News and Articles from Equinox IT Services

5 Money-Saving Extensions for Online Shopping

January 23rd, 2019 by admin

The holidays are upon us! For many, the joy of the season may be hampered by the presents that have yet to be purchased. Thanks to online shopping, gone are the days of being forced to face the crowds at the mall, or run all across town in search of one perfect item. If you're shopping online this holiday...

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Phone Charging Mistakes You’re Probably Making

November 19th, 2018 by admin

Seems pretty simple, right? Plug in your phone and let it charge. Oh, if only it were that easy. Chances are, you're charging your phone wrong. Here's how to do it correctly, and keep your battery in good shape. Most smartphone manufactures say that their batteries in their phones will work at full...

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TLS End of Life: What Is It & Will Your Business Be Affected?

November 15th, 2018 by admin

The largest web browsers have all announced that they will be ending support for applications that use old versions of TLS by 2020. You may not know what TLS is, but this change could affect your business. This is what you need to know, to be sure your infrastructure will still be supported.TLS is an...

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Posted in: Protection, Security, Technology

Duel of the Digital Assistants

November 12th, 2018 by admin

In this age of information, we all need a companion. Just 10 years ago, a digital assistant may have seemed like something out of a futuristic flick, but today, with a simple, “Alexa” or “Hey Google”, we have access to a myriad of tools and information. But which assistant is...

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Kick Your Phone Addiction: Introduction to iOS 12’s New Feature (And Dupes for Android!)

October 23rd, 2018 by admin

Yikes - the average person checks their phone 110 times a day. Learning the details of your personal phone usage can be an even harder pill to swallow. These details can be found in the new iOS 12 update. Here are some ways to make the best of this new feature and curb your addiction.If you feel like...

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The Drone Wars: Episode 1

October 15th, 2018 by admin

What if you could command a private drone army? In the military, drone warfare has become a reality. They can fly 50 MPH, they are difficult to detect, and feel no fear. Strap on some heat vision cameras and a small bomb, and you have yourself a terrifying robot version of Alfred Hitchcock's, “The...

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Smart Cities

October 1st, 2018 by admin

Smart Cities are a buzzy term for using technology to help solve public problems. If we put fire detecting cameras around all of Los Angeles, to help alert the authorities and create faster response times, this would be a Smart City feature. There is a little bit of ambiguity here, but basically: Technology...

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What You Don't Know About VPNs

September 17th, 2018 by admin

Did you know if you run that VPN your IT guy set you up with, in China or Russia you could get a prison sentence? What about what a VPN actually protects you from? Most people have heard of the service, millions use them daily, few know what it really does. What is a VPN and what does it do? Virtual...

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Cyber Crime Has Gone Mobile: 7 Rules to Protect Your Phone

September 6th, 2018 by admin

It's hard to remember a world before smart phones. They are not only a means of communication, but our alarm clocks, calendars, flashlights, banks, and so much more. Not surprisingly, hackers have picked up on the trend; cyber crime has gone mobile. Over 60% of online fraud is done through mobile platforms...

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Tech Term of the Week: Encryption

August 6th, 2018 by admin

Whether you want to better understand how your personal devices work, what technologies can protect and enhance your business, or just want to learn a little bit more about tech to impress your friends—then we have the blog series for you! Each week, we’ll come at you with a term to expand your tech...

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25 Keyboard Shortcuts You Need to Know

July 27th, 2018 by admin

Why go the long way when you can take a shortcut? In today’s fast-moving world, we want things quick and easy. Keyboard shortcuts are a simple way to increase your efficiency and ease of navigation when working on your PC. So let your pup rest his weary head on your track pad a little longer, as you...

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Battle of the Browsers

July 12th, 2018 by admin

The world wide web is a part of our everyday lives. Though you may be surfing the net multiple times a day, how many times do you think about your web browser? Are you using the right one for you? What are the differences between the browsers, and what features are you missing out on? We have the data...

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2018 Inventions We Didn't See Coming

June 4th, 2018 by admin

When thinking of the future, what new inventions and technology do you imagine? There was a time when science fiction was obsessed with flying cars and laser guns. Very few writers thought about inventions such as internet or air conditioning (which happen to be two of my personal favorites). With so...

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Get Your Head Out of the Clouds: How Cloud Technology Can Make or Break Your Business

May 22nd, 2018 by admin

Tut tut, it looks like rain! April showers have brought May flowers, and this time of year always gets us in a cloudy kind of mood. There are so many clouds to talk about: cloud storage, cloud computing, cloud AI, and a whole lot more. I’m even writing this on a cloud right now! The latest forecasts...

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The Ethics of AI: Avoiding Science Fiction Disaster

May 1st, 2018 by admin

The future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is incredible, yet frightening. The potential uses are limitless, and could lead to extremely helpful solutions. As the demand for AI increases and the technology advances, we are approaching a crossroads. Though the future is exciting, it comes along with some...

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Technology Toolbox: Monitoring (Part 2/2)

April 24th, 2018 by admin

Behind every successful professional that uses technology, is an expert in that technology that knows how it works in and out. Whether you are your own technology manager or have an outsourced or in-house team, you need someone that knows how to monitor your computer hardware, and ensure it’s working...

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Technology Toolbox: Patching (Part 1/2)

April 18th, 2018 by admin

Remote monitoring teams use a lot of different tools that they have found or built over the years to help them maintain computers and solve problems efficiently. These toolboxes are like the software version of Batman’s utility belt. Using them, technicians are able to make many important changes to...

