Archive for February, 2010

TCS Customer Interviewed for Modern Tire Dealer Article

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

I wanted to throw out a quick mention regarding an article in February’s edition of Modern Tire Dealer.  Roger Porter of Porter’s Tire Stores, a growing 4 store chain in east Tennessee, and one of our very own Tire Power users, was interviewed in an article regarding his views of the use of software in today’s modern tire dealership and what is the most important functionality provided by the software.  Here is some of what he had to say…. “With multiple stores, you need “the ability to track what goes on at each store,” says Porter. “Even from my home, I can log on and monitor exactly what’s going on.  It’s a system of checks and balances that begins with the point of sale.”  It is great to see one of our customers gain the recognition they deserve from the industry, and to get a chance for us here at TCS to see the positive impact our product has on someone’s business.  For more of Roger’s comments, and for the full article, follow this link….

http://www.moderntiredealer.com/Article/Print/Story/2010/02/Computing-power.aspx

How strong are your passwords?

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Just about everyone uses the Internet in some form or fashion.  Whether you are using online banking, paying bills, email, or social media sites like facebook and Twitter, an often overlooked security threat is password vulnerability. One main cause of Internet security breaches are weak passwords, so having a strong password for the sites you access is very important to protect your personal information from hackers.  Some tips in choosing a strong password are:

  • Avoid common words and phrases
  • Do  not use dates, numbers or names that could be easily tied to you
  • Use both upper and lower case letters along with numbers and symbols

 Microsoft offers a free online tool to check your password strength: https://www.microsoft.com/protect/fraud/passwords/checker.aspx

Google says Goodbye to Internet Explorer 6.0…Finally

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

In one of our past articles we shared web statistics on how a large percentage of the tire and automotive service industry are using outdated web browsers.  In some cases this is caused by web sites dealers are using because these sites may only support old web browsers like Explorer 6.0.

We know the internet has changed our lives and will continue to change the way we live and do business.  The browser wars are not the issue here, the issue is we cannot move forward and continue to support outdated standards and software.  Google understands this and knows to make better software, they have to draw a line for supporting old technology in order to move into the future and create new standards.  This week Google Apps Admins received the following exert via email:

“In order to continue to improve our products and deliver more sophisticated features and performance, we are harnessing some of the latest improvements in web browser technology.  This includes faster JavaScript processing and new standards like HTML5.  As a result, over the course of 2010, we will be phasing out support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 as well as other older browsers that are not supported by their own manufacturers.”

Google Apps will continue to support Internet Explorer 7.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome 4.0 and above, and Safari 3.0 and above.

You may ask, why do we care?  We want our users to truly enjoy their experiences with any technology, and browsing the web is by far the most commonly used technology.  Our offices are filled with all kinds of geeks using different tools and are constantly sharing great web browser add-ons and features.  The web browser is where most of us at TCS Tire live our day to day lives, and when we see our customers struggling to enjoy their web browsing experience…we want to help!

Are you backing up your computer data files?

Friday, February 12th, 2010

What if a fire or other disaster struck your home or office, or your hard drive suddenly failed? What if your computer was completely destroyed? Would you be able to recover your data, or would it be lost forever? In this day and age, these are questions we have to ask ourselves. So “what if” this were to occur? Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place? Or have you procrastinated, and put off secure data storage for another day?  Many businesses think about backing up their data about 5 minutes after a catastrophic data loss. These questions should make you think about how important your information is and how you should prepare for the worst.

One option is to back up to an external drive, but there is one important rule to backing up your data you need to understand. Your data files should exist in two places or it’s not fully protected.  Once data has been lost, it is lost, and there is no inexpensive way to recover it, if you can recover it at all. With this option you must backup and then take it to a second location leaving a lot of room for human error.

A secure, automated, online data backup solution is a great way to store data and have it in two places at the same time. Backing up your data does not need to be a difficult thing and using an online data backup is a great way to set it up and forget about it. You can feel confident your data is safe, and since the backup is automated, this provides less of a chance for things to go wrong due to human forgetfulness or error.

TCS Data Backup is a secure, inexpensive solution to prevent the loss of your data. For more detailed pricing or information, please contact Tire Company Solutions at (888) 449-8473. You can be backing up your data in 30 minutes or less.