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How Current Events Should Impact Your Business’ Technology Strategy

How Current Events Should Impact Your Business’ Technology Strategy

While it is very, very hard to say that much good has come from the COVID-19 pandemic, much less to make light of it, it is an important exercise for all of us to take. That’s why we wanted to take a few moments to reflect on the advancements—including an objectively silly one—that this time has helped foster.

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Tip of the Week: Adding Google Drive Files to Your Bookmarks

Tip of the Week: Adding Google Drive Files to Your Bookmarks

Your business’ productivity is incredibly important to its processes. Considering this, it is critically important that you enable your team to work as productively as possible. To help you accomplish this, we’re sharing a tip with you: how to add your G Suite documents to your bookmarks bar.

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Are Professional Habits Changing During the New Normal?

Are Professional Habits Changing During the New Normal?

Remote collaboration has now become a necessity for the workforce to continue their productivity, so many businesses have adopted the modern pinnacle: video conferencing. With this widespread adoption, widespread eccentricities have also arisen. Let’s take a deep dive into one of the most noticed eccentricities that have come about: waving goodbye at the end of a video conference.

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Features to Seek Out in a Business Router

Features to Seek Out in a Business Router

Your business’ wireless is an important factor to consider in your operations, which means that your choice of router is crucial for your overall success. Here, we’re going into a few considerations that you should keep in mind as you select your router.

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Tip of the Week: How to Create a Thread on Twitter

Tip of the Week: How to Create a Thread on Twitter

Do you use Twitter to keep in touch with your clients? If you don’t, you should consider it, as it provides a simple way for you to reach the people you want to have as clients. While the brief-message format that Twitter is based on may seem to be an obstacle, Twitter has provided an elegant way to overcome this potential issue. This week, our tip will cover how to create a Twitter thread.

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Macs Are Not Immune to Cybersecurity Threats

Macs Are Not Immune to Cybersecurity Threats

It’s a common myth that Apple computers don’t get viruses. It’s not uncommon for a Mac user to chime in and say, “you should have gotten a Mac,” when a PC user mentions getting a virus or malware. 

Let’s unpack this myth, and talk a little about how, no matter what technology you have, you need to protect it.

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Not All Cybersecurity Efforts Work to Keep You Secure

Not All Cybersecurity Efforts Work to Keep You Secure

There are many security buzzwords that come into play when the technology available to help secure a business is discussed. The problem is that many of these buzzwords sound great but are actually very poor fits to the real needs of most small and medium-sized businesses. Let’s consider how these buzzwords play into the concept of “security theater” and how this can impact businesses negatively.

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Tip of the Week: Changing Your Notification Settings on Android Devices

Tip of the Week: Changing Your Notification Settings on Android Devices

Notifications are one of the Android mobile platform’s most-often-used functions, but they can perhaps also detract from workplace focus the most. To help limit these interruptions, we’re dedicating this week’s tip to better managing these notifications for your productivity.

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What You Need to Know About PCI Compliance

What You Need to Know About PCI Compliance

The days of the cash-only business are over. It doesn’t matter if your business is a multinational corporation or you cut grass for a living, accepting payment cards is not only convenient for your customers, most of the time it’s the most secure way to get paid. In an effort to protect the personal and financial information of consumers who have come to depend on their payment cards, the banks that back the credit card industry have developed a regulation that businesses who process cards need to adhere to. Today, we will go over this regulation and how it affects small and medium-sized businesses.

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Careful, This Wallpaper will Brick Your Phone. Wait, What?

Careful, This Wallpaper will Brick Your Phone. Wait, What?

Hold onto your hats folks, this article is a rollercoaster. It has been recently discovered that a totally innocuous photograph is causing smartphones to break when set as the wallpaper. Is this some new malicious type of malware? Are dastardly hackers behind this exploit? 

It’s a much crazier story. Let’s take a look

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Tip of the Week: Put Policies in Writing for More Impact

Tip of the Week: Put Policies in Writing for More Impact

Are your company’s policies and procedures documented? If not, they should be. Having a policy and procedure manual will act as an easy-to-distribute guide to educate your staff on the expectations you have for them. It will also provide a physical document that can be referenced if employees have questions about anything pertaining to your business. Today, we will give you a few tips on how to best go about completing an employee handbook for your business. 

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What You Can Integrate with Your Business’ CRM Solution

What You Can Integrate with Your Business’ CRM Solution

To succeed in business, you need to cultivate relationships with the people you call your prospects and clients. Like any relationship, this takes a lot of work, never mind the fact that you’re dealing with hundreds instead of just one. However, there is a solution to help you with this, called a CRM, and its integrations offer nothing but benefit. Let’s discuss.

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Get the Most Value Out of Your IT Budget

Get the Most Value Out of Your IT Budget

Businesses of all sizes have budgetary considerations to observe, so it is crucial that any investments into their operations are optimized to meet each business’ individual goals. With the assistance of a managed service provider, this process is simplified. Let’s go over a few ways that a business can push its IT investment further, especially if it has subscribed to managed services.

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Tip of the Week: Time Management that Really Works

Tip of the Week: Time Management that Really Works

You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. Making the most of your time at work isn’t always easy. There are all types of unexpected distractions that take up a lot of time, so you should know what works to help you get the most out of the time you do have. Today, we present three considerations that will help you manage your time better.

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Yeah, There’s a Reason Some Scams are So Obvious

Yeah, There’s a Reason Some Scams are So Obvious

We’ve all seen them: the scam emails that are so obviously a scam, you have no idea why a scammer or a cybercriminal would even bother sending them. It just so happens that there is a very good reason that criminals continue to use these transparent attacks, as they have done for centuries.

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What If Your Team is Burning Out at Home?

What If Your Team is Burning Out at Home?

As businesses everywhere are now operating with a remote workforce, many are seeing an issue common enough in the office settling in with their at-home employees: burnout. Let’s examine this phenomenon and see what can be done to avoid it.

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Tip of the Week: Simplify Your Processes with Workspaces in Google Drive!

Tip of the Week: Simplify Your Processes with Workspaces in Google Drive!

To consolidate their tools, numerous businesses have adopted the centralized benefits of software suites and comprehensive cloud services, like Google’s G Suite offering. However, while all these files and resources may be available through a single service in G Suite, they could easily be stored in far different locations. For this week’s tip, we’re going over how you can fix this by using the Google Drive feature known as Workspaces.

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Social Media Services Under Fire

Social Media Services Under Fire

More than three-and-a-half billion people are active social media users, making it one of the best inventions of the 21st century. Recently, however, Twitter, one of the most used social media platforms in the world, got into some hot water when it labeled a tweet from President Donald Trump as having “potentially misleading information”. He then responded by signing an executive order condemning this action as a method of censorship. Let’s briefly unpack this issue.

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How Secure is Your Data, Really?

How Secure is Your Data, Really?

Internet-based companies have access to an audience that, at the very least, are extremely trusting of them. There is an expectation that these businesses will fulfill their promises while also protecting the information that their customers and clients provide to them, but are these expectations well-founded? Let’s consider common collection practices companies deploy and how you can keep yourself safe.

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Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Have Known

Tip of the Week: Keyboard Shortcuts You May Not Have Known

It can’t be denied that the Internet browser is one of the most utilized pieces of software on any workstation, mobile device, or computer of any kind. With so much time spent inside the browser, we thought that we would share some shortcuts that you probably don’t know exist.

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