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What Is Your Favorite Version of Windows?

on August 16, 2017 No comments

What Is Your Favorite Version of Windows? I know, that’s a loaded question. For most of the PC users Windows has historically had so very many quirks and bugs, it can be difficult to say that Windows itself has any favorites. But let’s face it. If you use a PC and not a Mac, then you are used to Windows and all of it’s quirks. Today, if you were to purchase a new PC the default operating system is Windows 10. If you have a touch screen, then windows 10 isn’t so bad. If you don’t have a touch screen, then you will probably end up using the Windows 7 interface of Windows 10.

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Landlines Are Going Away…

on August 1, 2017 No comments
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Landlines are going away….

Do you have a landline at your house? Here in Vero Beach, there are people who keep their landline, yet they rarely use it.  It’s just  easier and more efficient to just use their cell. In most cases e people maintain a landline out of habit. Don’t be mistled as I talk about landlines, I am not addressing the phone you have on your Cable Provider’s package plan. That is a VoIp phone connections. Most likely Comcast is  your telephone line provider, and there is NO line, it’s all wireless.

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The Importance Of Training

on July 25, 2017 No comments

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What happens when you get something new? Are you excited to have this new system?  I love installing new hardware that will be less expensive to administer and maintain, and yet provide more functionailty.  But something that often happens when you try to use this new thing,is that it doesn’t work like your old system did. In fact, other than the basics, you are having trouble figuring out how to take advantage of all the new features built in to your new system.  It’s so frustrating.

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Why You Should Hire Unified Technology Solutions As Your IT Support

on July 7, 2017 No comments

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If computers are essential to running your business, and I don’t know many companies today that this is not true of, then your next hire should be us. I came across an article on just that subject in the latest Entrepreneur magazine. In this particular article the writer is advising companies to hire a full time IT person, and while I don’t disagree with that, I would suggest if you have 100 employees or less, hiring just one in house IT person will probably not be sufficient.

When you have a company to run, trying to build your business and maintain a functioning computer network at the same time could be disastrous. Computer outages can take one person out of circulation for days if it is an intermittent problem

Add to that the fact your company is running vital software packages for sales and lead tracking as well as the software required to keep your company running and NOT having an IT professional on your team is simply a bad situation.

The writer in this post on Forbes Magazine is making the case for hiring a full time IT person, or staff, as the case may be. While he is making the point for bringing on a full time IT person, there are many points in what he writes that would apply to hiring Unified Technology Solutions as your full time IT department, and even if you already have an IT person, having our services as a backup to your IT guy is always a good idea.

Give this a look and see what you think:

“…The reality of doing business in a Web-centric economy means that you have to learn how to tame all of those electrons. You have to be able to deal with the intricacies of Web sites and data storage, and not let your systems get summarily swamped. And while plenty off-the-shelf products appear deceptively “plug-and-play,” managing IT eventually will require professional chops.

The big question: When to hire that IT guy? Prominent minds disagree on this subject, but there are two basic schools of thought.

The first argues that entrepreneurs should hire an IT professional immediately. This urgent view applies mostly to companies that depend on technology for their very livelihoods–say, a social networking site like News Corp.‘s MySpace, a blog (like my own) or a company hawking an entirely new technology, such as a voice-over-Internet Protocol carrier.

“I’m surprised by how many start-ups out there don’t make IT a high priority,” says Toni Schneider, chief executive of Automattic, the Web development company responsible for WordPress, a popular weblog software platform. “There’s a big competitive advantage if you have someone who owns [your IT] and thinks about it all the time.”

The second school sees IT more as a tool to optimize performance rather than as a core competency of a business. Most entrepreneurs are in this camp. They feel they don’t need to hire a professional geek immediately, but at some point later on when growth (measured in revenues, employees or site traffic) calls for it. “ Which can be a big miscaculation.

You can read the full text of this article at Forbes.com…

What I took away from their article was this: IT should not be the ast thing a growing company thinks about implementing. In fact it should be one of the first things. To run an effective company in today’s business environment, its important to have good tools at your disposal, and functioning computers, a strong network and software which helps your company run better are three of those things. Without a presence to manage those three items, company owners are going to struggle.

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How Can Your Network Be Safer?

on July 7, 2017 No comments

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Unified Technology  Solutions is a good place to start when you are looking to protect your network from spam and viruses. We can configure your email system using off-site filtering at your domain address (@yourcompany.com). Your mail system can be set up such that before any email is sent to an individual email address, it is first put through a filtering service instead of directly to your server.

This filtering service will run the e-mail through multiple filtering software packages to look for both viruses and spam.  The reason for multiple filtering packages is, there could be the chances that a single software program does not recognize a virus, but another program could catch it.

The procedure with these filtering services is a system which works like this.  On the first pass, the most common threats, which are usually all virus emails are filtered out. After that each E-mail is scanned and assigned 1 of 3 spam rankings.

Any email message where nothing suspicious is detected will be forwarded through the service to your mail server and show up in your mailbox. Email which looks most likely to be spam or infected in any way is sent into quarantine to prevent someone accidentally opening a suspicious email. The recipient of that email will receive a daily e-notifications to either add the sender to your safe list, or delete the email for good. The 3rd ranking is “definitely spam“, this is spam coming from known spam servers or matching known spam patterns, and is immediately deleted by the service.

Outbound filtering does the same in reverse, filtering your outbound e-mail to make sure your server has not been hijacked and is being made to send spam. Beyond simply checking for spam, you can set also configure filters to make sure employees do not send out e-mails with racial, derogatory, or curse words that can reflect bad on your business. You can even add a companywide legal claim to all outgoing e-mail if needed, this is much easier than keeping every E-mail client updated with the latest legal disclaimer every time it needs to be change.

