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">

Microsoft Office 365 Trust Center

Concerned about data security, availability and ownership in the Cloud? If you are asking, then you are a savvy Cloud user.  You deserve to have your questions answered to your satisfaction in simple, easy-to-understand terms.  Below is a summary from the Office 365 Trust Center.  If any item needs clarification, let us know and we will personally get you an answer!   In simple terms, with Office 365, it's your data. You own it. You control it. And it is yours to take with you if you decide to leave the service. The core tenets of Microsoft's approach to earning and maintaining your trust are:  Built-in security Service-level security through defense-in-depth Customer controls within the service Security hardening and operational best practices Privacy by design Your data is not used for advertising You have extensive privacy controls You can take your … [Read more...]

Earth Day Celebration

The Southwest Gwinnett Chamber and the City of Berkeley Lake are joining with LAN Systems for this year's - Earth Day Celebration! Join us on Wednesday, April 22nd 11-2 for our Green IT Recycling Event and Celebration 4711 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Berkeley Lake, GA 30092** You are cordially invited to our cookout in celebration of the Earth. We will be grillin' hotdogs and brats. Naja Elieva will be here to amaze us with palm readings and technology fortunes - if you dare! Bring your electronics to recycle.  We will have bins and hard drive shredding available at no charge, but TVs have a $10 fee. Bring something to recycle and we'll give you a stylish, insulated, re-usable grocery bag! Proceeds from recycled equipment this year will be donated to Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation. One of the highest rated charities in Georgia, the GFBF was founded in 1982 to … [Read more...]

Update on Crypto Threats

Whether CryptoLocker, CryptoDefense, CryptoWall or another Crypto-Threat, they encrypt your files and demand a ransom to unencrypt. As each new Crypto-Threats attack is released, it has new characteristics to avoid detection and cause more damage.  For instance, the type of files that it encrypts has grown and the ransom demands have become more sophisticated.  Early versions had an expiration date beyond which you could not retrieve your files.  Newer versions raise the ransom as time goes by and there have even been reports of victims negotiating payment with the cyber criminals. As the extortion becomes bolder, victims are hit harder and have to pay more.  Bitcoin has become the ransom payment currency of choice causing speculation that this could damage the Bitcoin brand. The attacks hit the US hardest even though ransom payment had greatly declined. As Crypto-Threats have … [Read more...]

Sound Masking Basics

What is sound masking and why is it used? Sound masking is the addition of a familiar sounding, air conditioning-like background sound to an environment. Masking covers up or "masks" human speech and helps mitigate the distraction of other sounds, making an environment more comfortable, workers more productive and creating speech privacy. Here's an analogy. Imagine that you are in a darkened room and a child is flicking a flashlight on and off. The light is noticeable and distracting. Now imagine, the lights are on. The same flashlight is being flicked on and off-but without notice-it has been "masked." This is how sound masking works. Where is sound masking used? Sound masking is used anywhere speech privacy or speech confidentiality is desired or required and in any workspace to reduce distractions and improve productivity. The most typical installations are open office plans, … [Read more...]

Top IT Trends for 2015

For many years, we have been bringing you our Top IT Trends predictions for the technology that will change our business and personal lives. This year our Top IT Trends have an emphasis on business economy and productivity. We have seen a dramatic increase in the investment businesses are making in their IT systems. Technology advances have been incredible over the past few years, but this year we are focusing on the technologies that will help fuel your business growth in 2015. Business is back in 2015. The US economy is growing and IT is fueling the growth by bringing productivity, efficiency and modern ways of doing business. If you haven’t reviewed your IT system for upgrades and improvements – 2015 is your year to get into the Cloud! Cloud Productivity – If you are not in the Cloud, what are you waiting for? It will save you money, make you more efficient, productive and well … [Read more...]