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FrugalBrothers Now Offers ControlNow

FrugaBrothers Software, Inc. is putting extra emphasis on cloud based network solutions in 2015. In particular, the ControlNow cloud based IT management platform formerly known as GFI Cloud. The benefits of platform for small business are absolutely incredible.

So what is ControlNow?

ControlNow is a suite of 6 individual cloud based IT management tools that can be purchased separately or in multiple services. Each service is deployed through the ControlNow portal, and the installation of a small agent. A small business can be up and running the ControlNow services within a few minutes, without the upfront cost of on premise software, or hardware such as an appliance.

What are the services?

ControlNow contains 6 different services:

• Antivirus
• Patch Management
• Workstation and Server Monitoring
• Web Protection
• Remote Control
• Free Asset Tracking

With these tools, even the smallest business can easily afford state of the art network security and IT administration. ControlNow is a easy to use platform that is available from FrugalBrothers at a low cost. Click here for a free 30 day trial.

5 Reasons Behind Data Breaches and Cybercrime

JP Morgan, Home Depot,Target, Kaiser Health,Adobe All Big Data Breaches

My day job is a partner of GFI Software, Each day I speak to IT admins form very small to very large companies in North America, My focus is on Patch Management, Network Vulnerability Scanning,Windows Event Log Management, Securing network endpoints, W3C log management, as well as web security and email security.
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A single part of GFI Cloud saves a “One Man IT Team” 10 hours per week!

Kevin Downham is the IT manager at MacDermid, a UK-based speciality chemical services firm.

The infrastructure Kevin presides over is an accurate reflection of a modern SME IT department. He single-handedly manages around 80 PCs spread primarily across two locations, with a selection of mobile remote users spread across the world.

Prior to implementing GFI Cloud, Kevin dealt with challenges that will feel familiar to anyone in a similar job role: holidays were always difficult, with nobody to take the reins and leave him undisturbed. In addition, much of his time was taken up with repetitive routine tasks – such as monitoring service uptime and deploying patches.

How GFI Cloud has helped

As Kevin says himself, “I didn’t realize how much I needed a server monitoring solution until I started to look into it.”

IT managers like Kevin know how crucial it is to keep a constant eye on the IT services that keep the business running. This kind of proactivity is a relentless and thankless task if it must be done manually; as Kevin says, “even if I was checking every 15 minutes, it still wouldn’t be enough!”

With GFI Cloud now implemented, Kevin gets an SMS alert within seven minutes of any key service failure. If a server stops “talking” to GFI Cloud, he knows almost immediately and can act on the problem. Kevin describes this functionality as “worth its weight in gold.”

However, it’s GFI Cloud’s patch management functionality that has been even more life changing.

Patch Management

Patch management can be a monumental task for IT managers who are committed to doing things properly. Patches are constantly being released for everything from core operating systems to browser plugins, and failing to apply even one can mark the start of a disastrous security breach.

Kevin estimates that prior to implementing GFI Cloud, he was spending around a third of each day on manual patch management—an amount of time that equates to over 10 hours each week.

In Kevin’s case, the geographical dispersal of users made things even more complicated thanks to time zone variations.

With GFI Cloud, all Kevin now has to do is approve the patches. GFI Cloud takes care of everything else (including the time zone differences), and Kevin has, as a result, been able to decommission his Windows Update server.

Many companies work with a “one man IT team” like Kevin. In the absence of any humans to help, these IT professionals need solutions that save time and reduce stress.

Perhaps the best benefit of all for Kevin is that he now feels that he can go on holiday, because GFI Cloud is always on duty. And with 10 extra working hours freed up each week, he now has time for more project work too.

Free Trial

Simply click this link to start your free 30 trial with free evaluation support. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me at 260.724.2748 or email bruce.naylor@frugalbrothers.com

GFI Cloud Explained as Fast as Possible

Over the last several years GFI has been moving some of the functionality of their most popular products to the cloud. As of today there are currently 6 different subscription based services that can be purchased individually or together. The benefit to our customers include lower costs to purchase, no expensive hardware such as servers to purchase, and ease of deployment.
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A tale of two security approaches – and why you need both

Once upon a time, attacks on computers and networks were relatively simple. Our primary worry was viruses and their variants – worms, Trojans, rootkits. Their authors set out with malicious intent, to create software that can cause harm by shutting down a system or an entire network, destroying data and/or programs, or collect information and send it back to the attackers.
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Windows XP – where have all the bad guys gone?

April 8, 2014 has come and gone and you may be wondering what all the fuss was about. After all, the bad guys haven’t come out of hiding, wreaking havoc on those who still have instances of Windows XP running on their networks.
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IT admins, what are your greatest challenges?

“Not enough hours in the day!” – is the cry from IT admins in a recent GFI Cloud survey about their greatest day-to-day challenges, and these are common across the board, regardless of geography or business sector they work in.
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GFI Cloud: A study of time savings

Working in IT administration is a stressful endeavor. Granted, there’s no comparison with brain surgery or air traffic control; but it is a field that few people understand from the outside looking in. Non-technical people don’t really get what an IT guy does every day, so they can’t understand the level of stress they bear.
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GFI Cloud user interview: Michael Belisle, IT Manager at Fisher and Sons

Michael Belisle, IT manager at Fisher & Sons, in Burlington, WA, explains how GFI Cloud helps ease the load of IT management and make his life easier as a one-man IT team. He is interviewed by Jackie Wake.

Tell us about your set up and the main challenges you had to address?

Our IT footprint consists of over 100+ seats, 18 virtual servers, 5 major offices, and users spread out over 4 states in the USA. A total of 80% of my end user base are remote users. In my environment, it is important for me to find tools that allow me to do more with minimal time and money invested.

How did GFI Cloud help?

GFI Cloud’s tools have helped me keep my environment secure with minimal up-front investment and a very straight-forward and intuitive web interface.
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Patching and antivirus tips every sys admin should know

Jenny Duncan on March 19, 2014

When you started out in IT, did you really want to spend allshutterstock_126121670-300x300 your life applying patches to PCs and checking if the antivirus product installed is up to date and working properly? Let’s be honest, these tasks get a little repetitive and monotonous, but if you drop the ball with either of these jobs, your IT department (and you) could end up in hot water. Taking shortcuts on patching and antivirus should never be an option.
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