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It is not easy to go through this decision as you need to know what exactly your needs are and whether upgrading is the right way to move forward.
Have a look at the links below, which summarise the reasons to upgrade or not to upgrade:
Now here are some frequently asked questions about the Windows 10 upgrade:
Can I upgrade to Windows 10 myself?
We highly recommend every business should consult an IT company before upgrading to avoid unnecessary downtime.
How about reverting back to Windows 7 option?
What if Windows 10 is upgraded automatically?
Can we revert back and the repercussions of reverting back automatically?
Can we block Windows 10 upgrade?
Indication of time required to upgrade to Windows 10
How much time it takes to revert back?
Every Business or Individual has different requirements and you need to list down all the pros and cons to make an informed decision. And if you are intending to upgrade, then the deadline for your free upgrade is 29th July.
Be Honest. How many of these technology tools you have used in this week?
Simply amazing, isn't it! Can we afford it?
The question now is "Can we afford not to use it?"
When used effectively, technology tools can support and enhance learning, teaching, documentation, program management, customer service, staff and parent communication, marketing, staff development and networking.
Have a question on how to use technology effectively? We would love to help.
When it comes to storing data, cloud storage is quickly becoming the method of choice. Storing files remotely rather than locally boasts an array of advantages for both home and professional users. Not sure what cloud storage can do for you?
No matter what your storage needs may be, cloud storage through an online backup service provides multiple of advantages for storing both your home and professional files.
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Every one of us owns precious files like personal documents, photos, videos, or audio files, and we typically store them all on hard drives. Few people realize that most electronic storage devices, including harddrive, have a rather limited lifetime when compared to the old school ways of storing information.
Since a majority of people today own laptops and external hard drives, which get dragged around quite a bit, a realistic hard drive lifetime is probably around 3 – 5 years.
If you are unsure how much life is left on your hard drive, read this article to find out what signs may reveal an approaching failure.
1. Slowing Down Computer, Frequent Freezes, Blue Screen Of Death
These are very unspecific signs that can be caused by a million different things. However, regardless of what the issue behind these symptoms is, it is recommended that you immediately make a backup. If these problems occur after a fresh installations or in Windows Safe Mode, it is almost certain that it is due to bad hardware, and possibly a failing hard drive.
3. Accumulation Of Bad Sectors
Bad sectors are areas of the hard drive that do not maintain data integrity. They are automatically masked by the operating system and thus hard to identify, especially if large amounts of the disk are currently in use. If you actually run into bad sectors, however, that certainly is a bad sign.
You can run a manual disk check to identify errors that Windows has not spotted, yet.
In Windows 7, go to > Start > Computer and right-click on the disk or partition you wish to check. Select > Properties, in the window that opens switch to the >Tools tab and click > Check now… In the Checking Disk window place a checkmark next to > Automatically fix file system errors and > Scan for an attempt recovery of bad sectors.
Windows will also check for bad sectors, when you perform a full format or chkdsk command. See this article – The Difference Between Windows Full Format & Quick Format [Technology Explained].
4. Strange Sounds
When you hear strange noises coming from your hard drive, it may be too late already. A repetitive sound also known as the click of death is caused by the head as it is trying to write data and recovers from errors in doing so. Grinding or screeching noises indicate that parts of the hardware, for example the bearings or spindle motor, are failing.
5. S.M.A.R.T. Data
There are tools that aim to predict hard drive failure by reading the S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) data that is recorded by the operating system. Unfortunately, like most other methods listed above, S.M.A.R.T. is notoriously unreliable in predicting hard drive failure and the catastrophe will often happen before the warning of S.M.A.R.T. kicks in. If you have a working hard drive, however, and would like to have a look at its S.M.A.R.T. data, check out this article – 4 Tools To Predict and Prevent Hard Drive Failure
Do not rely on signs or software to tell you whether you have a failing hard drive. It is more likely than not that it will fail unexpectedly and without any warning signs whatsoever. Rather than trying to forecast something that is even less predictable than the weather, you should rely on backups.
What is your worst hardware failure nightmare, did it ever happen to you, and did you actually lose any data?
