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Tech providers look back at 2017 — and ahead to 2018

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Smart ways to win the war against ransomware

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Ransomware attacks have dominated the news this year, particularly the Petya and WannaCry attacks of a few months ago.

As tech providers who serve the SMB market, your customers are particularly at risk, as we’ve documented here on Tech Provider Zone time and again.

The problems are obvious: Valuable data is at risk, and it can cost thousands of dollars to get it back.

Fight back

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Win10 Fall Creators Update: one tech provider’s perspective

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Virtual reality: real, spectacular — and hot

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Solution providers serving the SMB audience need to keep both eyes on virtual reality. The technology and commensurate partnerships are changing rapidly.

Industry watcher Gartner predicts that by 2019 — that’s less than 2 years away — 1 in 5 large enterprises will have evaluated and adopted augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) solutions.

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Ransomware: a $301 million problem for your SMB clients

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Disaster-recovery advice from a Hurricane Harvey solution provider

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XChange 2017: When it comes to tech trends, do you lead or follow?

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Game on! Intel pushes Optane memory for gaming PCs

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Do you build gaming systems, offer services to gaming customers, or offer other types of high-performance systems such as PCs for video editing or VR? If so, then memory is important.

The more memory you include, and the faster that memory is, the better. Your gaming PC will be able to quickly access files and run multiple instructions simultaneously without lagging. More memory, and faster memory, leads to a better gaming experience.

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Looking for new markets? Follow the money

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It’s a hot summer afternoon. The air conditioning is working overtime, and so are you.

The difference is, the AC knows what its customers need: cool air. You, on the other hand, aren’t so sure.

We're here to help, with an assist by IDC. The market watcher recently published its latest Worldwide Semiannual IT Spending Guide. The report offers a detailed look at which IT market segments are expected to grow — along with the segments you might worry about.

Here are some highlights:

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Malware attacks aren’t going away — but that doesn’t mean you should pay

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Six weeks ago, I wrote about the WannaCry ransomware attack and what you can do to help your clients protect themselves against, or recover from, similar malware attacks.

In that post, I listed 8 tips and suggestions to share with your clients. Many of them — including update your operating systems, back up your files, and install patches — remain valid.

But it’s becoming increasingly clear that my last suggestion — pay the penalty — is now a bad idea.

Why? I’ll explain in a minute. But first a little background.

Ransomware’s wide reach

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