Internet Safety

As a business, we offer several services to other businesses and customers in the realm of the IT world, but as a person we also want to offer our assistance and knowledge to people on more of a friendship level. While we can protect your systems, assist with data recovery, and design your network, we also want to help keep you safe. With advances in technology, also come advances in ha...


Meet Olive Branch I.T.

When it comes to Information Technology, and Technical Support, the staff at Olive Branch I.T . has got you covered. Serving the greater Brevard County, to include but not be limited to; Melbourne, Palm Bay, and Cocoa Beach, we understand that the backbone of any corporation is the information technology it relies on every day, in order to keep its business up and running. With a vast amount of...


What can Olive Branch I.T. do for YOU?

We dont just call ourselves experts for fun. We ARE experts, and being experts, we understand not only how crucial information technology is for your business, but we understand the ins-and-outs of that information technology, from how its set up physically, to how it functions daily for you and your employees. In the event that your system crashes, we are here. But, we consider ourselves to be...


Meet our Owner

With all of the advancement in techonology, and anonymity of web relationships, we at Olive Branch I.T.want you to know not only that you are ingood hands, but also exactlywhosehands you're in! Let us introduce you to the man behind the "mask" if you will, (mask of the computer that is).... Mr. Jason Daniels!...


Fees

One of the biggest concerns both consumers and businesses seem to have is "how much will this cost me", followed closely by "what exactly am I paying for?". The unknown can be a terrifying thought, especially when it comes to your budget and your finances, and at Olive Branch I.T.we understand that our customers have an expectation for both reliable services as w...


Runaway Country!

The month of March is upon us, and in the world of Olive Branch I.T., that screams one thing; "Runaway Country!". That's right friends, the 5th annual Runaway Country Music Festivalis scheduled to take place March 20th-22nd along the beaches and lakes of Melbourne's Wickham Park; I-95 to exit 180 or 188, 12 miles south of Cocoa Bea...


Back that thing up...!

You may or may not be familiar with Juvenile's hit song "Back that thing up", but one of the lines in the chorus goes a little something like... "Girl you look good won't you back that thing up".. While he may mean it in another context, it totally applies to the "technological world" and just how important, and appealing "backing things up" is. So, with that said, let's talk "backups"....


You got 99 problems....

Do you find yourself saying Ive got 99 problems, but a computer aint one? Probably not, because honestly we are pretty sure everyone has some sort of issue with their computer at some point- and thanks to the new age addiction to smart phones and social media, the frustration and anger that amounts from not being able to connect or reload can paint a VERY ugly picture for people. But, h...


Tales of the CryptoLocker

Sounds like a cheesy movie on the Thriller Channel huh? "Tales of the CryptoLocker"... Sadly, it's far more seriousandfar more frightening in real life.. The CryptoLocker was actually a ransomware trojan, which was targeting computers that were running Microsoft Windows- and was believed to have first posted to the Internet...


Troubleshooters: Fairy Godmothers (well, Godfathers)

Youre very welcome. No, please, dont be embarrassed, this is OUR specialty, not yours. No, putting your fist through the screen probably wont help this. Lets slow down and start at the beginning. If we were playing the game show Jeopardy, we would win the category with the question: What are things said to clients by a troubleshooter?...


Planning the Network...

Lets chat Network Planning. What is it, you ask? Well, its a process that encompasses topological design, network-synthesis, and network realization, and is aimed at ensuring that a new telecommunications network or service meets the needs of the subscriber and operator. Luckily, the process can be tailored according to each new network or service, which means WE tailor it specifically to YOU! ...


System Security

Dark alleys alone at night, Mother-in-laws that arent quite there in the head, and computer hackers with too much free time All of those things? One word: Frightening. While we cant exactly help you with the dark alley situation (except maybe to tell you to stay away) and the mother-in-law thing? Theres no escaping that one, but hackers? Weve got your back. Let me introduce you to a lit...


Cleaning your computer, on the outside

We talk a lot about internal factors of IT systems, and how to manage them, but lets focus on the outer area if you will- the actual computer screen! Dust, dirty fingers (maybe little sticky fingers?) and right now POLLEN?!? All of those things could be making a nice layer on your monitor, and lets be honest- it shouldnt be overlooked when it comes to spring cleaning! But What products can you ...


Crystal Ball or Crystal Reports?

Do you ever feel like you need a Crystal Ball to analyze and understand your business data? Well, we cant give you a crystal ball but maybe what you really need are Crystal Reports. At Olive Branch IT, we can help you and your employees make sense of your data and present it efficiently using Crystal Reports. You may be wondering, What are these mythical and powerful Crystal Reports of which yo...


