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The Danger of a Free Business Email

Whether in a personal or professional setting, you have probably had first-hand experience with the consequences of sacrificing quality for a lower price. Though some businesses opt for consumer-grade emails to save money, this is a mistake that could compromise business, employee, and client security in more ways than one. What is a consumer-grade email exactly? If your email looks like This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. instead of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., you're probably utilizing a consumer-grade email account. Though it may be free, it doesn't come without cost. 

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FEB
23

How Managed IT Services Can Benefit You

What if you could have all of the benefits of an in-house technology specialist without having to pay for all that comes with onboarding a new employee? As with any business decision, many things such as efficacy, efficiency, and cost come into play. When choosing between ad hoc (paired with monitoring) and managed IT services, it's important to take into consideration the level of demand your company has for technology, how many employees you have, and how often you expect to need assistance. Below, we will break down the difference between the two services to help you better decide which one is for you. 

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JAN
28

Will Data Destruction Be Your Downfall?

No matter the industry or location, the vast majority of businesses rely heavily on computers for day-to-day tasks. With almost all operations requiring technology, many companies have a plethora of employee and customer data stored on their hard drives. What happens when it's time to replace that equipment? The data doesn't all just magically disappear – even if you think you've deleted everything. If you don't take the necessary precautions, you may just find yourself in a legally compromising situation, and that's the last thing you want to happen. If you're still on the fence about the importance of data destruction and security, check out why you want to ensure all information is destroyed. 

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DEC
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Building Your Own PC: Computer Parts Lists

The holidays are full of joy…but panic tends to seep in as you realize time is running out to find the perfect Christmas present for the ones you love most. It's a lot of pressure, but if you know someone that can't get enough of technology and has a knack for putting things together…we have a gift that will keep on giving. Purchase all of the parts needed to build a computer and give it to a loved one so they can build it themselves. If you're not a techy person, this might not sound so appealing, but to someone that enjoys the ins and outs of technology, it would be a dream come true! Keep in mind – it comes with a hefty price tag. Stick around for price points and what parts you'll need to make this dream become a reality. 

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OCT
21

2020 Technology Gift Guide

Believe it or not, Christmas is right around the corner and you'll want to jump on the Christmas shopping early this year. While many families have the long-standing tradition of going Black Friday shopping the day after Thanksgiving, many stores are shutting their doors on Thanksgiving and promoting sales for months instead of for 24 hours. Though it's all in efforts to keep people safe, this could potentially change the way we shop for Christmas gifts moving forward. According to Clark Howard, we're more likely to see sales in October and November, with a drastic increase in prices after December 11th. To help you get your shopping done early, we decided to release our 2020 Technology Gift Guide early this year. Check out these gifts selected by the whole Technical Resource Solutions team! 

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OCT
14

Space Heaters and Power Strips: A Dangerous Combination

Cold weather generally prompts people to break out the space heater at home or in the office for added warmth and comfort. This is a great idea because it can help to save money on heating bills when you only need extra heat in one area of the room. However, the last thing anyone needs is a fire erupting, especially during the holiday season.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, space heaters accounted for 43 percent of U.S. home heating fires and 85 percent of home heating deaths between 2011 and 2015. It is crucial to follow safety guidelines and take precautions to minimize the risk of space heaters causing damage to your home or an office.


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10

When to Use a Server Instead of a Desktop

When making judgment calls for your business, it's sometimes hard to know when the cheaper option is a viable one, and when you truly will get what you pay for. If you search on Google®, you may find articles that support the use of desktops as servers. The phrase that comes to mind is: "Just because you can doesn't mean you should." We want our customers to be set up for success but using a desktop computer as a server will cause more harm than good and here's why.

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NOV
25

Sunset of Windows 7 Coming January 2020

Change can be hard, especially when it comes to technology. But in the words of Gail Sheehy, "If you aren't changing, you aren't growing." This holds true as technology shifts and evolves – and the latest shift will be from Windows 7 to Windows 10.

While Windows 7 has been great, all things must come to end, and the sunset of Windows 7 comes in January 2020. So, what does this mean for you? It means that it's time for you to make the big change. Trust us, it will be worth it.

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OCT
10

Dig to the Truth about Phishing

My humans bring me to work with them every day; they wouldn't have it any other way. Unlike my humans, I can sit in on meetings, listen to ideas and think about solutions to problems and then I can go take a nap: they can't. Life is good that way. But you know when life isn't good? When a customer comes in angry because they got scammed and wakes me up from my nap - it really raises the fur on the back of my neck. 

You see, I know the various methods hackers use when they are on a phishing expedition and my human's customers need to be watchdogs about it. I'll let you in on a little secret I have learned in this business: if it looks suspicious—it most likely is, but sometimes it can look 100 percent legitimate. 

