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Everything You Should Know about Microsoft Surface

Everything You Should Know about Microsoft Surface

The Surface Laptop is the latest gadget from Microsoft. It ls already making waves in the market. Here are a few details about it.   In recent years, getting a slick laptop that was both compact and capable means you have to get an Apple product. However, you may now have an alternative thanks to […]


The Top 10 Advantages to Working with an External IT Service Company

The Top 10 Advantages to Working with an External IT Service Company

An external IT services company may be exactly what small and growing businesses need: Here’s why. Partnering with an external IT services companies brings plenty of benefits, especially for small and mid-sized companies that are grappling with the data challenges of an evolving world: The problem is that many businesses don’t realize that. They are […]


Google’s Chrome Set to Introduce Ad Blocker in 2018

Google’s Chrome Set to Introduce Ad Blocker in 2018

In an effort to reduce the intrusive and annoying nature of such ads, Google has announced that their new browser version will feature an automatic ad blocker. Consider the vast amounts of information, communication, and entertainment, which is funneled through the Internet daily. How often are you part of this stream and how often is […]


Don’t Be A Victim Of Fake Malware Protection Apps On The Google Play Store

Don’t Be A Victim Of Fake Malware Protection Apps On The Google Play Store

Don’t be fooled by the fake apps popping up on the Google Play store that falsely claim to protect you from ransomware. Recently, many Android device users were confronted with a barrage of fake apps in the Google Play store that claimed to protect against the WannaCry ransomware that has affected tens of thousands of […]


The Queen’s Two Birthdays, British Weather, and Why This Actually Matters to When Updating Data Security

The Queen’s Two Birthdays, British Weather, and Why This Actually Matters to When Updating Data Security

Here’s why you should never wait for security updates – oh and a bit about the Queen’s birthday! As followers of British royalty doubtless already know, Queen Elizabeth II recently celebrated her 91st birthday – sort of. You see, because of the way these celebrations work, the “birthday” that the Queen has celebrated for so […]


Happy World Environment Day Everyone

Happy World Environment Day Everyone

Undeniable Link Between Strategic Tech Implementation and Sustainable Business Practices Now more than ever, business professionals in every industry are looking for the most sustainable and cost-efficient ways to reduce their environmental impact and drive sustainability. In an increasingly fast-paced and digital-based business environment, technology is playing a larger role in the effort to develop […]


The Worst IT Mistakes Businesses Make When They Forget About Security

The Worst IT Mistakes Businesses Make When They Forget About Security

IT without security is a mess waiting to happen: Don’t make these mistakes! No business should make an IT decision without considering data security. When the two get separated, IT decisions start to develop serious problems. Too many companies have focused on adopting a particular solution without exploring how safe it is…which leads to problems […]


The Best Windows Apps for Your Business (That Can Also Save Space)  

The Best Windows Apps for Your Business (That Can Also Save Space)  

Want more productivity on Windows? Check out these highly integrated apps. Windows 10 works best when you have the right apps that take advantage of its integration with Microsoft services as well as other software. This is particularly the case of apps that take critical business services that you depend on and replace them with […]


WannaCry Ransomware: How it Started and Where it Stands Now

WannaCry Ransomware: How it Started and Where it Stands Now

WannaCry may be beaten, but here’s why the ransomware can still be dangerous. WannaCry is an infamous example of how dangerous ransomware can be in the modern world. Almost overnight, this cyber attack hit computers around the world and managed to infect 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries before going back to the benches […]


9 Tips To Stop Wanna Cry Ransomware

9 Tips To Stop Wanna Cry Ransomware

What to do when you WannaCry – 9 Steps to Fight Ransomware Now The WannaCry ransomware has swept the globe – affecting more than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries. Nothing is certain, but it looks like it is the work of a rogue state trying to cause global instability and gather cash to […]


Ransomware Takes Down Hospitals in the UK. – Are your systems safe?

Ransomware Takes Down Hospitals in the UK. – Are your systems safe?

