For our many small business customers – getting listed on Google Maps is VERY important (and setting up Google My Business, even more so). But Apple Maps has a large user base and Apple just released a business listing service called Apple Maps Connect. Be sure to get your business added today! Having trouble? We can help! Just give us a call…


Apple Quietly Launched a Business Listings Service For Maps
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In the immediate wake of all the iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite hubbub, Apple took a step in Yelp's direction by launching a new service called Apple Maps Connect. Like Yelp, Apple Maps Connect lets people add small business listings to a directory. Unlike Yelp, that entire directory lives inside Apple Map…

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  • Beware! A new vulnerability affecting most Windows computers is already being used by hackers. The primary method of compromise if via Office documents – namely Powerpoint. If you open an Office document and you get the popup asking to make changes to the computer (UAC prompt) – click NO! There is also a hotfix available until Microsoft releases a security update to fix the problem (https://support.microsoft.com/kb/3010060)


    Windows 0-day exploited in ongoing attacks, temporary workarounds offered
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    Microsoft is warning users about a new Windows zero-day vulnerability that is being actively exploited in the wild and is primarily a risk t…

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  • Google continues to help users secure their online accounts and data. With the support of Universal 2nd Factor (U2F), you can now lock down your Google account with a secure USB key. Even with normal Two Factor Authentication where you enter a code from your phone, you're vulnerable to phishing attacks (entering your credentials on a rogue site that looks like Google – which then logs into your account immediately). U2F ensures the login page you're using is real. Yahoo users should use their 'Login Shield' feature where you upload a picture that is always displayed on Yahoo's login page for you. If the picture isn't there – you know you're on a phishing site. Looking for help in securing your online accounts and identity? Give us a call!


    Strengthening 2-Step Verification with Security Key
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  • If your company uses Voice over IP, hackers could saddle you with thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges. We can help you ensure your VoIP system is secure! Looking to save money on your phone service? We're also an authorized RingCentral dealer – ask us about VoIP phone service for big business phone features at small business prices!


    Phone Hackers Dial and Redial to Steal Billions
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    A phone fraud on the rise and aided by Internet-connected phone systems can lead to six-figure bills for businesses.

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  • Some great advice on avoiding many common email scams that try to get your login credentials to banks, email, and more.


    How to Boost Your Phishing Detection Skills and Avoid Email Scams
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    Phishing scams—the ones that try to get you to provide private information by masquerading as a legitimate company—can be easy to uncover with a skeptical eye, but some can easily get you when you let your guard down for just a second. Here's how you can boost your phishing detection skills and prot…

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  • Is your laptop dead? One day it just wouldn't turn on, or it turns on and the screen stays dark? Laptop heatsinks frequently clog up with dirt, dust, and pet hair, which can overheat the 'chipset'. This is the device the links everything together in your computer and when they overheat – they often 'disconnect' from the motherboard. This is why it's important to have your laptop 'cleaned' once a year. If it's already dead – we can recover your data or repair it. Unlike many chipset repair services that try to 'remelt' the connections, our chipset repair involves replacing the chipset entirely with the latest generation, cooler running, chipset. These repairs can usually be done for $200-$275 depending on the model. So don't throw out that computer – it can be repaired for less than a new one!

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  • Do you have an application that HAS to run on Windows XP? Is the hardware it runs on falling apart or too slow? VMWare Player can solve both problems. By converting your existing Windows XP machine into a 'virtual machine' you can boot it on a newer (and more powerful) Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer and continue using your old XP software – safely and more efficiently. IT Xpress can help with the setup and conversion process! Contact us today to see how we can help update your infrastructure!


    Virtual Machines & Multiple Operating Systems: VMware Player Pro | United States
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    VMware Player Pro is the best way to deliver virtual machines and multiple operating systems. Download a 30-day free trial.

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  • Some excellent tips about your computer's behavior and the likelihood of a virus infection. We're seeing an uptick in infected machines, so stay safe and be aware! Think your computer has a virus? We can clean it AND secure/update it to help prevent future infections. Just cleaning off a virus is not enough!


    10 Tell Tale Signs of A Malware Infection Many modern forms of malicious…
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    10 Tell Tale Signs of A Malware Infection Many modern forms of malicious software (malware) harboured by computers is created to survive as long as… – Lojix Net – Google+

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  • Some useful information if you plan to buy a new router soon. Not sure what all the jargon means? We can help! We stock a variety of routers to meet your needs and can help you choose.


    The Features That Matter on Your Next Router (and the Ones That Don't)
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    Shopping for a router used to be as simple as buying the thing everyone said was good. These days, you have to understand a ton of technical terms, from "beamforming" to "MIMO" and "dual band". Some of these are useful, but others are marketing fluff. Let's dive in and separate the useful from the r…

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  • 'The Cloud' is all the rage now, but what if it ends up disappearing? What if companies find they just can't make money to justify the services? Will you be able to get your data out? Cloud storage is a GREAT thing right now, but anyone using Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, or any similar service should be backing their cloud folders up to local storage. Not sure how to protect your data for the long haul? Let us help!

    The Day the Cloud Died: Planning for Cloud Failure – EnterpriseStorageForum.com
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    Cloud computing failure is far from a remote option, so businesses must have a plan to handle partial or complete cloud outages.

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  • It's Patch Tuesday – is your PC updated? Take the hassle out of updating Windows, Adobe, and Oracle products. Sign up for My ITXpert and we'll proactively monitor your PC for updates, changes that slow it down, and software that extends your boot time. Plus get 1-2 hours of free remote support from our Xpert Technicians! http://myitxpert.biz/


    Internet Explorer stars in monster October Patch Tuesday
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    Triple patch match as Oracle and Adobe pile on the pain

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  • Having trouble getting online today? If you have a Belkin router – this may be why. Belkin has released a workaround.


    Borked Belkin routers leave many unable to get online
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    Many ISPs, models appear affected—with a DNS problem apparently to blame.

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  • We got a pleasant surprise today! Thanks to all who voted us Best Computer Repair in Mebane!

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  • Always be careful what you install on your computer, and research what it is online. Especially if it's free. Software like this can put your online accounts at serious risk. In this day and age, emailing keystrokes unencrypted over the Internet is criminally negligent. There are much better ways to try and protect your children online with Windows Vista and higher having built in parental controls and numerous browser extensions/applications that can help you track what your children are doing online. But as an IT professional I've found that upfront discussions with kids about the dangers online coupled with the threat of active monitoring can do far more.


    U.S. Police Are Giving Away Keylogging Software as a 'Safety' Measure
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    For years, local law enforcement agencies around the country have told parents that installing ComputerCOP software is the "first step" in protecting their children online.

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  • We just finished the construction and wiring of a new gaming desktop for a student headed off to college. Today's cases allow for all wiring to be done behind the components for a very clean build – maximizing airflow. Looking to upgrade your power/gaming system? IT Xpress can help!

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