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Should Your Business Be Looking to Chrome OS?

Should Your Business Be Looking to Chrome OS?

Chances are that you use the Chrome web browser, and we know that even if you don’t, you definitely use Google search. With all the exposure these applications bring Google, it is kind of strange that their operating system, Chrome OS, isn’t more popular. Today, we will take a look at Chrome OS, the Chromebook, and explain why they might be a cost-effective solution for your business.

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Migrating to the Cloud? Avoid These Problems

Migrating to the Cloud? Avoid These Problems

With cloud computing being utilized by a majority of businesses nowadays, it’s not as big of a surprise when one wants to move files from a locally-hosted server to a cloud server; or, from a cloud server to a new cloud server. This presents a fair amount of problems that you have to be mindful of if you want to move the data and applications over properly. Today, we’ll take a look at some problems you may face, and how to make sure they don’t weigh down your next cloud migration.

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Tip of the Week: Creating a Database in Excel

Tip of the Week: Creating a Database in Excel

When trying to keep a lot of data organized concisely, while still keeping it all accessible when needed, a database is an excellent tool to leverage. Furthermore, it can be fairly simple to generate one of your own by using Microsoft Excel. We’ll offer a few steps and tips to ensure you get the most out of this capability.

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How Good IT Makes It Seem Like You Don’t Need It

How Good IT Makes It Seem Like You Don’t Need It

As a business owner, I’m sure you’ve reviewed your business expenses… but have you ever gone through them and wondered just what it was that you had spent your money on? It’s an understandable feeling to have. The many different IT expenses that show up on the standard invoice can add up quickly, and might inspire you to reconsider how you’re investing them… besides, how much do you really need an IT provider that you never seem to call?

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Social Media Can Be a Great Business Tool, So Long as It’s Secured

Social Media Can Be a Great Business Tool, So Long as It’s Secured

There is no denying that social media is one of the most powerful communication tools of our time, especially for businesses trying to communicate with their clients and customers. However, while you will want to have an account for your business on social media, you might not want a presence of your own. Today, we’ll discuss this quandary, and how you can resolve it.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Get Faced by FaceTime

Tip of the Week: Don’t Get Faced by FaceTime

Sometimes threats come from the most unlikely places. One such threat came in the form of Apple’s FaceTime app, which gives users the ability to spy on others without their consent through group FaceTime calls. Even though a patch has been issued that solves the problem, it’s still worth reflecting on.

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Are You Backing Up All the Data You Need?

Are You Backing Up All the Data You Need?

When we map out a network for a business, a huge factor that goes into the decision-making process is about the data that travels across the network. Your organization’s data, and it’s security and continuity, is extremely important. In fact, we feel it’s one of the most important aspects of your business.

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The Right and Wrong of the Hollywood Hack

The Right and Wrong of the Hollywood Hack

Movies and television shows are a big part of our culture. When hackers are portrayed on the silver (or small) screen, there are some major dramatic elements added to their performances to keep the audience from dismissing key pieces of plot. Today, we will look at hacker portrayals, and what Hollywood gets right, and what it gets completely wrong.

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Tip of the Week: How to Hide Yourself from Skype

Tip of the Week: How to Hide Yourself from Skype

In a recent update, Microsoft added Skype to the taskbars of many PCs. While many may believe that they don’t use Skype, they actually have an account because it is tied to their Microsoft account. If you don’t want people to be able to find you on the video chatting service, you’re going to want to follow the instructions we’ve outlined here.

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Understanding How a Password is Cracked

Understanding How a Password is Cracked

If you were to ask us what one of the most important cybersecurity features to have is, chances are, we’d answer “secure passwords.” Sure, this might be the answer that you’d hear from everyone, but that’s because it is really that important. For our tip, we’ll illustrate how it’s so important by examining a few key processes hackers use to crack a password.

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How Retail is Starting to Need IT

How Retail is Starting to Need IT

Of all industries, retail has probably escaped the dependence on technology that many others have developed over the years for the longest span of time. However, it has become clear that there are many ways that IT solutions can assist the retail sector that just weren’t present in the past. However, this shift is proving challenging for many of this industry’s leaders.

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Tip of the Week: Are You Using the Right Software?

Tip of the Week: Are You Using the Right Software?

Businesses that have been around the block a time or two may have discovered specific software titles that yield little-to-no results. Some might even be security risks that you simply aren’t willing to expose your data to. The free or cheap software found by some organizations to make up for operational deficiencies don’t always cut it, and some can even put your business at risk. This week’s tip is dedicated to finding the best software for your business.

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These 3 Technologies Never Took Off

These 3 Technologies Never Took Off

Technology innovation continues to move rapidly. It seems that every few days that there is a major breakthrough with some type of IT or other computer-based technology that is seemingly going to change the world; or, at the very least improve humanity in some way. Sometimes, however, it just wasn’t meant to be. We’ll take a look at a few technologies that once were shoo-ins to transform society, only to have come up short in one way or another.

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The Pros (and Cons) of Automating Your Processes

The Pros (and Cons) of Automating Your Processes

Automation is all around us, in almost any industry one could name. This is because there are many benefits that it can offer a business of any size. Having said this, these businesses need to be careful, as there are a few situations in which improperly leveraging automation will actually hurt productivity. Let’s review these benefits and detriments in a bit more detail.

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Tip of the Week: Utilizing Laptops Is a Solid Strategy

Tip of the Week: Utilizing Laptops Is a Solid Strategy

Nowadays, it’s odder not to utilize technology in the office environment. This, if anything, only makes it more important for you to embrace the proper technology that matches your office’s approach to the responsibilities and tasks of every day. For this week’s tip, we’ll look at a few reasons why you may want to make laptops the office’s standardized device.

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What VoIP Solution Is Right For You?

What VoIP Solution Is Right For You?

The cloud has made so many services accessible that it can be difficult to isolate one in particular your organization can benefit from. Nonetheless, we’ve tried to narrow it down a bit, and it’s clear that Voice over Internet Protocol is a solution that all businesses can benefit from for one specific reason. Let’s dig in to why VoIP is such a great tool to use in the cloud, particularly in regard to the argument of hosted vs on-site VoIP.

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Have You Adopted Messaging in Your Business Processes?

Have You Adopted Messaging in Your Business Processes?

It has become more evident than ever: any business that wants to be successful needs to have the proper means of communication established. For many years, this meant utilizing email for business correspondence. Now, while email still has a valuable place in business operations, users rely on messaging platforms that almost ensure that they get their point across instantly.

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Tip of the Week: How G Suite Can Benefit Your Business

Tip of the Week: How G Suite Can Benefit Your Business

When you’re trying to run a business, there are a few things that you will require of your technology solutions. However, finding a solution that fits the bill isn’t always the easiest thing to do independently. That’s why we’re dedicating this week’s tip to an overview on using Google’s solutions for your business’ benefit.

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Why You Should Look at Digital Signage for Your Business

Why You Should Look at Digital Signage for Your Business

In this day and age, it seems that everything is being digitized - even your business’ signage. This is to your benefit, as digital signage offers many capabilities that a traditional sign just can’t. If you’re on the fence about adding a digital signage strategy to your business, we have a few reasons to consider it a viable solution.

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Retain Key Employees by Investing in Technology

Retain Key Employees by Investing in Technology

A lot of good can be accomplished by making a change to your business’ technology. On the other hand, if you don’t properly implement technology it can be a devastating blow to your business; and, not in the way you may think. With today’s employees getting more and more computer savvy, if you don’t feature the right technology, it could be a reason that your employees leave your company.

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