SNX I.T. is happy to announce that our sister company and retail computer store, SNX Fix I.T., almost has its shelves stocked and is slated to open by the end of the year. We hope you enjoy these images of the new store front and construction progress!
A prior blog about SNX Fix I.T. goes into more detail about what the store offers:
“The store will be a full-service computer repair shop, offering iPhone repair, computer repair (any type), virus scanning, memory boosting, and just about anything else that you can think of. There will also be new and refurbished computers and computer parts for sale as well…” Read the full article, here.
According to the Federal Trade Commission, identity theft was the number one fraud complaint during calendar year 2008. Not unlike other organizations in the Information Technology industry today, SNX I.T. aims to inform its customers and prospects alike of the best ways to protect oneself from identity theft. The National Crime Prevention Council, United States Postal System, and the IRS help consumers prevent the threat of identity theft by posting helpful prevention tips and security measures that should be taken in order to avoid this hassle.
Facts about Identity Theft:
Limiting your use of your personal computer may not help much: a study released by Javelin Strategy and Research reported that in 2009 most identity thefts were taking place offline, not online…the opposite of what most people think.
The above study found that 43 percent of all identity thefts are committed by someone the victim knows.
All a thief needs is your Social Security number to commit identity theft.
Identity thieves commit their crime in several ways:
Stealing credit card payments and other outgoing mail from private, curbside mailboxes.
Digging through garbage cans or communal dumpsters in search of cancelled checks, credit card and bank statements, and preapproved credit card offers.
Hacking into computers that contain personal records and steal the data.
Filing a change of address form in the victim’s name to divert mail and gather personal and financial data.
Tips for Preventing Identity Theft:
Don’t give a business your SSN or ITIN just because they ask. Give it only when required.
Don’t carry your Social Security card or birth certificateleave them in a secure location. Also, never give out your Social Security number; treat it as confidential information.
Protect your financial information.
Check your credit report every 12 months.
Secure personal information in your home.
Protect your personal computers by using firewalls, antispam/virus software, update security patches and change passwords for Internet accounts.
Don’t give personal information over the phone, through the mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated the contact or you are sure you know who you are dealing with.
Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.
Closely monitor the expiration dates on your credit cards and contact the issuer if you don’t receive a replacement prior to the expiration date.
Sign new credit cards immediately-before someone else does.
Memorize your Social Security number and passwords. Don’t use your date of birth as your password and don’t record passwords on papers you carry with you.
Never leave transaction receipts at ATM machines, on counters at financial institutions, or at gasoline pumps.
Commit all passwords to memory. Never write them down or carry them with you.
When using an ATM machine, make sure no one is hovering over you and can see you enter your password.
Tell your children never to give out their address telephone number password school name or any other personal information.
Make sure your children know to never agree to meet face-to-face with someone they’ve met online without discussing it with you. Only if you decide that it’s okay to meet their “cyber-friend” should they arrange to meet this person, and then the meeting should be in a familiar public place in the presence of a trusted adult.
Tell your children never to enter an area that charges for services without asking you first.
Tell your children never to send a picture of themselves to anyone without your permission.
Make sure that access to the Internet at your children’s school is monitored by adults.
Beware of mail or telephone solicitations that offer prizes or awards-especially if the person offering asks you for personal information or financial account numbers.
Match your credit card receipts against your monthly bills and check your monthly financial statements for accuracy.
Watch for your monthly financial statements and bills. If you don’t get them when expected, contact the sender.
If you believe you’re a victim of identity theft…
The Internal Revenue Service is taking additional steps during the 2013 tax season to protect taxpayers and help victims of identity theft and refund fraud. If you believe you’re a victim of identity theft, follow the steps below.
Be alert to possible identity theft if you receive a notice from the IRS or learn from your tax professional that:
More than one tax return for you was filed;
You have a balance due, refund offset or have had collection actions taken against you for a year you did not file a tax return;
IRS records indicate you received more wages than you actually earned or
Your state or federal benefits were reduced or cancelled because the agency received information reporting an income change.
If you receive a notice from IRS and you suspect your identity has been used fraudulently, respond immediately by calling the number on the notice.
If you did not receive a notice butbelieve you’ve been the victim of identity theft, contact the IRS Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 8009084490, extension 245 right away so we can take steps to secure your tax account and match your SSN or ITIN.
Fill out the IRS Identity Theft Affidavit, Form 14039.
Our last blog featured a brief write-up recently posted by Ralph Ellis on our new retail store, SNX Fix I.T., which will be opening this fall. A follow-up article has been written by Laura Haas at the Virginia Highlands Druid Hills Patch newspaper, and was sent out to their subscribers this morning. It is posted below, and can also be found online here.
The owners of a new high-tech repair shop opening soon in VaHi want to do right for the community.
After decades of working for large firms in the I.T. industry, Jeremy Anderson began to feel uncomfortable with common practices at the IT firm where he worked.
“The morals of the I.T. industry was hard for me,” Anderson said. “I had been asked before to draw out more time so we could charge more to the customer and a lot of that just didn’t sit well with who I am.”
Now, Anderson and Petri are reaching out to the residential market with their new brick and mortar store SNX Fix I.T., opening in half of the property that used to be Armour & Co. on N. Highland Avenue.
“This neighborhood is us,” Anderson said. “It allows us to grow in good ways with the neighborhood and us, we probably wouldn’t have done this is any other location in Atlanta.”
