Bitcoin, Lamborghinis and Some Guy Called Satoshi Nakamoto

You’ve seen the attention-grabbing headlines – ‘Bitcoin Prices Soar 70%’; ‘Bitcoin Crashes to Record Lows.’ For every Lamborghini-revving success story, there’s 100 people tossing their laptop out the window and sobbing into their cereal as they kiss their savings goodbye. Beyond the trading though, Bitcoin is a technological marvel. It’s highly technical, social, economic and […]

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On-premise backups
When to Use On-Premise Backups

As a business owner, the most important thing to you is that your company runs efficiently and smoothly, no matter the circumstances. Data backup is a huge part of this – you don’t want to be left high, dry and without your company data if you have an IT failure. We’ve spoken about the cloud […]

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2FA
Two Factor Authentication (2FA) Explained

What is 2FA? In a nutshell, two factor authentication, or 2FA, is an important and increasingly popular means of securing an online account. Here’s a simple definition: 2FA is an extra layer of security applied to a login process. Normally to access an online account, you type in a username and password. With 2FA, you’ll […]

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Internet of Things
The ‘Internet of Things’ Explained

The conversation around ‘Internet of Things (IoT)’ is growing as it starts to creep its way into our businesses and homes… but do you know what it means? Or are you that person whose eyes glaze over when IoT is mentioned faster than Alexa can find a hit song by Rihanna? Smile IT Have the […]

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what is the cloud
Let’s Clarify “The Cloud”

It’s an inescapable buzz term of the tech industry these days, and most businesses are using the cloud in some way. (Unless you’re still working on typewriters. Then we can’t help you.) Yet despite its omnipresence, it’s one of those arbitrary terms that’s hard to describe. We’re going to try and lift the fog a […]

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VPN
What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and it’s nowhere near as complicated as it sounds. Once the playground of computer nerds and exclusive large corporations, VPN’s have grown into a pretty common feature and even necessity of our internet-based lives. VPN’s have awesome business and personal applications, from extending your corporate intranet to workers anywhere […]

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Managed IT Services
Managed IT Services

The Smile IT Guide to Tricky Computer Terms Part 3 When your work computer starts flickering, makes a strange beeping sound and shuts down with a whimper, peace of mind is probably not something you’re experiencing. But if you know that there’s someone on the end of the line to take care of it for […]

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Backup and Archive

Tricky Computer Terms: Backup and Archive Alright kids, gather around the Smile IT campfire of knowledge. It’s time for the computer terminology equivalent of Kum Ba Yah, so dust off the thinking caps and prepare yourself for enlightenment. Today we’re focusing on two members of the IT vocabulary that we all think we know but […]

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