TA Welcomes: ECM Solutions

Technology Associates is excited to announce our partnership with ECM Solutions marks our first official client as apart of our expansion into the Charlotte market.

ECM Solutions is the largest independent insurance agency in North and South Carolina servicing over 6,000 clients. They are based in Charlotte, NC and also have an office in Greenville, SC. It was founded in 1987 by Arnold Edwards, Bart Church, and Jim Muse. With over 70 employees, ECM Solutions features a personal lines department, property and casualty department, benefits department, and financial services department.

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Technology Associates Office Olympics 2014

Technology Associates Office OlympicsFriday, September 26, 2014 shall go down in history (at least our computer’s history) as the first official Technology Associates Office Olympics. It was a day that started like any other day… except maybe for the freshly taped hopscotch boards adorning our concrete floors. Excitement built as our very normal Friday morning activities commenced. Then finally the clock struck 1:00 pm and it was time to let the games begin.

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Jennifer Lawrence Exposes The Cloud

cloudOf all the people to finally bring cloud security to the fore front, I never would have guessed it would be Jennifer Lawrence, but since she unintentionally “exposed” this issue, I’ll take a swing at separating fact from fiction.

Since the very beginning there has been a slight uneasiness with turning over important data to some esoteric technology.  When pressed, cloud providers hem and haw about security and a layers approach but never really give you a straight answer as to who is ultimately responsible for the security of your data.

Even Apple, from whom the risqué images leaked stood firm that “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find my iPhone.”  Basically; “It’s not our fault.

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Save Time By Reusing Text In Outlook

Reusing Text Blocks in OutlookOutlook is a lot like our brain; very underutilized. There are tons of great little tips and tricks in Microsoft Outlook that can help you be more productive when it comes to using your email. Let’s look at reusing text blocks for example.

Do you send out a lot of the same information on a regular basis? Find yourself typing the same email over and over or going back to copy/paste content from previous emails? Then I bet you guessed it; reusing text blocks is for you.

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Microsoft Support Hoax

tech supportWe wanted to give everyone a heads up about this crazy thing that’s going around. Several of our customers have been called by “fake” Microsoft employees recently.

Apparently, this scam has been around for a while but it looks like it’s making a comeback.

Here’s how it works; these “cyber criminals” are calling on businesses and pretending to be from Microsoft Support or Windows Support.

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