Why Internal IT Staff Can Be a Hindrance

Hiring an IT employee to take care of in-house issues must be the answer because you are tired of reacting to all of the IT issues you are having.  When your business gets big enough to hire an internal IT person it might make things worse.  In this post, we will discuss why maintaining internal […]

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Tacoma Economic Forecast

By Wade Stewart I serve as the board chair of the West Branch of the Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber of Commerce.  At our board meeting today, we enjoyed a presentation on the economy of our region by Ali Modarres, Ph.D.  I took copious notes and I wanted to share a bit of what I learned. […]

Online Shopping Security – Can You Trust That Vendor?

After a lot of time and energy, your research has paid off and you have found the item that you want to purchase.  You even found it at a great price!  But before you complete your online shopping, are you sure that your credit card information is safe? Despite the popularity of online shopping, it isn’t […]

Your Media Players May Not Be Safe – Are You at Risk?

Hackers have installed Trojan viruses through subtitle files for years.  So, why is this story resurfacing?  Now, media players could be prone to these attacks.  Even the most popular media players were at risk.  Most have addressed this issue with updates, but some may still be vulnerable.  Therefore, using an infected file on any susceptible device would allow […]

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New Office or Relocation – IT Best Practices

You’ve either come to a place in your business that requires you move into a new office space or you are ready to open your first store front.  Both moves are exciting and represent one of the most stressful situations for a company.  Each can distract from day-to-day business and play a huge role in influencing […]

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Computer Won’t Shut Down?

What Should You Do If Your Computer Won’t Shut Down? You’re all done with your computer and you’re ready to shut it down.  You go through the process but the computer either doesn’t respond or it appears to shut down and really goes into a sort of sleep mode (in other words, you type or […]

Owning Your Technology Problems

Unlike Most IT Suppliers, We Take Ownership of Your Technology Problems It’s a common story: it’s crunch time and a vital piece of software is not working properly. You’ve tried calling your IT service provider but they tell you they don’t support the software.  So, you or one of your employees calls the software company. […]

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Tips on Buying a New Laptop

Introduction Here at Stewart and Son we get asked quite frequently about what kind of laptops are the best. Mobile devices, including laptops, are changing so fast, it’s really hard to keep up with. On top of that, there are dozens of manufacturers with hundreds of models to suit practically everyone. It’s daunting to keep […]

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How to Keep Your Information Safe

How to Keep Your Information Safe Spoofing, phishing, keystroke loggers, malware, and schemes.  You cannot turn around anymore without hearing about someone that has been hacked or had their data compromised.  So, you ask yourself, what’s a computer user to do to keep information safe?  Below are some tips that we’ve put together to help […]