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Thank You to the Now IT Connects Team

November is the month of gratitude. Early in the month, we take a moment to thank the veterans who serve our country. At the end of the month, we gather with our loved ones to share what we are grateful for this year. But unfortunately, we don’t have a holiday in November to celebrate the...

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The Dance Macabre of IT: What Technology Is Dying at the End of the Year

It’s spooky season, and nothing is scarier than booting up your computer on a Monday morning to discover your project management software or inventory system no longer works. Even more terrifying would be to learn that the manufacturer no longer supports that software, so you no longer have a way to get all your data...

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Why Software and Hardware becomes Obsolete

Bill Gates once said that “the only big companies that succeed will be those that obsolete their own products before someone else does.” Technology companies are constantly innovating to better serve their clients. This applies to hardware, such as computers, tablets, and other devices, as well as software and even file types. While it can...

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Do People Really Fall for Email Phishing Scams? Oh Yes.

If you consider yourself a savvy email user, you probably have a hard time believing people actually fall for spam and phishing email scams. How can they not tell the email is fake? Email scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated. We’ve seen some that spoof a company owner’s name, email address, and even email signature, complete...

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Email Best Practices for New Employees

Whether you like it or not, your company’s email is a critical part of your business. Email is one of the primary ways you interact with your customers and keep projects rolling. You can’t afford to have your email down for a few hours, let alone a day or a week. Since your email client...

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3 IT Resources to Add to Your Reading List

Last month, we shared the Now IT Connects team’s favorite IT blogs. Now, it’s time to take a look at some longer reading. Practical Microsoft Azure IaaS Get the most out of your Microsoft Azure cloud computing infrastructure. Practical Microsoft Azure IaaS: Migrating and Building Scalable and Secure Cloud Solutions is geared for IT nerds...

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Cloud-Based IT Tools Help You Stay Securely Connected, Wherever You Are

The ability to work remotely has become a critical element of small business operations. Giving employees the option to work from home is also a great recruiting and retention tool. Working remotely can be a boon for business owners, too. Cloud-based tools give you the flexibility to manage your business from anywhere, anytime. We’ve found...

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3 IT Blogs for Your Summer Reading List

Looking for some beach reading? Now IT Connects has some recommendations for you! The Now IT family tends to nerd out on all things IT, so this list may be skewed toward techies. If you don’t happen to be of that particular persuasion, feel free to share this list with anyone who gets excited about...

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Why You Need Managed IT Services for Your Small Business

Does this hot weather have you wishing you were out on the pontoon rather than behind your desk? We get it! The Now IT Connects team loves getting outdoors almost as much as we love helping businesses with their IT needs. Want to spend less time troubleshooting and more time casting this summer? Here are...

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More Scary Tales from the Dark Web

In March, we told you all about the dark web, the shadow version of the internet we all know, use, and love. This month, we wanted to give you an idea of what’s been going on in the shadows since then (if you need a refresher on what the dark web is, read our March...

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Cyber Security for Your Business: Who’s Watching the Farm This Summer?

Noticing an extra skip in your step this week? That’s what the arrival of cabin season does to us here in Minnesota. The kids are barely out of school, and all we can think about is casting a line and enjoying a cold one up at the lake. And after this winter (and April!), who...

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3 IT Disaster Recovery Tools

Have you put together an IT disaster recovery plan for your business? If not, check out our blog for tips on how to get started. Once your plan is in place, you may be looking for recommendations on ways to keep your data secure and safe. Here are three of the top tools Now IT...

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