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eGuard Tech has been serving the Washington area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Whoops! How To Step Back In Time And Recall Messages In Outlook 2013

Whoops! How To Step Back In Time And Recall Messages In Outlook 2013
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Just Because You've Been LUCKY Enough To Avoid A Cyber-Attack Doesn't Mean You Are Not At Risk

Seems these days that a new cybercrime hack pops up in the news weekly, if not daily. We hear about lots of big companies like Target, Anthem Inc. (Blue Cross Blue Shield), Home Depot, and more. These attacks in the news are almost always with big companies and big dollar amounts.  So that leads to the question... Are small businesses immune to cyber theft or do we just not hear about their stories?  And if your company hasn't been hacked, have you just been lucky, or is your company's computer security really that good?  I've answered this question for you free of charge at http://www.eguardtech.com/cyber-security-audit.
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Not "Feeling The Love" From Your Current IT Support Company?

Roses are red... violets are blue... This Valentines Day, I have reserved a gift for you! Ok, ok... I know that I should probably stick with IT support instead of poetry... but love is in the air this month and I want to show you some love. I just posted up a $250 gift that I want to give to you absolutely free this month. Claim your free Valentines gift here:   http://www.eguardtech.com/love-your-it-support-company    Enjoy!
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An URGENT Security Warning For Businesses Running Microsoft Windows Server 2003

Ahhhh! A brand new year, full of promise, hope and a fresh start. If you're like most people, you're making the usual resolutions to exercise more, lose weight, pay off debt, etc., etc., etc. While you're in the mode of taking stock in your life (and your business) to think about all of the things you "should" be doing more of (or less!), here is one more must add resolution that needs to absolutely get done in early 2015 if you care at all about your business:   http://www.eguardtech.com/windows-server-2003-expiration  Here's to a prosperous and fruitful 2015!
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Over 100 Famous Hollywood Actresses' Secret Naked Smartphone "Selfies" Stolen By Hacker And Brandished All Over The Internet. Could YOU Be Their Next Victim?

If over 100 famous Hollywood actresses' personal (explicit) photos were easily hacked off of their cellphones without notice, how safe are YOU?   Despite all of the recent stories about celebrities and big business cyberattacks, small businesses are actually a cybercriminal's favorite target. Why? Click here to read the answer.  http://www.eguardtech.com/could-you-be-an-internet-hacking-victim
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Does The Thought Of Your In-House Computer Expert Leaving Scare You To Death?

  What would happen if your current in-house computer expert was suddenly gone? Vanished like a ghost without any warning? This scary proposition is one that most businesses don't think about. Are YOU ready? I just posted up 6 questions you should be asking yourself at: http://www.eguardtech.com/in-house-computer-expert-leaving Check these out and e-mail me back to let me know how you did.
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Could Buying A Computer Actually INCREASE Your Cash Flow?

If you've been needing to upgrade any computer equipment in your office but have put it off simply because you don't want to part with massive amounts of cash, then you're going to want to check this out...   August Tech Tip
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It's Time To Declare Freedom From Online Identity Theft

Did you realize that over 552 MILLION identities were exposed to cybercriminals last year alone (more than double the amount just 2 years ago)? Cybercrime numbers are downright scary and are only getting worse.   If you want to prevent your personal or business identity from being stolen by a cybercriminal (and who doesn't?), I've posted up a special informational report that outlines in plain English common mistakes that many small businesses make that lead to massive cybertheft. I encourage you to download this special report on my website at  http://www.eguardtech.com/prevent-your-personal-or-business-identity-from-being-stolen today BEFORE you end up their next victim.
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The 3 Biggest Problems Washington DC Metro Area CEOs Have With Most IT Firms

I need your opinion. I just posted on my website what I believe to be the 3 biggest problems most small business CEO's have when dealing with IT support companies.    You can find my "top 3" list below:      June Tech Tip       Do you agree or disagree?    Please take 2 minutes to check this out.  I'd love to know if I'm on track and whether you agree or disagree.  
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What You Need To Know About The New Security Breach Notification Laws

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It's Monday morning and one of your employees notifies you that they lost their laptop at a Starbucks over the weekend, apologizing profusely. Aside from the cost and inconvenience of buying a new laptop, could you be on the hook for bigger costs, and should you notify all your clients? Maybe, depending on where you live and what type of data you had stored on that laptop. Forty-six of the fifty states have security-breach laws outlining what businesses must do if they expose any kind of client or employee personal information, and practically every single business is directly affected by these laws. An Emerging Trend In Business Law Since companies are storing more and more data on their employees and clients, states are starting to aggressively enforce data breach and security laws that set out the responsibilities for businesses capturing and storing personal data. What do most states consider confidential...
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7 Reasons Why Getting Rid Of Windows XP Will Likely Exorcise Hidden Gremlins And Goblins Lurking In Your Computer Network

