Author: David Shelley

Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

RV220W-systemstatusWhen talking about Business Class wireless routers most businesses are looking for security, remote access and scalability.  Many business routers don’t come with built in wireless capabilities, however you can simply add wireless access points.   Business class routers generally feature: VPN, support SSL portal and SSL tunnel VPNs, virtual networks, DMZ port, content filtering, and wireless distribution.  For a small business consider the Cisco RV220W Wireless Network Security Firewall.  This devices has a gigabit connection, including 4-port switch, built in high speed dual band wireless N access point, SSL VPN for remote access, and a browser based device manager.

Lansweeper | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Lansweeper-logoNeed help with inventory and asset management.  Lansweeper can proactive alert you of non-compliance issues, keep track of warranty for software and hardware.  This application installs on your network and then does a scan for network inventory, software inventory and then helps with IT Asset Management.  No agent is needed to scan your network for hardware.  Also aids in software compliance and reporting.  Application also has active directory integration.  You can also install an agent to help scan offsite computers.  This is a fantastic tool if you need assistance in keeping track of your IT infrastructure.

Ad-Aware-Free Antivirus+ | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ad-aware_freeSpyware, adware, malware and viruses are the plague of the IT world and computer users around the world.  As a IT professional I have spent hours upon hours removing these bugs off of pc’s.  I always have users asking me “how did this happen”, “what did I do”, in the end the fact is users need to be aware of their actions, the websites, the visits, the links, the click and emails they open.  One of the best tools I have found to remove these vicious attacks is Ad-Aware Free Antivirus +.  This tool is free and you can just download it from the internet.  There are a lot of tools out there, Malwarebytes is usually one of the first ones I run.  One thing you will learn is that sometimes you will find yourself running two or three applications to remove these infections, nothing is full proof unless you re-format and re-install the Operation system.  The next time you find yourself having issues, try Ad-Aware.

The iPhone 5s vs Samsung 5 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

iPhone5svs.Samsung5The two top smartphones are the iPhone 5s and the Samsung 5. You’ll find there are hard core Apple users and hard core Android users. When pinned head to head here are the facts:

1 – Screen size: iPhone 5s 4inches vs Samsung 5 at 5.1 inches
2 – Camera: iPhone 8megs vs Samsung 5 at 16megs
3 – Operating System: iPhone has the iOS7 and the Samsun has the Android 4.4 Kit Kat
4 – Battery: both get about a day for data and talk time
5 – Connectivity: both have LTE

Going head to head the end result is what the user likes the most as far as ease of use and application. I am a long time iPhone user. I like the ease of use. I like when there is an update things are still generally the same. I like that even though things get faster and better the overall use is the same. I have touched the Samsung and it’s a robust piece of hardware with A LOT to offer. The tools and the gadgets that come with the Samsung are very impressive. If you are technical then going with a Samsung is a good way to go, I always tell users if they aren’t technical stick to the iPhone for its ease of use, doesn’t mean it’s lacking as there is A LOT you can do with an iPhone, but it’s amazing for both the non-technical and the technical.

Promote Better Online Security Practices | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

google encryptionTo “promote better online security practices” Google has announced that they will begin to consider encryption as a factor in their page ranking system.  For most small businesses, enabling TLS is easy and straight-forward, but for large systems with multiple servers and services this can be a real challenge. I would recommend using professional web developers, database administrators and network administrators to make a plan and help move your company onto a more secure connection with your customers.  Give our sales team a call and see how we can help you accomplish this and all of you IT goals.

Trendnet AC1900 Router Review | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

trendnetThe Trendnet’s AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router is said to be the fastest 802.11ac router according to an article written by PCMag.com. The setup is quick and easy which is always a plus. Unfortunately the Firmware updates failed and the NAS functionality is sluggish along with the interface. The interface failed to notify the tester that there was firmware available which is important. Overall the router is fast but has some bugs to fix such as the firmware update issue which helps fix bugs and security patches. This wireless router is available on Amazon.com for $153.07 and the MSRP is $232.99 so that’s a good $80 dollars off the price tag. For more information click on this link.

Helpful Tips For Tech Marketers In The SMB Arena | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

shakinghandsHow do you determine as a tech marketer who to reach out to in a small to medium business containing 1 to 100 employees? Easy! Just uses the following tips and recommendations to help you maximize your sales. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring the regular IT staff that may not have the ability to say yes to contracting work. But they can also be a mouth piece to the CIO who is the deciding factor. To keep your business relevant make sure you are creating and disbursing Newsletters to your clientele and other potential clients, attend tech conferences to network, and speak to the C-level suites. Remember not to underestimate any business no matter how small, businesses grow and when they do they will need your help keeping them protected.

Cisco Creates Update To Stop OSPF Vulnerability | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ciscoCisco released a security advisory on July 31st, 2014 regarding various Cisco products. These products are open to attack by unauthorized hackers. The hackers are gaining access to the OSPF by injecting crafted OSPF packets, the only OSPF packet that work are crafted unicast and multicast LAS type 1 packets. once they have compromised the system they can blackhole and intercept traffic. For those of you that use OSPFv3 and FSPF protocol, you are not affected by this security breach. Cisco has created a free software update to remedy this issue, so no need to worry. For more information on this subject please click on the link.

Windows Phone 8.1 Update-Mediocre | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Windows Phone 8.1 UpdateIf you have a Windows Phone the 8.1 update is sub par according to an article written by NetworkWorld.com. The article states that the new upgrade can take up to 20 minutes to complete and could potentially slow down the speed or even cause your phone to freeze up. Other than that some of the new features allow you to delete and forward SMS messages in bulk and resize the icons on your phone even more than before. The new windows update allows you to use public wifi safely with the updated VPN and Cortana gets some new upgrades too such as, fun changes to her personality, hand free capability, snooze time reminders, and new language scenarios. Overall the updates are minimal but still worth updating. For more information click on this link.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

1Samsung is stepping up their phone game with the Galaxy Note 4. The phone is rumored to have many features the highly anticipated iPhone 6 doesn’t have. Such as, an eye scanner, a finger scanner, the SmartSelfShot which is said to be a new way of taking selfies. The list goes on with water-proof abilities, a bent/curved  2k screen as seen in the picture above, 3600mAh to 3800mAh battery life, as well as a 128gb on-board storage. The phone is said to be announced on Sept. 3rd just before the iPhone 6. To read more information on this exciting new phone click on this link.