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Battle of the support scams: Revenge of the nerds!
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By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation and O365nation


The folks behind the support scam featured in this blog probably don’t use social media monitoring tools like Blab, Social Ears or a variation called Might Call. It’s highly unlikely they truly care about their reputation. That’s because these shadowy support scamers are scum! Read on.

I recently slightly mis-typed the URL for a popular social media site I use all day, every day: LinkedIn. It was frustrating in that I had my Firefox browser hijacked by the bad guys. Took Task Manager to close it. The persistent pop-up message you see here was annoying to say the least. In fact, it made me angry. And when I’m in mad mode, I often borrow the 2x4 from the SBS Diva, Susan Bradley!

 
 
Where's the best place to start with the cloud?
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Totally appreciate the recognition from Channel Pro SMB in the recent 20/20 SMB Visionary Awards in its May 2015 magazine issue. There are a couple thoughts I’d like to share in being honored as a Visionary Channel Player.

Freeman got it right

In this era of anonymous lead generation and other spreadsheet tactics, it’s refreshing to see the deeply personal touch and research applied by Rich Freeman, the writer to get it right. Such lists are hard to construct as you have to wade through the scum bags, sleazy players and narcissists found in any industry. I’d offer 80 percent of the 20 Visionary Channel Players are ethically legit and for that, Freeman has my praise. In baseball, he’d be the all-time hitter with that average. Yes – ethics and good citizenship are essential success factors in
 
Sophos acquires email security provider Reflexion
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By Kaitlyn Hall, Editorial Assistant, SMB Nation

Sophos announced earlier this week its acquisition of Reflexion Networks, Inc., which will enable Sophos to add cloud-based email security to Sophos Cloud.

“At Reflexion Networks we’ve always been passionate about serving the vast global market of small and midsize businesses with easy to use services delivered through MSPs,” said David Hughes, CEO of Reflexion Networks. “Sophos shares our vision, and has the global reach and partner commitment to make it a reality. We couldn’t be more excited about joining the Sophos team.”

 
Win10 Tour: Behind-the-scenes for the 
Behind-the-Curtain Tour with Onuora Amobi
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Pictured: Win10 Tour attendees in Los Angeles,
Calif. pose as a group.
 

By Onuora Amobi, CEO, The Windows News Network

The tour has been exciting so far!

 

Everywhere we go, it's been great to meet Microsoft partners, share Windows 10 news and features with them and hear their unique take on the Operating System.

 

It's clear that there is a lot of pent up curiosity about the new OS and how it will all come together late this summer.

 

We've gotten a tremendous amount of feedback from the partners regarding what Windows 10 features resonate with them. We've also been able to both share and learn tips about how they will begin the process of helping their customers begin the upgrade process.

 

We have done New York and Los Angeles, now we are off to Redmond, Wash., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and Austin, Texas. I can't wait to see you there!
 

Click here to access registration links for the final tour events.


 
SoundLine Communications: The Best VoIP Service Provider
 
image   Each company claims it’s the best, the brightest, the one able to offer the most to its customers. SoundLine Communications, with a first glance at its website, appears to be yet another service provider clamoring for the title, proudly proclaiming: “The best VoIP service provider | SoundLine Communications.”

As you read more about the company and its services, though, it becomes clear SoundLine doesn’t need to compete—in Washington state, they’ve already won.
SoundLine claims to feature personalized service, high-quality solutions and rates accessible to SMBs, and it’s evident it fulfills these promises for the businesses it serves in the United States and Canada.

It follows the spirit of small business by keeping things local and developing a community, with its headquarters and customer service all based in Woodinville, Wash., close to other technology hubs in Seattle and Redmond, Wash. A team is dedicated to each SoundLine client to ensure their needs are met, and these teams program systems for customers and provide customer service.

SoundLine’s rates are designed to provide access to SMBs—instead of offering a set price for a block of data or number of lines, it offers no-contract per-line or per-seat pricing to limit additional costs for small businesses.

