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Intelligent remote monitoring, proactive maintenance, and behind-the-scenes remote support.

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Backup & Disaster Recovery

Ensure peace-of-mind in any situation with the most complete data backup solution available.

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Your data is your business...protecting it is ours.

At Digital Seattle, we understand business. We consult. We provide solutions to solve everyday challenges. We just happen to fix computers as well.

We believe (and have proven) that if you proactively manage technology, run maintenance religiously, and monitor a business network, everyday issues and downtime will be greatly reduced.

This is what makes us different than your typical tech support company. Sure, we can fix computer issues when you have them, but our specialty is preventing them in the first place.

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      What Our Clients Say

      • One-stop-shop

         

        We know that we are in good hands and can trust the feedback we get from Digital Seattle in all aspects of our technology management. From server maintenance and back up, new hardware ordering & service, annual software licensing, IT problem resolution, etc., our issues are handled more smoothly, quickly, and in a more cost effective manner than trying to provide all of these services in-house.

         

        Digital Seattle helps keep us on the leading edge and current with things including our annual “state of our systems” review that provides feedback about new trends, what other similar firms are doing and changes that may be coming up. All of this leads to our ability to make good decisions about purchases and resource allocation. The length of our history together speaks to the confidence and comfort level we have with the team at Digital Seattle and the services they provide.

        Jeff W., Client for 20+ years
      • Deep knowledge of our property & intricate systems

         

        Over the past 20 years of working with Digital Seattle, we have benefitted from their familiarity of our property and intricate systems. Any updates or additions we have had were made seamless due to the experience and knowledge already in place because of employee retention. They have built a strong rapport and familiarity with our staff, making any technical issues that arise easy to address and solve swiftly and with ease. We have always felt cared for by the team, and that our concerns are valid and given the attention they need.

        Shelley W., Client for 19+ years
      • High level of service & commitment

         

        Digital Seattle is proactive in the maintenance and security of our network and systems... and keep us ahead of the game by ensuring our software and hardware is working at peak performance. Keeping our systems running without down time is extremely critical. Their level of service and expertise is fantastic. I think we all sleep a bit better at night knowing we have true IT professionals working on our behalf!

         

        Everyone is very friendly and helpful. We also like the fact that they offer other services; such as the recent upgrade of our phone system to a cloud based system that saved us a significant amount of money, while providing ease of use and all the features you'd expect in very high end systems. We highly recommend their services! Having worked with DS for many years now, we really appreciate the consistent high level of service and commitment to keep us running smoothly! Thank you!

        Mitch M., Client for 9+ years
      • Positive change, Stability & Peace of Mind

         

        Since retaining Digital Seattle in 2016 for our IT support, we have transitioned our business forward to a new server, desktop computers, and other devices supported by frequent off site backups. Our employees have also become more efficient due to our immediate access to IT professionals. All of this positive change came about after a thorough review, followed by qualified recommendations from Voiko Tanev and his IT specialists. It is reassuring to know that our network is constantly monitored for updates, issues, security and firewall optimization. Thank you for providing tremendous stability and peace of mind with this aspect of our business.

        Carin K., Client for 3+ years
      • Clear Professionalism & Efficiency

         

        In contrast to our past providers, Digital Seattle’s professionalism was apparent from the first day we sat down to talk with them about a potential collaboration. Their knowledge of the industry is up to the minute, and their staff is very experienced. They have solved every single computer, network or server related problem our staff has experienced since we brought them on, and they have done it fast. Several times they identified a hacking threat that could have cost us many thousands of dollars, and neutralized it. 

         

         For a fair fee, they have given us an iron clad disaster recovery backup system, cyber security, all-hours access to fast tech support from knowledgeable staff (even when most of us are working from home), and we now have state of the art hardware. If any architecture firm is not covered in these areas, their risk is huge. Digital Seattle has given us peace of mind that has allowed us to conduct business quickly and efficiently even when working remotely.

        Larry J., Client

      Latest Blogs

      Counting the Reasons for the 3-2-1 Data Backup Rule

      What Makes a Data Backup Such an Important Asset?

      In a word: insurance.

      Data is, as we’ve well established, a crucial component to your business’ continued operations and survival. Tons of it is generated, collected, stored, and updated each day to support our daily lives. If a business were to lose the data that it had accumulated, it would suddenly find itself in a very bad spot.

      This is what makes the idea of a data backup such a good one—in many cases, it is this backup that keeps a business from going under. Of course, this requires that the data backup be properly maintained as well.

      To put themselves in the position that offers the most success, we generally recommend that businesses prepare their data backups in accordance with the 3-2-1 Rule.

      What is the 3-2-1 Rule of Data Backup?

      Simple: keep at least three copies of your data, in two mediums or formats, at least one copy of which kept off site and separate from the others.

      Why multiple copies? Multiple copies ensure that—should one of your backups become corrupted or infected or otherwise infiltrated, you have a spare or two to fall back on. While we say three, three should really be considered the bare minimum.

      Why multiple formats or mediums? Well, consider what would happen if you made yourself two lunches in case it rained, but packed both into a paper bag. With both in a paper bag, the backup lunch would end up equally soggy as the original lunch. Keeping your backup in a different format or storage medium helps prevent it from being impacted by the same thing that damages the original.

