Keeping Up to Speed in IT on #TechThursdays Featuring Nick Paras

On today’s bi-monthly feature #TechThursday, Jamie and Nick Paras discussed new car technology. Inspired by Nick’s recent auto accident which retired his Chrysler 300, he moved on to a Cadillac XTS which was five years newer and loaded with many more features. Improved voice recognition, navigation and weather alerts were just some of the features that were discussed as well as driver awareness and assistance features that work to eliminate driver error.

In our last blog piece and segment, we discussed how the digital world opened many doors but closed others. This digital trend is a component of the overall advancement in technology that has grown at exorbitant rates in the past 20 years and has set into gear many new industries. Nick and his firm, Alpha Computing Solutions, has been on the forefront of the advances in technology over the past 20 years and his firm is an industry leader in IT solutions in the Tampa Bay area and provides IT services to Jamie and his team. Whether it is email or networking or infrastructure needs, get in touch with Nick and his team at or phone at 813-839-7671 X 100.

With the New Year in full swing too, Nick recommends the following New Year tips to get your IT environment up to speed!

  • Update all Your passwords
    1. If 2016 taught us anything, it’s that security and data infringement threats are at an all-time high.
    2. Most people don’t bother to change their passwords until after they have been hacked, which beats the purpose.
    3. Now is the right time to change your passwords. The longer your password is, the better.
    4. For added security, use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Clean up your hard drive
    1. Get rid of any files you no longer need.
    2. Not only will this step reduce the number of files you store on your computer, but it will also make finding needed files much easier.
    3. It will also free up your storage space.
    4. If you’re not sure whether you need a file or not, archive it so that you can access it at a later time, if the need arises.
  • Reorganize your file structure
    1. Most users do not save their files in an organized way
    2. Invest some time creating a robust and intuitive file structure
    3. Doing this means you’ll spend less time in 2017 searching for documents
    4. Most of the time you know are there somewhere but just can’t seem to find.
  • Ditch the applications you no longer use
    1. You may have downloaded a whole host of applications that you never use or that have since been replaced by better versions.
    2. Uninstall any programs you are not using to free up space and remove clutter your computer or mobile device.
    3. Many programs sit idly in the background robbing your system of valuable resources.
  • Check that your software is up to date
    1. The start of the year is a great time to make sure all the applications and software programs that you use are fully up to date.
    2. Protecting your security by ensuring you have the latest secure versions of an app is key
    3. Another reason for updating your software is to help make sure you are not missing out on any great new features.


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