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Ashby Communications, Inc. has been serving the Roseville area since 1991, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: Fixing Your IT Without Breaking the Bank

Tip of the Week: Fixing Your IT Without Breaking the Bank

As the business world remains restricted in their operations, costs have been a consideration that organizations need to put some serious thought into. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can invest in technologies that significantly benefit your business operations without breaking the bank. Let’s go over five ways to maximize your benefits, without maximizing your investments.

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Tip of the Week: A Beginner’s Guide to Wireless Networking

Tip of the Week: A Beginner’s Guide to Wireless Networking

When creating an office’s network, wireless functionality has become a necessary element to include. Of course, this is usually easier said than done, as wireless signals can be notoriously persnickety. That’s why we’re offering some tips to help you make the most of your business’ wireless network setup.

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Do You Know How to Build Solid Passwords?

Do You Know How to Build Solid Passwords?

The password is the core element of both data security and user authentication. This makes the construction of them extremely important to protecting digital assets. Unfortunately, not everyone understands how to construct passwords that actually work to protect the information on the other side. Today, we will discuss how to build a solid password that works to keep your digital resources safe.

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Tip of the Week: Three Ways Collaboration Can Be Improved

Tip of the Week: Three Ways Collaboration Can Be Improved

Collaboration is critical for a business’ success, but with more teams than ever split amongst their homes, it is arguably even more crucial to their operations. For this week’s tip, we’re going over three ways that your team can collaborate more effectively while making remote operations work.

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Are You Providing Internal Communication Capabilities?

Are You Providing Internal Communication Capabilities?

Businesses have a variety of communications to manage, including their internal ones. For many, this may be put on the back burner, as they prioritize their operational and sales-encouraging communications. However, internal communications are just as crucial, which is why we’re going over some of your options here - and how you need to use them.

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Tip of the Week: iPhone Too Full? Try Renting a Movie! Seriously.

Tip of the Week: iPhone Too Full? Try Renting a Movie! Seriously.

Like many mobile devices, iPhones don’t have a slot for an external memory card, which means the device can easily become too full to use. When this happens, pictures can’t be taken and some apps just won’t work. If you’re experiencing this issue with your iPhone, just rent a movie. It works. Seriously.

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10 Common Security Mistakes That Can Sink Your Network

10 Common Security Mistakes That Can Sink Your Network

Most companies have to have a workforce, generally one of considerable size. Unfortunately, the more users you have, the more potential risks you run into. Of course, your workforce doesn’t collectively intend to be a security risk, but the digital world is a complicated place, with threats around every corner and malicious programs just waiting for your employed end-users to slip up. Here are ten such honest slip-ups to watch out for:

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How to Enable AutoRecovery for the Microsoft Office Suite

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We’ve all been in a situation where a sudden loss of power or a hardware failure would mean the imminent destruction of a file you’ve been working on. When this happens, you might find yourself panicking. When was the last time you saved your work? What would happen if you lost significant progress? All of that could be lost at any given moment, and it’s your responsibility to make sure that there’s virtually no chance of data loss.

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3 Ways to Tell if You’re Dealing with a Faulty Hard Drive

b2ap3_thumbnail_hard_drive_vector_image_400.jpgEvery business owner knows how imperative technology is to their success. Sometimes it’s the most common problem which can keep you from being as productive as possible. It’s not always evident when technology is about to fail, but there are some general signs you should look for when you’re skeptical that your hard drive is about to kick the bucket.

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Tip of the Week: How to Clean your Laptop

b2ap3_thumbnail_clean_laptop_400.jpgThis is our first article in a series of helpful technology tips that we will publish every week. For more great tips, check out our previous blog articles. This week, we're walking you through the proper way to clean your laptop.

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New Security Threat: Don’t Get Jacked While Juicing!

b2ap3_thumbnail_usb_security_tips_400.jpgHackers today are trying every approach possible to steal your device's data, including the hijacking of public USB ports. This technique is known as "juice jacking," and with this new threat, you should think twice about charging your device using a public USB charging kiosk, or even the USB port on a friend's computer.

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CTRL - One Key to Rule Them All

b2ap3_thumbnail_sb_meme_400.jpgLet's face it, no matter how quickly you can type, there is only so much you can accomplish without the use of keyboard shortcuts. Perhaps you never cared to learn them, or maybe you never had the opportunity. Now that you own a small business, your productivity and efficiency is at stake. Thankfully, some of the most useful shortcuts utilize one common key: the Control key.

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Pogue’s Top 10 Time-Saving Tech Tips

b2ap3_thumbnail_ted400.jpgNew York Times tech column writer, David Pogue, recently presented a TED talk, in which he suggested his top ten time-saving technology tips. Each of David's tips were incredibly simple, but understated and carry the potential to save tech users time and effort. Do you know about these time-saving tips?

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Tips to Search the Web like a Pro, Part 1

b2ap3_thumbnail_goog400.jpgThe Internet is a place of wonderment where you can find almost anything you can imagine, but you have to know how to find it. How good are you at online searches? Anybody can type a query into Google, Bing, or Yahoo, but a simple search like this may not yield the best results.

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Debate: Should You Leave Your PC On?

b2ap3_thumbnail_onoff400.jpgYou make thoughtful decisions throughout your entire workday, why should you have to end the day by making another one? Is it better to turn your computer off or leave it powered on? You can find passionate PC users on both sides of the on/off fence. Here are some practical considerations to help inform and empower your decision.

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