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Burnt Orange Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts Talk About Mac's and Hacks

The Trusted team at Burnt Orange Solutions are located in the Computers & Web Design Category.

Honesty and respect are important factors in the daily communication at Burnt Orange. Gareth and the team at Burnt Orange Solutions are YOUR Saskatoon IT stress solution. Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts


Burnt Orange Solutions Provides Advice About Hacks and Mac's



Locked Out of Your Mac?

If you’ve purchased a Mac expecting to never have to be concerned with malware or hacking, think again!  A recent exploit is targeting Mac users.  The good news?  It’s preventable. Mac users have long touted the fact that Apple computers are much less likely than computers running Microsoft Windows to be hacked, but that era may be coming to an end.  With four times as many Windows 10 computers currently in the marketplace than Macs, it’s not surprising that hackers choose to attack the system that is much more prevalent in the marketplace overall.  A recent ransomware attack may be cause for Mac users to stop their taunts of the platform being hacker-proof, however.  The good news is that by taking a few simple precautionary steps, you may be able to stop cybercriminals from locking you out of your expensive Mac.


Are Apple Products 'Hacker' Proof?



For more than a decade, there’s been a rumor that Apple products are hacker proof, but the reality is that no operating system or data structure is completely airtight.  Historically speaking, there are fewer viruses and malware that are targeted to Macs than to PCs, but that doesn’t mean that any Apple OS is immune from threats.  There have been more attacks in recent years as ransomware has leaked to the dark web.  While Android and Windows will likely always receive a higher percentage of malware than Apple devices, the threats continue to multiply as Apple becomes ever more popular in the marketplace.  It’s only a matter of time until specific devices are targeted with browser-specific hacks that bypass some of the security that is baked into OS X.


Mac Attacks


Phishing emails and third-party exploits of software such as Java or Adobe are also some of the current crops of attacks against Macs, but they’re not the only ones.  Macs have been plagued by adware and bloatware — whether malicious or just annoying — that can float pop-up ads on your system to tempt users to download non-essential software tools.  These problem spots can slow down the system overall or spawn additional pop-ups, and generally aren’t dangerous. Malicious iOS apps are another form of malware that is likely to be found on a Mac.  It’s important to stick with only downloading apps from the official App Store, as others could potentially include subsets of code that can steal user information or infect the device in a much more widespread fashion.  While buying from within the App Store helps combat nearly all malicious software, the ever-diligent app reviewers don’t catch everything.  In the last 24 months, XcodeGhost was able to introduce a framework into legitimate apps that hijacked back-end servers and ultimately infecting the third-party advertising network.


Rise of Ransomware


Hackers are always looking for new ways to hold your device hostage, essentially locking you out of your device until you pay a ransom which is generally requested in nearly-untraceable Bitcoin currency.  With ransomware up nearly 250 percent in 2017, cybercriminals have discovered that there is significant money to be made in locking down computers both for individuals and for businesses.  Ransomware has often targeted PCs in the past, but mobile devices and Macs are a growing part of the threat landscape.  The U.S. has been hit particularly hard, most likely due to the high number of available computers and relatively high per capita income — which translates into funds available to pay for ransom demands.  Ransomware often completely disables the boot-up process for your computer, a crippling effect on any system.


Find My Mac


This recent risk is related to the Find My Mac application, or FMM, which is being targeted by hackers who then request Bitcoin payments in order to provide renewed access to the system. This particular app makes it simple to pinpoint the current location of your device and is helpful in the case of a lost phone or stolen Mac computer.  Apparently, hackers have illegally obtained a large quantity of iCloud passwords and usernames, and are leveraging these assets to lock people out of their Macs and mobile devices.  The good news is that there’s a relatively easy fix that doesn’t involve paying the ransom, but only if you’re willing to lose all of the data on your device by doing a hard reset.  This can also be accomplished by bringing your Mac to an Apple store and verifying your identity.


Reducing the Risk of Loss


Fortunately, there are a few ways that you can reduce the risk of being hit by these cybercriminals.  Creating a password that is highly secure is the first step, as is turning off the Find My Mac or Find My iPhone in your device’s Settings.  Turn on two-factor authentication on your Apple account to ensure your password cannot be reset without your knowledge, and consider utilizing a password vault app that provides additional levels of security.  

If your IT admins are struggling to keep security under control, let the professionals at Burnt Orange support your Saskatoon organization.  They work to ensure that all risks are addressed in a timely manner throughout your fleet of devices and computers.




