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When to update and when to upgrade

“Mike, you said to stay current with updates, so should I be using Vista?” In IT, we often use terminology that is confusing outside the IT world – and that may be the understatement of the year.  This may help you clarify: Updates refer to your application of recommended patches that “fix” something that is […]

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When firing an employee – involve your IT department

Be sure to involve your IT department when terminating an employee. You trust your employees to access the organization’s data, and along with that access comes the ability for them to harm your organization. Other companies have experienced problems such as: The employee copying client information to take with them when they go The employee […]

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When will people learn to scramble laptop data?

Once again, I have met a new client that suffered a data breach because they lost a laptop. The news is filled with examples of this information. First of all, why are customer names, Social Security numbers, addresses, and phone numbers allowed to be stored on computers? Frequently it is without the company’s knowledge. The […]

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