Wi-fi Issues and Connectivity Issues
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Wi-Fi issues and connectivity issues

With so many mobile devices wireless connectivity has become more important than ever.  Our phones are wireless, our laptops are wireless, our printers are wireless.  When these devices work well we are happy and go about our daily lives oblivious to all the technology that goes into their function. When these devices do not work that is when these common problems can come into play.
Often times a simple reset of your wireless router or wireless access point can cure wireless connectivity issues. Making sure you are close to the wireless device that is transmitting is also a good idea. Sometimes people can accidentally disable their wireless card on their laptop or mobile phone and this can cause issue.  If these simple tips do not resolve your wireless connectivity problems there may be issues with your Internet service provider or you could have a bad router/access.  It is typically recommended to make a quick phone call to your Internet service provider and they can diagnose connectivity remotely to make sure you are connected to their network.  If a response is that everything looks okay on their end then it is probably a bad piece of equipment on your side.  These issues and more can arise in our modern wireless world.
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File encryption and emailing encrypted documents

One of the biggest topics today is file encryption and email encryption.

These two items are becoming requirements in certain industries. Essentially in a nutshell what they are is advanced layers of protection against unwanted users gaining access to data. By using these technologies you can ensure that a stolen laptop or a compromise email stays safely encrypted and unavailable to whomever falsely possesses it. These two technologies are becoming more and more important as hackers target large repositories of critical information.  By employing encryption on both your hard drive in your email can ensure safe transmission and storage of data.
One of the easiest and most common types of encryption is available with Microsoft Windows 10 professional. It is called BitLocker and it is easily enabled.  By using this hard drive encryption you can ensure that if someone ever took physical possession of your system they would be able to get absolutely no data off of it.  There are several options when it comes to email encryption but the two we prefer are Zixmail and Barracuda.  These two options have their pros and cons but will allow the user to send and receive encrypted email.  Encrypted email is a process in which the recipient receives essentially an email inviting them to log into a secure website and then download the intended document.  This allows for a second layer of protection should that email be compromised.
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Proper security and protection from viruses

Viruses have been around for decades now and having proper security is absolutely essential. Virus protection is even essential now for the Mac environment.  They are now facing the growing threat of viruses, spyware, adware and other malware.  It is an unfortunate necessity but having proper protection is an absolute must in today’s technological world.  We prefer and deploy Webroot Secure Anywhere protection above all else. This lightweight, cloud-based, effective antivirus has proved itself against today’s biggest threats.  This antivirus can usually be had relatively cheap but provides amazing protection as well as optimizing system resources.  With proper security in place the user can navigate the Internet, email and files with a greatly reduced risk of infection.  This first line of protection can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs as well as countless hours or days of frustration.
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Backups and disaster recovery

One of the most commonly overlooked areas in technology today is backup and disaster recovery. It has become more important than ever to make sure you have an adequate plan to protect your data. Not only are you at risk for hardware failure, viruses and human error but today we face other challenges like ransomware viruses. These are probably the most insidious and destructive threats to your data. Before about two years ago when they started to surface  there were many recovery techniques to try and get data back for those who did not take appropriate backup actions.  With these new types of threats there is actually no way to get your information back unless you have good backups. There is also one other caveat in that these new breed of viruses actually encrypt your backup drives as well. There is hope and there is protection though.
As of this writing using Microsoft’s built-in Windows backup on an external drive has been relatively safe from the grips of these encryption viruses. One other way to ensure your backups are safe is to put them on an external drive or thumb drive and remove the drive after the backup has been complete. The absolute best backup technology currently available would be off-site backups. These backups are untouchable by encryption viruses. That is not to say that at some future point they may build in technology to thwart off-site backups and leave the user even more decimated.
You may be asking yourself why does anyone build a program like this. They actually build these programs to encrypt all your files and hold your information hostage. At some point in the process they will try to extort the user for anywhere from $300 to $1000 to get your stuff back. It is truly a horrendous crime and the worst part is that it is largely untraceable and unstoppable.  Make sure you invest a little bit of time on the front and to make sure that you are not one of those who has been or will be decimated by this new breed of virus.
With a little preparation and a proper backup plan in place there is no need for you to ever be without your precious data. I’m sure we’ve all been there when we forgot to save that paper or that piece of work but if you lose your entire hard drive you could be spending hours or days re-creating your precious files.