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Managed IT Services: 3 Reasons Businesses Are Making the Switch

Posted by VNS Staff

October 29, 2014 at 2:20 PM

los angeles managed it servicesWhen IT support starts using up a substantial part of your company's resources, it is often a good idea to hire a service provider to manage your IT systems. The provider becomes a partner who is familiar with your business and knows how to configure your IT resources for maximum benefit. For a fixed fee, you may end up with a system that is better matched to your needs and is more reliable. Rather than waiting for failures and then repairing the equipment, your managed IT services provider focuses on the long term, setting up and monitoring your systems to minimize problems and downtime.

There are three main reasons why your company may be better off with managed services rather than traditional IT support. They deal with the type of service you can expect to receive, the financial implications, and the overall framework of your relationship with a managed service provider.

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Topics: Managed IT Services

Cloud Computing: Simple Definitions and Applications

Posted by VNS Staff

October 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

cloud computing definedCloud computing is on the list of hot topics for many IT departments and management meetings. IT managers are especially interested, because, instead of buying software licenses or hardware, they can get what they need from the cloud. The cloud definition is not universally understood, and so the term "cloudwashing" is also something those in the industry will hear floating around. The term applies when suppliers redefine their existing products and services as cloud computing when they don't really fit the concept.

Companies have to understand what cloud computing refers to if they want to be sure to reap the promised benefits.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Tech Support: 5 Tips for Faster Troubleshooting

Posted by VNS Staff

October 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

tech support los angelesMost people dread calling tech support. It's time consuming (and one of the things people hate most about IT support companies) to wait for a resolution yet it's also difficult for an IT technician to fix issues quickly unless they have the details they need. With some simple planning and preparation on your part, it’s possible to shave off some precious minutes spent on resolving your computer and network issues.

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Topics: IT Support, Computer Support

6 Tips to Surf Safely on Public Wi-Fi Networks

Posted by VNS Staff

October 22, 2014 at 7:30 AM

network safety wi fiPublicly available Wi-Fi is a godsend for the busy traveler or road warrior, but those convenient networks can have a dark side. Setting up a public Wi-Fi network is easy; so easy that thieves often do it to steal personal data like credit card numbers, banking passwords and other sensitive data. If you are not careful, you could be giving away the keys to the kingdom the next time you log on from the local coffee shop or airport lounge.

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Topics: Network Security, Security

10 Tips to Boost Your Smartphone Security

Posted by VNS Staff

October 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

smartphone securitySmartphones are ubiquitous now with millions of Android and iOS devices sold worldwide. Smartphone security issues have started appearing rampantly on these gadgets as many hackers, viruses, and other threats target smartphone platforms. It's important for you to be aware of these security risks if you use your smartphone for storing important personal and work-related data. In this article, you will find ten tips to secure your device.

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Topics: Smartphones, Security

3 Ways IT Outsourcing Contributes to Faster Business Growth

Posted by VNS Staff

October 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM

it_outsourcing_companiesWhen you outsource your IT management, you liberate your business to reach its true potential. Companies thrive when managing their IT infrastructure is no longer a primary concern. Over 40 percent of successful businesses consider outsourcing their infrastructure to be critical to their efficiency.

Here are 3 ways in which IT outsourcing can help grow your company.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing

IT Support Providers: 5 Considerations to Find the Right Fit

Posted by VNS Staff

October 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

it_support_providersNo two businesses operate in quite the same way. Even if your direct competitor operates in the same industry and is of a comparable size, it is likely that they use technology in a completely different way from your own employees. Because of this, there is no guarantee that one IT support provider will fit the needs of all companies equally. As a result, you should keep a few key things in mind when going in search of managed IT services providers to help make sure you're getting into business with an organization that can help you achieve your goals moving forward.

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Topics: IT Support

Microsoft Office Tip: How to use the Macro Recorder in Excel

Posted by VNS Staff

October 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

microsoft.office.excel.macro.recorderWithin the Microsoft Office family of programs is the ever-powerful, Microsoft Excel. The problem with Excel is that some of it's most effective uses aren't as easy to leverage as the other, more self explanatory programs, like Word. Repetitive actions in Excel, like formatting, moving data, and adding common formulas can be time consuming. To make life easier, Excel can use macros to automate many of these tasks. Macros can be powerful tools, but are also complicated to program. That is where the macro recorder comes in. Learning to use the macro recorder makes creating macros easy and fast.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Microsoft Office

5 Ways to Save Time and Be More Productive at Work

Posted by VNS Staff

September 25, 2014 at 4:36 PM

business productivity tipsAdvancements in technology and the widespread use of the internet have given us the ability to work more efficiently than ever before. Every business uses some kind of software to perform repetitive tasks, thereby freeing up manpower resources for other things. Our emails, project management, schedules and even marketing tasks are handled in part by software. Even with all of these technological aids, a lot of us often end up doing repetitive work and waste time that could be used for more important tasks. Let's take a look at a few ways that we can optimize our productivity at work.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Productivity

Email Security: 8 Tips to Protect Yourself from Hackers

Posted by VNS Staff

September 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM

email.securityEmail security is a constant concern for both businesses and personal users alike. Hackers take advantage of unprotected email accounts for a variety of reasons, with financial gain being the most common reason. Once hackers have gained access to your email account, they can use your email address to send spam and phishing emails to your friends, contacts and work colleagues. In addition, hackers may try to access your other accounts, such as social media, online banking or PayPal accounts by resetting passwords and having the new password sent to your email address. Use these 8 tips to help keep your email protected from common attacks.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Network Security