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Upgrade Your Computer Network

on April 30, 2019 No comments

 

Network Diagram, it solutions for companies, vero beach IT support for networks, VOIP support for companies, non-profit it support,Your business has outgrown your current computer systems. Now’s time to upgrade your entire office and network. Because the network affects everyone, targeted communications must detail the impact of the upgrade. Understanding how end users access and leverage the network for their specific job role is important when explaining how an upgrade will impact their duties both during the maintenance window and after the upgrade is complete.

Determine a rollout strategy

A rollout strategy should finely balance the speed of deployment with the risk of making mistakes that bring down the network. Your goal should be to find the optimal comfort level for the organization such that the upgrade can be performed in a reasonable amount of time without taking any major risks. Unified Technology Solutions is experienced in building just such a strategy for companies.

Have a back-out strategy

Just as the rollout plan is critically important, so too is a back-out strategy. Spend just as much time figuring out a back-out strategy as you do an implementation strategy. Even though you might not ever need it, you’ll be very happy you spent the time and effort in the event you do.

Train support staff

The same people who design, architect, and deploy the new network upgrade may not be the same people supporting it once it goes into production. This is especially true if you work for a large organization or hire outside consultants to handle the upgrade. Proper training is critical to the care and maintenance of a network upgrade from day one and beyond.

Document, document, document!

The step that is most often skipped over – yet is absolutely critical to the success of a network — is to thoroughly document the upgrade, how the new technology works, and how to maintain it once it’s in production. Documentation should also be reviewed and updated on a regular basis. A network upgrade that includes detailed documentation is far more likely to be considered successful when support staffers have the information they can refer to for help.

Just remember that proper planning, communication, and training can help ensure a successful network upgrade. If you don’t have an IT Department of your own, or even if you do, we can work with you to put a comprehensive upgrade plan together and it can make a systems upgrade much less painful.

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VoIp Phone Systems and 5G

on March 28, 2019 No comments

Voice Over Internet Protocol is a fancy name for you don’t need a landline to have a sophisticated business phone system for your company. Back in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, VoIp was clunky and the echoing on phone calls was extremely annoying. Yes, it was cheaper than a landline, but for business use, not very good

All that has changed. VoIp phone systems are sophisticated, the ability to have conversations without the echo is encouraging, and the integration between wireless and office phone systems give employees all the flexibility to be out of the office on work related tasks, while still having the ability to respond to their phone calls.

In case you haven’t been paying attention, things are due to get even better. Wireless systems are being upgraded from 4G networks to 5G networks. Why do you care? Well, for one reason, that means communications and data handling ability are going to be more seamless. Everything will be faster when it comes to wireless, and because VoIp is internet base, that means VoIp communications will be even better.

This is what www.techadvisory.org has to say

Virtual and augmented reality

“With 5G network speeds, virtual and augmented reality will become more common for SMBs. 5G will blow past 4G’s Gbps (gigabits per second) limit, which is currently holding back the adoption of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications.

VR and AR need to process significantly more data because of the visuals they must process as users move, and this puts an enormous strain on mobile networks. 5G is also set to ensure a better user experience by facilitating smoother connections and preventing network delays from affecting your bottom line.

Mobile VoIP

VoIP calls rely heavily on sufficient download and upload speeds. For example, when mobile VoIP users on 4G networks are limited to 12Mbps upload and 2Mbps download speeds, they experience unstable and poor call connectivity and clarity. These limitations could also lead to something called packet loss, which happens when one or more “packets” of data traveling across a computer network fail to reach their destination, typically caused by network congestion.”

Still not sure what all of this means for your company? Give us a call and we can meet and talk about your current phone system, what the advantages and cost savings could be for your company and how to make it all work for you.

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Strong Passwords Are Important

on March 21, 2019 No comments

Want to keep your business safe from cyber breaches? When your employees are online, threats come in multiple forms. These include phishing, cross-site scripting, scams, malware and various other forms of hacking. Keeping employees safe online is the responsibility of everyone in the organization. At the highest level, however, it is the responsibility of management and people with the ultimate authority.

When it comes to keeping employees safe at the personal level, having an especially strong password policy can limit external threats. Hackers typically exploit employees’ use of weak or common passwords, using brute force to guess and crack passwords.  Who doesn’t remember the movie “Hackers”?  Employees had not listened to the IT support and had weak common passwords (I believe it was god) and that was how the hackers gained access.

These days, constructing a strong password will consist of condensing an entire sentence, at least 12 characters long, into one cohesive word. These sentences can be shortened or abbreviated, but the point is, single words just don’t cut it anymore.

If you’re using numbers, never use ones that are related to addresses, birthdays, and other searchable information as those details are easily accessible by hackers. Also as convenient as it may be, do not let your browser remember your password. This information is open to hackers, especially if your device is misplaced or stolen.


