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Fake Virus Warnings

How to Spot Fake Virus Warnings

By SandStorm IT | August 8, 2023
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You are browsing the web, minding your own business, when suddenly a screen like that pops up. You find yourself unable to open anything else or even close the Window. Clicking on “OK” does nothing and, sometimes, you even hear a voice from your speakers telling you that your computer is infected with something truly…

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purchasing a printer

What should I look for when purchasing a printer?

By Jeff Fowler | July 25, 2023
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Deciding on which printer to purchase for your organization is no easy task.  It’s easy to get overwhelmed given the complicated technical specs and hundreds of models available. However, with a little research and groundwork, you can save yourself a lot of time and frustration in the shopping phase and, potentially, save money in the…

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Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

6 More Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Know

By Jeff Fowler | June 27, 2023
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Based on our first “6 Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Know” post, we decided that it was time to do another one with even more shortcuts. Keyboard shortcuts give you an easy way to accomplish certain tasks faster and more efficiently. In this post, we’ll be going over some of the keyboard shortcuts that…

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computer running slowly

Is your computer running slowly? Here are 3 simple solutions!

By Matt Ballard | June 20, 2023
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One of the most common complaints that IT professionals hear from users is “My computer is running slow”.  Slowness can be related to the computer or can be related to your internet connection. If it is slow to boot up, it could be unnecessary programs running in the background at startup. If it is slow…

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Network Attached Storage

What is a Network Attached Storage?

By Jeff Fowler | June 6, 2023
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As your data storage needs expand, you will inevitably outgrow traditional external USB hard drives and shared folders. There’s a huge cost difference between using shared folders/external drives versus having a dedicated file server. Luckily, there’s another option that fills the gap between those options nicely, and it’s a Network Attached Storage device. It’s more…

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Managed Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware

Why is Patch Management Important For Cyber Security?

By SandStorm IT | May 23, 2023
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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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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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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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What are social media bots

What are social media bots and how can I protect myself?

By SandStorm IT | March 21, 2023
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Chances are, if you have used any popular social media platforms recently, you have been exposed to social media bots.  By definition, this is not necessarily a bad thing, since these bots are just accounts on social media which are run automatically by a computer program rather than a human.  However, most benign bots are…

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best ways to combat computer infections

What are the best ways to combat computer infections?

By Matt Ballard | February 28, 2023
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The best way to combat computer infections is to NEVER connect to the internet. Of course, this is not a desired or viable option for most people. But unfortunately, the internet is the most common way of receiving or transmitting infections. Luckily, a mix of the right software and knowledge can go a long way…

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