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What is a VPN?

What is a VPN?

By SandStorm IT | May 9, 2023
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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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What is Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE)?

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Internet Service Provider

By Jeff Fowler | May 2, 2023
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For most businesses and even homes, internet access is just as important as their other utilities. Most businesses use internet access for everything from customer communication (email, VOIP, etc) to credit card processing. Without internet access, some businesses simply can’t operate. In addition to business needs, an increasing amount of home users are using the…

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Data Encryption

What you need to know about Data Encryption?

By SandStorm IT | April 25, 2023
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You may have come across the word encryption recently in the news. It’s becoming a bit of a hot topic in the media as more and more eyes shift to covering the ever expanding world of computer crime. Governments are focusing on it to try and gain the ability to decrypt files when necessary, and…

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Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

Why do I need an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)?

By Matt Ballard | March 28, 2023
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Imagine you are working on an important job for your company’s most profitable client. Or perhaps you are in college and working on a final term paper. Maybe it is a massive spreadsheet or a multiple page document that you have spent hours working on. Suddenly the power at your office or home goes out!…

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Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems

What are Intrusion Detection and Prevention Systems?

By SandStorm IT | March 14, 2023
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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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HTTPS

Why is HTTPS so important?

By Josh Yarbrough | February 21, 2023
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So everyone’s seen the HTTP and HTTPS prefixes on their favorite website addresses but did you ever wonder why they were there and what the difference between the two was? Keep reading to find out. Way back in the pioneering days of the internet, the gurus of old had to figure out a way for…

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targeted ads

What are targeted ads and how can I turn them off?

By Jeff Fowler | January 31, 2023
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If you’ve ever shopped online for something, you’ve likely come across a special type of ads called “targeted ads”. Usually, it begins when you are browsing online for a particular product, possibly just reading reviews or just researching before a potential purchase. After you switch tasks and decide to check something else out, whether it’s…

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BUSINESS NEED A SERVER

When does your business need a server?

By Justin Oliver | December 28, 2022
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When does your business need a server?  It may not, at least not in the traditional sense.  In this blog post, we will first talk about on-premises servers and how servers can help you and your business.  Later in the post, we will discuss why a cloud solution is sometimes a better option. The first…

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wordpress

What is WordPress?

By Jeff Fowler | December 21, 2022
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Do you ever wonder “How is this website built?” or “What software is this site running on?” If you’re like most people, you’ve probably never given it any thought. Your favorite websites are there when you need it and it just works as expected. In this article, we’ll cover one of the most popular website…

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TWO FACTOR AUTHENTICATION

What is Two Factor Authentication?

By SandStorm IT | November 15, 2022
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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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