      Why the offsite version? Keeping a backup offsite helps to ensure that—even if a disaster were to completely annihilate your business’ physical location—the data you rely on would still be accessible to you by virtue of the data backup. This gives us something else that is important to consider: the concept of an “air gap” in terms of data security.

      What is an “Air Gap?”

      Let’s go back to our “backup lunch” example, for a moment. While having an extra lunch was a good idea—our example made it clear why—keeping it so close to the original removed its benefits. However, if we were to take the same concept of having a backup lunch and add in an air gap (keeping an extra lunch in the break room at work, or stashing a few bucks to order something out, perhaps), we removed the threat of a single disaster preventing us from eating.

      In terms of the data on your network, an air gap is just that—physical distance and separation helping to isolate resources and protect them from many threats.

      Digital Seattle is here to help businesses like yours manage all the complexities of their technology so that you have more room to succeed. Give us a call at (206) 709-9556 today to find out more.

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      Tip of the Week: How to Take a Screenshot in Windows 10

      This simply isn’t a convenient enough option for today’s productivity-focused workflows. Instead, let’s go over how to use Windows’ integrated Snip & Sketch tool, which gives you greater functionality at comparable ease.

      Using Snip & Sketch

      Snip & Sketch is a utility that offers four options for you to use in terms of your screenshots and can be easily called up by pressing Windows Key+Shift+S. There, you’ll have access to four different screenshot format options at the top of your screen:

      1. A basic box selection, where you click and drag to encompass your selection
      2. A freeform selection that allows you to draw out your boundary
      3. Window snip, which allows you to select an active monitor to screenshot
      4. Fullscreen snip, which takes the place of the Print Screen key and allows you to take a picture of all your monitors simultaneously

      Any of these can be useful in the right situation, and these situations are only too common in the workplace.

      Hopefully, this will help you communicate more clearly in the office, using images to help get the message across. For more handy tips and other useful IT information, make sure you check back here every so often—and don’t forget to give our team a call at (206) 709-9556 for more direct assistance from us!

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      How’s Your Password Hygiene?

      Creating Strong Passwords 

      It’s true that passwords can be a pain to manage. Anyone who has been locked out of an account because they can’t remember their password knows this all too well. That’s why it is important to create passwords that are both easy to remember and that are secure enough to protect you. Cybercriminals have tools at their disposal that do a pretty good job of being able to crack passwords, so you need to keep that in mind when you are choosing yours. 

      As you set out to create your passwords, you should keep the following two points of emphasis in mind. 

      1. A hacker may try to brute force attack any password that cannot be guessed or cracked, rapidly trying each combination possible.
      2. A password’s security and its resistance to brute force attacks are two different things.

      Brute force attacks can really be devastating, but when you create your passwords, you have to keep in mind that any hacker with the will to brute force your computing network and left with the time to complete their hack, will likely find a way into your network. What you are doing when you are selecting a strong, memorable password is trying to make certain that the only way they are cracking your password is through brute force.

      Typically we like to encourage that your passwords meet the following metrics:

      • Are longer, typically over 16 characters
      • Use a combination of numerals, letters (with upper and lower case characters), and symbols
      • Don’t use privileged or personal information, or any information that can be tied to you through online searches
      • No common words or numbers
      • No consecutive letters or numbers

      So How Do You Optimize Your Password’s Effectiveness?

      With those practices, you will be pretty far along, but you also have to understand that the hackers’ tools are extremely powerful. That’s why on top of those suggestions, you will also want to add some complexity to your passwords. Studies have shown that about 41 percent of all passwords are composed exclusively of lowercase letters. If we have access to this information, it stands to reason that someone who makes a living breaking into networks and stealing data knows it as well. Therefore, along with adding symbols, varying cases, and numerals, one strategy is to use a passphrase of random words. 

      The reason for this is that, with a password that looks like this “7i&3RkIn&4L1f3” the chances that you remember it if you use the account sparingly is pretty low. Besides, it is not that secure, as it is effectively a complex sentence. Remember, the hacker has to get your password completely correct to effectively gain access, so instead of trying to come up with intricate ways of typing statements that can be easily guessed, try taking three words that don’t have any natural connection, incorporating numbers and some varying capitalization, and padding either side with symbols.

      A process like this makes the password more usable. It very likely won’t be guessed, is long enough to protect your account, is effective against the brute force attack, and will be easier for you to remember. 

      Speaking of which, since you shouldn’t use the same password for multiple accounts, you will end up with dozens of passwords. Keeping them straight, especially over the long haul (as you will likely have to reset passwords from time to time), is difficult. That’s why we recommend using a password manager. Many people take advantage of the password saving feature inside their browser. This is effective, but we recommend using a third-party manager that features encryption. This tool will be the most secure and reliable; and, you won’t have to worry about remembering every password. 

      At Digital Seattle, we consider cybersecurity one of the most important parts of a business’ IT strategy. Give us a call a (206) 709-9556 to see how we can help you keep your IT assets safe. 

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      I hope I don’t have to tell you how important your business’ data is to its continued survival, just as I hope I don’t need to explain why this makes this data a priority to protect, regardless of your business’ size. What I do want to explain is the concept of the 3-2-1 Rul...

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      Digital Seattle Adds More Competencies To Their Preferred Partner Status!

      Digital Seattle Inc. Announces that we have become a Preferred Partner in Dell's PartnerDirect program, certified in Network Security, Servers, and Workstations.

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