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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excitement over the new technology wears off and the bill gets paid, often business owners are left with a pile of old, outdated hardware that sits in a closet somewhere to be forgotten. 

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Apple Responds to Market with New Products

New products are on their way from Apple. The tech firm made it clear they have lots of items in their pipeline at their WWDC Conference this month.

First off is the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home called the HomePod. It is a seven inch device that will integrate Siri into an Echo/Home like case. You can use it to check the news, weather and control your smart home devices.

HomePod will offer an enhanced music experience. A feature called “Musicologist” will work with Apple music and stream the songs you request from Siri. The sound is designed to fill the room and take it to a level beyond what Amazon and Google are offering.

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Big Benefits of Managed Services Providers for Small Business

Managed services outsourcing companies take on a lot of responsibility when serving small businesses. It’s no surprise given how important the role of a managed service provider (MSP) is in managing such vital parts of an organization that SMB owners are sometimes hesitant to begin a partnership with an MSP, for fear that they may be losing control of their business.  

That’s far from the case. 

he truth is, outsourcing certain services like IT can relieve the pressure off of SMBs. It makes sense that a dedicated provider would have the resources to aid businesses who otherwise are unable to recruit, train, pay, and monitor the work of their IT team to partner with an MSP. 

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Malware, Social Engineering, and your WEBSITE?

By Aaron Oliver

Over the past year cyber security has been thrust to the forefront of cyber related news as there have been several worldwide attacks in the form of malware and ransomware. Most recently the "WannaCry" outbreak that paralyzed thousands of companies’ systems was talked about by every news organization on the planet. But there is another very common cyber threat that you don’t hear about as often, it is responsible for millions of systems being compromised and is often how some of these global events get started. It’s called “Social Engineering”.

Social engineering can take many forms and can be employed in several different ways. An attacker may call and pretend they are with your IT team and ask for information or for remote access to your employees’ systems. Once they gain access to a system attackers can deploy programs that will allow them to log back in later for more investigation into how the network is setup or do malicious things.

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Lessons Learned from WannaCry: How to Respond to Ransomware

The big news in the online security world over the past few weeks was WannaCry – a Ransomware attack that infected over 300,000 Windows PCs in over 150 countries, demanding users fork over $300 (or more) to unlock their machines. 

For now, WannaCry is over, but the magnitude of this ransomware attack can convince copycat cyber criminals to give it a try themselves, as some people were reported to have paid the ransom. As of May 15, the hackers reportedly got away with $50,000 in bitcoin, however, the economic impact of the attack was much costlier, with economists estimating productivity losses of up to $4 billion. That makes us want to...well, cry.  

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