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Tip of the Week: Email Should Be A Tool--Here’s 3 Ways To Keep It Under Control

Tip of the Week: Email Should Be A Tool--Here’s 3 Ways To Keep It Under Control

Email has been one of the primary correspondence methods for businesses for several years. In addition to communicating with your team, clients, and peers, emails also bring you the latest blog in a subscription, or sales and marketing messages from prospective vendors. With dozens of emails flowing in throughout your day, emails can become a distraction that results in a significant loss of productivity. These three tips can help you cut down on time that you waste when compulsively checking your emails.

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Today’s Students Are Leveraging The Best Of Today’s Tech

Today’s Students Are Leveraging The Best Of Today’s Tech

An educated workforce provides the business world with intelligent prospective employees who want to leave companies better than they were when they arrived. Thankfully, technology has made it even easier to achieve a quality education with concepts such as online learning and live streaming taking the frontlines. How are today’s students utilizing modern technology in the classroom?

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Why Boarding Pass Selfies Are A Really Bad Idea

Why Boarding Pass Selfies Are A Really Bad Idea

Too often, the desire to share an exciting travel destination with the world overrides any security or safety concerns one might have. Even people who are traveling for business will use social media to document their trip as a method of promoting their attendance at the event over social media. This includes photographing and sharing proprietary documents, like boarding passes and passports.

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Tip of the Week: Victims Of November 2014 Scam Can Get Fraction Of Funds Back

Tip of the Week: Victims Of November 2014 Scam Can Get Fraction Of Funds Back

In November of 2014, the Federal Trade Commission announced that “two massive telemarketing operations” had been temporarily shut down after collecting over $120 million by “deceptively marketing computer software and tech support services.” It wasn’t long before these companies lost significant court judgements to the FTC, but by then, the money was gone.

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Make Sure Your Software Is Licensed, Or The BSA May Come Knocking

Make Sure Your Software Is Licensed, Or The BSA May Come Knocking

Despite what some songs say, the best things in life aren’t always free. Take, for instance, your software. If you or one of your employees find and download a “free” version of some business-critical application instead of properly purchasing a license, you risk catching the eye of the BSA.

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If You Aren’t Leveraging Managed Services, You’re Leaving Benefits On The Table

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The modern business needs a reliable source of information technology support. Historically, this was provided through a method known as break/fix—if your business technology was to break, a technician would come in to fix it. While this approach works, there are many trade-offs to using it that a business shouldn’t have to accept. Now that there is the managed services model, businesses no longer do.

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Tip of the Week: Getting The Most Out Of Your Smartphone’s Battery

Tip of the Week: Getting The Most Out Of Your Smartphone’s Battery

Have you found that your smartphone battery doesn’t last as long as it should? If you’re a business owner who uses your mobile device very frequently, you might notice a rather significant change in the quality of your device’s charge over time. How can you make sure that this decrease in power doesn’t create problems for your productivity?

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4 Cyber Security Bad Habits that You Can Start to Fix Right Now

4 Cyber Security Bad Habits that You Can Start to Fix Right Now

When it comes to hacking and cybercrime, it can literally be a few seconds that will ruin your business. One single chink in your network’s armor is all it takes for your data to be compromised. Modern SMBs need to take every opportunity to ensure they’re using best practices to help keep their network safe and secure. Here’s a look at four network security bad habits that you and your team can fix today.

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Popular Font 'Calibri' Enough To Prove Documents Falsified

Popular Font 'Calibri' Enough To Prove Documents Falsified

A corruption case in Pakistan has taken a new twist, thanks to an unexpected source: Calibri. The font is being examined as key evidence, as its presence in key documents has caused a few bumps in the case. This is because the font is used in documents that are dated a year before the font was released.

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Tip of the Week: How To Keep Twitter From Telling The World Where You Live

Tip of the Week: How To Keep Twitter From Telling The World Where You Live

You may have noticed how social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter often share the location of any pictures you post, if they are set up to do so. Well, you’ve probably asked yourself if your device will share this information automatically, or if you have to enable this setting yourself.

