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MERIT Solutions has been serving the Chesapeake area since 1982, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

It’s Essential to Have a Thorough Backup Plan

It’s Essential to Have a Thorough Backup Plan

Take a moment to imagine yourself in this scenario; you are going about your day-to-day business when all of a sudden, something profound happens to disrupt operations, grinding productivity to a halt and possibly even putting your company’s workers or infrastructure in jeopardy. No matter the disaster experienced, you need to have a plan in place to not only respond, but also recover from the incident in the most efficient way possible.

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What a Recent Study Says About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

What a Recent Study Says About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

You might think that remote work for specific positions is taking off, and while this is true for some, it’s not necessarily the case for all. Knowledge workers, for example, are seeing fewer and fewer new job postings, as evidenced by a report from Braintrust. This report analyzed 150,000 new job postings and had some surprising results on the remote work front.

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Managed IT Services Can Deliver Consistency and Efficiency

Managed IT Services Can Deliver Consistency and Efficiency

Businesses often struggle with finding talent, and a variety of factors can contribute to this. Some are limited by their geographic location, although this has been made significantly less of a factor thanks to remote technology, whereas others might be limited by budget. Thankfully, outsourcing is a great way to shore up weaknesses in your organization’s operations, particularly for finding IT talent.

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Content Filtering Can Help Keep Your Business Safe and Productive

Content Filtering Can Help Keep Your Business Safe and Productive

The Internet might be a great resource for modern businesses, but it can also waste a lot of time and expose your company to more risks than you’d think. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to take action against these threats and do what must be done to protect your company from them. One of the best ways you can do this is by implementing a content filter for your network traffic.

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How to Identify Spam and Phishing Emails

How to Identify Spam and Phishing Emails

Out of all the email messages you get throughout the workday, how many of them are spam messages or malicious emails from hackers trying to get at your credentials? You don’t need us to tell you that spam and phishing emails are a serious problem, but sometimes they can be a bit difficult to identify—especially to the untrained or uninformed eye. Let’s go over some of the telltale signs of spam and phishing emails, as well as how you should react to them.

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5 Tips to Give Your Mobile Device’s Battery a Boost

5 Tips to Give Your Mobile Device’s Battery a Boost

We’ve all been in situations where we just need our smartphone battery to last just a little bit longer, just until we can get home to plug it in. Unfortunately, due to the nature of smartphone batteries, they will ultimately degrade over time, no matter how many precautions we take during our day-to-day happenings. To help you get the most juice out of your smartphone’s battery, we have compiled some tips that might help ease the pain of a slowly dying battery.

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4 Tips to Help You Be More Productive

4 Tips to Help You Be More Productive

Every business is constantly looking for a way to boost productivity, but it’s not always easy to find strategies that lead to higher yields and more profitability. Even the most sound strategy may take time to get going, and sometimes what seems to be a well-laid plan doesn’t come together. This month, we thought we would provide four tips on how to improve organizational productivity without many headaches. 

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3 Signs You Might Need a Device Upgrade

3 Signs You Might Need a Device Upgrade

We live in an era of upgrades. For example, how often do you upgrade your smartphone? Do you give the same care and attention to your business’ technology? Oftentimes users ignore the signs that it is time for an upgrade even when they are crystal clear, just saying to themselves, “I’ll get by just fine.”’ This is not the correct mentality. You need to be able to identify when older devices are holding you back and take steps toward replacing them with better, more powerful ones.

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Prepare for These 4 Types of Disasters Before It’s Too Late

Prepare for These 4 Types of Disasters Before It’s Too Late

Businesses of all industries and sizes need to account for various disasters that could sink operations and lead to considerable costs associated with downtime. It is your responsibility as a business owner to identify what these disasters are and take steps toward addressing them, preferably before they become major problems that cost your organization time and money.

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Best Practices for Protecting Your Mobile Devices While Traveling

Best Practices for Protecting Your Mobile Devices While Traveling

We know that you might not feel comfortable traveling yet, and for good reason, but when you do, it is extremely important that you take steps to protect the technology you take with you on the road. Here are some of the best ways that you can keep your mobile devices safe while out of the office and traveling.

