Predicting Major Disruptions to the MSP Market in 2019

Predicting the Major Disruptions to the MSP Market in 2019

2019 promises to be a breakout year for the technology industry, with exciting advances in concepts such as machine learning and AI. However, 2019 is also a year that promises to exhibit some major disruptors, or challenges, especially as they relate to MSP (managed service providers). 

Only the Strong Will Survive

As organizational dependency on technology continues to grow and technology itself becomes increasingly complex, MSPs that lean toward complacency will be pushed out of the market. Only the MSPs committed to continually evolving to meet the increasingly complex needs of today’s small businesses will survive. MSPs who can expect to survive amid their counterparts will:

  • Make security challenges a top priority
  • Expand the types of services offered
  • Hire highly-skilled technical experts who can support their expanded line of services

Security is Paramount 

A successful MSP recognizes that small to medium-sized businesses need to be as prepared as large corporations against cyber threats. Almost 2/3 of all SMBs have experienced a recent cyber attack. It is no longer possible for SMBs (or their MSPs) to think they can fly under the radar against data breaches while their larger counterparts with big security teams (i.e. major corporations), fend off all the attacks. Both MSPs and SMBs must understand that enacting comprehensive security plans is paramount this year.

More Disruptive than Cloud 

Cloud technology may have seemed like a major disruptor to SMBs, but it was a disruptor that provided positive benefits such as company access on-the-go and greater collaboration among organizational members. The disruption that cyber security issues will bring in 2019, will be very demanding both for small businesses and MSPs that are not fully prepared to meet the challenge.

Summary

Here at Bluwater Technologies, we see the disruptors in 2019 especially as they relate to cyber security, and we are determined to meet these challenges. If you would like to connect your business with a truly committed MSP in order to meet 2019’s disruptors head on, please contact us.

Computer Tip: How to Disable Automatic Updates In Windows 10

Computer Tip: How to Disable Automatic Updates In Windows 10

One of the new features of Windows 10 is that it automatically updates itself, and there is no real way to turn it off in the Home version. Although updating your Windows system is crucial to stay safe in the cyber world, there are times when automatic updates aren’t wanted. For example, if you have work to finish at a certain deadline, you don’t want to have to sit through an update and reboot. It’s also bad if you have a limited or slow internet connection and you want to wait until you get to a quicker internet connection before you update. Here’s how to get around and disable automatic updates feature.

disable automatic updates

Set Your Network as Metered

Cellular networks and mobile hotspots are automatically set as metered, but you can set any Wifi connection as metered. Metered connections won’t download updates automatically. Go to your Wifi settings, click on Manage Known Networks, choose your network and click on Properties to do this.

Change Reboot Hours

If you go to your Updates settings, you can set hours when Windows won’t automatically restart. Just set the hours that it should restart, which can be at night. However, your computer will have to be powered on then for the update to install, and it also won’t stop the update from downloading during your non-active hours — it just won’t reboot then.

Show Or Hide Updates Tool

There is a show or hide updates troubleshooting tool that you can download from the Microsoft website. Using this tool, you can set certain updates to be hidden. Hidden system or driver updates won’t be downloaded automatically.

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Learn More About Windows Safe Mode: Our Computer Tip Of The Day

Learn More About Windows Safe Mode: Our Computer Tip Of The Day

In this computer tip of the day, we will talk about Windows Safe Mode. Have you ever had a problem removing a software driver? What about a software application that was stubborn to remove? This is where Windows Safe Mode comes in. Safe Mode will allow you to easily diagnose and fix computer problems that normal Windows will not.

Windows Safe Mode

What is Windows Safe Mode?

Safe Mode is a bare minimum version of Windows that you can boot into. It will load the bare minimum set of drivers and files to allow you to have more control in fixing your computer. In other words, all programs that usually start with your computer will be disabled.

How do I use Windows Safe Mode?

Using Windows safe mode is easy. Just reboot your computer and press the F8 key a few times. You should be presented with a boot menu. This menu may vary between different computers, and in most cases you will be given the following options.

