August Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of August 12th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

Dayton Cares

DataYard has been located in the heart of Dayton’s downtown community for over two decades. Naturally, when the heartbreaking news of Sunday morning’s tragedy scrolled across our screens, we were devastated along with the rest of the community. Some of our own staff were in the district that night but had headed home just before the madness broke out. Sunday morning was a slew of messages, everyone checking in on one another. The sigh of relief that our team was safe was instantly followed by the realization that others were sending the same messages with empty replies, making our stomachs sink. Coping in the wake of tragedy is an endless carousel of questions and “what if?” scenarios. 

 

Our team somberly entered the office on Monday and had to deliver service like any other day, but the day was not the same. It was a day filled with confusion, mixed with a desire to do something in response. But how could we respond as a business? Our service isn’t poised to directly help or comfort someone hurting. We were at a lost as to how we could be there for our community, other than by just being there. It wasn’t until the end of the day on Monday that we discovered how we could help.

 

Monday afternoon we received a call from the Dayton Foundation with a request to help the victims of the Oregon District shooting. NBC Columbus was going to be hosting a telethon the next day, President Trump was visiting Wednesday, and American Airlines had already given $75,000. They were expecting to see unprecedented numbers hit the Dayton Foundation website over the next several days. We responded by immediately bulking up their resources so they were able to accommodate the traffic and security risks that come with national attention.

Dayton Strong. Dayton Proud. Dayton Cares.

Over the last 5 days, we’ve been able to help support our community and the victims in our own way, doing what we do best. This is where the joy of doing what we do shines through the darkness. When we could help the Dayton Foundation reach over 610,000 people from all over the world as well as give over 2,100 people the opportunity to contribute to the victims, we were glad to know we could help in our own way that was unique to our resources and abilities.

 

We’re Daytonians. What Daytonians do is show up and care for their own. We’ve watched this community rally against hate, around tornado victims, and in response to tragedy, each person giving what they could in the way they knew how. That is what makes Dayton great – the people. In Dayton, when someone gets hit, the entire community picks them backup. Dayton cares. So far, you can see 360,000 reasons why we care in the Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Fund.

 

Dayton Strong. Dayton Proud. Dayton Cares.

July Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of July 8th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

How To Discover The Greatest Risk Facing Your Business

There is a huge risk facing your business (and it’s data) out there and it’s probably more familiar than you realize. Data loss can be a huge blow to any business whether its account information, billing history, or client files. Any kind of data loss can be critical to a business and it’s the ability to operate and in today’s world that data is susceptible to numerous risks.

To find out the greatest risk facing your business follow these steps:

1. Turn on your smartphone.

2. Go to your camera app.

3. Switch to the the Front Camera

4. Hold the phone up and look into the camera and what you will see is the greatest risk to your business data.

The greatest risk to your business data is YOU.

Since the beginning of time, we’ve been plagued with our own mistakes. Though never intentional they have the propensity to bring about disastrous results. In 1922, an American Chemist, Thomas Midgley, discovered that the compound tetraethyl lead helped fuel to burn at a slower rate. This helped decrease cost but it also resulted in several workers dying from lead poisoning in US factories during the early ’20s. In England, an elderly man accidentally threw away his Euromillions lottery ticket losing his chance to take home over $180 million. In 2005, a Japanese trader “fat-fingered” a trade in which he sold 610,000 shares for 1 yen instead of 1 share for 610,000 yen.

The fact is we’ve all made mistakes and and some of those mistakes have a price to pay with them. Unfortunately, no matter how hard we try we’ll always make mistakes and science and statistics say you’ll never be able to avoid them (here’s why). When it comes to a company’s mistakes with data it can have a devastating effect. It can hinder the ability to accomplish day-to-day tasks, lead to hours of repetitive work, and even result in fines or lawsuits. The scary part is that 44% of data loss is caused by an unintentional human action, which means it was an accident. So that ‘fat fingered’ keystroke can affect more than trades on the stock market they could wipe out your critical business data in less than a second.

In the world of technology, we are no less susceptible to mistakes, however, technology has the ability to adapt and statistically lessen the impact of a mistake or remediate the mistakes almost entirely. At DataYard, we believe that mistakes are mistakes and they shouldn’t destroy or hurt someone’s business and that’s why we believe in providing READY Backups to our clients. READY backup provides a solution where we can protect data from mistakes and other threats.

Thomas Midgley, (Photo Credit: Wikimedia)

We can protect your data from yourself.

USER ERROR

Is the source for the majority of data loss. Our backups provide a safety net from little mistakes becoming major catastrophes.

