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The Technology Buying Cycle: How Often Should Your Business Update Its Technology?
Technology Buying Cycle

In order for a business to operate at the highest and most effective level, companies must repeatedly reexamine their sense of purpose and make sure the organization serves it well. Possessing such a strong sense of purpose needs constant support from its employees, and those employees need tools to serve that purpose. Providing the right technology tools for employees and management is one of the most important aspects of a successful business.

What is Phishing?
Phishing

In our last blog, we discussed the broad term hacking, which is using a computer system to gain unauthorized access into another computer or network.

Phishing, on the other hand, has a more specific meaning. The term is a play on the word fishing because cybercriminals are dangling a fake “lure” hoping system users will bite by giving out private information. That information can be anything such as credit card numbers, account numbers, passwords, user names and more. As with most online scams, the goal is to steal money.

What is Hacking?
Hacking

Hacking, by definition, is using a computer system to gain unauthorized access to a computer system or network. “Hacking is not necessarily bad. Hacking is having that bug in you that says I have got to figure this out”, said the Director of Information Security at Advantage Technology. And since computers and the internet are now a major part of our society, understanding hacking and protecting your information is more important than ever.

Meet Our Eastern Panhandle Team

Advantage Technology is made up of wonderful, helpful, and hard-working people who strive to provide a complete IT solution to our customers. We take pride in this, and we believe it’s what makes us hands down the best IT company in West Virginia. Some of our staff has been with us since day one, while others are just beginning their tenure here. Since our acquisition of former Accurate Systems in Shepherdstown, our team has changed a bit. We are eager to welcome our new team members from the Eastern Panhandle. They bring their own expertise and new ideas to our company.

Advantage Technology’s First Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

On Friday, May 5th, Advantage Technology held its very first Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, complete with about 100 tacos! The fiesta began around noon when the catering company, Tastefully Dun, arrived to begin setting up the amazing Mexican cuisine. There were so many tacos that the caterers had to set up the spread in the hallway of the third floor!  

Martinsburg Chamber of Commerce Welcomes Advantage Technology
Martinsburg Chamber of Commerce

On Wednesday, May 3rd, I was delighted to attend an orientation for the Martinsburg Chamber of Commerce. The event was held at the Shepherd University Martinsburg Center, and new members were welcomed by the Chamber staff (along with some delicious cookies, of course). Since our acquisition of former Accurate Systems, we were excited to get introduced to the businesses in this community.

An Advantage Cookout, Celebrating Friends, Family and St. Patrick’s Day
Richard Wilbur

If there is one thing we know how to do here other than technology, it’s eat! At Advantage Technology, we always value the time we get to spend together. We decided to have a potluck party on St. Patrick’s Day and even the frigid weather couldn’t stop us from having a good time! Highlights of the afternoon included grinding our own burgers and tasting all of the great platters that we brought in.

Computer Network Spring Cleaning
Spring Cleaning

It’s getting to be that time of year when we start thinking about spring cleaning. But you don’t have to limit this annual event to dusting and delivering bags of cloths to your local Salvation Army. Spring cleaning applies to your computer network as well.

Spring is a perfect time to revisit your plans for those critical IT systems you use to keep your business data safe and secure. When it comes to your technology and IT solutions, it’s vital that you know the current state of your network and technology infrastructure.

Grab these free Office Quick Start Guides from Microsoft
Office Quick Start Guides

Microsoft has provided the new versions of their Quick Start Guides for Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote. These helpful Office 2016 guides are ready and available for Windows, Mac or even mobile device users and the best part is, they are free! You can view them in PDF format, Sway or watch the informative videos.

The new guides highlight the changes and features that are now available in Office 2016.

Understanding Snapchat, Social Media’s Latest Phenomenon
Advantage Technology Snapchat

Unless you have been lost at sea (or are over the age of 30), chances are you have heard of Snapchat. It is one of the fastest growing social media apps today with the majority of its base being Millennials and younger. Chances are, if you have kids, nieces or nephews under the age of 30, you’ve seen them snapchatting. According to comScore, more than 60% of U.S. 13 to 34-year-old smartphone users are snapchatters.

But why? What makes Snapchat so compelling? And what do you need to know to understand what the snapchatters in your life are up to?

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