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Getting More Control of Your Web Presence

on January 17, 2019 No comments

The World Wide Web is less than 30 years old. Today, there are those of you who will read this post and have no idea there was indeed a world without web. In fact, until around 1990, trying to access the Internet was not for the average pc user.

Beginning in the late 1980’s and early 1990s the tech geniuses of the day began to build search engines and browsers, but they each had their own way of coding and indexing data.

Then in 1991 a man named Tim Berner-Lee and a woman named
” Nicola Pellow, a math student intern working at CERN, to write the Line Mode Browser a cross-platform web browser that displayed web-pages on old terminals and was released in May 1991.[14] ” This according to Wikipedia.

For all intents and purposes Berner-Lee and Nicola Pellow were the founders of what we now call the World Wide Web. It looked nothing like it does today, with all the ads and fancy, colorful photos. But still, it became a great way to find things without having to run around looking in different reference books.

There were several iterations of search engines that came and went before Google took hold of all of us. And once they did get us hooked, they began to collect all sorts of data about us which they could then monotize by selling it to others.

Today, everyone knows everything about everybody, and this same man, Tim Berner-Lee is starting a new company to try and given us all some measure of control over that data and perhaps some income from what we choose to sell from that data pool.

It is an interesting article. Mr. Berner-Lee ” ….has a proposal called Solid, and a startup called Inrupt to promote it, which aims to allow people to have control of their own data, as opposed to the big corporations.

He described this as “web technology repurposed,” and said he is driven by the belief that you should control your data and receive a share of the revenue derived from it. “You shouldn’t worry about someone monetizing your data and influencing elections,” he said, and described Solid as a private repository—or “Pod”—which has a common API for all websites. This would separate applications on the web from your data, and you could then write the data to a generic website and share it via an API with anyone you wish, such as your family or your doctor.” taken from www.pcmag November issue.

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How Important Is Cybersecurity?

on January 7, 2019 No comments

Who cares about my little business? No one would bother to hack my system. I don’t have anything important enough for them to bother.

These are some of the things I here from small business owners, and they are just plain wrong. Cyber thieves and stalkers don’t necessarily care about how valuable your data is. They love it when a site is easy to hack. The data itself might not even be what they are looking for. It could be they are looking to network systems from all over the world in order to give themselves free computing power.

Business News Daily cites cybersecurity as one of the hot buttons for small business in 2019

“Importance of cybersecurity

With several data breaches over the last few years, small businesses are still being targeted by cyberattacks. According to a poll from Insureon and Manta, only 16 percent of small business owners think they are susceptible to a cyberattack. Yet, 61 percent of attacks occur at smaller businesses.

2019 could see the beginning of a cybersecurity movement among SMBs. Jim Lippie, general manager of cloud computing for software company Kaseya, said small businesses will start viewing security through the lens of an enterprise business.

“They will finally take security measures to heart,” he said. “SMBs, like their large enterprise counterparts, will lock down on a comprehensive backup and disaster recovery solution to keep protected, and also form new standardized blocking and tackling game plans to keep the business even more safe.”

Many small businesses have been targeted in the past, so 2019 could be the first year where SMBs start fighting back.”

At UTS, we can make certain you are up to date on the software which can protect your data. Just give us a call and let us show you how we can help YOUR company fight back against cyber thieves.

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A Thought For The New Year

on December 31, 2018 No comments

“We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potential.”
― Ellen Goodman

All of us here at UTS wish you and yours a Happy New Year.

We are going to be here, ready to help you patch any cracks in your IT structure. To upgrade your phone system, to replace old, worn out computers. And to help you move forward into a productive and successful 2019.

Brian and Michael

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Managed IT Services Offered by UTS

on December 13, 2018 No comments

 

Cloud Computing, Managed IT Services for Vero Beach Florida Area.The holidays are coming up fast. We are almost at the very end of what was, for many here in Vero Beach, one of the busiest and most productive in their company’s history. And we want to do that again next year. What about you?

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End of The Year Planning

on December 4, 2018 No comments

 

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It’s that time.  In a few weeks 2018 will end and 2019 begins. Things are changing and if you don’t keep up you will fall behind. It’s time to make certain that all of your valuable data from 2018 is backed up and secure. It is also time to think ahead if you havent begun to already. 

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Tech Trends for 2019

on November 20, 2018 No comments

 

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Technology as we knew it even 10 years ago is evolving much differently than any of us would have imagined. Our smart phones have more computing power than many of the devices we owned when we were younger.

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Help Desk, At Your Service

on November 13, 2018 No comments

Help Desk for small businesses, computer IT support for business in Brevard County, Indian River County

What if you could have one person who’s dedicated to receiving calls and answering tech support questions from the rest of your staff? Well, you can. At Unified Technology Solutions we offer Help Desk services to companies here on the Treasure Coast.

IT issues can often arise without warning, and a managed IT support service should be there to make sure business is not impacted. When email isn’t working, when the network isn’t accessible, when you can’t print—all of these problems eat into your employee’s productivity.