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Get Ahead of the Competition by Never Falling Behind: Why a Great Backup Solution is Critical

April 10th, 2018 by admin

Most people think of backups as a pass/fail situation. But the truth is, there’s a wide spectrum of quality when it comes to these critical solutions. You may have a passing-level solution, but do you and your company have A-grade backups? Here, we discuss some of the benefits and features that set the...

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What is Remote Monitoring?

April 4th, 2018 by admin

What sets expert technology users apart is their knowledge of how to properly maintain their PC, and prevent problems before they occur. IT professionals use remote monitoring tools to provide expert maintenance with as little interruption as possible. Whether you’re a self-proclaimed expert, completely...

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Get Your Head Out of the Sand and Start Taking Advantage of Excel

March 30th, 2018 by admin

Have you ever been two hours into a tedious Excel task and thinking “There has to be a simpler way to do this!” Well, you can rest your weary, bloodshot eyes, because there is a simpler way! If you are just starting in Excel we recommend checking out our Top 10 Easy Excel Shortcuts to Boost Your Productivity....

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Feeling Sluggish? Speed Things Up With These Five Chrome Plugins

March 20th, 2018 by admin

We’ve all heard that efficiency is clever laziness. The problem is, most of us are too lazy to be clever. That’s why whenever possible, we should just use the cleverness that’s already been had, and save ourselves a step toward efficiency. For this reason, we put together a list of 5 of the most clever...

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Text Scams: The Long Lost Eleventh Plague of Egypt

March 15th, 2018 by admin

You’ve probably seen phishing scams may have even forwarded a few. (It’s ok, this is a safe space.) We want to make sure you are aware of SMS phishing because it’s even more devious than regular phishing scams, it’s downright dastardly. But don’t worry, a little learning and you’ll have...

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The Future of Authentication and Security

March 5th, 2018 by admin

Since the beginning of time, there have been people trying to get access to and/or take things that don’t belong to them. A lock and key, a hiding spot with a map, or armed guards were the ways we used to make sure that only the intended individuals had access. Today we have passwords, fingerprints,...

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BYOD & Workplace Security

February 15th, 2018 by admin

There has been a boom of BYOD workplaces in recent years. This means “bring your own device” not “bring your own drink” (or “bring your own drums” like I hoped it was). BYOD companies benefit by having lower employee startup costs, and the employees benefit from more freedom and power over their work....

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Hacking Your Dumb Smart Devices and Printers

February 8th, 2018 by admin

An infinite number of hackers, hacking an infinite number of printers, will eventually, accidentally print the complete works of Shakespeare. Why and how they ever hacked a printer in the first place, is the subject of the day. There are all kinds of devices that you use every day that you might not...

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Internet

February 5th, 2018 by admin

The internet is a pretty cool invention. We now have staggering power and potential at our fingertips. It’s a beautiful and eternal spectacle of cats dressed like people, and people dressed like cats. Memes about memes, thousand year old prophecies that were uploaded in 2009, entire web pages about ninjas...

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One Practice that will Save Your Company: End User Security Training

January 26th, 2018 by admin

One click of a button. One phone call. One suspicious email. It doesn’t take much for a hacker to get past your security defenses and into your business. All it takes for them to get inside is for someone at your company to let them in. You can see just how simple it can be in this video from CNN here....

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Your Source for Outsourcing Part 2: What to Outsource and What to Hold Onto

January 16th, 2018 by admin

Before you decide what to outsource and what to bring in-house, get some help analyzing a few critical areas: Your core technologies – Which areas are strong? Which are neglected? Your everyday users and VIP users – Do they need lots of help from IT? How patient do you expect them to be when their...

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Your Source for Outsourcing Part 1: When to Outsource Your IT

January 13th, 2018 by admin

We’ve seen a variety of solutions for business IT. Maybe you have a tech on payroll, maybe one of the guys from accounting (or whichever department) knows computers, maybe there is a neighborhood kid who owns a Gameboy and seemed to plug the printers in right when you asked them to (fingers crossed)....

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What It Takes to Be a Tech

January 3rd, 2018 by admin

We have the most amazing employees here at Equinox IT Services and we want you to see that as well. We decided to ask our techs a couple questions about themselves and their tech career so that you could get to know them better. Here are some of our favorite (serious and not-so-serious) answers: How...

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Unraveling the Internet of Things: What is IoT and When is it Coming?

December 20th, 2017 by admin

In 1990, Tim Berners invented the World Wide Web and shook the globe. In 2017, there is a lot of talk about a new internet on the rise, not of information, but an “Internet of Things.” While the Internet of Things presents a world of new opportunities (and new requirements for security)…what exactly...

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Machine Learning: The Modern User Experience

December 6th, 2017 by admin

In the stone ages, if we wanted to compare our pile of rocks to our pile of sticks, (to ensure sure we had the proper ratio to make cave man things) we had to do it all by hand. Then computers and logic processors came along and they’ve been great for really specific tasks, like counting rocks and sticks....

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Operation Cyber Monday: Make Out Like a Bandit with These Links & Tips

November 13th, 2017 by admin

The time is fast approaching to separate the champions from the cattle. Cyber Monday is just a couple weeks away, and with it comes opportunities beyond imagination. 4k HD TVs at slashed prices, gaming systems at their lowest prices ever, smart phones for the exact same price as always, and weird things...

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A Five Minute Crash Course on Solar Power: History and Investment

November 3rd, 2017 by admin

Solar power plants have been around since the 1980s, but in the past 40 years the technology has come a long way. The potential applications have been reimagined and reinvented. There are new implications (environmental, political, etc.) that have shaped solar based technology as we know it today. We...

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