Goblin7 Reasons Why Getting Rid Of Windows XP Will Likely Exorcise Hidden Gremlins And Goblins Lurking In Your Computer Network

Although many businesses have been getting rid of Windows XP for at least the last 3 years, the fact remains that as of early this year, around 500 million business computers were still running Windows XP. While the witching hour for Windows XP is still a few months away (April 9, 2014), here are 7 of the top reasons running Windows XP should scare any business owner right now:

  1. Tons Of Viruses.There is a huge library of viruses aimed at Windows XP and limited antivirus support still available.
  2. XP Is OLD (almost 12 years old!). The 1st iPod was released the same year as Windows XP. In a world where the 5th iPhone has been released, no one should be left using an O/S that pre-dates the 1st iPod!
  3. Least Secure Operating System (By Far!). ALL other platforms, including Linux, all versions of Mac OS X, Windows 7 and Windows 8 are more secure than XP by a huge margin. Windows Vista is actually a far safer option (scary!)
  4. .Built For A Simpler Time. XP was created for a simpler world of technology. It was formatted to fit to a screen only 640 pixels wide, and it showcased IE6 as a new product. The internet was a different place when XP was developed. Smartphones were non-existent, laptops were a luxury and tablet computers were science fiction
  5. .No More Band-Aids. Only so many band-aid fixes on top of each other can be effective.
  6. Support Is Ending. All support of XP will end on April 9, 2014. It's time to replace your systems now while you can plan ahead.
  7. Malware Everywhere. You can continue to use XP, but with more malware than ever. XP is by far the most vulnerable platform to connect to the internet.
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Windows XP Migration Plan

Windows MigrationStill Using Windows XP In Your Office? Our FREE Microsoft Risk Assessment And Migration Plan Shows You The Easiest, Most Budget-Friendly Way To Upgrade

 

At no cost, one of eGuard Tech Services' Senior Technicians will come to your office and conduct our proprietary Risk Assessment to not only determine what specific computers will be affected by this announcement bur also to assess other security, backup and efficiency factors that could be costing you in productivity and hard dollars....

 During this assessment you will receive:

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Don't Upgrade Your Server Until You Read This

If you are even considering upgrading your server(s) in the next 6-12 months, click here to see why you might not have to make that big investment.  
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Protect Your Finances Online

Over the last 6 months there have been A LOT of stories in the news about cybertheft (crimes through the exploitation of technology).  Each time that a new story pops up in the news, I get bombarded with questions from friends, family and business associates on what they should do to be protected from cybercrime.      This prompted me to come up with a short checklist anyone can easily follow and I thought you might want to see it.  It doesn't matter how savvy you are with computers... if you're not ultra-prepared to ward off cyber-criminals, then you could be their next victim.       You can get my checklist HERE .
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Storm Season Is Upon Us...Are You Protected?

Quick question for you...       Storm season is upon us and I want to ask you; how quickly could your business be back up and running after a natural disaster, a server crash, a major virus attack that takes down your network or any other data-erasing catastrophe in your business?     Do you have any idea? Is this even important to you or your business? Or is it one more detail that you don't want to bother worrying about?     No one like to think about bad things happening to them right? Well since Spring is storm season and a disaster can hit at any time I figured this is a great opportunity to share this with you... Disaster Planning Essentials Here  
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Do You Feel Your Computer Guy Isn't Showing You Enough Love?

Are you "ill-tempered" because you're constantly having problems with your computer systems running slow, e-mail not working or other technical difficulties?  Then you'll LOVE this special Valentine's Day gift I have for you: Free Gift
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Are You Doomed If Your In-House Computer Expert Quits?

Have you ever considered what would happen if your IT guy suddenly quit, got hit by a bus, or was suddenly unavailable.  Would this be a temporary inconvenience or a major hassle? I just posted up 6 questions you can ask right now to self assess how you would fare.  You can access these questions right now for free at: New IT Guy Let me know how you fared on this.
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Disaster Prevention Planning Kit

How quickly could your business be back up and running after a natural disaster, a server crash, a major virus attack that takes down your network, or any other data-erasing catastrophe in your business? Do you have any idea? Is this even important to you or your business? Or is it one more little detail that you don't want to bother worrying about? No one likes to think about bad things happening to them, right? Well, with Thanksgiving right around the corner, we've decided to offer a  Disaster Prevention Planning Kit - A $397 Value - absolutely FREE  to all of our neighbors and friends! We're thankful for the great year we've had. And in the event that disaster does strike (and we sincerely hope it doesn't!), we want YOU to be thankful that you are prepared. So who's this for and what's inside? Click on the link below to...
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