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protecting your employees' information

Are you protecting your employees’ information?

By SandStorm IT | March 30, 2020
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This blog post was inspired by some recent news I heard about a company some of my friends work for.  They just had an incident where someone spoofed the email address of an executive in the company and all of the employees’ W-2s were emailed to an unknown party. All of the people that work…

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What is a VPN?

What is a VPN?

By SandStorm IT | March 23, 2020
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A virtual private network (VPN) allows a private network of devices to be securely extended over a public network such as the Internet. This gives the  functionality of a typical private network but with the convenience of a public network. VPNs are commonly seen in the corporate world, where having easy, secure access to the…

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Google Search Tricks

5 Google Search Tricks You May Not Know

By SandStorm IT | March 9, 2020
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Google has become such a part of most people’s everyday life that the word “Google” was adopted as a verb into the Oxford English Dictionary over ten years ago. It has become completely ubiquitous since then. Chances are anyone who has touched a computer or a mobile device connected to the Internet has used Google…

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Windows 10

Lost “it” in Windows 10? Here’s where to find it.

By SandStorm IT | March 2, 2020
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If you’ve recently made the jump from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or even from Windows 8, you might be surprised to see just how much has changed in your new Operating System. With such a user interface design change, you may be lost trying to find things such as “My Computer”. Here are some…

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What are social media bots

What are social media bots and how can I protect myself?

By SandStorm IT | February 3, 2020
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Chances are, if you have used any popular social media platforms recently, you have been exposed to social media bots.  By definition, this is not necessarily a bad thing, since these bots are just accounts on social media which are run automatically by a computer program rather than a human.  However, most benign bots are…

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next-gen firewall

What is a Firewall and Why do I need one?

By SandStorm IT | January 13, 2020
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What is a Firewall? Firewalls are hardware and/or software systems which protect end users from malicious traffic on the Internet. When data is sent over the Internet, it comes packaged with information about where it is coming from and where it is supposed to go, as well as an indication as to what application the…

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Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems

What are Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems?

By SandStorm IT | January 6, 2020
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You may not be aware of Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) as they relate to Information Technology (IT), but the concept is simple enough – an IPS is like the lock on your front door, it keeps people from being able to simply walk in and go through all of your…

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Cloud Backup versus On-Site Backup

Benefits of Cloud Backup versus On-Site Backup

By SandStorm IT | December 2, 2019
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We live in a world today where cybersecurity is one of the most important factors a company must consider when making decisions about their data and network.  Part of this discussion must be data backups as they are extremely important. You absolutely must have backups of your data.  With the types of viruses, such as…

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How can selling in a 3rd party marketplaces help my business?

By SandStorm IT | October 28, 2019

When it comes to partnering with a third-party marketplace, the most appealing aspect of it is the multiple benefits you can get when you join. For one, there are so many products out there designed to help start and grow a business. Because of this availability of platforms, they are easier than ever to use.…

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erverless (cloud) computing

Serverless (cloud) computing – What can it do for my business?

By SandStorm IT | October 21, 2019
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What is it? Serverless computing is a form of cloud computing that allows businesses to handle their computing needs on-demand. Serverless computing is a form of cloud computing in which applications are scaled dynamically to handle an application’s computing needs. This means that the application is only using the resources it needs to complete the…

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