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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.
For the average business, the database plays a large role. How large of a role? Your business won’t function the way you want it to function without it. In order to manage your databases correctly, you need a solid database management system (DBMS). Listed below is a discussion about the DBMS and how it works to assist your business computing.
We aren’t going to pretend that the investments required to preserve your business’ data security are small ones. Especially at first glance, you may very well start to question if such an investment is truly necessary.
The fact of the matter is that, compared to the costs that a breach of privacy will incur, the investment you put into your security measures will suddenly seem like a real bargain.
Have you ever gotten a message that just makes your heart sink in your chest? Chances are good that your team members feel that way whenever you send them a particular message, especially during certain times. Below we consider why this may be the case, and how you can better manage your communications to more effectively communicate with your team.
Every piece of technology we regularly use these days was once earth-shakingly innovative, regardless of how mundane and common it seems now. Think about it: people once had endless questions about the Internet, about computers…even about electricity. Listed below are some modern innovations that we have many questions about now, but may someday be just as much of a given as the other tools we so commonly use today.
Even though today's workplace tends to be PC-centric, Apple has had a major impact on technology and computing. It’s undeniable that Apple is pretty consistent with producing sleek, high-end hardware and efficient operating systems. Apple’s former CEO, Steve Jobs, was known to be a visionary and a perfectionist. That’s what makes this story even more bizarre.
How many of your employees do you think have a second job? This isn’t a particularly outlandish concept, but one thing that has come about as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its surge of remote work is that some employees hold two jobs at the same time, and not in the way that you might expect.
How often do you receive emails from someone written in another language? We bet the answer is “not usually,” but you never know when being able to translate an email might come in handy, especially if you ever do business overseas. Listed below are some facts about the built-in translation functionality that comes with Gmail.
No matter how big your company is, you’ll always have technology expenses. It’s just a fact of the current workplace, and your profits will be inexorably tied to how well your IT works for you. Moreover, the more IT costs rise, the more impact small and medium-sized businesses will feel from them. We wanted to address this problem and how you can limit the frustrations that stem from seemingly uncontrollable technology costs.
If Edgar Allan Poe worked in an office, here’s what one of his works would sound like:
True!—nervous—very, very dreadfully nervous I have been and am, but why will you say that I am mad? The office had sharpened my senses—not destroyed—not dulled them. Above all was my sense of hearing. I heard all things in heaven and on earth and many things in…the other place. So, how then am I mad, especially when I can so healthily and calmly tell you this story?
When it comes to your organization's cybersecurity, it can be tempting to operate under the assumption that the few cybersecurity events you hear about on the news are all that happen. Alas, this is far from actual fact. Listed below are some of the statistics that might change your impressions, especially if you hold the aforementioned assumption.
Artificially-intelligent image generation has become a hot topic lately. Not too long ago, an artist created a stir for winning a competition with an image that he largely created using an artificially-intelligent tool. Now, Microsoft has announced that similar AI-powered image generation tools will be integrated into many of their applications.
As Miguel de Cervantes wrote in Don Quixote, “...is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket.” It was wise advice then, and it’s wise advice today, especially when it comes to your business’ network and your data security.
Below we explore the concept of network segmentation, and how it can help to protect your organization.
Sometimes the most dangerous scams out there are the simplest ones. Hackers don’t require a fancy or complicated malware or algorithm to create chaos for your business; all they have to do is convince you that the email you’ve received in your inbox is from someone of authority within your business. Listed below: how a business email compromise is pulled off and why you need to be wary of threats like these.
Being able to download something is a great feeling, but so is being able to download it as a PDF file. In cases where you want to save something as a PDF rather than its original image or web page file, you can do so relatively easily in order to make printing and other tasks simpler. You can do all of this right from your web browser.
No matter how well you protect your network, chances are you’ll suffer eventually from some vulnerability or another. However, you can take considerable measures toward protecting your business so you don’t have to worry so much about it. Listed below is how your efforts today can protect your business now and in the future.
While using your computer, you have probably seen a black box pop up with a blinking cursor in it. This is what is commonly known as the command prompt, which is a helpful tool for IT administrators to perform certain tasks, but you probably won’t use it much yourself. Having said that, it’s fun to know what it does and what it’s used for!