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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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Tip of the Week: Identifying Your Virtualization Needs

Tip of the Week: Identifying Your Virtualization Needs

Virtualization has opened a world of opportunity for businesses seeking a more flexible business computing system, rather than a disparate and occasionally wasteful collection of computing components. For this week’s tip, we’ll walk through the process of adopting virtualization and what that will entail for your business.

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How Your Technology Can Help You Prioritize Productivity

How Your Technology Can Help You Prioritize Productivity

One of the most prominent benefits that technology has lent to businesses and their operations is how much more potential productivity these businesses can enjoy--that is, assuming that these businesses leverage the right technology solutions. Today, we’ll review three solutions that can provide your business with a much greater level of productivity than what could have been achieved in the past.

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Managing Company Documents in the Paperless Office

Managing Company Documents in the Paperless Office

Every business produces thousands of documents. Invoices, memos, receipts, and the presence of all the other essential documents creates a situation: where do you store all this paper? The file cabinet was a good solution for this, but what happens when you fill one up? Do you just get another? And another? And another?

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Let Downtime Stop Productivity

Tip of the Week: Don’t Let Downtime Stop Productivity

There’s nothing more irritating in the morning than booting up your computer and having to wait for updates to finish applying before getting to work. Sure, it gives you a chance to settle down, make a cup of coffee, and catch up with your co-workers, but there are other productive ways to spend your technology-related downtime. Here is how you can be productive even when your computer seems to be making it impossible.

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Get More Done By Automating Parts of Your Business

Get More Done By Automating Parts of Your Business

Let’s face it, it’s hard to get things done in the office sometimes. Productivity is something that is precious in the workday, but it’s difficult to maintain if the tasks are monotonous and repetitive. Automation can take some of these tasks and make them more manageable, but it can do so in a way that helps you boost your productivity as a whole.

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500 Million Users Exposed by Marriott

500 Million Users Exposed by Marriott

2018 has been the year of the hack. The problem, so was 2017, 2016, and so on… Marriott International has announced that they have had what could be the second largest data leak in history. They are saying that they are responsible for a data breach that leaked some 500 million records over a five-year span.

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