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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.
Is there anything in your office that doesn’t require technology in some way, shape, or form (the old coffeepot that makes the perfect cup doesn’t count)? Increasingly, the answer to that question is “no.” Let’s review how much the modern average business relies on IT to really reinforce how ubiquitous technology has become.
Let me ask you a few questions: how confident are you that you could spot an online ruse, and did you know there’s a stain on your shirt right now?
Did you look?
If so, you’ve just fallen for the school playground version of social engineering, a serious threat. Let’s discuss the kind that you’re more likely to see in terms of your business’ cybersecurity.
As a business professional, it’s your responsibility to protect your organization's digital assets from cybercrime, but the path forward is not always so easy or clear-cut. Without a thorough knowledge and expertise of IT security at your disposal, it can be challenging to protect your infrastructure as adequately as it needs to be. Listed below are some of the common problems that involve cybersecurity, as well as how you can address them.
The past few years have made many people understandably nervous about their health and spending extended amounts of time around other people—which can make coming into the office a very, very stressful experience for some. How can you make your office a healthier place so your team can feel a little more protected as they work?
For a business, communications take several forms: the telephone, instant messaging, email, and other collaboration mediums. On top of that, most businesses have some way to communicate with customers outside of the main options. That’s a lot of communication tools to manage and keep working effectively. This month we thought we would talk a little bit about the benefits of unifying your communications platforms for added benefit.
Your business is your livelihood, so it only makes sense to invest in its protections so that your livelihood is secure. This will require a strategic approach. Listed below is what your business needs to remain sufficiently secure, and what you should look for from each to get the best, most secure option.
What kind of productivity suite does your organization use for its day-to-day operations? It doesn’t really matter which industry you classify yourself as or what size your business is; a productivity suite will undoubtedly transform the way your company operates. Listed below is a look at some of the most common applications found in productivity suites and how they can be powerful catalysts to get work done faster and more efficiently.
Macro System has been known to take a bit of an extreme approach to cybersecurity—your business is at constant threat of being attacked by all manners of threats and all that. While we stand by this approach as an effective way to enhance awareness and adherence to cybersecurity needs, there are certain attacks that are more likely to target you. This is where risk management comes into play.
Your organization is likely vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks. There are a lot of things you should be doing to protect your business, but this one task is something you can do right now to save your business a lot of stress if something were to take down your network and cause a major disruption.
The server is the heart and brain of a business’ computing infrastructure, so much so that a failure can cause catastrophic effects on your business. If you are at a point where you are thinking about adding a server to your infrastructure, or replacing one that is a little long in the tooth, you now have less of a dilemma than you may have had previously. This doesn’t mean that it is not a serious decision, but today you have options on how you want to go about deploying your new server. This month, we thought we would go over some of the pros and cons that come with adding new infrastructure and whether purchasing a new server outright is the right decision for your business.
Have you ever wondered how some platforms will only have you log in once for all of your numerous needs, even though they might be different applications, websites, or services? This is basically what single sign-on is, and it’s common in the modern technology world. What is single sign-on exactly, and what kind of security does it actually provide for companies that utilize it?
Sticky Keys, the Windows accessibility feature that keeps modifier keys like Shift and Ctrl active after you’ve pressed them, have a legitimate and necessary purpose for some. On the other hand, those who don’t need Sticky Keys can find them immensely annoying. How to deactivate sticky keys if you don’t need them is listed below.
Remember about 10 years ago when all of the tech experts were predicting that most work would be done on a touch-screen device, prompting many professionals to purchase the latest and greatest tablets? Although tablet sales have not kept up over the years, they are still perfectly usable for personal purposes—maybe just not in the workplace. Still, we have to ask, is there a place for tablets in the office environment?
With cloud computing working wonders for small and medium-sized businesses of all kinds, you may gain confidence in finding hosted platforms that can help your business. Make no mistake about it, the cloud can work for your organization in one way or another. Listed below are tips on how cloud options can help you enhance your business’ computing.
When you virtualize a software solution, you are basically storing it in an online environment where it can live. In other words, it remains in the cloud and is accessed via the Internet. This approach is helpful for many businesses, so why not flip this concept on its head and give hardware virtualization a shot? You might find that virtual workstations, for example, offer many benefits that can help your business be more productive and efficient.
The cloud is a good business tool and resource, enabling businesses to offset a lot of their IT workload onto these providers. If you haven’t migrated some or all of your organization's technology to take advantage of the cloud, it is certainly something to consider.
If you’re already considering it, listed below are a few tips to help make the process more effective for you.
Have you ever wondered why it takes longer than you expect for certain tasks to be accomplished with your business’ network? It turns out that technology is far from a simple thing, and small problems can seriously derail productivity and efficiency of complex information systems, one of which is the notorious network bottleneck. How can you identify and rectify this issue for your network?