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Computer virus symptoms are a not cast in stone, but rather a moving target. Just like with the human viral conditions, they evolve through generations – which in computer technology terms may mean weeks or even days. Some symptoms may not necessarily mean an infection – for example, if you are sneezing, you do not …

Top 10 Computer Virus Symptoms [Checklist]

Windows 7 has officially reached the End Of Life (EOL) on 14 January 2020, including Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Microsoft is offering extended support with Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESU) at an annual subscription for Windows 7 users. What does End of Life mean? Every operating system and every software …

Windows 7 Has Officially Reached End Of Life

Servers crashing and business networking glitches are never a pretty sight, no matter what industry you might work in and what business you are trying to make a profit out of. Unfortunately, besides the small computer/networking glitches, there are other threats that are part of our daily life. According to most recent studies and data …

Best Approach: Online Safety and Physical Security

With the proliferation of cybercrime, the line between a cybersecurity and IT professional is rather symbolic:  every IT professional has cybersecurity as a priority now, maintaining focus on protecting and defending data, data, applications, devices, network infrastructure and individuals. The cybersecurity workforce shortage is even worse than what the jobs numbers suggest, and the number of unfilled cybersecurity …

Cybercrime is escalating the cybersecurity workforce shortage

Reports across the internet are confirming that every CPU since 1995, whether it’s Intel, AMD, ARM, or other, has a major security flaw. Unfortunately, it seems that emails like these are now the new normal. According to Google’s Project Zero, and admissions by the CPU’s own manufactures, there is an issue with how the processors …

New Vulnerability: CPU Meltdown & Spectre

It was recently reported that 6 million Verizon customers were exposed to a data leak on Amazon Web Services (AWS). It was determined that Amazon was not at fault.  Instead, users and contractors failed to properly configure and secure their Cloud accounts with AWS.  This event highlights lessons learned for Small/Medium Businesses (SMBs) – especially, …

Preventative Measures Could Have Avoided a Major Verizon/AWS Breach

Over the last couple of months, Verizon.net has been notifying their customers that they are shutting down their email service, impacting millions of customers. Notices issued in recent days indicate a shutdown date of June 24, 2017. Verizon is encouraging Verizon.net users to migrate seamlessly to AOL email, which we recommend, even if you want …

Verizon.net Shutting Down Email – Avoid Direct Migration to Gmail

Your laptop battery is one of its most important parts and deserves more attention. When speaking of laptops we usually think of stuff like a monitor, or memory size, or  CPU power. Many laptop owners neglect proper battery care and therefore end up replacing the device battery sooner than they’d like. We’ve provided some laptop …

Laptop Battery Care Tips from the Pros 

Imagine you walk back to your car and see glass all over the pavement. You quickly open the trunk to discover your laptop bag with a laptop inside has been stolen. Then reality hits, the laptop that you had contained the records of an undetermined amount of patients from your healthcare organization. You think to …

HIPAA Safe Harbor for Computer Systems

Product Recall: As overheating concerns rise for AC power cord for a Surface Pro, Microsoft offers free cord replacement   If you bought a Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, or Surface Pro 3 in the U.S. or Canada before March 15, 2015, pay attention: as overheating concerns came to light for a product component, an …

Product Recall: AC power cord for a Surface Pro

Keyboard shortcuts are combinations of two or more keys that perform a task that would typically require a mouse or other pointing device. Keyboard shortcuts can save you time and effort as you use Windows and other apps.   Windows 10s new focus on the desktop delivered new keyboard shortcuts.  Here are several new (and a few …

New Windows 10 shortcuts every user must know

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You may have noticed a news resurfacing on every media station lately: almost 70,000 of US internet users were expected to lose their internet connection on Monday July 9th, 2012. News Flashback: in November 2011 we were all warned by FBI about DNSChanger, a malicious software designed to have your browsing experience go haywire. What …

Did FBI Disconnect You From Internet on Monday July 9th?

As computer network service and support specialists, we provide help and advice to people and organizations using computer software or equipment. Technical support specialists typically support information technology (IT) employees within an organization and monitor their IT environment, providing Managed IT Services. We help your staff analyze, troubleshoot, and evaluate computer network problems.  Our help-desk …

Computer Network Service and Support Specialists

A Network Administrator is an IT person that is responsible for the maintenance of computer hardware and software systems that make up a computer network. That includes the maintenance and monitoring of active data network infrastructure and related network equipment such as PCs, servers, user devices, etc. Network Administrators duties are generally focused on network …

Network Administrator

Virtually all organizations rely on IT to conduct business and run efficiently. Many organizations often turn to IT professionals for computer network support when faced with limitations of the internal resources to effectively design, implement, or manage the products and systems that they need.  (Looking for IT professionals in New Jersey?) Business Computer Systems Design …

Computer Systems Design and Related IT Services

Although the names sound similar, each storage technology is different. NAS stands for network attached storage, while SAN stands for storage area network. NAS Unit A NAS is a unit that typically has multiple hard drives. The drives are then arranged in a RAID configuration to prevent against data loss due to hardware failure. Then, …

SAN vs NAS: What’s Right for You

It was a bit of a gloomy morning today, but my commute was cheered up by a funny comedy skit by Don Friesen.  This particular skit – “Inexplicable” (a.k.a. “Tech Support” on LaughUSA) is about Don’s struggle with IT support.  I thought I’d share it just for fun – and remember, if you are in …

Inexplicable Tech Support – Just for Fun

It seems that a lot of small business companies have a preconceived vision of the world of IT for small business. It seems that a proverbial “IT Guy” with “Break/Fix” hourly support is still much of a stereotype, and I would like to discuss with you why it is important to step out of that …

Please Read This Before Hiring a New IT Guy

Many companies have legacy systems running within their organization. These systems may be an old Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) or Customer Relationship Management (CRM) package that may even still run on a mainframe. The software package in use today may have suited your organizations needs when it was first developed, but today your organization may …

7 Ways to Improve a Legacy System

If you are like most small businesses, you probably acquire computers, phones, and software in a random, crisis-of-the-moment fashion. You invest in what you think you need when your business operations demand it. But at some point, this bandage method of acquiring technology is going to cost you more in downtime, system errors, breakdowns, and …

10 Clear Signs Your Small Organization is Ready For a Server

A keyboard shortcut is a straightforward, time-saving method that makes monotonous tasks faster and more efficient. Despite their ease of use, many people still don’t utilize these simple productivity boosters. Plenty of programs, such as word processors, spreadsheets, email clients and most web browsers, have built-in keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts can shorten and simplify many tasks you …

Efficient Keybord Shortcuts

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