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Tech Minute: The Wi-Fi Pineapple and Small Business

The Internet is a life staple. Think about it, what isn’t Wi-Fi enabled in your life? From our cars to our coffee pots, the Internet of Things (IoT) has taken over our everyday lives.

Along with the growth of Wi-Fi enabled devices, comes a greater number of entry points for hackers to infiltrate. Smart devices, in many cases, give hackers what’s known as “backdoor” access to personal information, sensitive data, and bank account access.  

Basically, hackers can sneak into your device and steal your information all because you logged into your account(s) on a Wi-Fi network. If your mind isn’t blown yet, wait until you read how they do it.

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IT Untangled: What Does HVAC Have to Do With IT?

There have been some historically great duos. Try peanut butter and jelly. Batman and Robin. And who could forget IT and HVAC?

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Ask an IT Guy: What is Failover?

The saying goes “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  The same is true in any small business scenario. Life happens, and it always happens fast. Your system could be at the mercy of natural disaster, viruses, or even a fire. That’s where failover comes into play.

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IT Untangled: How Much Does a Server Upgrade Cost?

It’s time. You have out grown your server like an old pair of shoes. Or, perhaps your server has reached its end life, and you need to move on. No matter the scenario, getting a new server can be a MASSIVE undertaking.

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Tech Alert: 3 Mistakes That Kill the Lifespan of Your Computer

Computers aren’t cheap, which is why most are built to last 3-to-5 years. Things like care and upgrades can all help determine the lifespan of your PC, both negative and positive.

As a small business owner, you likely want to give your employees the best you can, but are conscious of the investment a new computer can be. Being diligent about the care of your computers is part of keeping your business thriving.

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Tech Trends: Everything-as-a-Service (XaaS)

Watch out one-time software purchases, you’re old news. While the now less-mysterious Cloud gains popularity in the business world, so does the booming “as-a-service” model. 

Honestly, the IT world is full of acronyms. People are talking XaaS this or that, and many of us are left scratching our heads, X-what? This particular acronym is the name of the now famous Internet-delivered service. This model is strictly internet based, opposed to local or on-site services.

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Tech Alert: What is a Hacker?

There is a fine line between having heard of hackers or hacking, and knowing what a hacker or hacking really is. We get it. You’ve heard the term and kind of, sort of, possibly know what it is. But you wouldn’t be comfortable explaining what a hacker is to a room full of people, even if public speaking wasn’t involved, am I right?

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How Technology Improvements Can Fuel Sales Growth

In today’s fiercely competitive, technology-fueled world, there is one thing that businesses must provide their customers to survive: a great customer experience.

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Ask an IT Guy: What Are Image-Based Backups?

In the good ol’ days, backing-up meant saving files on a disk or tapes. Could you imagine doing a terabyte of data manually?

Backup systems have advanced significantly, but their importance remains the same.

What backup do you currently use? How is the continuity of this approach?  Can you access it on demand?

If you can’t answer those questions, it’s time to check out image-based backups.

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IT Untangled: Time Audit - How Long Should IT Services Take?

Things are moving-and-shaking around your office, and it’s time for a big IT project. Whether it’s due to a new expansion or a new system, you are locked and loaded for some IT time.

This new project comes along with the age-old question – how long will it take? No matter how big or small the project is, it’s hard to predict a concrete timeline. Unfortunately, this isn’t a batch of cookies, and times will vary based on the type of project and any number of things along the way.

Before you call it quits on your project, let’s talk about expectations and reasonable ways to keep your business and IT department on track.

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