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Does Your Password Make the List?

The worst passwords of 2014 have been revealed, do you recognize any?

Sydney Morning Herald has recently released the worst passwords of 2014. When setting passwords, we want to make sure it is something we will easily remember, but these are just too simple.
1. 123456
2. password
3. 12345
4. 12345678
5. qwerty
6. 123456789
7. 1234
8. baseball
9. dragon
10. football
Whilst these passwords are easy to remember, you may as well be inviting hackers into your accounts. Simple, generic passwords like this are the first that hackers will try, so you need to make sure yours are unique.
As most websites suggest when setting up an account, strong passwords are at least 8 characters long and include capital letter, numbers and symbols. You should always aim to have a strong password. It may be difficult to think of a password, but it will save you a lot of stress as it will significantly decrease the chances of your account being hacked.
If you are worried about your passwords, or would like more information on our services, Contact us today.

Prepare Your IT For the New Year

You may have been preparing yourself for the new year, but have you prepared your IT. Why not make 2015 the best year yet for your IT? Here are some tips and activities to prepare your IT for 2015.
1. Out with the old, in with the new. Make sure to upgrade your old servers as Windows 2003 servers will no longer work by July 2015.
2. Step out of the past and soar into the future with cloud back up. If you are still using hard drives or tapes to back-up your data, or if you have no back up at all, it is time to switch to cloud back up.
3. Save space with a CRM System. If your handbag or briefcase is full of business cards and diarys for all of your clients’ and suppliers’ information, it’s time to clean up and implement a CRM system. A customer relationship management tool allows you to have all the information you need in one (organised) system and you can even access it on the go.
4. Why not make work easier by setting up an intranet. This allows you to manage your company information more efficiently. An intranet can be set up using server-based or online tools.
5. Clean up your cables.Why not start the new year fresh by sorting your cords and cables and keeping them neat. You may consider moving the ones you don’t use often and tying up your computer cords so they are hidden under the desk, out of the eyes of customers and away from the feet of staff.
6. Prepare for the boom by checking your capacity. Adding storage at the beginning of the year will ensure that you can work through the boom without having to worry about the storage capacity of your IT. There is good news for those who have switched to the cloud – your IT is already prepared as the cloud will expand to meet your needs.
7. Start the new year afresh with an inbox clean-up. The new year is a great time to sort out those old emails and store them in an annual file.This way you can easily dig them out when they are needed, and you can start the new year with a nice clean inbox.

Clouds are Altering the IT Landscape

In a highly technology-dependent society, more and more employees are working outside the office, in various locations. Businesses and staff now have instant remote access, however, there are several negative implications. When team members are working remotely, using devices such as iPads, laptops, tablets and more, there is an increased risk of losing intellectual property. This places high levels of stress on business owners, who are potentially losing control over the work that is done externally.
Imagine Now I.T. has fast identified this ever-increasing problem, and come up with the solution – Cloud Services. We have developed the “Cloud Services” system, which allows any member of your team to do a number of things, such as:
• Check the location of staff members
• Book appointments
• Respond to emails
• Send quotes
The Cloud Services system is centrally managed and controlled through a console and 100% secure – Imagine Now I.T. stores this information on our servers, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your intellectual property is safe. What’s amazing about this system, is, if your e-device is lost, broken or stolen, simply log on to another device and continue your project.
In only a few years, cloud technology has altered the information technology landscape and changed the way both large enterprises and small businesses are operating, being productive and servicing their customers. A recent study of over 4226 businesses across nine key economies discovered that this game-changing technology is continuing to grow due to unprecedented internet growth.
Cisco and Intel estimate that there were about 200 million people connected to the internet in 2000. This has grown to over 10 billion today and is expected to grow. Approximately 50 billion internet connected people by 2020. What does this internet usage growth mean for our Hunter Based Businesses? It means our potential and current customers are online. They are mobile, tech savvy and have an internet is everything approach. We need to be able to reach and service them relying on this technological platform. Cloud technology is the pillar of this future growth and it has never been more important for business owners to use cloud technology to communicate with their target markets.
The team at Imagine Now I.T. offer IT services with a personal touch and can take the thunderstorm out of your cloud as one of the only local IT companies that offer Cloud services hosted within our City. Visit imaginenowit.com.au or call us on 4934 4966 and chat to one of our friendly, local IT Specialists today.

Outsource Your IT Management

With a number of tailored packages to suit your businesses IT needs and budget you can now outsource the management of your IT to a team of local experts.
The team at Imagine Now I.T. can source, protect and manage all your technology needs for a fixed monthly price – It’s that simple.
We provide all of the benefits of an internal IT department for a fraction of the price of staffing one yourself. We reduce the business impact of IT failures by minimizing their occurrence, and any unforeseen issues are dealt with as a top priority. All aspects of your network are covered: security, data protection applications, hardware and more.

Total network peace of mind.

Your time is precious. You have more important issues to deal with than your computer network. It is, however, a critical enabler to your business and in need of attention to ensure it’s running predictably, optimally and securely. Our IT outsourcing programs are the ideal solution for an organisation like yours, an organisation that demands the utmost in network reliability and quality service.

Benefits of Partnering with Us:

  • Increased productivity as your team focuses on their work not technology issues.
  • Reduced business impact from IT failures. Less risk and quicker recovery.
  • Reduced network downtime through proactive maintenance.

How our services will benefit you?

At Imagine Now I.T. we are different from other service providers. We are reachable when you need us. You are not a number and will not be kept waiting in a call line for hours when you need help.
We provide all of the benefits of an internal IT department for a fraction of the price of staffing one yourself. We reduce the business impact of IT failures by minimizing their occurrence, and any unforeseen issues are dealt with as a top priority.

Total network peace of mind.

Your time is precious. You have more important issues to deal with than your computer network. It is, however, a critical enabler to your business and in need of attention to ensure it’s running predictably, optimally and securely.

Hosted Exchange Server

  • Is reception constantly putting calls through to voicemail or worse a non-answered phone?
  • Do you miss important emails when you are out at a client’s site?
  • Do you need to schedule staff out on the road?
  • Do you or your staff need to access emails and appointments anywhere anytime?
  • Do you work from home or have a multi office company with a large mobile workforce?
  • Do you want a professional look, security and control?
  • Yes?  Well then, whether in an office or out on the road Hosted Exchange is for you!

Whether you have three staff in an office or 20 staff on the road (or somewhere in between), we can provide a fully managed, secure feature-rich email system which can be accessed from anywhere
Streamline your office and get that corporate professional look whether you are in a small office, a large office suite or out on the road.
Your receptionist can quickly check where everyone is, or book an appointment for anyone.
Email security and back-up for all staff. Whatever happens in the office your email, appointments and tasks will always be accessible.

Unchain your team. They can respond to emails on the move, send quotes to customers and close sales effectively via mobile email – that’s the power of Hosted Microsoft Exchange Server.