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Introducing New and Improved Monthly Reports

Houk Consulting clients receive a report at the start of each month that details crucial information about your IT infrastructure. We're excited to announce that we've recently revamped these reports to make them even better for you.

In addition to a cleaner visual look, the new reports from N-Central have some other benefits.

Understanding the Different Types of USB Cables and Ports

USB (Universal Serial Bus) is the standard for connecting all sorts of devices today. But the universal in its name can be a bit misleading, as there are many different types of USB connectors and a few different standards.

Let's discuss the various iterations of USB so you know what type of connection to expect with what devices.

Why a Computer Warranty Is Important

It might seem like computer warranties aren't worth the extra cost. You might figure that given the cost of a premium new machine, the chance of something going wrong is low. But every computer fails eventually---almost always at the least convenient moment.

Why We Should Embrace the Subscription Model

Over the past decade, we've seen a shift in the payment model for software. For a long time, software was commonly offered for a one-time fee. But now, led by the rise of mobile applications, more software uses a subscription-based model.

While you might not initially think this is such a great idea, it has a lot of benefits to consider.

9 Vital Security Practices for Everyone

Digital security is paramount for both businesses and individuals. Today we have more personal information online than ever, with increasingly dangerous digital threats popping up all the time.

If you want to fortify your digital security, we have several tips to help you.

Announcement: Don’s Talk on Protection from Digital Threats

Is your company's cyber security strong enough to shield you from today's sophisticated attacks? Could you be at risk for a disaster in your business or personal life? Learn how to protect yourself and your company from digital threats.

On Saturday October 13, 2018, Houk Consulting President Don Houk will speak at the District 13 Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Symposium event in Erie, PA on the topic of cyber security.

What You Should Know About the Magecart Attacks

You're probably aware of credit card skimming, when attackers modify a physical card scanner to steal the details of anyone who uses it. But did you know that online card skimming is a threat too?

Recently, a particular type of this attack, titled Magecart, has become much more prevalent.

15 Common Security Terms Everyone Should Know

We've written before about how important security is in today's online world, like how password security is not optional and some browser dangers to know about.

But there are a lot of potentially confusing terms that float around. Let's define some of the most common and important security terms everyone should be familiar with.

5 Default Windows 10 Apps Worth Trying

Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft added a new kind of program to Windows. Originally named "Modern Apps" (known as Store apps now), these share similarities with smartphone apps.

Not only are they touch-friendly for users with those devices, but they're often decidedly more simple than standard desktop programs.