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We work hard behind the scenes so annoying technology issues don't slow your business down.

Our mission is to help businesses like yours increase productivity and get more out of the technology you invest in.
We specialize in solutions that safeguard and protect your data and keep operations running smoothly.

Managed IT Services

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

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Network Security

Protect your business from threats like malware, viruses, phishing attacks, hackers and other threads.

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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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Cloud Hosting Solutions

Reduce infrastructure costs, collaborate, and get more done with our unique cloud solutions.

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When you just want IT to work!

There are a lot of computer shops out there that you can call up to fix an issue or install a piece of equipment. They might be able to get you out of crisis mode, but they aren’t looking at the full picture.

At Marin Technologies, 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.

Are you looking for a partner you can trust your IT with? Sign up for a FREE IT Assessment to get started today.

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If you have questions about whether or not our IT services platform is right for your business, simply complete and submit this form and one of our trusted IT professionals will promptly respond to your query!

What Our Clients Say

  • I don’t know if I can say enough about Marin Technologies.
    President, Concordia Finance, Inc. / Rancho Cucamonga

    I don’t know if I can say enough about Marin Technologies. I have known Steve Marin for 8 years. He was working for another company at the time but still made us feel like his only client. He even recommended a person to be our in house I.T. manager. The relationship continued as an additional source for our I.T. issues. When our I.T. manager left the company, Marin Technologies had been established. It was an easy decision to make the transition.

  • Marin Technologies treats me like I am their only and most special client.
    President, Accredited Tax, Inc. / Chino, CA

    The uniqueness I have experienced is one of being treated like I am their only and most special client. The response time and willingness to help and wide range of knowledge of technology is beyond my expectations of any firm.

  • Marin Tech provides excellent service with personal attention
    Engineering Manager, Yardney Water Filtration Systems, Inc. / Riverside, CA

    Marin Tech provides excellent service with personal attention, we always get the expert tech!

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Tip of the Week: Simple Steps to Safer Email Practices

In order to minimize your chances of falling for such an attack, you have to know what could be coming and what to do to prevent it. Let’s discuss the steps to take that allow you to do so for this week’s tip.

What Do My Employees Need to Do?

If you’re going to have any shot at protecting your business, your entire team needs to be unified in how to defend it against threats, down to how they use their email solution. Therefore, you need to be sure that your team is aware of all the different means of attack that are out there, and the basic ways they can help keep your company safe while using their email.

Keep an Eye Out for Warning Signs

While some threats are certainly easier to spot than others, many can be stopped via some simple vigilance. Make sure that you and your team are all keeping an eye out for the warning signs of phishing and are being cautious when handling messages from unknown senders. Any unexpected attachments should be avoided.

Double-Check the Details

Whenever you receive an email, you need to be careful that it is from who it seems to be. Discrepancies in the sender’s email address are a major red flag, as are unexpected links or attachments, as these could easily be spoofed to malicious sites or contain malware payloads. Don’t disclose any information if it is requested, without reaching out to the sender through another medium.

Automate Your Protections

Of course, why create even more work for your employees when they could have their own defensive behaviors assisted by solutions you’ve implemented? Automated security precautions can help to identify spam and assorted other threats as they reach your inbox. Not only does this keep human error from becoming your downfall, it helps keep your team productive by allowing them to spend more time on their work and less tiptoeing around threats.

Use Encryption to Your Benefit

Encryption protocols can obscure your data from view as it travels from point A to point B, making it far less worth a cybercriminal’s time to steal it. As a result, it is definitely worth implementing to protect communications like email, instant messaging, and video conferencing, where sensitive data and other private information may be shared.

Marin Technologies is well aware of the importance of your security and can put the solutions in place to protect all of your company’s resources and interactions. To learn more, reach out to us at (208) 329-6792.

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You Need Data Backup Even If You Think You Don’t

Most business owners and managers have “too much” other stuff on their plates to concern themselves with the redundancy of their business’ data. Unfortunately, hundreds of businesses each year fail as a result of this lack of awareness. You can dot all your “i”s and cross all of your “t”s concerning the operational integrity of your business, but the moment some piece of data is lost that shouldn’t have been lost, your business experiences all the negative effects that could have been completely mitigated by simply backing up its important data. 

Let’s dig in. Data backup is about as simple of a process to obtain as any. You simply need to give the IT professionals at Marin Technologies a call and explain how you need to back up your business’ data. Most business owners are surprised at how affordable the whole process is. That, of course is beside the point, as the Backup and Disaster Recovery solution we offer definitely will pay for itself, as data loss happens a lot more frequently than you may suspect. 