More importantly have different passwords for different accounts.  It is common for individuals to utilize the same password for multiple accounts, but even at a minimum, employees should have at least two separate passwords for personal and business accounts. 

A strong password policy makes it harder for hackers to crack passwords and breach your network. Passwords should be changed on a regular basis. In addition, you should invest in your workers’ education concerning threats and cyber security practices. Everyone in the organization needs to adhere to strong cybersecurity practices that protect the individual and the entire company network.

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Tech Support For Companies

on January 25, 2019 No comments

You’re a business owner and you’ve been doing just fine without a huge staff or a dedicated IT guy. So far, so good. Like everything else these days, your business depends on technology: email, databases, documents and spreadsheets—maybe even software unique to your industry. What happens when things stop running smoothly?

Perhaps you and your staff are becoming frustrated with computers that aren’t working properly, and network that’s too slow and you’ve been troubleshooting computer/printer/router problems—your business needs IT support. In fact, we think it need us, UTS.

As you pile more and more work on an older system, it will slow down. At some point, it will heave a sigh and stop working all together. It’s important to perform preventative maintenance on the components of your network. It’s also important to ensure you are using the type of computer, servers and network equipment that is made to handle higher volumes of data.

Rather then waiting until something catastrophic happens, let us go through your current configuration and make recommendations. Adding new devices to your network may seem easy, and in some cases it might be, but it’s not always the case. It is a delicate process that needs to be done by professionals to ensure that it is set up right for the sake of your business.

As the new year begins, it is the very best time to re-evaluate your tech operations, and if your business doesn’t already have an IT strategy, you might need to consider finding  an IT partner as soon as possible. We hope that will be Unified Technology Solutions.

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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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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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Malware Removal

on September 6, 2018 No comments

How do you remove malicious software, Malware, from your system? There are do it yourself instructions you can find on Google and the other search engines, but our advice is, call UTS. There are several different versions of Malware floating around, just waiting to get into your network, and if you aren’t proficient in it’s removal, you could end up doing more harm than good.

How can you tell if you have Malware on your system? If your network has been running fine and the response time on the various computers within your network was good, and now all of a sudden things seem to have slowed to a crawl, there is a very good chance something has infected your system.

There are other signs as well, like extensions added to your search bar, or redirects from the home page you normally see.

If you have a strong antivirus software currently installed on your system, the programs usually have a scan component you can initiate to go out and check for viruses. Before you do anything else, go ahead and run the scan. It will notify you of any viruses it detects and sometimes it will even isolate the code in a special area. Then before you do anything else, give us a call. Sometimes the virus you have will bury itself deep in your system, and once you reboot the software, it’s almost impossible to find.

In the meantime, it could be a good idea to take your system offline until we get there and can run our diagnostic programs to try to isolate the virus.

Trying to clean up Malware or Viruses yourself, unless you have some pretty high level technical skills, could be kind of like trying to re-wire your own home. You can cause a mess and it may cost you twice as much time and money to fix any mistakes you might make.

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Just What Does Unified Technology Solutions Offer?

on August 2, 2018 No comments

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Unified Technology Solutions offers a full range of computer  services for companies in the Vero Beach Area. From  the purchase of computers and servers to support and more for your Indian River County business.  UTS  also offers computer repair, network support and cloud services. It is our goal to  become your one stop shop for all of your business computing and phone related services. From planning your entire network, to keeping it running smoothly, we offer you a multi faceted support system so that your business never suffers from an outage or data loss.

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The Importance of Decluttering Your Computer

on July 12, 2018 No comments

 

There is a  children’s song  that goes something like this, ” Clean up clean up everybody everywhere, clean up clean up everybody do your share.” If you have children, it’s a safe bet you will use this sing-song to get them to clean up of all those toys they scatter everywhere.

Today I am asking all of you with tons of old files and miscellaneous bits to sing that song for yourself and clean up your computers.   When your system gets overloaded with data, it is going to take longer for the software to look through your file indexes in order to find things. It’s also going to have a more difficult time finding contiguous free space to write those files.

Think of it like someone having to carry a heavy load of suitcases around with them all the time. Carting around a load of files and photos and PDF’s that you just don’t need any longer is kind of akin to hoarding. So, try this before you call us and say your system is running way too slow, clean things up.

Go through your documents folder and  off load any really old files, general correspondence and old projects. Then go through your photos, We tend to take tons of photos, offload them all from our phones and never look at them again. Some of those photos are blurry or not really very good, so delete them. Let them go.

Video files are huge, so, if you can, move those to the cloud. The same goes with music files. Then run the disk clean up utility on your system followed by Defrag and a general clean up of all the temp files that get downloaded from your internet searches.

It’s also a very good idea to have UTS  perform regular maintenance of your computers, servers and peripherals. That way we can diagnose any potential system problems and clean them up before they get serious enough to impact your operations. Just like getting regular checkups for your health, it’s important to do the same for your systems.  Maintaining these devices on a regular basis  reduces the risk of your system breaking down.

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