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Trusted Saskatoon IT Pro's at Burnt Orange Explains How To Recognize Phishing Attacks

Gareth McKee and his Trusted Saskatoon IT team at Burnt Orange Solutions promise to have a one-hour response time for all your IT support needs. Honesty and respect are important to them. They pride themselves on ensuring their clients understand IT concerns by providing a straightforward and reliable solution with exceptional service. Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts. In their latest Saskatoon IT expert tip, they share how to recognize phishing attacks to protect you and your loved ones.

 


What Is Phishing?

Phishing is an attack where the scammer attempts to trick you into clicking on a malicious link, downloading, malware, or sharing personal or sensitive information. Phishing attacks can be via telephone, email, text, or social media platforms. Messages are often generic, and the message often appears to be from a trusted, legitimate source such as a bank or courier company. Phishing attacks are on the rise, so it is important to recognize the signs. 


What Are The Signs Of Phishing Attacks?

Spotting a phishing attack can be difficult. However, it is important to recognize those messages to ensure scammers are unable to take advantage of us. Here are some signs to look out for to recognize phishing attacks:


The Message Asks You To Share Personal Information

shark phishing for personal information

Any legitimate organization would likely never ask for personal information over telephone, email, or text, so this should be a red flag. Scammers and cyber attackers are crafty in making their messages appear legitimate. If you are suspicious about a message you have received, it does not hurt to be cautious and contact the organization that supposedly sent the message. When contacting that organization, it is important to use official contact information. 

The Message Involves A Threat

To persuade you to do what they want, scammers often utilize threats. Most people are fearful of what may happen if they do not comply with the scammers request. A common phishing attack is over telephone, whereby scammers claim to be a member of a government organization. They are after personal information such as your social insurance number, and threaten fines or even that you will be arrested if you fail to comply. If you receive a threatening message that claims to be from a legitimate source, do not panic or let the scammer scare you into giving them what they want. 

The Message Comes From A Suspicious Sender

guy on laptop opening suspicious link

Phishing attempts can be difficult to spot as they appear to be from a legitimate organization. An immediate red flag is when the email address of the sender does not match the organization. In terms of telephone calls or text messages, searching the phone number of the sender will either confirm or deny it’s legitimacy. 

The Message Includes A Suspicious Link

Cyber criminals or scammers often send messages that trick victims into clicking on a link. In an attempt to steal personal information from the victim, the links are to websites that appear to be legitimate but are spoofs. Provided you do not click the link, the scammer cannot get what they want from you. 

Three signs of a suspicious link include: 

  • The URL of the link in the message does not match the legitimate organization’s website URL.
  • The message includes incorrect grammar or overuse of exclamation marks and other punctuation. 
  • The message involves logos that look ‘off” or poorly designed templates. A government organization would never send messages like this. 


Although there is no infallible way to recognize phishing attacks, being aware of the signs will help protect you and your loved ones. Always remember that if something appears suspicious, it likely is. 

With predatory scams such as phishing attacks on the rise, we all must protect ourselves. No matter a person’s age or intellect, they could fall victim to a predatory scam. If you have any questions regarding phishing attacks, contact the IT experts at Burnt Orange IT Solutions. We can help your business mitigate risk, and be prepared for any IT-related emergency.

We hope this article gave you some insight. If you want to ensure your business’s IT security, contact the Trusted Saskatoon IT professionals at Burnt Orange Solutions and we can take IT worries off your plate.


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Protect Your Business From Workplace Accidents from Trusted Saskatoon Group Benefits Professionals at Aurora Workplace Solutions

Aurora Workplace Solutions are about creating brilliant futures by developing wealth security for businesses and individuals. As experts in the industry, they keep on top of recent news including changes to relevant group benefit plans, retirement savings options, and guidelines and policies. They also keep their eyes open for informative articles we think are of interest to our current and potential clients. Aurora Workplace Solutions are Trusted Saskatoon Group Benefits and Insurance Professionals! 

WILL AN ACCIDENT LEAVE YOUR BUSINESS DISABLED?


Saskatoon companies choose The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan because it offers unsurpassed value & outstanding customer service. The Chambers plan group benefits are for Saskatoon Chamber members. Their latest post subject is will an accident leave your business disabled?



