Office 365 & Ransomware: The Lurking Threat

For small to midsized businesses, Microsoft Windows-based systems remain dominant. Windows continues to be the operating system most widely used on desktops and laptops. And Microsoft Office remains the most widely used work office suite. So it’s no surprise that Windows systems remain the top target for ransomware, too. A stunning 100% of IT professionals…

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The Differences between Hubs, Switches, and Routers

In discussions about networking, you might find that the terms “hub”, “switch”, and “router” are being used interchangeably when they should not be. The reason for the confusion is understandable. Besides looking similar, all three devices pass along data traffic through connectors called ports. Plus, as these devices become more sophisticated, the functional differences between…

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What is DNS Protection and why is it important?

DNS protection provides an additional layer of protection between an employee and the internet by blacklisting dangerous sites and filtering out unwanted content. By using secure DNS servers both at home and at work, employees can avoid unnecessary risks and the potential for malicious attacks. Here’s everything you need to know about the benefits of…

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Municipalities and Small Businesses Take Notice: Cybercriminals are After You

Two municipalities were hit by ransomware last month and forced to pay approximately $600,000 each to regain access to city email and computer systems. One city, Riviera Beach, Florida, has roughly the same size population as the Kirkwood-Des Peres area where our offices are located. For three weeks, Riviera Beach’s email and computer systems were…

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The Miller Group again named to list of 501 top MSPs in the nation.

12th Annual MSP 501 Identifies Top Forward-Thinking Global MSPs & Leading Trends in Managed Services The Miller Group has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers on the prestigious 12th annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings. Every year, MSPs worldwide complete an extensive survey and application to report their product offerings, growth…

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Start using two factor authentication – like yesterday

Two-factor authentication is an authentication mechanism to double check that your identity is legitimate. Not a week goes by that we don’t receive a frantic phone call from someone with a compromised account. A bad actor has cracked their email password and sent out thousands of spam emails. Each one of these phone calls could have been avoid if they would have enabled two-factor authentication for their account.

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Critical Windows Security Update!

Earlier this week Microsoft released fixes for a critical Remote Code Execution vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services that affects some older version of Windows and Windows Server. So, why should I care?   Well, if you have a Windows 7 or heaven forbid a Windows XP computer, you need to worry.  If your company runs a Windows 2008 Server or for some reason still a Windows 2003 Server, you better take this warning serious.

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A Flooding Natural Disaster Guide

Damage due to flooding in the US amounts to an average of almost $8 billion annually. Undoubtedly, small businesses like yours are part of that devastation. But, even if your building is completely underwater, your business data and operations don’t have to be. Learn about the risk factors of flooding, and what considerations to take…

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Windows Server 2008 R2 End of Life

On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer offer support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, meaning they will no longer release additional security patches and updates.  If your business runs off Windows 2008 you have some serious choices to make. Do Nothing – For a lot of small businesses, this is a serious…

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Top 5 Reasons Your Website Needs SEO

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) has widely been adopted as an online marketing strategy. Your competitors are utilizing it. Here are the top 5 reasons why you should be too.   Increased Traffic The first page results in a search engine that receives the majority of impressions and clicks.  Ranking near the top can result in…

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Is Your Website Backed Up or Are You the Weakest of the Pack?

  In my business, we harp on having good backups for our client’s data.  We take that a step further, however, and also insist on a recovery plan.   A website is no different.  Any system connected to the internet is at risk of being hacked.  The bad guys don’t have to target you specifically. The…

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THE MILLER GROUP ACHIEVES ENTERPRISE PARTNER STATUS WITH DATTO

THE MILLER GROUP ACHIEVES ENTERPRISE PARTNER STATUS WITH DATTO FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE St. Louis, Missouri: January 27, 2019– The Miller Group today announced it has achieved the exclusive Enterprise partner status with Datto, the world’s leading provider of IT solutions delivered through managed service providers (MSPs). Datto’s Enterprise status represents the top 10 percent of…

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