3 Reasons To Stop Using Freeware Computer Cleaners
3 Reasons To Stop Using Freeware Computer Cleaners

You are a small business owner and hear about all the breaches and malware that are such a rampant part of today's news cycle. You don't really have ...

Fighting Against Crypto Mining Malware
Fighting Against Crypto Mining Malware

Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies seem to be all the rage these days. It is no wonder that this craze has lured malware into this space as a means of makin...

3 Fixable Reasons That Your Computers Got Hacked
3 Fixable Reasons That Your Computers Got Hacked

Cyber crime is on a major rise. It currently sits at $3 Trillion dollars worldwide but the cybersecurity community forecasts that this number will more than ...

 
Why the PAN should be your next firewall
Why the PAN should be your next firewall

In the last 20 years or so I have had the opportunity to work with many vendors hardware in both the systems and networking worlds. It wasn't until I wor...

Why You Need a Proper Naming Convention
Why You Need a Proper Naming Convention

As a network engineer, I have encountered the gambit when it comes to odd configurations and strange practices. Sadly, this doesn't just apply to small b...

Layered Security Keeps Data Safe
Layered Security Keeps Data Safe

These days it is not enough to have anti-virus software installed on all your computers, laptops, and mobile devices. The world of business security has evol...

 
3 Keys to Saving Money On IT Support
3 Keys to Saving Money On IT Support

As an IT service provider, we have encountered every kind of prospective client that you can think of. Some are looking for a managed IT service and others a...

Why You Should Skip Office 365
Why You Should Skip Office 365

I can hear some of you now "What? Why? I love O365". The truth is that Office 365 is a great service offering if you are the right kind of customer...

How SMART Enabled Drives Can Save Your Data
How SMART Enabled Drives Can Save Your Data

S.M.A.R.T, otherwise know as Self-Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology, was developed to help detect and report on key indicators of HDD and SSD driv...

 
The Importance Of A Clean Server Room
The Importance Of A Clean Server Room

Whether you have a massive cage in a huge data center or just a small closet to host your servers and networking equipment in, keeping it clean can be one of...

3 Must Have Items for Your Technology Budget
3 Must Have Items for Your Technology Budget

Each year business executives around the world take great care to devise a budget that will help or hinder their business over the next 12 months. This year ...

Backups Are Not Disaster Recovery
Backups Are Not Disaster Recovery

Many people believe that simply having a backup strategy is enough to ensure their systems are safe and that they can quickly recover from a disaster. The tr...

 
How Technicians Troubleshoot Computer Problems
How Technicians Troubleshoot Computer Problems

We have all had a computer problem at one time or another. Some of us have enough knowledge to fix most simple issue and some of us do not. There is no doubt...

Product Review: Ubiquity UniFi Access Point
Product Review: Ubiquity UniFi Access Point

More and more users are going wireless at work, which explains the recent boom over the past few years to develop faster, more reliable wireless networking. ...

3 Tips for Making a Slow PC Faster
3 Tips for Making a Slow PC Faster

At one time or another we have all experienced working on a slow computer whether it be in our work environment or at home. It can be downright frustrating w...

 
5 Ways Managed Service Providers Save You Money
5 Ways Managed Service Providers Save You Money

Managed IT Service is nothing new to the business world. However, it has been evolving and getting better with the support of many of the vendors whose produ...

How Bad DNS Entries Can Make Your Company Website Invisible
How Bad DNS Entries Can Make Your Company Website Invisible

It is one of the hardest lessons to learn about DNS and luckily few people have to deal with it. However, if you have had issues viewing your website from ce...

Is Your Web Server An Easy Target for Hackers
Is Your Web Server An Easy Target for Hackers

In the modern world, having a website and social media presense can mean the difference between growth and stagnation. With such a high importance on the com...

 
How To Obscure Your Internet Browsing in IE and Chrome
How To Obscure Your Internet Browsing in IE and Chrome

It seems like every week that we see a news article or television broadcast about internet security or loss of privacy. There are so many pieces to keep trac...