What if you had an accident and couldn’t work for a while?

Your disability insurance would provide income in place of your salary until you were on your feet again, but what about those business bills! Unfortunately, none of us can predict a sudden illness or injury. It’s wise to consider how your absence would impact your business and make sure you’re prepared for unforeseen circumstances.


Designed for self-employed business owners who generate all of their firm’s sales and revenues and who are involved in the day-to-day operations of the business, BOE covers your business’ fixed expenses if you’re away for an extended period of time due to disability. BOE must be purchased in conjunction with Long Term Disability benefits.

Available in blocks of $100, coverage is available from $500 to $2,000 per month. The benefit will pay eligible business expenses, after a 30-day waiting period, for up to 18 months while you are disabled. Eligible business expenses are the actual, normal and customary expenses incurred by you, the owner, in the operation of your business. For partnerships, your assumed portion of such expenses is covered.

Eligible business expenses include:

  • Rent, electricity, telephone
  • Business taxes and licenses
  • Property taxes for the place of business
  • Leasing and amortization costs of equipment, including automobiles
  • Interest including the interest portion of mortgage payments, unpaid bills or lines of credit
  • Amortization or periodic repayment of capital including mortgages

In Addition:
  • Salaries of personnel who do not generate income and whose services are essential during your disability
  • Professional services of an outside accountant
  • Professional dues and professional liability insurance
  • Office cleaning
  • Postage and office supplies

You can purchase Business Overhead Expense coverage in conjunction with Chambers Plan Long Term Disability benefits. Together, it’s the coverage business owners need, at an affordable price.

With quick claim payments, rate stability, and guaranteed renewable coverage, the Chambers Plan makes it easy for you to invest in the health and well-being of your employees. 3,000 small businesses just like yours join the Plan every year. 


Aurora Workplace Solutions design & create custom group benefits plans that meet custom organization goals. Read more about their Group Benefits Plans or contact them today to get started!

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Trusted Saskatoon Furnace Pros at Gibbon’s Tip on What to Do When Your Furnace Lights Blink

Gibbon Heating & Air Conditioning has been serving Saskatoon and surrounding areas for over 40 years. They are a "total service" company with trained technicians who are able to provide customers with solutions to all their plumbing, air conditioning, and heating (HVAC) related requirements. As an Independent Lennox Premier Dealer, the Gibbon Heating and Air Conditioning team are proud to provide prompt, courteous, and professional service that is required by Lennox’s Quality standards. They are regularly evaluated through an independent customer satisfaction survey process. They are trained to design, install, service, and maintain home comfort and indoor air quality systems in Saskatoon. In their latest tip article, they talk about what those blinking lights on your furnace actually mean.  

Blinking Lights and Your Furnace


When your heater blinks a light at you, it’s like it’s trying to have a conversation in its own secret language. Each blink is a message, and decoding it can help you figure out what’s going on. Here’s a simple guide to understanding the blinking lights on your furnace:


Count the Blinking Lights:

The number of blinks often carries a message. Take note of how many times the light blinks in a row.


Check the Pattern of the Blinking Lights:

Is it a steady blink, or is there a specific pattern? Sometimes, the rhythm of the blinks is the key to understanding the message.


Refer to the Manual about the blinking lights and your furnace:

Your furnace’s manual is like its dictionary. It usually has a section that decodes the blinking light patterns. Look for a troubleshooting or diagnostic section in the manual. If you can’t find the manual for your furnace, look on the backside of the cover of your furnace as it may be placed there for easy reference. 


Search Online:

The internet is a treasure trove of information. If the manual is nowhere to be found, try searching online for your furnace’s make and model along with “blinking light codes.” You might find forums or guides with the information you need.


Contact us at Gibbon Heating:

If all else fails, don’t hesitate to contact Gibbon’s Heating & Air Conditioning. We’re here to help and can guide you through the meaning behind those blinking lights.

Remember, it’s like your furnace’s way of saying, “Hey, something’s up, but I’m trying to tell you what it is!” So, the next time your furnace blinks at you, consider it a little chat in its unique language, and you’ll be on your way to a warmer, cozier home.


