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Tech Alert: Antivirus Best Practices

You have antivirus, right? Of course you do! (I hope.) And while it in of itself is an excellent step, it’s not the end of the story. Having antivirus is only one step toward protecting your company.

Engineers at Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. work daily with small to mid-size business to ensure that their antivirus is doing not only what it should, but also that it is running correctly.

And while we are glad you have antivirus, let’s explore why simply having it is not enough, and how to make sure that the one you have is running on all cylinders.

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Tech Alert: 4 Forgotten Ways to Fix a Slow Running PC

We all do it. Freak out when our computer is running slowly. Not only is it annoying, but it also holds us back from getting our work done.

With over 30 years of experience, we at Accent Computer Solutions, Inc. have fielded thousands of questions like, “Why is my computer so slow?” or “How can I make my computer faster?”. We’ve also defused a lot of “I’m going to throw this computer out of a window” situations.

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Tech Alert: Giving Network Access to a Vendor and How to Handle It

The Internet has changed how we do business. Now if only I had $1 for every time I heard that, the Internet would’ve also changed my tax bracket.

In all sincerity, IT departments have the challenge of keeping your network safe. With the growing number of cyber threats and the amount of data companies are storing today, IT is in a real pickle. Security is of the utmost importance, so it’s scary when a vendor asks for access to your network.

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Tech Alert: Does Antivirus Pickup on "Time Bombs” ?

In today’s tech-savvy world, antivirus is a must. Thankfully you have antivirus, and you’re rocking along. (You do have antivirus, right?) The IT world is full of hackers doing everything in their power to get around every type of defense. Honestly, at this point, it seems like there’s a “new major threat" every week, who can keep up?

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Tech Alert: How to Estimate IT Maintenance Costs

The discussion of IT maintenance cost is a big one in the IT world. Marty Kaufman, President and owner of Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., travels all over Southern California consulting with executives about IT and IT Department performance.   

Marty is very familiar with the frustrations of investing large sums of money into IT, and the woes of not getting the kinds of results that were expected. To combat this feeling of loss, Marty helps CFOs understand the different types of IT costs. He categorizes the costs accordingly and helps them figure out what their IT maintenance costs should be.

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Tech Alert: What's the Difference? Malware Adware Ransomware & Spyware

A virus is a virus, right? Well, not exactly. And while anything that infects, disrupts or threatens your company is bad, knowing the differences can help keep you safe.

Each one of these intruders behaves differently, and your staff will need to be educated on their delivery and infection methods so they can avoid them.

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Tech Alert: Is the Cloud More Secure Than the Server in My Office?

The best, and arguably the worst, thing about the rapid growth of technology is options.

Long gone are the days where chocolate or vanilla were your only choices. In a post-Ben & Jerry’s world of Truffle Kerfuffle and Chubby Hubby, how are you supposed to know what to pick?

And maybe the million-plus specialty ice cream flavors out there isn't exactly the same. But it’s easy to feel as overwhelmed by specialty ice cream as when you’re evaluating your server options.

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Tech Alert: How to Plan a Successful Corporate IT Support Transition

Let’s just be honest, switching vendors for almost any reason can be a distraction and a time snatcher. But sometimes it’s the right move for your company long term.

Changing IT vendors doesn’t have to be that hard if it’s planned out in advance.

Perhaps your contract is up, or you’re not getting what you need from your current arrangement. Either way, moving to a new IT provider should be about adding value to your company. But value can be lost in transition if your processes, needs, and expectations are not planned and communicated beforehand.

The transition might be the hardest part of your new IT services contract, but it doesn’t have to be.

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Tech Alert: Dell vs HP Servers: Which Brand is Best?

The epic battle of the brands is plagued with brand favoritism and personal feelings.

And yes, Dell and HP have risen to the top of the technology manufacturer food chain based on good reviews and quality product – but brand names are really nothing more than a sticker attached to a product.

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Tech Alert: How to Get Faster Computer Help When You’re Having Problems

There is nothing more frustrating than things not working as they should. When 90% of our lives are automated, even 5 minutes of struggle seems like an eternity.

Automation rules the world around us. How would youremember EVERY meeting if your calendar notifications stopped working? Or worse imagine that your email doesn’t automatically download new mail, and you have to manually refresh it. And while these things might seem tribal, a split second without email can lead to a full-blown panic.

When a problem arises, even something as simple as a password change, you want help quickly.

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