Deploying Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is a new-to-us feature we are implementing alongside our OpenDNS deployment to further protect each workstation from the threats of CryptoLocker and other phishing attempts. Adblock Plus, or ABP, is a browser add-on that works with the “Big 3” internet browsers (Chrome, FireFox, and Internet Explorer). It is light weight and takes about 2-5 minutes to install per computer, does not require a restart or closing any programs other than existing web browser windows.

Client Spotlight: Marco Metals

Located on the southern end of Harrisonburg, Virginia, Marco Metals LLC uses E-N Computers for their technology needs.

Several months ago, E-N Computers installed a new PA system for the company, a Snom PA 1. Unlike previous systems, the connection line for this unit provides both data and electricity, and thus requires only two cables, greatly reducing the confusing jumble of wires that is commonplace with similar hook-ups.

5 Cost Saving solutions for Non-Profits IT Services

Cheap software

There are some super cool Cost Saving solutions for Non-Profits to get software for almost nothing. This can include things like Microsoft Office and Windows 7. It can often make a huge difference in the progression of the organization. Consider having a partner like E-N Computers help ensure you’re getting the best deal for your team.

5 Tips to consider for business video camera surveillance

The market is flooded with IP security camera vendors. Make sure you're getting the biggest bang for your buck. If they’re not asking you these questions, you probably don’t want to deal with them:

Are the cameras needed for indoor or outdoor use? If you’re planning to take your business video camera surveillance system outside, its important to get a quality camera.

3 IT Lessons from the Civil War

Today is a great day to learn from history. On this day in 1865, at Appomattox, Virginia, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered his 28,000 troops to Union General Ulysses S. Grant. We have all greatly reaped the benefits of Abraham Lincoln’s passion to preserve the union and free the slaves, and as I pondered that this morning, several things came to mind.

How long should computers last?

If you only do a little home shopping, email, and your kids’ homework, a computer for your home is potentially less likely to need upgrading as frequently as the ones you used for work. (Except of course for the demands of children and compatibility with school/education technology.

5 Perceived risks of outsourcing IT

Risk #1 My Company doesn’t like change. It may be true that organizations and business people become comfortable with what they are familiar with. Change can cause added stress and discomfort for a period of time but, in reality a company is changing all the time.

IT Evolution: Break/Fix vs. Lifecycle Planning

We all get used to coming to work every day, sitting down to our computers, and picking up where we left off yesterday. Because laptop and desktop computers last as well as they do, for at least several years, we’re lulled into a sense of security that really isn’t reality.

Recycling-It’s Not Easy Being Green (Thanks, Kermit)

Recycling and "being green" are huge issues today, and very important to our future. It seems that everyone has old, unused computer equipment laying around these days. Undoubtedly, this equipment ends up in the trash and headed for the landfill.  From household waste to old tires, landfills are rapidly filling to capacity.