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Holiday Tech Gifts

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We love to offer good tech gifts for the holidays and here are a few that might interest our readers:

IT and Your New Employees

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Many companies are back to hiring and while most tend to have handbooks and first-day procedures to ease the onboarding process, many fail to give enough time to the IT transition. A recent report in the Wall Street Journal (10/21/13) highlighted some of the following points as important steps to easing a new employee into the IT structure of your company. As an IT Managed Services company, we have seen that taking the time to follow these procedures pays off in the long fun. 

The Devastating Cryptolocker Virus and What You Need to Know

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Below is our blog posting on the Cryptolocker Virus. Unfortunately, since our post last Fall, the virus has not gone away and its continued growth warrants another look at our article. This week, MSPmentor, a resource for Managed Services providers, published an article on recent outbreaks of the virus. As the article states, the virus is still infecting computers and demanding payment before decrypting and recovering files.

The Future of Passwords

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We have written previously in our tech tip blog on password protection http://waytek.com/blog/kims-korner-password-protection and how to keep your password secure and also how to make use of password managers, which are very useful for home and business.

Falling for Phones and Phablets!

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It's Going to Be a Mobile Fall!

Fall is here and a hot topic in the tech world is the buzz around new smartphones recently released, along with a new "phablet," the combination of a phone and tablet, which we will be seeing more of in the future. Right now, the two companies getting the most attention in this area are Samsung and Apple. 

Summer Travel Tech Tips

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With summer and travel season upon us, we are re-visiting the topic of your IT safety while traveling. These tips are critical to your personal and business IT security.

It is practically impossible to travel without a tech device to keep you connected. These items, such as phones, laptops and tablets are easily subject to theft while traveling. Unfortunately, these devices also carry a wealth of private and sensitive information. Your phone, for example, most likely carries apps, such as email, that could contain details of passwords and other information.

Revisiting IT for your Company: The Conversation around Cloud and IT Support That Your Company Should Have

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Two recent articles from the Harvard Business Review The IT Conversation We Should be Having and HuffingtonPostTech Is Your Company Cloud Ready? 10 Factors for the CIOs to Consider centered around the changing role of the CIO or IT department in companies and the emergence of cloud computing as a critical feature in steering businesses to the future and creating efficiency in companies.

Tech Tip - Read it Later?

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No time to read that article now? How about saving it for later?

Is the New BlackBerry for You?

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At the end of January, came the announcement of the launch of the new BlackBerry, which went on sale in the UK and other countries at that point and in Canada on February 5th. All major carriers in the US will carry the new phone for around $199 when it arrives here in March or April. 

Mobile Touchscreen Tips

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Although technology keeps moving to smaller and more convenient devices, there are still a few glitches when it come to typing on tablets and mobile phones. In a recent WSJ article (Jan. 16, 2013), Katherine Boehret noted optimal solutions available for better typing. In her opinion, the BlackBerry is still best for writing a long email, since its keyboard is more traditional. The glass keyboards of the iPhone, Android and Windows phones present more challenges when typing, easily mis-typing or causing embarrassing words when on autocorrect. Other than Ms.

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