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Do You See This Technology Hitting Your Office in 2018?

Do You See This Technology Hitting Your Office in 2018?

Small businesses rely on technology each and every day to accomplish their business goals, which are largely influenced by the technology that is available to leverage. To continue this cycle, it helps to look ahead and anticipate what will be prioritized next in computing and IT innovation. It appears that today’s businesses are more focused on convenience.

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We Put the Season’s Newest Smartphones Head-to-Head

We Put the Season’s Newest Smartphones Head-to-Head

With so many smartphones on the market, it can be difficult and challenging to figure out which one works best for your personal use. We’ll provide all of the relevant specs for flagship devices from some of the largest manufacturers in the industry, including what the differences are from older editions of similar devices. Which device do you hope to find in your stocking this holiday season?

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Who’s Responsible for Patches? Everyone!

Who’s Responsible for Patches? Everyone!

Applications and software solutions can be difficult to manage for some businesses. If you don’t have a dedicated IT department that is responsible for deploying patches and security updates, it’s not out of the ordinary to have software that’s not running the latest versions or updates. This presents a major problem in the form of security issues.

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Tip of the Week: Try Out These Tricks Next Time You Browse the Web

Tip of the Week: Try Out These Tricks Next Time You Browse the Web

Your business relies on the Internet in order to accomplish a number of goals, including finding out information about your competition, accessing applications stored in the cloud, and simply staying in touch with your various contacts. However, there’s always room for improvement, and even some of the most simple tips can be a considerable help in achieving your day-to-day goals. Here are three ways you can make better use of your Internet browser.

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A Thorough Cybersecurity Strategy Begins with Knowing What You Are up Against

A Thorough Cybersecurity Strategy Begins with Knowing What You Are up Against

Since many modern businesses rely on technology, it becomes mandatory that they have an idea on how to best protect themselves against the myriad of threats that can be found online. Knowing what kind of threats that you may encounter is key to concocting a thorough cybersecurity strategy.

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Tablet Sales are Dipping--Here’s a Few Reasons Why

Tablet Sales are Dipping--Here’s a Few Reasons Why

There was once a time that it was expected that the tablet would overtake PCs as the computing device of choice, but the steady decline of tablet sales would suggest that was a prediction that missed the mark. The question is--why? As it turns out, there are a few reasons that the tablet isn’t performing as expected.

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Tip of the Week: Cortana Makes Keeping Track of Your Team Easier

Tip of the Week: Cortana Makes Keeping Track of Your Team Easier

Cortana is a very useful assistant to have around the office, but did you know how useful Cortana can be in other aspects of your life? With football season underway, we felt it was appropriate to share how Cortana can help you follow your favorite teams. Of course, this will work for any sport, and it is a very easy process.

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For Business Purposes, VoIP Just Makes Sense

For Business Purposes, VoIP Just Makes Sense

Voice over Internet Protocol, more commonly referred to as VoIP, has quickly become the most practical and efficient choice for a small business’ communication solution. While most businesses using VoIP can share their positive experience with VoIP, some people don’t even know what it is. We’re here to help you thoroughly understand what VoIP is, and point out the many benefits that your organization can stand to gain by implementing VoIP.

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Cortana Toy Pulled Among Security Concerns

Cortana Toy Pulled Among Security Concerns

Smart technologies are becoming more and more prevalent in everyday life. As such, it may not be a bad idea to prepare today’s children for their technology-filled tomorrow. However, as Mattel discovered with their kid-targeted smarthome hub, Aristotle, it is important to make sure that these devices are secure enough to ensure the safety of their youthful users.

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Tip of the Week: Want Faster Wi-Fi? Look To Your Router!

Tip of the Week: Want Faster Wi-Fi? Look To Your Router!

A faster Internet connection seems to always be on a user’s wishlist. Achieving this goal may be in reach, as the hold-up may actually be caused by your router. For this week’s tip, we’ll go through some steps to adjusting your router to speed up your Internet connection.

