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Kramer Consulting has been serving the Crestwood area since 1995, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How To: Switch from Google Maps to Apple Maps

Each mapping app has different features, cult followers and defining strengths. This article gives you a great step-by-step of switching from one app to the other when the situation calls for it. Technology that works for you right when you need it! 

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Happiness is Working with Great People

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Over the weekend we had our team together to reflect on some amazing company growth, chow down on some food together, watch the kids in the bounce house, and throw a few frisbees around. We are extremely blessed with the talented group of individuals that make for our incredible team at KCI. 

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We are also thrilled to recognize all the hard work and dedication of, Mary Anne Fitzgerald, our employee of the quarter! Way to go Mary Anne and thank you for all the long hours and the commitment to serve our clients. 

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Happiness is working with great people! 

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10 things that Make a Great Boss

We are constantly listening to feedback from great research on what makes for a great boss. Google spent 10 years of study and then shared 10 things that make a great boss. 

Productive.

Results-oriented.

Good Coach. 

And many more made the list. Check it out here to assess your culture and your own personal leadership style. 

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How-to: Join the 5 percent in control of their data

Protecting  your data is an important conversation going on right now. You are likely to be finding tons of emails updating you on various company's privacy policies. How many people actually spend time reading that stuff? Tech giants like Facebook and Amazon believe only about 5 percent actually update or respond to privacy update emails. 

The attached article does a great job of explaining simple steps you can take to protect your data and what privacy settings you should update. Geoffrey A. Fowler says, "On the internet, the devil's in the defaults." 

Take control of your data and don't fall into the 95 percent crowd not taking time to make small changes. You can read more tips and all the details of leaving default settings far behind you in this Washington Post article. 

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Blue Screen of Death issues

Microsoft issued a new build instead of fixing the bug with the latest Windows Update. It's referred to as the Blue Screen of Death and the blocking bug could cause delay now until May. You can learn more from The Verge article linked here

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How to Create a Secure Password

Lifehacker posted a great article on a few password creation ideas along with tips on how to use password managing programs. You can learn more here and tighten up some of your password security. 

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Bill Gates gives out a warning

In an interview and annual letter both Bill Gates spoke in a warning tone to tech companies. Gates warns tech companies that a government crackdown may be in the future. You can read more in this GeekWire article. 

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Intel creates a Fix for it's Fix

January has been full of Intel and the meltdown that's affecting many PCs. As time has gone on, the patch created to solve problems has led to further issues. More to come and further solutions in this Gizmodo article

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The Meltdown Flaw

Researchers have discovered a massive flaw that may affect the majority of personal computers made in the last 20 years. Wild isn't it? Microsoft and many others are currently rolling out updates to address the flaw that affects processor expoits which can steal passwords and other critical data. Stay tuned as further alerts come out and you can read more of the discovery in this Vox article. 

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Hackers broke in for over 8 months

2017 had so many data breaches it was hard to keep up with each of them. Recently CNET announced that Forever 21's payment system had hackers getting in for over half the year. A statement was released and more details can be read here. 

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Seat-Belt Moment coming for Software

As regulation grows in the IT world we will be seeing new standards put into place for software in 2018. Venture Beat shared some of what you can anticipate in this article. 

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The Biggest Technology Failures of 2017

As we kick off a new year it's great to look back at the previous year in both succeses and failures. MIT published this article highlighting the biggest technology failures of 2017, check it out here. 

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7 1/2 Reasons to be excited about Tech in 2018

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As we close out one year and anticipate the next, there are many exciting things around the corner. You can find some fun things to look forward to in this Bloomberg article. 

Photo: Bloomberg article 

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Renegade Vacuum, What's the fear?

As we dive deeper into the Internet of Things more concerns arise with security and home hacks. This article gives you precautions to consider in home purchases.  Devices that are insecure by design and function could be building future headaches. Check out more by clicking here for the IT World article. 

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Growing Business in Louisville

We are ready to meet and mingle with the other Fast 50 honorees with Business First. Congratulations to all the other Fast 50 honorees seeing growth in Louisville. We are blessed to live and serve in such a connected community that supports one another! 

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/event/156922/2017/fast-50

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What to do if you've been hacked

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PC Magazine released a great article full of practical actions including;

How to know IF you've been hacked, what to DO if you have been hacked, and how to PREVENT it from happening again.

You can stock up on the education by connecting to the article here. Let us know how we can help you through the crisis. 

 

Photo from PC Mag.com 

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How can we simplify your work life?

As trusted advisors it is our goal to keep your work life as simple as possible. We are celebrating the support we could provide this client in our recent customer survey:

 

Great experience! My work life is so much simpler now! Thanks again!

 

What can KCI do for you and your company? 

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Verizon leak...

The Verizon leak is popping up in conversations everywhere.If you are a Verizon customer and used their customer service in the last 6 months you should change your PIN immediately. You can find more details of what happened and the affect by CLICKING HERE. 

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Not a fan of Twitter's redesign? Update it here

If you don't like the new look on Twitter there is a Chrome extension to take it to the previous design. You can learn more here

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2017 Best Places to Work in Greater Louisville

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We are thrilled and honored to celebrate our 2nd year in a row as Best Places to Work in Greater Louisville. Business First shared the honoree list June 5th, you can see the entire list here. 

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