1. Use the cloud
The cloud is fantastic. It allows businesses to inexpensively get the resources and storage they need and adjust that usage on the run. The cloud allows you to avoid the expense of some hardware and gives you cloud-based solutions to software that you might otherwise need to purchase and maintain yourself. For companies that need to do development or testing, the cloud can also host virtual machines.
2. Use the Internet for calls and meetings
Services like Skype are great ways to keep in touch. They require only an Internet connection, so you can save money by not getting a phone system. These services can also save money by allowing you to have “face-to-face” meetings using video instead of traveling, which take a lot of time and money. These communication options may not replace all your travel, but if it saves even a couple of trips a year, that can add up to thousands of dollars.
3. Use search engine marketing
Search engine marketing (SEM) is the easiest and most scalable marketing investment a small business can make. With the pinpoint targeting possible through SEM, you can get excellent returns on your investment and gain better access to the people who are already trying to find your products or services. Even if you only have a single store, you can target your marketing efforts based on your local geography. Compared to traditional and display marketing, which both require upfront costs such as graphic design, search engine marketing is very inexpensive and begins paying off almost immediately as people use the Internet more and more to find what they’re looking for. Your online marketing efforts can get you top ratings and lead to more organic growth, while satisfied customers use social media to talk about their experiences with your company.
4. Experiment with telecommuting
Telecommuting may not be realistic for all businesses, but if it’s possible for yours, consider it. It can be a big money saver. Remote workers use their own energy, and you aren’t required to have office space for them. Telecommuting allows you and your workers to focus on productivity without worrying about the overhead. And if telecommuting works for only part of your staff, that can still lead to big savings, so consider it when hiring and setting up your office space.
5. Go paperless
Go digital with all your forms and records instead of using paper. Paper isn’t free and neither are printers, ink and cartridges, nor repairs. Digital records offer a number of benefits, including making it easier to find important documents when you need them. They free you from having to worry about storing all the paper used in important business transactions for legal or tax purposes, onsite or in a warehouse, and you can securely store your records in the cloud at a fraction of the cost. In these ways, going paperless can save time and money that can be spent doing something else to advance your business. Even if you can’t go entirely paperless, you can reap many of these benefits by limiting the amount of paper your business needs to deal with.
6. Buy laptops instead of desktops
This is a roundabout way to save money, but laptops use about 90 percent less energy than a comparable desktop, and they offer mobility (good for telecommuting!) without sacrificing much in the way of usability. A laptop may not be a good option for power-hungry computational needs, such as graphic design, but it can work well for many other roles and that can save a lot of money on your energy bills.
7. Buy powerful PCs and upgrade their memory instead of replacing them
When purchasing computers for your business, go overboard. Sure, computers advance quickly, but buying extra powerful computers with a lot of memory and large monitors for your employees increases the machines’ usable life and decreases your costs in the long run because you don’t have to replace them as often. If possible, when your computers can’t keep up with the memory requirements of the newest software, look into improving their memory instead of replacing the entire machine. More or bigger memory can further extend the life of your computers.
By Rieva Lesonsky, President and Founder of GrowBiz Media
I’ve been involved in the world of small business my whole life—first as the daughter and granddaughter of small business owners, then as a journalist and editor writing about small business, and now as an entrepreneur myself. In all that time, there are three things that transformed my business life like nothing else: the personal computer, the Internet, and now the cloud.
As recently as 2008, if I wanted to work on an electronic file at home, I either had to email it to myself, save it on a thumb drive, or lug my laptop home. Imagine how often I got home and sat down at my computer only to realize I’d forgotten the file. Or worse, the information I needed was stored on one of my business partners’ computers. Talk about frustration, not to mention the late-night treks back to the office.
Like every small business owner, I work long hours. When Microsoft Office 365 came along, I was suddenly able to work on all of my company documents anytime, anywhere. It changed everything. I’m pretty sure my productivity and my business partners’ productivity doubled.
Speaking of partners, collaborating on files and projects is a lot easier when the documents are in the cloud. No more frantic emailing back and forth about “Which is the latest version?” or “Who has file X?” You can view, edit, and share documents right in the cloud, which is great for companies like mine where everyone has input.
