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May 31, 2016

In our continuing security tips series (see Part 1 here), we’re focusing on passwords. Finding the balance between something that’s easy to remember and difficult to decipher is a serious challenge, but we’re here to help!

Let’s begin with the most obvious tip—don’t ever share your passwords. There’s no reason. Even in situations...

May 24, 2016

Today we begin a series on overall IT security. Some tips are reminders, but we’re covering a range of areas, so you’re sure to learn something new during this three-part series! We’re not starting with any specific piece of equipment. Instead, let’s start on a broad scale.

Let’s be honest, computers are nothing but zeros and ones. Most people attempting to access your vital information are relying on the end user (you) to make a mistake. Without human error, hackers have a harder time pe...

May 17, 2016

Do you still use pen and paper to make lists? It’s 2016, and we believe it’s time to embrace the technology available! The office, grocery store, anywhere you go, your phone is probably nearby. So why not use it for your notes? We’ve been testing three of the best for a few weeks now, and we’ve compiled our notes to save you time!

Simplenote

Simplenote is, as the name sugge...

May 13, 2016

We’re bringing back our Spotlight feature to focus on Network Alliance’s newest team member, Andy Welsh! Andy joined our team in January 2016, and it quickly becoming popular both inside the office and with our clients. He is an all-around nice guy, who is handling support calls and our hardware department. Andy seems to fit right in with our company culture, and we can’t wait to see what he’ll bring to our team in the future! We put him through the ringer with our usual spotlight questions, and you can read his interview a...

May 3, 2016

The Windows Store, a new feature in Windows 10,works on all machines running the latest Microsoft operating system, but it especially shines on Windows tablets, phones, and touch-screen devices. Let’s explore the multi-colored, tiled world of the Windows Store.

Where is it?

The Store is installed on every copy of Windows 10. On a fresh install, it’s located on the taskbar with all application shortcuts. However...

April 26, 2016

Has it already been three years? Looks like it’s time for Microsoft to release the latest edition of its “productivity tools.” The 2016 version has a few new features worth mentioning, and it’s certainly an improvement over 2013. But is it worth the $230 (Home) or $400 (Professional) price tag? Only you can decide.

Let’s be clear: If you’re happy with Office 2010 or 2013, you don’t have to upgr...

April 22, 2016

If you’re using a Windows PC and have downloaded Apple’s QuickTime media player, stop reading and uninstall it now. Apple has announced that they will not provide any further updates to the software on Windows machines, and they recommend that all users uninstall. Why the urgency, and why now? Two critical vulnerabilities leave gaping holes in your PC’s security (Mac users aren’t affected). No known attacks on these vulnerabilities have occurred yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

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April 19, 2016

Once upon a time, thin clients were popular in a lot of large organizations. Users could access their most-needed software applications, and thin clients were usually cost efficient for businesses as long as other necessary networking equipment were in place.

Thin clients connect to a remote server (in the office basement, or in a top-of-the-line secure data center, like Network Alliance’s). Government offices, libraries, and large companies use thin clients instead of desktop PCs for cost and energy efficiency, along better software management and maintenance through a host server.

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April 15, 2016

On Saturday, April 2nd, Network Alliance (NAI) team members gathered in a conference room in Parkersburg, WV (hometown of several team members), for a training day. NAI’s CEO Don Britton introduced the event as a time to create ideas. After the pep talk, Don welcomed Ari Weinzweig, Co-Owner and Founding Partner of Zingerman’s, and trainer Timo Anderson.

In 1982, Ari and partner Paul Saginaw l...

April 12, 2016

On January 11, 2016, McAfee Email Security Solutions ended its email filtering and security services for new customers. Current customers can maintain the service through varying expiration dates, but, sooner rather than later, you’ll need a new service. What does this headache mean for you? With a dedicated IT provider, probably nothing.

These days, a company can’t ignore email filtering options. Without a spam filter, you’d get a never-ending stream of hundreds of graphic and offensive emails every day  Now, imagine adding spending hours and hours of planning, proposing, and testing to find a new solution with your IT guy. Your email account isn’t a place fo...

 
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