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Signs Your Technology Might Be Older Than You

b2ap3_thumbnail_old_tech_signs_400.jpgWhen we think of technology in terms of age, we often look at how long the machine has lasted for. Some machines from the mid-90′s are still running, which makes them almost twenty years old. In terms of human life, that’s not a very long time, but if you look at it in terms of quality working conditions, you’ll find that these computers are kind of like dogs and cats. They may only be several years old, but in terms of actual age, their lifespan makes them much older than you realize.

If your technology is as ancient as your 14 year old cat, you might want to consider upgrading to a more up-to-date system. Sure, that old contraption can access the Internet, but no business owner wants to conduct business in a counter-productive fashion by using Stone Age technology. Here are a few signs you might need an upgrade:

Good for Business
Computers are important for any company looking to make a serious impression on any clients. Nobody will take you seriously if you’re still running Windows ME. Older technology is also less reliable than newer technology, and in business, reliability is key. If you’re looking to jumpstart your company’s technological reliability, Total Networks can help you pick out your new machine and assist you with the transition, as well as provide you with any tech support you might need.

Slow and Steady Doesn’t Win the Race
Years of use can lead to a collection of viruses, malware, or just too many problems. Additionally, if your computer is too old, even an antivirus could slow your computer down dramatically. All of these problems can slow your computer down, and therefore, decrease your overall productivity in the workplace. If your computer can’t handle the latest software, it might be time to replace it with something that can. More recent technology doesn’t have a problem with antivirus software, and it will exponentially increase your performance in the workplace.

Your Hard Drive Is Filled to the Brim
Have too much stuff on your computer from years of use? If you have to constantly shift data back and forth from your hard drive to your disk (especially if it’s a floppy disk), you should consider upgrading to something with a bit more capacity. More space makes for more room for organization.

Newer technology also has access to secure cloud storage. You’ll have virtually limitless storage space, and Total Networks can help you set it up.

If it’s Collecting Dust, Get Rid of It
Let’s face it; we always love getting new things. When you buy a new car, even the smell is wonderful. Getting a new computer can make you feel infinitely better about your business, and if you have the budget, you have no reason not to bump it up a notch.

If your old technology is impacting the way that you do business, it’s time for you to put the past in the past and take a step into the future. Don’t cling to musty old technology – call Total Networks today at (602)412-5025 and we’ll see to it that you find a new system to suit your business’s needs.

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Massive Workloads Call for Multiple Monitors

b2ap3_thumbnail_dual_monitors_400.jpgWhen life throws you for a loop and you are contracted with much more work than you are used to, perhaps it is time to upgrade your workstation. One of the simplest ways you can do this is by hooking up multiple monitors. With too many windows open, your desktop becomes cluttered and your workflow impeded. Stop getting lost in your work and hook up an extra screen today!

Video Card? What’s That?!
The video card is what allows you to see images on your monitor, but not every computer’s video card is the same. This affects whether or not you will be able use a dual monitor display. Rather than buying a bunch of monitors and finding out they are all useless, take the time to investigate exactly what kind of monitor you have. Grasp the monitor cord firmly in your hand and follow it to the back of your PC. You are looking for a second video port; it is required if you want to hook up extra monitors. Be careful not to mistake the Video Graphics Array (VGA), Digital Video Interface (DVI), or High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) ports for what you are really looking for. These other ports will usually be located to the right or left of the port your monitor is plugged into. You are looking for another port that looks just like that one.

Sometimes the port looks a little bit different. In the event that this happens, the ports are usually labeled for what they are intended. If it is indeed what you are looking for, fear not – you can purchase a converter which will enable your monitor to plug into just about anything. If you are ever unsure about what kind of converter you need, or if you need help ascertaining what kind of wire you’ll need to make this work, contact Total Networks. Our tech professionals are available to help with whatever technical needs you may have.

Looks Are Deceiving
You just found what you think is the perfect monitor to suit your needs, and you’re getting ready to order it. However, how can you know that this monitor is really as great as you think it is? Screens ordered from discount websites or local stores are often riddled with not-so-obvious problems, such as dead pixels, low resolution, or poor color display. Don’t be fooled by these cheap illusions – you want to make sure you get the most for what you are paying. Total Networks can help you select and install the monitor which bests suits your needs for the best price.

Fear Not the Horrors of the Past
Once there was a dark time when installing a new monitor was our worst nightmare. New drivers had to be installed for cathode ray tube monitors (CRT), which is a fancy phrase for outdated, old monitors. Nowadays, PCs are equipped with a Plug and Play feature, which allows your computer to immediately recognize your new monitor, and it will work as soon as your PC boots up.

Work Your Way!
You’re not quite done yet. Though you can certainly jump right into enjoying your new monitor, it is recommended that you accept Windows’ cue to optimize your monitor settings to your liking. You can play with the power-saving settings, duplicate the main screen, extend the display across each monitor to create one big monitor, or disable particular screens. The secret to accessing these settings within Windows 8 is to swipe the cursor to the right side of the screen and bring up the Charms Bar. Click on Devices – Second Screen – Select Your Second Screen Preference.

With so many ways to customize your new multi-monitor lifestyle, you’ll never work the same way again. With Total Networks at your side, you will be able to select the most efficient monitor for your needs.

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The Heartbleed Fallout

b2ap3_thumbnail_heartbleed_fallout_400.jpgLast week, the Heartbleed bug was identified as a weakness in the OpenSSL cryptographic library, potentially leaking two-thirds of the Internet’s secure information from any websites utilizing this encryption style. While most major websites such as Google, Yahoo, and Facebook released patches quickly, it does little to actually remediate the problem. Your data could have been leaked over the year-plus that the vulnerability could have been accessed. There is no way to know if it has been compromised.

Fortunately, there is one thing you can do to protect your accounts from hackers; change your passwords. But unfortunately, you probably have too many passwords to count. Unless you use a password manager such as Lastpass, 1Password, or Roboform, you will have trouble changing them all at once. It might take you hours, maybe even days!

We Need a Holiday
Tech writer Rafe Needleman suggests we make a national holiday, National Change Your Passwords Day, where everyone can take the day to change their passwords, and improve their Internet security in general. In fact, he thinks it should be a day off from work, and paid, too. If you think about the security of the entire world’s data, it only makes sense that the data is worth a paid day off from work. You can’t put a price on the security of your entire network. If something were to happen to your data, it could be catastrophic to both your personal identity and your company.

Needleman also discusses when he thinks this holiday should be; the transition from Standard to Daylight Savings Time. Most clocks are resetting themselves these days, and that’s a whole extra hour to change your passwords. He even suggests that they be changed twice a year, during the transition from Daylight Savings Time to Standard time, as well. While changing your passwords twice every year is far better than not changing them, you should probably change your passwords at least once every month.

We Should Make That A Thing!
This wouldn’t be the first time that something like this exists. Though it isn’t a paid day off from work, there is a day reserved for backing up your data called World Backup Day. It was just last month – March 31st. We can’t stress enough how important it is for your data to be backed up somewhere. If something happens to your information and it is compromised, or if a hard drive failure occurs, your entire company’s future could go right out the window. You do not want to take your company’s future so nonchalantly.

When it comes to your personal information and data, nothing is more important. It might not be a paid day off from work, but you should still take some time to change your passwords and to backup your data. Call (602)412-5025 and Total Networks can help you with both by being your remote IT consultant. We can backup your data for you as well as monitor your systems.

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