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Heart of Texas Network Consultants has been serving the Waco area since 1992 , providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Choosing Between a Workstation and a PC

b2ap3_thumbnail_Workstation400.jpgIs it time for a new computer? If so, you are going to want to consider the differences between a workstation and a PC. You will want to purchase a computer that is powerful enough to meet your needs, yet you do not want to overpay for equipment that is heftier than you need it to be. Here are some features to consider when computer shopping.

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The E-mail Switchboard

b2ap3_thumbnail_EmailSwitch400.jpgE-mail and other forms of digital communication have revolutionized the way humans interact. Anybody old enough to remember life before e-mail (B.E.), can tell some great stories that include kooky characters like Mr. Stamp and Mrs. Envelope. E-mail has changed things; all of us use it every day, but how does it work?

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Just Step around the Spam

b2ap3_thumbnail_StopSpam400.jpgAnytime you take a step into the Internet, there's a pretty good chance that you are going to step in a fresh and steamy pile of spam. Spam can ruin your company's Internet footprint. Spam can also find its way into the depths of your website and stink up the whole place. It's especially embarrassing when you don't even know that you have spam on the bottom of your virtual shoe; here's how it got there.

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Save Face with These 3 Facebook Security Settings

Facebook612.jpgFacebook makes it easy to connect with everyone; unfortunately, this includes people that you may not want to connect with. Whether it is the person you once had an awkward date with, or a hacker looking to hijack your profile, you can make sure that only the people who you want to see your post will be able to by adjusting your security settings.

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Let's Talk Tablets

b2ap3 thumbnail tablet 20120727-153817 1Tablets are definitely becoming a staple in the consumer electronics world. For the longest time, the tablet PC was an expensive, clunky device that just didn't wow consumers. Some businesses had adopted tablets back in the day, but they were difficult to use, hard to support, and they simply didn't perform for the price tag. However, like many consumer electronics, Apple reinvigorated the tablet market with the original iPad, and now it would seem tablets are here to stay. The question is, are they right for businesses?

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How Safe is Your Email?

 

thumb how-safe-emailEmail is (and has been) a prime method of communication for businesses of all sizes. With email comes a whole slew of issues that are essentially synonymous with the technology; spam, information overload, phishing, and information privacy. Even Central Texas small businesses that only do business locally are at risk of these issues. Personal email accounts are equally at risk. Employing proper precautions and practices whenever communicating via email is very important to prevent the risk of security compromises, monetary loss, and even legality issues.

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What is your Identity Worth to You?

b2ap3 thumbnail thumb identity 20120727-153332 1Your identity has quite a lot of value, especially in the wrong hands. Security firm ZoneAlarm put together some numbers in 2011 concerning identity fraud, and it even shocked us. Let's talk about a few of these statistics and what it means.

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Disaster Recovery and Why it Matters to Central Texas Businesses

b2ap3 thumbnail thumb disaster-recovery 20120727-152922 1When you mention the term 'disaster recovery,' most people think about the big ground-shattering events like earthquakes, fires, floods, tropical storms, etc. While these natural events are certainly disasters and devastating in their own right, smaller things can constitute as a disaster for your business, and they aren't seasonal.

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5 Tips for Saving Money on your IT

b2ap3 thumbnail thumb save-moneySaving a little on your technology can go a long ways, but cutting too many corners can lead to additional problems and expensive downtime. Here are a few ways you can cut costs without creating long term issues.

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Slow Computer? Increase your memory to boost computer Speeds

b2ap3 thumbnail thumb computer-memory 20120727-153442 1Sometimes when your workstation feels bogged down, a relatively cheap and simply hardware update can make a huge difference in performance. Adding more RAM (Random Access Memory, often just referred to as memory) can be a game changer for your bogged down PC.

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