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    May 2019

    Top 3 Technology Items Executives Must Consider

    What one tool directly influences your business’s ability to attract and retain top talent, minimize risk, and gain competitive advantages? Your technology. While many executives are tempted to stay out of their IT altogether, we’ve reached a point in time where leaders must pay mind to how our organizations are using technology, and what effect…

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    Apr 2019

    How to Choose the Right Phone System for Your Business

    On the surface, replacing the phones at your office probably seems like a fairly straightforward project; in the grand scheme of technology projects, this one is pretty simple, right? There are of course far more complex initiatives for your business to take on, but make no mistake: if you don’t approach the selection of your…

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    Feb 2019

    Top 10 Tips to Avoid Social Engineering Hacks

    Did you know that 95% of all successful cyberattacks begin with a phishing scam? And that’s just one type of social engineering, a hacking method that puts us, our families, and our businesses at risk on a daily basis. The unfortunate truth is that our personal information has a hard dollar value, and bad actors…

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    Dec 2018

    The Dangers of Online Shopping and How to Stay Safe [Video/Infographic]

    This past Cyber Monday, consumers spent nearly $8 billion online, with over 54% of purchases made directly from smartphones. Two days prior, on Black Friday, online sales surpassed $6 billion. The holidays are, of course, prime time for purchases in general, and are an extreme example of the amount of shopping we do online. But…

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  • 27

    Nov 2018

    The Best Managed Service Providers (MSPs) in DC, MD, VA (Reviews/Ratings)

    After being in business for almost 30 years, we at Optimal aren’t strangers to the IT industry. We’ve seen many Managed Service Providers (MSPs) come and go in the local area, and many of the companies we’ve worked with over the past few decades have expressed their thoughts on particular providers—what they liked, what they…

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    Nov 2018

    What is “Vishing” and How Can You Stay Protected?

    Previously we’ve published several articles about email phishing scams and how to best avoid them. We even put together an infographic on the Top 5 Phishing Red Flags, which you can take a look at here. What we haven’t yet discussed is a different kind of scam that doesn’t rely on email to capture your…

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    Jul 2018

    Top 5 Phishing Red Flags (Infographic)

    Did you know that 95% of successful cyberattacks begin with a phishing scam? “Phishing” is an umbrella term used to describe an email scam where the sender tries to trick you into handing over valuable information such as account credentials, banking information, social security numbers, or other sensitive data. The email will appear to come from a…

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    Jul 2018

    Implementation vs. Adoption: How to successfully roll out a new technology solution

    When it comes to rolling out a new technology solution at your organization, there are a lot of boxes to check from both a tactical and a strategic perspective.   Time and time again we hear from organizations who had identified what they believed to be a perfect solution for their organization ‑ a new…

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    Jul 2018

    Should You Have a Team Full of Slackers? (Infographic)

    Are you considering Slack at your organization?   It’s a smart question to ask. Slack, an incredibly popular communication platform, now boasts: 500,000 organizations on board (70,000 paying) 8 million daily active users (3 million paid) 10 hours of average use per day   We’ve been using Slack at Optimal for about a year and…

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    Jun 2018

    What Your Law Firm Needs to Know About Artificial Intelligence (AI)

    If you’ve been reading any sort of industry publications these days, you have heard about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the supposed threat it’s posing to the legal profession as a whole.   First, let us say this: we don’t expect lawyers to become completely obsolete in the face of AI. But we do anticipate some…

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