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Trusted Saskatoon Financial Advisors at Wiegers Financial & Benefits Discuss The Importance of Succession Planning

Wiegers Financial & Benefits is one of the largest private financial planning and employee benefits consulting firms in Saskatchewan. Their Financial Planning Division provides business owners, households, retirees, and students with expert investment and insurance planning services to help them reach their long-term financial goals. They also have a Benefits and Personal Insurance planning division. 


THE IMPORTANCE OF SUCCESSION PLANNING


Whether it’s a well-loved breakfast diner that feels like the hub of the community, or a factory that manufactures safety shoes and work gloves, creating and growing a small business is incredibly rewarding and a lot of hard work. After toiling long hours to become successful, most owners want the business to continue thriving long after they step away.

A carefully crafted succession plan is an important part of any successful small business. It can help you clearly identify your company’s goals, protect the legacy of the business, plan for the unexpected, and prepare for the financial security of your family and employees.  The planning process can feel overwhelming at first but carefully thinking through all aspects of your business is time well spent.


GETTING STARTED

There’s no time like the present. Even if you just opened the doors to your business, succession planning can bring clarity to how you visualize your future success. Planning helps you narrow down your goals and objectives, identify the right person to take over one day and prepare for financial setbacks.

Bob Labrecque, a succession planning consultant with Manulife Securities, says all too often business owners wait too long to begin the planning process, starting when they’re only three or four years away from retirement. “A good succession plan is a five-to-10-year strategy of building the business, and then transferring ownership while it’s in a growth phase – not in a maturity or a declining phase,” he says. “And you want a team of experts in place to help make this happen. An advisor is a key member of this planning team.”

The first step in developing a business succession plan is to do a bit of self-reflection and ask yourself some important questions. Consider the following:

  1. When would you like to retire or step back from running the business?
  2. What kind of future would you like to see for your business?
  3. Do you have a successor in mind with a mentoring plan in place?
  4. Are there any weaknesses in your current business operations that need to be addressed?
  5. What is your plan for handling any unexpected events, including illness, financial difficulties, or retaining top employees?
  6. Do you have a team of financial and legal experts to help you with the planning process?

 

ESTATE PLANNING AND TAXES

Even though running a successful business can occupy your full attention, it’s important to look at the bigger picture and how a business succession plan dovetails into your personal plans. Along with helping to determine the financial value of a company and opportunities for growth, an advisor can help with retirement and estate planning.

A business owner hoping to step down must plan for adequate retirement income to maintain his or her desired lifestyle, put a savings plan in place to cover future expenses such as a child’s education, and set up life and disability insurance plans so loved ones are well cared for in the event of serious illness or death – all while maximizing tax-planning opportunities.

 

MANAGING EMOTIONS

As you are getting your succession plans down on paper, don’t discount the emotional impact that this major life event might have on you and on the entire organization. Labrecque says leaving can be very difficult and emotional for many business owners. “Quite often, for a first-generation business owner, this is their baby and there can be strong protective feelings that nobody else can do what they do.” Owners have some important decisions to consider:

  • Take an honest look at who can lead the business and compile a short list of candidates
  • Create a succession team to help navigate the financial, legal, and human resource aspects of the transition
  • Explore new opportunities for the organization to ensure continued strength and growth
  • Establish a co-lead to allow the current owner to begin stepping back into a lesser role

If the intent is to transition the business within the family, a specialist called a family facilitator might also be helpful. “Family transfers are the most complicated because they involve not only the business but the family dynamics,” says Labrecque. “Families also need to have honest discussions about whether children even want to take over the family business. They may want the money and the lifestyle but do they find the work interesting?”

 

WINDING DOWN

As a business owner prepares for retirement, there might still be an opportunity to stay involved and active but at a slower pace. A step-down approach is possible, where the ownership is transferred but the owner stays on in a limited capacity for a set duration to help with the transition. After a lifetime of work, the boss can gradually ease into retirement, rather than giving up everything all at once.

Succession planning can be a rewarding process that sets the tone for the overall success of your business.  For more information about getting started on a succession plan, please contact Wiegers Financial & Benefits to speak with one of our experienced advisors. If you know of any business owners or farmers who would find this information useful, please share this article with them or have them contact us directly.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and may not necessarily reflect those of Manulife Securities Investment Services Inc.

