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What is Power-Over-Ethernet (PoE)?

5 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Internet Service Provider

By Jeff Fowler | July 8, 2020
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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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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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Data Hashing and Encryption

Data Hashing and Encryption and How They Enhance Security

By SandStorm IT | May 11, 2020
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Data Hashing. Encryption. These are words that one hears all the time about the topic of security. Sometimes, they are used interchangeably when they are different things despite both being critical to security. In this blog post, we will explain both and also explain how they can be used in conjunction to achieve a higher…

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back to the office

Going Back to the Office? Now what?

By Doyle Sanders | May 4, 2020
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Back to School, Oops, Work! With a lot of State Governors and Local Government Leaders allowing their  Coronavirus / COVID-19 / “Stay at Home” / Quarantine orders to expire or reissuing less stringent ones, I’m sure many of us are actually getting excited about getting back to work or at least getting back to our…

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SandStorm IT Response to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus Pandemic

By Doyle Sanders | March 18, 2020
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To All Customers and Friends, In response to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic and the nationally and state-declared state of emergency, SandStorm IT wants to share the plans and precautions we are taking.   We remain committed to continuing to provide the necessary services and support to all of our customers while maintaining a safe…

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Google Search Tricks

5 Google Search Tricks You May Not Know

By SandStorm IT | March 9, 2020
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Google has become such a part of most people’s everyday life that the word “Google” was adopted as a verb into the Oxford English Dictionary over ten years ago. It has become completely ubiquitous since then. Chances are anyone who has touched a computer or a mobile device connected to the Internet has used Google…

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Windows 10

Lost “it” in Windows 10? Here’s where to find it.

By SandStorm IT | March 2, 2020
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If you’ve recently made the jump from Windows 7 to Windows 10, or even from Windows 8, you might be surprised to see just how much has changed in your new Operating System. With such a user interface design change, you may be lost trying to find things such as “My Computer”. Here are some…

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Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

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

By Matt Ballard | February 17, 2020
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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 | February 3, 2020
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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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