What Happens When Businesses Neglect Backup

For those businesses that currently operate without a data backup and recovery strategy--especially if you’ve been in business for some time--you may think that it’s just another cost that you are taking on that will hurt your business’ ability to turn a profit. You may not think you have enough data that you think is important enough to warrant additional investment in protecting it. You are probably mistaken, however. You have important data, and if you lose it, you stand to lose your business. In fact, 94 percent of businesses that fall victim to a major data loss incident fail within two years of the incident. If you consider six percent of all computers will fail in any given year, it stands to reason that it’s only a matter of time before you are dealing with a data loss catastrophe.

What Types of Strategies Can I Use?

The BDR, which connects to your business' computing network and backs up data incrementally and sends a copy of that data to the cloud has been found to be the most effective at ensuring that the backup is reliable and data is available for quick recovery. If you are worried that it may be overkill with your business’ current computing profile, you can create your own backup strategy with external hard drives or cloud storage. Regardless of what you choose, you will want to stick to what is known in the industry as the 3-2-1 rule. That is three separate versions of your data, two of which are stored onsite, with one stored offsite should something happen to your place of business. 

If you would like to talk to one of our computer experts about the best way to move forward with data backup, call us to discuss it at (208) 329-6792 today.

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A History of Android’s Many Versions

2008 - Android 1.0

The first version of Android lacked a lot of the features that the operating system would become well-known for just a short time later… there was no confectionary codename, and it only included a few early Google applications as a part of the OS itself. There wasn’t even a Chrome browser integration for the platform yet, and—as keyboards were still commonly integrated into the devices themselves—the on-screen keyboard did not yet exist.

2009 - Android 1.5 (Cupcake)

Cupcake was where many aspects of the modern Android platform saw their origins. With the rise of touchscreen devices, the physical keyboard was replaced by a virtual one. Many other tweaks to the platform and its interface also made their first appearance here. For instance, Cupcake was first to enable third-party application widgets to Android, as well as the capacity to record videos.

2009 – Android 1.6 (Donut)

Later in the year, Android Donut was released, and with it, Android could be supported on a greater variety of screen resolutions and sizes. On a more technical note, support for networks that relied on code-division multiple access (CDMA) was integrated, which enabled Android to use networks owned by Verizon and other carriers. Now that over ten years have passed since, CDMA is to be phased out by some carriers in favor of other options.

2009 – Android 2.0/2.1 (Eclair)

Not slowing down at all, Eclair was released mere weeks after Donut, with its major update coming out mere months afterwards. As the version that powered the first Motorola Droid phone, Eclair and its capabilities got a lot of marketing power behind it to showcase its new voice-guided navigation and real-time traffic updates, text-to-speech, and the once iOS-exclusive pinch-to-zoom feature.

2009 – Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Four months after Eclair premiered in January 2010, Android Froyo was released in May. Dedicated to improvements under the hood, so to speak, Froyo did also set the precedent for the familiar dock that is now standard in the Android platform. This was also the OS version that premiered the capability for Voice Actions.

 Most notably for the time, Froyo was also the OS that first brought support for Flash to the Android platform—flying in the face of Apple’s stance against it. While Flash has since fizzled out, it used to be everywhere, on websites, in games, and other multimedia, which gave Android a boost in comparison.

2010 – Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Gingerbread saw a lot of internal improvements, as well as an updated user interface and native support for VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) telephony and NFC (Near Field Communication). Released in December of 2010, the appropriately named Gingerbread also added the Download Manager, giving users greater control over the content that they added to their device. Updates to Gingerbread would continue long into 2011, overlapping with the next OS—which was designed primarily with tablets in mind.

2011 – Android 3.0/3.2 (Honeycomb)

Once tablets were developed, the Android platform made a drastic shift over to the new medium with 3.0, made for the launch of the Motorola Xoom. Unlike the other entries that Android had produced, or has rolled out since, 3.0 and its updates were only released for tablets. The UI was completely revamped, and while the effort was short-lived—only lasting about a year—it was the first place many now-familiar features would appear. These features included on-screen navigation buttons and the card-like Recent Apps list.

2011 – Android 4.0/4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Later in 2011, Android’s modern iterations emerged with Ice Cream Sandwich, rejoining the two user interfaces, and combining the best innovations from the mobile device and tablet operating systems. Ice Cream Sandwich saw the first on-screen navigation buttons and the familiar application cards that are still used today. More so, the capability to swipe through your recent applications and notifications was first introduced with Ice Cream Sandwich.