”We’re trying to bring the same type of environment and expertise and knowledge to all of the other devices that aren’t handled by Apple,” Petri said.
This is key for SNX Fix I.T. because although they have the knowledge to handle Apple products, they do not yet have the certification required by Apple. For Apple users, using an uncertified technician will nullify the product warranty. SNX Fix I.T. is in the process of gaining certification and hopes to have it in a few months.
Also in a few months, SNX Fix I.T. will offer training classes so that customers can better understand technology and can even repair and install things on their own.
“We really want to run this from an education standpoint,” Petri said.
The two are not concerned that if their customers have the knowledge, they might not come back to the store for repairs.
“I’d rather them have the knowledge,” Anderson said, adding that he hopes to empower and educate customers, not take advantage of their lack of expertise.
These tech experts have been working with computers for most of their lives and are eager to give away tips and tricks to help residents of Virginia Highlands who aren’t technologically gifted understand the tools that they use every day.
“My brain works that way. I love puzzles, I like things that aren’t the same all of the time,” Anderson said. “I’d like to bring people to understand what that actual back-end of the problem could be.”
For SNX Fix I.T. helping others isn’t just good for community relations, it’s their business philosophy.
“You do right for others and the rest of it just falls into place,” Anderson said.
SNX Fix I.T. is still under construction but will be opening later this fall.
With DIY (do it yourself) projects being all the rave as of late, we at Southern NetworX figured why not share a pretty fun, easy, and “green” DIY project for today’s blog. We found this one particularly useful, because most of us have at least one extra pair of earbuds hiding somewhere in the house or office, so why not put them to good use?Movie Get Out (2017)
Pair of old earbuds
4 paper cups
2 toothpicks or skewers (something small and pointy would also work)
A small knife, or scissors
Here’s how we did it:
Gather 2 of the 4 paper cups (these will be the “speakers” on top) and poke a little hole in the side seam where you will later be inserting the toothpick, to later secure one on top of the other.
With the same cups you just cut the slit into, make a cross (“t” shape) on the bottom of each with your knife. One long cut and the one short cut across. Push the earbuds all the way into the hole until they’re inside the cup, and only the wires are coming out the back.
Reach into the cup and with your finger push the flaps of the cross shape back out the cup a bit to create an indentation at the back of the cup where the back of your earbud will rest. Pull the earbuds through the back of the hole until they’re nestled snugly against the back of the cup (Just the round speaker portion should be visible inside the cup.)
On the outside-bottom of the cup, tape the stem/base of the earbud to the bottom of the cup to make sure the speaker is facing directly out towards the mouth of the cup; not dangling down or pointing to the side. Just basically secure it in place.
Poke the toothpick or skewer through the bottom of the other two base cups, and place the speaker cups on top where you made your initial slit in the seam. And Whala! Paper cup speakers!
Granted, these will not be very loud. You have to turn your computer volume way up and go into your sound mixer preferences to add bass and tweak it a little bit. But if you mess around with it a little, it’s better than not having speakers at all. Plus, you can always spruce them up with doodles or stickers and then brag to all your friends about how green and creative you are! (But – if you’re looking to go spend REAL money on speakers, we will have some for sale soon at our new store, SNX Fix I.T.)
(If you’re looking for a version of this DIY project with pictures, click here.)
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“I came up with my first business plan at around the age of 10…something to do with selling my grandfather’s black cherry tree seedlings. But with no support from my family, and no way to keep the trees watered once summer camp started, the seedlings died and the idea failed.
Kids this age are quite often told ‘you’re just a kid – that won’t work.’ The SNX Reach Foundation is built to combat that negativity. We promote and support youngsters’ ideas and early business plans, and let them know that they CAN do it.”
– Jeremy Anderson, CEO, Southern NetworX
America was founded less than 300 years ago by the Founding Fathers, who most likely thought a lot like Jeremy Anderson does in the quote above. Entrepreneurship and small business was the foundation that America was built on, and is a concept promoted within Southern NetworX and through the SNX Reach Foundation, a non-profit organization created to promote kids’ creative concepts/ideas about starting a small business (website forthcoming).
Growing up, young Jeremy encountered multiple layers of resistance when coming up with ideas for small business ventures. After hearing “you’re just a kid, you can’t do that” and “we don’t have the money to invest in an idea like that,” a sort of fear crept in. Fear of the unknown…fear of lack of support…fear of being shot down. It’s true, kids can come up with some crazy ideas, but at the SNX Reach Foundation we want to harbor that creativeness and show children that it takes a little bit of “crazy” to be an entrepreneur.
Finally, at the age of 33, Jeremy was able to overcome the fear of the unknown and dive into what is now Southern NetworX. The non-profit organization SNX Reach Foundation was created within the past year, and is designed to help kids across America overcome their fear of being scrutinized and not receiving emotional and/or financial support. We plan on accomplishing this by having writing contests in which the winner earns free computer equipment and machines for their school, hosting educational webinars and events for the children, and supporting young minds by finding other companies/organizations/investors that share this dream and want to help the future of America.
“Agriculture, manufactures, commerce and navigation, the four pillars of our prosperity, are most thriving when left most free to individual enterprise.”
– Thomas Jefferson
What kind of crazy ideas did you have when you were a kid? Do you think your life would have turned out differently if you’d had more support?