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First Column IT has been serving the Manassas area since 2002, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Update Google Chrome, Says Homeland Security

Update Google Chrome, Says Homeland Security

Look, we get it… it’s one thing to hear it from “those IT guys” about how important software updates are. We’re into this stuff, after all, so we worry about things like that more. However, we’re hoping that a warning from Homeland Security to update Google Chrome will have a little more weight.

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Windows 10’s Over 70% Market Share is Still Too Low

Windows 10’s Over 70% Market Share is Still Too Low

Windows 10 has seen a slow growth in its market share since it first appeared in July 2015, still rising throughout 2020 to now. As of this October, the operating system had finally reached a 72.2 percent market share. Let’s discuss why this benchmark matters, and why you need to update any devices in your organization to bring that share up even more.

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How to Ensure Your Remote Workforce Isn’t Making You Vulnerable

How to Ensure Your Remote Workforce Isn’t Making You Vulnerable

Considering the current popularity of remote operations, the security of your business’ resources should be one of your greatest concerns. While this process isn’t necessarily easy, it isn’t something you can afford to neglect. Let’s take a few moments and walk through some of the most critical considerations to your office and its data security.

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Tip of the Week: Maximizing the Value of Your IT Investments

Tip of the Week: Maximizing the Value of Your IT Investments

Businesses are in a tough spot right now, which makes their costs an even bigger issue for them to keep in mind. Luckily for businesses everywhere, however, many technologies are available now that can greatly benefit their operations—without being unattainable due to their price. Let’s consider five such technologies and strategies that can bring productivity and efficiency without sending you into the red.

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Is Remote Work a Bigger Risk with Certain Employees?

Is Remote Work a Bigger Risk with Certain Employees?

Despite all that has gone on, many businesses have managed to stay open by embracing the remote capabilities of today’s technology. This is undeniably fortunate… however, it is crucial that we also acknowledge the importance of cybersecurity as these actions are taken.

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Adobe Flash Will Soon Be Unsupported Software

Adobe Flash Will Soon Be Unsupported Software

Flash Player is going to be going out of support, the 24-year-old software being retired at the end of this year. That's a pretty big deal: Flash Player, at least initially, was a solution that most users have used at one time or another. What will this loss mean for your business’ processes?

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Why VoIP is a Great Choice for a Business

Why VoIP is a Great Choice for a Business

A VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) signal uses the Internet instead of using a traditional phone infrastructure. Let's review the concept of VoIP and how companies can use it to their advantage.

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Let’s Look at Some Inexpensive Smartphone Options

Let’s Look at Some Inexpensive Smartphone Options

Two weeks ago we had a look at the flagships. Last week, we took a look at the new foldable and flippable smartphones, but what if you don’t have $1,000 to buy a device? Are your options severely limited? Let’s take a look at some of your options.

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The Four Corners Your Network Security Needs to Cover

The Four Corners Your Network Security Needs to Cover

Network security is paramount to a business’ success with the number of security incidents and data breaches that could potentially upend it. While this sounds like a task of marginally epic proportions, managing your security can be greatly simplified via a few basic activities. Let’s go over four such security-boosting actions that you should direct your attention to.

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When Your Contacts Aren’t Your Contacts - Display Name Spoofing

When Your Contacts Aren’t Your Contacts - Display Name Spoofing

Business success is often tied to the quality of your business relationships. There are a lot of people you need to trust: your vendors to get you whatever supplies you need, your team to complete their responsibilities without letting in threats, and your customers to turn to you for what they need. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are willing to take advantage of such trust to accomplish their own ends.

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