Your Mobile Device Is Not Secure
Your Mobile Device Is Not Secure

The mobile device saves us all a lot of time and keeps us connected to our friends, family, and work in an instant. However, there is one sacrifice for all t...

A Screen Shot Is Worth A Thousand Words
A Screen Shot Is Worth A Thousand Words

In the IT world, the more information you have about an issues and how it first came to be noticed can speak volumes. However, as IT Administrators we rarely...

 
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with VMware Hypervisor
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint with VMware Hypervisor

VMware has long been the leader in virtualization software around the globe so it should be no surprise that they would want to intice companies to use their...

Empowering Your Business Through IT
Empowering Your Business Through IT

For as long as I have been in the IT business I can recall almost every CFO and accounting person stating that IT was nothing more than an expenditure on the...

Old Versions of Cisco ASA Might Impair Your Remote Sites
Old Versions of Cisco ASA Might Impair Your Remote Sites

During a recent site to site VPN setup between a Cisco ASA and a Vyatta virtual firewall we encountered an interesting circumstance. The VPN would set up and...

 
Upgrading Your Server to Windows Server 2012
Upgrading Your Server to Windows Server 2012

A lot of companies really struggled to get their desktops switched from Windows XP to one of the newer versions of the popular desktop operating system, Wind...

5 Must Have Apps For Business
5 Must Have Apps For Business

The mobile application market has been booming for years with hundreds of thousands of apps available between the different OS vendors. However, many of thes...

Why You Should Have Two ISPs
Why You Should Have Two ISPs

There are not too many businesses today that operate without the use of the internet. I bet you would be pretty hard pressed to find even a few that don&rsqu...

 
Stop Swapping Out Backup Drives
Stop Swapping Out Backup Drives

After the backup tape went out of style most small businesses switched to swapping out backup hard drives for their offsite backups. Now the cloud is here an...

How to Use Google Search More Effectively
How to Use Google Search More Effectively

Hello Readers! Remember the good old days when we needed some information? We would go to a library, pull out that dusty encyclopedia sitting on the she...

Stopping the Heartbleed
Stopping the Heartbleed

Since Monday, the internet and technology community has been abuzz with talk of the dreaded Heartbleed situation. Though the fix is relatively simple, the da...

 
The Geek Squad Is Not IT Support
The Geek Squad Is Not IT Support

Big commercial brands are everywhere and in the technology world they are bigger than ever. However, some of these brands can make people feel safe with thei...

3 Tech Quick Fixes To Increase Productivity
3 Tech Quick Fixes To Increase Productivity

In an age of social media it can be difficult to keep your employees focused on their work and not on their media accounts or cell phones. However, you can h...

Ditch XP And Microsoft Gives You 100 Bucks
Ditch XP And Microsoft Gives You 100 Bucks

Microsoft is so insistent on getting users to switch away from Windows XP that they are currently offering $100 off PCs with the new Windows 8.1 operating sy...

 
Discover the Cloud: Get Piece of Mind
Discover the Cloud: Get Piece of Mind

If you have been under a rock for the past five years, the cloud may be new to you. For the rest of us, the cloud is becoming more and more popular with each...

What Microsoft Product Lifecycle Means For You
What Microsoft Product Lifecycle Means For You

With the end of life coming soon for Windows XP, many administrators are reminded that other products are also on the chopping block for Microsoft. In fact, ...

Purchasing Your First Office Server
Purchasing Your First Office Server

Take this scenario: You have been in business a couple years, hired a few employees, and you have finally decided it is time to centralize your files with a ...

 
Backing Up In the Cloud
Backing Up In the Cloud

The cloud has been one of the most widely discussed topics the past few years among business circles. However, very few have discussed backing up their data ...

