It’s official! Studies on the Nest Learning Thermostat reveal savings of up to 15 percent in heating and cooling costs!

This February Nest Labs, Inc. released results from energy savings studies that revealed the Nest Learning Thermostat has saved customers around 10-12 percent in heating costs and 15 percent in cooling bills. These results come from three separate studies, and this marks the first large-scale research into the effects that a well-programmed smart thermostat can […]

Liberty Technology at The ASCII Group’s SMB Success Summit Tour!

February 18-19, The ASCII Group held the first stop in its 2015 IT SMB Success Summit tour in Miami. The summits are focused on bringing together managed service providers for educational seminars, industry presentations, ASCII member meetings, and networking opportunities. The event is largely educational, packed with thought leaders and speakers from various vendors and […]

Lenovo, Superfish and You

Between October 2014 and December 2014, Lenovo shipped some – but not all – computers with a piece of software called Superfish. Superfish installs a root certificate on the local computer. The root certificate can be used in place of normal certificates when browsing secure websites. Superfish was not included on ThinkPad series Laptops & Ultrabooks. This malicious software was […]

Liberty Technology is one of UGA’s Bulldog 100!

On the evening of Saturday, February the 7th a massive celebration began at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Hundreds of movers and shakers from all across the country filed in beneath the black and red banners of UGA’s 2015 “Bulldog 100” awards, and we at Liberty Technology were proud to find ourselves part […]

5 tips that will help you avoid HIPAA claims

  We’ve spoken about the potential costs of HIPAA violations in the past, and here at Liberty Technology we can help you avoid the big mistakes that could get your business into heavy fines or even worse. Did you know that there are many ways that you can start protecting your business from HIPAA penalties […]

Microsoft announces the end of support for Windows Server 2003; how to make your migration even easier.

Microsoft has announced the end of support for Windows Server 2003, and that means some adjustments will need to be made for any business currently using Windows Server 2003 as part of their infrastructure. After July 14, 2015 Microsoft will no longer be pushing out security updates for the 12 year old server environment, so […]

Solitaire: Friend to All, Productive to None.

Microsoft Solitaire, the king of free games. Maybe you should be doing something more productive you think as you pull another 10 to cover that Jack you put down fifteen minutes ago.  Available on the Windows operating system since Windows 3.0 back in 1990, Solitaire (or, as the Windows variant is sometimes known, Klondike) has […]

File Sharing and Mobility in the Workplace

File sharing and collaboration challenges continue to grow as employees work both in the office and on-the-go. Soonr and Liberty Technology can provide the security and data protection that your business requires, helping your team collaborate to get the job done from wherever you are. Unlike other file sharing solutions, Soonr Workplace is designed to […]

Soonr Desktop Enhancements

Product Update for Soonr! We wanted to let you know that there are new enhancements to Soonr Workplace desktop agents for both Windows and Macintosh. Soonr Workplace Desktop Agent version 5.0 offers two significant enhancements: Project Loader The Project Loader allows for Projects to be pre-populated with files that are available locally. This can significantly […]

Liberty After Hours & Tech Expo Review!

Liberty Technology hosts annual business after hours event in conjunction with the Griffin Chamber of Commerce and Toys for Tots Raffle drawings, live music, copious amounts of food and beverages, and an exclusive look at premier technology vendors at this year’s event, held on November 20, 2014.  #LAH2014 The night began with RSVP’d guests meeting […]

Noah’s Ark Case Study

About Noah’s Ark Noah’s Ark is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Animal Sanctuary dedicated to bringing children and animals together with the purpose of providing unconditional love, unconditional service and a future full of hope. Noah’s Ark has over 1,500 animals with 100 different species and it costs $33,000 per month to feed and care for the animals. […]

Need Marketing help? Look no further!

We now offer marketing services!   Kitchen Sink Marketing helps companies create a consistent brand across different media outlets. We use a marketing agency model approach, scaled down to meet the needs of our clients.  Anyone with a marketing budget can work with Kitchen Sink Marketing. Whether you realize it or not, you have a […]

A Look Back at Liberty Technology’s 2014

  In January 2014 Liberty Technology was named to Fifth Annual Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses “Liberty Technology, based in Griffin, was recognized as the No. 64 fastest growing business owned or operated by a University of Georgia graduate during the 2014 Bulldog 100 Celebration on January 25 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown […]

Cryptolocker Copycats Are Still Going Strong

  Cryptolocker has been around for a little more than a year now. For those of you who do not know, Cryptolocker encrypts your computer files and then holds then ransom for a number of Bitcoins. Bitcoins are not an easy thing to acquire. On top of that, you only have so long to pay […]

