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Computer Backup Solutions

The subject of computer backups has always been a topic of importance when it comes to preserving the data on your computer. These days, there are more options available to you in this arena, which can be both a help and a hindrance. On one hand, having more options is helpful because better solutions have been brought to the marketplace from which you can now choose to fit your needs.

How to help your Desktop Survive a Blackout

It is about that time of year again. Spring...even though most of us are looking forward to the warm, sunny weather—there still is a downside...storms.

If you’re using a notebook and there’s a sudden power outage, no problem: The battery will let you keep on working.

Is your Data Really Secure in the Cloud?

Are you thinking about moving all or parts of your computer network “to the cloud” but worried about who can access your data? You’re not alone – but many security experts, software companies and cloud service providers alike agree that cloud computing offers a MORE secure way to store data.

Storm Season is just around the Corner… Are you Protected?

Even though the first day of Spring is not until the 20th of this month, it’s never too early to prepare for those pop-up storms that occur randomly at this time of year often resulting in everything from ice damage to lightening fires.  During this time of year the threat of fire, flood, severe storms, water damage from office sprinklers, and even theft is very real.

What Should You Do if YOUR Network is Compromised?

Back in June, 6.3 million passwords were reported stolen when a hacker was able to access LinkedIn’s servers. The news made headlines instantly and everyone in the office (and online) was talking about it. Clearly this is a public-relations nightmare for the company and one that will, for sure, have a ripple effect for months, possibly years, as they deal with the fallout from their clients and potential lawsuits.

The Top 25 Passwords of 2013…Making a Mockery of Security

If you happen to see a password of your own on this list, be sure to change it as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of your account being compromised.

123456
password
12345678
qwerty
abc123
123456789
111111
1234567
iloveyou
adobe123
123123
sunshine
1234567890
letmein
photoshop
123
monkey
shadow
sunshine
12345
password1
princess
azerty
trustno1
000000

Number 24 happens to be our personal favorite - “trustno1”.  If the folds using it were to take their own advice a little more, they’d surely be selecting something more secure and unlikely to be guessed!

Just an FYI - setting a memorable password that somebody won’t guess isn’t particularly difficult!

 

How Small Businesses Should Budget for IT Expenses

A question that seems to come up a lot lately with clients, in some form or fashion, is “How should I properly budget for IT expenses?”  While this is a great question, there are a lot of variables that determine the answer, so I can’t provide a “one-size-fits-all,” simple answer.

Windows 7 vs. Windows 8

Windows 8 looks quite a bit different from Windows 7. Besides the look, there are a couple of other differences.

When you login to Windows 8, the first screen you see is the new ‘Start Screen’ also known as ‘Metro’.
Instead of Icons, the new Start screen has ‘Tiles’. You click on the tiles to open the applications.

The End of Windows XP Support What it Really Means for Businesses

April 2014 sees the end of support for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Small Business Server 2003 and Office 2003.

By then, the 2003 wave of products will be 11 years old, and Windows XP will be 13. Office XP ran out of support in December 2011, but Windows XP’s lifecycle was extended a couple of times because people stubbornly refused to move away from it.