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Windows Update that removes Adobe Flash Player

How does the latest Windows Update that removes Adobe Flash Player affect me?

By John Hammett | November 10, 2020
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Adobe Flash, originally released by Macromedia in 1995, is a once widely used and vastly capable web application platform.  In 2005 Flash player was installed on more devices than any other internet-based media application, including Java, Quicktime, and Windows Media Player.  Flash media player still exists today but has been widely deprecated over the last…

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setup my office server with a domain

Why should I setup my office server with a domain?

By Josh Yarbrough | October 6, 2020
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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 HIPAA compliance?

What is HIPAA compliance?

By SandStorm IT | August 11, 2020
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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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Popular Open Source Software Licenses

The Purpose and Scope of Popular Open Source Software Licenses

By Jordan Sanders | August 4, 2020
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What is a Software License? Software is an interesting thing.  Whereas we can touch, move, give, and generally interact physically with most useful things, software is different.  It’s intangible.  However, the benefits it brings are clear and make a huge impact on our daily lives.  Commonly, there are no special agreements entered into when we…

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What are Managed IT Services?

What are Managed IT Services?

By Justin Oliver | July 28, 2020
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What are Managed IT Services? The Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) defines managed services as “the practice of outsourcing day-to-day technology management responsibilities to a third party as a strategic method for improving operations and accelerating a return on their technology investment”, typically for a fixed price. It is the proactive monitoring of computer and…

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dedicated IT partner

What’s the value in having a dedicated IT partner?

By Jake Sanders | July 21, 2020
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The world of Information Technology, commonly referred to as “IT”, encompasses vast areas of modern business needs.  From physical devices such as PCs, servers, networking switches, wireless access points, mobile devices, phone systems, to not-quite-tangible technologies like web services, email hosting, cloud-based data backups, local software, web applications, and websites, business technologies continue to grow…

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Keyboard Shortcut Cheat Sheet

6 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Know

By Jeff Fowler | June 29, 2020
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Shortcut key combinations are designed to make it easier/faster to do certain tasks. As far as shortcut keys in Windows are concerned, almost everyone knows about CTRL + ALT + DEL (Interrupt), CTRL + C (Copy), ALT + F4 (Close program) and the more common shortcuts. In this blog post, we’ll be covering some of…

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endpoint Malware protection

Do I still need endpoint Malware protection?

By SandStorm IT | June 22, 2020
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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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Starting Out Programming

5 Things You Should Know If You’re Starting Out Programming

By SandStorm IT | June 8, 2020
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Programming. To some, it’s an art where, with a few (thousand) keystrokes, magic can happen. To others, it’s a job that can pay lots of money. Many call it the future, with hundreds of programs and gizmos designed to teach programming to children and thousands of people seeking retraining or education to enter the field.…

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Protecting Data

Guide to PCI DSS – Part 1: What is PCI DSS?

By Justin Oliver | June 1, 2020
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Welcome to SandStorm IT’s 6-part series about Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). In this series, we’ll cover what PCI DSS is and the various requirements: Part 1 – What is PCI DSS? (You are here) Part 2- Building and Maintaining a Secure Network Part 3 – Protecting Data Part 4 – Further…

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