Liberty Technology goes Solar

Liberty Technology is continually striving to go green! Roofing and installation professionals are hard at work getting us ready for our new solar panels. Our new 39kw system is underway as we make one step forward towards energy independence. Why? The world needs more clean energy resources. Solar panels produce no greenhouse emissions, so they […]

Vendor Expo at Liberty Technology’s After Hours

On November 20, Liberty Technology will be hosting our After Hours and Technology Expo.  We are starting the event off with private consultations with different vendors.  This is a perfect opportunity for you to get the answers on how Liberty Technology and our partners can help you take your business to the next level. Over […]

Liberty Technology achieves Cisco Advanced Collaboration Partner Specialization

GRIFFIN, Ga– November 3, 2014– To support the expanding role of collaboration solutions that leverage the intelligence of the network, Liberty Technology announced today that it has achieved the Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization from Cisco. This specialization recognizes Liberty Technology as having fulfilled the training requirements to sell, design and deploy comprehensive Cisco Collaboration Architecture […]

Liberty Technology is now an Enterprise Level VMware Solution Provider

  Liberty Technology has announced that have been elevated to VMware Partner-Enterprise status, one of the highest partnership levels within the VMware Partner Network. Requirements for this status included VMware Sales Professional training and accreditation as well as VMware Technical Sales Professional and Certified Professional training. About VMware Partner Network VMware Partner Network is a comprehensive […]

McIntosh Trail CSB Case Study

  McIntosh Trail Community Service Board Video Testimonial   About the Project The McIntosh Trail Community Service Board is a public entity created by the Georgia legislature in 1993 to provide mental health, developmental disability and addictive disease services. Services are available to residents of Butts, Fayette, Henry, Lamar, Pike, Spalding and Upson counties. McIntosh […]

Liberty Technology Partners with AT&T

Griffin, GA, August 2014 – Liberty Technology is pleased to announce a partnership with AT&T. Liberty Technology has established a Platinum Level Partnership through the AT&T Partner Exchange. Liberty Technology is committed to partnering with the best-in-breed carriers and solutions in order to bring work-class operational capabilities to our clients. While most business owners have […]

Liberty Technology Recognized in CRN Next-Gen 250

Griffin, Georgia, August 8, 2014 – Liberty Technology announced today it has been named to the 2014 CRN Next-Gen 250 list. The annual list honors up-and-coming technology solution providers who have adapted their businesses in unique ways to meet market demands for emerging technologies such as unified communications, managed services, virtualization, and cloud computing. These […]

How to Clean Up a Virus-Infected PC

While there a number of ways to protect PCs from getting infected with malware, none of those are surefire. Unfortunately, any virus protection is only as good as yesterday’s viruses. So what do you do if you’re already infected? *The following steps are for a computer running Windows 7. Back it up, back it up […]

Online Music Services

A few weeks ago, Amazon announced a new music service that it provides to anyone that’s already a Prime member. More recently, Songza announced that it was merging with Google to create a bigger better music service. Now you may be reading this thinking, “Wait, there are other music services besides Pandora and Spotify?” Yes […]

Liberty Technology Employees Expand Their Knowledge

Over the past several weeks members of our team have traveled far and wide to conferences around the nation in order to bring back all the latest and greatest industry secrets. These IT conferences allow our team to learn more about our partners’ offerings to help expand their knowledge and make valuable connections with other […]

Browser Security

It’s no secret the internet can be a dangerous place. There is always new malware being deployed and there are always new people trying to get your sweet sweet data. But there are always updates to try and counteract those attacks.  If you pay attention to tech websites like this one or any news outlets, […]

Storm Season is Coming! Are you Backing Up?

Springtime means storm time and storm time means computer repair time. While the wind and rain may be eating away at your roof and the new coat of sealant on your deck, the lightning strikes are crying havoc on your electronics. Of course you’re a smart consumer, you don’t have your PC and other expensive […]

Liberty Technology has gone LED!

