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Amaxx has been serving the Dublin area since 2002, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Shock: One-Third of Businesses Ignore Insider Threats

Shock: One-Third of Businesses Ignore Insider Threats

Regardless of your security protocol, there will always be threats. One of the most often forgotten outlets for attacks comes from insider threats. Sometimes these threats may be from angry employees wanting to sink your business, but more often than not, those behind insider threats don’t have malicious intentions. Still, it’s best to cover your bases and ensure that your organization isn’t at risk from careless or negligent employees.

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3 Lessons We’ve Learned for a Successful Cloud Migration

3 Lessons We’ve Learned for a Successful Cloud Migration

If you’ve recently decided to implement cloud computing for your business, then we commend you. You’ve chosen to use a powerful and dynamic solution for your computing needs. However, choosing to use the cloud and actually implementing the cloud are two entirely different monsters. Now that you have your sights set on the cloud, what do you have to do to get your infrastructure ready for migration?

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736 Million Records Were Exposed to Data Theft in 2015

b2ap3_thumbnail_stolen_data_problems_400.jpg2015 saw a significant increase in high-profile hacking attacks in organizations of all disciplines: healthcare, government, and even large entertainment companies all fell victim to data breaches. In light of these attacks, valuable lessons can be learned through analyzing the types of records that were stolen. In 2015, over half of all records exposed to hackers were passwords and email addresses.

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We Bet that You Can’t Read Every Word of This Article [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_scatterbrain_400.jpgThe Internet is full of challenges. YouTube has a multitude of annoying 10 hour-long videos of irritating noises and sounds alone. But, this CollegeHumor video might just top them all. It challenges its viewers to finish a three-minute video, and to make it worse, the video is boring.

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Does Your Business Understand the Difference Between Data and Information?

b2ap3_thumbnail_information_is_made_of_data_400.jpgIT requires several factors in order to function properly. First of all, it can’t exist without information, and this information can’t exist without data. Technology is what creates data so that your company can take advantage of changes in the industry and business environment. It might seem like a lot to take in, but understanding the flow of data is necessary for a business owner. Otherwise, you won’t be able to take advantage of it to jumpstart sales and profitability.

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3 Characteristics of a Quality Data Backup Solution

b2ap3_thumbnail_back_up_your_files_400.jpgAs you are well aware, your business’s data is one of its most treasured assets. It could be gone in the blink of an eye if you aren’t careful in defending it. If an unexpected hardware failure or power outage were to occur, would your business be able to bounce back with minimum downtime and without any data loss? Businesses must always be aware of the importance of data backup, especially in the technology age where personal or sensitive information can easily be stolen or destroyed by a seasoned hacker.

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Does Your Business’s Data Have a Self-Destruct Switch, Just in Case?

b2ap3_thumbnail_destroy_data_400.jpgIt seems most logical to store every byte of your data, and with the advent of cloud computing, it's more affordable than ever. While most companies tend to store a huge amount of data, some forget that they should always be willing to delete old files if need be. This is especially true if you deal with sensitive data which can leave your business liable to a possible lawsuit.

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The Files are IN the Computer [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_files_are_in_the_computer_400_20141010-132442_1.jpgWhen it comes to IT support, communication is key. The parties giving and receiving support must absolutely be on the same page. If not, then a PC disaster is imminent. Sometimes, IT support miscommunications can be so bad that they're funny, as seen in the 2001 movie "Zoolander." Thankfully, nobody is really this detached when it comes to computers, right?

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How Much Dark Data Lurks in Your Company’s Shadows?

b2ap3_thumbnail_dark_data_400.jpgDoes your business know how much of its data is valuable and used? According to IDG Research Services, not much of it is really used for anything. Only about 28 percent has any real value to it. This means that the majority of your stored and maintained data is going unused and taking up space and resources. This information is called "dark data."

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Increasing Data Demands Set to Cause an Environmental Crisis

b2ap3_thumbnail_big_data_causing_problems_400.jpgData centers are truly modern marvels. These warehouses full of servers are responsible for harboring most of the Internet, and these facilities are popping up all over the place. As great as data centers are, according to a new study by the National Resources Defense Council, the increasing demand for data doesn't bode well for the environment.