Though SoundLine strives to be an affordable service, it doesn’t provide a cheap product, but rather the VoIP and hosted phone systems with the most customization opportunities and largest feature set across the market.

With a 98 percent customer retention rate since it began providing hosted phone systems in 2008, SoundLine is the best and the brightest VoIP and hosted phone provider in Washington state.  
 

 
Online broadcast: GetConnected, August 4-5, 2015
image   By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation, Inc. and O365nation


The fact is, our current roadshow featuring independent Office 365 workshops in a handful of NFL cities is going swimmingly. We’re ahead of our plan for 100+ engaged and excited IT Pros per city, soaking up the fountain of knowledge from our hot shot speakers. ‘Nough said.

But we’ve had some learning along the way. One lesson is that traffic in every major city is a problem. It’s our biggest competitor to having you attend our workshop. So, we have a simple solution: a Connected Event that you can participate in from your office (even your home office!). Our online event is interactive, with video streaming from a Puget Sound studio, featuring live experts before a small studio audience, and YOU online. Your participation, including questions and comments, is paramount to the success of the connected event format!
 
Applause: Harrybbb a Channel Pro SMB Visionary Channel Player
image   By Harry Brelsford, Founder and Chairman,
SMB Nation and O365nation

 

In this era of anonymous lead generation and other spreadsheet tactics, it’s refreshing to see the deeply personal touch and research applied by Rich Freeman, the writer to get it right. Such lists are hard to construct as you have to wade through the scum bags, sleazy players and narcissists found in any industry. I’d offer 80 percent of the 20 Visionary Channel Players are ethically legit and for that, Freeman has my praise.


 
Catch the Office 365 WAVE!
Next workshop: Charlotte, NC, July 21!
image   Who comes to these things, anyway? You see the invitations and the emails for conferences claiming to be the key to your success.

Pictured: The O365 Tour  attendees
in Dallas, April 30


You look at the invitation—scoffing if it costs money, giving it a second glance if it’s free—and wonder: Who goes to these events, anyway? The answer, for the O365 conference, is simple.The people who attend are IT professionals who are the industry leaders of the future. They are the people who actively work to better their businesses.

 
Ready, Set, Redmond: THE Fall Conference 2015
image   Ready...Set...Redmond! Meet us in Redmond, Wash., Oct. 2-4 for our Fall Conference !

Be sure to save time for pre-day activities Oct. 1.

An established INDEPENDENT professional conference focused on Microsoft Office 365, Windows 10 and Azure, this three-day conference is designed to provide practical solutions you can implement immediately.

Work side-by-side with the best and brightest Office 365, Windows 10 and Azure experts, creating amazing technical and business wins.
 

June 11, 2015
Issue 9-49

This Issue:
 
Where's the best place to start with the cloud?
Applause: Harrybbb a Channel Pro SMB Visionary Channel Player
Battle of the support scams: Revenge of the nerds!
 
Sophos acquires email security provider Reflexion
 
Win10 Tour: A  behind-the-scenes look at the Behind-the-Curtain Tour with Onuora Amobi
 
SoundLine Communications: The Best VoIP service provider
   
Online broadcast: GetConnected, August 4-5, 2015
Catch the Office 365 WAVE! Next workshop: Charlotte, NC July 21!

Ready, Set, Redmond: THE Fall Conference 2015
Upcoming Events
 
  June 16, 2015: Windows 10 Pilot Preview Redmond

June 23, 2015: Windows 10 Pilot Preview Fort Lauderdale

June 25, 2015: Windows 10 Pilot Preview Austin

 
  July 21, 2015: Office 365 Tour Stop, Charlotte, NC

July 28, 2015: Office 365 Tour Stop, Boston, MA
 
  Aug 4-5, 2015: GetConnected Event
 
  Oct 2-4, 2015: THE Fall Conference
 
 
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