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#FollowFriday T-REX The Non Profit Organization Leading the Start Up Revolution in the Midwest

T-REX is a world class venue providing startup entrepreneurs with low cost & flexible enterprise space, while serving the region with quality programming and an inspiring community. The immaculate building and work area is a testament to the dedication and passion business leaders and corporations have for innovation and creativity. Starting a business is not for the weak heart, many of the challenges and hurdles that startup’s have to go through can be demotivating. T-REX serves as a safe haven for start ups that are working hard and fighting even harder to have a presence in their respective industry. With state of the art tools, work areas, and access to support systems, T-REX provides the start up community with important resources that a budding company needs access to, all at a very affordable cost.

T-REX operates under a highly adjusted pricing model that fits the needs of small business start up ventures. With memberships starting at only $50 per month, entrepreneurs can get access to private phone booths, fiber internet connection, unlimited coffee, shared conference rooms and inclusion into all T-REX programming, thus providing start ups with good market exposure. T-REX also offers office space for tech companies, helping these businesses lower the cost of rent and overhead so that they can focus on their true innovation. With 8 venture accelerators and organizations providing grants and in-kind support services, organizations that become members of T-REX are granted access to multiple areas of funding for their respective projects. There are 8 multi-million dollar organizations co-located in T-REX providing access to vital resources for T-REX members. Every organization is committed to producing and supporting the innovation of the start up community.

With every “do-good” non-profit comes a need to raise dollars for their respective efforts. During this past week T-REX provided the St. Louis community an update and announcement about their need to enhance the work place, and increase it’s space to help serve more of the start up community. With demand at an all time high, T-REX is close to capacity in accepting office space members, and general members to use the state of the art facility. They are now looking to the community and business leaders in STL to raise resources to build a larger work area and space for start up ventures.

T-REX is a place of innovation, a place to take a dream and put it into action. In an ever increasing competitive marketplace, the need for affordable work space and access to resources is in high demand because it provides entrepreneur’s with the chance to succeed. Hostirian is a proud sponsor of T-REX and believes in the core values of Providing, Creating and Accelerating the start up community. The belief that helping others achieve success, and adding to their quality of life in their profession will provide great returns on investments for both individual businesses supporting the mission and the economic state of our local business community. 68 companies have graduated from the T-REX program, and solidified their brick and mortar footprint right here in St. Louis, providing the St. Louis business community economic growth and potential to become even better than yesterday.

If you believe in innovation, growth and hard work, check out the T-REX building downtown in the Lammert Building at 911 Washington Avenue. Enter through the lobby and take the elevators to the 5th floor to witness and experience great organizations in the making. We promise you won’t regret it.

 

About Historian:

Hostirian is a global market managed service provider, specializing in colocation, website hosting, social media management, and custom web/software development.  The company’s dedication to the industry, and their clients have given them the honor of working with some of the largest companies in the market. Hostirian’s team of developers, techs, and executives are dedicated to protecting and managing all things IT so that their client’s can focus on what matters.

Hostirian provides complimentary audits of businesses IT infrastructure. The strategy that Hostirian develops for each client is unique to the specific needs and goals of the respective company. Get in touch today.

Improving your Business Security with Colocation

With market research estimating a drastic increase in demand over the next few years, managed service providers are working very hard to make sure that their colocation services are up to par with market competitors, resulting in better security and features for businesses looking to outsource their IT infrastructure. With the anticipated increase in demand comes an increase of malware and cyber attacks. This has significantly influenced managed service providers to work on increasing the quality and robustness of their services. 

Colocation can improve a company’s security capabilities in several ways.

  1. Preventing physical access
    1. Gone are the days where companies hold their servers in their closets, causing an increased risk of security. MSP’s that offer colocation can focus more resources on security and provide solutions that can go a long way toward supporting data protection goals.
  2. Avoiding data loss
    1. With cyber attacks anticipated to significantly increase over the next coming years, data backup and prevention is more important than ever before. Colocation providers can offer redundant power and network systems, facilities built to withstand natural disasters and relatively easy access to backup resources.
  3. Network Security
    1. Colocation providers offer customers a secure network link between the third party data center and corporate headquarters. This adds a layer of protection from hackers and other threats. Colocation data centers also are physically off the premise of the business, making them well protected from physical wiretaps.

A company looking to grow and sustain success in the current and future state of the marketplace will undoubtedly come to a fork in the road with their IT infrastructure. It is likely that businesses will need to make decisions on whether or not they can keep their IT in house, and deal with the overhead that comes along with that, or if they will work with a managed service provider that will manage and provide consistent security and upkeep of their important data files. Protection against cyber attacks and outsiders will continue to rise as technology advances, forcing businesses  to fully submerge themselves into the digital age. So our advice to businesses? Invest in your IT, and hire a provider that knows what they are doing. 

