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patch management for 3rd party software

What is patch management for 3rd party software?

By Robert Cleveland | August 31, 2021
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What are patches? Patches can be seen as some type of hotfix. Everyday exploits, bugs, and security risks are found within programs, and these are what the patches would fix.  A bug in the software could be a failure or fault that could cause it to behave in unintended ways.  If you think of an…

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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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Managed Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware

Why is Patch Management Important For Cyber Security?

By SandStorm IT | July 14, 2020
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Before we jump into why patch management is important, we should define what patches are and what patch management is. What are patches? Patches are software code fixes that repair broken functionality, add new functionality, or fixes security holes in software.  Patches have been around a long time.  You’ve likely been patching Windows workstations going…

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Got a popup on your Windows 7 PC

Got a popup on your Windows 7 PC? Here’s what it means and what you can do.

By Jeff Fowler | January 17, 2020
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So, you have the “Your Windows 7 PC is out of support” popup? Rest assured, it’s not some kind of malware or false warning, it’s legitimately from Microsoft. Around 29.7% of the PC’s in the world still use Windows 7. The message that pops up on boot is pretty ominous but it’s exactly what will…

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Windows Defender good enough

Security Alert – Update Warning for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10

By Jeff Fowler | August 19, 2019
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At SandStorm IT, we typically suggest doing all updates (especially Operating System) as they become available to avoid security vulnerabilities, In the latest batch of Microsoft updates, there were some “known issues”. In this security alert, we’ll cover “What’s the issue?”, “What versions of Windows does it affect?” and “What can I do?”. What’s the…

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MSP AGREEMENT

Why must ALL of my computers be covered under an MSP agreement?

By Doyle Sanders | July 22, 2019
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As we’ve spoken with current customers and new prospects about Managed IT Services for their computers, servers, and networks, occasionally, someone will ask, “Can I just put my server and a couple of the most important PCs on a Managed IT Services plan.  Our response is always (politely and diplomatically), “No, all of your computers,…

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