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Tyler LeCompte

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April 22, 2015

facebook_tyler_bwWe would like to officially welcome Tyler LeCompte to the net works team. Originally from South Florida, Tyler moved to Daytona Beach in 2002. A graduate of the University of Florida, Tyler has extensive experience in Business Development, Sales & Marketing as well as multiple entrepreneurial endeavors.

Tyler has worked in multiple professional fields including Finance, Retail, Hospitality, Professional Services and IT. Through his own company, JT2 Marketing, Tyler successfully worked with multiple small- to medium-sized business in North Florida for Business Planning, Business Development, Sales & Marketing programs as well as Digital Marketing & Social Media Marketing.

Tyler brings a unique perspective to Net Works by combining his own professional experience as an employee, a manager and an owner/operator to deliver a customized Computer Solution program and Client Experience for Net Works clients.

Now Open On Saturdays

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September 18, 2014

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For your convenience, we would like to announce our retail store and drop-off repair services will now be open on Saturdays from 10am-5pm.  We carry most computer related items, including but not limited to : Keyboards, mice, batteries(UPS), external hard drives, speakers,  routers, switches, wireless networking hardware, and refurbished computers.

We repair all major computer brands including desktops, laptops and tablets.

Our store is located at :
144 South Beach Street
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
For a map and directions click here

Or give us a call at 386-248-0000

 

 

Back to School Savings

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August 4, 2014

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$75 for a virus cleaning (normally $100)

$50 for a tune up (normally $65)

Free physical cleaning w/ all services

Ask about our antivirus specials for pc’s and tablets.

Expires 8/31/2014 – mention you saw this special on our Facebook page or website.  

Check out our additional services here

Vulnerabilities and Security Risks of Cloud Storage Services

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July 24, 2014

cloud_logosBusiness News Daily reports that by 2014, cloud computing is set to grow into a promising $150 billion industry. That’s a lot of data and a whole lot of empowered users syncing, sharing, and collaborating on various web-based files. There’s a price, however, that comes with the convenience of having real-time access to your files through a variety of internet-enabled mobile devices. The security of your data can be compromised by the inherent vulnerabilities of cloud storage services. The more you know about the security risks, the better you can protect your important data in the cloud.

Two User Activities that Can Weaken the Security of Your Cloud Storage Account

Three of the most popular cloud storage vendors–Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive, and Dropbox–were studied by a team of researchers from the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research based in Singapore. Their findings were detailed in a paper that appeared in a 2013 issue of the journal, IEEE Pervasive Computing. The researchers discovered that all three cloud storage services possess potential security loopholes that can be worsened by two specific user activities–file-sharing through private URLs and using shortened URLs.

There are many advantages to sharing files compared to working with email attachments. When you share files via your cloud storage account, you are not often bounded by file size restrictions. You can also set a file’s access level to public, private, etc. The researchers from the A*STAR Institute for Infocomm Research, however, found out that sharing secret URLs can undermine the security of cloud storage accounts. This is because URLs end up being saved in browsing histories, bookmarks, and network-based servers, thereby giving numerous third parties access to what should have been private data.

In addition, the use of URL-shortening services poses a security risk. According to the researchers, when a URL is shortened–even if the URL leads to a file that is privately shared through a cloud storage account–the address is rendered into a plain text format that is stripped of encryption. URLs of this kind are then made vulnerable to brute-force attacks. Thus, it is best to retain the original URL each time you share files with your friends and colleagues.

A  Cloud Environment Cannot Be Completely Guaranteed

CloudSecurity1Business and individual users who upload and backup sensitive data to their cloud accounts are comforted by service provider claims declaring complete confidentiality–meaning, the cloud storage vendor’s own employees have no ability to access or view client data. This confidentiality is typically asserted by providing encryption to users’ files before they are uploaded to the cloud servers.

According to the findings of two researchers from the Johns Hopkins University’s Information Security Institute, complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed by cloud storage vendors. Computer scientists Duane Wilson and Giuseppe Ateniese uncovered that complete confidentiality is only possible for users who don’t share data with other users through the cloud storage service. The moment a client shares data, the service provider is granted a loophole for which to access and view the said client’s information. The complicated mechanism of how file-sharing creates a breach in what is supposed to be a zero-knowledge cloud environment is detailed in this archived 2014 paper arxiv.org/pdf/1404.2697v1.pdf.

