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Understanding the Costs of Data

b2ap3_thumbnail_19f9cefdfb07230a68581d617885a3af_XL.jpgIf you've been using computers for a while, then there has probably been at least one point in your life that you've lost data. Maybe it was something you were working on when your computer crashed, or maybe a disk failure wiped out some data. Does this bring back memories of frustration and angst?

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Slow Computer? Increase your memory to boost computer Speeds

b2ap3_thumbnail_6f43b5263fbba79c5962514b85d34738_XL.jpgSometimes when your workstation feels bogged down, a relatively cheap and simply hardware update can make a huge difference in performance. Adding more RAM (Random Access Memory, often just referred to as memory) can be a game changer for your bogged down PC.

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5 Ways to Slash IT Costs

b2ap3_thumbnail_ccb4e23c8aa216f1e96d31ab209c036b_XL.jpgNobody wants to spend more than they have to, especially when it comes to those necessary evils like bills, utilities, insurance, and the general costs of keeping things running smoothly. At Casserly Consulting L.L.C., our goal is to provide outstanding enterprise-level solutions for small business prices. Let's talk about a few ways to cut long term IT costs.

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As Data Capacity Soars Data Growth Anchors it Down

b2ap3_thumbnail_c99e3db826c0f4cc2688a36ce3b60e1a_XL.jpgHard drives have been getting bigger (capacity-wise) and cheaper over the past decade which is great news for everyone. Toshiba predicts that in 2012 that over 2 zettabytes (2 trillion gigabytes!) of data will be created and replicated (double from 2010). While costs are going down, data growth is still a challenge for data centers and IT administrators.

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What is your Identity Worth to You?

b2ap3_thumbnail_36fdb1a35cd2f54f95cf2119fb5bc7ed_XL.jpgYour identity has quite a lot of value, especially in the wrong hands. Security firm ZoneAlarm put together some numbers in 2011 concerning identity fraud, and it even shocked us. Let's talk about a few of these statistics and what it means.

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Scareware - The Latest Trend in Cyber Frauds and Malware

b2ap3_thumbnail_39eee751af30032eeece2f48de2de4ba_XL.jpgComputer viruses and malware have been around for a long time, and cybercriminals have always tried to package their malevolent doings under a veil of deception. One method that has been in place for a while now is called scareware. Often disguised as something that appears to want to help your computer, scareware will scam users into paying for a service that isn't beneficial.

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The Tech Predictions of 2012

b2ap3_thumbnail_9ecd376e5371efaef9aad9bc9143aed8_XL.jpgGranted, growing up we were made to believe that by now we'd have flying cars and robot butlers, but technologically speaking we're in a pretty great era of gadgets and conveniences that aren't just giving us cool toys to play with, but are changing the way we communicate, learn, and work. Let's look at what's in store for the world in 2012.

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2011 Sees Record Online Holiday Spending

b2ap3_thumbnail_0b1ad7a7b79268a1f4558db78e092446_XL.jpgDespite a quivering global economy, people have been spending a lot of money on gifts this holiday season, and much of that is online. In a comparison between this year and last, U.S. consumers have spent $32 billion dollars online, a 15% increase from last year.

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Is Your Printer a Security Threat?

b2ap3_thumbnail_f710044bf79a4b1f5d8b085e5e5d9711_XL.jpgYour printer typically has pretty limited functionality, or at least one would think, right? It prints, maybe it can print on both sides of the paper, sometimes it can scan documents, and it can allow hackers the ability to steal your data and commandeer your network. Wait, say what?

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Remember Everything from Everywhere with Evernote

b2ap3_thumbnail_f7a0a54c92471ac4480e727e4ccf93df_XL.jpgAre you the kind of person who takes meticulous notes? Do you carry around a pen and pad with you so you never forget a single line item from meetings, presentations, or your grocery list? Enter Evernote, a free application that gives you can easy-to-use note taking solution that syncs your notes across multiple devices.

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How Safe is Your Email?

b2ap3_thumbnail_867519228d1d5325856fc61d710ded0e_XL.jpgEmail is (and has been) a prime method of communication for businesses of all sizes. With email comes a whole slew of issues that are essentially synonymous with the technology; spam, information overload, phishing, and information privacy. Even Woburn small businesses that only do business locally are at risk of these issues. Personal email accounts are equally at risk. Employing proper precautions and practices whenever communicating via email is very important to prevent the risk of security compromises, monetary loss, and even legality issues.

