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Bitcoin and My IT

Bitcoin and My IT

Bitcoin is known as a decentralized payment system that allows for the transfer of funds. Back in the day (when it was invented just over a decade ago), Bitcoin was touted as an alternate means of paying for services or buying goods. Over time, it’s also turned into a...

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5 New Features with Windows 11

5 New Features with Windows 11

Windows 11 has been available for months, though adoption has been slow. Some of the new features are gamechangers for businesses, but as with all things new, there’s a delay to make the jump. Upgrading to Windows 11 is totally free for anyone running Windows 10. So...

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Differences in MFA Technologies

Differences in MFA Technologies

MFA has any different iterations and interactions with the end user based on the vendors and technologies in use.    One-time passwords can come over text or email, they can be generated by TOTP, or they can be sent via Push systems.   The best...

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5 IT Trends to Come in 2022

5 IT Trends to Come in 2022

5 IT Trends to Come in 2022 After the first quarter of 2020, the year saw a race between a dozen high-profile video conference platforms. Zoom pulled quickly ahead. Getting on a “zoom” meeting didn’t even necessarily mean using the Zoom platform. It had simply become...

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How to Budget for IT in 2022

How to Budget for IT in 2022

How to Budget for IT in 2022 All organizations struggle to fit the puzzle pieces of their budgets together. When it comes to IT budgeting, there’s even more confusion. Why? Any companies big enough to have an on-staff IT team knows how it goes. The IT department is...

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5 Tips for Better Business Backups

5 Tips for Better Business Backups

Choosing the right backup method is an important decision for your business. Thereafter, protecting your backups is equally essential. Business-critical data and intellectual property require reliable and secure backups for your business continuity—no matter what...

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6 benefits of Managed Print Services (MPS)

6 benefits of Managed Print Services (MPS)

Right when you thought you had all your IT acronyms down, your MSP (managed service provider) tells you about MPS (managed print services). Confusing? Not intentionally. Managed print services are those services offered by a third-party vendor to manage your...

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“Locker” Politics

“Locker” Politics

The email came in and I scanned it, only half reading. It was from the CRM and said that a new two-factor ID was being used, and that I had to update my credentials. So I clicked on the link. A new page opened open, and I plugged in my info. After clicking “submit,”...

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7 Benefits of Telecom Solutions Brokering

7 Benefits of Telecom Solutions Brokering

When you review your business’s telephone bills, what do you see? Do you go through line-item historical comparisons, month over month? Do you know exactly how you’re billed for every rate and service? Most business owners have a general idea how they’re billed, and...

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Ways to Save All Your Passwords

Ways to Save All Your Passwords

Ask yourself: is there ever a day you don’t access a password-protected account? Just about every aspect of life and work today takes place on apps or over the internet. This means our passwords are as essential to our day-to-day as planning what to eat for dinner....

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The Best IT Security System for Small Business

The Best IT Security System for Small Business

When you’re a small business, you need a competitive edge. Not only are you competing with the big dogs in terms of marketing dollars, but small businesses also face unique challenges when it comes to things like cyber security. Specifically, over two thirds of small...

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5 Ways to Save Money with VoIP

5 Ways to Save Money with VoIP

The term “upgrade” usually means something is more expensive. With VoIP, however, the opposite is true. VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, allows businesses to make and take phone calls using an internet connection instead of landline technology. If you have an...

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6 Windows 10 Tips

6 Windows 10 Tips

Windows 10 pushed out yet another update in May 2021. The new upgrades to the popular operating system help users adopt many features that, as of yet, remained cool tricks that few knew about. With these latest updates installed on your machine, this is a good...

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5 Steps to Compliant IT

5 Steps to Compliant IT

If your company is IT compliant, that means your IT infrastructure protocols meet certain legal and industry standards. Those standards are in place to protect your network and devices, which ultimately protects client and employee data. A business that doesn’t meet...

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The Story of the IoT

The Story of the IoT

It might sound like a sequel to the Iliad, but in reality, the IoT—or “internet of things”—is a tale of the here and now. All you have to do is look into your pocket or around your home to see what the IoT has done to our contemporary perception of “normal.” From...

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Before you fire your IT guy…

Before you fire your IT guy…

So, you have an internal IT guy. With all the managed tech services and outsourced IT help out there today, it’s natural for businesses to wonder whether they still need an internal IT department. Companies that are growing see a heightened reliance on tech, too,...

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How Computer St. Louis Saved My Business

How Computer St. Louis Saved My Business

As anyone who’s seen Back to the Future I, II and III will know, what we do today can have profound impacts on tomorrow. Or on yesterday…still not sure how that works. In the second installment of the beloved saga, Marty sees the future consequences of his pride. He’s...

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3 MDM Security Benefits

3 MDM Security Benefits

Mobile Device Management (or MDM) is the process of securing, managing and monitoring any mobile devices used in a business setting. This includes company-owned mobile devices as well as the growing trend to “bring your own device,” both of which have significantly...

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6 Benefits of Cloud Computing

6 Benefits of Cloud Computing

Cloud computing offers more business benefits than most organizations realize. It’s convenient, it’s cost-efficient, and it’s the key to today’s “new normal” of remote work. But that’s not all. There are six key benefits we believe businesses should know about,...

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6 Steps to Total Smartphone Security

6 Steps to Total Smartphone Security

Business owners are already aware of the importance of protecting their assets. Cybersecurity, however, is often over-simplified to terms of on-site tech in the workplace. Smartphone security commonly goes missed. Some small and medium business owners, in particular,...

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Should I Move to Four Monitors from Two?

Should I Move to Four Monitors from Two?

Professionals across industries swear that using multiple monitors is a life-changer, and for good reason. From accountants to designers to programmers, using two or more monitors can increase productivity by up to 30%. With toggle time alone, users save an average of...

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Benefits of VoIP

Benefits of VoIP

Telephone calls have been zooming across physical lines for almost 150 years. Innovations like cable systems and networks have added options and optimized costs over time, giving rise to cellphone technology and even more possibilities to connect. Millions of...

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Microsoft 365 – 4 New Enhancements

Microsoft 365 – 4 New Enhancements

As you may know, Microsoft changed the name of Office 365 SMB offerings to Microsoft 365 to encompass a slew of their productivity applications. Let’s talk about Teams. Microsoft Teams - One that has come a long way is Teams, the video conferencing and collaboration...

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Ransomware Attacks are on the Rise with Covid-19

Ransomware Attacks are on the Rise with Covid-19

The importance of training your team on phishing attempts via email or downloads from nefarious websites, needs to be a top priority in your security arsenal. Ransomware attacks are on the rise with more people working from home with a less than top-of-mind awareness...

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WatchGuard – Trusted Wireless Environment

WatchGuard – Trusted Wireless Environment

In keeping with wireless connectivity, security is always the next conversation. WatchGuard’s Trusted Wireless Environment addresses major components that could leave your business vulnerable. With the freedom that Wi-Fi offers, so many of us are connected with...

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Wi-Fi 6 – The Future of Wireless

Wi-Fi 6 – The Future of Wireless

Are you ready for even faster wireless connectivity? In this newsletter, we’re going to talk about Wi-Fi 6. It’s the latest standard in wireless technology. Equipment manufacturers are boosting performance and speed nearing 10Gbps, about three times faster than...

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Webroot Anti-virus and Internet Security

Webroot Anti-virus and Internet Security

We’ve all been there – right in the middle of a big project and your anti-virus pops up with a scan or alert, wanting you to fix the problem. What are you supposed to do about it? You’re busy with your deadline and now you have to stop and figure this out? No thank...

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