Tech Resources & Articles

Phone Charging Mistakes You’re Probably Making

November 19th, 2018 by admin

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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...

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

November 15th, 2018 by admin

SSL Certificate

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...

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Posted in: Protection, Security, Technology

Duel of the Digital Assistants

November 12th, 2018 by admin

Alexa digital assistant

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...

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Hacking Horror Story: This Ransomware Turns You into the Villain

October 25th, 2018 by admin

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It’s nearly Halloween. There’s an eerie feeling in the air. The thought of ghosts, goblins, and other other-worldly visitors fills our thoughts. Scarier than these monsters that lurk under our beds is this unwanted intruder to your computer. You don’t...

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

October 23rd, 2018 by admin

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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...

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Scamming the Scammer: One man’s hilarious fight against phishing

October 18th, 2018 by admin

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Each day our spam folders fill up with requests from supposed royalty, long lost family members with inheritance to spare, and hosts of other scammers looking to take advantage of the gullible. One man has had enough! Scammers beware! Rather than...

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Posted in: Security, Tech Tips

The Drone Wars: Episode 1

October 15th, 2018 by admin

Close up of a flying drone with a blurred cityscape in the background

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...

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Smart Cities

October 1st, 2018 by admin

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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...

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What You Don't Know About VPNs

September 17th, 2018 by admin

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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...

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Posted in: Protection, Security, Products, Technology

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

September 6th, 2018 by admin

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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....

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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,...

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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...

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The Dangers of Public Wi-Fi: 10 Tips to Stay Protected

July 23rd, 2018 by admin

When you’re out and about, be it in your local coffee shop or the airport, a “Free Wifi” sign can be a welcome sight to see. But before you connect to that tempting public network, there are some important things to keep in mind about the potential risks...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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Inbox Overload? Here's Six Quick Outlook Tips

March 7th, 2018 by admin

Every office has that one person who just has it all together. From their color coded Outlook calendar and scholar-like emails, to their crisp inbox and record breaking response time, you can’t help but wonder, “How does Karen do it?” While, most Karen’s...

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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...

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After The Breach: What Happens to Stolen Data

March 2nd, 2018 by admin

Over the last few years, there have been many major data breaches including Target, Sony, and most recently, Equifax. Even if we don’t hear about them, smaller scale hacks are happening all the time. It’s terrifying to imagine our data getting into the...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Chicken and Cyber Security: Lessons from 2017

January 31st, 2018 by admin

Reading about hacks is a great blend of macabre intrigue, and education by bad example. As terrible as cyber-attacks are, there is always wisdom to be gained from them (and as long as we’re learning, it might as well be fun!). With that in mind, we’ve...

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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...

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Your Source for Outsourcing Part 3: What Does it Cost?

January 22nd, 2018 by admin

At the bottom of every business consideration are the golden questions: what will each option cost, and which one is the best bang for your buck? If you are looking at in-house solutions, trying to cover all your core IT needs would require that you either...

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A Technical Look at 2017: A Year in Review

January 22nd, 2018 by admin

2017 has been an exciting and astonishing year for technology around the world. The internet of things took major leaps and showed some of the drawbacks that come from connecting many new kinds of everyday items to the web. Artificial intelligence facial...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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