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Many of today’s commuters on the Information Superhighway weren’t even born when Internet Explorer first hit the marketplace 25 years ago. Even the most recent version of the browser, IE11, dates from 2013. Yes, it’s time to say goodbye to this elderly program -- and hello to the next generation of browsing tech.

Phishing is an innocent-sounding name for a potentially devastating activity. It describes the efforts of hackers and scammers to fool individuals into revealing critical information by posing as a trusted entity. A phisher typically sends out an IM, text message, or email that contains a malicious link. When the duped recipient clicks on that link, bad things happen -- including the automated installation of malware programs or even ransomware that locks up entire drives full of critical data.

“Business as usual” has taken on a whole new meaning over the past year. Many organizations retooled their operations to accommodate full-time remote work and virtual collaboration among those employees whose jobs allowed for it. Now that vaccinations against COVID-19 are becoming increasingly available, businesses are increasingly embracing the benefits of a hybrid work model.

As you undoubtedly know, Texas got hit by a rare, extraordinarily severe ice storm, complete with record-setting low temperatures, extended power outages, and disruptions of vital supply chains. How did your business fare during (and immediately after) this deluge of ice and snow? Now is the time to take stock of your situation, from damaged IT components that need fixing to some smart investments in future-proofing measures. Consider the following questions:

Outdated software can create numerous headaches for IT departments and the organizations they serve. These days it seems as if there’s a new update of some sort to worry about every time you turn around. Some of these updates may just modernize a tried-and-true application’s
features, while others could make huge differences in productivity and security. So which apps do you need to update immediately, and which ones can wait? Here’s a quick guide from your Austin IT managed services team at Gravity Systems.

Have you enjoyed the ready access to automated backups, disaster recovery, troubleshooting, repairs, and installation you get from your relationship with Gravity Systems? If so, you may find yourself worrying what might happen to that best-in-class quality of service once you expand your organization into another city or region. Fortunately, you can put those worries aside. Our Austin business IT services team can extend its range of services far beyond River City to many other locations, from small towns to major urban centers across the United States.

It’s a common situation that never fails to sting: You leave your laptop or smartphone unguarded for just a brief moment, only to find that it has magically disappeared from the public table or desk where you’d left it. Or maybe you could’ve sworn that you’d kept the device in question
with you at all times, only now you have no clue where it’s gone. In addition to loss of some expensive equipment, you may also face the prospect of a serious security breach once an unauthorized party has your hardware. Here are some tips on how to protect yourself from that
worse-case scenario, courtesy of your Austin business tech support team at Gravity Systems.

At the very least, the year 2020 served as a massive learning experience for many of us. From a new awareness of preventative hygiene practices to new strategies for remote work and communication, we’ve all had to adapt. Along the way, did you discover some unaddressed needs or challenges in your current IT setup? If so, maybe this is the perfect time to plug those gaps.

Today, many popular apps live not on users’ devices, but up in the cloud. In many cases, you can choose between “local” and cloud-based versions of the same application. So when should you choose one over the other? If you’re not sure, ask yourself the following questions.