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Apple computers immune to infections

Are Apple computers immune to infections?

By Josh Yarbrough | September 2, 2019
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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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Google Search Tricks

Ultimate Google Search Tips and Tricks Cheat Sheet

By Jeff Fowler | August 26, 2019
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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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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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Bad Battery Life on your device? Here are a few things to check.

By Robert Cleveland | July 29, 2019
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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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physically clean my computer

How often should I physically clean my computer?

By Jeff Fowler | July 1, 2019
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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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find hidden programs

How can I find hidden programs running in the background?

By Matt Ballard | June 3, 2019
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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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keep running Windows 7

What will happen on January 14, 2020 when Windows 7 is no longer supported?

By SandStorm IT | May 27, 2019
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I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are going end of life at the beginning of next year, but what is going to happen on January 14, 2020, when it finally does go end of life? What is end of life? First, we need to define…

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targeted ads

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

By Jeff Fowler | May 20, 2019
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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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Remote Desktop Vulnerability

Remote Desktop Vulnerability discovered in Windows XP, Windows 2003 & Windows 7.

By Jeff Fowler | May 17, 2019
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A recent update from Microsoft addresses a vulnerability in the Remote Desktop Service used in older versions of Windows, namely Windows XP, Windows Server 2003 and Windows 7. Given that both XP and Windows Server 2003 has been End-of-Life for a few years now, this is an unusual action for Microsoft. Here’s what Microsoft is…

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Google

What does Google know about you?

By Jordan Sanders | October 15, 2018
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Our daily lives are increasingly lived online.  Whether we read the latest news, shop for new items, or simply stream videos or music, many of the activities we enjoy on a frequent basis are either exclusively online or have large online components.  Almost all of those things are trackable. According to Alexa.com, Google.com is the…

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