How Cisco Simplified Its Complex Licensing Structure
How Cisco Simplified Its Complex Licensing Structure

For years Cisco has used the same complex, and often uncomprehendable, licensing structure. For those of us who have had to deal with this, the nightmare is ...

How to Create a More Secure Password
How to Create a More Secure Password

We've seen it all too many times on the internet and social media, one of our friends gets their account "hacked" and subsequently we receive a...

 
Why Some Businesses Are Slow To Adopt Virtualization
Why Some Businesses Are Slow To Adopt Virtualization

The cloud and virtualization have become pretty hot topics for the past few years, especially as more and more large corporations move their services into th...

Free Apps Account for Mobile Battery Loss
Free Apps Account for Mobile Battery Loss

When you first purchase a new cell phone it comes with a slue of applications pre-installed on the device. This is all fine, since most of us like to use som...

Why Cisco UCS Might Be Just What You Need
Why Cisco UCS Might Be Just What You Need

Every day technology grows by leaps and bounds. This means that each day, millions of businesses from small to large might be getting left in the dust. Every...

 
Your Choices When Upgrading From Windows XP
Your Choices When Upgrading From Windows XP

Windows XP has long been a popular operating system for many systems administrators due to its familiarity, simplicity, and small footprint. However, the tim...

Seeing Opportunities in Problems
Seeing Opportunities in Problems

As a business owner or manager it can be quite difficult to pull yourself away from problematic issues with your clients, your staff, or even within yourself...

Last Minute Gifts Even a Techie Can Appreciate
Last Minute Gifts Even a Techie Can Appreciate

We all lead very busy lives these days, it's the hustle and bustle of the new American way. As a result you might not have remember all the techies on yo...

 
8 Good Reasons Why Managed IT Support Services Are Superior
8 Good Reasons Why Managed IT Support Services Are Superior

Though managed IT support services have been offered for many, many years the ...

When Is A Support Call An Actual Emergency
When Is A Support Call An Actual Emergency

As a long time network administrator I have had my fair share of experiences with users who did not understand the meaning of a critical or emergency situati...

Top 10 Blacklisted Apps in BYOD Environments
Top 10 Blacklisted Apps in BYOD Environments

Bring Your Own Device environments require a bit more attention when it comes to security. Sometimes this security comes at a cost to the user as well as the...

 
Desktop Virtualization Is Changing BYOD
Desktop Virtualization Is Changing BYOD

Bring your own device, more commonly known as BYOD, is picking up speed in the business world. As a result, virtualization manufacturers like Citrix and VMwa...

Tech Vendors Give Their Certifications A Refresh
Tech Vendors Give Their Certifications A Refresh

For those of us who have missed it, technology has been growing at a staggering pace over the past decade. Leaps and bounds don't even begin to describe ...

10 Time Saving Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know
10 Time Saving Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know

Since the dawn of the mouse in computing, keyboard shortcuts have become a lost art. However, these little shorcuts can save you tons of time when working lo...

 
Why Hackers Target Small Businesses
Why Hackers Target Small Businesses

Small businesses have long been one of the largest targets for slackers or, as they are more commonly known, hackers. Though there have been great advances i...

How Documented Processes Save Time and Money
How Documented Processes Save Time and Money

Staying on top of customers is a critical task for any small business and one that deserves a great deal of attention to detail. Quoting the wrong products t...

Is Office 2013 Right For Your Business
Is Office 2013 Right For Your Business

Over the years Microsoft has been the stand-out leader in the world of the office suite. Today, even in the thick of the cloud craze, they are still creating...

 
Social Media for Brand Recognition
Social Media for Brand Recognition

Social Media is everywhere we turn and linked to just about every site on the World Wide Web. With all this presence how can we be sure our business brand is...

Top 5 Tech Tools You Should Check Out Now
Top 5 Tech Tools You Should Check Out Now

The boom in tech innovations has doubled over itself the past few years. Even if you are not into Dungeons & Dragons, these 5 tech tools can help elevate...

