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08Jan2019

The 5G Promise

5G is just about here, and the telecom carriers are pushing it out. Android devices, made by numerous manufacturers, are about to come on the market – even if networks are in the development stage. Rumors abound that Apple will hold back until 2020 to introduce 5G devices, and that’s a good decision for a number of reasons.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 5G, data distribution, mobile devices, upgrade,
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08Jan2019

How Secure is Cellular Data?

We know public Wi-Fi networks can be unsecured, and we’ve tailored our use to deal with those problems. But now, hacking cellular networks may be a growing danger as more cracking devices and techniques become more available.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 2FA, cellular, cybersecurity, data security, EFF, GSM, Network Security, online security, public wifi, SS7, two-factor authentication,
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08Jan2019

It’s All About the Switch

As data pipelines and Wi-Fi networks get bigger and faster, you need to pay attention to the switch, the connector that brings the service into your office or home and sends it to your network. You may need a hybrid system that includes an up-to-date switch and some hardwiring to unleash the full power of the internet service that you pay for.
  • 8 Jan, 2019
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • 10/100/1000 switch, GB connection, ISP, network performance, network speeds, network switch, update, wifi booster, wifi performance, wired network, wiring,
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19Mar2020

COVID-19 Crisis – Keeping Your Technology Safe and Productive

A letter to our Clients and Friends: It’s time to step back and take a deep breath. Yes, breathe in. Exhale slowly. Relax. We don’t know how long our public health crisis with the coronavirus will last nor how it will end. But we’re in it together, and we at Sterling Rose want to offer
  • 19 Mar, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • COVID-19, internet safety, public health crisis, update, work from home,
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10Mar2020

Drowning in Disinfection

Be careful how you disinfect your tech equipment. One client’s cleaning solution wasn’t ideal, but we didn’t discover its effects until we made a service call. We made the service call because an Excel file seemed to be going bonkers. When our client clicked on a cell, the file would start scrolling uncontrollably. It only
  • 10 Mar, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cleaning your computer, clorox, coronavirus, disinfecting, keyboard, mouse, virus protection,
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10Mar2020

The Worst is Yet to Come

What do factory closings and travel bans have in common? They’re going to affect the flow of technology to your business and home. Unfortunately, we have no idea yet on how bad the impact will be or how long it will take to recover. Right now, the demand for products hasn’t caught up to the
  • 10 Mar, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Apple, factory closing, Foxconn, iPhone, remote work, travel ban,
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10Mar2020

The Best of Both Worlds for TV and Video Content?

Are you ready to cut the cable TV cord to save money but not ready to lose all of your favorite TV and cable channels? The entertainment and cable companies may have a solution for you. More and more, the “cable company” is allowing you to stream the channels they offer on cable. If you
  • 10 Mar, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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11Feb2020

Time to Reassess Your Email Provider

If you have your email with your internet service provider (ISP), it might be a good time to take a look at what you’re getting, what you could get, and what you might lose. First, ISPs provide email as a loss-leader service to keep your internet (and maybe cable TV) business. That internet business is
  • 11 Feb, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Fastmail, GMail, icloud, ISP email, outlook.com, ProtomMail,
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11Feb2020

Tech DIY: Our Equivalent of Calling the Plumber or Electrician

I can clean out a drain trap and change a light switch. But when I try to do something more, it usually winds up costing more than if I had called the plumber or electrician in the first place. It’s the same with your technology. There are some things you can do yourself, but there
  • 11 Feb, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • DIY, IT Support, new hardware, router, Website DNS,
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11Feb2020

Home is Where the Hack Is

Don’t think your home is too small to be a hacker’s target. The recent invasion of a young girl’s bedroom through a camera system has sparked a lawsuit and some hot discussion about who’s at fault. Ultimately, you need to make you cover all the bases, and the Department of Homeland Security offers some help
  • 11 Feb, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • backup, data secutiry, defualt password, hacker, IoT, privacy, security, security patches, update,
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14Jan2020

Passwords’ Brave New World

While passwords need to go away, they won’t disappear overnight. So, we highly recommend you – and the internet world – follow some guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in managing your online presence. For individuals and small businesses, managing hundreds of passwords for all the websites and resources you need
  • 14 Jan, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybersecurity, NIST, password, risk management,
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14Jan2020

What Are Your Biggest Online Threats in 2020?

Cyberthreats will be coming at you – and any person or organization with whom you have an online relationship – with increasing speed and sophistication. For some, it might feel like you’re living inside an online fantasy game, but it’s real life. Here’s what to look for. Phishing and Social Engineering There’s nothing new about
  • 14 Jan, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • data security, information theft, IoT, online security, phishing, ransomeware, social engineering,
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14Jan2020

Health Wearables in Style at CES

Wearables caught our eye at this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. There’s a wearable for almost any health condition, and that has its own set of pros and cons. The big pro, as we see it, is that you can monitor so many health conditions, such as your heartbeat, blood pressure, blood
  • 14 Jan, 2020
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Amazon, Apple, Apple Watch, CES, electronic health records, fitbit, health and safety, Microsoft, vitals monitor, Wearables,
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