Monthly Archives: July 2010

Beware of that App you might be downloading to your phone!

At a conference in Las Vegas focused on technology's security and vulnerabilities, a report came out that there is an Android application that gathers personal information about your phone and sends it to China. Researchers found that this wallpaper application sends "the phone’s SIM card number, subscriber identification, and even your voicemail password, as long as it is programmed automatically into your phone. " 

If you want to know what apps might be best for your Android or iPhone, or whether a Windows Mobile device or Blackberry phone is better for your environment, Renascence IT Consulting, Inc. can help. We stay on top of the different phones, even utilizing the top of the line in our own company to find out the strengths and weaknesses of cutting edge technology in the mobile market.

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Internet Explorer 8 Bats Way 1 Billion Malware Downloads

Machines around the world are safer, thanks to Internet Explorer 8. Microsoft's latest browser has blocked over 1 billion attempts of malware to download itself on to systems. This is thanks to its Smartscreen filter that continually updates its database with addresses of known malware sites. 

Being plagued with malware and viruses? Not sure why your network has been reduced to a crawl? Is Internet Explorer 8 the BEST at preventing threats that can take down your company? At Renascence IT Consulting, we continually research and update our own knowledge of what is the best of the best so you don't throw away time and money on programs and defenses that simply do not work. Contact us and we will assist you!

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Laptops under $300, Good for Business?

Both Walmart and Best Buy are planning on releasing sub $300 laptops just in time for school. Are these Compaq laptops worth purchasing for business? Reviews have been positive, but also know that these systems are great if you just want to do internet work or some basic Office work. Anything more than that, and you should look at better solutions.

Cheap doesn't always mean bad, and expensive doesn't always mean great. How can you know the difference for your company when it comes to the thousands of desktops, laptops, servers, applications, operating systems, malware/virus applications, mobile devices, cloud services, firewalls, switches out there? At Renascence IT Consulting, there are decades of experience knowing what is good, what is bad, and what should not even be approached. Contact us if technology confusion is overwhelming you!

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How to save your company money on bills

Keeping up to date on many different news outlets (online and television), one occasionally finds an interesting nugget of gold. This website, www.billtiger.com, allows you to save your home AND business money. How? You enter your phone (land and cell), internet, and/or television (cable and satellite) bills and they will work with the provider in lowering your service charges without your intervention at all. They are not a bill collector or debt reduction service. You pay NOTHING unless they can save you over $100 and then they only charge you $50. Many people claim they have saved their home and businesses hundreds of dollars a month. They are posted with the Better Business Bureau and Verisign so your information is safe.

We know that with a small business, every dollar counts. At Renascence IT Consulting, Inc. we try to find out ways you can save money for your business that you can then use in other facets of your organization. We are here to help not only keep your IT services in line, but what ways we can reduce those costs for you.

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Things Microsoft has killed this year

This month marks the last patches available for Windows 2000 and Windows XP Service Pack 2 systems. People and businesses will need to upgrade to XP Service Pack 3 or above to continue to receive patches and avoid any malicious attacks on their systems. Microsoft reports that it will be stopping the Bing Cashback service and other programs and services in its huge realm.

Are you concerned that your hardware or software might be no longer viable or supported? Do you fear that your business might be on the brink of disaster because of outdated programs or unpatched systems? Contact Renascence IT Consulting, Inc. and we will make sure you are the top of the pack and not go the way of the dinosaur (or Windows 2000).

Blackberry to become a Tablet?

There are rumors swirling that Blackberry, facing challenges from Apple and Google in the Smartphone world, is fighting back with a possible Tablet release in 2011. The possible 7" touchscreen tablet would include cameras on the front and back for video conferencing and use Flash.

Is this a device you should keep for your business, or is the iPad or any of the other proposed tablets better for your work? At Renascence IT Consulting, we keep track of the newest devices so you can focus on your business and what is the best bang for your corporate buck. 

New Scam has “Microsoft” calling you about a virus

A new scam has emerged in England that could find its way to America. You may receive a phone call from someone claiming they are from Microsoft and they detected a virus on your system. You will need to pay money (in England its 185 pounds) to go to a website and download a program to "remove" the virus. The website looks authenticate with Microsoft and McAfee approving of it. These are not legitimate and will not only drain you of your money, but the software could leave you open to other scams or actually infecting your computer with malware.

At Renascence IT Consulting, Inc. we look out for scams and malignant software that threaten to cost your company money and time. If you ever need an opinion (or second opinion) on hardware, software, or anything else IT-related, don't hesitate to call or email us. Trust is a hard commodity in the business world, but once established, can be profitable for both companies in the long run.

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http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/security/359233/the-unstoppable-tech-support-scam

AT&T pays back on old Wireless phone claims

For those of you who had AT&T Wireless accounts before 2004 might be able to collect money under a claim that the company billed for unauthorized charges, billed minutes under the wrong billing period, and failed to tell customers about some charges. 

At Renascence IT Consulting, Inc. our billing is always open for you to view. You can see any charges on a daily basis, allowing you to worry about your company without having to worry about your budget. We work with companies large and small to make sure your network is safe, without having to sell the business to protect the network. 

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