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11Dec2018

The Azure Workaround

When Azure, Microsoft’s storage cloud, was hit with a problem that rolled around the world, it affected some of our clients who use it for storing and accessing data and apps, especially with remote access such a key need. Microsoft hasn’t been the only cloud provider hit, and this won’t be the last problem. But
  • 11 Dec, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Azure, cloud computing, DevOps, dropbox, Microsoft, O365, Office 365, two-factor authentication,
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11Dec2018

New Company, Old Stuff…Old Company, New Solutions

A recent acquisition of a company by one of our clients illustrates the problems you can face with old software as well as old hardware. And our onboarding of a new client illustrates the problems that compound each other after neglect and poor shortcuts. Here’s how we tackled them together. The software issue, which involved
  • 11 Dec, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Microsoft, performance, quickbooks, small business, update, upgrade, Windows 10,
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11Dec2018

Tech Upgrades for New Year

New technology is a great value. You can improve the performance and cost-efficiency of business and home systems by investing in new hardware and upgrading application software. Consider some of these upgrades. December is always a good time for businesses to look at technology investments because it can affect your taxes. Your CPA or tax
  • 11 Dec, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • new hardware, performance, SSD, upgrade, Windows, Windows 10,
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13Nov2018

Using Alternatives to Passwords

We have harped…and harped ad infinitum…about having strong passwords simply because those strings of upper- and lower-case letters, numbers and special characters offered the best chances of staying ahead of the hackers. But we’ve always reminded you that something better is needed because the bad guys have a vested interest in developing better systems to
  • 13 Nov, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Azure AD Conditional Access, biometrics, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, hardware tokens, MFA, Microsoft, multi-factor authentication, one-time codes, online safety, password-less, risk management, strong passwords,
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13Nov2018

Choose the Right Router

As we add more traffic to our Wi-Fi networks in the office and at home, choosing the right router is critical for performance and security. If your router is more than a few years old, the combination of improved technology and the probable loss of full power due to wear and tear means you should
  • 13 Nov, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • ac router, business-grade VPN, dual-band, home office, new hardware, performance, scalability, small office, triple-band, upgrade, WAN redundancy, Wi-Fi connectivity, wifi performance,
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13Nov2018

Hack Attack Continues vs. Businesses and People

While government-sponsored hacking and disinformation makes big news, don’t take your eye your eye off the ball when it comes to protecting your personal and corporate data. A report from a consulting firm, Positive Technologies, painted a dark, dark picture, saying the second quarter of 2018 showed a 47 percent increase over 2017. You need
  • 13 Nov, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • credential compromise, data security, DDoS, hacking, Malware, online safety, risk management, security, social engineering, web attacks,
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09Oct2018

Updating Your Cloud Strategy

We hear all about the cloud without end. For large corporations and individuals, using the cloud is a nearly flawless solution for storing and accessing apps and data from anywhere. But for small businesses, exclusive reliance on the cloud may not be the best solution. Here are some decision-making factors. First, for all their differences
  • 9 Oct, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cloud computing, IaaS, performance, risk management, SaaS, security, small business, upgrade,
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09Oct2018

Hello, New Security Technology

Passwords are on the verge of becoming extinct, and for many people, the passing of passwords will be like getting rid of a migraine. With the latest Windows 10 major update from Microsoft, your computers and devices may now say “hello” to you to access Microsoft accounts, and additional security measures may now work together
  • 9 Oct, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • cybersecurity, risk management, security, Windows 10,
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09Oct2018

Personally Improving Tech Service

As I’ve said many times before, the greatest value of going to conferences is talking to people. We continuously develop better networks among colleagues and voice concerns to the many techies who man the booths at expos. One of my crusades for this year’s Ignite conference, Microsoft’s annual tech extravaganza, was to talk with the
  • 9 Oct, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • hardware, IT Support, Microsoft, performance, small business, software, Windows 10,
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11Sep2018

Windows 7 Support Ends in January 2020

Here’s our first warning: Microsoft will end technical support of its Windows 7 operating system in January 2020. That means there will be no more security patches and bug fixes. Is that bad news? Probably not. Performance-wise, the operating system has outlived its usefulness, and all the special applications and hardware you run off it
  • 11 Sep, 2018
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • end of life, Microsoft, performance, risk management, win7, windows 7,
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