How do I secure my computers?

Even federal government networks suffer breaches from state-sponsored attacks. So what can you, a business owner, do in face of such challenges? Actually, a lot. Don't be that low-hanging fruit, ripe for picking. Putting up some basic defenses can go a long way, most of which will not cost a...

Ransomware Forecast for 2022

We are in the midst of a ransomware crisis, with the epidemic intensifying as we start 2022. Ransomware will not only remain prevalent, but become increasingly modular and service based, according to the Sophos 2022 Threat Report. As a result, ransomware will pull other cyberthreats into its business model, like a...

Next Century Technologies Rates as a Top IT Company

Joins the TechStak Network for Small and Medium Sized Businesses October 26, 2021 — Next Century Technologies has been providing high quality managed IT Services and cybersecurity services to clients since 2001. Today we’re excited to celebrate our designation as a top-rated, managed IT services and security solutions provider in...

What I wish business owners knew about IT: Part 3

For the last post in my three part series on what I wish every business owner knew about IT, I am going to talk about human resources, specifically, the IT people issues. IT is too big for just one person to understand and support I’ve been in IT for 30...

What I wish business owners knew about IT: Part 2

My name is Tracy Hardin, and this is the second blog in my 3-part blog series on what I wish business owners knew about IT. This time, the topic is MONEY! Mistakes and shortsightedness in IT can and will cost the business owner money, and sometimes lots of it. IT...

What I wish business owners knew about IT: Part 1

My name is Tracy Hardin and I've worked in the IT industry for thirty years, twenty of which were spent running my own IT consulting firm, Next Century Technologies. In this three part series, I will share what I wish every business owner knew about IT. I've seen many mistakes,...

Cybersecurity Tips for Businesses

Cybersecurity is all about prevention and layers of defense. Since there is no one magic software that can protect an entity, the layered approach is best defense we have now. Let's look at some of these recommended practices from the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Update and patch Ensure your...

Don’t wait for that update!

One way that you can keep your cybersecurity stance and digital-identity safer, is to allow for those updates to happen as soon as they are released - assuming that it is from an application or program that you have chosen to use or that is required by your workplace. Sometimes...

My Favorite FREE Apps to Boost Business Productivity

Let's talk business for a moment. There are thousands and thousands of free business apps flooding the market, vying for our attention. Which ones are valuable? Which ones are legit? Who has time to sort through them all? My name is Tracy Hardin, and I am a nerd and business...