2012-2013 – Android 4.1/4.3 (Jelly Bean)

Evolving the improvements made in Ice Cream Sandwich, Jelly Bean gave the OS a user-friendly coat of paint and packed more familiar features under the hood. Originally a predictive-intelligence utility, Google Now was introduced in Jelly Bean, as was the concept of the Quick Settings Panel. Other utilities were added that are no more, such as incorporating widgets onto the lock screen. The first version of Jelly Bean was introduced in July of 2012, and 4.3 was released almost exactly a year later, in July of 2013.

2013 – Android 4.4 (KitKat)

Android’s sweets-themed codename convention was made particularly appropriate when KitKat was introduced on Halloween in 2013. Abandoning the dark themes that prior versions of the OS had established, KitKat was modernized with transparent and brightly colored elements.

KitKat also saw some modernization in its incorporated features. Assuming the user had the home screen or Google app activated, this was the first time that the handsfree “Ok, Google” command was available as well.

2013 – Android 5.0 (Lollipop)

In the beginning of summer, Android’s next operating system was introduced to users. Once again redesigning the user interface to be reminiscent of cards, Google also gave Android a few other handy features, like the capability to access notifications directly from the lock screen and from banners at the top of the screen. Other tweaks led to improved battery life, a widget-free lock screen once again (but one that does support application and notification shortcuts) and migrating to a new Android device was made simpler with the Tap and Go utility. However, these tweaks also introduced some challenges and software bugs that would require the 5.1 update to resolve.

2015 – Android 6.0 (Marshmallow)

While Android Marshmallow didn’t offer much in terms of added capabilities as compared to other updates, it was the OS that started the pattern of Google releasing a new numbered version of Android each year. While not much else remained from Marshmallow, there are a few features worth mentioning, including fingerprint reader support as well as support for the now-standard USB-C connection.

2016 – Android 7/7.1 (Nougat)

With Android Nougat, Google provided the platform with various useful capabilities. For instance, Nougat offered split-screen functionality, a shortcut to quickly snap between applications, a feature to help save data, and notifications organized by the application they refer to.

Most impressively, Nougat was also the first version of the platform to offer the Google Assistant, which has grown to be one of the most well-known assistants available today. Nougat was accompanied by Google’s first self-produced phone, the Google Pixel.

2017 – Android 8.0/8.1.0 (Oreo)

Released to the public in August of 2017, Oreo gave Android users plenty of additional features as well as a closer alignment to the Chrome OS. More control over notifications, picture-in-picture mode, and a variety of other tools and utilities were all included. In addition to this, Project Treble was a part of Oreo, which attempted to make Android’s code more modular, ultimately making it simpler for developers to distribute software updates in a timely manner.

2018 – Android 9 (Pie)

Again, a year later, Android was updated to Pie with version 9. With it, the typical navigation around the OS was replaced by a combination of gestures and minimal buttons, along with other design and user interface adjustments. Some notifications, like those received when one gets a message, were updated so that a full conversation as well as other content could be seen.

Adaptive battery capabilities were also added, so that unused apps could be hibernated to preserve battery life. In a similar vein, auto-brightness features help to minimize unnecessary battery drain. Behind the scenes, privacy and security features were boosted across the board, as well as improved Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities.

2019 – Android 10

With Android 10 being released in September of 2019, the themed OS names came to an end. With 10, the interface navigation change seen in Pie was reintroduced, this time with users having the choice of whether to use the three navigation buttons or not. Internally, alterations were made to improve how patches could be deployed and applied, and application permissions continued their trajectory of giving the user more granular controls. Focus mode now allows users to put a cap on distractions from other applications, and the sharing menu has been redesigned.

2020 – Android 11

Most recently as of this writing, Android 11 has debuted and introduced its wide range of privacy-boosting permission adjustments and limiting how apps can interact with one another and a user’s data storage. Notifications are now arranged by priority, and applications in the Play Store can have updates pushed without needing to get the phone’s wireless carrier or manufacturer involved at all.

Media can now be controlled through a unified player, and conversations can now appear as on-screen bubbles. This keeps the user’s task in focus, without losing track of a conversation.

On top of all that, each iteration includes important security fixes and improvements that keep your phone and your data safe. New features are great but keeping yourself safe online is critical.

So, looking back, it’s clear that the Android platform has come a long way since it was first developed, and judging by whispers in the industry, there is plenty more ways for it to go. Tell us—what features do you hope to eventually see? Are there any that you wish would come back? Share what you think in the comments.

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