Liberty Technology has gone LED!  What does this advanced technology have to offer?  We evaluated our current spending and did our LED homework to discover how LED lights greatly outperform standard incandescent bulbs.  We have now replaced our fixture bulbs, desktop lamps, interior and exterior lighting and are already noticing a big difference. LED stands […]

Liberty Technology takes IT to the Next Level

Griffin, GA – Liberty Technology has recently experienced unprecedented growth, including increased job creation, two strategic mergers, the appointment of a new Director of Services and acquired several major new accounts. The company has received numerous awards of recognition this year, including:    2013 Inc. 5000 award for America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies    2014 […]

Let’s Stop Talking about “Backups”

Is your desktop backed up? Did you backup that server? Are your backups on a different machine? Do you have offsite backups? All good questions, all best practices. But let’s stop talking about “backups.” Doing a backup is too low a bar. Any experienced system administrator will tell you that they have a great backup […]

URGENT: Internet Explorer / Adobe Flash Player Security Flaw

Urgent message for Windows users: A security flaw which allows remote compromise of affected machines was detected in Microsoft Internet Explorer, specifically versions 9, 10 and 11. If you are currently using a Windows based computer and running Internet Explorer you may be vulnerable to this security flaw. You should immediately do the following: Download updates from Adobe […]

On-Site versus Off-Site Backups

A lot of business and home users debate on on-site vs. off-site backups. Both keep your data safe in case of software or hardware issues, but what do you need to know to decide which is right for you and your business? Things to think about when doing backups: What is being backed up and […]

Are you safe from the Heartbleed Bug?

By now, you have surely heard of the Heartbleed bug that has caused recent disruptions to the internet.  The bug has caused massive security threats and has affected many websites that you likely use every day. While Liberty Technology’s services are not affected, we recommend that your personal passwords are changed. Read more about who […]

Windows XP End of Line Q&A

On April 8th 2014, Microsoft will discontinue support for Windows XP. Liberty Technology has been informing its customers for some time that the deadline was approaching but now that we are close to this date, we want to provide some pertinent and timely information that will enable our customers to make informed decisions about the […]

The Soonr the Better

Does your work computer have limited space on its desktop for any more files? Hopefully you are not one to save important documents locally but if you are, keep reading. All storage drives eventually fail. If you are saving files on your computer for business purposes, you are putting your company at risk. Not to […]

A Blog post about Business Blogging

Blogging is not a term unknown to most people, in fact most people you know probably have a blog. But if your business isn’t currently making use of blogging to increase web traffic, then it’s probably something you should consider. Let’s discuss two common obstacles most people have with blogging for business. What to talk […]

Do you Meraki?

Regardless of the size of your business, network connectivity and reliability are two of the fundamental components of a healthy company in today’s technology-driven world. Employee downtime is very expensive and a great motivator for looking into how you spend your IT budget.  What would your bottom line look like if you could increase up-time […]

Do Macs get Viruses?

The truth is that all computers are vulnerable to viruses. However, some are much more likely to be infected than others. The real difference is the operating system running on the computer. Windows is definitely at the top of the list for being vulnerable, and it’s because of a couple of different reasons. 1. Windows […]

What’s Going on Inside my Computer?

  There are many important aspects of computers and they can be very daunting. Have you ever been shopping for a new machine only to be blindsided by gigahertz and jigawatts, not to mention the googolplexes or random access memories and teraflops? Well, not to worry, because while all the numbers associated with computer are […]

Why Do Hard Drives Fail?

At the workbench at Liberty, we have magnets stuck to everything. We use them to keep our tools at hand and to keep the menagerie of screws we go through in place. All these curiously strong magnets came from one source, dead hard drives. It’s a fact of life that a hard drive will fail; […]

Cell Phone Safety during a Winter Storm

Far too many people around the Atlanta area heard stories today of stranded motorists, broken down in the snow and ice, stuck in traffic, some without gas and many of them unable to contact their families or get help.  Some of these stranded drivers were experiencing the black or white “screen of death,” batteries were […]

Liberty Technology named to Fifth Annual Bulldog 100: Fastest Growing Bulldog Businesses

ATHENS, Ga.– Liberty Technology, based in Griffin, was recognized as the No. 64 fastest growing business owned or operated by a University of Georgia graduate during the 2014 Bulldog 100 Celebration on January 25 at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Liberty Technology, owned/founded/led by 1999 UGA alum Ben Johnson, specializes in Information Technology and Services. […]

Does Your Company Have a Teleworking Plan?