You may receive a message from what looks like your:
  • Bank
  • Credit card company
  • Google
  • Microsoft Office 
  •  Web design company
  • IT company
  • PayPal
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SEP
19

How to Filter Data in Excel 2018

Sometimes when you're working on a project on an Excel spreadsheet, you don't need to see all of the information. It often can be more helpful to only show a certain category of data. For example, if a corporation had a massive list of every order they have in the system, they may only need to see the pending ones - which is when it might be helpful to filter data.

Well luckily, Excel can help you temporarily hide all of the information you don't need – see below for instructions on how to filter the plethora of data on your spreadsheet. 

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DEC
06

Why Managed Information Technology Services are Best for Your Company

Hiring a sole external or in-house IT person or trying to manage the services on your own as the owner or manager of a business might seem like a good idea until you come across an issue that you can't fix; this happens often for many reasons.

Designated individual IT consultants or employees get sick or need to take extended leave, they go on vacation, take holidays and some just move on, leaving you vulnerable to any number of problems that might occur. Things are great when they are running smoothly, but when they aren't this can bring a screeching halt to production in the workplace. 

Synergy: "The interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects."

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OCT
04

Why You Need a Strong IT Infrastructure and Cyber Liability Insurance

Whether you are a new business or an existing business, having your IT infrastructure set up by a professional full-service business technology company like Technical Resource Solutions in Woodstock, Georgia is critical in today's world. This coupled with cyber liability insurance will safeguard your company from data breach, ransomware attack or a complete outage of internet infrastructure. Your entire company is at risk if you don't have the proper infrastructure and cyber insurance protection in place to safeguard your data against cyber attacks. 

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NOV
19

Sniffing Out the Benefits of Windows 10

Microsoft tried to do too many things, too soon with Windows 8. Its desktop "tiles" resembled those used on a tablet or phone, but they confused people. Tablets were trendy, but crossovers were like genetically modified cats (the horror!); nobody knew quite what to do with them.

After being swatted on the nose often enough over Windows 8, Microsoft introduced Windows 10 this year. It's the first true hybrid version of an operating system that shares the best features of a computer, a tablet, a smart phone, and an XBox One. Think of it as the Labradoodle of the tech world: loyal, friendly, easy to bond with, but without the endless shedding and whatever it is that makes people sneeze.

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AUG
07

Sit, Stay & Listen Before Buying Your Next Laptop

As someone with hypersensitive hearing, it's easy for me to hear beyond the words of a conversation, which means that if someone is really happy – or really frustrated – I know about it pretty quickly.

Sometimes people sound frustrated when they bring their new laptops or tablets to a meeting, and they've forgotten a cord, can't find a file, or find out their new device isn't compatible with their existing software. Business people like it when their applications work, when they can see the screen, and when they don't have to plug it into the wall to make sure it runs during an entire meeting.

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MAY
14

Windows 10 - Free Upgrade Clarification

win10start.pngIn my last Blog entry, I speculated about the ongoing costs of Windows 10 after the initial Free for the First Year Free announcement.  Well, there's more, and it's good news.

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APR
24

Windows 10 - It's Coming and It's Free

Microsoft started their "Technical Preview" program for Windows 10 back in October, 2014.  We've been running the various new builds of this (on the Fast track) on several Virtual Machines here at the office to get a taste of what it's like prior to its official release, expected to be some time this summer.  

Anyone was able to sign up for this "beta" test, but it is highly recommended that you don't use this OS on a computer that you expect to work all the time.  Since this is beta software, it WILL fail sometimes as the bugs are worked out.

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NOV
06

Three Reasons to Make Training a Priority for Your Business

In our technology driven society the need for training would seem obvious. Most companies provide some kind of handbook, tutorial, or even on-the-job training for program and process changes.

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OCT
28

Feed Your Mind

One of the things I feel very fortunate about is that I was introduced to technology at a young age and at a depth that both interested me and challenged me in ways I didn't know something could. I attended a computer summer camp at UC Santa Cruz leading into my Freshman year in high school and had the opportunity to take two years of programming classes (in the BASIC and Pascal languages) in my Junior and Senior years. This was between 1982 and 1985.

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OCT
23

Password Protection – a Necessary Evil

Everyone uses passwords to access all sorts of information on their computer, online, at the bank machine, and many other places. One of the most common complaints we hear is that people have to remember too many passwords and as a result they tend to use the same one for everything. To make things worse, that password is often not a very strong one, leaving them vulnerable to loss of data, identity theft, and hijacked online accounts.

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OCT
21

Are Your Passwords Secure?

This spring we learned about the Heartbleed bug and that in light of the bug, reminded that we should change our passwords. All of them. Immediately, if not sooner.

Changing a password can be overwhelming because we all want to make sure it is something we can remember. Changing *all* of our passwords is even more daunting.

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