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How to Keep Your Business Computers Healthy

Every winter, we do everything we can to avoid catching a virus. We buy the extra-super-mega-strength hand-soap. We wipe down every available surface with disinfectant wipes. We steer clear of anyone sniffling.

Then flu season passes, spring arrives, and we all breathe a sigh of relief. Why? Because we avoided catching one of America’s most common viruses. We avoided countless sick days, canceled plans, lost time, and wasted money.

We avoided a giant headache.

Question: Are you doing everything you can to protect your business from catching a virus?

What is a virus?

A computer virus is a malicious code or program designed to alter the function of a computer. Much like the flu, a computer virus can spread quickly from one computer to another. This can cause significant damage to data and software.

Want to avoid a huge software headache? Here are three simple ways to avoid catching a computer virus:

#1: Use strong passwords.

Passwords are the first line of defense for your network security. It can seem helpful to create easy-to-memorize passwords out of short, simple phrases. However, it’s critical that you use a complex combination of letters and numbers to boost security.

#2: Keep software up-to-date.

Software companies regularly release updates that fix bugs. These updates prevent hacking and malware. Stay up-to-date: set your computers to automatically install trusted updates.

#3: Never click on links from unknown email addresses.

According to Microsoft, almost 45% of virus infections are spread from email links. If you don’t recognize the sender of an email, don’t click links or open attachments.

Want to keep your network secure? We can help.

We can protect your servers, networks, and work stations. iPoint Technology provides 24/7 iNetwork Monitoring. We’ll guard your business against viruses, security breaches, data loss, and more. Call us at 970-266-0703 to learn more about our affordable network monitoring services.

5th Annual Flowers for Towers

Is an old computer sitting in your garage collecting dust? Is your broken laptop moonlighting as a table coaster? We’ve got you covered this Earth Day weekend. iPoint is announcing our 5th annual Flowers for Towers.

What is Flowers for Towers?

We designed Flowers for Towers to empower our communities to properly dispose of toxic materials and better the environment.

Not only does Flowers for Towers prevent dangerous toxins from ending up in landfills, but it saves you money. Most local recyclers charge a minimum of $15 per laptop; we’re helping you protect the planet for free. We’ll even throw in a $5 gift card to the Fort Collins Nursery. Then you can better the local environment with flowers, trees, and vegetables.

Why should I recycle my e-waste?

It takes around 539 pounds of fossil fuels, 48 chemicals, and 1.5 tons of water to create just one computer. E-waste contains toxins like mercury that can seriously harm the environment, yet only 20% of the world’s laptops, cell phones, and towers are recycled.

Worldwide, we throw over 50 million metric tons of e-waste into landfills each year. That waste contributes to 70% of all toxic waste. By recycling your old computers, we can minimize our carbon footprint, preserving our planet for the next generation.

What was our impact last year?

Our goal is to recycle 100,000 pounds by 2020, and we are well on our way. Since 2014, we’ve collected over 54,000 pounds of e-waste.

What do you accept?

We accept PC’s, laptops and servers. We’ll even securely wipe your hard-drive. No one will be able to access your personal information. We do not accept monitors or printers.

Bring your old electronic equipment to iPoint Technologies April 20th – 21st from 10 am to 4 pm. We’ll help you unload your equipment, get you a free gift card, and even enter you into some fun raffles to win prizes. See you there!

5 Reasons Why You Should Choose WordPress

Wix, Weebly, Webvanta, WordPress . . . The list of possible website builders goes on—and makes a great tongue-twister!

Search “best web builder” online, and you’ll get a million different opinions from 10 million different sources. With all the industry noise surrounding web design software, it can seem impossible to decide what platform best fits your business.

At iPoint, we believe that WordPress web design is the best option for businesses of all shapes and sizes. From the small travel blog to the big-name media company, WordPress software has proven to be flexible, affordable and effective for every industry.

No time for research? No problem. We’ve made a quick list of the top 5 reasons that you should choose WordPress for your business.

#1: The biggest brands in the world trust WordPress

Big-name brands like Forbes Magazine, the National Football League (NFL), LinkedIn, and Coca-Cola all trust WordPress to communicate their brand messages with consumers. A stunning 25% of all websites in existence function using WordPress: that’s over 75 million sites.

#2: WordPress is the best for SEO

WordPress software supports proper HTML markups, has SEO-approved permalinks and makes creating targeted content—including titles and headings—easier than ever. It also supports dozens of SEO plug-ins for individual use.

