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Trusted Calgary IT Experts IT Real Simple Explain How To Protect Your Business From Ransomware

Jacky Tai and Brittany Dedrick at IT Real Simple, take pride in offering clients new technology while providing technical support whenever it is needed.  They truly are the experts when it comes to information technology services! The Mission is to provide customized technological support in a timely and professional manner, within your budget. Their team of shared expertise, means they are your number one Calgary IT department.  IT Real Simple is a Trusted Calgary IT Specialist and in their latest Trusted Calgary Tip they share helpful information on protecting your business from ransomware attack. 

How Can You Protect Your Business from a Ransomware Attack?


Let’s start with the how. 

There are many different ways Ransomware can affect your business. The most common way is having ports open to your network for Remote Desktop or website servers onsite. There are many secure ways to still accomplish having these things, however, many businesses do not have the extra security in place.Remote access is something that is becoming more and more needed in our world. We want to be able to work from anywhere, especially as a business owner. There are many secure applications out there to pay for like logmein and screen connect. You can also have a secure SSL VPN implemented to go along with your open ports for an added layer of protection.


Is Anti-Virus Enough Protection From Ransomware? 

Having one security measure in place like anti-virus is not enough anymore. We need layers of security starting with a firewall. Your firewall should have anti-virus protection, content filtering and intrusion detection and prevention.


Next you should have secure, encrypted, offsite backups running automatically. Proper password management such as password expirations and complex password requirements is also very important. Along with anti-virus, this is how you protect your business.


Speak with us any day about how to ensure your business is protected from Ransomware attacks.

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IT Real Simple is a Trusted Calgary  IT Specialist 

Introducing Kurtis Dulle Your Trusted Calgary Consultant

The Trusted Directories team is excited to introduce Kurtis Dulle. Kurtis joined Trusted in 2019 and he is heading up the Trusted Calgary directory launch as our first Trusted Calgary Consultant.  

Meet Kurtis

Kurtis re-joins Trusted, as he was a Trusted Regina Directory consultant in 2012. He brings knowledge and experience of what is required to become a Trusted Directory Partner and understands what his responsibilities are to ensure the partnership is as successful as possible. Born and raised in Craik, a small town in Saskatchewan, he has strong family roots. Kurtis brings a strong independent work ethic that was formed early. He left home as a teenager to pursue a hockey career. His determination and skill along with his passion for teamwork meant he enjoyed a long successful career on the ice. His playing career took him across the world and he enjoyed time in Canada, USA, Sweden, Australia and the UK

Trusted Calgary Directory Consultant.

Kurtis and his family live in Calgary, his previous careers include working in the real estate, IT, construction, oil and gas industries. This experience introduced him to the many challenges that are still overwhelming businesses in Alberta and across the country. He understands running a business is hard work, and in the past, he has helped companies of all sizes with brand awareness, marketing, sales and business development. The perfect mix of introvert and extrovert he enjoys meeting new people and building relationships. He has a passion for sales and marketing and for helping others succeed. Bringing the ability to continuously look outside the box, he is determined to add value to our partners in Calgary. Kurtis brings high energy and a positive attitude to the role. When it comes to working hard to achieve a goal there isn’t much that will stand in the way of him reaching the finish line

Recently becoming a father for the first time reminded Kurtis of how important it is to balance your work-life efforts while maintaining strong relationships. He is a hands-on Dad and his young son Hunter keeps him on his toes. A keen amateur photographer, he enjoys spending as much of his free time in nature as possible. 

Kurtis's experience and understanding of the Trusted business model is a huge asset as Trusted expands into Alberta. This is why we chose him to be part of the team to launch in Calgary. We look forward to working with Kurtis, he is passionate about the Trusted directories concept and he is convinced that offers a huge opportunity for small locally owned businesses run with integrity in Calgary.

The Trusted Calgary Directory

What are Trusted Online Directories? 

The Trusted Online Directories and have been established in Saskatchewan since 2011. The concept is pretty simple, our team seeks out locally owned, accountable businesses in the cities we serve. Then, after verifying that they are indeed the ' real deal',  with our unique Trusted Verification process, we sign them to an annual contract. By signing that contract, the companies agree to uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees of Service. 

Trusted Directories Are The Smart & Simple Choice 

Once businesses qualify to become Trusted Directory partners, we promote them to the public via a cohesive and effective local marketing campaign both on and offline. Trusted is an awesome service for the public, our founder Sara Wheelwright is an immigrant and she had the idea after struggling to find great local businesses in Saskatoon. The public love the ease of choosing a locally owned business from a verified and restricted list of companies, without the risk of a bad or stressful experience. 

Trusted is a unique branding and sales tool for businesses. We offer quality focused local businesses a unique way to differentiate themselves from their competition, attract new customers, build loyalty with existing customers and increase visibility in their home city. We restrict the number of businesses in each category, which benefits the business AND the consumers who are overwhelmed with so many choices on Google! 

The Trusted team gets to know our partners, this means we can market them better than anyone else! Essentially, we are local marketing experts and our products are the businesses we partner with. We have helped businesses across Saskatchewan go from surviving to thriving and we offer absolute and undeniable measurability and results! 


We have worked out any kinks over the last 8 years and keep adding new and awesome features. Individual listing pages for each business listing, an area to embed a YouTube video in each partners page, review generation and more! We have fine-tuned our marketing strategy, picking up a display cabinet full of local and international marketing and entrepreneur awards on the way. Most recently our founder Sara Wheelwright was the recipient of a 2017 NEYA Award (Saskatchewan Newcomer Entrepreneur of the Year Award) in the growth category and the 2017 Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Community Involvement Award.   

We also launched in 2014, a full-service marketing agency that offers support, free marketing training sessions and additional advertising products and amazing discounts to the Trusted Partners. 

The Trusted Online Directories concept works! 

We know what we are doing when it comes to marketing and promoting locally owned and accountable quality businesses. The team feels 2019 is the right time to introduce the Trusted Directories as an advertising medium to locally owned and reputable businesses in cities outside the borders of Saskatchewan, starting with our cousins in Calgary!  We have 100's of success stories to share across the many industry sectors we cover, from retail to service providers. We know that essentially, given the choice, consumers want to deal with trustworthy, local businesses.

If you are a Calgary business interested in finding out more about Trusted Directories and what's involved to become a Trusted Calgary partner, get in touch with us today or nominate your Calgary and area business here.  


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