Network / Security

Networks
The significant increase in home and office networks can be attributed to:
1) lowering costs of network hardware and software;
2) improvement in network performance and reliability;
3) the compelling benefits networks provide.

If you have more than one PC and more than one user, odds are you would benefit quite a bit from installing a network in your home or office. And these days, installing a network is easier and more cost-effective than ever with the wide availability of wireless networking.

Networking Services include:

Network Selection, Installation and Setup
Now you can have the same types of advantages that only big businesses had until recently- sharing of Internet connections, files, printers, and other resources. Computer Consultants’ experienced technicians can help you navigate through the many choices involved, help you obtain and install the pieces, and configure it all so it works the way you need it to. Current PCs, printers, and other peripherals can usually be integrated, allowing you to leverage your previous hardware investments in new ways.

Network Troubleshooting
As wonderful as they are, networks can be as confounding as PCs when things go wrong. Fortunately, Computer Consultants’ technicians are network experts who can help you keep your network resources up and running and properly “talking to each other.” Troubleshooting is one of the most important things we do to help our customers.

File, Printer, and Fax Sharing
Files, printers, and fax should be shared, not duplicated. Networks tie all of these resources together, for convenience, value, and flexibility. Computer Consultants can help you get more bang for your buck by making any sharable resource available to any trusted computer (and user) to take advantage of shared data and devices.

Data Backups
Are your digital photos sitting on a single hard drive with no backup? Your financial records? Even at home, there is critical data you wouldn’t want to lose when a hard drive fails or a virus (or wayward child) deletes your files. Computer Consultants can help you figure out a convenient and effective way to protect your data by making redundant copies of it either on other computers or on offline media such as CD-ROM, DVD-ROM, or tape.

In many cases automated processes can be created that require very little attention or maintenance.

Data Backups Services include:

Data Backup Solutions
In today’s world, it takes more than an occasional file copy to floppy disk to handle your backup needs. Floppy disks just don’t cut it for backing up your data. Computer Consultants can assess your backup needs based on the types of files you create, and put together a solution that fits.

Multi-PC Data Backups
You can introduce a lot of additional data protection simply by copying data between multiple computers on the same network. This process can be automated, so that computers “synchronize” with each other periodically. Computer Consultants can set this up for you as part of a comprehensive scheme for protecting your systems against loss of valuable/irreplaceable data such as financial records, family digital photos, etc.

Data Transfer
Sometimes you need to move data from one computer to another. In the case of moving all your email data, web favorites, application data, etc. it may not be clear (or easy) to recreate the same data on the destination computer. Computer Consultants can do this for you.

Data Recovery
If the unthinkable occurs, there may be a way out. In the case of hard drive failure, for example, it is often possible to recover lost data using highly technical tools. Computer Consultants can quickly help you determine what your options are, and in many cases recover at least some of your data. Of course, if you contact us now, we can help you to set up a robust data backup scheme, and you most likely won’t ever need this service!

Privacy/Security
Are you aware of all the different ways that private and potentially sensitive data (such as email, credit card numbers, family data, accounting information, etc.) can be seen by other people you don’t know or trust? Computer Consultants can do a security assessment of your current network, PC applications, settings, and habits, and recommend ways to keep private data private, while still getting the benefits of networking and Internet access. As part of our standard services, we can set up a firewall to protect your network against outside intruders.

Privacy/Security Services include:

  • Privacy/Security assessment
  • Firewall installation and configuration
  • Operating system and application configuration/settings
  • Establishing “best practices” for avoiding exposure of private data
  • Remote security testing of your network’s integrity

Virus Protection
What do all these hackers do for a living? Contrary to popular suspicions, they don’t work for the companies that provide anti-virus software… In fact, Computer Consultants is very happy to provide our customers with free for non-comercial use AVG Antivirus software from Grisoft, and help make sure your system is secure from these common threats. In the event that a virus is successful in scrambling your system, Computer Consultants is there to help you recover, and prevent future attacks.

Virus Protection Services include:

  • Virus protection assessment
  • Anti Virus software and updates
  • Virus detection and removal
  • Operating system and application configuration/settings
  • Establishing “best practices” for avoiding exposure to viruses