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The latest technology news and what it means for you.

Hurricane Matthew IT Alert - How to Protect Your Computers and Contact Us
Oct 05, 2016

In the first of a series of posts, we are providing information on how to prepare for the impending hurricane and how you will be able to communicate with us before, during and after the storm. Throughout the next 48 hours, and over the course of the next week, we will make additional posts to update you on service availability. +

We’re Using a New Antivirus – VIPRE
Aug 12, 2016

We’re using a new antivirus called VIPRE and we’ve been happy with the results so far. On a scan of 86 machines, VIPRE detected 187 infections, potentially unwanted software, and malware – all of which were not detected by the existing antivirus. +

Comparing IT Services in the Golden Isles: Geek Squad
Jul 14, 2016

Recently, we were asked how our prices compare to the Geek Squad. This prompted us to review the available Geek Squad service plans and call their support line to learn what is actually included in each plan. We called specifically to learn what was included with their protection plan.  +

Keeping Your Teenager Safe on Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Whatever Comes Next
May 23, 2016

When it comes to keeping your teenager safe on the Internet today, there’s more to consider than monitoring the way they “surf the web.” Most teenagers have an iPhone or iPad, or Android phone or tablet, and “hanging out online” typically means using a chat app like Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp. +

Keeping Your Teenager Safe Online: On Their Laptop, Phone or Tablet
May 21, 2016

For teenagers today, the Internet and smartphones are a way of life. From their homework to hanging out, everything happens online. Keeping teenagers safe online and on their phones is an increasing concern for schools and parents. In this article we’ll look at some important steps you can take to keep your teenagers safe and give you better peace of mind. +

Latest Malware: CryptoLocker - Protecting Your Business
Mar 02, 2016

Lately, the news has featured reports of the recent malware variant CryptoLocker, which is a particular type of malware known as ransomware. +

To Encrypt or Not to Encrypt? That is the Question
Feb 18, 2016

We've all heard about encrypting files, but what does this mean? And what should be encrypted? In this article, we'll provide you some straightforward answers about encrypting files, folders, computers, devices, and connections.  +

Removing Pesky and Annoying Toolbars From Your Browser
Feb 18, 2016

Sometimes when you download software a toolbar is included. This is an extra toolbar that installs itself at the top of your web browser, sometimes taking over your search functions. In this article, we'll show you how to remove pesky and annoying toolbars from Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome web browsers. +

3 Ways to Limit Screen Time and Keep Your Kids and Teenagers Safe Online
Feb 18, 2016

Children and teenagers are spending more and more time online and in front of screens and devices. In this article, we’ll look at ways you can keep your kids, including teenagers, safe online by blocking certain sites and limiting screen time.  +

Playing it Safe - How to Use Parental Controls on iPhone and iPad
Feb 18, 2016

With more parents letting their kids use their iPhones and iPads, and more parents buying their children their own iPads and iPhones or giving them their older models, it’s worth taking a look at the built-in parental control features that Apple provides. By turning on the Restrictions feature, you can prevent access to certain apps and features on the device, here’s how. +