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From the category archives: Computer Tips

Is your PC running slow? Do you know how to clear your cache? Be the smartest person in your office with these PC tips from the experts at ThrottleNet. Check out the below blog posts to learn more!

Popular Online Scams: Protecting Yourself from the Most Common Internet Security Threats

While cyber security has evolved quite a bit over the years, and assailants are taking advantage of more conspicuous ways to sneak into your network undetected, the “same old, same old” remains a risk to your business and personal security.

In this blog, we summarzied some of the most common internet security threats that everyone should be aware of, along with tips to protect yourself.

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Wireless: How Often Do You Connect?

By Aaron Oliver

Wireless connectivity seems to be everywhere these days.  Most businesses are offering or touting free wireless connections. Because of this it makes it easy for the professional workforce to work from virtually anywhere, and we have grown accustomed to toting our laptops and tablets around with connectivity anywhere we go. You go for coffee or dinner and jump on the free Wi-Fi connection at the restaurant or cafe because it is faster than your mobile connection, and it saves you money on your mobile data package.

When businesses decide to offer free wireless, how do you think they accomplish it? Do they hire the best contractor or consultant? Sometimes yes, the business owner calls the correct person or company to come out and install a secure protected wireless network. However, often small businesses and cafes will call "their guy" who has setup multiple wireless networks and “knows all about them.” They go and buy a residential router form Walmart and plug it into an internet connection, and boom, that business now advertises "free Wi-Fi". The business owner has no idea that they have deployed their new free Wi-Fi without any kind of security or enterprise level features that they should be concerned about having.

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Should I Use a Password Manager? What You Should Know About Tools Built for Protecting Passwords

http://www.istockphoto.com/photo/man-recalling-gm519189110-90409787 Using a password manager - ThrottleNetPassword managers like LastPass, Dashlane, Zoho and True Key provide an easy way to go about remembering and protecting passwords, but are they safe? Should you be using a password manager? 

A password manager is a very useful and effective tool in helping users generate and store confidential login information for all of the sites that you can’t keep track of. 

One of the most important best practices of password protection is to never use the same password twice – but sometimes it’s just easier to use the same password for your personal Facebook account as you do for your cloud access at work. 

The best password managers don’t just store your precious access keys, but they have functionality built in to randomly generate the perfect password – one with a combination of letters, cases, numbers and special characters that you would never remember on your own.

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Where Can I Take Old Computers? Out with the Old & In with the New During a PC Replacement Cycle

Business hardware is a significant investment, but technology evolves & business needs change to keep pace. Because of this, every business should be mindful of an upcoming PC replacement cycle – whether that occurs because of performance, time or a hardware emergency. 

While most companies inherit the mindset of replacing only when something is broken, a best practice is to conduct a PC replacement cycle every 3-4 years. 

When it’s time to conduct a PC replacement cycle and the excitement over the new technology wears off and the bill gets paid, often business owners are left with a pile of old, outdated hardware that sits in a closet somewhere to be forgotten. 

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Phishing Awareness: How to Identify a Phishing Attack

 

identify-a-phishing-attackPhishing is one of the most common tactics cyber criminals use to try to extract confidential information from unsuspecting victims. Every day, over 160 million phishing emails are sent and 10% of those make it through filters. Half of those emails – about 8 million are opened. About 80,000 people fall for phishing attacks every single day. 

Sometimes, phishing emails are so outlandish that it’s easy to identify a phishing attack. Others? not so much.

There are serious consequences for phishing victims and their employers, including loss of productivity, bandwidth and access to accounts – not to mention the financial implications that can occur.

Here are a few examples of how you can avoid phishing before falling victim.

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The Top IT Complaints Help Desk Professionals Handle Every Day

help-desk-complaintsFour Common Helpdesk Issues IT Guys Pull Their Hair Out Over

In most businesses, the IT guy is a jack of all trades. While this individual is responsible for implementing company policies, discovering new technology and making sure the server doesn’t catch on fire he is constantly getting bombarded with IT help desk questions that drive him crazy.

Common helpdesk issues that occur in a department strained for resources can limit or altogether halt the productivity business owners demand from their IT workforce.

Below are four common IT help desk questions that contribute to declines in productivity:

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What Should I Do with My Old iPhone? Five Ways to Make Your Phone Great Again

what-should-i-do-with-my-old-iphoneSamsung is preparing to announce a launch date for the Galaxy S8, while rumors about the much anticipated iPhone 8 scheduled for the fall continue to swirl around the internet.

If you plan on replacing your current smartphone with one of these devices or have an old iPhone 4, 5 or 6 lying around in a drawer somewhere from your last upgrade, we’re pretty sure you haven’t given much thought to the question “what should I do with my old iPhone?”

It just kind of sits there.

Does it have to be this way?

 

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5 Social Media Habits to Drop This Year

bad-social-media-habitsDon’t get us wrong – social media is a great thing but even great things can get out of hand.

In recent months, we have realized just how easy it is to start a wildfire with fake news, while we all know that person who takes too many selfies and that over-sharer who has just been plain obnoxious.

Now that it’s a new year, we can reflect on how we have used social media for good and not-so-good, and how a few simple changes to our routines can make online communities a better place for everyone.

Adjusting social media habits can increase your productivity and put you in a clearer frame of mind. You may not even realize your social media habits have gotten out of hand until reading on. Consider this a light-hearted intervention.

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8 New Technologies We’re Thankful For

technology-to-be-thankful-forEvery year around this time, the Thanksgiving Holiday gives us time to be with our families and take a few days to refresh our minds and reflect on the things we’re truly thankful for.

Aside from the obvious reasons to be thankful this time of year, there are plenty of things technology has given us over the past few years that are easy to take for granted.

This Thanksgiving, ThrottleNet has put together a list of 8 technologies we’re thankful for, as these things have all in their own special little ways contributed to the betterment of society.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at ThrottleNet! 

Read on to see the full list.

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Christmas Shopping Safety Tips – How to Know a Website is Safe to Buy From

christmas-shopping-securityIn just a few short days, the Christmas shopping season officially kicks off with the madness that is Black Friday before moving online with Cyber Monday.

‘Tis the time for deals, but biting on the wrong one can turn the calendar from Cyber Monday to Ticked Off Tuesday.

Christmas shoppers are the perfect victims for scammers, and as commerce has shifted online so have their deceptive tactics, but there are ways to stay safe this holiday season – just follow these Christmas shopping safety tips from your friends at ThrottleNet.

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