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Texas Professional IT Services LLC has been serving the Baytown area since 1995, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Ransomware is Now Even Less Affordable to Consider Paying

Ransomware is Now Even Less Affordable to Consider Paying

We haven’t exactly been shy about sharing our recommendation that a ransomware demand should never be met with payment, but there is now an even more impactful reason not to. This deterrent comes courtesy of the United States Treasury Department, which has released a statement informing businesses of potential fines as retribution for doing so.

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Drones are for More than Espionage: Today’s Most Useful Applications

Drones are for More than Espionage: Today’s Most Useful Applications

Drones—they sure seem to be everywhere these days, don’t they? There’s a good reason for that. More than a hobbyist’s plaything or a military asset, drones have practical applications in a wide variety of industries. Let’s go over how different industries have adopted these handy devices to suit their needs.

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Trying to Secure Our Votes, Online

Trying to Secure Our Votes, Online

The 2020 election is months away and traces of it can be seen everywhere. As people quarrel about how social media is being used to interfere with the political process, there is pressure mounting on election officials and tech companies, alike, to do what they can to keep solicitation and corruption out of the ballot box. Let’s take a neutral view of the changes that some online platforms are making to the way that political information is shared.

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Blockchain Has Applications for Many Industries

Blockchain Has Applications for Many Industries

While blockchain technologies may have entered the public awareness thanks to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, this is far from the technology’s only application. We wanted to take a few minutes and explore how the blockchain’s features promise many benefits to established and emerging industries.

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Virtual Assistants are Everywhere… What Will This Mean at Work?

Virtual Assistants are Everywhere… What Will This Mean at Work?

Virtual assistants are everywhere. Either a device can be controlled with them, or it has the assistant built into it natively, and they are now common in the home and the office alike. In fact, their daily use in the workplace has been predicted by Gartner to reach 25 percent by 2021.

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Identifying (and Preventing) Burnout in the Workplace

Identifying (and Preventing) Burnout in the Workplace

One of the most crucial resources in any business are its human ones - the employees that keep the wheels turning, day in and day out. However, like any of your business’ resources, you need to be careful when handling your employees. There is the very real possibility of an employee experiencing an unpleasant state known as burnout.

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Intro to Your Tech: Dark Web

Intro to Your Tech: Dark Web

The dark web has a bad reputation - and for quite a few good reasons. However, like any tool, there is a lot of good that the dark web can be used for as well. Here, we’ll review what the dark web is, how it can be used (and abused), and what the landscape is like.

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With Deepfakes, Seeing Shouldn’t Be Believing

With Deepfakes, Seeing Shouldn’t Be Believing

Machine learning and artificial intelligence have enabled us to accomplish great things with the computers we have access to today. However, it is equally true that these same innovations have also produced a great number of threats. One threat that is particularly dangerous in today’s day and age is the presence, and growing prevalence, of “deepfakes” in the media.

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A Field Guide to the Cables Around the Office

A Field Guide to the Cables Around the Office

If there’s one thing you likely have plenty of in your office, it’s cables. Each device you regularly use probably has compatibility with at least one kind of cable… but can you identify them and what they do? Below, we’ll go over a few common cable types so that you’ll be able to do just that.

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Whose Side is Human Resources On?

Whose Side is Human Resources On?

Businesses rely more and more on human resources to keep the workplace civil and functioning. However, many employees are often too intimidated to approach HR for fear of reprisal. How can this dissonance be fixed, and can technology help?

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Cortana Toy Pulled Among Security Concerns

Cortana Toy Pulled Among Security Concerns

Smart technologies are becoming more and more prevalent in everyday life. As such, it may not be a bad idea to prepare today’s children for their technology-filled tomorrow. However, as Mattel discovered with their kid-targeted smarthome hub, Aristotle, it is important to make sure that these devices are secure enough to ensure the safety of their youthful users.

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Popular Font 'Calibri' Enough To Prove Documents Falsified

Popular Font 'Calibri' Enough To Prove Documents Falsified

A corruption case in Pakistan has taken a new twist, thanks to an unexpected source: Calibri. The font is being examined as key evidence, as its presence in key documents has caused a few bumps in the case. This is because the font is used in documents that are dated a year before the font was released.

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UTM, BDR, RMM: How Can These Tech Acronyms Help Your Business?

UTM, BDR, RMM: How Can These Tech Acronyms Help Your Business?

The IT industry is filled with acronyms. We use plenty of them because it’s more efficient. However, if you’re looking for technical assistance, it would be beneficial to know exactly what we are talking about and why it’s so important. Here are three common phrases that you’ll hear in the world of IT, and what each of them means for the small business owner.


UTM (Unified Threat Management)
A Unified Threat Management tool is one of the most important ways that an organization can protect its infrastructure. When it’s used in this form, a UTM is usually a hardware-based security solution that combines several common measures into one convenient package. Included is an enterprise-level firewall, antivirus, spam blocking, and content filtering solution. All of these combined make for an effective way of blocking attacks your business would encounter.

A UTM is one of Texas Professional IT Services LLC’s network security solutions, and certainly one that any SMB should implement as soon as possible. By taking a preventative approach to network security, you can mitigate the majority of threats before they even become a problem. This saves you the trouble of eliminating them after they have established themselves on your infrastructure and made themselves comfortable.

BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery)
BDR doesn’t want to ask the question of “if” you suffer from a disaster, like a flood or a fire, and instead asks “when.” BDR is an effective tool for business continuity prolonging the life of your business in the face of disasters. Moreover, BDR allows for quick and almost instantaneous recovery, as your data is backed up in the cloud where it can be restored and accessed by any Internet-connected device.

RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management)
RMM tools are frequently used by IT service providers to offer remote assistance when it’s needed. These types of tools allow administrators to remote into your technology solutions without an on-site visit, which is great when you need help in a pinch.

That’s not the end of the benefits, though. Since most problems can be resolved without the need for an on-site visit, you wind up saving even more on technology maintenance in the long run. Plus, since you have IT administrators monitoring your network infrastructure in real time, problems could pop up and be resolved before you even know they are there.

For more clarification on what some of our services do for your organization, please reach out to us at (832) 514-6260. We promise to do all that we can to be as clear and transparent with our communications as possible!

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