Beringer Associates Technology Blog

Category : Information Technology

Have you ever needed to extract text into an editable format from an image? More than likely you had to find an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software either from your printer software or a third party app. If you need a quick and easy way to get text out of an image, OneNote is just for you.

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It is no secret that in today’s day and age there are two major requirements for network infrastructure; reliability and security. Microsoft fully understands these needs and has developed one of the world’s largest networks. A network investment north of $15 billion to be exact. How can you utilize the Microsoft cloud to enhance your business?

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Microsoft announced the new Surface Pro this week. It’s available for pre-order now with availability expected 6/15/2017. The new Surface Pro continues the iconic look and feel of previous Surface Pros, but has been completely redesigned from the inside out.

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The WannaCry cyber-attack has been in the forefront of the news headlines worldwide. WannaCry has infected over 200,000 machines to date. Over 150 Countries and organizations such as FedEX, Nissan and Renault were infected.

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At this point, everyone has probably heard the term “zero-day” exploit or virus. But what does it actually mean? A zero-day exploit is a flaw in an operating system or software that no one has discovered yet. This means that there aren’t patches or ways to stop the virus once it has been released. Most brand-new ransomware, viruses or malware fall under this category.

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The Surface Diagnostic Toolkit makes it easy to run a number of hardware tests on your Surface computer. At less than 3MB it’s extremely portable and it doesn’t require installation. It can also be run using a USB stick or over the network. The tool provides a clean, simple GUI and allows you to run all tests at once or individually. These tests are interactive and several of them will require you to observe the outcome and then mark whether the test passed or failed.

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Microsoft Windows 7 and 10, includes a rather robust global search engine, both of which work on the backbone of a service called “Windows Search”. While wonderful in scope with newer processors, it could drag down the performance in older hardware by continually updating and causing disk utilization issues.

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Cyber security is critical for keeping your business safe. Most Small businesses believe that they are not a target and sometimes prioritize other IT projects over security, but a majority of small businesses are likely to be less secure and more vulnerable for cyber attacks. Last year 43% of cyber-attacks worldwide were against Small businesses.

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Upgrading your PC to a Solid State Drive (SSD) can have a dramatic impact on an aging computers, overall usability and prolong its effective life. Many people talk about the performance (or lack thereof) of their desktop or laptop computers. If you have a computer that was purchased over 3-4 years ago, and you see that the memory and CPU seem to be doing ok, but the system is overall slow…consider upgrading to a Solid State Drive.

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It is estimated that by 2021 there will be over 46 billion connected devices… That’s a lot of connections. This includes everything from cellphones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. Default passwords are one of the major contributing factors to large-scale security compromises. Attackers can easily identify and access internet-connected devices that use shared default passwords.

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