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Arctic Wolf Mixology

On November 18th, Advantage Technology and held our first virtual mixology class with our friends at Arctic Wolf. Working with Bubble Tap we sent out nearly 30 virtual mixology boxes and their expert mixologist walked everyone through mixing the drinks.

Check out the video to see all the fun!

Connect More Devices and Keep Them Connected with Wi-Fi 6E
Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center

Have you been on a Zoom call and suddenly got kicked off? Been in the middle of a video stream that became unwatchable due to buffering? Or had intolerable lag with a cloud service? What gives? You pay a lot of money for high speed Internet access, why are you having all of these problems?

You’re probably a victim of spectrum congestion.

Quick Bytes: Cybersecurity is only as strong as your weakest link
Quick Bytes

“A chain is only as strong as its weakest link.” That’s an apt saying that applies in a lot of different situations, from family feuds to cybersecurity. After all, if your coworker gets hacked, then the hacker is in your system too! That’s why you should never take their cybersecurity awareness for granted.

You should institute a culture of cybersecurity and make sure you have an open and honest environment where people can discuss and learn about cybersecurity freely.

Business After Hours on the Boulevard
Business After Hours

On August 26th, the Charleston Area Alliance held their Business After Hours at Baer Place, 950 Kanawha Blvd E! It was an unprecedented joint event with Advantage Technology and the Charleston Gazette-Mail hosting.

Everyone enjoyed food and drinks catered by Nosh, along with live music by Dale Harper and the Highlanders. Quantum Sports’ tents and our deck provided plenty of outdoor space for all attendees. Guests took tours of both Advantage Technology and Charleston Gazette-Mail, while the Charleston Gazette-Mail provided free parking in their McFarland St garage.

Quick Bytes: Let Microsoft tell you what to do
Quick Bytes

Did you know that fear of the blank page is so common that it even has a name? It’s vacansopapurosophobia and even if you’re not a writer, I bet you’ve had a similar dread when it comes to an unplanned day. You have a whole day ahead of you and can’t pick where to start.

Fortunately, Microsoft To-Do can fill out your day in no time. The idea of To-Do is pretty simple. As little tasks come to mind you add them to your To Do list and then as you find time, you check them off one by one.

Quick Bytes: How to Avoid Death by Meeting
Death by Meeting

Some people say, that if you're lonely, bored or just not wanting to do any real work, you can always have a meeting. That way at least it looks like you're doing something! Which is all well and good for the folks who don't really like to get things done, but for people like you and me? Well, let's just say that meetings won't kill you, they only make you wish you were dead.

Richard Wilbur Speaks to the West Virginia Coding Club
Richard Wilbur III

At a recent meeting of the West Virginia Coding Club, Advantage Technology's President and CEO, Richard Wilbur III, was honored to be the guest speaker. He described how he started Advantage Technology from a spare bedroom and grew it into West Virginia's largest IT service companies. And he praised Advantage Technology's own software development department.

Advantage Technology welcomes Jennifer Cox to the team
Jennifer Cox

Jennifer Cox is a seasoned administrator with decades of experience in the public and private sectors. In coming to Advantage Technology, Jennifer will work with our sales engineers, sales team and service department to produce proposals and ensure services is delivered in a prompt and professional way.

Jennifer enjoys traveling with her family to sunny destinations and volunteers as a “chef” and regional leader for Lasagna Love, a nationwide grassroots program that spreads kindness one meal at a time to those who are struggling as a result of the pandemic and food insecurity.

Ransomware is still a threat

From REvil and Maze to Doppelpaymer and Ragnarlocker, the list of stealthier and more aggressive ransomware continues to grow every passing day. Despite recent efforts to curb cyber extortion, ransomware is still a very real and formidable threat for businesses of all sizes. Hackers are increasingly seeking out those who fail to adequately protect their IT environment. In fact, small businesses accounted for 71% of ransomware attacks in 2018; a trend that has no signs of slowing in coming years.

Advantage Technology welcomes Mike Ferrari to the team
Michael Ferrari

Michael Ferrari is a seasoned IT pro with decades of experience in accounting, sales and procurement. In coming to Advantage Technology, Mike will be in charge of all purchasing, ensuring consistency, cost-effectiveness and efficiency. This efficiency maximizes savings we pass along to our customers.

Mike is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys camping with his wife, kids and grandkids. He has an active role in his church, teaching children’s Sunday School and always keeping an eye out for things to put in shoeboxes at Christmas time.

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