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Stanley Lau is the founder of Hawaii Tech Support. With nearly 20 years of experience in IT and consulting, Stan first helps businesses understand their technology needs then implements the best solution. Stan holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from UCLA.

What Actually Happens to Your Data when a Disaster Happens?

What Actually Happens to Your Data when a Disaster Happens?

No one ever hopes that they have to take advantage of their disaster recovery solution, but it is something that every business needs to have in order to sustain operations even in the worst of times. Understanding how these solutions work, as well as the goals your organization has for them, are critical to recovering post-disaster.

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3 Common-Sense Things You Can Do to (Maybe) Save a Call to Your Help Desk

3 Common-Sense Things You Can Do to (Maybe) Save a Call to Your Help Desk

Sometimes technology just doesn’t do what we need it to, an annoyance that leads most users to call the help desk for assistance. While this is certainly well and good, we thought we would share a couple of tips that you can use to save some time for both yourself and your help desk, hopefully leading to a faster and more efficient way of troubleshooting problems.

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What You Need to Know About Social Media Security

What You Need to Know About Social Media Security

Successful businesses and influencers use social media to great effect, no matter the service, but as with most accounts in a connected world, security is extremely important and can influence your own use of social media. Let’s discuss some ways that you can keep yourself safe while using social media and how smart use of social media can improve the security of your business, too.

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A Hard Look at a Four-Day Workweek

A Hard Look at a Four-Day Workweek

When you think about the workweek, there’s a good chance that some iteration of the 40-hour week, broken into 9-to-5 shifts on the weekdays is what comes to mind. It’s just the way things are done. However, this may not be a good thing. Let’s consider the origins of our modern work schedule, and how changing it could provide us all with some serious benefits.

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Here Is Exactly Why Data Redundancy Is Important

Here Is Exactly Why Data Redundancy Is Important

When you read about concepts like network security and data backup, you might come across the phrase “redundancy” or “redundant.” Depending on your familiarity with the business of IT solutions, you might think of this as an odd term to use to describe something incredibly valuable. Let’s take a look at what this word means, particularly in how it is portrayed in information technology.

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Tip of the Week: Examining NIST’s Definition of Zero Trust

Tip of the Week: Examining NIST’s Definition of Zero Trust

Let me ask you something: how many people do you fundamentally trust? Well, in a zero trust network, that number is reduced to zero. The idea of such a network is that everyone, whether they’re operating inside of the network or out, needs to be verified… and as you might imagine, it has proven effective in preventing data breaches. 

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Is Your Web Browser Secure?

Is Your Web Browser Secure?

The Internet browser is easily one of the most-used applications in this day of cloud-hosted resources and online content… but for all that use, is it also one of the most-secured applications? In some ways, yes… but there’s always a few extra steps that can help you improve your protections.

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Could Voice Authentication Join the Ranks of MFA?

Could Voice Authentication Join the Ranks of MFA?

Authentication has been a major talking point for the past few years, particularly as the value of data has only increased and security has correspondingly increased in importance. As a result, more secure and reliable means of identity verification have also become more critical. Now, voice authentication is being considered as such a means.

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Is the VPN My Office Uses a Public VPN?

Is the VPN My Office Uses a Public VPN?

Virtual private networking, while maybe not the most familiar term to everyone, at least seems to be pretty straightforward. Such a specific-sounding term must apply to one aspect of technology and that one aspect alone, right?

Well, kind of, sort of, not really. In actuality, there are two kinds of VPN. Let’s go over what makes them different, and which your business should utilize.

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Looking at FoggyWeb to Better Understand Malware Attacks

Looking at FoggyWeb to Better Understand Malware Attacks

The cyberattack on SolarWinds was devastating for many reasons, and Microsoft has officially uncovered yet another type of malware used in the attack on the software provider. This time, it is a backdoor threat they have named FoggyWeb. What does this threat do and why is it so important to look at this incident even now?

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3 Reasons to Consider a Private Cloud Solution

3 Reasons to Consider a Private Cloud Solution

The cloud is a great opportunity for businesses to increase accessibility of data and enhance productivity, especially while remote, but for those who do not know how to approach it, the cloud can be intimidating. Today, we are going to make the case for a private cloud solution and why you should consider it as a viable option for your business, even if it does not seem like it at the moment. You might be surprised by what you learn!

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Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Emulate Enterprise Networks

Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Emulate Enterprise Networks

The major difference between an enterprise and a small or medium-sized business is just its size. As a result, many of the tools that the enterprise takes advantage of can easily be used by their smaller counterparts. Let’s review just a few of these processes and technologies.

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Vulnerabilities Found Inside Azure-Linked Managed Database Service

Vulnerabilities Found Inside Azure-Linked Managed Database Service

It’s not unheard of for some threats to remain undiscovered for months or even years, as is the case with a particularly nasty one in the Microsoft Azure database system. This exploit, discovered by cloud security provider Wiz, is built into Cosmos DB, Microsoft Azure’s managed database service. Let’s take a look at the exploit and see what we can learn from it.

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Is Your Business Following These Essential Best Practices Right Now?

Is Your Business Following These Essential Best Practices Right Now?

Whenever your technology is involved in your business processes, it is important that you abide by best practices to see the most effective results. Let’s run through the most effective practices that you should reinforce in your operations.

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It’s Essential to Have a Thorough Backup Plan

It’s Essential to Have a Thorough Backup Plan

Take a moment to imagine yourself in this scenario; you are going about your day-to-day business when all of a sudden, something profound happens to disrupt operations, grinding productivity to a halt and possibly even putting your company’s workers or infrastructure in jeopardy. No matter the disaster experienced, you need to have a plan in place to not only respond, but also recover from the incident in the most efficient way possible.

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Tip of the Week: What’s the Point of CC and BCC in My Email?

Tip of the Week: What’s the Point of CC and BCC in My Email?

We’ve all seen the fields in our email, CC and BCC, and most of us have probably used them before. Let’s consider where we get those terms, and how each of them is properly used.

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What a Recent Study Says About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

What a Recent Study Says About Knowledge Workers and the Remote Workplace

You might think that remote work for specific positions is taking off, and while this is true for some, it’s not necessarily the case for all. Knowledge workers, for example, are seeing fewer and fewer new job postings, as evidenced by a report from Braintrust. This report analyzed 150,000 new job postings and had some surprising results on the remote work front.

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Remote Work Can Offer More Benefits than You Might Expect

Remote Work Can Offer More Benefits than You Might Expect

Remote work has been embraced over the past two years, in no small part due to the impact of the pandemic. However, some of the impacts of remote work have made it clear to many businesses that its advantages shouldn’t be sacrificed once it is no longer necessary. Let’s review how businesses can improve by continuing the practices of remote work, even after the need for remote work has passed.

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What the Windows 8.1 End-of-Life Event Means for Your Business

What the Windows 8.1 End-of-Life Event Means for Your Business

Windows 11 seems to be rapidly approaching, so now is the perfect time to discuss Windows upgrades and upcoming end-of-life scenarios, including Windows 8.1, which is slated to expire in 2023. You might be wondering if you have the hardware to handle this upgrade, and that’s a valid question, but what does the end-of-life scenario for Windows 8.1 really look like for your business? Let’s take a look.

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Managed IT Services Can Deliver Consistency and Efficiency

Managed IT Services Can Deliver Consistency and Efficiency

Businesses often struggle with finding talent, and a variety of factors can contribute to this. Some are limited by their geographic location, although this has been made significantly less of a factor thanks to remote technology, whereas others might be limited by budget. Thankfully, outsourcing is a great way to shore up weaknesses in your organization’s operations, particularly for finding IT talent.

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