To those who courageously gave their lives, those who bravely served or serve today, and their families; Granite would like to say thank you. Enjoy your holiday weekend and stay safe. If you are a local and current client, reply to firstname.lastname@example.org with your weekend holiday plans and earn Bozeman Downtown dollars. Offer expires 5/29/17. One entry per person.
There have been recent phishing scams. If you get an email from someone you know or don’t know proceed with caution. These emails have been asking to share documents via Google Drive or Docusign and it requests you to log in with your email account. Please stop immediately as this will allow access to your email data and contacts. Never login to these types of email’s unless you know what the file is they are sharing.
Budgeting for IT can be a daunting task with many factors to consider. However, budgeting can bring many opportunities to your organization such as cost savings and reduced risk.
Planning for short-term and long-term needs for hardware and software is key. Taking an inventory of current assets is the first step in sorting out priorities. Identifying technology that is not recommended for business use, non-compliant with industry standards, or has a high risk of failure. Granite can come in and perform an overall assessment to identify these categories and deliver recommendations after review of your assets.
General rules of thumb:
Desktop/laptop: replace between 3-5 years
Server: replace between 5-6 years
Network equipment: 5-10 years
Wireless equipment: 4-6 years
Phone system: 7-10 years
Although this winter has been mild, yet long – spring is coming! Along with it comes a sense of renewal for all to embrace. Doing so provides the chance to reassess goals, evaluate current your financial picture and look for ways to increase your company’s profitability.
Granite would like to share some ways in which your company can benefit from a good spring cleaning.
Granite can provide you with a free assessment of your existing equipment, infrastructure, and security. This can help you build a budget for the up-coming year; whether it involves replacing equipment, updating infrastructure, or just offering you and your company some new technology.
Seen any dust-bunnies lately? In environments where dust, dirt and heat are issues it’s always a good idea to air blow your computers to keep the dust to a minimum. Tune-ups also benefit your computers – we all could use this at times. Yearly tune-ups help lengthen the life of your computer and avoid service visits. Desktops and laptops life-spans are typically 4-5 years.
REVITALIZE YOUR WEBSITE
Just as it’s important to give your physical space an update, it’s equally critical to freshen up your web presence on a regular basis. Increasingly, consumers are using their smartphones and tablets; therefore, having a mobile-centric website is a short-term expense that will pay off in the long term.
With tax season among us, Granite Technology Solutions wants to keep everyone informed of current financial scams affecting our area. The IRS has issued several alerts about the fraudulent use of the IRS name and/or logo by scammers across the United States. The goal of these scammers is to gain access to consumers’ financial information to steal their identity and assets. The IRS saw an approximate 400 percent surge in phishing and malware incidents in the 2016 tax season.
Scammers will use regular mail, telephone, fax or email to set up their victims. Please note that the IRS will never contact any taxpayers through email. If you receive anything from The IRS via email, do not reply. The sites are used to file false tax returns and carry potential malware, which can infect people’s computers and allow criminals to access your files or track your keystrokes to gain personal information. If you believe you are being scammed or that your computer is infected with harmful malware, do not hesitate to give Granite Technology Solutions a call. We will help determine if any malware is present and if so, clean and restore your computer for you.
For more information, Please follow the link below to read the full article posted from The IRS.
As technology continues to be a prominent part of our day-to-day actions, unfortunately, so do the number of viruses attempted by scammers and hackers to get to your personal information (identity theft). With a New Year among us, Granite wants to ensure everyone is aware of any potential scams. The best way to keep yourself, your computer and your company safe from these attacks is to be aware of the current scams so you know what to watch for.
Recently, Granite has seen an increase in calls from clients reporting a pop-up virus that is trying to get you to download a cleaning scan. We want to help you become aware and steer clear of this threatening virus.
This virus is a pop-up that comes up and acts as if it will remove an infection from your computer, but in reality, is a form of virus that is trying to be downloaded on your computer. There are multiple forms of this threat, some pop-ups that say there are multiple virus infections on your computer that want you to pay for and download a link. Other forms say your computer is infected and to call a customer service number and they will clean it for you. Either version is a scam. The download will install a malware program on your computer. The customer service number will connect you to a group of scammers who will attempt to have you give them access to your computer via a remote access program. However, luckily for you, there is a quick and easy way to avoid getting this virus. When the pop-up appears on your computer, simply shut down your computer – It is important not to click anywhere on your screen before you shutdown. You will not be able to close out the pop-up, but restarting your computer should clear the error and nothing will be installed.
If you believe your computer is infected with a virus, do not hesitate and give Granite Technology Solutions a call. We will help determine if a virus is present and if so, clean and restore your computer for you.