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5 Awesome Google Chrome Extensions to Optimize Your Browsing Experience

By Jeff Fowler | January 2, 2024
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In the recent years, Google Chrome has taken the browser market by storm, with over 62% of users now using Google Chrome (according to Oberlo). Most users view it as an easier, faster way to browse the internet. According to reports (source: Truelist), there are now over 176,608 different Chrome extensions available on the marketplace,…

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How can software licensing affect my business?

By SandStorm IT | December 27, 2023
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One of the biggest, and sometimes costliest mistakes that we see businesses make today is failing to consider the cost of software licensing when purchasing new hardware or software for completing business tasks.  These days licensing costs, for many, are a cost of doing business.  But what is software licensing and how does it affect…

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Why should I setup my office server with a domain?

By Josh Yarbrough | December 19, 2023
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At some point in your life, most of you reading this will be part of a conversation that drifts into the topic of security and someone will mention using a domain. It is usually a word thrown out there when the subject of workplace technology comes up. There is more than one kind of domain…

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What is Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE)?

What is Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE)?

By Josh Yarbrough | December 12, 2023
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What is Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE)? Ethernet is the cabling standard used for networking computers and printers. Power over Ethernet, or PoE, allows a single cable to carry both network data and power.  This method eliminates the need for a second cable just for power.  Examples of practical uses are security cameras installed on poles and sides of…

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What is a Firewall and Why do I need one?

By SandStorm IT | December 5, 2023
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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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SIM Swap Attack

What is a SIM Swap Attack and How can I Protect Myself?

By Jeff Fowler | November 28, 2023
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Even with the added layer of security of Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), cybercriminals are still finding ways to hack into accounts. How are they doing this? By basically taking control of a phone number, they are having the 2FA messages sent to a device on the phone number that they now control, thus getting around the…

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Do I still need endpoint Malware protection?

By SandStorm IT | November 21, 2023
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If you’ve used a computer anytime over the past 20 years, you’ve probably been infected by a virus, malware, or some other malicious piece of software.  You may have been lucky and been able to get it cleaned off without much trouble or maybe you weren’t so lucky and lost data.  Think about today, what…

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Hardware/Uptime Monitoring

What is Hardware/Uptime Monitoring?

By SandStorm IT | November 14, 2023
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Hardware monitoring is a feature of the motherboard, sometimes as a separate chip on the motherboard, that monitors different aspects of the system. for potential issues. It can measure variables such as the output voltage of the power supply, the speed of the fans that are connected directly to the motherboard header, and the internal…

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Data Hashing and Encryption

What is Data Hashing/Encryption and How Do They Help Security?

By SandStorm IT | November 7, 2023
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Data Hashing. Encryption. These are words that one hears all the time about the topic of security. Sometimes, they are used interchangeably when they are different things despite both being critical to security. In this blog post, we will explain both and also explain how they can be used in conjunction to achieve a higher…

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Denial of Service Attack

What is a Denial of Service Attack?

By SandStorm IT | October 31, 2023
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A Denial of Service (DoS) attack is an attack on an individual computer or network that aims to consume as many resources as possible. The main goal of this attack is to deny service to the legitimate users of the computer or network. There are a number of ways in which this can be accomplished,…

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