Java Update Released

June 26, 2013

Within the last couple weeks, Oracle released an update to Java.  Although you don’t run Java directly, other programs on your computer may use Java.  As a result, you may have Java but not even realize it.  Unfortunately Java has many security holes.

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Updates Available

May 2, 2013

If you have used a Windows computer anytime in the last 12 years, then you have had little icons in the bottom right hand corner of your screen telling you that an update is available.  Not only that but you see them all the time!  Here are the most common updates and what you should do about them:

 

  • Microsoft Updates.  Once a month, Microsoft releases updates and patches for Windows, Office and other products.  If a serious security flaw is discovered during another part of the month, then Microsoft may have an additional release of updates instead of waiting until their time of the month.  Except for rare circumstances, we recommend you go ahead and install Microsoft updates – this will include a restart.
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  • Java.  A little orange square with a white cup of coffee indicates an update for Java.  Java isn’t a particular program, rather it is a programming language used by other programs.  This is updated all the time because security holes are often found.  Instead of clicking on this icon and getting the update, we recommend you go to the web site java.com and click on the big red button to get the most recent Java.  CAUTION: part way through the installation process it defaults to a check box that will install other software with it – it is not needed and we recommend not installing it.
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  • Adobe: A little red square with the Adobe icon indicates updates are available for one or more Adobe programs on your computer – Acrobat Reader, Acrobat Pro, etc.  Go ahead and click the icon and install the update.  CAUTION: part way through the installation process it defaults to a check box that will install other software with it – it is not needed and we recommend not installing it.

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Those are the most common but there are others.  Would you like to not worry about this?  Emerson Technologies performs automated maintenance on workstations (laptops & desktops) and all these and many other updates are included.  Give us a call to find out how we can ensure your organization is covered.

Dropbox vs Google Drive vs MS Skydrive

March 8, 2013

First there was Dropbox.  Then last year Google released their answer with Google Drive.  Then Microsoft got into the game with Microsoft Sky Drive.  What are they?  Are they useful for your business?

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What is Cloud Computing? Is it for me?

March 8, 2013

Cloud computing continues to be widely talked about in the press and commercials.  Most people have realized that cloud computing is the “in thing” and that it’s the latest computing development.  Even so, many small businesses are still wondering what it is and if it has any benefits for them. Read more

Consider replacing your hard drive before it fails!

September 29, 2011

Computers don’t last forever and one of the most common parts to fail is the hard drive.  Unfortunately, the hard drive is where all of the data is stored so when it fails it can have disastrous results.  The typical lifespan of a desktop computer hard drive is 4-5 years, and for a laptop it is around 3 years.  If you are using a hard drive that is around the 3 year mark, you might want to consider upgrading to be safe – it can save you a lot of headaches and frustration.
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Laptop Security

September 29, 2011

PreyHave you ever been worried about getting your laptop or smartphone stolen?  Even if you try to be very safe about where you leave your laptop, there is always a chance someone could get a hold of it causing you to potentially lose very important sensitive information.  Although there are a number of tools available to help combat this problem, one stands out.  The tool is called Prey, and it runs on Windows, Macintosh and Linux based laptops, as well as Android based smartphones.

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Comcast releases $9.99 Internet Nationwide, for those who qualify

September 29, 2011

One of the largest Internet providers has rolled out a nationwide high speed Internet plan for only $9.99 a month.  Starting this month, Comcast now offers Internet for $9.99 and access to purchase a computer for $150.00.  The speeds that they offer are up to 1.5Mbps, which is fast enough for basic Internet browsing needs.  If you are signed up, they guarantee it will last at least 3 years for you, and they also offer free Internet training. Read more

Power Outages

July 26, 2011

We have all experienced power outages whether for 5 seconds or 5 hours. There is never a good time for a power outage, and they can often cause disastrous results to computers and other electronics. In the unusually hot and humid weather we have been having in Minnesota, we have noticed a lot of power outages recently and have been getting a lot of calls as a result. Everybody is running their air conditioners on full blast, and the drain on the power grid is a lot higher than normal. This is causing temporary power outages and leading to a lot of frustration. Here are some tips and information on what you can do to stay safe. Read more

Emerson Technologies Premium Backup Service

June 28, 2011

It is important to have data backed up. Emerson Technologies recommends using a 3-2-1 backup strategy, which includes an offsite backup. We recommended using online backups because they are very easy to configure, they run automatically, and are kept at a different location than your other copies. This means somebody doesn’t have to remember to take a tape home every night.  In a the event that something catastrophic happens where a building suffers damage, or there is a water damage, the backups will be safe. Read more

LastPass – The “Last” Password to Remember

June 28, 2011

Do you ever get tired of having to remember dozens or even hundreds of passwords for all of your different logins? What if you just had to remember one password for everything? Well with LastPass it is now possible. LastPass is a program that allows you to keep an online vault securely encrypted with all your passwords and logins. LastPass can run on Windows, Mac, Linux, and most mobile devices, and integrates with most Internet browsers. Read more

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