You Want To Rank For What?

What does my website rank forWe often have clients and friends ask us how to get their website to rank on the first page of Google.  When I hear this question, I take a deep breath, smile, and ask a simple question…  Well, what to you want your website to rank for?  Sometimes I get a dumbfounded blank stare, other times I get a laundry list of things that are barely if at all related to the content of the actual site.

If a person knows what they want to rank for and are certain, the next question I ask is… why do you want to rank for that?

Ranking a website is often called SEO or Search Engine Optimization.  It is part science and part art and always changing.  Many terms come to mind like white hat, black hat, Matt Cutts, Article Writing etc.  The bottom link is to rank a website, the very first think a business owner or manager need to decide is what is the desired outcome of ranking my site?

In most cases, there are several desired outcomes, which require different tactics and different pages on the site.  For example, once goal may be to get new customers.  Another may be to make the CEO feel good that his website ranks #1 for his industry in his home town or even across the country or world. Another goal may be to grow a marketing email list….

Windows XP is officially dead in April

Way back when Windows 7 was released, Microsoft began discussing the fact that they would one day pull the plug on Windows XP Support. Given the number of XP machines in use, Microsoft repeatedly delayed and postponed the final death knell for Windows XP. Well, it appears that XP is finally going out to pasture.

As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide service packs or security patches for Windows XP (and also Office 2003). What does this mean to you? If you have any Windows XP machines still running at your business, you should come up with a plan to replace or retire them. After support expires, these XP workstations will become a serious risk to your technology infrastructure because they will become significantly more vulnerable to viruses, spyware, and other malware.

Obviously, we are here to help with any of your XP migration plans. For most situations, we are recommending that our customers replace the Windows XP machines with Windows 7 or Windows 8 workstations. In some cases we can upgrade the existing hardware, but in most cases it will be much more cost effective to replace it with a new desktop workstation or a laptop. Contact us at info@dtsolutions.com if you have any questions.

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Log Me In Free… not any more!

Last month Log Me In (LMI) announced that they would be phasing out the free version of their exceptional remote control software. LMI has been a standard tool for thousands if IT technicians and end users alike.

If you use the free version of LMI to manage any of your computer systems, you will want to read this for additional details: http://blog.logmein.com/it-management/logmein-changes

We offer several different products for remote system management and we would be happy to discuss your remote access and control requirements. Ask your account manager or email info@dtsolutions.com if you would like more information.

New Virus Infects Linksys Routers

Researchers from SACisco_LinksysNS Institute’s Internet Storm Center (ISC) issued an alert Feb 12 about incidents where Linksys routers had been compromised  and were being used to infect other Linksys routers. The malware can only infect the router if Remote Management Access is turned on.

The following router models are at risk of infection: E4200, E3200, E3000, E2500, E2100L, E2000, E1550, E1500, E1200, E1000, E900, E300, WAG320N, WAP300N, WAP610N, WES610N, WET610N, WRT610N, WRT600N, WRT400N, WRT320N, WRT160N and WRT150N. These models are sold at common electronics retailers and are typically used by home and small offices.

If you have one of these models, you should upgrade your router firmware and also make sure that Remote Management is turned off.

If you need assistance securing your router or your network, please contact us at info@dtsolutions.com.

70% Of Businesses Are Planning To Do This Over The Next 5 Years

meeting-between-business-people-on-a-tableThe news from a recent survey of IT leadership is that enterprises are more immediately concerned with strategically shifting IT infrastructures from an in-house to an outsourced model.

Within just 5 years, 70 percent of all IT infrastructures will be outsourced.  Click Here to read the in-depth report about this evolving trend.

If you have questions about IT Outsourcing, please email us at info@dtsolutions.com

Mobile Device Management

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We are proud to announce that we now offer comprehensive mobile device management to support the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) complexities that many businesses now face. If your business has compliance requirements for SOX, HIPPAA, PCI, etc… you already know that any device that contains regulated data and communications is subject to the compliance requirements and guidelines.

With this new service we can offer the following mobile device management features on Apple IOS and Google Android devices:

– Deploy and enforce real-time compliance and security rules
(e.g. enforce the use of passwords)
– Manage configuration of email, calendar, contacts Wi-Fi and VPN profiles
– Remotely locate, lock and wipe lost or stolen devices
– Distribute and manage company approved applications

Ask your account manager or email info@dtsolutions.com for more info.