With many computers and especially laptops featuring integrated webcams at this point, it's easy to imagine how disastrous it would be to be spied on through it. Listed below are a few ways to be sure that your webcam isn’t being used without your consent by someone else.
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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.
Research has shown that cyberattacks are spending decreasing amounts of time on their targeted networks before they are discovered. While this may sound like a positive (a faster discovery of a threat is better than a slower one), alas, this is not the case.
Remote work is often praised for its various benefits; there are certainly plenty of them to account for. On the other hand, it must also be noted that remote work is not perfect. Take the environmental impacts it can have, for example. Listed below are tips about how working from home can prove better for the environment, while also addressing the serious issues it has contributed to, and how we can help minimize some of them.
Over the past several years there has been a monumental shift in the availability of tools on the Internet, and at the beginning of 2020, analysts thought that this type of service delivery would continue to grow at a swift rate. They didn’t account for a global pandemic.
Collaboration is something that no modern business can do without, which is why so many modern applications feature it so heavily. Below is a look at Google Drive and one of its collaborative capabilities that so many businesses are now utilizing: Document Sharing.
Macro Systems likes to remind people as much as we can of the importance of staying up-to-date with your organization’s cybersecurity. There are numerous things you can do to strengthen your grip on your network. This month we thought we’d go over some of the solutions we provide to help our clients secure their network and infrastructure.
Broadband Internet access is an imperative consideration for today’s world, considering how much of daily life and business is now conducted online. That being said, Internet access is still far from a given. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission wants to work to fix this; however, to do so, they need data. To help collect this data, the FCC wants you to install a speed test application on your smartphone.
Your organization's data is perhaps its most important resource, which is why it is so critical that it remains protected against all threats (including those that come from within your own business). Consider, for a moment, the ongoing trial of Xiaorong You, going on in Greenville, Tennessee. Accused of stealing trade secrets and committing economic espionage, You allegedly stole various BPA-free technologies from various companies—including Coca-Cola and the Eastman Chemical Company, amongst others—to the tune of $119.6 million.
The COVID-19 pandemic impacted a lot of situations for a lot of people. One way it changed businesses is that they had to find a method to conduct business when their business models had been upheaved by the need to support newly remote workforces. One solution that most businesses and individuals found was video conferencing. Listed below is why the video conference is not just a remote solution, but also the new normal for businesses.
If you are like many others, your desktop computer just sits there, day after day, allowing you to run your business. Alas, like any other machine, it will fail. One way to prolong the lifespan of your computer is to keep it clean. Listed below are some pointers on how to do so.
Some people may say that operational efficiency and productivity are only measures of how well managers are able to manage. Make no mistake about it, productivity is critical to workers, too. When COVID-19 spurred lawmakers to create stay-at-home orders in March of 2020, the fear was that productivity would decrease so much that it would destroy society. This clearly didn’t happen, but there has been some ebb and flow of the productivity metrics since the beginning of the pandemic. Below is a look at productivity during COVID-19.
We always picture hackers as these foreboding, black-clad criminals, smirking through the shadows in their dark room by their computer monitor. Hard, uncaring individuals who don’t go outside very often, staring at code as if they were able to decipher the Matrix.
It’s time we give up this persona and stop mystifying cybercriminals. Why?
It only takes a few dollars and some spare time to truly hold an individual’s data hostage.
A lot of companies rely on Microsoft Word, the leading word processing app for businesses, but the question is, are you utilizing it to its fullest potential? Listed below are some of the features that can help you be more productive with Microsoft Word.
Facebook is many people’s favorite, or at least most used, app and it does offer value by letting them keep tabs on friends and family or grow their businesses. It has grown to be one of the largest, most successful software technology companies in the world. Alas, with that type of exposure comes the responsibility of securing massive amounts of personal data. In this quest, they leave a lot to be decided. Listed below is a look at the situation Facebook is in as they are dealing with one of the largest data leaks in history.
Modern technology offers businesses more options than they’ve ever had, including where they want to host their imperative infrastructures. This decision will often boil down to between an onsite hardware implementation or utilizing the cloud. Listed below is a consideration of the differences that your decision needs to reflect.
With every business having at least some revenue generation as a priority, it is critical that businesses comprehend how technology can help eliminate inefficiency via improved collaboration and productivity. Consider a few modern tools and solutions that can help a business as it strives towards its goals.
Do you know how much paper you use each year? Do you know how much paper you have stored in your office? Do you realize that none of that is necessary? Modern digital filing systems as a part of a document management strategy can stop you from wasting your business’ resources on paper, filing, and printing.
Every day it seems like there’s a new threat to be concerned about. Clearly, there’s the Covid-19 threat that the whole world’s been dealing with, but there’s also the smaller things that we’re supposed to be worried about, such as “blue light”, for example. What is that, and what can it really do?
As it turns out, blue light is more than just a marketing gimmick, and can potentially impact your health. Listed below are a few tips to help you filter it out, and why you may want to do so.