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Google Search Tricks

5 More Google Search Tricks You May Not Know

By SandStorm IT | August 25, 2020
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As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, we could provide you with hundreds of Google tips instead of just five, so here are five more to get the most out of Google, the most popular site on the Internet (Source: alexa.com). Get More Relevant Search Results When you search for multiple words, oftentimes Google…

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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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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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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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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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best ways to combat computer infections

What are the best ways to combat computer infections?

By Matt Ballard | January 20, 2020
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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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Buying a New Monitor

5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Monitor

By Jeff Fowler | December 9, 2019
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With the Windows 7 EOL coming up, 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 light…

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What makes a strong password?

What makes a strong password?

By SandStorm IT | October 14, 2019
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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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