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New Vulnerabilities Announced after Apple Ends Support for QuickTime for Windows
Last week, Apple announced that it would no longer issue security updates or conduct software development for QuickTime for Windows, one of the most common video players around. The announcement came without warning after TrendMicro... more
Recent Severe Weather Highlights the Need for Solid Data Backup and Disaster Recovery Solutions
With spring in full swing, severe weather has become the norm across much of North America. Heavy rains across whole swaths of the Plains, major flooding and large hail in Texas, wildfires in Kansas and... more
What Do New Windows 7 Guidelines from Microsoft Mean for Your Business?
Last week, Microsoft announced new plans to extend support for Windows 7 operating systems on certain Intel processors until 2018. But the flip side of that announcement was a quieter alert that major PC producers... more
How QuickBooks Can Provide an Instant Boost to Your Business
If you’re like most business owners or managers, early April is a stressful time: you’ve just finished your corporation taxes, due each year on March 15th, but personal income taxes are still due on April... more
5 Ways to Protect Your Business from Health Care-Related Ransomware and Data Breaches
Ransomware, a type of computer virus that arrives via email attachment, website link, or other online exploit, continues to present a major problem for businesses. Once a virus infects a host computer, it connects to... more
Looking for a Spring Cleaning Boost? Start With Your Desktop
The seasons officially changed on Sunday, and with warmer weather and more daylight comes a desire to get spring cleaning underway. One of the easiest ways to get that started is also one of the... more
How to Keep Your Business Safe from Email and Phone Attacks
Cyberattacks are on the rise — and they’re not just coming from one direction. According to recent news reports, phone calls claiming to be from the IRS are targeting elderly people. The caller states that... more
Gearing up for Spring Break? Here’s How to Do Your Out of Office Right
The official beginning of spring is less than two weeks away, but depending on where you live, the weather might still be downright winter-like. Still, mid-March traditionally marks the beginning of Spring Break season, when... more
5 Critical Components of Comprehensive IT Support
In today’s integrated technology world, synergy is king. If systems in the office — servers, computers, networks, printers — don’t work in harmony, IT efficiency is impossible, which means employee productivity takes a nosedive. Similarly,... more
Important Information About Windows 10’s New “Recommended” Update Status
In early February, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would shift to “Recommended” update status in a “phased approach” meant to encourage upgrades. This means that those computer users still on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1-powered... more
What the Latest Data Breach Tells Us about Network Security, Data Integrity, and Social Engineering
Another week, another data breach — at least that’s what it felt like when the federal government revealed last week that the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security had employee information hacked. Initial... more
Frustrated with Your Office Phones? VoIP Technology Can Help
Internet-enabled connectivity has enhanced nearly every aspect of our daily lives. And one area that’s enjoyed undeniable improvement is telephone communications, which have been revolutionized in recent years by VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol.... more
10 Strategies to Maximize Microsoft Office Productivity and Efficiency
Microsoft Office highlighted several technology news reports last week, when the world’s most popular productivity suite announced enhanced cloud storage integration, more online-co-authoring and editing options, and an expanded palette of apps available to Mac... more
How to Avoid Data Overages by Checking Your Smartphone Settings
Smartphone use shows no sign of slowing down — last April, the Pew Research Center estimated that 64% of American adults now own a smartphone, up from just 35% in 2011. And 10% of Americans... more
4 Ways to Protect Your Business from Malware and Ransomware
After lying relatively low for a few months, malware and ransomware have once again reared their ugly heads. Last week, Google removed more than a dozen malware-infected apps from its Google Play store. And variations... more