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Every Company Should Acquire Desktop Management Solutions

November 30th, 2022 by admin

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Desktop management solutions are becoming increasingly popular among businesses of all sizes. These solutions provide organizations with a wide range of benefits, including better control over their IT assets, improved productivity, and enhanced security....

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Posted in: Managed IT Services

Managing Automatic Updates: Balancing Security With Convenience

July 10th, 2018 by admin

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Running automatic updates for applications and operating systems helps protect your company's digital devices, but those updates can harm productivity if not well managed. Unpatched software is the single biggest security risk in the workplace, so it's...

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Posted in: Security, Solutions

Giving a Presentation: A Technology Preparedness Checklist

March 19th, 2018 by admin

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Giving a presentation can be stressful, so dealing with technology issues at the last minute is the last thing you want when attempting a professional delivery. The following technology preparedness checklist can help you make a good impression rather...

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Posted in: Solutions

New Phishing Technique Hijacks Legitimate Conversations

October 24th, 2017 by admin

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A new spear phishing technique, being used in a hacking campaign called FreeMilk, takes advantage of a Microsoft Office vulnerability in order to hijack existing email conversations to spread malware to high-profile targets. This new technique phishing...

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Posted in: Security

Spare Computer Parts: Which Ones To Keep For Disaster Recovery

July 5th, 2017 by admin

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It happens in every office eventually: an employee is going about their workday and suddenly their computer or monitor won't turn on. Fortunately, there's gold in those unused desktops and laptops stuck in the storage closet. Aside from the computers...

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Posted in: Solutions, Knowledge

The Cost of Memory: Trends to Impact Your Upgrade Cycle

June 6th, 2017 by admin

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Computer memory market trends could play a role in your business’s decision on when to upgrade or replace employee computers. According to PC World, the technology research experts at Gartner predict that prices for both RAM and Solid State Drives (SSDs)...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services

Mac- and Linux-Based Malware Targets Biomedical Industry

March 14th, 2017 by admin

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The malware infection, discovered in late January, that's been hiding out on Mac and Linux devices for more than two years doesn't mean the security floodgates are open, but it is a reminder that these devices aren't invincible. Apple is calling this...

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Posted in: Security

8 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Office Computers

March 1st, 2017 by admin

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When it comes to your office computers, a little bit of spring cleaning goes a long way. Sure, cleaning office computers can seem tedious. But think of it like preventative maintenance on a vehicle: In the best-case scenario, you'll never know all the...

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Breathing New Life into Middle-Aged Computers

February 8th, 2017 by admin

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Your employees' computers may not be up to speed anymore after two or three years of use, but in many cases your staff can upgrade or tune up these devices to keep pace with work demands. Upgrades can often be purchased and installed for under $100 a...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services, Support, Solutions

How a Managed Service Provider Can Increase ROI and Influence Long-Term Business Success

September 30th, 2013 by admin

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Partnering with a Managed Service Provider (MSP) is one of the most important decisions you can make to ensure the longevity and productivity of your SMB. Why? An experienced MSP is a true business partner, reduces and streamlines IT costs, and takes...

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Posted in: Managed IT Services