 

About Historian:

Hostirian is a global market managed service provider, specializing in colocation, website hosting, social media management, and custom web/software development.  The company’s dedication to the industry, and their clients have given them the honor of working with some of the largest companies in the market. Hostirian’s team of developers, techs, and executives are dedicated to protecting and managing all things IT so that their client’s can focus on what matters.

Hostirian provides complimentary audits of businesses IT infrastructure. The strategy that Hostirian develops for each client is unique to the specific needs and goals of the respective company. Get in touch today.

Why organizations are switching to managed service providers… and why you should too.

According to CompTIA’s 2016 Buying Guide for Managed Services, 64 percent of organizations are using some form of managed services. Often times businesses can find themselves overwhelmed with the amount of IT requests, and projects needed to simply get their team to market. This usually leads to frantic hiring of IT employees, that sometimes aren’t able to keep up with the latest technology trends, or much less even understand the idea that IT is a balance of logic and efficiency. Where there are no “right” or “wrong” answers, but a lot of gray area, where strategic decisions and process must be implemented.

Over the last several years, the business marketplace has become more accepting of managed service providers (MSPs). They turn to MSPs to manage certain aspects of their IT infrastructure. By hiring the MSP, businesses save a lot on time and resources while insuring that certain IT functions are well managed and monitored. In addition to savings, businesses are switching from hiring in-house IT departments to using an MSP, because of the fact that MSPs stay on the cutting edge of technology. Their presence drives businesses growth by allowing the organization to focus on what they bring to their marketplace, instead of being bogged down by the needs of their IT infrastructure.

Here are the top 10 reasons why businesses are switching to MSPs. 

  1. Improve security- With the WannaCry crisis occurring last week, the threat of cyber attacks are stronger now more than ever. Working with a qualified MSP can help ensure a business’s security against damaging cyber attacks.
  2. Proactive approach to IT problems– When working with an MSP, businesses get access to proactive solving strategies that can help save time and resources, by solving IT related issues BEFORE they happen.
  3. Better up time– With a provider focusing on creating efficiency within the IT infrastructure, MSPs can help make a business’s computers run more effectively and efficiently.
  4. Gain access to newer technologies– A good MSP will always be on the forefront of innovation in regards to the newest technologies. It is their focus to help businesses become more efficient.
  5. Cost savings–  When comparing hiring an in-house IT team, the cost of salaries, and benefits are often times much higher than a monthly retainer to keep an MSP managing a business’s IT infrastructure.
  6. Peace of mind– No more fretting, or worrying about security and time that goes into managing and maintaining an IT system or systems for a business.
  7. Frees up the internal staff– With outsourcing IT functions, a business can use their internal staff to work on more strategic initiatives that benefit the business as a whole.
  8. Management of cloud solutions– Businesses are moving towards cloud management at an increasing rate. Using an MSP to help manage a business’s cloud can help with efficient organization that can speed up internal production.
  9. Lack of Internal IT- 38% of cyber attacks target small businesses. Small Businesses that don’t have the budget or knowledge of hiring an in house IT department, can turn to MSPs to help manage their IT needs.
  10. Handle of remote office IT- Leaving MSPs to do the management of a remote office IT helps significantly increase productivity within a business. It allows for businesses to focus on their trade rather than their IT infrastructure.

The competitive marketplace is a huge challenge to any business, in and of itself. By working with an MSP, businesses are able to focus efforts on areas that drive growth. Leaving the day to day operations to a provider. This saves money in the long run, and additionally– many managed services cost less than other traditional services and staff. Engaging an MSP provides businesses with access to a full IT team specializing in all areas of the IT industry. Allowing businesses to focus on what matters.

 

WannaCry, The Most Severe Malware Attack of 2017… so far.

WannaCry ransomware is a new Trojan virus malware that has swept the global marketplace by force this past week. Security researchers have estimated that about 57,000 computers in more than 150 countries were infected by the end of the day on Friday.

As of this morning (Monday May 15th) the WannaCry virus has infected more than 200,000 systems around the world, and it doesn’t look to be stopping anytime soon.

Our security system team has been tracking the developments of this malware, and are hoping that a solution will ensue very shortly. We put together the top five things you need to know about the WannaCry Ransomware and why our DataVault back up solution will help prevent you from becoming a victim. Sign up today for a 30 day complimentary risk free DataVault solution trial to protect your business from ransomware.

  1. Ransomware is a type of Trojan virus that holds your computer’s files hostage, with the ability to completely wipe out your entire data at any moment’s notice.

There are many types of malware that can cause severe damage to your computer system. One type of malware that can negatively affect your computer is ransomware, this type of virus, like WannaCry will encrypt most or even all of the files on a user’s computer. The software will then demand that a ransom be paid in order to have the files decrypted. If the ransom is not paid, then the software can delete all of the encrypted files on the computer.

  1. WannaCry will increase the ransom amount if it isn’t paid within 3 days.

The WannaCry ransomware will demand that the victim pay $300 in bitcoins at the time of infection in order to decrypt the files. If the victim does not comply within three days, the amount will double to $600. After seven days without payment, WannaCry will delete all of the encrypted files and all data will be lost.

