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Essential IT Hardware for Small Businesses

Essential IT Hardware for Small Businesses As a small business owner, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Likely, you’re inundated with information on what hardware and software will make your life and your job that much easier, but what are the absolute essentials? You want to make sure you’re getting the best value for your money, and you want to make sure your buys are focused on items that will go the distance. Value, utility, longevity – heck, you should even go for future-proof if it..read more

Weak Password = Data Breach? Why Password Security Is More Important Than Ever

In today’s digital world, password management isn’t just some abstract idea that might make your life easier. It’s a critical part of comprehensive security — passwords are often the first place that hackers look for easy entry into vulnerable computers and devices. A 2016 Verizon study found that 63% of confirmed data breaches involved weak, default, or stolen passwords, while recent high-profile password leak stories involving companies like LinkedIn and MySpace continue to resonat..read more

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My mailbox is full. What should I do?

Email is a great tool. It allows you to communicate very quickly and often effectively with any number of parties anywhere around the world in an instant. However, if you often send and receive emails with file attachments, you may find that you're being presented with warning about your mailbox size. Different email vendors and applications will provide different email limits, or quotas, as they're often referred to. By following these handy tips, you can help to minimize the size of your inbo..read more

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5 Reasons Why Disaster Recovery Plans Fail

Disaster recovery plans are like insurance policies . The thing you never hope to need , but are thankful to have it. All of us knows that man-made disasters affect 10 percent of all small businesses, and a staggering 30 percent have been impacted by natural disasters. A simple power outage could put your whole business at risk. In fact, research by the University of Texas has shown that only 6 percent of companies suffering from a catastrophic data loss survive, 43 percent never reopen and 5..read more

Five Ways to Speed up Your Slow Computer

Five Ways to Speed up Your Slow Computer

Many times, you get a great deal on a computer that has a nice monitor, lots of feature and a decent-sized hard drive,’’ The way the manufacturers keep the cost down is by skimping on memory.” Random access memory (RAM) is where your computer stores frequently used files or active data. Programs increasingly require more speed and more space, and adding RAM can help your computer’s speed,. need a minimum of a gigabyte (GB) of RAM if you’re running Windows XP and 2GB if you run Wind..read more

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