Server – Point, Set, Match

Like a great tennis player, a properly installed and configured server can control your business computer “game”!

Servers perform many tasks for your business:

  1. File Server – This provides a centralized storage location for all important business files. This makes collaboration and sharing a breeze in your company. Properly configured, a server hard drive can look like a regular drive to everyone in your workplace.
  2. Back up – I mentioned using a server for back ups last time. This is the most efficient on site back up tool you can buy. Many servers are set to back up every computer on your network nightly or at least once a week. Then if anything goes wrong, in a matter of minutes you can restore a few days old back up and be fully functional again.
  3. Domain controller – This sounds scary and technical to most people. So here is a simple break down: it gives complete control of what can and cannot be done on ALL of your computers. You or your administrator can determine if people can install apps, programs or updates. You can set how long all your computers set before the screen locks. Or you can leave these decisions up to the end users. This is not the same as an internet domain however.

So, in short, a server, like a tennis player can “serve up an ace” giving your business the competitive edge to move ahead in the “game”!

Call us today to schedule a FREE onsite consultation to determine if you can benefit from a server.

(Originally posted as “Server can control the game” onCheyenne Chamber of Commerceblog – May 19, 2015)

 

 

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Computer Backup – Data Insurance

Computer backup of Data is a lot like car insurance. It may cost a little up front, but if you need it and did not get it in advance, the results can be disastrous, leading to financial ruin!

There is three main ways to back up your vital data:

  1. Removable media – This is the oldest type of back up, dating back to computer floppy disks. It can include disks (DVD, CD, Blu-ray, etc.), USB hard drives, or thumb drives. Advantages include lower cost, and it is fairly easy to do. Unfortunately it is also slow, and labor intensive.
  2. Local network based – This is usually a local server. The advantages of this are it is automatic, fast, and fault tolerant. It is however expensive to set up and needs some maintenance.
  3. Cloud backup – This is internet based backup. The primary advantage is tolerance to local disasters like fire or earthquake. Disadvantages are speed is dependent on your internet connection, and there is frequently an annual or monthly fee involved.
Computer Backup Saves the day!

There are inherent advantages and disadvantages to all forms of computer backup. Wolfe Computer Solutions suggests a hybrid approach using local and cloud backups to have maximum insurance providing the peace of mind and security your business needs. Like insurance if you don’t plan ahead it can’t help you!

We include a computer backup plan as part of our small business managed services agreements. Call today to schedule your FREE onsite consultation!

No business is too small to have an IT pro on their side!

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(originally posted by Wolfe Computer Solutions on the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce blog as a guest post on May 12, 2015)

Ransomware – Internet Plague!

Over the last few weeks I have had several clients infected by Cryptowall 3.0, a very destructive virus making the internet rounds right now. This type of virus is known as ransomware. It infects your computer and encrypts all of your documents, pictures, QuickBooks files, etc. Then it offers to decrypt them for a “modest” fee. (Usually $500 or more.) They come in through email attachments, or rogue websites.

The encryption used by these is RSA-2048 private key. This means that the key or “password” to decode this is over 600 digits long. That is impossible to break with any modern computer. So, if you get ransomware your files will become unrecoverable.

There is only two known ways to get your files back from ransomware.

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1 – You can hope that the virus writer is ethical and will decrypt them if you pay. Reports of people who paid having success at this are very mixed at best. A survey of web sites pertaining to this show less than half of reported payments were successful in regaining their files.

2 – Be prepared. Having a solid backup plan in place before an infection will totally mitigate all damage. One of my clients got Cryptowall and it took less than two hours to restore a backup that put the infected laptop back to where it was the day before the infection hit.

Wolfe Computer Solutions specializes in helping small businesses manage their technology. Call today and schedule a FREE onsite consultation for your business.

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(originally posted by Wolfe Computer Solutions on the Greater Cheyenne Chamber of Commerce blog as a guest post on May 4, 2015)