COST OVER COST

The cost of backups is minimal in comparison to what a business could face in fines or data recovery fees.

PEACE OF MIND

Live and work without the worry of little mistakes and threats or malicious activity because we have your back (ups).

GET YOUR BACKUPS HERE


June Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of June 10th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

May Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of May 13th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

Quick Tips to Greater Password Security

Globally people are taking the time today to bring awareness to the importance of password security. For both individuals and organizations alike password security is of the upmost significance when it comes to protecting ones personal information, finances, documents and many other forms of information. Passwords are one of the most critical layers of security in any situation.

Why should you care about having strong passwords?

  • Because your information is important.
  • Because your privacy is something you can’t ever get back.
  • Because you don’t want to be taken advantage of over something you can control
  • And for businesses it might be part of the policy and you’re risking more than you realize.
  • Because identity theft is not a joke.

Here are a few quick tips that you should understand when it comes to creating and managing your password security.

  1. Include numbers, symbols, and uppercase and lowercase letters.
    We recommend a random assortment of different characters all jumbled up like a good box of Ester-Price candy. The more the merrier.
  2. Do not reuse the same password(s).
    When you use the same password for multiple accounts it puts all those accounts at risk with one breach. When you have different passwords for every login you can limit the extent of a breach to that single account.
  3. Make your password long.
    Passwords that are three characters long take less than one second to crack.
  4. Use a nonsense phrase instead of common words or phrases.
    If it’s never been said or heard before you’re in the clear. Common sayings or even words in the dictionary can be easier to crack so be creative.
  5. Avoid using your personal information, especially things that can be found on social platforms.
    Your name and birthday together is not fooling anyone, Karen.
  6. Don’t give your passwords away to other people.
    This should be a given, but you’d be surprised.
  7. Use a password manager.
    Here are a few we recommend – Keypass, LastPass, Dashlane, 1Password. There are many others as well just find what suits you and see how it goes.
  8. Change your passwords regularly.
    It’s a pain but it can save you a great deal of challenge if done properly.
  9. Use dual-factor authentication
    When this is an option we high recommend that you use it. There are a few different forms of duel authentication and they are all great such as single-use codes, fingerprint ID, and USB Tokens.
  10. If you own or manage an organization YOU NEED A PASSWORD POLICY.
    There is no reason that all of the above shouldn’t be in your corporate handbook or policy for employees to be implementing into all their work passwords. If you do not currently have a password policy in your workplace we highly recommend putting one in place.

Today is the day to change all your passwords, it should only take you a few hours – have fun.

DataYard Tools | How to Change Your Password

DataYard is continuously striving to make IT better and today we’re launching the new and improve Connect Mail Password change module. Below you will find a link to launch this tool, but you can also find access to the Change Your Password Tool on the “My DataYard” page. Otherwise please check out the video below on how to utilize this tool.

 

 

If you still have questions feel free to reach out to our technical support team at 937-226-6896.

April Maintenance week 2019

Throughout the week of April 8th 2019, we will be performing maintenance on DataYard’s infrastructure and customer servers. This will include performing updates to all managed server infrastructure, including tasks that require reboots/shutdowns/service interruptions.  Maintenance will begin at 2:00AM EST and will be completed by 8:00AM EST throughout various days this week. Making IT Better!

Let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to chat: 1.800.982.4539 or support@datayard.us. Remember to follow us on Twitter (@datayardtechops & @datayard)!

New Website Announcement

We’re sticking to our motto “make IT better” by launching this brand spanking new website. It’s a little different than before but we think you’ll like it. For some, this change may come as a surprise and you might not recognize that it’s really us and for others, it might be hard to navigate at first, but that’s what this blog is all about.

 

ACCESSING THE QUICK TOOLS

Our site previously had a top menu bar that featured links to My DataYard, My Webmail, Connect Exchange, and Remote Support. We’ve taken these links and condensed them down to one link ‘My DataYard’, just look to the top right hand of your screen, I’m sure you’ll find it. The My DataYard page will now be the home to all those same links you’re familiar with from the old website.

 

MY DATAYARD

The ‘My DataYard‘ page has been built to give you even more access to our tools, announcements, and system updates. While today it is host to all the same tools you recognize from our old site over the next few months we will be adding some new features that we’re really excited to share with you.

 

QUICK NOTES

The site is up to date on several services, specs, and information that was either out of date or inexistent on the previous site so check it all out and if you have any questions let us know. We’re particularly excited about the new IT support page for our AYS service, which has been one of our fasts growing service, but was previously unrepresented on the website.

Hope you love it and if you have any problems feel free to reach out!

Make IT better!