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The Cloud Can Effectively Be Used For File Sharing

The Cloud Can Effectively Be Used For File Sharing

Businesses today rely on technology, and as a result, their means of getting the resources they need are shifting and advancing. Consequently, cloud-based offerings have become popular because of their capabilities in the workplace. One of these capabilities has become particularly popular due to its utility to businesses: file sharing.

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How Are We Still Unsure of What Makes a Data Breach?

How Are We Still Unsure of What Makes a Data Breach?

Since the first of July 2017, over 10 million records containing personal information have been stolen each day. Are you one of these people? If you’re not, you might know someone who has been affected by these data breaches. Considering how high this rate is, it’s natural that you would want to take steps to protect your personal information, as well as any data stored by your business.

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Tip of the Week: 7 Useful Google Chrome Extensions

Tip of the Week: 7 Useful Google Chrome Extensions

There’s a reason that Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. First introduced to the market in 2008, Chrome’s global market share is nearly 60% and climbing. One of the factors that make Chrome so popular is the ability to add ‘extensions’ to the browser. Primarily developed to enhance user experience through improved functionality or additional features, extensions are small applications that can be added to the browser's tool bar. To continuously create extensions that keep up with the needs of users, Chrome is “free and open source” software. Open source means that Google releases the browser’s source code to developers who are free to use it to develop extensions.

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PINs Distributed By Equifax Increases Risk

PINs Distributed By Equifax Increases Risk

By now, you’ve heard all about the Equifax data breach, which exposed sensitive information of 143 million individuals. To keep this from leading to identity theft and other challenges for these users, many professionals are encouraging them to freeze their credit lines. To do so, a PIN is required, which is something that a hacker can easily take advantage of.

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We Examine What We Know About the New iPhone Models

We Examine What We Know About the New iPhone Models

The iPhone was one of the first major smartphones introduced to the world, and Apple has released so many iterations of it that it’s almost unbelievable how far it has come. In fact, over the past 10 years, so many smartphones and devices have been introduced that it is incredible think that it was one device that started it all.

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Tip of the Week: How To Use Excel To Its Full Potential

Tip of the Week: How To Use Excel To Its Full Potential

Microsoft Office is arguably the most popular document suite in the world. Businesses of all sizes use them extensively in their daily operations. In fact, many employers require potential team members have advanced knowledge of various Office applications in order to qualify for a vacant position. Still, despite being so widely used, only a fraction of users are aware of the application's true capabilities or which features and formulas they could use to make their daily tasks and processes easier to manage.

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What Does a SMiShing Attempt Look Like?

What Does a SMiShing Attempt Look Like?

Phishing--it’s a threat that tells a tantalizing lie to entrap its target, and one that you’ve likely heard of before. However, as technology has advanced, so have the opportunities that cybercriminals have to leverage phishing attempts. Smartphones, for instance, make it so that you must be aware and on the lookout for SMiShing scams.

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Would You Pay $10 Grand To Keep Your Website Away From XXX Content?

Would You Pay $10 Grand To Keep Your Website Away From XXX Content?

Have you ever thought about what would happen if your IT administrator were to go rogue and create redirects on your website that take your visitors to inappropriate content? Well, it happened to one unfortunate company in Arizona, and it ended poorly for both parties involved. What started as a ransom ended up as four years of probation and a huge sum of cash paid in restitution.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Ways to Speed Up Your Chrome Browser on Android

Tip of the Week: 4 Ways to Speed Up Your Chrome Browser on Android

Chrome is an excellent browser to use, especially when the device it is used on is powered by Android. However, you may have noticed that your Chrome for Android browsing seems to slow down, making your mobile computing more aggravating than it has to be. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over a few ways to bring Chrome for Android back up to speed.

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Why Is Remote Monitoring and Management A Good Choice? Here’s 3 Reasons

Why Is Remote Monitoring and Management A Good Choice? Here’s 3 Reasons

It isn’t easy to run a small business, and a lot of this difficulty comes from the fact that--as an owner of a small business--you have some limitations that dictate how your business can be run. A major limitation for many businesses is the budgetary one. However, modern solutions can help businesses to squeeze more value from their budget. One such solution is remote monitoring and management.

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