It’s called the Wanna Decryptor, and it’s one of the most feared ransomware strains today. Why? Because once your systems are infected with this ransomware variant, there is nothing that can be done for you. There is no known software that can decrypt a computer or network once it has been infected and encrypted by […]


Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based work hub destined to change the way you communicate with team members. Follow these tips and tricks to make the most of your Office 365 experience. The goal of Office 365 developers is not only to make better productivity applications, but they also want to allow for a more collaborative […]


You Need To Know About This Great Application

You Need To Know About This Great Application

Microsoft Teams is the chat tool your business needs. Microsoft “Teams” is one of the many ways that Microsoft is improving the Office 365 experience with. This communication tool could revolutionize the ways that your employees talk with each other – but we understand that adopting yet another tool may not sound especially attractive in […]


Top 10 Tips for Improving Office Communication Skills

Top 10 Tips for Improving Office Communication Skills

Becoming a master communicator in the workplace will improve overall performance and efficiency of your team members. Excellent communication skills take time to develop but can be a learned skill. Workplace communication skills are highly valued but are often found to be lacking. According to a 2016 survey from the IT firm Comparably, 52 percent […]


From Telegraphs to USENET and How to Protect Yourself from Spam

From Telegraphs to USENET and How to Protect Yourself from Spam

When someone thinks of spam they typically think of unsolicited bulk commercial email they receive in their inbox. However, the concept of spam started a little earlier than you might think. How far back? How does 1864 sound? Spam in 1864 you say? Yes, in the form of a telegraph, advertising a local dentistry actually. […]


Wisdom Wednesday: Taking and Printing Screenshots on Windows 10

Wisdom Wednesday: Taking and Printing Screenshots on Windows 10

Need a fast Windows screenshot? We’ll show you how to do it! Do you need to take a quick Windows screenshot for work or fun, but can’t figure out how to do it? Don’t worry: Our guide will show you just how it’s done. Copy the Screen for Posts Traditionally, the “Print Screen” option is […]


The Real Benefit of Cryptocurrencies: Revolutionizing How Financial Transactions Can Work

The Real Benefit of Cryptocurrencies: Revolutionizing How Financial Transactions Can Work

Cryptocurrencies and blockchains are changing the way we protect our data. Here’s why that’s exciting! If you’ve read about Bitcoin or other digital currencies out there, then you know what a cryptocurrency is. Cryptocurrencies only work because the details of the currency are heavily protected – and that’s great news for the rest of use […]


The 7 Metrics Your Marketing Team Needs to Measure for Success

The 7 Metrics Your Marketing Team Needs to Measure for Success

Is your marketing team measuring these important metrics? Here’s why this data is so valuable. Marketing departments, take note! Your business needs to look at these key data metrics when making marketing content decisions: Here’s why they’re so important – and why they may not be what you think. 1. Conversion Rates (Particularly for Online […]


6 Ways Technology Can Improve Productivity in the Workplace

6 Ways Technology Can Improve Productivity in the Workplace

Companies of all sizes are able to benefit from technology as a data-driven prescription for improvement in productivity. If you talk to many business professionals, there is a consensus that advancing technology is the future for successful firms and industries alike. Productivity and employee engagement are paramount to a company’s success, and emerging technologies are […]


I Want Highly Informative Excel Spreadsheets

I Want Highly Informative Excel Spreadsheets

If you are giving a presentation and part of it involves a shared display or handouts of a spreadsheet what can you do to keep the group awake? Let’s face it, Microsoft Excel is an excellent tool for organizing and manipulating statistical data, but when sharing your spreadsheet with others, your spreadsheet has to be […]


Zero-Day Cyber Attack Could Have Catastrophic Impacts for Microsoft Word Users

Zero-Day Cyber Attack Could Have Catastrophic Impacts for Microsoft Word Users

Malware attack seeks to disable user systems by targeting Microsoft Office vulnerability Microsoft Office users are on edge after being made aware of a new threat that has been targeting fully-patched systems using a zero-day attack. This cyber attack installs malware through an Office vulnerability and can leave user systems damaged or completely disabled. Until […]


Wisdom Wednesday: Master Snapchat In Your Business

Wisdom Wednesday: Master Snapchat In Your Business

When it comes to social media marketing, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are no longer enough. Get an edge over your competition by mastering Snapchat now! Since all but taking over online communication, social media has become a viable business tool as well. Social media is easy and affordable to use, and it allows access to […]


Does Your Information Technology Investments Help Your Marketing Departments?

Does Your Information Technology Investments Help Your Marketing Departments?

