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Strata Information Technology has been serving the Encino area since 2007, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Using VoIP Can Take Your Company Further

Using VoIP Can Take Your Company Further

Voice over Internet Protocol has been one of the most dynamically growing products in all of information technology. Today, over 30 percent of businesses are using VoIP, and that number is growing fast. VoIP presents some extraordinary benefits for businesses that do business internationally. Today, we’ll take a look at VoIP’s trends and how it can be an effective investment for your company.

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Our Recommendations for Your Wireless Network

Our Recommendations for Your Wireless Network

The typical business network will contain quite a few critical assets that need to be protected, which means that you need to seriously consider anything you add to that network. Take the wireless network that your business uses--how secure is it, and how well does it work? Well, we have a few ways that you can ensure that the answer to both these questions is “well.”

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Build Your Business a Security Strategy to Be Proud Of

Build Your Business a Security Strategy to Be Proud Of

The security of your business’ digital assets is extremely important, which is why it is disheartening when we see so few organizations taking the steps they need to sufficiently protect them. We thought we would go through some practices that will help you protect these assets and start you on your way to developing a security strategy of your own. 

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A Look at the Top Smartphones Heading Into 2020

A Look at the Top Smartphones Heading Into 2020

Across the board, smartphones are useful. People can manage their home, work, and social lives through their phone. They can feed their pets, order food, and get about anywhere with the use of a smartphone. As 2020 descends upon us, we thought it would be smart to take a look at some of the top smartphones you can buy.

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What Technologies Should Businesses Prepare For?

What Technologies Should Businesses Prepare For?

As the holiday season we just survived shows us, new technology can be a really popular topic, especially for consumers. Businesses, on the other hand, have a lot of their excitement tempered by how much of a risk new tech presents - something could just as easily be a game-changer for their operations as it could prove to be a major source of problems that ultimately creates huge issues.

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The Benefits of Co-Managed IT

The Benefits of Co-Managed IT

As a general rule, necessity dictates when a business upgrades the technology, they use each day. Sometimes it is because the tech they have been using can no longer support their needs, and sometimes, the solutions that are utilized simply aren’t efficient enough to keep up with operations any longer. New technologies may be adopted as a means to increase productivity, while others may actually be required by government-mandated regulations.

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Do You Need Cybersecurity Insurance?

Do You Need Cybersecurity Insurance?

Today, keeping your network and computing infrastructure free from threats is the best way to control the security of your organization’s data. Any business that actively confronts their risks realizes early on that cybercrime has become a major problem that their business has to be kept insulated from. Unfortunately for many organizations, no matter how much your business spends on network security, all it takes is one misstep by someone who has access to your organization’s sensitive information to cause a major problem.

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All You Need to Know About Buying a Computer, Part II

All You Need to Know About Buying a Computer, Part II

Part two of our desktop buying guide is dedicated to RAM, or random access memory. Many users find this difficult to understand, so we’ll do our best to explain it and emphasize how important it is to ensure you get the best build possible for your new computer.

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All You Need to Know Before Buying a Computer, Part I

All You Need to Know Before Buying a Computer, Part I

If you are looking to purchase a new desktop for your office or your home, you need to ask yourself several difficult questions to get the most bang for your buck. This is a five-part blog that will help you determine the right computer for the job. In this article, you’ll learn how to select the right CPU, or central processing unit.

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Tip of the Week: Take This Quick Quiz

Tip of the Week: Take This Quick Quiz

When a business utilizes its technology properly, the chances of it yielding positive results improve. That being said, technology isn’t a priority for every single business out there. There are some business owners out there that don’t prioritize the latest technology releases, and that’s perfectly fine, as long as the organization doesn’t let it hold them back from greatness.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Useful Tech Tips

Tip of the Week: 4 Useful Tech Tips

Certain technologies out there make you ask questions. For example, have you ever wondered why you need to restart your computer other than “because IT says to?” What about that task manager? What’s that for, anyway? We’re here to help you answer some questions about your business technology and why it’s important to keep them in mind during the workday.

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Tip of the Week: Embrace the Right Software for Your Business

Tip of the Week: Embrace the Right Software for Your Business

It is not unusual for the business that has been in business for a while to have used a number of software titles that either are completely ineffective, or are known to be security risks. The use of cheap, or free, software is prevalent among individuals and organizations that don’t realize that it pays to have a software strategy in place. For this week’s tip, we’ll talk about software and how something so crucial to the success or failure of a business needs to be taken seriously.

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Strategizing Your IT Leads to Better Business

Strategizing Your IT Leads to Better Business

Business technology continues to grow in importance for the small and medium-sized business, especially as many prepare for 2019. Where enterprise-level companies have long been using technology to bring people together and drive overall productivity, many SMBs are new to these opportunities. The availability of cloud resources, coupled with shifts in security, mobility, and other core technologies, makes it important for every organization, no matter what size, to have a comprehensive technology strategy.

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You Can Actually Monitor Remote Management’s Benefits

You Can Actually Monitor Remote Management’s Benefits

Wouldn’t it be great if your business could get the support it needs without having to ask a provider to travel to your office? With remote monitoring and management tools, we can help your business stay focused on the task at hand, improving productivity and efficiency without disrupting your operations with an on-site visit.

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Why You Should Always Test Your Backup

Why You Should Always Test Your Backup

Data backup is an integral part of any business continuity strategy, but there are so many different parts to it that it’s not surprising some slip through the cracks if left unchecked. If you’re not taking measures to keep disasters from derailing operations, you could lose everything you’ve worked so hard to achieve. We’ll discuss the critical parts of a data backup and disaster recovery system, including how and why you should test your backups periodically.

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Cloud System Security Can Be Tricky

Cloud System Security Can Be Tricky

If your business is taking advantage of the cloud to meet its operational and data storage needs, then you’re already doing something right. The cloud has changed the way businesses function, but this also needs to extend to the way businesses think about data security. How is your business or cloud provider securing your critical business data and applications stored in the cloud?

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SMBs That Embrace Technology Move Faster

SMBs That Embrace Technology Move Faster

Businesses can’t view the right technology solutions as a privilege--not any longer, when the modern business should look at technology as a necessity in order to remain competitive. Your business can benefit considerably from making use of the right technology solutions, but it’s not always easy to identify what your business needs. We’re here to help you make that choice.

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Does a Touchscreen Make Sense on a Computer?

Does a Touchscreen Make Sense on a Computer?

Human beings are tactile animals, from the very beginning of our lives, we learn and interact through touch in a major way. This may explain why touchscreens exploded in popularity so quickly once the necessary technology was finessed. However, are we trying to put touchscreens in places where they don’t make sense? Do we really need a touchscreen on our computer?

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Intro to Your Tech: The Blue Screen of Death

Intro to Your Tech: The Blue Screen of Death

If someone has spent any time around a computer, they will have (at least anecdotally) become familiar with the dreaded BSoD - the Blue Screen of Death. This fatal error has been the cause of much lost productivity and expensive support calls over the years, but despite its notoriety, not many know why it happens at all. That’s precisely what we’ll cover below, along with a few ways to diagnose the root problem.

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3 Reports Every Business Should Run Consistently

3 Reports Every Business Should Run Consistently

The analysis of data is important for every business. Some data is more important than others, but ultimately, if you want your business to thrive you will want to know exactly how your business is doing so that you can make educated decisions that won’t waste your organization's time and money. Today, we will look at three reports that every business, no matter what size or what industry it operates in, should be running.

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