SeanPT

Managed Services Proffessional

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I have been providing technology services since 1995 with a focus on micro businesses, 1 to 20 employees. My goal is to bring the tools available to the larger small businesses and large businesses down to any office size in an affordable and easy way. Whether it is fixing old problems, developing new solutions, planning future expansions, training, web and social network development, or traditional server solutions I allow you to keep the focus on YOUR business.

P@$$w0rd$

Posted by Sean On September - 2 - 2010

Switched has a great article on passwords that everyone needs to read. It covers all of the basics — long passwords, random passwords, special characters, etc. Another trick is to use something about the site and add it to your standard password. For example, lets say you always use “red” as your password. For yahoo.com your password would be yahoo.com_red. For google.com it would be google.com_red, etc. Personally I like using the first letter of song lyrics. For example, “I... (more...)

Uncertain future for the Cloud

Posted by Sean On June - 11 - 2010

Ars has yet another great article on Cloud computing. The first half of the article talks about a few recent articles from various industry experts that expect some kind of cloud computing disaster in the future. On that point, we have already seen plenty of cloud computing disasters. I go back to the Sidekick disaster in Oct of 09. Microsoft managed to lose all the personal information off of every single Sidekick. That was a big time failure of “the cloud” but there have been thousands... (more...)

Inside look at the new Facebook privacy settings

Posted by Sean On May - 29 - 2010

Switched has a great new article that breaks down all the recent privacy control settings on Facebook. There has been a lot of recent uproar over Facebook privacy settings and personally they didn’t make much sense. I had long ago realized two very important things. First off, if I didn’t want some bit of information online, I don’t put it online. Your own brain is always going to be the most powerful tool you have. Second, if it was important to me (and it was) I could take 5 minutes... (more...)

How secure is OS X?

Posted by Sean On April - 29 - 2010

Ron Grattopp has a great article discussing the recent patches from Apple in OS X. He touches on something that I think goes a long way in the preceived security of Apple: their secracy. It seems Apple keeps everything pretty close to their vest and this serves them in many arenas. I had customers that purchased iPhones the week before the new model came out because they had no clue a new iPhone was coming out the door. With these patches there is a preceived sense of security because the updates... (more...)

Don’t click on that attachment!

Posted by Sean On October - 25 - 2009

There are a few exercises that everyone must perform when a new e-mail comes in. It doesn’t matter how deluged in spam you are, you still have to go through these steps with every single e-mail. You have to first decide if you know who sent you the e-mail. Then you have to decide if you trust it enough to look at the e-mail itself. From there you have to decide if that person really sent you that e-mail or if it is a fake and the true origins are hidden. At any point along the way, you may... (more...)

New: Windows 7

Posted by Sean On October - 24 - 2009

I’m sure you have heard by now that Windows 7 is out and about. Thankfully Microsoft has learned since the days of Windows XP and released Windows 7 to a fairly wide group of advanced customers months ago. I have been using Windows 7 for well over a year now and the final version since my birthday back in August. To put it simply, Windows 7 is fantastic. There are so many features that make every day computing easier. There are also numerous behind the scenes changes that you may never notice,... (more...)

Alert: That E-Mail didn’t come from your server

Posted by Sean On October - 24 - 2009

If you received a notice from “your administrator” or “your server” or “Microsoft” or any other generic source advising you that upgrades had been performed and you needed to click a link to continue: don’t click that link! As a general rule, unless you are 100% certain that you trust who sent you the e-mail and you know the link that you are clicking, you should not click links in e-mails. It is just too easy to direct you to a malware infested site in one... (more...)

SeanPT.com Launched

Posted by Sean On October - 24 - 2009

In a day that most thought would never come, SeanPT.com has officially launched. Over the years I have advised many of my clients that they simply do not need a website, and I stand by that advise. There are those that will try to tell every single micro business out there that a website is a must have part of their business and that is simply not the case. And for many years, it was not the case for me. 2009 has been a busy year of growth and new challenges. I wanted an easy way for my wonderful... (more...)