How to sideload an app onto your Android device

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July 17, 2014

“Sideloading” an app is the common term for installing it without downloading directly from the Google Play Store. Maybe there’s an app that’s not in the Play Store but is floating around in a popular forum. Maybe you’re just trying to give your friend’s app a try before he or she publishes it. There are plenty of good reasons why you’d want to sideload an app, and we’re going to show you how easy it is.

Read More at : http://www.greenbot.com/article/2452614/how-to-sideload-an-app-onto-your-android-phone-or-tablet.html

 

 

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July 17, 2014

Internet outage : We just came back up from a 30 minute internet outage.  Our fiber providers stated that the issue was above them on a main backbone and 1/2 of the state of florida was down.

Computer Shopping 101

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July 17, 2014

The computer world is full of acronyms and abbreviations, and many are similar to one another. Making sense of all the terms and focusing on what is most important are the keys to getting the best deal on  your next computer.

33What is the CPU?

The CPU is the heart of your computer, and it is important to understand just what it does. CPU stands for central processing unit, and its job is to take incoming numbers, perform calculations and return results.

You can think of the CPU as a very sophisticated calculator. The calculator in your pocket might be able to do two or three calculations a second, but the CPU in the average computer can perform billions in the same length of time.

Most of the computers on the market today come with multi-core processors. The multi-core setup allows the computer to perform better by makeing multitasking easier and more effective. Instead of a single processor working on several different tasks, the computer can assign each processor to a different task. This increases overall speed and makes your computer experience better.

While there are eight and even sixteen core processors on the market, the most common setups are dual-core, which combines two processors into a single ci[, and quad-core, which uses four. All else being equal and depending on the types of applications you are using, the quad core processor will give you better performance, but the price tag of the computer will be higher as well.

How Much RAM?

RAM stands for random access memory, and it is a very important part of the computer shopping process. Even the fastest multi-core system will not perform well if there is not enough RAM onboard.

If you have ever seen the inside of a computer, you will recognize the sticks of memory that make up the RAM. These sticks are inserted directly on the motherboard, and they provide the computer with the temporary storage space it needs to perform calculations and maintain information.

When shopping for a new computer, you should look for one with a minimum of 4GB of RAM; 8GB or more is even better, and relatively easy to find these days. RAM is relatively inexpensive these days and it’s the easiest and least expensive way to increase your computers performance.  Another added benefit of having more RAM is it lessens the workload on the Hard Drive which can increase the lifespan of the machine.

Hard Drive Storage

RAM provides temporary storage, but the hard drive is responsible for storing information permanently. As with RAM, the prices for hard drive storage have fallen sharply. That means bigger is better when shopping for a new PC.

It pays to buy more storage space than you think you will need. You may not think you need a 500GB hard drive, but the large size of video and music files means it may start filling up before you know it.

As you shop, you may encounter two separate types of hard drives – HDD and SSD. HDD means hard disk drive, and it is the most common type of drive on the market. HDD are inexpensive and able to store a lot of information for a low price, but they are also less durable and slower than SSD’s.

SSD VS HDD

SSD stands for solid-state drive.  They do not have moving parts the way HDD drives do, and the lack of moving parts make SSD drives both faster and more durable, but they are also much more expensive. The storage capacity of SSD drives also tends to be more restrictive, and the price per gigabyte of storage is much higher.

If you can afford the upgrade, we recommend using your OS (operating system) on a SSD and install a large 1TB or bigger HDD for data and media storage.

 

Knowing the terms can help you get the best deal on your next computer. Whether you are shopping for a laptop or desktop, having a basic understanding of terms like RAM, HDD, SSD and CPU will make comparing brands and models a lot easier.  If you have any questions, we are always here to help, please give us a call at 386-248-0000 or email us at [email protected]  We offer both a computer purchasing service (to help you get the most for your money), or we can build you a custom pc or server.

Welcome Anthony Pace

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June 20, 2014

Anthony_PaceAnthony is originally from Los Angeles California. He recently returned to Florida. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems California State Los Angeles, Masters Business Administration (Finance) from American Intercontinental University (Online) Hoffman Estates Illinois. He is a member of American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers, a Certified Bookkeeper and is a Microsoft Certified Professional (Technology Specialist). He has experience as Finance Manager, Inventory Control Manager, Stock Broker and Project Manager Infrastructure Rebuilding (Finance).

