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XFER has been serving the Livonia area since 1994, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Explaining the Cookies Pop-Up You See on Many Websites

Explaining the Cookies Pop-Up You See on Many Websites

When someone mentions cookies, people usually think of delicious treats like gingersnaps, snowballs, or the world famous chocolate chip. But what about browser cookies? While they may not be tasty, they certainly deserve your attention. You've likely encountered website popups asking for cookie permissions, and understanding what you're agreeing to is crucial. In today’s blog, we'll explain what browser cookies are, how they work, and why they are sometimes more beneficial than the sweet kind..

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How Man-in-the-Middle Attacks Work

How Man-in-the-Middle Attacks Work

Cybersecurity attacks happen when you least expect it, and data is often more susceptible to a cyberattack while it’s moving from one individual to another. This is what is commonly known as a man-in-the-middle attack, or MitM. Essentially, data gets intercepted while it’s in transit—but what can you really do to stop it? Let’s find out.

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What’s the Next Big Technological Leap Forward?

What’s the Next Big Technological Leap Forward?

Technology is one part of today’s business world that is known for its rapid rate of growth and innovation. In times when the future is uncertain, you can know with certainty that technology will continue to grow and address the pain points of tomorrow’s companies. That said, let’s take a look back to the past and see if we can make some educated guesses as to what the future holds.

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The IIoT and How It Is Transforming Large-Scale Industry

The IIoT and How It Is Transforming Large-Scale Industry

Businesses have been starting to embrace the Internet of Things (IoT) for quite some time now as they can see the benefit of using devices to streamline parts of their business processes that may not be actively engaging. There is another growing trend in the space that is more sophisticated and could be one of the most transformative technologies in the near future, this is the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This month, we discuss what the IIoT is and how it can be used by certain companies to massive benefit. 

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Ask a Tech: FAQs on Bandwidth

Ask a Tech: FAQs on Bandwidth

The word “bandwidth” is thrown around a lot in business technology, but what does it really mean? Today, we wanted to cover some of the frequently asked questions business owners have about network bandwidth and what it specifically means for business technology infrastructures and data management as a whole.

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Discussing the Modern Search Engine, Part 2

Discussing the Modern Search Engine, Part 2

In our last article, we started to tell you about the search engine and outlined Google's complete predominance of the space. This time around, we will take a closer look at a couple of other search engines that you may or may not have heard of, and how they stack up to Google Search.

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Discussing the Modern Search Engine, Part 1

Discussing the Modern Search Engine, Part 1

Google is a tool that everyone uses to varying degrees, but the reality is that Google is but one search engine. There are others out there, and while they perform similar functions, there is a reason why Google is synonymous with web browsing. Let’s take a look at why Google is so popular, as well as how it works to give you the best search results.

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What’s Messing with Your Wi-Fi? A Few Things May be Responsible

What’s Messing with Your Wi-Fi? A Few Things May be Responsible

Wireless connectivity is a staple in modern business, which makes it all the more frustrating when you experience challenges connecting your devices to your business’ Wi-Fi. To help remedy this, we’ve composed a brief list of possible fixes to your Wi-Fi worries.

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What Are Browser Cookies, Anyways?

What Are Browser Cookies, Anyways?

What do a bakery and a web browser have in common? Both have cookies—but, what are browser cookies, and what do they do? Let’s take a few moments to explore the concept of the browser cookie and what their function is.

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What is It that Impacts the Quality of Your Internet Connection?

What is It that Impacts the Quality of Your Internet Connection?

For something as fundamental to a business’ processes as its Internet connectivity, it can be challenging to determine how reliable and fast your Internet connection is. We wanted to review the different factors that would impact the connectivity that your business gets.

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Is Wi-Fi Fast Enough to Support Your Business?

Is Wi-Fi Fast Enough to Support Your Business?

It hasn’t been too long since connectivity required an actual physical connection between the connecting endpoints, making a wired connection the de-facto option for businesses. However, now that wireless connectivity is so widely available, businesses now have a choice… but which is the better option? Let’s compare some of the pros of each to make the answer a little clearer.

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Tip of the Week: Placing Your Router in the Ideal Spot

Tip of the Week: Placing Your Router in the Ideal Spot

Whether in the home or office, getting work done nowadays is very reliant on a reliable Wi-Fi signal. This makes it important to have your router placed in the right spot. Let's go over a few best practices so that you can set up your router in a place where it does you the most good.

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Browser Privacy Settings that You Should Know

Browser Privacy Settings that You Should Know

You’d be hard-pressed to find a business that doesn’t rely on the Internet in some way, and everyone uses web browsers as a method of interfacing with the Internet. These browsers, however, are not necessarily the most secure applications by default. With some adjustments to the features, you too can optimize security and privacy when using your preferred web browser.

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The Correct Wi-Fi Setup Can Really Enhance Your Business

The Correct Wi-Fi Setup Can Really Enhance Your Business

Just about all modern businesses rely on the Internet—especially the wireless kind—for at least part of their day-to-day operations. This means that there is a direct correlation between the strength and speed of their connection and the amount of productivity they can experience as a result of this connection. As your business grows, it is incredibly important to think about your Wi-Fi setup and how you can support its continued growth. Let’s go over the process for properly scaling your wireless network to accommodate its growth.

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What the Recent Internet Outage Tells Us About Its Potential Vulnerability

What the Recent Internet Outage Tells Us About Its Potential Vulnerability

Over the week of June 14, a lot of applications and websites experienced outages, creating problems for many companies until it was resolved. Not only did these outages create business continuity issues, they’ve also exposed just how vulnerable the Internet is to these kinds of issues. Let’s take a look at what happened.

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Look How Much the Internet has Changed

Look How Much the Internet has Changed

When the Internet was established, it was a marvel. Now people could move information across the world in a matter of seconds. This is why the term “world wide web” was coined. Nowadays, there are literally billions of users on the Internet and the rules have had to be changed. This has some online services in conflict with government regulations and has an impact on how users are able to use the Internet. Let’s look at a couple of examples. 

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Examining the FCC’s Efforts to Fix Internet Access in the US

Examining the FCC’s Efforts to Fix Internet Access in the US

Internet connectivity is an increasingly important component to a business’ capabilities in this day and age, as well as all the more crucial to an individual’s everyday life. However, with financial difficulties restricting this access for many, the Federal Communications Commission has stepped in. With a $50 subsidy being made available to low-income homes each month, this situation warrants a closer look.

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Net Neutrality and the Digital Future

Net Neutrality and the Digital Future

In the United States, the political atmosphere in 2020 was extremely testy and one element that we typically keep our eyes on is the net neutrality rules that seem to change every few years or so. Today, we thought we’d revisit the issue and tell you what to expect over the first few months of the new administration. 

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Tip of the Week: Making Use of Chrome Actions

Tip of the Week: Making Use of Chrome Actions

As the most common Internet browser, Google Chrome is in a position where they always need to be coming up with new draws to maintain their hold on the market. Their latest efforts may help them to do so. Let’s take a moment and examine what Chrome is implementing, and how you can use it to your advantage.

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CAPTCHA and Its Many Challenges

CAPTCHA and Its Many Challenges

We’re all familiar to some degree with the security measure known as CAPTCHA. You know the one—you usually see it when filling out forms or logging into sites online, where you have to prove that you’re a human being by identifying which of a variety of images fit a certain description. You may have noticed that these tests have gotten far more difficult over time. This is because, predictably, computers are getting better at beating them.

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