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Hurricane Preparedness

October 02, 2015

Are you prepared in case a hurricane or other natural disaster strikes? Here in Wilmington, NC we are prone to flooding, especially with the impending Hurricane Joaquin. Sensitive data stored in electronics are not immune to the effects of Mother Nature. Do you have a preparedness plan for yourself or your business?

Here are the essentials:

  • Backup - though that should be happening frequently, once more won't hurt
  • Shutdown everything you can (PCs, laptops, printers), with the exception of mission critical equipment like servers
  • Unplug as much as you can from the wall
  • Raise what you can a few inches off the ground (the higher the better)
  • Store your backup device safely away from other equipment or in a different location altogether
  • One added step for extra security is to wrap your equipment in plastic - AFTER IT IS SHUTDOWN AND COMPLETELY UNPLUGGED

It's better to be prepared and have to plug functioning equipment back in than lose thousands of hours of work or timeless, unreproducable memories. :)

If you have any questions or need any help in securing your electronics, call us 910-399-4898 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be glad to help!

 

 

Encryption Viruses

July 09, 2015

Computer viruses are everywhere - chances are you've had a run-in yourself. The newest kind of viruses hitting hard are encryption viruses that attack your most valuable data and hold it "hostage" until you pay an obscene amount of money in bitcoin currency. Unfortunately this type of virus is not removable without a hard drive wipe and operating system reinstall.

We cannot caution enough about the importance of backing up your data and having a GOOD, PAID anti-virus program. There are many programs out there but we HIGHLY recommend ESET. Time and again it is proven to be a top ranking program to capture viruses "in the wild." Many programs protect against known viruses but the unknown are what often cause the most damage. ESET picks up on these potential threats and blocks your action so you don't get infected.

Of course, nothing is 100% effective so the potential is always there. It's also very important to be aware of your computer habits. Read before you click, visit trusted sites, make sure your spam blockers and filters are setup on your email, and most importantly don't open email attachments from unknown people. Even from known contacts, make sure the files they send are actually from them.

If you have any concerns or questions about anything, we're here to help. We can advise you free of charge. Call us 910-399-4898 or stop in to see us in Fulton Station, 3715 Patriot Way, Suite 139, Wilmington, NC 28412.

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Windows 10 Release End of July!

July 06, 2015

The woes of Windows 8 will soon be a thing of the past. Microsoft has officially announced that Windows 10 will arrive July 29th, 2015! That's only 3 weeks away!! We'll say it again - it's FREE for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users!!!!!

If you have not upgraded to Windows 8.1, please do so. If you are running Windows 7 or 8.1 and have all your current updates, you will have a notification in the lower right corner to reserve a copy of Windows 10. It is an official, safe popup put out through Microsoft. You will have a year from July 29th to upgrade FOR FREE to Windows 10! This is certainly something to take advantage of from Microsoft.

Some key features of Windows 10:

  • Classic start menu is back
  • Faster startup 
  • Very customizable and personal
  • Compatible with programs you use
  • Built-in browser called Microsoft Edge
  • Built-in assistant called Cortana - think OK, Google or Siri

The best way to explain Windows 10 is a combination of Windows 7 and 8. Apps will still be there but it will be easier to navigate and find what you need, especailly with Cortana working with you. Check out the official Microsoft Windows 10 page to see more and watch a video: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/features

Remember, we're here to help! If you have any questions, please call us 910-399-4898 or stop in to see us in Fulton Station, 3715 Patriot Way, Suite 139, Wilmington, NC 28412.

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Common Keyboard Shortcuts - MAC

April 10, 2015

Keyboards do a lot more than just type letters. This article is specific to Apple's MAC products so if you're looking for Windows shortcuts, read this article. If you frequently type documents or using a mouse gets tedious, your keyboard can help. MACs have many shortcuts that help you maneuver through your computer. Each app may have its own shortcuts, and not all shortcuts work in all apps! Whew, there's enough out there that we could teach a whole class on shortcuts - good thing we do just that!

We've listed some of the most frequently used shortcuts for MACs. Of course, they are pretty universal to Apple products so try some out on your preferred Apple product.

Start by finding the command key, often a flower-looking symbol on most standard MAC keyboards, and press both at once.

-For typing:

- Command + C = Copy

- Command + V = Paste

- Command + X = Cut

- Command + A = Select All

- Command + S = Save

- Command + Z = Undo

-General:

- Command + W = Close the front Window

- Command + Q = Quit the App

- Command + Tab = Go through open programs/apps

- Command + Shift + O = Open Documents folder

- Command + Shift + F = Open All My Files window

- Command + Shift + D = Open Desktop folder

- Command + Shift + C = Open Computer window

There are so many shortcuts we could devote an entire website to them. If these are useful and you would like to know more, sign up for a class or a one-on-one class to learn more! See our regularly scheduled classes and contact us to sign up or to schedule a one-on-one.