Welcoming Anchor Managed Solutions As A Trusted Saskatoon IT Expert

The Trusted Saskatoon Team is delighted to welcome our newest Trusted Saskatoon Partner, Anchor Managed Solution to the Computer and Website Design CategoryGet to know all they do and meet the people behind the business in our latest Trusted Saskatoon article welcoming a new partner to our Saskatoon community of locally owned businesses operated with integrity!

  

Meet Saskatchewan IT Experts -Anchor Managed Solutions 


The Trusted Saskatoon community is thrilled to welcome a new business-to-business partner to our thriving business ecosystem.- Anchor Managed Solutions, established in 2014, has quickly risen to become one of North America's leading IT companies, specializing in supporting small and medium-sized businesses in the Saskatchewan region. With a dedicated team of experts and a commitment to providing top-tier IT solutions, Anchor Managed Solutions has proven itself a trusted partner for businesses needing tech support and guidance.

Meet the Visionaries: Andrew, Pat, and Shawne


Behind the remarkable success of Anchor Managed Solutions Ltd. are three passionate and dedicated local founders: Andrew Ouellette, Pat Kolysher, and Shawne Hancock. These leaders have collectively brought a wealth of experience and expertise to the company, making Anchor a standout choice for businesses seeking IT excellence in Saskatoon.


Andrew Ouellette's extensive experience in IT spans a wide range of industries. His profound knowledge has been honed through numerous projects, including designs for prominent organizations in Saskatchewan, such as mining, telecom, and health regions. Andrew has earned the trust of technical leads throughout the area and has a well-deserved reputation for delivering exceptional IT solutions.


Pat Kolysher’s versatility in the IT field is impressive. He excels in software programming, IT recruitment, business development, and account management. He holds a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, showcasing his commitment to excellence. His history of providing software support to healthcare institutions, including the U.S. Department of Defense, demonstrates his dedication to developing innovative programs that meet the specific needs of businesses in our province.


Shawne Hancock's journey in the IT industry dates back to the late 90s and has taken him through various roles, from desktop support to managing one of Saskatchewan's largest help desks. His exceptional leadership and time management skills, shaped by his experience in the Canadian Forces, have been invaluable. Now, as the Chief Operating Officer of Anchor Managed Solutions Ltd., Shawne uses his expertise to ensure efficient operations and services for their clients.


Anchor Managed Solutions has brought a wave of change to many businesses in Saskatchewan, serving as a guiding light through the complex world of technology. Their award-winning Help Desk operates 24/7/365, providing the support you need whenever you need it. But Anchor offers more than just tech support. They provide a range of professional services, including project management, scoping, and planning. Their advisory services help with policy development and compliance, ensuring your business stays on the right track.


What their clients say…..


We have been with Anchor Managed Solutions since their early beginnings.  In the area of IT there can be so many things that come up and there have been bumps in the road but they have always made things better.  I really feel like they have our backs.  They will get to work when issues arise and do whatever it takes to take care of things as quickly as possible.  I am pleased with our partnership with Anchor Managed Solutions and that is why we have been with them for so long.”
- Diana Perviera. Handy Special Events Centre 

In addition to their comprehensive IT support, Anchor Managed Solutions offers their clients procurement services. Whether you need hardware, software, or online store membership and discounts, Anchor has you covered! 


Anchor Managed Solutions is a proud Indigenous-owned Saskatchewan company. This distinction signifies a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and empowering Indigenous peoples in business. As an Indigneous-owned enterprise, Anchor Managed Solutions contributes to the region's economic development and promotes cultural awareness and social responsibility. It is a testament to the potential for success and collaboration in an increasingly diverse and interconnected global economy. It demonstrates that when businesses prioritize Indigenous ownership and values, they enrich the fabric of their communities and foster a more inclusive and equitable society.


But what truly sets Anchor Managed Solutions apart is their teams’ proactive approach to IT and cybersecurity. They are dedicated to taking the burden of technology management off your shoulders so you can focus on what truly matters – growing your business. Their tagline, "IT Done Right," reflects their commitment to excellence and their promise to deliver IT solutions that truly work for you.


Welcome Anchor Managed Solutions Ltd to the Trusted Saskatoon Community.



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