No one ever hopes that they have to take advantage of their disaster recovery solution, but it is something that every business needs to have in order to sustain operations even in the worst of times. Comprehending how these solutions work, as well as the goals your organization has for them, are imperative to recovering post-disaster.
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There’s a significant difference between turning off some appliance, like a TV or a microwave, and turning off your computer. Why does the computer take so long to actually turn off, and is there any way to speed up the process? Let's give you a few ideas as to how to accelerate up the shutdown process.
Every executive wants an office assistant that can assist with daily “grunt work.” These office assistants handle a lot of work that the owner simply doesn’t have time for. Alas, small businesses are working with a small budget, making the odds of affording extra help slim to none. Can Amazon’s Alexa offer another option for this predicament?
Organizations of all sizes utilize varying degrees of technology to upgrade productivity, efficiency, and security. The more an organization depends on its data, the more imperative it is for them to manage and maintain the systems in which this data is dependent. For businesses that have a lack of financial resources to support these systems, it is often left to unqualified employees, putting your organization at risk. What do you do when you need expertise that you lack and can’t afford to hire in-house staff?
The Internet is an astonishing tool, but like many tools, it can work better if other tools are utilized with it. These other, additional tools are called plug-ins. Let's examine what a plug-in is, and how they all help us utilize the Internet more effectively.
Have you ever packed too many personal belongings for a short trip? Have you ever packed too much technology? Do you have multiple devices? The truth is that no matter the reason you are traveling, you don’t need to pack like royalty to stay productive while you are on the road. Let's discuss how scaling down your technology while you travel is a solid practice.
At first, the idea of wireless charging seems to be a perfect; what if, someday, our devices never have to be charged? This is probably why such aggressive progress has been made toward building a better battery charger. Nevertheless, not everyone is convinced that a wireless charging upgrade will have the desired results.
Windows operating systems have different settings for connecting to different networks. This may seem like a slight detail, but it can result in significant ramifications to your cybersecurity, as well as of course your organization. Let's discuss how to utilize your network profile to stay secure, based on your situation.
Some cyber threats out there are dangerous enough to cause major entities to warn against them. Specifically, a recent malware called VPNFilter has been deemed hazardous and prevalent enough that the FBI has addressed it. Since the malware targets routers, it has significant potential to become a considerable problem for your business.
While small businesses can obviously benefit from technology, they can also bite off more than they can chew, which can result in a dangerous increase in costs. A responsible business owner will avoid this temptation and prioritize the solutions they need over the ones they want, creating profitability and generating capital needed to make other improvements.
If your business can't be relied upon to ensure that payments are properly received and processed, then it doesn’t matter how good of a service you provide or how great your customer service standards are. Invoices are a critical tool to ensure your payments due are coming in efficiently. Below we examine how to leverage them better.
Sometimes technology just doesn’t perform how we need it to, an annoyance that leads most users to call the help desk for assistance. While this is certainly well and good, we thought we would share a few tips that you can use to save some time for both yourself and your help desk, hopefully leading to a faster and more efficient way of troubleshooting problems.
Successful businesses and influencers utilize social media to great effect, no matter the service, but as with most accounts in a connected world, security is extremely critical and can influence your own use of social media. Listed below are some ways that you can keep yourself safe while using social media and how smart use of social media can improve the security of your business, too.
When you think about the workweek, there’s a good chance that some iteration of the 40-hour week, broken into 9-to-5 shifts on the weekdays, is what comes to mind. It’s just the way things are done. This may not be a good thing, however. Listed below is a consideration of the origins of our modern work schedule, and how changing it could provide us all with some significant benefits.
When you read about concepts like network security and data backup, you might come across the phrase “redundancy” or “redundant.” Depending on your familiarity with the business of IT solutions, you might think of this as an odd term to use to describe something incredibly valuable. Listed below is a look at what this word means, especially in how it is portrayed in information technology.
How many people do you fundamentally trust? In a zero trust network, that number is reduced to zero. The idea of such a network is that everyone, whether they’re operating inside of the network or out, needs to be verified… and as you might imagine, it has proven effective in preventing data breaches.
The Internet browser is certainly one of the most-utilized applications in this day of cloud-hosted resources and online content… but for all that use, is it also one of the most-secured applications? In some ways, yes… but there’s always a few extra steps that can help you enhance your protections.
Authentication has been a significant talking point for the past few years, especially as the value of data has only increased and security has correspondingly increased in importance. As a result, more secure and reliable means of identity verification have also become more important. Now, voice authentication is being considered as such a means.
Virtual private networking, while maybe not the most recognizable term to everyone, at least seems to be pretty straightforward. Such a specific-sounding term must apply to one aspect of technology and that one aspect alone, right?
In actuality, there are two kinds of VPN. Listed below are what makes them different, and which your business should utilize.
The cyberattack on SolarWinds was devastating for many reasons, and Microsoft has officially uncovered yet another kind of malware used in the attack on the software provider: a backdoor threat they have named FoggyWeb. What does this threat do and why is it so imperative to look at this incident even now?
The cloud is a great opportunity for businesses to enhance accessibility of data and increase productivity, especially while remote, but for those who do not know how to approach it, the cloud can be intimidating. Listed below is the case for a private cloud solution and why you should consider it as a viable option for your business, even if it does not seem like it at the moment.
The significant difference between an enterprise and a small or medium-sized business is just its size. As a result, many of the tools that the enterprise takes advantage of can easily be used by their smaller counterparts. Listed below are a few of these processes and technologies.
It’s not unheard of for some threats to remain undiscovered for months or even years, as is the case with an especially nasty one in the Microsoft Azure database system. This exploit, discovered by cloud security provider Wiz, is built into Cosmos DB, Microsoft Azure’s managed database service. Listed below is a look at the exploit and see what we can learn from it.
Whenever your technology is involved in your business processes, it is imperative that you abide by best practices to see the most effective results. Listed below are the most effective practices that you should reinforce in your operations.
Take a moment to imagine yourself in this scenario: you are going about your day-to-day business when all of a sudden, something profound happens to disrupt operations, grinding productivity to a halt and possibly even putting your organization’s workers or infrastructure in jeopardy. No matter the disaster experienced, you need to have a plan in place to not only respond, but also recover from the incident in the most efficient way possible.
You might think that remote work for specific positions is taking off, and while this is true for some companies, it’s not the case for all. For instance, Knowledge workers are seeing fewer and fewer new job postings, as evidenced by a report from Braintrust. This report analyzed 150,000 new job postings and had some surprising results on the remote work front.
Remote work has been embraced over the past two years, in no small part due to the impact of the pandemic. That being said, some of the impacts of remote work have made it clear to many businesses that its advantages shouldn’t be sacrificed once it is no longer required. Let’s review how businesses can improve by continuing the practices of remote work, even after the need for remote work has passed.
Windows 11 is quickly approaching; now is the perfect time to discuss Windows upgrades and upcoming end-of-life scenarios, including Windows 8.1, which is slated to expire in 2023. You might be wondering if you have the hardware to handle this upgrade, and that’s a valid question, but what does the end-of-life scenario for Windows 8.1 really look like for your business?
Companies often struggle with finding talent, and a variety of factors can contribute to this. Some are limited by their geographic location, although this has been made significantly less of a factor thanks to remote technology, whereas others might be limited by budget. Fortunately, outsourcing is a great way to shore up weaknesses in your organization’s operations, particularly for finding IT talent.