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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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What makes a strong password?

What makes a strong password?

By SandStorm IT | October 14, 2019
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With all the data breaches we see on the news these days, it can sometimes be scary to trust companies with your sensitive information. However, in many cases, sensitive data is gained by an attacker taking advantage of users implementing weak passwords. Today, we will look at some examples of weak/strong passwords and what you…

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TWO FACTOR AUTHENTICATION

What is Two Factor Authentication?

By SandStorm IT | September 30, 2019
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Two Factor Authentication, commonly abbreviated 2FA, is a second layer of authentication in addition to your password used to keep your accounts safe. Typically, a code is sent to your phone (by text or application) every time you sign into your account. You enter this code after you receive it to finish the login process.…

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Purchasing a New Computer

Five Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Computer

By SandStorm IT | September 16, 2019
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With the Windows 7 End-Of-Life coming soon (January 14, 2020), a lot of users will need to upgrade Operating Systems. For the majority of users, that typically means getting an entirely new PC altogether. When shopping for a new computer, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options. The purpose of this…

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What is a Domain Name System

What is a DNS attack and how can I defend against it?

By SandStorm IT | August 5, 2019
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What is DNS? The easiest way to explain Domain Name Service (DNS) is to think of DNS as a phone book.  Computers access a DNS server to be able to look up a domain name and return IP address associated with it, much the same as you could use a phone book to look up…

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HOW TO AVOID PHISHING SCAMS

Phishing: How to Avoid Phishing Scams

By SandStorm IT | July 15, 2019
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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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keep running Windows 7

What will happen on January 14, 2020 when Windows 7 is no longer supported?

By SandStorm IT | May 27, 2019
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I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are going end of life at the beginning of next year, but what is going to happen on January 14, 2020, when it finally does go end of life? What is end of life? First, we need to define…

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SandStorm IT Selected by Tipton County to Provide a VoIP Telephone System for County Government Offices

By SandStorm IT | September 6, 2018
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  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:   SandStorm IT Selected by Tipton County to Provide a VoIP Telephone System for County Government Offices   Atoka, Tennessee, August 31, 2018 – SandStorm IT, Inc. announced today that it has signed a 5-year agreement with the Tipton County Government to provide and support a comprehensive Voice Over Internet Protocol…

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WIFI AFFECTED BY THE WPA2 KRACK

ALERT: Is My WIFI affected by the WPA2 KRACK?

By SandStorm IT | October 17, 2017
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If you’ve seen the news over the past 24 hours, you’ve probably heard about the WPA2 KRACK.  You may be asking, what does all of this mean?  Is it really as bad as some people are portraying it to be?  Does this affect me?  The simple answer is yes, it is pretty bad and if…

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RansomWare

RansomWare and What You Should Do Now!

By SandStorm IT | May 15, 2017
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Several of SandStorm IT’s customers have asked what can be done about the current rash of ransomware virus infections, and, specifically the WannaCrypt, or commonly called the Wanna Cry virus.   What is “Wanna Cry”? BREAK WannaCrypt or “Wanna Cry” is a ransomware virus designed to make your data inaccessible and to then extort money, funds,…

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