By choosing the right analytics, conversion optimization, and search engine marketing technologies, marketing departments can more effectively reach new customers. Every marketing department strives to achieve three primary goals. Engage with existing customers. Improve brand awareness, while simultaneously increasing conversion rates on campaigns. Reach new customers. Fortunately for marketing departments everywhere, certain technologies can help […]


March 31 Is World Backup Day

March 31 Is World Backup Day

To remain in business, stay competitive, and keep yourself and your company safe from a data loss disaster, there is a relatively standardized checklist that should be followed if you expect to survive the oft-treacherous contemporary conditions of business computing and Web connectivity. Here are 10 things you should have on your data network disaster […]


Wisdom Wednesday: The Hidden Costs Of Malware

Wisdom Wednesday: The Hidden Costs Of Malware

Ransomware is malware that either freezes your computer or locks it so you cannot access data and programs that your company normally uses. The criminal that is holding your system hostage, demands a ransom that is usually paid in Bitcoin. Imagine opening your business one morning, turning your computer on and reading a message that […]


No Password Required: How Hackers Continue Getting Important Information

No Password Required: How Hackers Continue Getting Important Information

Hackers can gain sensitive data through a flaw in the Windows operating system, gaining access to accounts even without a password. Hackers provide great insight into how Windows user sessions can be taken over and the information within the session easily accessed. While passwords can be reset for users by administrators, but it’s also possible […]


Complex Passwords Strengthen Company Networks

Complex Passwords Strengthen Company Networks

The passwords you choose and how you protect them will have an enormous impact on the security of your business and network; here’s how to protect your business. The risk of a breach or data theft is a major concern for most companies – and individuals, too. Why make it easy for the hackers by […]


Flashback Friday: Still Using 1995 Internet Technologies

Flashback Friday: Still Using 1995 Internet Technologies

The internet has changed over the years, but people remain the same. See what’s different, what’s similar and how the past can define the future. There’s a famous clip from The Today Show in 1994 where the hosts try to figure out what the internet is. Millennials watch it and giggle as the stars puzzle […]


Wisdom Wednesday: 4 Features to Send Your Business Website to the Top of Google’s Rankings

Wisdom Wednesday: 4 Features to Send Your Business Website to the Top of Google’s Rankings

Because Google always changes the algorithm that it uses to determine search engine rankings, your business’ website needs to stay on top of the current key features that can help move it to the top of Google’s search results. Many companies approach search engine optimization as a one-time challenge; once you have set up your […]


Put A Little SWAY Into Your Business

Put A Little SWAY Into Your Business

When you need to create dynamic content for your business, Sway is a great app from Office 365 that allows you to build professional presentations in minutes. When you run a small business, the need to present your business in a professional manner is still important. When you need an Office 365 technology that allows […]


20 Years of Viruses, Bugs and Computer Scams

20 Years of Viruses, Bugs and Computer Scams

There are viruses that can be implanted on a computer in 2017, and lie in wait until a network becomes vulnerable before attacking. Unfortunately, viruses have come a long way from 20 years ago. The term virus was coined early on in computer history, but it’s every bit as relevant today as it was then. […]


Wisdom Wednesday: How to Avoid Computer System Infection

Wisdom Wednesday: How to Avoid Computer System Infection

Criminals want your company’s financial data, customer lists including credit card information, intellectual property, and anything else they can sell. Cyber crime is a huge endeavor with severe consequences for organizations that are victimized. Criminals want your company’s financial data, customer lists including credit card information, intellectual property, and anything else they can sell. Besides […]


How Proactive Networking Enhances Your Security

How Proactive Networking Enhances Your Security

A look at how proactive networking enhances your business security When it comes to improving the security of your business, a proactive network is definitely the answer. As many believe that preventive maintenance and ensuring system uptime should remain the focus of your efforts, the most important part of guaranteeing uptime making sure that the […]


The Worst Password Mistakes that Compromise Security

The Worst Password Mistakes that Compromise Security

Broadcasting your password on national television may be the easiest way to invite hackers, but common password mistakes make it almost as easy for your data security to be compromised. Password safety may not be one of the most interesting topics in the realm of cybersecurity, but having a strong password is one of the […]


How to Keep Your Website Safe

How to Keep Your Website Safe

A web site is a major asset for your business. So, it makes sound business sense for it to be protected from hackers who don’t have your business’ best interests in mind. Startup companies and small and medium-sized businesses depend on their websites to promote their brand, bring potential customers/clients into the sales funnel, keep […]


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