Blogs

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.

Use the Snipping Tool to capture screenshots

How often does it happen that you’re working on something and have an error come up or something on the screen just looks? You call tech support and spend 20 minutes trying to describe what the screen looks like and then, after your blood pressure goes back down, the technician still has to come over to take a look or establish a remote session.

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.

Is Big Brother watching (or listening)?
Spy Camera

In the last few years, digital assistants have become all the rage. Amazon has it’s Echo powered by Alexa, Alphabet has Google Home, and even Microsoft has partnered with Samsung to deliver Cortana into everyone’s living room. On top of that, you have your smartphones that records everywhere you've been and more and more people are putting cameras all over their house and office that send video back to Cloud. It’s easy, convenient and ubiquitous. But should you be worried about what data is being sent to mega-corporations or is the convenience worth it?

Eastern Panhandle Introduction
Advantage Lunch

On May 24th, we held our May Advantage Lunch at the Bavarian Inn. (If you haven’t heard about our Advantage Lunch, learn more at advantagelunch.com) In addition to the pictures and video below, be sure to check out our Facebook photo album!

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 Rob Dixon, 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.

Dangerous new ransomware released Friday
WannaCry

You might have seen that a dangerous new ransomware has been reported on over the weekend and I want to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about it. It has been reported that hackers are leveraging the recently leaked NSA hacking toolkit to infect and cripple systems all around the world.

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.

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