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Microsoft Windows XP: End of Life Issues for an Operating System and How This Will Impact Your Business

Avatar On: September, 18th 2013 | Under: Global Newsletter, Industry News: This Week in IT, Technology & Tools


Who plans a funeral years and years in advance? Microsoft – that’s who!

Next year on April 8th, Microsoft officially ends Windows XP operating system’s life cycle. Even with over 600 million worldwide users, Microsoft will no longer sell or support Windows XP and Office 2003. There will be no automatic fixes, updates, free assisted online technical support and security updates. Unfortunately, many of the 600 million users either don’t know or have forgotten about the funeral. If you like it or not, it’s time to accept the death of XP and make a plan for the future.

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Do You Have a Reliable and Tested Backup System in Place?

Avatar On: September, 18th 2013 | Under: Data Recovery, How To: Technology 101, Industry News: This Week in IT, Technology & Tools


Imagine that you are working on some critical financial data at the office or perhaps sorting through family photographs on your computer at home. What would you do if the computer containing all of your business and/or personal information crashed and your entire “digital life” suddenly vanished? What would you do if your computer was lost in a fire, destroyed in a flood or stolen at the airport? Do these scenarios put you into an automatic panic thinking about your data? At least the information can be recovered because you have a reliable and tested backup solution in place. Right?

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Protect Yourself from Becoming the Victim of a Business Techincal Support Phone Scam

Avatar On: August, 13th 2013 | Under: Industry News: This Week in IT, Technology & Tools


Most businesses and consumers alike are always on alert for cybercriminal scams that arrive via e-mail. When you receive an e-mail announcing that you have won the lottery or that your bank needs to verify your PIN code, you probably delete the message without a second thought. Everyone knows it’s a scam.  But what do you do when you receive a personal phone call from Microsoft’s tech support department letting you know that your computer is infected with a virus?

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Why Outsourced IT Support May be Right for You and Your Business

Avatar On: July, 25th 2013 | Under: Managed Services, Technology & Tools


Many companies are beginning to utilize Outsourced IT Support, but the fact of the matter is not many people know what it is and how it can benefit their company.  We have leaned on one of our franchise owners to help us uncover some the questions that surround the concept of Outsourced IT Support and why your company may want to consider this option.

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Why Your Business Needs a Mobile App to Stay Competitive

Avatar On: May, 29th 2013 | Under: Global Newsletter, Technology & Tools


Mobile applications are quickly becoming a necessity for small businesses to stay competitive. The key functions of a mobile app are to directly generate income, to increase brand awareness and serve as a customer service channel that promotes your business. A recent study revealed that 49% of tablet and smartphone owners are using mobile apps to find local information.

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How Cloud Computing Can Benefit Your Business

Avatar On: February, 21st 2013 | Under: Cloud Computing, Computer Networking, Technology & Tools


More than ever, business owners need to squeeze even more productivity out of limited time, staffing and resources. Many small businesses see cloud computing as a way to access advanced technologies that were previously affordable only for larger companies. A recent survey conducted by CompTIA, a nonprofit IT industry trade association, stated that more than half of micro businesses (one to nine employees) and small businesses (ten to ninety-nine employees) use cloud-based business productivity applications.

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Life Without your Computer

Avatar On: March, 10th 2012 | Under: Technology & Tools


Many people wait to service their computer until that fateful day when it crashes and then they suffer the consequences. However, it is possible to reduce the likelihood of some common problems occurring, or address minor errors before they turn into major outages or data loss. Many great professional options exist for ensuring that your computer is maintained, protected and monitored.  But why would you pay for that? How reliant are you on technology anyway?

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Top 5 Things You Don’t Know About Your New Windows Computer

Avatar On: July, 27th 2011 | Under: Technology & Tools


If you just got a new Windows computer your luck just got a whole lot greater. With the right information you can assure that your new windows computer is perfect for you. Here are five things you might have not known about your new windows computer:

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How to Keep Your Computer Clean

Avatar On: May, 26th 2011 | Under: Technology & Tools


Keeping your computer clean is an act that many see quick to overlook. But you shouldn’t! Much of your computer’s life expectancy depends on how clean you’re able to keep your computer. Dust can be extremely problematic to the motherboard of many computers, so how does one keep their computer clean?

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5 Things You Didn’t Know about Microsoft

Avatar On: May, 26th 2011 | Under: Technology & Tools


We all have heard the story of Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer and their rivalry with the ever-present Apple CEO Steve Jobs, but how much do we really know about this multi-billion dollar company?

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