#3: WordPress balances high-quality design with a budget-friendly price-tag

Are you worried that over-spending on a website will negatively affect your 2018 budget? Maybe you already have a website, but it’s not meeting your expectations for quality? WordPress is the perfect solution for anyone looking to present a high-quality brand image while remaining cost-effective.

#4: WordPress is incredibly flexible

WordPress might have once been used almost-exclusively for blogs, but today it powers businesses of every size and style. Choose from one of hundreds of their ready-made themes, or hire a professional web design company to create a custom design that will connect with your customers and meet your unique needs.

#5: iPoint can help you use WordPress effectively

We’re here to come alongside you at every step in your web design journey. From a complete redesign to web hosting services, we can help you reach more clients and increase ROI. Check out our complete web design portfolio to see how we’ve helped businesses like yours maximize profits!

Benefits to upgrading or replacing your current network server and PC’s

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If you have a network server in your business, then you probably know the importance of having a reliable and fast central data server, and what could possibly be the worst case scenario if it were to go down. When a network server goes down or has hardware/software issues, you as the business owner are not only losing money due to down time, but also all the work and time that has to be done once the server is back up and running. To avoid these costly disruptions most experts would agree that being pro-active and making sure you have all your technology up to date and your data backed up offsite properly is of most importance.

Can your business survive by being down a day or two- what about a week or more?

Here are 6 things to remember about your network server and business computer hardware.

  1. Everything has a life cycle and will breakdown eventually. the life cycle of a computer now is much shorter than years ago, a PC should be replaced every 2-3 years to cut down on lost productivity due to hardware requirements being outdated for today’s software. Servers are no exception- although server replacement is suggested every 3-5 years, and may have to be done more often depending on your business growth and demands, it is the most vital portion of your business network. It is the Brains of your business, don’t go brain dead!
  2. Computer servers, and PC’s on average have become less expensive and allow your employees to be more productive. By keeping up with today’s high memory demands, employees will be able to accomplish their tasks much faster. If your car only went ten miles per hour, it would take you a long time to get anywhere, the same is true with your network hardware, as software needs become more demanding on the computers they tend to slow down and tasks that should take only a few minutes end up taking 4 to 5 times longer or worse, so you end up paying more for them to do their work.
  3. Computers and network servers have become more reliable, more cost effective, and consume much less power than just a year ago. With advanced features for power management and automation of everyday tasks like backups, today’s PC’s and servers can save you money and time.
  4. The latest operating systems installed on PC’s and Servers like Microsoft Windows 2008 server, Microsoft Windows 2011 server and Microsoft windows7 professional have built in features and advanced technologies to make them run more efficiently and trouble free. No system is perfect but the new features of these operating systems allows them to use the hardware and memory installed and really give you the extra power you need.
  5. PC’s and Servers need to be upgraded when new software is released or installed/updated. Due to growing system requirements, today’s network servers and network PC’s can handle much larger amounts of memory (RAM), which enables programs and functions to run much faster. You can run multiple applications without noticing slow downs and lagging computers.
    For example the minimum system requirements for Microsoft office (Microsoft word,Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook) to run is http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/products/microsoft-office-2010-system-requirements-HA101810407.aspx#_Toc250543105
  6. New technologies can not only automate everyday tasks performed by your server, but can also allow you to work more closely with your business members and employees, by using Microsoft Exchange server or Microsoft Sharepoint you can share calendars, email folders and other information you use on a daily basis, making your sales team, office staff a more collective team thru collaboration.

One thing to remember about old PC’s and server hardware is, once the life cycle of that has expired with the manufacturer (DELL is currently 7 years on most servers) they will no longer supply or have those parts on hand, leaving you or your network technician scrambling trying to just find the part. One recent example is we had a client who had a power outage at their building, upon the power coming back, the main server would not start. Upon iPoint diagnosing the issue in a matter of 5 minutes (bad power supply) the search was on, This server was 5 years old and DELL needed 48 hours just to locate the proper part, after turning to the internet and searching for it only a handful of them showed up on places like ebay and refurbished parts houses. iPoint was able to locate a DELL supplier and get it overnight but due to the order not being able to be placed because the supplier was on the east coast and closed before we could get an order, the client was down for 1 and a half days. The client was not happy due to lost wages and salaries, lost productivity, and the fact they could not do anything but email and internet surfing.

Although your computer network server may be running trouble free and requires little maintenance and support right now, are you just waiting for that moment?

To keep your network running smooth and efficient Information Point Technologies offers a wide range of computer network services including consulting and pro-active maintenance plans as well as offsite backup solutions and remote 24/7/365 monitoring of your servers. For more information or to schedule a check of your systems, visit http://www.ipoint-tech.com or you can call (970) 266-0703.

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