Disaster Recovery

When doomsday for your computer hits, having a plan is crucial for getting your systems back up and running, with minimal downtime, and little to no loss. Most people find their plan happens as a reactive state of mind, but being proactive with your agenda can create a huge monetary and functional difference for your business. 
What exactly is a Disaster Recovery Plan? For your business...


Outlaws in the New Frontier

When is the last time you Googled for a cute or engaging image to use to encourage engagement on your businesss Facebook or Twitter accounts? Have you created a video or Flipagram lately and added an awesome song to set the mood and convey the right message? How about that darling GIF of the kitten just Hanging In There. Odds are, if you have done these things without some serious preplanning a...


But... What's a virus?

Youve heard the term, you know its bad, but beyond that, you arent quite sure exactly what a virus on your computer is and how {badly} it affects your computer. Or? Your life. As defined by Wikipedia, a computer virus is a malware program that, when executed, replicates by inserting copies of itself (possibly modified) into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector o...


Is it a virus?

You know when you start to feel a little under the weather and show symptoms of the onset of a cold with maybe a runny nose, slight fever, and overall tired feeling? Those symptoms show you that your body has been exposed to something, and it clues you in to start taking proper steps towards recovery, whether it be rest and hydration, or antibiotics prescribed by a doctor. Much like a v...


The 411 on Internet Slang

Weve touched before about the topic of internet safety, and some tips on how to keep yourself and your children safe while online, but what about decoding what they are doing on online, and having insight in to what theyre REALLY saying to their friends? You may be routinely checking their messages and inbox, but if you dont know what you are looking at, then its honestly no better than not che...


You down with VoIP? Ya you know me!

If you have a business that currently uses VoIP, than you probably (hopefully) know what that is. But, if you dont currently use it, or you see the acronyms floating around on paperwork in your office, then today is your lucky day, because WE are going to help YOU better understand exactly what it is. And then? You dont have to worry about it again, because we can also provide support for your ...


Did you know?

Did you know There are more efficient ways to search something, than using Google or just basic text box followed by search. Like? Specific terms, the minus sign, and capitalizing. Want to know more? http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10-things/10-tips-for-smarter-more-efficient-internet-searching/ You can open links in new windows while browsing a website to broaden your intake o...


Control Alt Delete

Do you remember when computers first become accessible and how excited you were to get your own? By own, I mean one- for the entire family. The waiting for dial up connection? No biggie. Playing Solitaire and Minecraft? An amazing way to waste time. And when all else failed and the computer froze? Pressing Control Alt Delete. Boom. Now though? With the internet connected immediately, di...


Is it safe?

Weve discussed a great deal about viruses, computer hackers, and staying safe on the internet, but one thing we havent touched on is how to know if something is safe to download. Have you ever tried to open an article or a video, and were told you needed to download Adobe to do so? The multiple screens that pop up and ask you to ok things can be a little overwhelming, and cause panic and fear t...


Upgrade Your Windows Program, For FREE!

Exciting news if you are an avid Windows lover, and even more exciting news if you already have Windows 7 or higher! It seems Windows 10 will become available on July 29th, 2015, and even better? Its FREE! According to their executive vice president, Windows 10 is a new generation of Windows designed to empower you to do great things. Sounds pretty exciting huh? It will be bringin...


Your connection is lost!

I just love sitting down at my computer to begin a full days work, only to find that my internet connection isnt quite well connected. - Said NO ONE EVER.Its no lie the world has come to be dependent on the internet for pretty much everything; how-tos, directions, and even talking to other people (a phone call? Whats that?) So when our life-line goes down, we start to panic. When a compan...


Cost of a slow network?

How much could a slow network REALY be costing you? Our research has led us to the following statistical information, that may or may not directly reflect your current business standings, but can give you an idea of just how costly an inefficient system can truly be! So, imagine this: *If youre sitting in front of a laptop or desktop that is running exceedingly slow, and youre wondering...


It's happening all around us...

LAST MONTH, UNITED Airlines grounded nearly 5,000 flights when its computer system crashed. The culprit: a faulty network router. Later on the same morning, another computer glitch halted trading on the New York Stock Exchange for over three hours. Some saw the sinister hand of a hacker in these outages, but they are far more likely to be a coincidence, an intrinsic feature of the sy...


Keeping Your E-Mail A Priority

Youve Got Mail anyone born before 1995 probably remembers those exciting words from the AOL email program that was considered ultra new tech for the masses of regular folks at the time. (There was also a particularly sweet Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie of that title, but we digress.) Now e-mail or electronic mail is such a prevalent part of life, some younger people may not even realize how muc...


