.Read More
Most parents recognize that the internet is not always a safe place for kids. Connected devices offer great opportunities for fun and for learning, but they also present serious dangers for kids of all ages, such as cyberbullying, sexting, and exposure to inappropriate content.Read More
When you think of your company’s IT costs, what comes to mind? Odds are, hardware and software top the list, as well as the costs of IT support, like salary and benefits for in-house staff or fees for an outsourced IT provider. These costs are easy to quantify and predict. The problem is that they are just the tip of the iceberg. Within your organization, there may be hidden costs associated with your IT that can linger under the surface and hinder your business’s growth.
Here are three examples of hidden IT costs that many businesses face:Read More
We’ve all been there. You’re at home, and it’ been a long day. All you want to do is unwind with episodes of your favorite show on Netflix. Or maybe your kids are trying to finish a project for school, and the deadline is tomorrow morning. In either case, and countless others, slow WiFi can lead to serious frustration.Read More
2017 was a year of highly-publicized malware attacks and security vulnerabilities, and it appears that 2018 will be no different. You may have heard about Meltdown and Spectre—two widespread security vulnerabilities—in the news recently. But how do they affect your business, and what (if anything) can you do about it? Read our quick guide below to find out.Read More
Technology has enabled today’s workforce to become increasingly mobile. Your company may have employees in numerous locations across the country. And even if it doesn’t, odds are you and your employees do at least some of your work outside the confines of your office—whether from home, coffee shops, or customer locations.
Unfortunately, cybercriminals have also developed sophisticated ways to use this increased mobility to gain access to your network and your data. Thankfully, there is a security measure that can drastically reduce the risk of a breach while still allowing for mobility— a Virtual Private Network (VPN).Read More
Part of Affinity's vision is "to benefit our community and the greater world through philanthropic partnerships and servant leadership." For us, that means rolling up our sleeves and helping in our community.
This holiday season, we did that by spending a morning volunteering at ThriftSmart, a nonprofit thrift store whose proceeds support worthy charities in our community and around the world. We spent our time sorting donations, organizing clothes on racks, and moving furniture.Read More
For many business owners, a new year sparks renewed focus on putting ideas into action that will help their businesses grow.
As you sit through brainstorming sessions and consider ways to do things differently in the new year, don’t forget to pay attention to the health of your technology systems. Odds are, you rely on technology to communicate, make business decisions, and complete projects. In other words, it’s just as crucial to your success as a new hire.Read More
Last week, Facebook released Messenger Kids, a version of its popular Messenger app designed specifically for kids under 13. These younger kids are technically not allowed to create full Facebook profiles, so Facebook developed Messenger Kids as a standalone app with some important parental control and safety features.
Still, while Facebook seems to have put a lot of effort into safety, some parents may feel uncomfortable with allowing their children to use this app. To help you make the best decision for your family, read on to learn what Messenger Kids does well, as well as what concerns it might still raise for some parents.Read More
While cloud based team collaboration tools are rising in popularity, good ole’ fashioned email is still the primary tool for communication within many organizations. It’s familiar and easily shared among customers, vendors, and work teams. Because of its reach, we take the usual steps to keep our email safe and accessible, like implementing backups and archiving old emails so that we can restore deleted or lost messages or access old ones. But, there’s an extra step that many of us miss in our efforts to safeguard company email contents: email journaling.Read More
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