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How to Fit IoT into Your IT Strategy

By: Courtney Casey
May 6th, 2019

Do you have an Alexa or Google Assistant at home? How about a fitness tracker? Does your doorbell have a security camera that lets you know when someone's on your front porch? Will you get an alert if there’s a water leak in your basement? Will your window shades automatically close when the sun reaches a certain intensity? Does your car parallel park by itself? All of these technologies are a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) and, as consumers, we’re jumping on the IoT bandwagon because of the conveniences and new capabilities this emerging technology provides. It’s only natural that we want to utilize IoT technology in our businesses, too. Before you start plugging a myriad of devices into your network, make sure that IoT fits into your IT strategy to ensure it's a good investment.

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Video Tip: 3 Tips To Secure Your Mobile Devices

By: Courtney Casey
October 4th, 2018

Want to make sure your smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices are as secure as possible? Check out this 90-second video tip from Chris, one of Accent’s vCIOs, with 3 tips to secure your mobile devices.

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Do IT Right: It's Not About The Computers

Optimize your business's IT function, understand proper - and cost effective - IT staffing, and learn from the mistakes others have made.

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Tech Girl | Tech Tips & Trends

How to Make Sure Your Emails Get Delivered, Not Blacklisted

By: Courtney Casey
August 20th, 2018

You’ve just typed up your monthly email to your loyal followers and clients and you hit the magic button — send!

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Multi-Factor Authentication: What Is It & Can Small Businesses Use It?

By: Kenny Riedell
May 16th, 2018

  Everyone should worry about online safety. This is especially true when it comes to business and personal information, like banking records, payroll, or trade secrets.  And while passwords can go a long way, unfortunately, they are getting easier to crack. So, what can you do? How do you protect your business from hackers and cybercriminals running amuck on the internet?

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Advantages of Solid-State Drives (SSD) vs. Regular Hard Drives (HDD)

By: Kenny Riedell
April 25th, 2018

  The speed at which your server operates can vary and that speed can affect your ability to work efficiently. Typically, the biggest performance limitation is storage. Some of the quickest server storage on the market right now is becoming more affordable and this could be big news for you.

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5 Password Policy Guidelines for Small to Mid-Size Businesses

By: Ryan Ziska
March 2nd, 2018

    Microsoft research shows that 90% of all compromised passwords come from a data breach. You read that right - 90%! Criminals use tools that can guess thousands of passwords a minute. Their goal is to wreak havoc on your network and steal your trade secrets. But, not all these criminals are hacking masterminds. These attacks can also be a result of a coworker or family member snooping around.

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Tech Trends: Google Pixel Buds, A Cost-Effective Translator for Small Businesses?

By: Accent Computer Solutions
October 24th, 2017

Companies have been announcing new products like their hosting an award show for a while now. Usually they’re announcing slight upgrades or changes to their products that we yawn through, knowing that it’s not that big of a deal. But this time around, Google introduced something that could change the world as we know it. Pixel Buds. With the introduction of the Pixel Buds, what can small businesses gain? Let’s explore what Pixel Buds are, and how a real-time voice translator could be BIG news.

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Tech Trends: Does My Small Business Need Artificial Intelligence?

By: Accent Computer Solutions
September 1st, 2017

Most of us thought we’d be buzzing round like the Jetsons in the early 2000's. Life, as we know it today, isn’t flying cars and robot maids, or at least yet. But we have made huge jumps into the realm of artificial intelligence (AI). The question begs an answer, what does this mean for small business?  I know AI seems intimidating and complicated, but unknowingly, you're probably already using it. Let's examine how you likely use AI, and how your small business might use it in the future.

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Business Planning | Tech Tips & Trends

Business Email: Microsoft’s Office 365 vs Google’s G Suite

By: Accent Computer Solutions
August 29th, 2017

Brand loyalty plays a huge part in how we spend our money. And while there are a lot of top software brands, Microsoft and Google tend to be top of mind. This is expressly accurate when considering business email options. But how do you pick one when they both offer such similar functionality? Especially now that they both have such strong Cloud presence.

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Business Planning | Ask An IT Guy | Tech Tips & Trends

Ask an IT Guy: How Can I Easily Change My Business Domain Name?

By: Accent Computer Solutions
August 25th, 2017

Considering changing your company's domain name?  Unfortunately, this process is more involved than simply buying a new domain name from GoDaddy or Register.com. After building your brand, plus all the little things that point to your company, like your email domain, changing it up can be a bit scary. If you've reached a point where changing your domain name is the best option, don't worry; we've got it handled. At Accent Computer Solutions, Inc., we’ve led several companies through domain changes. It's not easy, but if it’s done the right way, it can be worth the name change.

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