Entries by ABaker

Let Trusted Eyes Watch Over Your Network

A firewall is a network security system that monitors and controls incoming and outgoing network traffic based on predetermined security rules. A firewall typically establishes a barrier between a trusted internal network and an untrusted external network, such as the Internet.  Firewalls block unauthorized access to your computer network from hackers, malware and viruses. They […]

Family Computers – Set Up, Usage and More…

A family can benefit from sharing a computer – whether it be the kids, parents or even grandparents.  When you set up this new computer there are a few things to keep in mind so that everyone can enjoy it, especially if you have a large family. You will want to make sure that the […]

End-Of-Life Hardware – Retire or Not Retire?

Many IT departments have processes to keep costs under control and systems running smoothly. However, most organizations fail to adequately plan and properly manage the end-of-life (EOL) transition for routers, firewalls, switches and other critical network infrastructure. A device that is fully depreciated does not yield cost savings – these devices actually represent potentially higher […]

My Software Has Reached End of Life. Now What?

When software reaches end of life (EOL), all of a sudden you find yourself wondering what impact will this have on our organization?  Take a moment to understand what vulnerabilities may be at hand and what are some best practices for planning ahead. Never just ignore EOL timelines because there are some risks to be […]

High Tech Gadgets to Travel With

Summer is here.  Everyone is eager to plan those well-deserved long weekend trips and vacations.  Here are some trendy, cutting edge and fun gadgets that may come in handy as you head out on your next adventure. Interested in taking high quality photos and videos on the go? If you’re taking that dream vacation and […]

July 8, 2018 – Math 2.0 Day

The world runs on numbers and mathematics. Without mathematics, we would not have buildings or cars or airplanes or the TV or even the device you are reading this on. Indeed, math is the basis of almost all science and technology. This unofficial holiday is thought to have been created in 2009 and is a […]

How to Dispose of Your Old Cell Phone

If you purchased or received a new smartphone recently, you may be wondering what to do with your previous phone. Only about 10% of our mobile devices are properly recycled. Where do they go? Many remain hidden in a desk drawer or some other forgotten place. More often, they find their way into the trash […]

Best Practices to Keep Computers From Overheating

The cooling system of a computer (the fan, heat sinks, vents, etc.) forms one of the most essential components of your device. “Simply put, if your computer becomes too hot, it is possible to destroy and shorten the lifespan of the hardware inside your computer, leading to irreparable damage and potential data loss. Besides losing […]

Crucial Steps to Take if Your Email Has Been Hacked

Many years ago Yahoo users fell victim to one of the largest data breaches in internet history.  Names, passwords and email addresses for every single customer account on the company’s servers were exposed in a cybersecurity attack.  This attack was very sophisticated – three billion users across multiple services under Yahoo’s umbrella were left vulnerable […]

Don’t Let the Summer Heat Destroy Your Mobile Devices

As much as we all enjoy outdoor activities that go along with those “lazy days of summer”, we are always reminded to stay hydrated, use sunscreen, avoid too much physical activity during peak hours, etc.   But, what about our precious mobile devices?  Are they being protected from the heat? Here are a few things to […]