You will NOT want to miss this one!
“Cracking the Code: Business Technology”
Invizio, Comcast Business Class & the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 18th at Jungle Island
Invizio will host and moderate the Cracking the Code – Business Technology half-day seminar in an interactive, engaging and energetic setting. We’ll be talking about the latest and greatest advancements in technology that you and your business should take advantage of.
Connect with like-minded business owners and entrepreneurs in this relaxed and educational session while learning from the best of the best in business technology. We look forward to having you!
LEARN HOW TO:
· Virtualize and disaster-proof your business
· Maximize workforce communication & collaboration
· Work on-the-go from anywhere in the world!
Cracking the Code – Business Technology is especially designed for small to medium businesses. Kevin and Invizio will host and moderate the seminar and present strategies on integrating new tools in technology to streamline business operations and positively impact productivity and profits.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
1111 Parrot Jungle Trail
Miami, Florida 33132
Parking $5 with validation
We want to give each participant the personal attention they deserve, so space is limited. Don’t delay, take 5 minutes to register NOW:
This will be an interactive seminar, so remember to bring your laptops. Lunch will be provided.
[July 28, 2011] Miami, FL – Leading South Florida IT services provider, Invizio, announced today that it has earned Microsoft’s Small Business Specialist Partner designation and is now an active member of the Microsoft Small Business Specialist Community. This designation, awarded to Microsoft Partners who demonstrate the capability and commitment to implementing and supporting technology solutions for small and medium-sized businesses, places Invizio at the forefront of the IT provider community in South Florida.
The “Microsoft Small Business Specialist” accreditation was established by Microsoft in July 2005 and is designed to help small businesses identify the technology partners best suited to support them. The Small Business Specialist Community is available as a competency designation within the Microsoft Partner Program. In order to qualify as a Small Business Specialist, Invizio has proven its competency in marketing, selling, planning and managing network solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.
“We’re very proud to have earned the Small Business Specialist designation. Deepening the partnerships we have with industry vendors such as Microsoft gives us access to insider insights and resources that will help keep our staff and clients at the cutting edge of technology developments,” said Kevin V. Michael, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Invizio.
This is the first installation of a two part blog post that I will use to help our readers be smarter about how they use passwords. This is by no means a definitive guide on password policy or management but rather some tips and suggestions on how to make your life a little easier.
Passwords are EVERYWHERE. These days we need a password for our e-mail, for our bank accounts, another for Facebook, LinkedIn, our cellphone, our home computer, our work computer and the list goes on. It’s safe to assume that we have a less than optimal solution for managing these passwords; maybe we write them down, or worse we use really bad passwords (dates of birth, or simple, easy to remember words). That being said this post is about how you can use an application or service to help you manage the growing list of passwords you’re forced to create and remember everyday.
I implore everyone to follow my simple two step plan to get your password life in order. If you’re already using a password management tool, congratulations, you’re already being smart about passwords and you’re ready for part two. For the rest of you, let’s get to it.
Step One: Choose a Password Management Tool
There are a lot of options out there for password management tools and I’m not going to list or review them all. What you should keep in mind when choosing a password management tool is; what kind of computer do you use? And do you need it to work on more than just your computer or also a smartphone and/or tablet? Here are some password management tools that I’ve used personally or at least suggest you check out.
Step Two: Use It!
Well, that was easy. Seriously, the tool is only useful if you use it, and all of the tools mentioned above make it very easy to offload the task of remembering all these passwords to a system that’s built to do so.
The good thing about using a password management tool is that you can use a stronger password for very important accounts (like online access to your bank account). Now instead of having to remember passwords for each individual account you have, you only need to know your master password.
Coming up in part two, we’re going to tackle how to create a strong easy to remember password for times when you can’t use a randomly generated password or you need to create a master password. Now go be smart about your passwords.
Your domain name is more than just a web address for potential clients, vendors and employees to type into an Internet browser. It is also a very important aspect of your brand and is as much of a brand asset as your logo. That being said, it is very important that every organization take the necessary step to ensure their domain name is protected. Here is a cautionary tale.
Recently an attempt to resolve a client’s issue required us to sign into their domain registrar account. Suprisingly once we gained access to the account, we soon discovered that their company domain name was no longer under their control.
The short version to the reason why, was that their domain contact information was directed to an email account of a former employee that no longer existed and the domain name was not setup to be auto renewed. While they went along with business, their domain unknowingly expired and was quickly snapped up by one of their primary competitors (gasp) when it became available for purchase. Now this particular client is left to negotiate with their competitor to repurchase the domain name or fight for it on the grounds of trademark infringement.
This situation could’ve been avoided entirely if more attention was paid to the value of their domain. Here are a few ways to keep your domain in check:
1) Long Term Domain Registration
Registering your domain for 5 or more years into the future is not a bad idea if you’re willing to spend the extra cash now. Not only do search engines look favorably upon domains that have a long term registration, but it also takes that one extra thing to do off your checklist for the next 5 years.
2) Update Your Contact Information
Make maintaining accurate and up to date contact information for your domain’s registration a priority each year. Your domain registrar will send you a reminder notice once a year for you to update your contact information so please take advantage of the opportunity.
3) Use A Distribution List or a Special Contact Email Address
Instead of listing a specific individual’s email address as the contact for your domain registration, use a distribution list or create a special email address for this purpose. This will ensure that things don’t get missed and more than one person at your company has eyes on your domain name.
4) Set Your Domain to Auto Renew
Quite simple, but often overlooked. Configure your domain with the appropriate payment information and set it up for auto-renewal. This will take the hassle out of managing your domain name registration and you’ll have a better chance of noticing if the renewal gets missed.
5) Purchase Extra Domain Protection
Many domain registrars offer what is considered ‘domain protection’, which include additional safeguards to maintain your domain registration. This can include protecting your domain from unauthorized transfers or even placing your domain in purgatory for a longer period of time should it expire. If you are able to stay cautious and attentive to your domain, then the extra protection may not be needed. However, it may still be useful for the scatterbrains among us.
[Update: 7/30/2011] Upon reading this post our attorney, Marlon Hill of delancyhill had this to say “And when all else has been inadvertently overlooked, be sure to trademark the brand of your domain name with a recommended IP attorney or at uspto.gov online filing system during the initial stages of establishing your company and platform. Your brand is a non-negotiable asset. It is everything.”
Kevin spoke more intimately about his background, entrepreneurial journey, Invizio and shared his thoughts on cloud computing. Check it out below!