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Benefits of Managed IT Services vs. Break/Fix Support

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IT support is critical to any business irrespective of its nature. Although many businesses have embraced the use of managed IT services for their technical support, there are however many medium and small businesses that continue to rely on the traditional break-fix support, which is prone to numerous challenges. Since computer support is vital for every business, it is every business owners' primary objective to ensure their business has dependable computer service throughout their operations; this is where managed IT services come in handy. Using these services can benefit your IT support and your entire business a great deal, as opposed to when your computer support is dependent on the old break-fix support. Below are the benefits of managed services over break-fix support. They Are Highly-Resilient and Secure Ideally, managed…
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Using an MSP for your Computer Support

Computers
You might have the mistaken assumption that old Jim from the office can work on the servers while sitting on the Modern Office Desks and provide computer support whenever your business experiences technology hiccups. While it's true Jim might have some computer support knowledge, he doesn't have the expertise a managed service provider can give you. Not to mention, you can free up your employees to focus on the more pressing issues that keep your business productive. However, when you first begin your search for a managed service provider, you are likely to be faced with a plethora of good and bad choices. What do you look for, and how do you know when a managed service provider will measure up to their promises? Fixed Monthly Cost An MSP with…
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Computer Security-How To Protect Your PC and Phone

Security
Malicious software, commonly referred to as malware, is any software that brings harm to a computer or phone. Malware can be in the form of worms, viruses, spyware, adware, trojans, and rootkits, among others. The intent of malware varies, but the most common goals include stealing protected data, deleting documents and adding software not approved by a user or stealing the data of your phone, that's why an antivirus could really help with this, other ways to protect your phone is to identify all the incoming calls, this can be done with number tracking services as gadgetcouncil online and others. Malware can cause serious damage to any business, so that’s why we’ve created this guide to help you understand what malware is and how you can protect against it. What…
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Security Best Practices, Pt. 1

Computers, Security
These days more than ever companies large and small need to remain vigilant in the face of the ever growing, ever changing face of internet security threats. Effective computer maintenance has never been more important. There was a time when simply having a reliable antivirus (AV) program on your computer was enough. Nowadays the bad guys are smarter, their tools are better, and the attack surface (amount of ways they can reach you) is greater than ever. What I hope to achieve with this series is to give you a sense of what threats are out there, without fear mongering and hysteria. As they say in the movies you watch with the netflix vpn, just the facts, ma'am (or sir). At the time the operating systems (usually Windows XP) and…
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Debunked: Your SSD won’t lose data if left unplugged after all | PCWorld

Computers
If you’re in a panic because the Internet told you that your shiny new SSD may lose data in “just a few days” when stored in a hot room, take a chill pill—it’s apparently all a huge misunderstanding, according to the man who wrote the original presentation all the fear is based on.In a conversation with Kent Smith of Seagate and Alvin Cox regarding data loss and business continuity, the Seagate engineer who wrote the presentation that set the Internet abuzz, PCWorld was told we’re all just reading it wrong.“People have misunderstood the data that they’re looking at,” Smith said. Cox agreed saying there’s no reason to fret. “I wouldn’t worry about (losing data),” Cox told PCWorld. “This all pertains to end of life. As a consumer, an SSD product or even…
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AYS is a Counterforce Alarm and Security Dealer

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These days it's easy to get concerned about your personal security when reading the news on a daily basis. Home invasions, break and enter, people stealing cars. It seems that there is no end to bad people doing bad things. While it's important not to live our lives in fear, the sad truth is that there are many people out there that we do not want in our homes or places of business. Traditionally an alarm system was pretty straight-forward and simple. You put a contact on each door and window, and a motion sensor in your living room, and the system would dial the monitoring station if someone forced open a door or a window. While those traditional options still exist and are the core of the system, nowadays…
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Some Basic Computer Security Tips

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These days as always it is important to stay safe on the internet. Every day it seems we hear of more and more ingenious ways that crooks and scammers are trying to infiltrate our lives using the internet. Computer maintenance and online backup are more important than ever! Here are some more general tips to stay safe:   1) Unsolicited Tech Support  If anyone claiming to be from Microsoft, or Tech Support, or anywhere else calls you to tell you that they have detected a problem with your computer, just hang up. No legitimate companies can or will do that, so it is definitely a scam. We've heard of that happening to a few clients over the last year or so, so heads up. 2) Are you still running Windows…
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When It Comes to Your Data…

Computers
Always be prepared. One problem that I see all the time with home clients as well as business clients is that they never think that data corruption or loss can happen to them. Or they just haven't thought through the implications of losing all the information they have stored up over the years. If you running a business, are you prepared to start from scratch with customer lists, account information, order history, emails etc? For home users do you really want to lose all the pictures of your children, vacations and parties? I have had to deliver the sad news before, and it is not a nice feeling, especially when you consider how easy it is these days to think like a scout and be prepared. We need to be…
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What are IP or Megapixel Security Cameras?

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It is important to first seperate the 2 terms. Not all IP cameras are megapixel, but with few exceptions, all Megapixel cameras will be IP. Basically IP means "Internet Protocol". This is a term borrowed from the computer world since IP cameras are basically cameras with an on-board computer. As such they will run on Cat5 or network cable, will require network infrastructure such as switches and routers, and require a special knowledge from the installer beyond simply installing the camera and pointing and focussing. The term Megapixel refers to the quality of the picture. Standard Analog cameras are on the high end half a Megapixel, or roughly 640 X 480 Pixels. A 1.3 megapixel camera is 1280 X 1024, which is slightly better than a 720P television. At the…
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Learn to Google like the pros

Computers
One handy and simple tool I find myself using often is the "Site" operator in a Google search, professionals from peaks digital marketing recommend it a lot. It's a little trick I learned while doing some computer training. Often I find myself needing some info and knowing what site it is on. In those cases I can use Google to help me pinpoint exactly what I want, and this searching tool is unbelievably easy and great to use as WordTree Amazon Keyword Tool which is part of this as a marketing perk, and useful tool to use with google to help your service or product to improve. [caption id="attachment_246" align="alignright" width="150"] google search computer training[/caption] Example: Lets say I am doing some product research for a new set of headphones.…
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