  1. The malware will install a text file on the user’s desktop with the following ransom note.

  1. There is NO cure for an infected computer, the user will need to pay the ransom to decrypt their files.

Antivirus companies and cybersecurity experts are hard at work looking for ways to decrypt the files on infected computers. As of today there is no way of decrypting an infected user’s files beside complying with the malware’s instructions. It is highly advised to install any and all available security updates immediately. Specifically windows users that run Windows XP, or Windows 8. If there is confusion on what immediate steps you should take to protect yourself, please reach out to our team to help walk you through the proper precautions.

  1. If your data is backed up on a regular basis, you can revert your files to the latest back up on your computer instead of paying the ransomware.

It is safe to say that every business small, medium or large should have a backup solution in place so that their data and files are protected. If a business does not have a backup they can become victims of not only WannaCry but any other ransomware that develops in the future.

This troubling malware is still running rampant over the entire world wide web, it is our job to help keep our clients and potential clients safe. Our team of system security experts have developed a DataVault solution that will back up your data in a safe and secure way to prevent such ransomware attacks from keeping your business from succeeding. Click HERE to gain access to our free DataVault solution trial that will protect you from the likes of WannaCry.

Managing Comments in WordPress

Depending on your current settings for comments, you may need to approve them before they are visible on your site. You will see a notification with the number of pending comments on both your side and admin bar. Click on either of them to take you to the comments page, where you will be able to see all of your comments, whether they are pending or approved.
You can filter between pending and approved on the options directly above the comments themselves.

From here, you have a few options for what you would like to do for each comment…
Approve a comment by simply hovering over it and select approve. If you have approved a comment and would like to unapprove it, you would just do the same actions you did to approve it.
Reply to a comment, by hitting reply under the comment
-Designate a comment as Spam*
-Send a comment to Trash*^
Edit a comment, which will allow you to change any aspect of the comment (such as the author’s information, the comment itself, or the current status of the comment)

*Selecting these options will move the comment to the designated filter
^A comment in the Trash filter can still be retrieved, however you will have the option there to permanently delete the comment.

Changing Your Password

If you ever need to change your password, navigate over to the column on the far left and going to Users, and then selecting Your Profile from the drop-down menu that appears.
At the bottom of the page you will see a text box to enter in your new password, and then a second box below it to confirm it.
Beneath these boxes will be a bar to indicate the strength of your password. 

When you have finished, select Update Profile and your old password will be replaced.

Creating Categories in WordPress

Categories are designed to organize your posts and make it easier for visitors to search through your site’s content. To create one, go to Posts in the side bar and select Categories.

-Start by giving your category a name for when it appears on your site
-Then, give it a Slug – which is a URL-friendly version of the name
-Beneath slug, you can assign a current category as a Parent, which will turn the current category into a sub-category, to further organize your content.
-Lastly, you can add a description so that you can know what each category is for

After you have finished these, click Add New Category.

Note: If you ever need to make any changes to your categories, all you have to do is hover over the one you would like to change and select edit.

The Admin Bar of WordPress

If you are logged in as the admin for your site, you will see a grey bar at the top of your screen; this is called the Admin Bar, and is only visible to anyone that is logged in.
The Admin Bar provides various options and easy access to your site.

When logged in as Admin, the admin bar will have the following items:
-A WordPress icon that contains information about WordPress, along with support and contact forums.
-If you have multiple sites on a network, you can access them under My Sites which gives you quick links to bring you to the dashboard for that site, a new post page, comments, or the site itself.
 The option next to My Sites is the site you are currently, which lists similar options to help you navigate through your site
The Chat icon (which will look like a messaging chat bubble) will take you directly to the comment page for the current blog, and shows you the number of pending comments that need to be approved.
-At the end of this chain on the left side is the + New icon, which takes you to the corresponding page you select in the list that drops down.
-The right side of the admin bar is your profile name and avatar. Here you can either edit your profile or log out
-Lastly is a small search icon, which you can use to search for any post or page within your site.

Using Paragraphs within WordPress

First, be sure you are using the visual editor by clicking on the tab labeled Visual on the top right of the text editor. The styling option’s drop down menu can be found in the first row of the toolbar. Highlight the text you would like to make into a paragraph and then select Paragraph from the styling options.
Remember: you can preview the page before publishing by selecting Preview, or go live with the content by selecting Publish.

Adding New Posts to WordPress

To create a new post, navigate to Posts in the side bar and select Add New. You will then be brought to the Post Editor, where you can begin by entering a name for the post in the Title Box.

Next, you can write all of your content (or paste it in from another document) under in the Text Editor. When you are satisfied with your text, you can click on Preview in the Publish Box to see what your post will look like.

If there is something you still want to add at a later time, or want to take a break, you can click Save Draft which will save what you currently have, and allows you to come back to the post at a later time. Conversely, selecting Publish will officially release your post to the public, for people to see.