Stop using Microsoft IE right this minute – Exploit Warning

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A few days back, security experts started reporting that an existing vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer had been leveraged in a “Zero Day Exploit”. What does this mean for you? You could open a specially crafted document and become compromised. Microsoft has not released a patch as of this moment so they are advising the use of Microsoft Edge for …

Windows 10 mouse and / or keyboard stops working after reboot

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We encountered a couple of clients who had something similar in common yesterday. They came into work and found that their mouse and/or keyboard was not functioning though they had not done anything different or applied updates. The culprit was an update from Feb 16 that simply had not applied until after the machine had rebooted. This was very frustrating …

Digium adds new product line of budget-friendly IP phones for Asterisk

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On February 14th, 2018, Digium announced their latest product, the A-Series IP phone, aimed at the budget-conscious business. These phones were designed to work with your Asterisk IP PBX, including our personal favorite flavor, FreePBX. The line includes 4 models ranging from an entry level to an executive phone. The combination of open source Asterisk and the Digium A-Series IP …

Thank you for the nomination for Best of the Upstate!

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Back a couple years ago, we were nominated for, and won “Best of the Upstate” for Best Computer Services. This was almost unbelievable because we are a smaller company, in a sea of larger and more established business computer support providers. Just goes to show, every vote does count! Last year, 2016, we were nominated, again, no small feat, but …

Important notice regarding ISP maintenance

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Today is Annual International Internet Spring Cleaning Day! ISPs (Internet Service Providers) around the world are increasing their efforts to keep our networks in tip-top shape so that they perform as fast as possible. In case you have missed the segments on the news and the endless emails flying around for the last week or so, I will go over …

Purchase new business computers from us!

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If you are planning to purchase new computers for your business, or even your home, there may be reasons to NOT buy the mainstream HP, Dell, or Lenovo, etc. While we are authorized resellers for many great and well-established brands, one brand continues to stick out among the offerings for their reliability, and just as importantly, for the simple fact …

Your business should consider a network security audit

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Are you ready for 2017? How about your business network? This is a prime time to schedule a network security audit that will find the potential issues which are laying dormant, waiting for a “bad guy” to take advantage of them and exploit your network. Using a wide array of tools, Homeland Secure IT can perform a penetration test (PenTest) …

Consider managed services to reduce downtime and frustration for your business!

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If you run a small or medium business without a dedicated IT department, you are probably painfully aware of the costs associated with keeping your computers and servers up to date with security patches and updates. Whether you are paying an IT company to perform preventive maintenance, or if you or another staff member are taking time out of your …

Verizon dumps Premium Visual Voice Mail – Here’s my solution…

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I was sad to learn that Verizon Wireless decided to drop their “Premium Visual Voice Mail” option. This was effective July 8th, 2016. While I won’t miss the $2.99/month charge, which was a bit pricey, I will certainly miss the feature on my HTC One M8 Android based phone. (iPhone has Visual Voice Mail built-in and it isn’t going away). …

Backdoor.MAC.Eleanor trojan might encourage you to get anti-virus on your Mac

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A story over on the Bitdefender blog warns that a trojan that is posing as a file converter (EasyDoc Converter.app) is out in the wild and once it is run, creates a connection to the outside world, allowing full control of your Apple Mac computer. If you do not have current anti-virus / anti-malware software on your Mac, this will …