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5 Tips for Saving Money on your IT

Saving a little on your technology can go a long ways, but cutting too many corners can lead to additional problems and expensive downtime. Here are a few ways you can cut costs without creating long term issues.
Don't be Afraid to Replace
Got an older PC that's causing you a lot of issues? Older technology is typically more expensive to run, and after a while, it's cheaper to simply buy a new desktop than it is to continue pouring money into something that always seems broken. It's a great time to buy workstations, and if things are tight you can even buy refurbished desktops to keep costs low.

2 Step Authentication for Gmail

Having strong passwords for your online accounts is very important, but sometimes you may want a little more protection in the event your password gets stolen or someone forces their way through it. If you use Google's Gmail service, you can set up your account, then you will need two forms of authentication to get into your email.
Let's face it.  You use your email for everything from social media logins to your bank account.  More than anything else, your email is the key to your online identity.  If an unscrupulous hacker gains access to your email, they could cause havoc that can last for years.  Most users are unaware of the potential losses that can result from an email takeover,  your bank account could be stolen, and the assets drained.  
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July 2012

In this issue:

  • 5 Tips for Saving Money on your IT
  • 2 Step Authentication for Gmail
  • Is it Time to Ditch Windows XP?
  • Ransomware Wants You to Pay Up
  • The BYOD Revolution
  • Solid State vs Hard Disk
Is it Time to Ditch Windows XP?
Windows XP was released back in October 2001, and still today, many users and businesses still use it every day. Even in 2012, XP's market share is around 27%. Is your business still using Windows XP? How much longer should XP be kept around?
Windows Vista put a bad taste in a lot of people's mouths, so for many, sticking with what worked was much more attractive than stepping into the unknown. Windows 7 vastly improved upon the issues found in Vista, but by then many users were content with keeping their older PCs alive.
Microsoft does their due diligence to ease the world into a new OS; they support older operating systems long after they are replaced and work with hardware manufacturers to make it easy to upgrade to the latest incarnation when users purchase new laptops and PCs. Of course, with stellar IT management and a little luck, PCs can last a lot longer than expected, so users don't always feel the need to upgrade.
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Ransomware Wants You to Pay Up

Ever since the Internet became a household commodity, many viruses and malware have donned a social mask; causing harm to computers and data but doing so by deceiving the user. One form of this is ransomware, a type of malware that locks users out of their computer until they pay a toll. Viruses, malware, and most other online scams are pretty tricky. 
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The BYOD Revolution

Today, your employees are more and more technologically empowered. With the consumer electronics market teaming with amazing gadgets and high-end devices, cool tech is no longer reserved for fancy geek toys. With employees bringing in their own smartphones and tablets, mobile security becomes a big concern for small businesses.
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Solid State vs Hard Disk

There comes a time when you are looking at a new laptop and you are asked the question: Do you want a Solid State Drive, or a traditional Hard Disk Drive? Well here is a quick run-down of both technologies in the hopes of shedding some light on the issue. By the time you are done reading this article, you will be better able to answer that question.
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