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These Companies Provide A Benchmark For Password Strength

These Companies Provide A Benchmark For Password Strength

We are never shy about insisting that certain standards are met when devising passwords, but many major companies are seemingly far less worried about password security than we are. A recent study conducted by the password manager developer Dashlane paints a troubling picture of the state of password security, providing anecdotal evidence in the form of some very well-known and trusted companies scoring at the low end of the password security spectrum.

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Why Both Halves Of Your Security Are Equally Important

Why Both Halves Of Your Security Are Equally Important

We talk about network security a lot, and for good reason. The majority of today’s businesses rely heavily on their information systems and there is plenty of danger presented by Internet-based threats. However, some organizations spend so much time worrying about cyber threats that they forget that physical threats exist outside the technology plane. Your organization needs to take steps toward securing its on-site premise, as well as the digital space in which your business exists.

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Tip of the Week: Using Word to Create Company Letterhead

Tip of the Week: Using Word to Create Company Letterhead

There’s a lot to be gained by utilizing a company letterhead on your correspondence and other printed materials, especially in terms of company recognition and professional impression. Utilizing Microsoft Word makes it easy to add this detail to your documents. For this week’s tip, we’ll show you how easy it is to create a letterhead in Word.

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The Cloud Is Now Officially In Retail -- Will You Be Next?

The Cloud Is Now Officially In Retail -- Will You Be Next?

Cloud computing has helped many businesses over the past few years. The many benefits it provides have enabled a variety of businesses in many industries to improve their functionality. The retail sector is a prime example of one such industry. Here are a few benefits that the cloud has imparted to those in retail--benefits that your business could enjoy as well.

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Can You Answer These 5 Crucial Questions About Your Data Backup?

Can You Answer These 5 Crucial Questions About Your Data Backup?

Of any solution that might help your business out of a jam, a data backup is possibly the most important. However, a backup is only as reliable as it is configured to be. To ensure your backup is optimized to your business’ needs, we’ve compiled a few questions to ask as you examine your backup solution.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Ways To Speed Up Your Computer

Tip of the Week: 4 Ways To Speed Up Your Computer

A slow computer is many things, but most of all, it’s an annoying problem to have. When you have work that needs to get done, a slow computer can hold you back from reaching your maximum potential. Do you struggle with technology that’s running at less than maximum efficiency? We’ll discuss some of the ways that you can resolve the issue of a slow computer.

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3 Warning Signs That You Need Technology Management Assistance

3 Warning Signs That You Need Technology Management Assistance

Your business is running as smooth as can be and your employees are performing their day-to-day duties in an admirable fashion. Everything is falling into place as you close in on a project deadline with extra time to spare. In a single moment, however, that all comes crashing down as your server experiences a fatal error, or your workstations start to run sluggishly. If your organization suffers from technology difficulties, how do you approach them?

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Illegal Marketplace On The Dark Web Shut Down

Illegal Marketplace On The Dark Web Shut Down

A Dark Web marketplace known as AlphaBay has been brought down by an international law enforcement effort between the United States, Canada, and Thailand.

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Tip of the Week: How to Customize Your Google Searches

Tip of the Week: How to Customize Your Google Searches

Since its launch in September 1998, Google has basically become the undisputed King of the Internet. Their search engine receives more than 3.5 BILLION searches every single day and has crawled 1.2 billion active websites. With so many websites indexed, finding the information you’re looking for can be a challenge. Luckily, Google has a few features and settings that you can use to customize and refine your search.

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3 Things You Need to Know When Backing Up

3 Things You Need to Know When Backing Up

Your data is a critical part of your business, and as such, needs to be protected. One of the most effective means of doing so is to maintain reliable backups. However, not just any backup will do. In today’s blog, we’ll review what you need to keep in mind in order to successfully maintain a data backup.

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