Tech

  • American Specialty Health Opens Temecula Technology Center

    American Specialty Health Incorporated (ASH) has opened a new 10,000 square foot technology center at 27524 Via Industria in Temecula, CA. The new location is a growing southern California technology corridor. ASH is looking to fill more than 35 IT positions over the next year, with the potential to hire up to 50 people over […]

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  • Social Engineering: More than Just Phishing

    Pretexting involves a scammer who has a presented some sort of back story or pretense for speaking to you that sounds believable. Scammers will use this tactic to gain account information, names of contacts, etc. to use to their benefit. Pretexting is often just one component of a multi-layer scam. With each bit of information […]

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  • Cloud Technology: Are all your Eggs in one Basket?

    The root cause of the outage was incredibly banal—a mistyped command meant to move some cloud hosted servers in one of Amazon’s datacenters was mistyped. That typo took down or severely impaired the operation of some very large companies, including those listed above: Netflix, Reddit, Business Insider, and Slack—to name a few. A large number […]

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  • Cyber Attacks: Are You Safe?

    It’s been in the news: the WannaCry ransomware attack that held companies across the hostage, affecting more than 150 countries and 200,000 computers (so far). This is not the first cyberattack of this type and unfortunately will not be the last. There are measures, however, that can be taken to mitigate ransomware vulnerabilities and other malware attacks.

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  • What’s Your Backup Plan?

    Many questions go into determining what type of backup makes the most sense for your business data. Onsite versus offsite, how much needs to be stored, how many computers and servers, how often you want to backup, etc. are all things to be considered. The three main options of computer backup are tape drive, disk […]

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  • Make Your Website Look Like 2017

    August 6th 1991 is an important date in Internet history. On this day, the first website was launched for public use. While the site no longer exists one can imagine how it might have looked. So how is your website? Does it compare favorably to the competitions? Does it look like it belongs in 2017 or 1991? The company website can easily be a “set and forget” task but technology is progressing with new tools and formats developed regularly and it won’t take long until your site looks out of date. Consider these website basics.

    Is what is being sold clear? Products and services needs to be prominently displayed so customers know they have the right site while being drawn to find out more information. Pricing should be easily found as well.

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  • Internet of Things: Next Great Thing or Old News?

    The basic idea of the Internet of Things is providing a network connection to, and gathering data from, devices that previously had neither of these capabilities. You may have seen advertisements for refrigerators that know when you need to purchase more milk and will automatically add a particular item to your shopping list—these are IoT […]

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  • Don’t Get Caught Up in the Latest Email Phishing Scam

    This particular scam takes the traditional email phishing scams to a new level in that it involves business executive impersonation and wire fraud in relation to your company’s distribution of W-2’s.  Before you start thinking “I’m too small, this will never happen to me, etc.” let me tell you we have seen both of these […]

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  • Get your Employees Excited about IT Training

    Be a Role Model Another way to say this is to practice what you preach. Information security practices are a top down process. Do you have a content filtering system in place designed to prevent employees from accessing malicious sites? Have you asked your IT department to bypass it? Practicing what you preach and abiding […]

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  • Technology Trends to Consider in the Coming Year

    Intelligent Systems Technology—although you may not be familiar with the phrase, there is another which I’m sure will ring a bell—Artificial Intelligence or AI. Artificial intelligence systems have grown in leaps and bounds within the past decade. Perhaps the most famous face on the current cutting edge of the field is IBM’s Watson, the super-computer […]

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  • 2017 Budgeting – Are you Thinking about IT Yet?

    Whether you like it or not, technology can quickly make or break your business. As you start working on your 2017 business goals consider how a technology issue could affect those goals. The 3 top technology topics that forward thinking businesses address are their servers, email and backup. A server is the backbone of a […]

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  • Cool Tech-Savvy Gift Ideas

    It’s December again and time to be thinking about buying gifts for those “tech-savvy” people in your life.

    Cool tech ideas for the fashion-minded, the traveler, the dog, and the kids.

    Don’t forget tat 3-D experience glasses are coming of age with new apps being developed for gaming, movie watching and other virtual experiences.

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  • Are You and IT on the Same Page?

    The first step in making sure you and IT are on the same page is to thoroughly discuss what you want to accomplish. If you tell someone that you’d like a new server and they don’t ask why before giving you a quote you should be skeptical of their motives and their knowledge. A seasoned […]

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  • BYOD – Is it Worth the Risk?

    In a nutshell, a Bring Your Own Device environment is as simple as it sounds—it allows employees to work using their own devices. Generally the device of choice is a smart phone, but in some environments this may include tablets or laptops. In a BYOD environment, an employee’s personal devices are allowed to interact with […]

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  • Outsourcing Your IT is Just the First Step

    As outsourcing IT has become more the norm you must remain vigilant that your IT service provider understands your needs, goals, and is actually performing the services they sold you. It is not uncommon for us to pick up a new client after a previous vendor did not live up to expectations. Unfortunately, it’s usually […]

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  • Writing a Helpful On-Line Review

    In July, I posed the question whether or not it’s a good idea as a business owner to respond to online reviews. The article offered tips on handling feedback in order to turn around the potential damage of negative input.

    However, the writers can take some steps to ensure that their comments are read and taken seriously. A well-written review about an experience will benefit both the business owner and potential customers. Here are some tips on how to present your concerns in a helpful manner.

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  • 2FA: Are Passwords Enough?

    Almost daily in the news we hear about major data breeches. Sure a data breech at your small business is not going to make the news, but what will it do to your local reputation and your client’s confidence in you? Passwords are only as strong as they are created. How many times have you […]

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  • Open Your Doors to Pokémon Go

    Have you noticed an invasion of people wandering through your business staring into their smart phones with this glazed look in their eyes? It could be you are a Pokéstop or a Pokémon gym.

    Does being a Pokéstop or a Pokémon gym help or hurt your business? And if it helps, can you become one? Find out more about this new technology, and its impact on your business.

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  • Did You Forget to Spring Clean your Technology?

    If you are anything like me,  Spring 2016 went by in a flash. With a busy travel schedule I never did get to my closets but the thought of business people without a dedicated IT resource got me thinking…… what are they doing to make sure their equipment is running up to par? Regardless of […]

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  • To Respond or Not Respond

    In today’s world of social media, reviews and comments can make or break a business. The internet savvy consumer knows where to go to find an evaluation of a restaurant, retail store and even a professional such as doctors and specialists. “Know before you go” has never been more applicable than it is in this connected world.

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  • Don’t Leave Home without These Apps

    Summer is getting close and it may be time to get on the road or catch a flight to start your vacation. There are some excellent smart phone apps “not to leave home without”. From airfare and lodging, to weather and emergencies..there’s an app for that.

    Here are a few, but there are many more to choose from.

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  • Think Twice Before You Hit Reply

    Last week the CEO of one of our client companies sent an email to the CFO simply asking if the CFO was in the office and if so to please respond that they were. The problem was that the CEO never wrote the email. There was nothing “wrong” with the email except that it sounded […]

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  • Can You Recognize these “Online” Selling Red Flags?

    Most know what to watch out for when buying products online including the money exchange, quality and delivery of the product. But can you spot red flags when selling? Let’s say you post an item using your favorite phone app and receive a message from someone very interested in purchasing your item. The first red flag appears when they ask you to email them directly because they are using a “friends” account.

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