Tech

  • 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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  • 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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