Windows Mobility Center

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June 11, 2014

The Microsoft Windows Mobility Center takes a variety of different utilities and places their controls in one easy to manage interface. Proper use of the Windows Mobility Center allows you to control a number of different aspects of the way your computer operates all from the same screen, which will certainly save you a lot of time.

 

daytona_beach_computersStep 1

Open the “Start” menu on your computer and select “Control Panel.” If your Windows Control Panel is not displaying all icons, click the button at the top of the window labeled “View By” and choose either the option labeled “Large Icons” or the option labeled “Small Icons.” The default view style for the Control Panel separates programs into categories, which is not useful for these purposes.

 

Step 2

Scroll to the very bottom of the Control Panel and click once on the icon labeled “Windows Mobility Center.” The Windows program of the same name will open. A series of icons will appear in the main Mobility Center window, each relating to a different aspect of your computer that you can control using the program.

 

Step 3

Use the utility’s “Display Brightness” section to increase or decrease the brightness of your monitor at will. Drag the bar to the left to decrease the brightness or drag the button to the right to increase it.

 

Step 4

Use the section of the screen labeled “Volume” to adjust the volume of your computer’s speakers. You can use the horizontal slider bar to increase or decrease the volume based on your preferences, or use the “Mute” button to completely disable your speakers if you so choose.

 

Step 5

Use the section of the screen labeled “Battery Status” to both view the current percentage of your battery’s power and change your power scheme. Click the drop down menu to select a new power scheme for your laptop battery. Note that this section is only available on laptop computers.

 

Step 6

Use the section of the screen labeled “Wireless Network” to control your computer’s current Internet connection. The main icon in this portion of the screen will show you the current strength of the connected wireless signal. Clicking the button labeled “Turn Wireless Off” will quickly and efficiently disable your computer’s wireless networking capabilities.

 

Step 7

Use the option labeled “External Display” to control any external computer monitors, television sets or projectors that may be connected to your computer.

 

Step 8

Sync any Windows Mobile devices with your computer using the section of the screen labeled “Sync Center.” If you already have a sync partnership between your computer and the associated device, click the grey button labeled “Sync Settings” with the device connected to your machine to immediately sync data back and forth between the two.

Has Your Business Gone Mobile?

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May 28, 2014

Just having a computer system at your company used to be the ultimate strategy for processing orders, managing employees and controlling costs. With the Internet ruling online business, you set up a website to sell goods to virtually any customer in the world. However, you must venture further into the online world with mobile phone use. With devices held in almost every consumer’s hand, you need to harness this market to effectively market and direct customers to your brand.

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As you walk around any public space, take note of all the devices floating around. From smartphones to tablets, people want to be connected at all times. Whether they are simply texting, using social media or price checking a product, you want your business to be mobile as well. The more exposure your brand has translates into higher profits. People want a comfortable brand to trust and automatically rely on, from clothing to cellphone accessories.

Responsive Web Design’s Priority

Responsive web design, or RWD, is an integral part of today’s mobile business. If a smartphone only accesses a company’s website, the font and entire page is too complicated to decipher. What RWD does is form a mobile site that has the basics. Business locations, hours and product pricing are just a few items that can accessed. The page displayed on the mobile device is simple and easy to navigate. Users will automatically shut off your company’s page if it looks too complicated. RWD encourages users to stay on the mobile site to find the information they need and spend money accordingly.

PC Versus Mobile Use

PCs or laptops are still viable devices that consumers use each day for extensive research. For example, a consumer looks up reviews of local Mexican food restaurants. From there, they research healthy foods their chosen restaurant offers. In-depth research is not typically performed on tablets or smartphones. When a consumer leaves home for a day of shopping and visiting friends, that’s the time period when they use their mobile device consistently. They update statuses and find a local ice cream shop as they visit a park or movie theater, for instance. Because people enjoy using their handheld devices to improve their daily experiences, it is critical to have a mobile website.

Digital Marketing For The Mobile World

When you use RWD for a mobile site, you aren’t giving up your traditional website. In fact, the mobile side is usually an add-on, giving your company virtually two websites for search engine optimization, or SEO. With more keywords across both online platforms, your search engine results may increase in views. For even more exposure, you may want to look into developing an app, or application. With a permanent icon on consumers’ devices, your information, sales and products are immediately accessed any time of day.

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