What is Search Engine Optimization?
Search Engine Optimization or SEO are probably buzzwords you have heard, but the ability to truly understand the importance of website optimization is something we often tune out once someone starts talking about it. We all want our websites to be visually appealing but Search Engine Optimization goes beyond that. It takes a look at the search algorithm Google uses, to help enhance the likelihood of finding quality search results. While there are many facets of your website that Google examines, there are a few key ways to help streamline your sites Search Engine Optimization.
What are the best technology gifts for this holiday season?
Fitness /WatchesFitbit Alta Fitness Tracker- $129The latest device from Fitbit which will now allow you to track workouts, heart rate, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes, and steps. You can also now monitor how long and how well you have been sleeping as well as receive texts and calls while you are on the move.
The Smart Watch: Apple Watch Sport 42mm- $399
Latest watch from Apple. This new device is now water resistant, with built in GPS, wifi, Bluetooth.
The Technology Committee sent this article out late last year but felt it important to republish given that the chance to upgrade for free is ending July 29th, 2016.
Upgrade now. No wait. Ok now you can upgrade! If these are messages you have been hearing and are unsure as to what you need to know or how to prepare to upgrade your computer to Windows 10, hopefully this article will offer some guidance. If you are running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 you are eligible for the free upgrade to Windows 10 from Microsoft. This free upgrade is only available until July 29, 2016, so you will want to do this sometime before that timeframe expires. The free upgrade is not available to computers running Vista- running Vista requires the purchase of a license and a clean installation of Windows.
The first step to upgrading is to make a list of all the software that you are currently running on your computer. With this list you are going to want to contact each vendor to ensure that their software is compatible with Windows 10. If you have an IT vendor you work with, this would be a good job for them to handle for you. If you do not and are comfortable making those calls please reach out to the Technology Committee and we will be happy to assist you (see email at bottom of this article).
The second step is make sure that you all your data is backed up. If you are unsure how to back your data up, again please see the email link at the bottom of this article. Backing up your data ensures that should anything happen during the upgrade, all your data is safe and can be restored.
You should be aware that the process to upgrade could take close to 3 hours, so best not to perform this while you are trying to close month end financials! Windows 10 will be compatible with most versions of Office- Office 2010 and earlier. There are the potential for some minor glitches, these are not consistent across the board but things to be mindful of; issues with certain Antiviruses, printers and VPN’s. If you are running Microsoft Security Essentials, you should be fine.
Overall the process for all should be fairly painless. The folks at the Technology Committee are here to answer any questions you may have.
Thank you for your time and we are hopeful you found this helpful. Please reach out to us at ITCommittee@whchamber.com.
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Tips to avoid getting caught in a scam
In February of 2015, Symantec, a leading provider of computer security solutions, reported that nearly 54% of all email traffic is actually spam and one in 237 emails contain some kind of virus. It is not only important to use email safely and effectively, but it is equally important to be able to recognize spam and know how to take measures against protecting your personal identification and your computer.
Experts say that over 196.3 billion emails are sent every day around the world. According to an Ipsos ( a leading market research firm) poll, 85% of all internet users use email, which makes it crucial to have the appropriate knowledge and skills around email to ensure security. Email is as you know, required for almost all of the websites we visit, from social media to banking. Email is unavoidable.
Tips to avoiding becoming a victim of a virus
We have all heard the terms malware, spyware, ransomware, online scams, and unsecure websites but what does it all mean?
As online attacks grow in number daily, we end users we are left in the dark on how to avoid becoming victims of one. To make matters worse, safety on the internet can be very deceiving. What may seem like a very reputable site, can sometimes contain a spyware trap; or may even be counterfeit - posing as the real thing but actually looking to lure users into a scam.
As users we want to stay safe and often believe that the anti-virus software on our computer can protect us. That may not be true, though - sometimes simply opening a web page or HTML email starts the installation of malware.
Passwords! Experts recommend using a different and preferably strong password for every account. But who could remember the many passwords we would need to have for all of our stuff if you followed that advice –the bank, health insurance, email, credit cards, and so many more. The IT Committee has come up with the best tips and tricks of the trade to give you guidelines in creating passwords that are both secure and easy to remember!
With Zika virus in the news daily, you might be wondering if we should be concerned about Zika Virus making its way to Connecticut. According to the CDC, Zika is now being linked to birth defects such as microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to be born with unusually small heads and, in the vast majority of cases, damaged brains, and possibly Guillain- Barre Syndrome.
First let’s explain what Zika Virus is:
What is Zika Virus?
Zika is a disease spread through the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito. Originally discovered in Uganda in 1947, up until recently the Zika virus was known as a mild and short- lived illness, and isolated to countries in Africa, the Pacific Islands and Southeast Asia. Since May of 2015 however, outbreaks of Zika have been discovered in Brazil and as of this writing, according to the CDC, in Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Venezuela. Officials are warning that more countries are not far behind.
What is the Cloud or Cloud Computing? By Lynn A. Rappaport, MLS
“The cloud,” sometimes called “the virtual cloud,” is a network used to store and share files and information that can be accessed by a user from any device, e.g. computer, smartphone, tablet.
How do I access “the cloud?”
Apple WatchThe Good- The Apple Watch is a beautifully constructed, compact smartwatch. It's feature-packed, with solid fitness software, hundreds of apps, and the ability to send and receive calls via an iPhone.
The Bad -Battery only lasts a little more than a day; most models and configurations cost more than they should; requires an iPhone 5 or later to work; interface can be confusing; sometimes slow to communicate with a paired iPhone.
The Bottom Line -The Apple Watch is the most ambitious, well-constructed smartwatch ever seen, but first-gen shortfalls make it feel more like a fashionable toy than a necessary tool. That may change with a big software update later this year, though.
Price- $399.00 MSRP
We all know that, whether caused by hardware failure, software error, user error, or a natural disaster, losing data can have negative consequences for our businesses. Worse, some failures can actually render our computer equipment unusable. So a backup plan is crucial for every business. Let’s talk a little about backup options and strategies. But first, some basics.