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Join us for the 2018 Charleston Heart Walk
Heart Walk

We are excited to announce that on September 29th, Advantage Technology is partnering with the American Heart Association to promote health and fitness by sponsoring the Charleston Heart Walk! The Heart Walk will begin at the Capitol Complex. From there, participants will walk down Kanawha Boulevard and turn around right in front of our office building at 950 Kanawha Blvd. We live music and a little gift for the first 1,000 walkers!

New cybersecurity threat using Remote Desktop Protocol
RDP

We have seen a recent uptick in computer networks being hacked through a common internet protocol called Remote Desktop Protocol or RDP.  This service provides a user with a graphical interface to connect to another computer over a network connection. It is most commonly used to allow remote access to servers. These hacks have been accomplished through brute force, which is a hacking method where the attacker uses common dictionary words or simple variations of dictionary words to break into systems.

Advantage Technology Welcomes Jack Shaffer
Jack Shaffer

Jack Shaffer likes staying busy. And he likes to make a positive impact. So when he decided to join the Advantage Technology team earlier this year, it was a match made in technology heaven. (No wonder his expertise is in Cloud-based systems!)

Outsource your IT with Advantage Managed Services
Nina shell

You wouldn’t expect an HVAC business to repair a car. They hire that work out to a mechanic, who is trained to do that work.

The same thing goes when a business needs someone to manage its computer and phone systems. Advantage Technology offers managed services that allows that HVAC company to worry about heating units and air conditions rather than servers and laptops.

Warning signs that it's time to upgrade your phone system
Joe Justice and Brad Williams Facebook Live

Phone systems are not a one-size-fits-all solution. But Advantage Technology can help businesses determine which system is best for them.

“I think that’s probably the most important thing to answer and make clear,” account executive Brad Williams said during a recent Facebook Live chat on Advantage Technology’s page. “We’re not going to say here’s this neat little package and this is what will work for everyone. That simply is not the case.

Trust Advantage Technology with your Avaya upgrade
Avaya

If your business has an Avaya phone system that needs an upgrade, Advantage Technology is the company to trust.

Why?

“Our experience,” Advantage Technology’s Telecom Project Manager Dennis Dolin says. “Most of our senior technicians have 20-plus years of experience with the Avaya line. It was the first system I was trained on in the 1990s.

Advantage Technology achieves Gold status with Dell EMC
Dell EMC Gold

We are proud to announce the that Advantage Technology has achieved Gold status with Dell EMC in Networking, Server, and Storage. That means we have met revenue and competency requirements set out by Dell EMC. Reaching this tier means we have the full support of Dell EMC and have been qualified by their rigorous standards to be a representative of their global brand.

Advantage Technology is now the only company in West Virginia with Gold status in Networking, Servers, and Storage.

Advantage Spotlight: Jonathan Knight

Jonathan Knight always has loved to fix things. Growing up on a farm in Elkview, he always had something that needed to be repaired. So, he learned a lot of electrical and mechanical skills out of necessity. And, he learned as he went. He didn’t have the internet, so most of his beginning knowledge came from the encyclopedia. He says he “would’ve been dangerous” if he had the internet available as a kid.

Charleston Area Alliance Cybersecurity Lunch & Learn
Chris May

Chris May will be presenting on cyber security topics that can help keep you and your business safe. Click the link below to join the Charleston Area Alliance for a great lunch and important topic.

Charleston Area Alliance Lunch & Learn - Cyber Security

Why you need to renew your SonicWall License

Depending on the terms of your purchase, every year you’ll need to pay a maintenance fee to renew the license on your SonicWall. When that time comes around, we often see confusion from customers on why they need to pay to continue using an appliance they already own. After all, you don’t have to pay a license for a refrigerator, stove or toaster, right?

Well, the simple fact of the matter is a SonicWall isn’t a static appliance like a refrigerator or stove, and that’s a very good thing; threats are constantly evolving.

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