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Contact us, or stop in to 360 Technology Solutions in Fulton Station, 3715 Patriot Way, Suite 139, Wilmington, NC 28412. We're waiting to meet you and help you at any point in the lifecycle of your technology!

 

 

Common Keyboard Shortcuts - PC

April 08, 2015

Keyboards do a lot more than just type letters. This article is specific to Windows PCs so if you're looking for MAC shortcuts, read this article. If you frequently type documents, you've probably come across some of these shortcuts; however, there's more that your keyboard can do than just cut, copy, and paste. There's also specific shortcuts depending on the version of Windows you're using! And, different programs have different shortcuts! Whew, there's enough out there that we could teach a whole class on shortcuts - good thing we do just that!

We've listed some of the most frequently used shortcuts broken down by application. Of course, they are pretty universal across the PC but the areas we listed are where they apply best.

Start by finding the control key, often Ctrl on most standard keyboards, and press both at once.

-For typing in Word:

- Ctrl + C = Copy

- Ctrl + V = Paste

- Ctrl + X = Cut

- Ctrl + A = Select All

- Ctrl + S = Save

- Ctrl + Z = Undo

-For Excel, all the above work plus:

- Ctrl + D = Fills in the same information from the cell above

- Ctrl + Spacebar = Selects the entire column

- Shift + Spacebar = Selects the entire row

- F2 = Edit the current cell

-General Windows:

- Windows Key (often with the Windows logo) = Show Start Menu

- Windows Key + D = Show Desktop

- Alt + Tab = Go through open programs/apps

There are so many shortcuts we could devote an entire website to them. If these are useful and you would like to know more, sign up for a class or a one-on-one class to learn more! See our regularly scheduled classes and contact us to sign up or to schedule a one-on-one.

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Contact us, or stop in to 360 Technology Solutions in Fulton Station, 3715 Patriot Way, Suite 139, Wilmington, NC 28412. We're waiting to meet you and help you at any point in the lifecycle of your technology!

 

 

 

Costco Networking Event

April 02, 2015

We love Costco! If you have a membership, you probably love them too. Another great service they provide is a Before Business Hours networking event that occurs the second Tuesday of every month. It's a great was for small business members to get to know one another. Light breakfast is served while each attendee is able to speak about their business. It's a great event and is FREE to Costco Gold Star and Business members! If you don't have a membership, you're able to attend as a guest. We'll be there - hope to see you too!

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Contact us, or stop in to 360 Technology Solutions in Fulton Station, 3715 Patriot Way, Suite 139, Wilmington, NC 28412. We're waiting to meet you and help you at any point in the lifecycle of your technology!

 

 

Happy Easter

April 02, 2015

We will be closing our office in observance of Good Friday.

We want to wish everyone a Happy Easter! Here's to good weather! Enjoy the day with family and friends; that's what we'll be doing! We'll see you all Monday.

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Contact us, or stop in to 360 Technology Solutions in Fulton Station, 3715 Patriot Way, Suite 139, Wilmington, NC 28412. We're waiting to meet you and help you at any point in the lifecycle of your technology!

 

 

FREE and Discounted Website Promotion

March 31, 2015

360 Technology Solutions is pleased to announce our partnership with G&W Advertising to bring a special website promotion to our local businesses in Wilmington, NC. Do you often wish you could update your web presence without paying your entire month's profit? Or do you wish you could put yourself out there on social media but don't know how or don't have the time? We can help!

We're offering 2 special promotions - a FREE website with a 6- or 12-month social media subscription or a $499 website without a social media subscription. What does this mean for you? You get two affordable options for updating your website and getting your name out there. Who wouldn't want that? As an added bonus, you get training on website management so you can feel comfortable making changes on your own and training on social media management with the social media subscription option. This is a valuable opportunity you shouldn't pass up, especially if you have an outdated website or none at all!

If you would like more details, click the link for FREE wesbite with social media subscription or the $499 website. You can also call us 910-399-4898 and we'll be happy to discuss this special!

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Contact us, call us 910-399-4898, or stop in to 360 Technology Solutions in Fulton Station, 3715 Patriot Way, Suite 139, Wilmington, NC 28412. We're waiting to meet you and help you at any point in the lifecycle of your technology!

 

 

 

Affordable Website

March 31, 2015

Are you a small business looking for a new or updated website? We can help you with that.

499 Website

March 31, 2015

Website Promotion

 

$499 for a 5-page customized, fully responsive website and 2 hours of training!

Click here for more details.

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