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Virtualization

Microsoft’s free virtualization upgrade

One of the greatest things about cloud-based virtualization is that updates are rolled out by providers and don’t require end users to do anything. In the latest example of this, Microsoft just drastically increased the speed of its virtual machines for almost everyone using its platform. Azure: Microsoft’s virtualization platform As a full-service cloud solution,

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Security

Enlist IT help when installing CPU updates

When it comes to security updates, time is usually of the essence. The longer you wait to install a fix from a vendor, the higher the risk of being compromised. But in the cases of the Meltdown and Spectre flaws, you might be better off waiting until a more reliable patch is released. Let’s review

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Business

Should you use UPS for your network gear?

Smart business owners use uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for emergency situations like a storm, fire, or other disasters. Often, a UPS is deployed for desktop computers to give employees ample time to save their work and prevent losing unsaved work. An even better power-saving strategy in emergency situations, however, is to use UPS for networking

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Virtualization

Virtualization services safe from CPU flaws

You may have seen headlines highlighting the dangers of two recently discovered hardware flaws: Spectre and Meltdown. They create incredibly technical problems for just about anyone who owns a computer, even those with virtual machines in the cloud. Thankfully, most vendors have already fixed the issue. What are the risks of an unpatched computer? Regardless

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Security

Beware of what you save in web browsers

Passwords are a double-edged sword. If you make them too simple, they’ll be easy to guess; if you make them too complex, they’ll be impossible to remember. One solution is to create an uncrackable password and save it to your browser. Unfortunately, recent research suggests that tactic could drastically reduce your privacy. Why auto-fill passwords

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Social Media

5 social media trends to watch for!

With the tug-of-war between mammoth social media platforms for daily users, 2018 is poised to become the biggest year for technological advancements in the industry. As social norms related to social media change, here are the top 5 trends we expect to become mainstream this year. The boom of Augmented Reality The launch of the

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Business

2017’s most valuable IT solutions

It’s the perfect time of year to evaluate last year’s technology investments and make adjustments for the year to come. Whether 2017 left you with extra cash in your pocket or desperate for a better way to get work done, here’s a roundup of the best IT news from the past year. Small businesses love

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