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How The Cloud Can Boost Your Disaster Recovery Plan [Video]

 

Increase Disaster Recovery Rate For Law Practices

More organizations are creating formal disaster recovery plans to ensure business continuity and minimize downtime during emergencies. Implementing cloud technology as part of this strategy can boost your disaster recovery efforts and yield significant benefits.

Reliability is the number one priority when choosing a disaster recovery solution. Cost and speed of recovery are also critical considerations. The cloud takes care of these needs with accessibility on any device and pay-per-usage plans.

Cloud solutions ensure that if your office or hardware is inaccessible, important files can still be accessed. Organizations can also use the cloud as a backup and archive tool. If data is lost or corrupted, it can be easily restored from saved online versions. For more information on how the cloud can boost your disaster recovery plan, stay tuned with Afinety.

Productivity Benefits Gained From The Cloud [Video]

 

Afinety Demonstrates Cloud Law Firm Productivity

Cloud environments bring considerable advantages, but the productivity benefits from using this technology might be the most significant. There are a number of productivity benefits that you can expect by embracing the cloud.

Investing in a tool like the cloud enables workers to access relevant files anytime, anywhere, increasing productivity as much as 400 percent. Nearly three-quarters of businesses noted that the cloud gives them a competitive advantage due to its flexibility to capitalize on opportunities more quickly.

Cloud users have seen real productivity improvement results. In fact, 59 percent of organizations using the cloud are more likely to see productivity benefits like better flexibility and efficiency. To learn more about how the cloud can bring productivity benefits to your law firm, contact Afinety today.

IRS Tax Tip: Perform a Deep Security Scan of Your Computer Drives

2016 IRS Tax Tips

The Internal Revenue Service urges all tax return preparers to get off to a clean start and perform a security deep scan of their computer drives and devices.

Already in 2016, the IRS is seeing multiple email phishing scams – some posing as the IRS – targeting tax preparers. These scams are designed to steal sensitive information – either the preparers’ passwords for IRS accounts or sensitive taxpayer data stored on computers.

The IRS has teamed up with state revenue departments and the tax industry to make sure you understand the dangers to your personal and financial data. Taxes. Security. Together. We all have a role to play.

What should you do?  The IRS recommends all tax return preparers take the following steps immediately:

  1. Ensure that you and your employees have robust security software that helps block malware and viruses and that it remains turn on and active at all times.
  2. Use the “deep scan” function to fully scour all computer drives and files for any malware or viruses. These bugs can hide in places that a “quick scan” does not search. Perform a deep scan periodically.
  3. Ensure that your security software updates automatically so that it is always up-to-date and on-guard against new and emerging malware and viruses.
  4. Review the security plan for your office and operations. If you do not have a security plan, review a checklist suggested by Publication 4557, Safeguarding Taxpayer Data.
  5. Educate your employees about the dangers of phishing, malware, emails and other scams that could lead to malware/virus infections. One phishing email can result in all office computers being hacked for sensitive data.

Ensuring that your computer is free of malware/viruses will help prevent the spread of infections during the filing season when you are in contact with clients and others.

The IRS, states and tax industry have issued a series of Security Awareness Tax Tips for taxpayers. They also urge all tax preparers to share security awareness tips with taxpayers throughout the filing season. Preparers can print and share Publication 4524, Security Awareness for Taxpayers, to help clients take additional steps to protect their personal, financial and tax data online and at home.

For the full article and more IRS security tips, visit www.irs.gov/uac/IRS-Security-Awareness-Tax-Tips

For more information about identity theft and what you can do to help combat it, visit www.irs.gov/identitytheft