Contact Burnt Orange today for more information or to take advantage of your FREE initial consultation. View them on Facebook here. They are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts!

Prairie Laser Ink Trusted Saskatoon Printer Ink & Toner Suppliers Give Tips about Printers and Cartridges

Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are a locally owned and operated family run business in Saskatoon. Owner/operator Anton Schouten and his daughter Maya Schouten have been running the business for over 16 years now.   They are truly your printer, inkjet cartridge and laser jet toner guru’s in Saskatoon! Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are Trusted Saskatoon Printer Ink & toner suppliers  and you can find them in our Saskatoon Computer Category.


Prairie Laser Ink Gives Tips about Printers and Cartridges 


Printers and cartridges can really range in price.  So how can you tell if you are getting a good deal? Let the experts explain in this article: There are a few things to look for.



1.    Cost of the printer – If the printer is under $100, it is almost a guarantee your ink cartridges will be pricey.  Lots of printer companies put out cheap printers at a loss only to recoup their losses “hand over fist” with their expensive inkjet cartridges.




2.    Cost of the ink – Most printers have their ink or toner number on the outside of the box. Research the price of the cartridge(s) and how many pages’ maximum it is rated for.  Keep in mind page rating are based on a maximum yield, not on an average yield.  Look for a printer that has a reliable generic cartridge to reduce your cost of printing.




3.    Tri-color VS Tank cartridges – There are two main designs of inkjet printers.  One has all colors locked into one cartridge, the other has each color separate.  Traditionally, the individual tanks with each color separated tend to be more affordable and produce a better quality print.


There are many factors that go into choosing the right printer. Contact the experts at Prairie Laser if you need help selecting your new printer!




Email info@prairielaser.com with any of your questions, they would be happy to answer them for you!

Trusted Brags About Burnt Orange- Your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts!

The Trusted Saskatoon Directory team is ecstatic to announce our latest Trusted Saskatoon partner in the  Computers & Web Design Category.

Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts

"IT Support You Can Trust and Understand"

At Trusted Saskatoon we have personal experience with dealing with Gareth and his team from Burnt Orange Solutions. We have used them for our Saskatoon IT Support 'GoTo Team' for years and are ecstatic to now be able to promote them on Trusted Saskatoon. Our wonderful Administration Pro, Victoria speaks with Gareth on a regular basis and this was what she had to say:

"Gareth and Burnt Orange have been amazing to work with, he keeps all our office computer running smoothly. Gareth and his team are just a phone call away whenever our system has an issue-  big or small. When we had a lemon of a computer, Gareth and his team spent hours on the phone with me, working between billing cycles to try all things possible to find a solution.It was very much appreciated "- Victoria (Trusted Saskatoon- Admin Assistant)

Gareth and his team also believe in supporting the community and currently provide IT support to The Lighthouse Supported Living. At The Lighthouse they provide emergency shelter, supported living, and affordable housing to those in need.

"We help them 24/7 with security, phone systems, camera systems, backup disaster recovery systems, MS Office environment and of support of the PCs and Servers. We are also currently in discussion about setting up a classroom for them there where people staying there can work on resumes and other computer skills to help them find employment." - Gareth (Owner, Burnt Orange Solutions) 

Gareth and his team come highly recommended from all of their clients! One thing that really sets them apart is their 1 hour or less response time and the fact you get to speak to a person not just send an email or leave a voicemail not knowing when you will get a response. Here is another happy client testimonial:

"I would like to thank you and your team for their amazing efforts over the past few months. We are going through a major upgrade to our whole system which is of course taking time, but it is always reassuring to know that at each stage we have qualified engineers on hand to guide us in the right direction. Also, please pass on my thanks to your support team who are always available at a moment's notice when things aren't working quite as they should be. Their direction to finishing the job and reassuring level of knowledge always allows my staff to relax knowing things will be put right. Long may this great relationship continue."- Tim (Broker- Tim Hammond Realty)

Burnt Orange Solutions offers everything from strategic consulting, Cloud services, VOIP phone systems, managed IT solutions and more! 



Trusted Saskatoon give's the THUMBS UP to Gareth and his team  Burnt Orange Solutions are your Trusted Saskatoon IT Experts



Prairie Laser Trusted Saskatoon Toner & Ink Supplier Instructions Choosing A Printer

The Trusted team are thrilled to welcome Prairie Laser Ink and Toner Supply Inc, our newest partner to the Trusted Saskatoon directory of excellence!  Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are Trusted Saskatoon Printer Ink & toner suppliers  and you can find them in our Saskatoon Computer Category.


