Azcomp Technologies IT July 2017

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NO WAVE TOO BIG

WHY ‘CHASING MAVERICKS’ IS ALL ABOUT ATTITUDE

Here at AZCOMP, we have a unique training ritual. During an employee’s first week, they watch the movie “Chasing Mavericks,” which is the inspiration for our fifth core value: We Chase Mavericks. This tenet is all about seeing challenges as opportunities, and the bigger the challenge, the more eager we are to tackle it. “Chasing Mavericks” is based on the true story of surfing legend Jay Moriarty. When Jay was 8, he was saved from drowning by his neighbor, Frosty Hesson, an avid surfer. This event sparked his unending passion for the sport. A few years later, Jay sees Frosty and his friends surfing a huge swell called Mavericks near his home in Santa Cruz, California. Watching the action spurs Jay to want to do the same. Frosty, however, is hesitant, insisting that Jay first learn the basics. I won’t spoil the movie for you, but suffice it to say, Jay pursues this challenge with a dogged determination we all seek to emulate. I was watching the news recently and saw a story that embodied our value of “Chasing Mavericks.” The story was about Jamarion Styles, a boy from Boca Raton, Florida, who lost both hands and most of his arms from a bacterial infection during infancy. Talk about a challenge! Rather than feeling dejected, Jamarion approached his personal challenge with the same audacity that Jay had as he sought to ride Mavericks. Jamarion’s dream was to play basketball, and he set out to accomplish it.

There were definitely speedbumps along the way. The story details how Jamarion would show up weekly at his local court only to never be picked for a team. During middle school, though, Jamarion tried out for and made the team. His coach notes that Jamarion “was usually the first person in the gym and usually the last one to leave.” Jamarion even made it into a game this season, nailing two 3-pointers (including a buzzer beater) as the crowd erupted in screams. He now has no problem being picked for his local game. The story closes with a line from reporter Steve Hartman that resonated with me: “He [Jamarion] just made the volleyball team and has every intention of playing football next year. Really, the only thing he won’t play is the victim.” Watching this story, I couldn’t help but think of Jamarion as someone who “Chases Mavericks” every day. One of the components of the “We Chase Mavericks” value is to avoid victim thinking. After seeing this story, I had to share it with my co-workers, because it fit so well with our values. We all face challenges in and outside of work. When you approach them like Jay and Jamarion, though, challenges are opportunities for achieving great things. With the right attitude, there’s no challenge too difficult and no wave too big. - Neili Holmes

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anywhere. Meanwhile, a local tool, such as KeePass, does the same thing on your machine, but does not store any data online. PASSWORD ALGORITHMS If all of your passwords are variations on a standard template, you’ll find it much easier to keep track of them. For example, make your Amazon password “1e4Dzon!” and your Netflix password “1e4Dflix!” to ensure easy recollection. PASSWORD GENERATORS A generator service (we like SuperGenPass) automatically creates unique passwords for every site you use through a master password you create. If you use a service like this, you’ll need to remember one password. I FORGOT MY PASSWORD! Ways to Keep Your Logins Straight NEED NETWORKING OR COMPUTER HELP?

Logging into services is a fact of contemporary life. From Netflix and Amazon to Gmail and Instagram, you likely have a growing number of services which require membership. And more memberships mean more passwords. As you already know, using one password for every login is a great way to compromise your security. How, then, do you keep track of all these passwords? Well, there are several effective ways to keep your passwords varied without forgetting them. PASSWORD MANAGER SERVICES Tools that manage your passwords come in two main varieties: cloud-based and local. A cloud-based app like 1Password encrypts your passwords in the cloud so you can access them A CONSTANT SOURCE OF JOY INTRODUCING NEILI HOLMES

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Neili Holmes is the first face you’ll see when you walk into the AZCOMP offices, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. She celebrated her five-year anniversary with us on June 19, and she is an integral member of our team. Neili remembers thinking AZCOMP would be the perfect place for her from her very first interview. “I walked into the office,” she says, “and everyone was eating pie and wearing flip-flops. I’ve

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AZCOMP’s Network Administrator managed services will keep you HIPAA compliant and prevent data breaches.

Since you rely so heavily on your computers and network to run your practice, you might be interested to know how we’ve helped companies like yours. A messy computer system can lead to lost earnings, poor productivity, and a decrease in customer satisfaction, not to mention the threat of compromised data.

never been so sure I wanted to work somewhere.” Her enthusiasm was evident from the moment she joined AZCOMP, and it hasn’t diminished one bit over the years. “Coming to work here,” she notes, “is like one big family reunion every day.” When she’s not brightening up AZCOMP’s home, she’s busy brightening up her own. “I love to cook,” Neili says, “and I have three boys in the house to try recipes out on.”

AZCOMP’s managed IT services will give you peace of mind knowing that your computer system is dependable, secure, and compliant. Let us show you how by calling us at 855-455-5035, or visit us at azcomp.com/managed-services .

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Phishing on Social Media

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Phishing emails aren’t new in the world of cybercrime. The scam of enticing innocent people into clicking on nefarious links in their inbox has been around for years. Recently, however, hackers have moved their phishing scams to social media. A recent New York Times article detailed how Russian hackers gained access to the computer of a Pentagon employee. You may be imagining an elaborate scheme straight out of “Mission Impossible,” but the real method is less glamorous. The hackers urged readers to click on a link on a Twitter profile that promoted discounts on family vacations. One Department of Defense employee clicked, and that’s all it took to let the criminals in. Social media phishing scams, whether on Twitter, Facebook, or another platform, reach a wide audience and are easy to disguise. If even trained experts can fall for these schemes, anyone can.

Nothing can derail productivity faster than your office losing power, not to mention the threat of having vital information corrupted. An Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) is without question the best way to guarantee that you won’t end up staring at a blank screen. This blog post teaches you how a UPS works and demonstrates why you need it for your IT system.

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Phishing emails are a fact of life in a world where digital communication is ubiquitous. This article will give you some pro tips to avoid clicking on a link that compromises your business or personal information.

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Learn how to keep your employees safe from ransomware.

Technology issues are a fact of life for modern businesses. If you don’t plan for them, it’s easy to get caught off guard. This article will alert you to some of the biggest issues, so you can be prepared.

The good news is that there are steps you can take to protect your office and network. If you desire improved security, give us a call at 855-455-5035.

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