My partners like to tease me about how frequently I switch computers. I travel a lot, and I’m hard on my laptops, so I like to always have at least one spare. Plus, our growing business means I often need more power and storage. Switching computers used to be a pain. Transferring all of my applications and files to a new machine was time consuming and stressful, and something always went wrong.
I was suddenly able to work on all of my company documents anytime, anywhere. It changed everything.
With my data stored in the cloud, it’s become super easy to set up a new computer and to access my information from any device I choose. Plus, those occasional hard drive crashes are a lot easier to shrug off now that my business data is safely backed up in the cloud and can always be retrieved.
Did I mention travel? I’m a major road warrior, and using cloud services makes it simple to hit the road without worrying that I’ve left critical documents behind. When I don’t feel like traveling, I use Skype to connect with clients and prospects all over the country. That’s just another way that using the cloud enables connectivity.
I believe in connection and collaboration—the power that comes from people putting their heads together, brainstorming, and creating something bigger than the sum of its parts. Beyond all the practical advantages of the cloud, to me, its greatest advantage is that it is the ultimate collaboration tool, and that’s what makes it a game changer for small business owners.
What is CryptoWall 3.0?
CryptoWall 3.0 is a file-encrypting ransomware, which will encrypt the personal documents found on victim’s computer using RSA-2048 key (AES CBC 256-bit encryption algorithm). CryptoWall 3.0 then displays a message which offers to decrypt the data if a payment of $500 (and after 7 days goes up to $1,000) is made within 96 hours, otherwise the data will be destroyed. This ransom must be paid in Bitcoins and sent to a Bitcoin address that changes per infected user.
It is easy to disinfect computer but very tough to recover your files. Last chance is to recover from backup or by using data recovery methods.
How did the CryptoWall 3.0 virus get on computers?
The CryptoWall 3.0 virus is distributed through several means. Malicious websites, or legitimate websites that have been hacked can infect your machine through exploit kits that use vulnerabilities on your computer to install this Trojan without your permission of knowledge.
Another method used to propagate this type of malware is spam email containing infected attachments or links to malicious websites. Cyber-criminals spam out an email, with forged header information, tricking you into believing that it is from a shipping company like DHL or FedEx. The email tells you that they tried to deliver a package to you, but failed for some reason. Sometimes the emails claim to be notifications of a shipment you have made. Either way, you can’t resist being curious as to what the email is referring to – and open the attached file (or click on a link embedded inside the email). And with that, your computer is infected with the CryptoWall 3.0 virus.
The threat may also be downloaded manually by tricking the user into thinking they are installing a useful piece of software, for instance a bogus update for Adobe Flash Player or another piece of software.
Steps to protect your computers
New variants of CryptoWall are not detected even by latest Antivirus solutions as it targets zero day vulnerabilities and hence nobody is 100% secured against ransomware threat . Zero-day vulnerability refers to a security hole in software—such as browser software or operating system software—that is yet unknown to the software maker or to antivirus vendors.
We have jotted down few points to help you reduce the risk of infection to your computer and network.
Most important piece of advice from us is that you make sure you have backups. We recommend you to get Cloud Backup or at least your backup drive should be removed and not connected to your computer after backup is completed.
Our Free Network Analysis and Security Assessment will provide you the information you need to secure your critical data at no obligation to you!
SPAM Emails have become one of the biggest problems on the Internet today. Recently, we had a spam email asking us to take action on increasing our mailbox space and warned us of termination.
The Spammer has even created a genuine looking link. A familiar outlook web app screen will be presented. Anyone could think its a genuine one and then enter their password.
But actually it’s a false setup to steal your password. To Test it we gave a fake ID and Password. And I wasn’t surprised when it accepted our username and password, also took us to a successful verification page.
To avoid this danger please contact us urgently for some assistance.
The term 'Cloud' is used to describe all computing services accessible via the Internet. It is an all-encompassing description of the complex internet-connected networks that exist in datacenters all over the world that power services and applications behind the scenes.
The concept of utilizing resources in these networks is being adopted by businesses both large and small throughout the world. These resources are categorized to describe their function, and include: