About Mary Hester

Ms. Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems, which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. You can contact Mary at mary@lansystems.com">

Safe Computing for the Holidays

Taking time off to spend with family and friends is such a treat, but alas for many it is hard to stay away from the computer.  If you are going to do some online shopping, play a new game or check your work email, be sure to practice safe computing.  Your home computer may not have the same protection as work, so before you download that file or visit a new site make sure you are protected. Protecting your computer 1)  Make sure your operating system is updated and all security patches are installed.  If you are using Windows, go to Control Panel Home, then Windows Update. This page will show you if you are up to date or if you need an update.  If you are out of date, follow the instructions and consider turning on automatic updates.  If you have a Mac, the update is similar to Windows so just follow the instructions.  If you have Unix or Linux, you are probably an expert and know … [Read more...]

Upgrade Windows XP: Find out your Windows Personality

The time has come to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, but how do you decide which is better for you and your organization. With the end-of-support for XP on April 8, 2014, there will be no security updates or hotfixes leaving your XP machine extremely vulnerable to hacking. As with all change, it will mean a temporary reduction in productivity as you become accustomed to the new look and feel.  But you can minimize the stress and inconvenience by choosing the right operating system for your Windows personality. The Windows 7 Personality:  You are smart and talented.  You use your computer as a productivity tool and like to get things done.  In your computing choices, you minimize risk and become anxious if too many changes happen at the same time.  You like the features in Office 2013 but also like your program icons to be familiar and your keystrokes to be efficient. … [Read more...]

The Benefits, Risks and Legal Implications of a BYOD Workplace

Do your employees access work-related emails on their smart phones?  Do you allow your employees to connect to the company network on personal devices?  Do your employees store customer information or company documents on their mobile devices?   If you answered yes to any of these questions and you do not have a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)  policy in place, you may be putting your company at risk. With the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and laptops over the past decade, employees, employers and their customers have become accustomed to around the clock communication and information sharing.  While this kind of constant connection and interaction can be beneficial to employee productivity, innovation and a company’s bottom line, if it is not controlled through a comprehensive BYOD policy, it can also lead to serious problems. In its simplest form, BYOD refers to a policy … [Read more...]

Get in touch with your creative side with Microsoft Office

Not that long ago, the only way to get high-quality, professional materials was through a graphic designer.  Printing was a complicated, expensive process that was left to the print shops.  Each project required assembling pictures, graphics and content that was camera-ready. Today, we have access to everything needed to make agency-quality marketing materials with full-color and amazing graphics. Brochures, mailers and newsletters can be printed on-demand or in the perfect quantity to reducing waste and keep the offering fresh.  To save more and reach the online audience, electronic files are brilliant and easy to distribute.  If you have an idea, a good eye and the right tools, you can make magic. Microsoft Office offers the right tools with its Office 2013 Suite of Applications.  Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Publisher provide improved and enhanced features for creating and … [Read more...]

APC Surge Protector Recall

Schneider Electric APC Surge Protector Recall Due to Fire Hazard Recall Summary Name of product:   APC SurgeArrest surge protectors Hazard:   The surge protectors can overheat, smoke and melt, posing a fire hazard. Remedy:            Replace Consumer Contact: Schneider Electric IT Corp., toll-free at (888) 437-4007 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or online at http://recall.apc.com, or www.apc.com and click on the Recall link to submit a claim and obtain more information. Recall Details Units About 15 million Description This recall involves APC 7 and 8 series SurgeArrest surge protectors manufactured before 2003. The model and serial numbers are located on a label on the bottom of the surge protector. The two numbers that follow the first letter or letters in the serial number sequence indicate the year of manufacture. The unit is included in the … [Read more...]