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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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Buying a New Monitor

5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Monitor

By Jeff Fowler | February 14, 2023
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With recent advanced in CPU and RAM tech, a lot of users are getting new computers. To complete the “upgrade”, most people shop for a new monitor as well. With the number of options available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Our guide, “5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Monitor” may help shed some…

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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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find hidden programs

How can I find hidden programs running in the background?

By Matt Ballard | December 5, 2022
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There are programs and utilities that run in the background of every computer. Some of these programs are necessary for your system to function. Others may be malware, adware, or malicious programs designed to hijack your computer or personal information. Let’s discuss some ways to access these hidden background programs: Windows Task Manager Most people…

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Google Search Tricks

Ultimate Google Search Tips and Tricks Cheat Sheet

By Jeff Fowler | November 22, 2022
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We’ve done a few posts in the past regarding tips and tricks using Google, such as “5 Google Search Tricks You May Not Know“, but as you know, there are hundreds of things that Google can do. We would like to share some of our top Google Search Tips and Tricks in this “Cheat Sheet”.…

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Purchasing a New Computer

Five Things to Consider When Purchasing a New Computer (Updated 11/2022)

By SandStorm IT | November 1, 2022
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When shopping for a new computer, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer amount of options. The purpose of this article is to highlight some of the most important factors when deciding which PC is right for you or your business. 1. What will the PC be used for? This question should always be…

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need a website

Bad Battery Life on your device? Here are a few things to check.

By SandStorm IT | October 17, 2022
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Smartphones are the new way of life in today’s day-to-day life. We can do anything we need to do on a computer from a handheld device. But, what happens if your device’s battery life doesn’t last? In this post, we’ll discuss a few things that you can look at to extend the battery life of your device. Charging…

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Apple computers immune to infections

Are Apple computers immune to infections?

By Josh Yarbrough | September 20, 2022
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“I’ve got a Mac so I don’t have to worry about viruses“. Have you ever heard someone say that before? Being in the tech industry, I know I have heard it many times. It either makes you roll your eyes or maybe consider replacing the ol’ PC with a sleek to new Apple. But what…

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physically clean my computer

How often should I physically clean my computer?

By Jeff Fowler | September 6, 2022
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Most PC components have heat sinks which basically distribute heat evenly along a larger surface area to allow to the faster dissipation of heat, much like the radiator in your car. You’ll often notice these on the CPU (Typically the largest heat sink), video card, motherboard, RAM and other components. Fans move cooler air across…

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What makes a strong password?

What makes a strong password?

By SandStorm IT | August 30, 2022
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With all the data breaches we see on the news these days, it can sometimes be scary to trust companies with your sensitive information. However, in many cases, sensitive data is gained by an attacker taking advantage of users implementing weak passwords. Today, we will look at some examples of weak/strong passwords and what you…

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