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The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

Joel Havenridge

Joel Havenridge

As the Systems Engineer’s Team Lead, Joel Havenridge is responsible for the design, implementation, stability, integrity, and efficient operation of information systems that support CoreTech's clients.
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6 Reasons a Firewall is an Essential Part of Your Business’s Cyber Security

Joel Havenridge
In today’s world, you can never be too careful with your organization’s cyber security. And if your employees are accessing the internet, a firewall needs to be a key part of your cyber security strategy. Firewall tools are not only useful for securing digital assets and protecting hardware, but can also be used to block employees from accessing prohibited sites and to filter web traffic. Certain firewall configurations can even tip you off if a data breach or intrusion occurs, which means you ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

How much information is on your IoT devices?

Joel Havenridge
You wouldn’t throw your financial paperwork in the trash without shredding it - or at least, you shouldn’t. Because you know that if someone got a hold of that information, they could potentially steal your money. But what about your IoT devices? Are you as careful when disposing of them? How much information is on smart devices you’ve connected in your home? When it comes time to get rid of them, there may be enough information left on them to open your home to someone trying to steal your ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

The “CoreCare agent”

Joel Havenridge
During the onboarding process or while on a service call, you may have heard us use the term “CoreCare agent” but weren’t quite sure what that is or does. As a contracted client, either CoreCare | Critical or CoreCare | Basic, there is a small application that runs on your computer, whether it’s a PC, laptop, Surface or server, that periodically sends information about the status and health of that computer to our RMM (remote monitoring and management) utility database (aka “the system”). Some ...
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Passwords are like underwear

Joel Havenridge
Almost anything you do online these days requires a password, from logging into your Facebook account to conducting online banking to managing personal and business credit card statements. Passwords are a necessity to keep your online information safe and sound. How should you protect your passwords? You shouldn’t leave them out where people can see them. You should change them regularly Don’t share them with friends. You shouldn’t loan them out!
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Topics: Staff Training

I’m looking at new PCs & laptops at NFM and Best Buy. Is it okay to buy a consumer class computer for my business?

Joel Havenridge
Every now and then we have a client that for one reason or another ends up with a consumer class computer. They may be wanting to save money, or needed a computer for a new hire ASAP. So what's wrong with that? If it's an HP computer that should be good enough right?
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Topics: Equipment Purchases