Author - Rich Werk

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IT Security – Survey Says A Third of SMBs Ready

A new report put out by webroot, in partnership with wakefield research, shows that small to medium businesses are not prepared to tackle their own it security. The report states that the IT security issues plaguing most SMBs are:LIMITED MANPOWER. Many small to medium business have a limited IT department at best. This spreads what IT team you may have too thin. It also doesn’t allow for proper attention to every aspect of security. In today’s world of ever-evolving security attacks, this [...]

YouTube DOWN – Not Working for Thousands of Streamers

YouTube is down for thousands and it seems that it is rolling through other parts of the country….Here in Southwest Florida. It just went down at 9:38am and has been down during the writing of this article. We will keep you posted on the outcome. But we are sure it will be resolved in a few minutes. Independent website Down Detector, which measures social mentions around a certain topic to track outages across the globe, shows problems throughout the UK [...]

Cryptowall – A new threat for 2017

CryptoWall 4.0 hitting Southwest Florida hardWhile we’ve been hard at work servicing the IT needs of Southwest Florida (and redesigning the website), hackers have been hard at work. Around mid December, a new threat was released that’s been creating havoc for anyone who catches it. This piece of malware is called CryptoWall 4.0. It’s the newest update to a particularly nasty trojan — a class of malware that convinces the user to download and run it. CryptoWall is part of [...]

Three ways to speed up your computer

We get several calls every week that someone’s computer is running slowly.  Usually, there’s a few things that we do that aren’t difficult for any end user to do.  In fact, some need the end user to do them because we can’t.  This article will cover some of the basic steps we take to speed up a computer; its not complete and if you don’t feel comfortable, always consult a professional. The first is universal: clean up your desktop.  If [...]

The Best Email Apps for your Smartphone

For a lot of us, our smartphone is our main interface for checking emails, but the mail app that comes with our phones is not often the best to deliver the features that we need. Luckily for us, there is plenty of alternatives. Just recently, Google came out with an app that was meant to make managing Gmail easier. It is a very pretty looking app but Inbox has yet to find flavor with all of its users. I have created [...]

From Werk’s Desk: Have you heard of our new gizmo and gadgets?

Have you heard of our new gizmo and gadgets? Good day everyone! I hope you all are having a fabulous day as I am. Today, I would love to share with you the new gizmo and gadgets we have here at Computers That Werk and how it is helping our customers. Bomgar Remote Support Assistance This year we have added Bomgar into our line of remote support assistance. We have always had remote support software in order to help all of our [...]

Using the barnacle SEO method to prove local community awareness

Once again, the Mozzers strike with great SEO information. This time it’s how to improve your local ranking by using the “Barnacle SEO Method”. We will let Miriam Ellis explain it from her post over at Moz.‘Barnacle SEO’ was a term first popularized by Will Scott in 2011 to describe the process of attaching your business to existing high-ranking entities (like major directories) and then promoting them as a means of dominating search engine results for desired terms. Today, we’re going [...]

Common PPC mistakes and how to avoid them

I was once asked to list my favorite PPC mistakes. To me, this seemed like a contradiction in terms; I don’t hold any of the mistakes I’ve made in particularly high regard. Perhaps a better phrase to use would have been common PPC mistakes. Because mistakes, no matter how hard we try, are common. We’re all human and therefore capable of human error. And the world of PPC is rapidly evolving with new, ever more sophisticated features and updates. With [...]

The most effective way to improve site wide quality and rankings (most of the time)

Quality and relevance are different things, yet we often discuss them as if they were the same. SEOs have been optimizing for relevance all this time, but are now being asked to optimize for quality. This post will discuss what that means and how to do it, with a focus on what I believe to be the single most effective and scaleable tactic for improving your site’s overall level of quality in most situations.QUALITY INDICATORSTACTICS (HOW TO OPTIMIZE FOR [...]

Why content marketing’s future depends on shorter content and less content

Steve Rayson’s latest BuzzSumo article is provocative, interesting and well-written. But I do hope he’s wrong when he says the future will be about more content, not less. He shares why he thinks content marketing brands will begin producing more content in the days ahead, and how they’ll likely be successful by doing so. Upon reading the piece, I did a facepalm. I was reminded of a conversation I had a few years back, when I walked into the break [...]