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Walsh IT Group has been serving the Katy area since 2005, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: Ensuring Smartphones are an Office Tool

Tip of the Week: Ensuring Smartphones are an Office Tool

A smartphone can easily be a very powerful productivity tool, but if you aren’t careful, it can be an equally large distraction in the office. With the right tweaks, you can make one option more likely. Here, we’re sharing a few tips to help you make these tweaks and turn your smartphone into a productivity machine.

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IT Support Needs to Be There When You Need It

IT Support Needs to Be There When You Need It

Make no mistake about it, your business relies on information technology. For that reason it is important to have reliable and efficient IT support. Finding the right support fit for your business can go a long way toward keeping these systems working as intended. In order to accomplish this, business owners may have to lean on their IT support provider. Let’s take a look at what IT support can do for your business. 

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Understanding Software-as-a-Service with an Entertainment Platform

Understanding Software-as-a-Service with an Entertainment Platform

Cloud technologies have given businesses access to far more tools than they have had in the past. Part of this is thanks to an approach known as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Let’s take a closer look at SaaS to see how it can be so helpful to small and medium-sized businesses.

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Tip of the Week: Activating Two-Step Verification on a Microsoft Account

Tip of the Week: Activating Two-Step Verification on a Microsoft Account

Two-step authentication/verification has seen considerable popularity as a means of securing an account. To help you boost the protections surrounding your Microsoft account, we’re offering a few tips on how to use two-step verification, as Microsoft refers to it.

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VoIP’s Benefits to Small Businesses

VoIP’s Benefits to Small Businesses

While it is only too easy to reduce the benefits of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) solutions to “It’s cheaper than the other way!”, there are many more benefits that a small business could find quite advantageous. Today, we’ll go over a few of these other benefits – but as we do, keep in mind that the “cheaper” part still applies.

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How to Plan a Customer Relationship Management Strategy (and Why You Need One)

How to Plan a Customer Relationship Management Strategy (and Why You Need One)

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software is an especially useful solution for any business to utilize, as long as they do so with a strategy in mind. Let’s go over why this strategy is so important, and how it should be shaped.

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Tip of the Week: Best Practices for Better Business Wi-Fi

Tip of the Week: Best Practices for Better Business Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is one of those interesting technologies: On paper, it’s basically magic, but few things can send people into a rage faster than it not being available, or worse, not being good enough. Its capabilities have made it a great asset to the workplace, but you also need to be sure that you aren’t sacrificing your security to use it. We’ve put together some tips to help you achieve better, safer Wi-Fi.

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The ABC(DE)s of Mobile Security

The ABC(DE)s of Mobile Security

As of September of 2019, research conducted by Verizon states that almost half of enterprises--half--are willing to sacrifice their mobile security in order to gain “advantages” in speed and productivity. This marks an increase from just 2018, when this metric measured at a still-too-high one-third of enterprises. Of course, such behaviors could bring severe consequences. 

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Make Work a Game with Gamification

Make Work a Game with Gamification

Finding ways to maximize productivity is typically high on a business owner’s to-do list. The problem is that often managers can’t find a way to effectively motivate their people into doing more. One proven way to get more out of your staff is to gamify their tasks. Let’s take a look at the practice. 

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How Contractors Can Protect Themselves From Cyber Threats

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We were recently published in Coatings Pro magazine, discussing how contractors need to be concerned about cyber threats. While directed towards contractors, the practices we discuss are also applicable to just about any industry.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Components to Keeping Data Safe

Tip of the Week: 4 Components to Keeping Data Safe

Your business is bound to collect a sizable cache of data, a significant percentage of which being the kind used to identify someone. This is exactly the kind of data that cybercriminals are looking for, which means it needs to be protected. Here, we’re covering the basics of how you can help secure your data’s integrity against cybercrime.

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How to Take Advantage of Automation in Your Business

How to Take Advantage of Automation in Your Business

With the sheer number of processes needed to keep a business of any size running smoothly, it is no wonder that automation is as popular as it is. Fortunately, automation doesn’t have to be difficult to implement. Let’s go over a few simple ways that you can use it to your advantage, and a few reasons why you might want to do so.

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3 Reasons to Use a Password Manager

3 Reasons to Use a Password Manager

With all of the accounts that people have these days, it almost--almost--makes sense that people tend to use passwords that are too short, overly simple, and repeat across multiple accounts. Unfortunately, the only thing this does is to make accounts less secure. As a result, more and more authentication requirements are being put into place to keep security a priority.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Time-Saving Windows 10 Tips

Tip of the Week: 3 Time-Saving Windows 10 Tips

Now that Windows 7 is history, Windows 10 is the predominant operating system on workstations. It doesn’t take users long to realize that it is superior in many ways to older OSs, but when you start it up for the first time, you will want to customize things a bit so you can most efficiently use the Windows 10 experience. Let’s take a look at three actions you can take that will help you make Windows 10 yours.

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Let’s Talk Best Smartphones Available Right Now

Let’s Talk Best Smartphones Available Right Now

The smartphone has come to define computing in recent years. With this new role, public demand for more powerful and useful hardware persists in every market. As the calendar turns to 2020, the flagship phones offer a computing experience that is remarkable. Today, we take a look at a few of the best options you will find, and provide you with their specifications.

Before we roll out the list, we want to be transparent. We don’t have a horse in this race. Any manufacturer’s flagship smartphone will be more than enough for the lion’s share of things it’s needed for. Regardless who makes your smartphone, the important part is to get one that will sufficiently handle the applications, storage, and action you will need it for. 

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The Good and Bad of Shadow IT

The Good and Bad of Shadow IT

Shadow IT is the moniker that people in the technology industry have coined for applications that employees download that aren’t vetted for use on an organization’s networks. For the better part of the past decade, IT administrators have universally demeaned the use of unsanctioned software for use on company networks due to potential vulnerabilities that come with these applications and any phantom costs associated with their use. What may surprise you is that some organizations are rolling back their shadow IT policies. Today, we will take a look at both ends of this issue.

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Tip of the Week: How To Manage Your IT Inventory

Tip of the Week: How To Manage Your IT Inventory

How well-maintained are your business’ critical IT solutions? Before you answer, you should know that we’re referring to more than just running the occasional virus scan or update - we’re talking about keeping up on the status of your entire infrastructure. To really do so, we put an assortment of tools and services to use to keep up comprehensive records.

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A Brief Review of Firewalls and Their Importance

A Brief Review of Firewalls and Their Importance

The data stored on your computer is valuable, and that’s a fact. Unfortunately, this means that there are unscrupulous characters out there who will want to get at this data, so you will need to have the right solutions in place to protect it. Part of this will require you to have a firewall included in your protections.

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Your End Users Are Your Last Line of Defense against Cybercriminals

Your End Users Are Your Last Line of Defense against Cybercriminals

Cybercrime has been on the rise over the last few years, and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down anytime soon. As it turns out, bad actors can turn a profit by targeting businesses, and their tools and tactics are only getting trickier.

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Tip of the Week: Common PDF Tricks You Need to Know

Tip of the Week: Common PDF Tricks You Need to Know

In business, Portable Document Format (PDF) documents are encountered constantly. The benefit is that they are a great way to share and receive documents on any device. One main problem many people run into is that they think that it’s a read-only format. Today, we turn this common misconception on its head by providing some tips on how to better manipulate the PDFs you receive. 

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