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What is a Domain Name System

What is a Domain Name System and how does it work?

By SandStorm IT | May 20, 2024
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You do it every day. You open up your favorite web browser and type in a website’s address and next thing you know, you’re on your favorite social media site or source of cat videos. But have you ever stopped to wonder what sorcery connects the dot-coms to the right sites? Well, I have the…

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What is Incognito mode

What is “Incognito mode” in Google Chrome and Why would you use it?

By SandStorm IT | May 14, 2024
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What is Incognito Mode? Incognito mode is essentially a setting on your web browser to disallow the storing of local data relating to the websites you surf. When surfing the web in this mode, your browsing history will not be recorded. Also, any additional cookies sent to your browser during this time will not be…

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Managed Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware

What is Managed Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware?

By SandStorm IT | May 6, 2024
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A Managed Antivirus service is an automated service that will ensure your antivirus is up-to-date, runs scans as scheduled and infections are detected, analyzed, neutralized and reported immediately.  This is a critical step to secure the server, systems, network & wireless access devices. If an organization does not have a Managed Antivirus service, the operational…

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security concerns of IoT

What are the security concerns of IoT?

By SandStorm IT | April 22, 2024
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Welcome to SandStorm IT’s 6-part series about the Internet of Things. In this series, we’ll shed some light on the basics of IoT. Part 1 – What is the Internet of Things (IoT)? Part 2 – Why do I care about IoT? Part 3 – What are some real-world applications of IoT? Part 4 – What…

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What is HIPAA compliance?

What is HIPAA compliance?

By SandStorm IT | March 26, 2024
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What is HIPAA? HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that was enacted by Congress and signed into law in 1996.  There are many provisions to HIPAA covering many items mostly dealing with health insurance and regulations on what can be offered and how. Additionally, HIPAA also details regulations about a…

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Ransomware

Ransomware – What To Do If You Are Infected

By SandStorm IT | March 12, 2024
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Ransomware still remains one of the most notorious forms of malicious attacks out on the internet, and won’t be going away any time soon. It now takes very little effort for someone to make their own Ransomware variant, as evident by all the new strains popping up every day. With so many variations, what steps…

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costs of cybersecurity breaches

5 Costs of Cybersecurity Breaches and How They Impact Your Business

By SandStorm IT | February 20, 2024
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Accounting for more than $12 billion in total business losses, the costs of cybersecurity breaches are impacting businesses’ bottom lines more often than ever. The cost of a single data breach averages $149K. With a price tag like that, it’s no surprise that some businesses close their doors after an attack, unable to recover from…

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HOW TO AVOID PHISHING SCAMS

Phishing: How to Avoid Phishing Scams

By SandStorm IT | February 13, 2024
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What is Phishing? This varies from the specific type of phishing, but in general, phishing is the act of tricking and manipulating a user to reveal information to the attacker through various means. Tools of the trade can range from malware laced documents, to websites with URLs that are spelled similarly to popular services that…

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Google Search Tricks

5 More Google Search Tricks You May Not Know

By SandStorm IT | January 30, 2024
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As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, we could provide you with hundreds of Google tips instead of just five, so here are five more to get the most out of Google, the most popular site on the Internet (Source: Wikipedia). Get More Relevant Search Results When you search for multiple words, oftentimes Google…

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Is IT Consulting Affordable? There’s a Price Level for Every Budget

By SandStorm IT | January 15, 2024
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The IT consulting and implementation market is still growing with revenue totaling $68 billion in 2023, and it’s only expected to grow. Numbers like this one show that many business owners like you recognize the value in paying for managed IT services to keep their systems running smoothly and their data confidential. If you’re seeking…

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