  • Safe Mode
  • Safe Mode with networking
  • Safe Mode with command prompt

To select an option, use your up and down arrow keys. Then all you have to do is press the enter key. We recommend using the “Safe Mode with networking” option. You’ll see lots of text scrolling across your screen as your computer boots up. This is totally normal, and soon you will be greeted with your Windows login screen.

We hope our computer tips are useful to you. If your computer is being stubborn and you need help, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Bluwater Technologies will be here any time you need computer help.

How to Recover Unsaved Word Documents: Computer Tip of the Day

How to Recover Unsaved Word Documents: Computer Tip of the Day

It’s happened to all of us. You’ve been typing away at the keyboard. You are interrupted — maybe the phone or doorbell rings. You close the document. And you don’t save it. Our computer tip of the day is all about how to recover unsaved word documents.

It doesn’t have to be a phone or doorbell. It could be a lightning or thunder that suddenly shuts off the computer. It could be, let’s face it, just a moment of inattentiveness. You shut down your file, but either think you’ve saved it or hit the wrong key.

How to Recover Unsaved Word Documents

This can make you want to scream, whether it’s compiling your tax deductions or working on a recipe.

Well, don’t scream. There are several different methods to recovering unsaved word documents. And they are the computer tip of the day!

First, don’t panic.

Then, go to the top left corner of your ribbon and click on “File.” Scroll all the way to the bottom and you will see, in the middle of the page, the wonderful words “Recover Unsaved Documents” next to a small file icon.

Click on it, and voila! You will be taken to a folder called “Unsaved Files.” You document will be there, usually named the first several words of the document.

What do you do if “Recover Unsaved Documents” doesn’t appear? Well, don’t panic then, either.

You can get to the “Unsaved Files” file by going to the following directory on your computer: C drive/Users/[whatever you are individually called as user — I’m “R” because my name begins with R]/Appdata/Local/Microsoft/Office/Unsaved Files.

There’s also a way to prevent losing a lot of unsaved material. It’s setting your computer to save often. Microsoft’s default is 10 minutes. We all know, though, that a lot can happen in 10 minutes. To set your system to save in a shorter time, click on File again. Then go to Options. A number of categories will open. Go to Save and click on it. Use the pulldown menu to set the number of minutes to elapse before it saves.

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4 Reasons To Organize Your Computer Hardware

4 Reasons To Organize Your Computer Hardware

Businesses rely on a variety of computer hardware, ranging from laptops to servers and including tablets and smartphones, not to mention peripherals such as printers. It’s easier than ever to lose track of the devices that you and your employees use. But it’s also something you can’t afford to do. Why is it critical to organize your computer hardware?

Organize Your Computer Hardware

1) You won’t have to needlessly replace them

Hardware is pretty expensive. Replacing a laptop, smartphone, or another computing device will eat into your budget. If you misplace or otherwise neglect your hardware, you’ll face steeper costs. Keep in mind that the costs stem not only from the hardware itself but from its contents, including important data that you may not have backed up.

2) You’ll prevent data breaches

Poorly organized hardware will increase your chances of device theft and other forms of data breaches. A misplaced device is more likely to get stolen with all of its data. Devices left unattended, or that you lose track of, are more easily accessible to unauthorized parties – both through physical interaction with the device and remotely, through hacking. For instance, if you forget to perform security updates on a device, you’ll leave it more vulnerable to malware.

3) You’ll catch problems early on

If you keep your hardware well-organized, you’re in a bit better position to know the condition of each device. You can keep your devices in better condition with regular maintenance, and you’ll know whether any of them need repairs (or have possibly reached the point where they need to get replaced).

4) Moving from one office to another will be much easier

If you’re relocating your office, keeping track of your hardware will make it easier to set up your computing devices in your new workplace. You’ll be less likely to misplace or damage items along the way, or suffer delays because you forgot that you need space to accommodate certain items.

IT support professionals can help keep your hardware organized, protected, and well-maintained. Please contact us for more details about our services.