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Horne & Benik Networks has been serving the Marlborough area since 1991, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Windows 10’s Over 70% Market Share is Still Too Low

Windows 10’s Over 70% Market Share is Still Too Low

Windows 10 has seen a slow growth in its market share since it first appeared in July 2015, still rising throughout 2020 to now. As of this October, the operating system had finally reached a 72.2 percent market share. Let’s discuss why this benchmark matters, and why you need to update any devices in your organization to bring that share up even more.

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How to Ensure Your Remote Workforce Isn’t Making You Vulnerable

How to Ensure Your Remote Workforce Isn’t Making You Vulnerable

Considering the current popularity of remote operations, the security of your business’ resources should be one of your greatest concerns. While this process isn’t necessarily easy, it isn’t something you can afford to neglect. Let’s take a few moments and walk through some of the most critical considerations to your office and its data security.

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Tip of the Week: Maximizing the Value of Your IT Investments

Tip of the Week: Maximizing the Value of Your IT Investments

Businesses are in a tough spot right now, which makes their costs an even bigger issue for them to keep in mind. Luckily for businesses everywhere, however, many technologies are available now that can greatly benefit their operations—without being unattainable due to their price. Let’s consider five such technologies and strategies that can bring productivity and efficiency without sending you into the red.

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Is Remote Work a Bigger Risk with Certain Employees?

Is Remote Work a Bigger Risk with Certain Employees?

Despite all that has gone on, many businesses have managed to stay open by embracing the remote capabilities of today’s technology. This is undeniably fortunate… however, it is crucial that we also acknowledge the importance of cybersecurity as these actions are taken.

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Adobe Flash Will Soon Be Unsupported Software

Adobe Flash Will Soon Be Unsupported Software

Flash Player is going to be going out of support, the 24-year-old software being retired at the end of this year. That's a pretty big deal: Flash Player, at least initially, was a solution that most users have used at one time or another. What will this loss mean for your business’ processes?

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Why VoIP is a Great Choice for a Business

Why VoIP is a Great Choice for a Business

A VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) signal uses the Internet instead of using a traditional phone infrastructure. Let's review the concept of VoIP and how companies can use it to their advantage.

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Let’s Look at Some Inexpensive Smartphone Options

Let’s Look at Some Inexpensive Smartphone Options

Two weeks ago we had a look at the flagships. Last week, we took a look at the new foldable and flippable smartphones, but what if you don’t have $1,000 to buy a device? Are your options severely limited? Let’s take a look at some of your options.

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The Four Corners Your Network Security Needs to Cover

The Four Corners Your Network Security Needs to Cover

Network security is paramount to a business’ success with the number of security incidents and data breaches that could potentially upend it. While this sounds like a task of marginally epic proportions, managing your security can be greatly simplified via a few basic activities. Let’s go over four such security-boosting actions that you should direct your attention to.

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When Your Contacts Aren’t Your Contacts - Display Name Spoofing

When Your Contacts Aren’t Your Contacts - Display Name Spoofing

Business success is often tied to the quality of your business relationships. There are a lot of people you need to trust: your vendors to get you whatever supplies you need, your team to complete their responsibilities without letting in threats, and your customers to turn to you for what they need. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are willing to take advantage of such trust to accomplish their own ends.

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Taking a Look at Some Innovative Smartphones

Taking a Look at Some Innovative Smartphones

Last week we took a look at some of the flagship smartphones that are on the market to give you a good idea of this year’s cream of the proverbial crop, but in 2020 smartphone innovation has taken a big leap forward. Today, we take a look at some of the devices that are pushing the envelope in the smartphone space.

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Why Businesses are Embracing Network Monitoring

Why Businesses are Embracing Network Monitoring

Your technology infrastructure is perhaps one of the most important elements for your business, which means that you need to be sure that it is always prepared to perform as it should. Unfortunately, this can sometimes be a challenge. Let’s go over how you can address this challenge so that you can accomplish as much as possible.

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Tip of the Week: How to Waste Less Time on Your Email

Tip of the Week: How to Waste Less Time on Your Email

As much as we all rely on emails throughout the workday, they can be an intense pain to manage, which only makes it a hassle to deal with and can actively make it less useful for your users. We want to help you avoid this outcome, so we’re sharing a few tips to make the management of your email that much more effective.

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2020 Smartphone Buyer’s Guide, Part 1

2020 Smartphone Buyer’s Guide, Part 1

Millions of people have moved off the traditional computer and now use their smartphone for checking email, editing documents, and doing much of their work. This means they need their device to be powerful and reliable. Today, we are going to take a brief look at some of the best smartphones available today: the flagships.

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3 Reasons Companies Continue to Fail at Collaboration

3 Reasons Companies Continue to Fail at Collaboration

For the modern business, collaboration has to be one of the priority aims. It can cut costs, produce better products and services, and can help a company provide great customer service.  Some companies just haven’t figured out how to do it yet. Today, we will take a look at three reasons why your business  continues to fail at collaboration.

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Tip of the Week: 6 Data Security Practices You Can Take

Tip of the Week: 6 Data Security Practices You Can Take

Data is one of the most valuable assets there is today, which is why any business should consider its security a prerogative. This can admittedly be a lot, which is why we’ve taken the liberty of preparing a few tips to help you get started on the right path. These may also help those in the middle of the process who need a little reminder.

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How Technology Has Helped Many Businesses Get Through the Pandemic

How Technology Has Helped Many Businesses Get Through the Pandemic

COVID-19 is still a factor that businesses need to consider, especially in terms of their continued operations. With major adjustments required to stay open, many small and medium-sized businesses will need to accept the situation their business is in and implement changes. Fortunately, research that Salesforce summarized in their fourth Small & Medium Business Trends Report suggests that this is happening.

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Microsoft Thwarts Major Hacking Attempt

Microsoft Thwarts Major Hacking Attempt

With the 2020 U.S. Election under a month away, there has been a lot of concern that outside interests would try to influence the results. Microsoft has recently disrupted a huge coordinated hacking effort that had designs of altering the election infrastructure needed for a fair and secure election. Let’s take a look at the effort and Microsoft’s response in today’s blog.

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Tip of the Week: Three Ways to Make All Meetings Better

Tip of the Week: Three Ways to Make All Meetings Better

Remote collaboration, especially online meetings, have recently surged in popularity amongst businesses. However, as this has happened, many new adopters have gotten the impression that they just can’t accomplish as much as they could otherwise. To help readjust this perspective, we wanted to share a few productivity tips to apply to your next remote (or even in-person) meeting.

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How Your Small Business Can Use the Internet of Things

How Your Small Business Can Use the Internet of Things

One of the biggest questions that was routinely asked to IT administrators before the COVID-19 pandemic shifted everything was, “How can we use the Internet of Things to Improve Your Business?” The answer isn’t as simple as you might think. Today, we will look at what benefits the Internet of Things can present to you and whether or not they can make a difference for the average small business.

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How to Fight Back Shadow IT

How to Fight Back Shadow IT

Shadow IT, despite its melodramatic name, is nothing to be trifled with. Shadow IT is the term given to rogue technology and software being installed in your business without being reviewed or approved by IT. It has always given in-house operations difficulties, and remote work has made it an even bigger problem than before.

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