Tech

  • Technology Gifts to Buy for 2019

    Technology seems to be built into every common household device in one form or another. Gifts to help make a house “smarter” are a favorite. It starts at the entry way as the video doorbell allows one to view and respond to whoever is looking for their attention by connecting to a smart phone whether […]

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  • Social Engineering: More than Just Phishing

    Social engineering is the act of manipulating people by appealing to some angle of their human psyche. Phishing is the most talked about one, but other top tactics include: pretexting, baiting, quid pro quo and tailgating. Pretexting involves a scammer who has presented some sort of back story or pretense for speaking to you that sounds […]

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  • Getting the Most from Your Tablet

    So, what are all these people doing with these tablets? Some are playing games, while others are managing lives and businesses. Readers keep up with the latest information by turning to online media or new books. These are common but how about some uses that are easily overlooked. Here are a few. TV/Entertainment – Apps […]

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  • Windows 10 – Have we Mentioned that there’s an Update Available?

    For those of you familiar with Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest and greatest version of the Windows Operating System, its proclivity for installing updates (or in IT parlance, “patches”) can seem downright pernicious. Windows 10 doesn’t seem to mind if you’re in the middle of working on something—at times it feels as if it has a […]

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  • Understanding Your Data Usage for Companies like Google, Facebook

    The aphorism amongst technical people regarding companies like Facebook is that “if the service is free, YOU are the product.” Indeed, many people in the Information Technology field seemed somewhat perplexed at the outrage Facebook faced when it became clear that they were selling the data they collected on users of their services to data […]

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  • Outsourcing Your IT is Just the First Step

    Before engaging with an IT vendor you must clearly define your needs and goals. You may be savvy enough to have this information on your own but a professional company will be able to walk you through the evaluation process and present their ideas and solutions in terminology that makes sense to you. The intricacies […]

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  • An Update to Our Terms & Conditions – What is GDPR?

    Depending on your world view, you may have an enthusiastic or a rather dim view of the European Union. One area that the EU considers itself to be on the forefront of are privacy regulations, especially those concerning the Internet. At this moment, the EU covers some 508 million people, giving it the world’s third […]

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  • Protecting Your Phone

    For some it’s just a phone and easily replaced but for many it’s a tool that manages their life. A handheld device can store personal information that includes credit cards, passwords and calendars to remind the owner where to be at a given time. And even though the tool is in our possession most of […]

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  • Maximizing Employee Efficiency Through Technology

    For most SMB owners, IT is seen as a cost-center—something that doesn’t drive profits, but a bottomless pit to be filled with capital expenditure. Although this mentality had changed somewhat as technology has become more and more integrated into the day to day operations of almost any business, many people struggle to see their technology […]

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  • Understanding Your Data Usage for Companies like Google, Facebook.

    The aphorism amongst technical people regarding companies like Facebook is that “if the service is free, YOU are the product.” Indeed, many people in the Information Technology field seemed somewhat perplexed at the outrage Facebook faced when it became clear that they were selling the data they collected on users of their services to data […]

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  • 2018 Technology Trends

    In January CompTIA, the preeminent information technology trade organization, released their annual IT Industry Outlook 2018 report. Within the report I found a write up titled Small Businesses Embrace Technology, But Gaps Remain really interesting. Based on their survey of SMB’s perception of their overall IT spend they found 12% believe they are spending much […]

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  • Technology Trends – CryptoCurrency

    Many of you reading this are probably asking yourselves a similar question: what is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is what is known as cryptocurrency. The concept is a relatively simple one, but the practical implementation is anything but. Essentially, the idea behind cryptocurrency is that it provides an anonymous method of payment for digital transactions. This system […]

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  • How Reliable is Your Backup?

    In the last 3 months we have had 2 new customers come to us with significant data loss. We’re talking shut the business down loss. Thankfully in both situations we were able to recover the data but what these 2 companies also have in common is they thought they had a sufficient backup solution in […]

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  • 2017 Holiday Tech Gift Ideas

    Very popular again with additional features are devices such as Google Home and Amazon Echo to allow among other things control of music, finding information and checking weather simply by voice command. If you like to listen to your music by or in the pool, there are a number of waterproof speakers fed by Bluetooth […]

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  • Outsourcing Your IT is Just the First Step

    Before engaging with an IT vendor you must clearly define your needs and goals. You may be savvy enough to have this information on your own but a professional company will be able to walk you through the evaluation process and present their ideas and solutions in terminology that makes sense to you. The intricacies […]

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  • Technology Trends – What’s on the Horizon in 2018?

    Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has been seen as the “holy grail” of computer technology for some time. This particular field of research has advanced at a tremendous pace in recent years, and is set to become one of the most important area for technological development in the coming years and decades. Although we’re still far […]

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  • Equifax Breach – What it Means for You.

    Some of you may remember when Yahoo was compromised in 2013 and again in 2014. These two attacks combined exposed personal information of an estimated 1.5 billion users. Think about the kinds of information that might be exposed if an unauthorized user, a hacker, had access to your Yahoo email account. Compared with 1.5 billion, […]

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  • 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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