Author: David Shelley

Who Is On My Wifi| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

wifiWhoIsOnMyWiFi.com is the site for a utility that can monitor your home network, watching for intruders. There is a free, Home-User version available at http://www.whoisonmywifi.com/download/download-complete/ which installs to a Windows computer on your network and scans for connected devices. There are paid versions as well, Single- and Multi-user, that unlock added features and also allow remote management as they grant access to the site’s console page.

The Home version installs easily, and opens up a tutorial on the setup. Once that tutorial has run, the software becomes functional. An initial scan goes through your network, itemizing connected devices. It is up to you to determine whether these are allowable connections, and to edit the list to more easily identify the devices in the future.

After that, you simply minimize the app, letting it run. It will scan the network every five minutes (or upon demand) and when a new connection appears, it sets off an alert, both a pop-up and a sound, to notify you. You can then determine whether this is a safe item – one of your kids just got home with his iPad, for example – or whether it is an unknown connection. In the left pane, there is information, like the IP and the maker of the NIC or wireless NIC that can help you to identify the intruder. There is a Block function, although I have not tried it yet – a comment online hinted that this may be something unlocked in the pay version.

A Deeper Look Into Cloud Computing| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

cloud computingTechnology seems to breed buzzwords as a way to keep everyone guessing.  The buzzword of the year right now seems to be “cloud”, and definitely has people guessing.  It SOUNDS intriguing, but what does it really mean?

Cloud computing means that you’re using files or programs that are stored somewhere other than on your computer’s hard drive.  If you have a ‘DropBox’ or ‘Google Docs’ account, you’re already using the cloud.  If you access company files from a remote server, you could very well be using “the cloud” and not even know it.  When someone says “the cloud”, it really just refers to a remote storage location that they can access.

There are several advantages to using the cloud, but accessibility seems to be the primary one.  Storing your files on the cloud means you can access them from multiple computers or devices (phone, tablet, etc.).  You can work on a report in the office, then go home and finish up from your home computer.  When you’re on vacation, you could use the hotel’s Business Center computer to access your files, or access them from your iPad while on the airplane.

Storing your files on the cloud also gives you peace of mind with regards to data loss (assuming your cloud provider is properly protecting data on their end).  If your laptop suddenly stops working you can fire up your tablet, navigate to your cloud location, and still access that presentation you need for the meeting this morning.  Since the file is actually stored on a remote server, it is not lost when your computer crashes.

One of the reasons that companies are going to cloud environments is to eliminate the need to maintain file servers in the office.  Moving to the cloud allows companies to reduce the liabilities that come with having onsite servers.  If there is a fire in your office building, your data is safely stored in a remote data center and can be accessed without interruption.

Today’s technology supports secure, highly available data access via the cloud.  It is a concept that is here to stay because it works and has value.  If you would like to learn more about how cloud computing can help your company achieve its goals, just let us know.  The experts at BVA maintain our own cloud, as well as managing private cloud environments for our clients, and we’ll gladly help you determine if this type of environment would benefit your organization!

TelyHD Pro-Video Conferencing| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Video conferencing used to be for big corporations only, but the technology has been working its way into the mainstream for years now.  Advances in internet access speeds, increases in transportation costs, and increased availability of conferencing products have all contributed to video conferencing technologies becoming more prevalent.

If you use a personal video conferencing solution like Skype or Google Hangouts, you’ve probably learned more than you wanted to about troubleshooting.  From glitchy computers to intermittent internet problems, there are plenty of issues out there to deal with.  This is usually acceptable when you’re trying to initiate a call with Aunt Ethel, but takes on a more ominous tone when you’re responsible for the first call with a new client and the executive board is waiting on you.

A new product from TelyLabs (www.tely.com) called the telyHD Pro promises to simplify video conferencing for us “little people”.  It is a packaged solution that provides a hardware device you connect to your HD television.  The device itself can connect to your wired or wireless network and gives you simple menus to manage your video conferencing needs.  The proprietary interface is designed to be functional, yet easy to use, and allow you access to the benefits of video conferencing…without the headaches and false-starts.

Products like the telyHD represent an intriguing progression for many of us who have been around long enough to remember when video conferencing was a tool exclusive to corporate titans.  Today, the technology is arriving at a place where the average, small business can leverage it to grow their company and become corporate titans themselves!