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Is Your CPU Burning Out?

b2ap3_thumbnail_cpu_burn_400.jpgA modern-day computer's Central Processing Unit is capable of managing billions of processes per second. The computer cannot function properly without a healthy CPU. However, sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose whether the CPU is the problem or not. Common problems that can be associated with leaking or bulging motherboard capacitors, faulty power supplies, or failing video cards are sometimes misdiagnosed as CPU issues. Let's discuss some of these symptoms and how the CPU plays into them.

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A Treasure Trove of Data

b2ap3_thumbnail_treasure_of_data_400.jpgHave you ever thought about how much your data is worth? If you ask a company to put a price tag on their data, they probably won't be able to. After all, how can you put a price on something so valuable? You'll find that something as irreplaceable as your information is simply priceless. However, it doesn't have to be.

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Y2K – How Catastrophe Was Avoided

b2ap3_thumbnail_procative_two_400.jpgIt's been fifteen years since the Y2K incident had the world embroiled in panic. It was said that at the turn of the century, on New Year's Eve, all computers in the world would reset their dates to 1900 rather than 2000, as the way data was stored would only allow for two-decimal digits. Therefore, 1970 would be stored as "70". Many programs weren't able to recognize the difference between 1900 and 2000, and some would try to represent the year 2000 as 19100, which could have led to complete failure of data and incorrect results, as well as the collapse of a crucial technological infrastructure. Obviously, none of this happened, and New Year's Eve passed without the collapse of human society as we know it, but do you know why it didn't happen?

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The 4 Levels of Data Backup

b2ap3_thumbnail_server_for_business400.jpgYou've heard it said that data is your business's most valuable asset. This is because it's virtually impossible to keep an operation going without it. Therefore, it's vital to have a data backup solution for your organization. There are different levels of data backup; you will want to pick one that's right for your business.

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4 Essential Forms of Data Your Business Can’t Operate Without

b2ap3_thumbnail_datdata400.jpgYour company's data is debatably your most valuable resource. When companies accidentally lose their data, their future in business is not a favorable fight. In fact, if any given small business is unable to access their data for ten days or more, statistically they likely will not survive the following fiscal year. Learn how to defend your data.

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The 4 Basic Components of IT Security

b2ap3_thumbnail_keylock400.jpgWhat are the essentials of network security? This question was recently answered at a security event by VP of Gartner Neil MacDonald, "Information security was never about device lockdown, or dictating applications, or building firewalls. It was always about protecting the confidentiality, the integrity, the authenticity, the availability of information." Let's break down these four basic components of IT security.

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IBM CEO Explains the Importance of Data Management

b2ap3_thumbnail_data400.jpgAs doing business becomes more complex and competitive, having access to accurate data is becoming increasingly important. This is the assessment of IBM chair, president and CEO Ginni Rometty from her speech on October 2nd at the IBM InterConnect 2013 event. According to Rometty, businesses that successfully use data will share these three characteristics.

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Take the Time to Safely Remove Your Device

b2ap3_thumbnail_USB400.jpgIt is the end of the day and you have been stressed from the days workload. You're ready to just go home and spend some time with your family. As you're leaving, you remember you left your USB drive connected to your computer. Do you just disconnect it and stuff it in your bag or do you spend the time to safely remove it?

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Who's Your IT Hero?

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud400_20130605-144815_1.jpgGrowing up, we didn't dream of servicing computers. Long ago, when RAM was the animal used to represent the letter "R," and not random access memory, our aspirations tended to be draped with capes. While none of us today are superhero crime fighters, we can be an IT hero to your business!

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Be Careful Who You Trust with Your Data

Data Storage in the CloudWe cannot downplay the importance of your company's data. Your servers contain files about your own financial records, sensitive information on your employees and your customers, and the secrets to your profits. Because your information is so valuable, you should only let a company you trust have access to it.

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