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Online Shopping Safety

b2ap3_thumbnail_fa55c8bad0e242eb7986dc1135b50adb_XL.jpgStill haven't found all the right gifts for this holiday season? You are on your own there - but we CAN help ensure a safe online shopping experience. Internet shopping has become widely popular over the years, and this year retailers have seen a big increase in mobile transactions as well. Consumers can skip the lines and the crowds and save a lot of cash in the process. Online shopping is generally safe, although there are a few tips you'll want to be aware of before going virtual shopping this holiday season.

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Website Cookies - Do you know your legal responsibilities as a business owner?

b2ap3_thumbnail_c889234799e865bbe90cee71f6cd2e53_XL.jpgMay 2011 ushered in a new era for the UK on how companies monitor website traffic. Companies in the UK can no longer use third party cookies to monitor behaviour on websites. This may come as a relief to users but will undoubtedly cause problems for many organisations. For those uncertain about what cookies actually are, or have visions of keyboards covered in crumbs, a cookie is a piece of code designed to feed information back to the original site.
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How To Choose Very Strong Passwords That Are Easy To Remember

What makes a password strong is the combination of different alphanumeric, special characters, and capitalization that you use, and of course the length of the password.

I don't know about you, but I don't want to remember and type an epistle when I fill out a password field. And, ideally, I don't want to use the same password on many sites, because if one is compromised then my entire life is unlocked.

I want to show you here how to choose very strong passwords for every website that you use, that are different for each website, and are each only 9 characters in length max.

A study found that an 8-character password that's constructed in the manner I'm going to show you has 7.2 quadrillion different combinations, and will take 83.5 days to crack if the hacker can try 1 billion different passwords per second.

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Will You Find A Silver Lining In Your Cloud?

Cloud computing is one of the largest growing areas in the IT industry. The concept of “Cloud Computing” refers to the hosting of a server or an application by a third party in an offsite location accessed via the Internet. The premise is that the vendor will not only provide the client with a reliable experience, but one that will be resistant to downtime and data loss.

Personally, I know that the Insurance industry has been enjoying the benefits of cloud computing for many years. But what are the caveats and recent concerns garnered by those enrolled in these online services?

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Welcome to Our Blog

Casserly Consulting L.L.C. began with the idea that superior support for businesses is not an impossible feat. Possibilities are actually rather limitless in the new ways we can find to help your company manage its IT support and computer services to provide the best solutions for clients.  With this in mind, we've launched our corporate blog to further help you get the most from your services and enhance your online presence. 

Our blog will stay posted on our latest features and updates, useful tech news, as well as tips and best practices for running your business more effectively.

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What Are The Signs Your PC Has Malware?

Your computer has been terrific—it opens files fast, connects to the Internet quickly, and gets onto the network lickety-split. But now, your machine will not connect to the Internet when you tell it to, it opens up porno websites and gives you pop-ups telling you that your machine has been infected. You don’t need to be Sherlock Holmes to see that something has infected your system. Now, what?

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Quick Tech Productivity Pointers

Multitasking has become one of the buzzwords of the twenty-first century. Did you know that your browser lets you multitask, too? Most modern browsers (IE8, Firefox, and Safari) provide the user with a rich interface that allows for multiple windows to be open in the same browser at once. “How is this miracle performed?” you may ask. If you look at the tab shown in the image above, you will see on its right side is a smaller tab. If you place your mouse over it, you will see the option to open a new tab. Click on this tab and a new window will open within the current browser. By clicking on the tabs or pressing the TAB key while depressing the CTRL key, you may cycle through the existing opened windows in your browser. Do you want even more tricks? Once you have multiple windows opened in the browser, you may then notice a new icon to the left of the tabs with a down arrow. This button’s down arrow allows you to open any one window that you want without using the “cycle-thru” method. Click on the button itself and you will see your tabbed windows displayed all together on one screen. In that screen, you may close or activate any of the windows using your mouse. If you prefer to see your tabs in a particular order, you may drag them in order to rearrange them. Having multiple tabs may enhance your day. You can do the same with multiple Home Pages, but that may slow down the initial response of your browser.

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Your Company's Social Media Policy

The time to implement a social media policy is now.

Your social media policy outlines for employees your companies guidelines or principles for communicating in the online world.  Your company should have a communications policy in place that spell out your expectations for phone and email, it’s important that you add social media and online site usage to this policy.

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Refining the Spamming Process For More Hits

Remember the vignette performed by Monty Python’s Flying Circus in which two diners float down into a dive filled with Vikings for a breakfast that doesn’t have much SPAM® in it? Back in the 1970’s, the word “spam” had a much different meaning than it does today

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