How Smart Is Your Smart Phone

Its amazing how dependent a society can become on gadget that a decade ago they probably wouldnt even have believed would exist, yet here we are- the generation that cant get their head out of their apps. And relies far too heavily on a pocket computer and a stranger named Siri that I must say has quite the sense of humor. Have you ever forgotten your smart phone at home or at work? ...


Could your system be outdated?

With technology evolving almost every day, the chances of your system being outdated are pretty high- however while there may only be a slight increase in accuracy or speed when comparing day-to-day stats, if its been a significant amount of time since youve done anything about updating, you might be falling drastically behind the power curve. What does that mean to you? It could mean a variet...


Popular Online?

Its no surprise that most people rely on the web for almost all of their daily needs. Whether its directions, recipes, status updates, or entertainment- the World Wide Web is Americas best friend. But, have you ever wondered what the most frequented sights visited are? Could it be Yahoo for mail, Google for searches, or maybe even YouTube for online video obsessions? Well, we are here to answe...


Ready for the new iPhone?

Are you the type of person who just has to have each new iPhone when they come out? Well it so, you arent alone! It seems as always, the iPhone 6s release was just as bit as any other release, and the anticipation was just as exciting! But, with a new iPhone coming out every year, what possibly could be getting better? In my opinion, it seems like the phones are getting bigger and the iPads are...


Firewalls and You

You see the term firewall pop up on your home screen from time to time, or maybe you hear it casually mentioned in a conversation regarding computer security, but do you know exactly what a firewall is or what it does? Or what about the importance of it? In a nutshell, a firewall is a security system for your network, that controls what you allow in and out of your network traffic ba...


You found us!

Are you new to Olive Branch? Maybe you happened to stumble upon our website through a search for advise on tech issues of network security? Well, while you are here, let us tell you a little bit about who we are, what we do, and how we can benefit you! (Didnt know you get poets in your search did you?) Clearly, we are...


Back to Basics

Lets get back to basics, and start from the beginning with what may be the most generic, widespread question when people see Olive Branch I.T.; What is I.T.? Well, I.T., or Information Technology, is the application of computers and telecommunications equipment to store, retrieve, transmit and manipulate data,[1] often in the context of a business or other enterprise. The term is com...


Internal Affairs

Weve spent a lot of time warning about potential risks to your computer system and data, from natural disasters to hackers holding your information hostage. But, while all of those external threats are to be taken serious and prepared for properly, did you realize that you are also at an even greater risk for an internal hack? Whether it be a bored employee, an angry recently let go individual...


Security

You put a passcode on your iPhone, you install an alarm system in your house, so why wouldnt you secure your data in a computer? According to Wikipedia, Computer security, also known as cybersecurity or IT security, is the protection of information systems from theft or damage to the hardware, the software, and to the information on them, as well as from disruption or misdirection o...


The Hacktivist

Do you see the name hacktivist filling up your newsfeeds on social media? While this catchy play on word (hacker + activist) sounds intriguing, the reality behind this movement is a bit eye opening. While the incidents seem to be taking place in Alabama, the effect is spreading world wide. The hacktivist group Anonymous has begun publishing personal details of members of the Ku Klux Klan, incl...


Great Alone, But Better Together; System Integrations

When you hear the term system integration, what comes to mind? If you are an engineer, you might think of it as the process of bringing together component subsystems into one system, while ensuring that the subsystems are able to correctly function together. When it applies to information systems (or computer systems) it follows the same principle though its linking together different computer...


The Return of the Hack Attack!

The term hacker seems to be used so often nowadays, that sometimes people forget to give attention and rightful concern to what the true meaning of the word entails, especially when it has to do with a business and the data it prefers (and promises) to keep confidential. While an amateur hacker may do things such as post inappropriate things to your social media account, or share per...


Black Friday "Steals"

First of all, the staff at Olive Branch I.T. would like to wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving! We know we have an abundance of things we are grateful for, and a thriving company with dedicated customers and a staff that we consider family are just a few of the items on our list! With that said, as we would warn our family, we want to extend a warning to you all on this eve of Bl...


2016 Cyber Threat Watch

Its hard to believe the year is coming to an end, with Christmas only days away, 2015 is on its way out and 2016 will be here before you know it. With the new year, comes a new batch of cyber threatsto watch out for. Each year before, a list of the top 5 cyber threats that we faced was released, with 2014 bringing us back to...