Firewall or Anti-Virus? Does my business need both?

By CrystalKing | March 15, 2018

Most people with any computer experience understand the reasoning for an antivirus, but they might not be familiar with the term firewall, don’t worry, it’s not uncommon. That is why many businesses are shocked to find that their current network security solution isn’t keeping them as safe as it should.   Here is a quick…


Key Attributes of a Quality MSP

By CrystalKing | February 14, 2018

Taking your first steps toward managed IT can seem daunting. How do you know what to look for when you don’t have anything to compare it to? What services are worth the price and which ones aren’t essential for your company. While every business is unique, there are a few key indicators of what makes…

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Strategic Planning: How to factor IT into your annual budget

By CrystalKing | December 22, 2017

When working on yearly budgets, one of the biggest mistakes businesses make is leaving IT out of the planning process. Budgeting is about planning for as many expenses as possible so you’re not surprised with an unexpected bill. In an effort to help, we’ve compiled a few helpful tips from our techs to consider when…


Social Engineering: One of the biggest threats to your company’s security

By CrystalKing | December 19, 2017

Social engineering is the art of “human hacking,” which means manipulating people to give up confidential information. Let’s face it… humans are gullible. We like to be liked, to help, and we do not like to be yelled at. But one of our most dangerous attributes when it comes to becoming a victim… is that…

Business is going mobile: What does that mean for your company?

By CrystalKing | November 16, 2017

A 2016 report from the National Bureau of Economic Research found that workers would take an 8% pay cut to work from home rather than in an office. In fact, some studies show that people who work from home are more productive and happier than their office counterparts. Desk workers aren’t the only folks turning…

When upgrading your equipment can actually hurt your business

By CrystalKing | November 8, 2017

When looking at upgrading your IT equipment, it’s tempting to shop around and make your decision purely based on price   But making a decision based on only that dimension ignores all the reasons behind making the upgrade in the first place. A flip phone is significantly cheaper than an iPhone but if you ever…

Don’t be a victim of social engineering: NW Technology on Whatcom Report

By CrystalKing | November 6, 2017

Ryan Oord of NW Technology spoke with Scott Hume of Salish Wealth Management on KGMI’s Whatcom Report segment this Sunday about Social Engineering. Social engineering is the art of using manipulation in order to extract valuable business information from your most vulnerable asset, your people. Listen to the whole segment below.

Say goodbye to IT frustrations by partnering with an MSP

By CrystalKing | October 24, 2017

When it comes to home renovations everyone inevitably has the thought, “I can do this myself, how hard can it be?” Sure, it may seem like YouTube and a free weekend are all you need to get the bathroom of your dreams for a lot less than hiring a professional; but when a pipe bursts…

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What really is “the cloud?”

By CrystalKing | October 16, 2017

Everybody is talking about “the cloud” but really, what is it? As the savvy business person that you are, making a decision without all the information probably creates as much anxiety as when you forgot you had an econ test for 75% of your final grade, and had to ace it to pass. We get…