Filtering service also adds a layer of protection if your server or internet access goes down, especially in a disaster. Email will be spooled on the off-site filtering servers and sent to your server when it comes back online, and you can access it from any internet connected PC if an important email is needed immediately.

Because of economy of scale, the pricing for this off-site filtering, with all it’s added features, is right around the cost of your current filtering software. In fact, it is often less expensive, with rates under $3.00 per user/month and requires little to no regular maintenance. This is very cost effective compared to on-site filtering software, and can be especially inexpensive if you are maxing out your available bandwidth and are considering the purchase a higher rate or second connection.

UTS recommends and sells off-site filtering service by McAfee, a world leader in information systems and security research.

To find out more and see if off-site filtering may be right for you feel free to contact us by email at sales@unifiedtechs.com, or give us a call at (772) 539-7667.

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Spyware and Other Malicious Methods of Attack on Your Computer

on June 3, 2017 No comments

spyware removal, it solutions for companies, help deskvero beach computer expertsAs a company who’s main product the installation and maintenance of computer networks for businesses, we are acutely aware of the kind of problems caused by software.  Especially FREE Software!

When a client calls us with the complaint that a certain computer in their network is acting funny, we can pretty much guarantee that the user has downloaded something. By now we have encountered this situation often enough so that we know the symptoms. Resolving and removing Spyware and Malware can be time-consuming, but often we have a successful outcome and are able to get our clients back up and running.

My team here at Unified Techs warns our clients to be very careful of opening emails which are not from someone you know and giving up private information over the web. But we will always have one or two people who forget, and they end up creating a situation which can affect all of the computers on their network and can sometimes even infect the computers belonging to their clients.

Most recently we noticed an uptick in  SPYWARE, in particular, we saw a rash of fake anti-virus programs. These are malicious programs which get installed on your PC and pretend to be legitimate programs trying to remove a virus for you; all you need to do is enter a credit card number to buy a subscription. Never enter your card info… at

First of all, PLEASE do not download any FREE programs which promise to optimize your PC performance, and protect your system. They are designed to do just the opposite. These programs are called Spyware, and while some are simply a nuisance, others will take over your computer and demand ransom money. They will bury malicious code in the dark corners of your system and it can be almost impossible to remove them.

Second, never enter your card info… at best you will be charged the subscription fee and a virus installed on your system. Which you will then have to call us to remove.

The absolute worst case is these hackers will go on a shopping spree with your credit card info.

If you are not certain who these Spyware companies are, here are some of the more common names:

– Win Antivirus Pro

– Antivirus Pro 2009

– Micro Antivirus

– WinAntiSpyware

– Antispyware Pro XP

– AntiVirus 360

– AntiVirus Lab 2009

Unfortunately, these programs will not easily uninstall and require some advanced tools and registry editing to remove.  DO NOT attempt to remove them yourself!

Unless you are very familiar with editing the guts of your Operating System (OS) you will likely cause more harm than good trying to remove them. Your best defense is continual awareness, not opening unknown applications or downloading from unsafe websites, especially ones that give away free music, movies, games, or other computer programs you would normally pay for.

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Small Business and the Economy

on May 23, 2017 No comments

 

There are several pages on Facebook where growing companies can post employment opportunities. It seems there are positions open for people who are qualified to do the work. Most of the positions are for skilled tradesman, but there are also schools, healthcare companies and tech companies who are searching for people to fill their vacancies. I belong to a local BNI chapter, and at least once a month one of the businesses in my chapter asks for referrals to people in their field who may be looking to move to a new company.

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Facebook and Your Business

on May 16, 2017 No comments

VOIP Installation and setup, business Facebook page checking , Setup Facebook business page checkins, how to get more businessI hear it all the time, Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat. all of them a waste of time. They just suck up your mental energy, good for nothing. That is just Not so!

It’s time to catch up with what’s going on out there. Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram are places where friends check in with each other to learn where the best deals are, where the best food is, and what services to use in their respective communities. Recently I posted about Facebook check-ins and free WIFI. Facebook Check-Ins are helping to drive traffic to local establishments. 

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Optimize The Performance on Your PC

on May 10, 2017 No comments

 

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Windows has built-in utilities which can help you keep your PC running efficiently. One of those is a utility called Disk Defrag.Disk Defragmenter? What does that even mean? And why should you be using this particular utility?

First, before I explain what disk defragging is, it will be helpful to understand how disk drives work, and then you can more easily understand why a utility like defrag is important.

As you use your PC, files are created on the hard drive. Rarely is there a contiguous space for those files to be written in. The operating system looks for any available space to write your new files to.  It uses a system of file pointers to map out all the sectors of each file. Often a new file may be spread between numerous smaller areas or fragments of free space when being written, this causes the hard drive read heads to have to move all over the drive area to find the parts of your file.

Imagine taking all the pages out of a book and spreading them randomly all over your house and then trying to read the book. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a way to put those pages back together in order? Disk Defragmenter is a program that keeps the data on your PCs Hard Drive grouped together and in proper order.

Windows 10, like Windows 8 and Windows 7 before it, is supposedly set up to automatically defragment files for you once a week. This does not always happen, so if you notice your files are taking longer to load it pays to run the disk defragment utility on your own. In fact, as a preventative measure, the techs at Unified Technology Solutions recommend that on average you will want to run the Disk Defragmenter every month minimum.

If you with digital photos, music, videos editing or large databases, some users may require it more often.For those who regularly work with large files, there is software available for purchase that will continually monitor and defrag your drives.

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