Windows 7 Support Ends on 1/14/2020. Here's How to Prepare.

It may be hard to believe, but Windows 7 is now 10 years old. In computer years, that’s ancient, which is why Microsoft will stop supporting the OS on January 14, 2020

This means that if you have computers running Windows 7 in your business, you will need to take action before the end of support date. To help you understand the implications of this change for your business, and to jumpstart your planning, here’s a list of frequently asked questions about the end of support for Windows 7.

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Mobile Devices and Your Workforce: Reducing the Threats Created by "Lost" or "Stolen" Devices

Mobile Devices and Your Workforce: Reducing the Threats Created by "Lost" or "Stolen" Devices

A lost or stolen corporate device is a major threat to a company’s data security and privacy. It is critical to develop an IT strategy that protects sensitive organizational information even if this worst case scenario occurs.

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Tools Are Not Enough: Why Your Company Needs a Cyber Security Process

Every week, new cyber security tools come on the market for small and mid-sized businesses. Tools that previously were only imaginable for government entities and the largest enterprises are now priced at a level at which most businesses can use them to keep their data—and their customers’ data—safe.

Should your business take advantage of these tools? Absolutely. From advanced threat detection to penetration testing and patch automation, these tools can make a huge impact on your business’s security—and your ability to sleep at night.

It’s critical, though, to note that cyber security is not a problem that can be solved by tools alone, or even by the right set of tools, in one fell swoop. True cyber security—security that grows and adapts with your business—can only be achieved with an ongoing process of constantly evaluating the risks your business faces and the measures you are taking to mitigate those risks. 

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Outsourced IT in Nashville: A Guide for the Retail Industry

Outsourced IT in Nashville: A Guide for the Retail Industry

Retail industry technology is evolving at an extraordinary rate. More and more, retailers are turning to outsourced IT to maintain their competitive edge in the industry.

To the point: over the last 6 months, the internet has seen a rash of blackmail spam schemes. The most common of these involve emails suggesting that the sender, a hacker, has hijacked the recipient’s computer and recorded evidence of the recipient viewing pornography. The sender threatens to send that evidence to the recipient’s contact list—unless the recipient sends a Bitcoin payment to a provided address.

So, what should you do if you receive one of these emails? Read on to find out

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Blackmail Spam Schemes: Why You’re Seeing Them, and What You Need to Know

Unfortunately, email remains one of the most effective methods of attack for cybercriminals. That’s why, as a trusted managed services provider, we want to keep both our clients and the community at large up to date on the latest spam schemes to crop up. Awareness is half the battle in cyber security, and we want to do our part to spread it.

To the point: over the last 6 months, the internet has seen a rash of blackmail spam schemes. The most common of these involve emails suggesting that the sender, a hacker, has hijacked the recipient’s computer and recorded evidence of the recipient viewing pornography. The sender threatens to send that evidence to the recipient’s contact list—unless the recipient sends a Bitcoin payment to a provided address.

So, what should you do if you receive one of these emails? Read on to find out

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Outsourced IT in Nashville: A Guide for the Construction Industry

Outsourced IT in Nashville: A Guide for the Construction Industry

Outsourcing your IT services to Affinity Technology Partners is a good way to make sure you’ve got everything you need for the seamless and successful operation of your technology company.

To the point: over the last 6 months, the internet has seen a rash of blackmail spam schemes. The most common of these involve emails suggesting that the sender, a hacker, has hijacked the recipient’s computer and recorded evidence of the recipient viewing pornography. The sender threatens to send that evidence to the recipient’s contact list—unless the recipient sends a Bitcoin payment to a provided address.

So, what should you do if you receive one of these emails? Read on to find out

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The EU Data Protection Directive: How to Comply with this Law Protecting EU Consumers

The EU Data Protection Directive: How to Comply with this Law Protecting EU Consumers

The EU Data Protection Directive is a law implemented by the European Union to protect the privacy of EU citizens’ data. The highly professional tech consultants at Affinity Technology Partners are trained in helping businesses comply with this directive.

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How Much Time—and Revenue—Are You Losing to Technology Issues?

We’ve all experienced lost productivity due to technical difficulties. Slow-loading computers, bogged-down internet connections, printer issues, and dropped phone calls can turn what should be quick, everyday tasks into long, painful ones.

These issues are frustrating for everyone. But tuned-in business owners know that they’re not just frustrating; they’re costly. Lost productivity translates into fewer sales, less production, longer lead times on key data preparation—all of which ultimately mean a reduction in revenue and profits.

The natural question for business owners, then, is how much productivity—and how much profitability—is your company losing?

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Social Engineering: How Scammers are Using Low Tech Tools to Gain High Tech Access

Social Engineering: How Scammers are Using Low Tech Tools to Gain High Tech Access

A business’s data is its most important asset. To protect it, companies hire IT services providers to put up firewalls, encrypt passwords, maintain anti-virus software, backup data, and more. It takes the most advanced hacker to break through these barriers outright. However, there are other ways to gain access to your data that bypass these obstacles. Some scammers use human psychology to dig their way in. The technology these people use is low tech, but the strategy is effective. Businesses should be aware of this type of security threat as well and do everything possible to guard against it.

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Chatbots, Live Chat & "Meet with Me" Apps: the Growing Self-Service Side of Sales

Chatbots, Live Chat & "Meet with Me" Apps: the Growing Self-Service Side of Sales

Today, when we want to learn more about a company, browse for products, or find a place to eat, just about every single one of us with internet access starts with an online search. These search engines are powered by self-improving algorithms that make it easier to find exactly what we’re looking for. Many businesses understand this trend of using technology to get answers and have begun incorporating similar tools right on their homepage.

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Mac, Microsoft, Android: Selecting Your Platforms as They Become More Functional Across Devices

Mac, Microsoft, Android: Selecting Your Platforms as They Become More Functional Across Devices

In the not-so-distant past, technology companies such as Apple and Microsoft offered significantly different experiences for their consumers. These differences resulted in a schism, where people swore by one software over another almost religiously. While this debate still goes on today, it’s been greatly diminished for several reasons.

To help us carry this practice with us into our daily work managing, supporting, maintaining, and strategizing our client’s IT, our owners, Sean and Betsy Wright, decided to boil the essence of our mission and vision down into a single core values statement.

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The Story Behind Affinity’s Core Values

The Story Behind Affinity’s Core Values

At Affinity, we believe that being the best managed services provider for businesses in the Greater Nashville area means striving toward a mission and vision that helps us focus on serving the best interests of our clients and keeping our team excited about their work. At every team meeting, we begin by reading every bullet point in our mission and vision, and discussing ways we have succeeded in—or could do better at—living up to them.

To help us carry this practice with us into our daily work managing, supporting, maintaining, and strategizing our client’s IT, our owners, Sean and Betsy Wright, decided to boil the essence of our mission and vision down into a single core values statement.

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