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What Are the types of Internet connections Available?

With today’s fast-paced lifestyle, staying connected is pretty important. There are many types of Internet connections available, so what’s the difference? Here’s a short summery of some of the pros and cons for each of the major ways to connect: Cable One of the fastest connections available, ranging in price from about $25/mo and upwards of around $90/mo. This connection is ideal for about 99% of families or households who have simultaneous computer users. Cable internet can typically be bundled with other bills, like the phone or TV, and it’s widely available in the city. Cable shares bandwidth with neighbors, though,…

Creating the Best, Easy to Remember (and VERY Secure) Passwords

We all know the basic rules for acceptable passwords; at least 8 characters long, make sure it includes a number, and if the site or program is really picky, it might also require a special character or capital letter. You shouldn’t use names, birthdays or pin numbers either, and don’t use the same password for all of your accounts. Just when you get it down, your password expires and you have to figure out a new one. It’s no wonder that people give up and get lazy with their passwords. We can remember every word to the songs that play…

What Happens When You Access a Webpage

There are two types of computers on the internet; those that are clients (those accessing services/pages), and those that are servers (those providing services/pages). While some computers can act as both clients and servers, they are typically only one or the other. Each computer on the internet is assigned a unique IP address for identification. Most server IP addresses are static, while client IP addresses typically change assignments via their ISP (internet service provider) each time they connect to the internet. Your computer (or office network hub) connects to a local ISP, which then connects to a regional ISP and…

Optimizing Your System – Part II

Sometimes spending a few minutes every few weeks to do some routine maintenance on your computer can do wonders to keep your computer speed at its best. Some big-name computer stores charge $50 or more to do this for you but these are all things you can do for free. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:      ` Remove programs you aren’t using. Access the uninstall pane and search through the programs for ones you aren’t using. If you are uncertain what a program is, do some research or ask your network administrator before doing anything with…

Optimizing Your System – Part I Computer Speed

Why Is My Computer So Slow? When you’re in business, time is money. There’s probably nothing more frustrating than trying to meet a last-minute deadline on a computer that’s running slower than molasses. There are many companies out there who will try to sell you their computer optimization programs, which supposedly cleans out the clutter, thus making your computer run lightening-fast. While this would be an amazing product if it truly worked as-advertised, the truth is that they typically don’t address the real reasons for sluggish performance. Some of the reasons for slow computer speed are: An unreliable hard drive…

Viruses 101

Virus

How to Protect Yourself Almost every small business has at least one; some have more. I’m talking about that employee who downloads free desktop backgrounds and screensavers, or freaks out and clicks on the obnoxious blinking pop-up that says, “You have 72 Trojan found on your computer, run a scan now!” While most semi-computer savvy workers can smell a virus threat from a mile away, it only takes one less-than savvy individual to download a virus that can potentially affect your whole network. Holding a meeting with your employees to go over some basic email and internet business etiquette may…

Heartbleed Bug

– What You Need to Know to Protect Your Information The news which came out recently surrounding the “Heartbleed Bug” may have many people concerned about their password security on many major websites, and for good reason. What exactly is this “bug” and what can you do to protect your personal information? The Heartbleed Bug (technical name CVE-2014-0160) is a security hole affecting websites who have been using vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL encryption software. According to a Wikipedia OpenSSL article, as of 2014, two-thirds of online websites utilize the OpenSSL software for their security encryption. Essentially, this flaw can…

The Costs of Printing

The Costs of Printing Though we have entered the age of the “paperless office” by now, the fact remains that no business can go entirely paperless.  Despite the numerous technological advancements that have made the modern office place more efficient—(and cleared away all those filing cabinets)—there still is a large demand for printed material.  The costs of printing can often be overlooked by small businesses and small business owners.  Paper, toner, maintenance and repairs–plus the most valuable asset of all: your time. One way to mitigate these high costs is to monitor the use of your office printers.  Limit unnecessary…

Understanding Small Business IT Support

You own a small business. The do it yourself motto comes with the territory doesn’t it? But, there are some things you should definitely not cut corners with, even if it means saving a buck. One of those things should be getting your small business the IT support it deserves. Small Business IT Support Training employees is yet another hurdle that can easily be handled by IT support tailored specifically for a small business owner. Getting everyone and everything up to speed doesn’t have to be difficult or a pain in the neck. In the end, you’re doing yourself a…

The pros and cons of remote server monitoring

When running any network you have the option to observe its current status and diagnose any problems by reviewing your log files. You try to ensure that everything is up to speed and working correctly to the best of your abilities. When disaster strikes, you want to be ready for any obstacle your network throws at you.  This is where Remote Server Monitoring comes in especially useful. When a computer on the network is being used or is broken you’ll be instantly notified by the monitoring software no matter where you are. Remote Server Monitoring There are many benefits to…