Choosing A Printer?

Have you ever walked into an electronic/office supply store to be greeted by aisles and aisles of printers?  Most people have.  How can you identify the good quality from the poor quality, and how can you locate the most economic printer?  

Follow these steps to make your shopping trip easier.

1.  Identify the main purpose for your printer.  Paperwork or high quality color printing?  
If it is paperwork, you could go for a laserjet printer (either monochrome or color).  If you are wanting to do some color or photos, a high quality color inkjet is for you.

2. Do require color printing?  If you don't need color, definitely look at a monochrome laserjet printer.  You can select features such as scanning, copying, and faxing within the laserjet family.

3.  What is the cost per page?  
To find this, you take the cost of the cartridges and divide them by their approximate page rating.  This will give you a rough idea of what printer has an economical cartridge versus one that is not economical.  Typically we say under $0.04 per print is economic for monochrome, and under $0.15 for color prints is economic (add both the black and color cartridges together and divide by the total page rating).  Look at our Fuzion ink and toner cartridges to save money on your ink supplies.

4.  Choose your extra functions!
Select the functions and features you want for your printer.  Some models are wireless, other are not.  Do you want it to work with a phone or tablet?  Make sure it is Airprint ready.  Do you want it to double side automatically?  Look for duplexing.  Keep in mind, certain features cost more than others, so keep those features in mind when you look at the price of the printer.

5.  You get what you pay for.
Have you ever seen those smoking deals for printers at $49.95 at a department store?  Buyer beware!  These printers are often "cash cows" where the ink cartridges cost more than DOUBLE the cost of the printer.  In addition, the ink that comes with any printer is only a sample.  This means the starter cartridges are only 20% or so full.  Don't be fooled by the cheap price tag, you may end up paying $80.00 to print only 200 pages... ($0.40 per page.  WAY too much!).

If you have questions about what method of printing to choose and can't decide, contact us at anytime!  We are here to help!

Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are your Trusted Saskatoon printer ink and toner suppliers- check out their listing for more rave reviews! 


Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are Trusted Saskatoon Printer ink and toner suppliers

The Trusted team are thrilled to welcome Prairie Laser Ink and Toner Supply Inc, our newest partner to the Trusted Saskatoon directory of excellence!  Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are Trusted Saskatoon Printer Ink & toner suppliers  and you can find them in our Saskatoon Computer Category.



Prairies Laser Inc's Trusted story is a personal one for the Trusted Saskatoon team! Our quest to find a more cost effective supplier of ink and toner occurred over a year ago. We had  purchased a new brand named copier for our office. The copier was on sale and we were thrilled with he price. We thought we had such a top notch copier, however, it didn’t take long for us to realize why these copiers were so well priced.  We discovered when we went to replace our first toner cartridges that they were $110 each!  It was after our 3rd replacement that we began to looking at pricing online, seeking a better deal.  The typical big box stores who carry the brand cartridges were all around the same price, so little or no savings there. Then we stumbled upon Prairie Laser Ink and Toner in one of our searches. We were pleased to find that we could save 10% off any price quoted, plus this included delivery to our door!  

After our second order, Maya, the general manager suggested we might want to try a generic brand, which would take the cost even further down to $60.00 a cartridge (including delivery) Following her suggestion we purchased the generic brand and we have found there is no difference in the colour quality at all. A big thank you goes out to Maya and Anton for their superior service and after this we approached them to be part of TrustedSaskatoon.com as they embody EXACTLY the kind of company we promote!  They passed our verification process with flying colours and we know they are going to be great hit with Saskatoon! 

 

Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are a locally owned and operated family run business in Saskatoon and they also service Regina.   Owner/operator Anton Schouten and his daughter Maya Schouten have been running the business for over 16 years now.   They are truly your printer, inkjet cartridge and laser jet toner guru’s in Saskatoon! They have the ability of accessing each and every brand of ink and toner available and if they don’t have your brand when you ask, they will have it for you the next day! They will deliver directly to your business (within one day) and also deliver to home based businesses.

We have to say, not only are they an exceptional business within this city, they are also a delight to deal with as their warm and friendly manner certainly shines through upon your first meeting. 

Prairie Laser Ink and Toner are your Trusted Saskatoon printer ink and toner suppliers- check out their listing for more rave reviews! 


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