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You’d Be Surprised How Insecure Some Healthcare Providers Are

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 The healthcare industry is in a difficult position. Despite the utility that connected devices present to medical providers, the Bluekeep vulnerability makes it seem as though connected devices aren't a wise solution for many to use… and there's nobody these organizations can blame but themselves.What is BlueKeep?BlueKeep is a malware strain ...
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Is there a Difference Between Restarting and Just Turning It Off?

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In a word, yes. Sure, there's the obvious difference in that one leaves you with a computer that is turned off while the other results in it being turned on again, but there are other important differences that are present behind the scenes. Let's go over a few of these differences, and how they impact when you should restart your computer versus w...
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There’s Value in Outsourcing Your IT, Part V

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Information technology continues to play a more significant role in businesses, and as technology changes, so should yours. IT procurement is a critical part of any business’ success, which means that your business can greatly benefit from a managed service provider. They have the know-how to procure all of the best technology. Today, we will...
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Warning Signs that Your Computer Needs Replacing

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Are the computers in your office beginning to show their age? Do you even know how old they are? For the sake of your productivity, it may be time to replace them for a newer model. We’ll go over some warning signs that your computers may be nearing their retirement age.How to Tell How Old a Computer IsWhen a computer starts to get too old, i...
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What Does Your Business' IT Infrastructure Look Like?

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Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) simply don’t have the large budgets that come with running an enterprise, and because of this, many of them have trouble affording IT maintenance and management. In a similar sense, these smaller organizations struggle with planning out an IT infrastructure. Does your business have a plan in place?What...
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Biometric Authentication Becomes More Commonplace

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Biometrics are a common sight in futuristic or science-fiction settings, but they are increasingly entering the real world in practical ways. In fact, similar technologies are being implemented every day for businesses all over the world. Let’s take a look at some of them, as well as what benefits they provide these organizations.What Are Bio...
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What Do You Know About the Microchips That Power Your Technology?

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Computers are made up of many complex pieces of technology, and any business that uses them must have at least a working knowledge of them (or know someone who does, like a managed IT provider). Among these pieces of technology are “chips,” or microchips, that are responsible for making sure the technology, whatever it may be, works as ...
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Why (and How) You Need to Maintain Your Servers

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It is impossible to understate the importance of a server to today’s businesses. We talk a big game as to how important data is, but we don’t often broach the topic of how important it is to ensure that your server is well-maintained. Below, we discuss how to determine what your servers need for optimal performance, and how you can be s...
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Tip of the Week: Why You Shouldn’t Just Kill Power to Windows

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There’s a big difference between turning off any other appliance, like a stereo or a television, and turning off a computer. A computer takes much more time to shut down than your average device, but why is this the case? Is there a way to speed up this process? This tip will explain these processes and provide some ideas for how you can make...
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A Better Way to Be Rid of Old Cables

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Are you drowning in old computer cables? Do they sit in a drawer and take up space? Chances are that you’ll have quite a lot of old cables that are sitting around collecting dust due to your organization picking up new devices that come with even more new cables. Sure, you might think you still need that old 25-pin serial cable for that legac...
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Your Business Can Use HaaS

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Just like how your organization relies on hardware solutions to keep operations moving, this hardware relies on regular refreshes which keep it in proper working order. If you fail to replace or maintain the solutions that you have in place, you’ll be more likely to experience downtime, or at least hardware failure. Managed IT has provided SM...
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Why Cloud Storage is Knocking Flash Storage Out of the Picture

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You need to quickly move documents from one computer to another. Do you reach for a USB Thumb drive? You may want to think twice and entrust the cloud to your data. Let’s talk about why.A Brief History of Recent Data Storage MethodsThroughout the 1990s, NAND flash memory--which is what stores the data on a USB flash drive--was progressively b...
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Tip of the Week: Cover Your Assets By Properly Disposing of Your Old Computers

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It can be difficult to think about replacing expensive hardware like desktops and servers without breaking your budget, much less having to deal with your old data. Thankfully, there are certain steps that you can take to make the transition to a new PC or server much easier, and it all starts with properly getting rid of your old technology.Before...
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Is New Hardware Procurement on Your IT Budget?

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Depending on how long you’ve had your current workstation, you might start to see performance problems. Eventually, you’ll start to see issues that could cause downtime and lead to wasted assets. Therefore, you need to have a plan in order to replace your hardware before it fails. What’s the best way to do this without breaking yo...
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Tip of the Week: 4 Guidelines When Buying Used Computer Equipment

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One way that your business can save money is by purchasing used computer equipment, but only if you do your research and perform a meticulous analysis of where it’s been, and why it’s no longer being used. If you’re serious about purchasing pre-owned computing equipment, consider these four tips.The Hard Drive’s AgeOne of th...
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Microsoft Moves to Get a Piece of the Technology as a Service Market Share

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Microsoft has been looking to cover more ground in the business environment by offering a new Technology as a Service (TaaS) offering, which will allow small businesses to purchase Surface products, accessories, and support for their devices, all with a monthly payment plan. Also, when it comes time to upgrade, customers can easily make the switch,...
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HDD vs. SSD: Find Out Which is Better for Your Business

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Your business stores a ton of data that you access on a daily basis, and therefore, you require adequate data storage space. Should you go with solid state drives (SSD) or hard disk drives (HDD) for your primary data storage needs? We’ll discuss the various strengths and weaknesses of both types of drives.HDD: Hard drives are hardly new to th...
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Tip of the Week: Do Your Eyes Hurt? Try Adjusting Your Screen’s Brightness

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Computer monitors have been getting bigger and brighter for years; improving on picture quality, responsiveness, and energy efficiency. However, working in a dark room in front of a bright screen can lead to eye strain and even headaches. You can avoid these side effects by lowering the brightness on your screen. Furthermore, lowering your screen&r...
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Slow Computer? Increase your memory to boost computer Speeds

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Sometimes when your workstation feels bogged down, a relatively cheap and simply hardware update can make a huge difference in performance. Adding more RAM (Random Access Memory, often just referred to as memory) can be a game changer for your bogged down PC.There are several factors that contribute to the speed of a PC. Let's very briefly break th...
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