Net Works, Inc Daytona Beach Computer Repair, Networks, Wiring Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:34:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Selling your Boss on a New Computer Mon, 17 Aug 2015 20:42:10 +0000 These days just about every job, from the entry level to the corner office, requires the use of a computer. No matter what you do for a living or how long you have been with the company, few things are as frustrating as a computer that just refuses to cooperate.

Getting stuck with an old slow computer is always a problem, but it is even more difficult when you rely on that computer to get your work done. If you have had it with slow performance, constant glitches and unexpected shutdowns, it is time to have a serious talk to the boss.

As with everything else in the corporate world, some bosses will be more receptive to the request for a new computer than others. Some managers will instantly see how giving you a better computer will make you a more productive – and a happier – employee. Others may be more reluctant and need a bit of prodding to see things your way. Here are some tips you can use to get that new work computer and more make your job less frustrating.

  • Make a list of the things you do every day and the time it takes you. Record the time you spend waiting for a new page to load, how long it takes to complete a new document and other pertinent information. Managers love quantifiable data, and the more information you can provide the better.
  • Do your own homework and price new computers that would be suitable for the work environment. Your boss may be thinking that a new work computer will cost thousands of dollars, but chances are you can find one for much less.
  • Show your boss how much more productive you could be on a faster computer. If you have access to a colleague’s computer, you could do a side by side comparison to demonstrate the increase in productivity a new computer could give you.
  • Talk about the security advantages of a new computer with an updated operating system. Cybersecurity is an important issue for even the smallest business, and a new computer could keep you – and your boss – safer.  Reminder : As of April 2014, Windows XP is no longer receiving updates from Microsoft to patch the latest security vulnerabilities.
  • Be persistent but not pushy. When your boss gives you a new project, talk about how a faster computer could help you get it done long before the deadline. When your boss sends you an email, mention that your slow computer delayed its receipt and your response. These subtle hints can help you get what you want without being too obvious.

Having to do your job on a slow computer can be very frustrating, but you do not have to resign yourself to the situation. With the right approach and the proper research, you can convince even the most frugal boss to get you a new machine and help you be more productive. The tips listed above can help you get started and allow you to finally get the hardware you need to be a better worker.
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Is Your Business Ready for Hurricane Season 2015? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 16:03:06 +0000 June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season in the United States. If a hurricane were to strike tomorrow, would your business be prepared? Don’t wait until it’s too late to think about disaster recovery, business continuity and data backup:

Data from the National Archives & Records Administration shows that 60 percent of companies that lose data in a disaster will shut down within six months of the event.

Taking action now can protect your employees and company should a hurricane hit your business this year. Let’s look at a few key steps that can help your business prepare for hurricane season.

Prepare and Practice

The best way to minimize the damaging effects of a hurricane is to develop a strong overall strategy for your business. Identify your mission-critical applications, key employees and important backup data. Think about what business capabilities and functions you would potentially lose in the event of a hurricane, and develop a communication plan that can keep you in touch with employees. While you can create a solid emergency plan by addressing these issues, no plan is truly effective if you don’t practice it. Your employees need to be educated and well-trained in their roles. Test out your plan using simulated disasters and drills, and make sure your employees understand all aspects of the plan.

Back Up Your Data

Having data backup procedures in place can play a significant role in protecting your business from a hurricane. If you’re just getting started with a backup plan, your first step is to identify your business’s essential data that should be backed up. Full backups should be performed weekly; if a large amount of data is generated by your business each day, you should back up your data even more frequently. Daily incremental backups are also recommended.

Cloud-based storage and business continuity solutions provide an effective way for your company to keep its data safely removed from your physical location. With low overhead, speedy deployment and easy access to data, these solutions offer benefits for both smaller businesses and larger enterprises. The consistency and reliability offered by an offsite infrastructure approach can be invaluable in the days following a hurricane.

Protect Your Equipment and Site

In addition to protecting your data, it’s also important to safeguard your equipment and your site’s facilities. Having an uninterruptible power supply, including generators and batteries, is essential for business continuity after a hurricane. You may also want to consider an alternate water source and a set of pumps to clear flood water from your facility’s lower levels. Once a hurricane warning has been established, boarding up windows and other vulnerable openings on your site can help reduce damage from flying debris during the storm.

It’s clear that ensuring business continuity after a hurricane requires preparation and effort. Hurricanes and other natural disasters can have devastating effects on your business, but planning for the worst can help you mitigate the damage. With the tips outlined in this article, you’ll have a good start on developing a disaster-recovery strategy that works for your business.

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Business Disaster Recovery Checklist Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:25:20 +0000 Business Disaster Recovery Checklist

Each year, hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and other disasters force businesses to close.  According to research by the Institute for Business and Home Safety, over 25 percent of businesses that close after one of these events never reopen.  Your business doesn’t need to become another of these grim statistics:  With a few proactive measures, you can protect your facility, equipment and data from a variety of natural and man-made disasters.  Let’s take a look at some items that should be on any small or mid-sized business’s disaster recovery checklist.

  1. Create a Written Plan
    Keep a formal disaster recovery plan in a secure location, and update it regularly.  As your business grows and evolves, the plan should change accordingly.
  1. Secure a Source of Emergency Power
    An uninterrupted power supply can be a good investment for your business:  This power can be used to keep mission-critical systems running, and it can provide a smooth transition from your primary power source to an emergency power system in the event of a disaster.  An emergency power generator will keep your business’s lights and electronics running during a power outage, which can significantly reduce any disruption of your business.
  1. Back Up Your Data
    Data backup should be a central component of any disaster recovery plan.  The first step in this process involves identifying the data that should be backed up.  Information on desktop computers, laptops and other devices should be regularly backed up to a network server; this server’s data can then be backed up to another location. 

    Cloud storage offers a practical, cost-effective solution for small businesses with internet connectivity.  In some cases, a local backup copy of your critical data can be helpful for business continuity:  If your main business location still has power but loses its internet connection, you’ll be able to recover key server data. 

  1. Prepare for Evacuation
    If an evacuation of the local area is issued, you’ll need to grab your most essential business equipment and records before you leave.  Your disaster recovery plan should be one of these items; other critical items may include your company’s insurance policies, company checks, employee contact information, customer records and a list of all business credit cards and bank accounts.  Be sure to secure your building before you evacuate.
  1. Enable Employee Communication
    During a disaster or crisis, communication becomes more vital than ever.  Be sure you have multiple ways to communicate with your employees:  websites, cell phones, emergency toll-free hotlines or other methods.
  2. Choose Safe Locations for IT Systems
    Floods and burst pipes can cause water to accumulate in a building and damage your IT systems.  Try to place your critical systems and servers above street level, and avoid locating this hardware in a basement.  If your business is in a one-story building, position your critical systems as far off the floor as possible.

    Developing an effective disaster recovery plan may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.  With this checklist as a guide, you’ll have most of the preparation and protection basics covered.  You’ll be more likely to avoid the loss of time and money due to a temporary closure, and you’ll improve your odds of staying in business in the aftermath of a disaster.

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Welcome Tyler LeCompte Wed, 29 Apr 2015 19:03:18 +0000 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.

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Now Open On Saturdays Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:56:30 +0000 saturdays_big

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

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Vulnerabilities and Security Risks of Cloud Storage Services Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:02:33 +0000 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

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How to sideload an app onto your Android device Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:57:11 +0000 “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.

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Computer Shopping 101 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:57:14 +0000 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 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  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.

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Windows Mobility Center Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:31:14 +0000 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.

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