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As computers get faster and hackers get smarter, human-generated passwords simply don’t cut it. Many people create weak passwords because they don’t think their password security is important, and many create weak passwords they think are secure because they followed minimum guidelines. This leads to easily guessable passwords like, “Password2017!” or “NYgiants1”, which aren’t complex enough to protect your valuable information.

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The free upgrade to Windows 10 includes many new useful features. While this isn't new news, we felt it was a good time to revisit some of the benefits of upgrading to Windows 10. The free upgrade window is only valid for those who upgrade before July 29, 2016. If you haven't upgraded yet, check out what you're missing.

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The latest version of Microsoft’s productivity suite, Office has hit the shelves. Check out our thoughts on the new version.

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Recently we've seen an upsurge in malware infections especially coming through malicious advertisements. Unfortunately these days you need only visit a website with malicious ads to get infected. This can be especially harmful when popular home pages such as msn.com start serving malware through the ad networks on their site. To combat this it is important to install an ad blocker.

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It’s been a little over a week since Windows 10 was released, and we have had some time to get our initial thoughts together. So far we are very pleased with the new look and feel of Windows 10. The return of a start menu may be the most compelling reason to upgrade from Windows 8, but maybe not from windows 7. There are many other new features as well.

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Solutions By Design, Inc. today announced it was named to the Ingram Micro 2015 SMB 500.

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Have you noticed the new Windows icon in the system tray of your desktop? Windows 10 is going to be released soon, and it’s time to claim your free upgrade.

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Back in March the FTC published an article detailing the top 10 imposter scams of 2014. Numbers 3, 4, and 6 on the list involve computer related scams including the popular imposters claiming to be from Microsoft. Numerous clients and some of our own staff have been called by these scammers. Fortunately most of you know not to give them any information or access to your computer systems. Still, since there does not seem to be an end in sight we thought it would be good to remind people to be aware of these and other scams.

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20150212 ransomware - shutterstock 161163569 medium.jpgRansomware is a relatively new breed of malware that aims to hold your computer or data ransom in order to extort money from the user. This malware is extremely destructive and costly to any business or consumer whose computer becomes infected. The only way to recover is to restore your files from a backup or to pay the ransom which doesn’t always work.

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Microsoft unveils it's new vision of a truly immersive computing environment. The "Hololens" would enable the user to interact with their computer and environment to create, entertain, and even work like never before. Stay tuned for more details as they unfold!


The tech world is continually evolving and what works today, might not work tomorrow. It’s that fast!

Not to worry! Solutions by Design keeps up on the latest tech news and developments that affect your business, so you don’t have to.

You can easily keep up with tech news that matters to you here on the Solutions by Design Tech News page.

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