How a Backup Can Save Your Business
How a Backup Can Save Your Business

As a business owner you have likely heard the term "backup" at one time or another. You may or may not have known what it was though, and more importantly ho...

 
3 Tech Upgrades You Should Do Right Now
3 Tech Upgrades You Should Do Right Now

The technology world is known for moving quickly. In fact, I remember people joking that the moment you purchase a new computer it is already outdated. Some ...

The Real Difference Between Consulting and Managed IT Services
The Real Difference Between Consulting and Managed IT Services

When I speak with prospects about their business and how we can help them, I often find that there is a major gap when it comes to business owners knowing th...

Browser Toolbars That Deserve the Axe
Browser Toolbars That Deserve the Axe

We've all be the victim of the occasional toolbar install. In fact some of the most used software on the internet now installs these annoyances unless yo...

 
Combating the Costs of Office Distractions
Combating the Costs of Office Distractions

These days surfing Facebook or Pinterest are common place among every age group. Recent studies have shown that retiress, those 65 and older, are the fastest...

Around the Globe with Desktop in Hand
Around the Globe with Desktop in Hand

As the startup becomes more common place in the business world, the ability to work from anywhere has increased substantially along with it. This means that ...

From Teamwork to Dream Works
From Teamwork to Dream Works

According to Wikipedia, teamwork is "work done by several associates with each doing a part but all subordinating personal prominence to the efficiency of th...

 
RIP Windows XP
RIP Windows XP

After Microsoft released its Support Lifecycle policy in 2002, their support for software followed a specific time frame for their support of past titles. Th...

3 Things Your IT Firm Is Not Doing, But Should Be
3 Things Your IT Firm Is Not Doing, But Should Be

If you have owned or operated a small business for more than 5 years you have likely worked with more than one IT firm. Maybe you were looking for a better p...

Why Poor Cooling Can Cost You Big Bucks
Why Poor Cooling Can Cost You Big Bucks

Have you ever walked into a room full of computers or servers and experienced the temperature in the room? If you haven't, it is usually a very warming sensa...

 
How Virtualization Can Save Money and the Planet
How Virtualization Can Save Money and the Planet

Virtualization has been all over the tech news for some time now. The thing is that most business owners don't know what it really does for them. It's seen b...

Why Data Security Is Essential for Small Businesses
Why Data Security Is Essential for Small Businesses

Every company no matter the size has data that is essential to their businesses life blood. However, not every business takes the steps necessary to backup a...

Cisco's CRS-3: A Router for Today's Media Rich Internet
Cisco

Just read this article this morning about Cisco's latest device the CRS-3. According to the article this new routing device will increase bandwidths for ISP'...

 
Is Your Computer Too Old?
Is Your Computer Too Old?

The IT industry is very large and diverse and includes every so-called genre of the industry from network security all the way through database administratio...

VMWare Server 2: A Brief Review
VMWare Server 2: A Brief Review

Virtualization seems to be everywhere on the internet right now. It is the "buzz word" of IT professionals and it seems that everyone is either trying it or ...

Windows Alternatives: A Business Woe
Windows Alternatives: A Business Woe

The idea has been placed on every CIO's plate at one point or another and it's usually put there by the CFO or someone in the accounting department. While th...

 
Virtualization. What is it?
Virtualization. What is it?

If your company is growing, I'm sure you have faced the issue of a growing server room and the toll it takes on your utility bills. Luckily, there is an answ...

Keeping IT During An Economic Slump: The Ups and Downs
Keeping IT During An Economic Slump: The Ups and Downs

At a time when the economy is slow many small businesses find themselves asking "Can we really afford to keep an outside IT team?" Many people will say "yes"...

3 Ways to Motivate Your Team on Monday
3 Ways to Motivate Your Team on Monday

It's 8 a.m. and you arrive to your office to see your staff slouched in their chairs, eyes half open, and nearing a nap. What can you do to get your team...

 
 

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