Too many time these tasks fall on the one or two people in your company who are good with technical issues. The probelm is, they get overwhelmed by all of the calls for help, and oh by the way, who is doing their work while they solve everyone else’s tech issues? AND what if that person is YOU, the owner of the company? It could be time to seriously consider how much time/money a you would save if you or your employees didn’t have to waste time taking care of your company’s teach issues.

Instead of having your staff fumble around for answers every time they run into a technology issue, just outsource to your technology help desk. This would cost you a fraction of what it would to hire an in house-staff member to do this same job.

A managed IT support service can make quickly and safely ensure that new devices and software are compliant with company policy and functional, recognize the signs of a cyber attack, and help them to foster better habits to protect themselves.

Outsourcing your helpdesk means that an expertly resourced team takes on this responsibility. In this way, your business can save time and money and need not worry about things like training, the necessary hardware and software, a space for the help desk team or hiring new staff members to support it.

An outsourced team, on the other hand, doesn’t just offer top-notch, knowledgeable IT support – these experts are also trained in client support. This means that every request to the help desk is met with a quick and courteous response, providing the best experience possible for your employees.

 

 

 

 

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Why Use The Cloud?

on November 5, 2018 No comments

 

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Clouds

When I say the words, “The Cloud” it immediately conjures up images of those beautiful, fluffy puffs of stuff we get over head here in Florida. We have some of the best clouds. After I return from my brief reverie, I then see rows of servers lined up in some remote locations, blinking away, storing all of your precious data. As a tech, I am also impressed by that image, which, no doubt, does not impress the average small business owner.

There are still those who don’t understand the cloud, and they don’t trust it just yet either. I get it. But I also know that without that cloud backup, it’s much more difficult in a state like ours, where weather is such an issue for a few months a year, and power surges are not infrequent, cloud back up is a great tool for preserving your data.

It’s also good for those who work remotely more often than not. If your company has salespeople in the field, without numerous email trails to keep up with, it’s difficult to keep everyone on the same page. When documents are stored in the cloud, everyone on your team can have access to the same data. It’s up to you as to whether they can update the data, that’s a conversation for another time.

Cloud computing for small businesses

Migrating certain applications to the cloud will be more involved than you might think, but less complicated than what your fears will have you believe. We, at Unified Technology Solutions, are pretty good at that cloud migration and data backup.

Depending upon your operation, it may be best to begin using the cloud storage on applications you have just begun using. That way everything starts from square one and you don’t have to add the task of pulling data from other areas, you may simply start from the beginning.

It’s also important to understand what the different cloud Vendors offer, and which one might be best for your application.

Give us a call and we can set an appointment to go over your current systems and build a plan with you.

 

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Why It’s Important to Back Up Your Data

on October 29, 2018 No comments

 

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Regular backups are an insurance policy for your business. It doesn’t matter how big your business is, regular backups are essential to securing your company’s network. In fact, regular backups may arguably be the single most important step you take for preventing a network disaster.

People are not infallible. They make mistakes, and actually, they make them quite often. Emails containing viruses are accidentally opened every day and important files are often mistakenly deleted. There’s no reason to fear these issues if you take frequent incremental snapshots of your systems. You can simply restore to a snapshot taken before the virus happened. Or you can recover the file from a time before it was deleted. It’s really easy to protect from the little things and there’s the added benefit of being ready for the big things as well.

Statistics from FEMA indicate that 40 percent of businesses fail to open after suffering a natural disaster and additional 25 percent fail within a year. The United States Small Business Administration also finds that a whopping 90 percent of businesses fail two years after suffering a disaster. Part of the problem has to do with failure to back up data, leaving businesses starting from scratch following a disaster.

Unfortunately,  too many businesses still don’t perform proper backups. Oone study in particular found that 60 percent of small businesses don’t back up daily and  some of these companies don’t perform backups at all.

While hackers can only  steal digital information,  thieves steal  actual computers, smartphones, hard drives, or even servers from homes, businesses, or storage facilities. Once stolen, it is unlikely you’ll ever see it again. If you backup your data to an external space such as the Cloud, you’ll still be able to access it even if your computer is stolen, and you’ll be able to re-download the information to your new software and hard drives.

Backing up your computer means you are taking a proactive approach to your data. Consider it your way of taking an insurance policy out on your computer that will protect you from the internal and external forces that threaten its safety. If you don’t backup your computer today, you are at risk for viruses, hackers, and hard drive failure that can cause you to lose your data forever.

What can Unified Technology Solutions do to ensure your data is safe and recoverable? We can set up a Completely Automatic system for you, which will help you to make sure all important files will automatically back up on a set schedule. That way you won’t have to worry about forgetting to perform a backup during a stressful time or a busy period in your business.

 

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Making the Decision-VoIp Versus Landlines

on October 10, 2018 No comments

 

Landline versus VoIP phone system. Which one should you choose? It’s a difficult choice, but if we put in into perspective, it’s like choosing between a classic car and a newer one. A classic car has a history of performance, it’s a known entity. Business PBX systems have been around since forever. The issue is this, will they still be around as your company grows and expands? The answer is, probably not.

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