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Tips to Find a Reliable Printer and Copier Maintenance Provider

Tips to Find a Reliable Printer and Copier Maintenance Provider

Printing in business is a double-edged sword. On one hand it is costly and printers and copiers seem to need constant maintenance. On the other hand, it can be a core part of a business’ operational strategy. In order to utilize printing, and keep costs down, businesses need access to affordable and reliable printer and copier maintenance. Let’s take a look at a few variables you should consider when looking for printer maintenance solutions. 

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More People are Choosing Mobile

More People are Choosing Mobile

Think how much has changed in the past 20 years. The Internet went from dial-up to broadband. Cellular networks have brought computing to more people through the use of computers that fit in your pocket. These mobile devices have changed the way that we communicate, changed the way business works, and changed the way we go about our daily lives. Let’s talk about how mobile is the predominant type of computing being used in society today.

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AI Is Helping Businesses Be More Efficient

AI Is Helping Businesses Be More Efficient

One of the most confusing technologies that has come down the pike over the past couple of years is artificial intelligence. AI, as it is being implemented by businesses, isn’t frightening, it is intriguing. This month we thought we’d go through three ways where AI is being utilized in the small business space. 

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Four Considerations for Your Business’ Security

Four Considerations for Your Business’ Security

Millions of people find themselves sitting in front of a computer moving files around and corresponding with people over the phone, through email, or updating info in the company’s line of business app. What many of them don’t know, however, is that, at any time, they are only a couple of clicks away from causing major problems for their company. This is why it is extremely important to train your staff on what to look for and how to address those situations when they do arise.

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Should You Invest In Hardware or Move to the Cloud?

Should You Invest In Hardware or Move to the Cloud?

Regardless of their size, businesses need access to some considerable amounts of data nowadays. This means that even small businesses have situations to consider that not only carries data considerations, but operational considerations. Considering many businesses have shifted to a remote workforce (or some variant of it), it stands to reason that an organization’s hardware investments have to be more strategic than ever before.

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Introducing the Hybrid Workforce

Introducing the Hybrid Workforce

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the way people worked drastically, and it did it very suddenly. As more people are being vaccinated, offices are starting to reopen. Workers, who gained substantial flexibility by working from home, however, are now expecting some of that flexibility to continue. Employers, who up until mandated shutdowns were not enthusiastic that they could make the remote workforce work for their companies are now set up to manage them proficiently. This month we thought we would take a look at the inevitable compromise that is being reached: the hybrid workplace.

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Planning Future IT Investments Can Get Tricky

Planning Future IT Investments Can Get Tricky

Over the past year (and change) millions of businesses have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, it may not surprise you that you will have to adjust your budget to accommodate the massive amount of changes that we will see as everyday life begins to normalize. Today, we thought we’d take you through some of the financial challenges your business is sure to have to deal with when social distancing is a distant memory.

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Ransomware Is One of Today’s Most Dangerous Threats

Ransomware Is One of Today’s Most Dangerous Threats

Ransomware has been a real problem for the past several years. Once known for breaching networks directly, the establishment of uncrackable encryption left hackers looking to change their strategies. Today, they use scams to get people to give them access to network resources. If they are successful, it can deliver more than headaches for a business. Let’s look at what makes ransomware so dangerous and how your company can combat the constant attacks that come your way. 

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It’s Time to Focus on Data Privacy and Compliance

It’s Time to Focus on Data Privacy and Compliance

Most businesses have compliance regulations they need to meet. 2021 is becoming somewhat of a tipping point for some. Companies are dealing with the development of new data privacy laws that will surely add some responsibilities on top of already established regulations. This month, we thought we’d take a look at compliance and why it is important to stay on top of it. 

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Three Technologies for the Small Business Startup

Three Technologies for the Small Business Startup

Deciding to start a business is a big shift in a person’s life, but it can be extraordinarily rewarding. Regardless of what business you plan on opening, there are some technologies that can work to make your new business easier to manage and can help you transition into the world of entrepreneurship. Let’s go through four technology tools the small business startup needs. 

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