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Explaining Why Shutting Down Your Computer Takes A While
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.
How Amazon's Alexa Can Help Your Business
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?
Macro Systems Delivers Value-Driven Managed IT Services that can Boost Your Business
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?
Technology Term: Plug-ins
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.
When Traveling for Work, You Don't Need to Bring Every Piece of Technology
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.
There is an Upgrade for Wireless Charging … But is that a Good Thing?
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.
How to Change Your Network Profile
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.
What You Need To Know About the Malware VPNFilter
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.
Some Ways Small Businesses Can Intelligently Utilize Technology
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.
Macro Systems Can Help You Manage Your Invoices More Efficiently
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.
Chances are that when you signed up for Internet service via your Internet service provider, or ISP, they hooked you up with a router that you would use to broadcast your wireless network’s signal around your office. While this is all well and good, we think you have valid reasons to replace that router with one that is better suited to your business’ needs. Why, you ask? Read on and find out.
The increase in wearable technology that you see coming into your business has significantly increased over the past couple of years. People are doing a better job of tracking their health and using wearable technology to improve their work lives. This creates a problem for the business because every single device brought onto a network is a potential threat and threats have to be managed. Listed below is a look at how people are using wearable technology and what you can do in response to this trend.
We’re no strangers to talking about artificial intelligence. It’s been a somewhat regular topic on our blog and in our newsletters. AI is interesting, sort of this odd technology that for many years, the average person didn’t know what to do with it. Now, it feels like AI is the dominating new technology of the year. What happened? Will it stick? Can a business take advantage of it?
Did you know that World Backup Day is in just a few short weeks? While it is an imperative occasion for businesses to recognize, data backup should really be something you think about all the time; your backup is an integral part of the backup and disaster recovery portion of your overall business continuity.
No one can tell when a disaster is going to hit your organization or what form that disaster is going to take. The cause could be a storm, human error, or some freak occurrence that nobody could have seen coming. In order to get back up and running after one of these incidents a company needs to have a strong business continuity strategy. An essential part of this strategy is knowing how to recover data depending on the way it’s lost. Getting data back and working for your business is the only way to stave off ruin. Listed below is a look at data recovery strategies that can literally save your business.
Are you the kind of person that frequently checks your phone to remove the myriad of notifications that come in from seemingly every app on your phone? In the course of doing that frequent clean up you may have cleared a notification that you may need. How to turn on your Android device’s notification history feature is listed below.
There’s no denying that productivity is one of the primary goals of any business, with countless examinations into the concept of productivity, theories on how to maximize it, and methods to promote it in the workplace. Listed below is a take on one of these theories and further discussion on it so that you can perhaps capitalize on it yourself.
How does your organization manage its IT? Do you have an in-house team, and how busy are they with all of the hustle and bustle of their everyday duties? Do they have time to address the many challenges and requests made of them? If not, then perhaps you should consider a different model for your IT management. Fortunately, we have just the opportunity for you, and you won’t want to miss out on it.
So much goes into proper network security that it can be intimidating to know where to start. Fortunately, there are plenty of great ways you can, and probably currently are, protecting your business, even if it’s on a basic level. You can consider this a checklist of imperative network security tools that are critical to have for your company’s success.
Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets both provide a variety of features to those who know how to use them, many of them with really niche applications to businesses. For example, there is one function that allows you to easily calculate the time between the current date and a specified day that, if applied properly, could easily provide businesses with some serious utility.
Phishing attacks have been prominent in cybercrime the past few years, not only due to their efficacy but also because there are so many avenues wherein phishing can be attempted. The first that comes to mind is email, naturally, but you and your team need to keep these others in mind.
Take, for example, a phishing voicemail…dubbed, naturally, a “phoicemail.”
Wi-Fi connectivity is a remarkable technology when you think about it, and it has fundamentally changed how we work today. What hasn’t changed, alas, is that hackers and cybercriminals will try to utilize this technology to their own advantage. Thus, let’s discuss a few relatively simple ways that you can enhance your wireless network’s overall security.
Email remains a vital cornerstone in business communications, often containing sensitive information and other data that needs to be protected. Fortunately, today's email platforms usually enable you to add a little bit of protection, so long as you know what the process looks like.
Listed below is how you can make your emails just that much more secure.
Cloud computing is turning into a tool that is universally utilized by businesses to enhance remote access and provide the scalability for tools that allow a business to get the best bang for their buck. How does modern cloud computing work and why does it have such a huge potential benefit for your organization?
Regardless of your industry, there are going to be certain regulatory standards that you will be responsible for upholding. Many of these standards will be related in some way to your cybersecurity. Some of these cybersecurity standards are listed below, as is why compliance is so imperative for your business.
Passwords are just one aspect of a comprehensive security strategy, but they are a crucial one. You must make sure that you are investing adequate time and effort into making sure your passwords are secure. This is easier said than done, but by the end of this brief article, you’ll have the essential information you need to craft excellent passwords for your accounts.