Protect Yourself From Email Virus Attacks| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Email is the main source used to communicate back and fourth between businesses and clients. Leaving many companies susceptible to email virus attacks from seemingly innocent emails. All is takes is opening and clicking on the wrong email link to give a hacker access to confidential information such as passwords and banking information. Once a hacker has compromised your computer there is no turning back, it’s damage control which is costly and time consuming. Make sure you are protecting your company with Cisco’s email security you get advanced threat defense, superior data security, and simplified management. To learn more click on this link.

OLED Technology| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Just when you thought you had flat-panel computer monitors figured out, along comes the next big thing; flexible OLED displays.

Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology is not exactly new, it was first observed and studied in the early 1950’s at a French university.  Advancements in technology since then have driven the use of OLED in displays for computer monitors, smart phones, tablets, cameras, MP3 players, and televisions.

So, another type of monitor is gearing up for stardom, why should you care?  Just as the transition from bulky CRT monitors to flat-panel, LCD monitors was a revolution for most of us, the transition to OLED will bring about noticeable change.  Imagine a tablet PC you can roll up like a newspaper, a lightweight and portable computer monitor that easily fits into your laptop bag, or a smart phone with a secondary screen that is much bigger than today’s average.

OLED screens are lighter, thinner, offer better picture quality, and use less power than the LED monitors and televisions on the market today.  As the technology progresses, you can expect to see monitors and televisions that blend into your environment rather than standing out.  Prices for new technology are always at a premium, and this holds true with OLED.  A 55” LG television with OLED display is currently a little over $4000 on Amazon.

Over the next couple of years, prices should come down to a point where OLED televisions and monitors will begin the transition into everyday life.  Whether you’re interested today or not, you will soon benefit from this emerging technology!

Anti-Virus Protection For XP Users| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Now that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP, this marks the end of security patches. If you are still using Windows XP this leaves your computer vulnerable to various viruses. According to this article, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, and Panda are three top rated anti-virus protection software products that scored high on the AV-test. To read more about AV-testing and anti-virus programs click on this link.

Outsourcing Database Administration Benefits| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Outsourcing database administration allows you to focus on your business’ needs, while the IT experts focus on keeping your company secure while helping improve the quality of your services.  This change will not only save you money and improve IT productivity too. According to data from Forrester’s Forrsights budget and priorities survey, 72% of costs where going to the “IT Moose”, which is IT’s spending to maintain and operate the organization. When managing your own IT department you deal with struggles such as providing improved performance, data integration issues, high data volume growth, and lack of staff resources. Outsourcing database administration will correct all of these issues and then some, 68% of enterprises save money according to survey results. Making the switch will greatly improve your enterprise, save you money, and give you more time to focus on expanding your company.

Microsoft And Cisco Join Forces – Microsoft Windows 2003 Migration to Windows 2012 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

microsoft&ciscoIn a collective effort to provide the ultimate infrastructure to the Microsoft Windows server workload. The new partnership between Microsoft and Cisco has helped Microsoft Windows 2003 users migrate to Windows 2012 on the Cicsco USC platform, according to an article on CRN.com. Cisco announced that it’s new partnership will help align the partner incentive programs, offering incentives and rewards to Microsoft partners selling the integrated Microsoft and Cisco data solutions. We can expect to see more integrated products from the two companies in the near future according to Cisco. To read more about this blog check out the article by clicking this link.

Aruba Cost Effective Dual Band Wifi Processor – Affordably Boost Mobile Performance | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ArubaIf you work in a moderately dense wifi area and need a device that can boost your mobile performance without interference from cellular networks, then the dual-radio AP-103H is the product for you. This dual-band wifi processor is affordable and easy to install. According to Aruba Networks this device enables ACC (aka Advanced Cellular Coexistence) to allow WLANs to perform at their peak without allowing disturbances from 3G/4G networks. This product also uses ClientMatch so when a mobile device moves away from the AP, ClientMatch will automatically guide the device to a better AP. For more infomation on this product click this link.

iTime Apple’s Latest Patent – Apple Gets Patent for Smartwatch | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Apple has done it again, they have created a patent for what they are calling iTime. iTime is not your traditional watch, you can answer calls with the flick of your wrist as well as connect to other apple products (ie. iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc). There is talk that the iTime can detect certain gestures and movements of the hand that controsl the watch. This watch is also reported to have about ten sensors to help track your health and fitness. To learn more click on this link to read the full article. The image below is not verified as a true image of the product.itime