  Teleworking is becoming more and more common in today’s business world. When weather is as unpredictable as it has been lately, it makes sense to have a plan within your company. For employees who work for a company that has a plan, productivity isn’t an issue. (We’re not saying your employees won’t take a […]

The Top 7 Alternatives to LogMeIn

If you are a peruser of the internets, you may have heard that LogMeIn, Inc. is shutting down LogMeIn Free. On January 29th, 2014 you will have to pay to continue using their program in any capacity. If you are unfamiliar with LogMeIn Free, it was an easy to use, easy to setup, way to […]

Technology: Use it Well, Don’t Abuse it

“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.” Arthur C. Clark   Tablets, iPhones, iPads, Apple TVs, GPS, Google Maps, Web-Ex, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, such nifty gadgets as the Trakdot Luggage Tracker, wireless keyboards and wireless speakers are the technological backbone of […]

Liberty Technology Announces Merger with A Computer Guy, LLC

Liberty Technology has announced a strategic merger with A Computer Guy, LLC. A Computer Guy is a south Atlanta-metro area based computer-related service provider, specializing in helping small businesses, such as medical and dental offices, manage IT needs. Through this merger, Liberty Technology will serve a larger client base and those clients will benefit from […]

Tips for Creating and Remembering Passwords

One of my biggest pet peeves is trying to remember my passwords.  Anyone else have this problem?  My other pet peeve is when my email gets hacked.  I have started being more cautious about the strength of my password lately, and it seems to be helping.  However, it is a vicious cycle because the more […]

Windows XP – End of Line

Microsoft’s Windows XP, released in August 2001, will officially stop being supported on April 8, 2014. Along with Windows XP support being dropped, Microsoft is also dropping support for Office 2003. It’s so long and goodbye to our long friend Windows XP. After hundreds of millions of copies sold, Windows XP will finally stop being […]

Computer Virus Awareness

So there is a new virus going around. What else is new right? Well this one is particularly bad. The name is Cryptolocker and you need to know about this virus. Cryptolockler is especially bad because of how it is distributed and how it encrypts files on a computer.Based on my research, it seems that […]

Got Printers?

Liberty Technology has printers! But we don’t just sell them.  As Xerox reseller, Liberty Technology can also help you maintain and manage your printer, from your basic desktop model to larger copier models. We will help you use Remote Print Services to save money, or we can help find a printer that best suits your […]

Liberty welcomes new Director of Services, Andy Nunez

Liberty welcomes new Director of Services, Andy Nunez. Andy’s experience in the management and delivery of information and communication technologies makes him a valuable new member of our team.  He has extensive experience in international business and has successfully managed operations and personnel, departments and functional areas in Europe, Asia, Central and South America. Andy […]

A Day in the Life of A Free App User

Yaaaaaawn….Streeeeetch…..Good morning! I wake up to the weirdly gentle sounds of the alarm on the Sleep Time alarm clock app. Here’s how it works: while you sleep, the app records your movements, sounds, and breathing rhythm to calculate what times you are in various sleep cycles. I know, it sounds crazy, and I didn’t believe […]

5 Important Facts About Antivirus Programs

No anti-virus program is 100% effective. As new viruses come out all the time, it can seem like the antivirus vendors are always playing catch-up.  This is where antivirus programs use a number of techniques to help improve the rate of detection, including looking for specific pieces of code and also analyzing the behavior of code. […]

Software I am Thankful For…

We have reached the time of year when people take the time to talk about people and things they are thankful for. Since I deal with technology and software all day, I thought I might let everyone in on some software and applications that I am most thankful for: Adium (Mac) / Pidgin (PC): In […]

How do Google Docs Work?

Google Drive (aka Google Docs) has revolutionized the way we do business by allowing us to save, share and work from virtually anywhere. Collaboration + Cloud Storage: Who could ask for more? Before Google Drive, we found ourselves painstakingly emailing around an excel spreadsheet. As team members updated their sheets and resent to the group, […]

Cisco + Meraki Acquisition

  As you may or may not know, Cisco recently acquired Meraki. While many people have heard of Cisco, not everyone has heard of Meraki. At Liberty Technology, we have been selling and using Meraki for several years and love it. As Cisco Premiere Partners, we were extremely excited to see Cisco taking interest in […]

Why Should I buy a Sonos System?

A few weeks back, we had a customer Demo night here in our retail store featuring Sonos. It was a good time, lots of refreshments and friends and of course, music. If you’ve never heard of Sonos before, it’s a wireless Hifi system for your home. If you’ve ever been to someone’s home where the […]

The Evolution of the Computer

“Every technology goes through three stages: first, a crudely simple and quite unsatisfactory gadget; second, an enormously complicated group of gadgets designed to overcome the shortcomings of the original and achieving thereby somewhat satisfactory performance through extremely complex compromise; third, a final stage of smooth simplicity and efficient performance based on correct understanding of natural […]