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Tip of the Week: Basic IT Tips for Your Benefit

Look, we get it. All you want is for the technology your business relies on to just… work. While that may not always be possible, there are quite a few things you can do to help prevent issues. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over some basics that will help make your use of your […]

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How to Adjust Your Business for Collaboration

Collaborative work is pushing organizations forward faster today than ever before. With the use of more dynamic and option-rich technology, your organization can benefit from the improved productivity that comes from enhancing your collaborative strategies. Today, we look at some of the technologies used by organizations that prioritize collaborative work. Hardware The first part of […]

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Tip of the Week: Preparing For a Successful Upgrade

A business’ IT solutions aren’t the kind of thing that you can worry about once and never touch again – this is why manufacturers and developers are always sending out upgrades. However, you also need to have a strategy ready before you go to implement these upgrades. For this week’s tip, we’ll review how to […]

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To Hire In-House IT Or Outsource?

Your IT needs have to be managed as your business develops. So, should you hire a full-time IT manager, or does it make more sense to hire an outside IT consulting company? Do you even need full-time IT support? Many small businesses don’t have an employee dedicated to IT full time. Those tasks often fall […]

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We are about to reach 50 employees. What are some computer network issues I should consider?

When your company grows to 50 or more people, there are some IT network items you will need to address. Map Out Your Network Mapping networks for businesses is a little more involved than playing connect the dots on a restaurant placemat. There are several networking tools that are used to integrate auto network discovery […]

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How To Stay Safe And Secure On Your Business Trip

Cybersecurity on the Road Do you find yourself traveling for your business? For whatever reason, you probably spend some time on the road that could be spent on office tasks. Thanks to today’s technology, you can remain productive while mobile. But don’t forget security. Cyber threats are everywhere, and travelers unaware of security best practices […]

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Here Are a Few of Our Favorite Security Practice

We are always committed to improving IT security for businesses, so we’ve chosen to focus on this topic this week. If you don’t want your business and your data to go into lockdown then security is a top priority. Get a Grip on Access It’s logical if you think about it: if threats can’t get […]

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Retaining Workers with Technology

Employee turnover can really stunt productivity and force you to waste a lot of time hiring and training new people. It’s also bad for employee culture at work. How can you use technology to retain top talent and reinforce good culture amongst your employees? Today we’ll examine some of the biggest business technology innovations that […]

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Why Does Rebooting Your PC Take Care of So Many Issues?

“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” Tech support usually asks this question first because rebooting is a quick, low-tech way to resolve some basic issues with your system. However, there are many serious issues that a reboot won’t fix. We’ll walk you through what a reboot does, and it can be effective […]

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Is it OK to Leave Your Gadgets out in the Cold?

Despite global warming, people in the United States have been experiencing some brutally cold winters recently. Cold weather makes humans do crazy things, like leaving their devices in freezing cars for hours. Is it ok for your gadgets to chill out? Don’t Get Extreme The extreme popularity of mobile devices means that many people take […]

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12 Security Rules Every PC User Should Follow

While you probably keep network security at the top of your list, your workers may not put much thought into network security. Your employees are the most likely to encounter security issues, and security education can go a long way towards preventing data breaches and malware related problems. To help you avoid disaster, we’ve compiled […]

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How to Clean Your Monitor, Keyboard, and the Inside of Your PC

A clean computer is a happy computer. Just like any other piece of gadgetry, a computer requires regular cleanup sessions to keep it purring. In fact, January is Clean Up Your Computer Month, so let’s get to it. Power Down First Power down and unplug before you start cleaning anything so you don’t accidentally hurt […]

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10 Ways To Prevent Malware From Harming Your PC

Prevention, as the saying goes, is the best medicine. Use the tips below to prevent malware from harming your PC.

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You Better Test Your Backup

Data backup can be the difference between business failure and success. Logically, if an organization suffers from a data loss incident serious enough to need its data backup, it might not survive without it. With a data backup and disaster solution, you can ensure business continuity. How does this kind of system work? Let’s discuss […]

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Don’t Let Former Employees Haunt Your Business

Running a business always throws up some difficult situations that have to be dealt with. Glitches are par for the course. Then there are nightmare scenarios where the floor fall out from under your feet and you have to respond immediately to protect your business. Here are three scary situations you might find yourself in, […]

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Don’t Get Phished in with Email Spoofing Scams

By now, you know better than to send money to a Nigerian prince who needs help accessing his fortune, and you might be suspicious if your bank sent you an email asking for information it already has. But what if one of your friends or family members sent you an email asking for cash to […]

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How Technology Covers a Business’ Needs

Take a look at the business and the computer-based technology it relies on. There may be more than you think. The fact is that we live in the computer age and depend on IT for all sorts of things. Whether you run a small retail business, a multi-location office or a factory, IT solutions oil […]

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How To Keep Your IT Optimized

It goes without saying that all businesses will benefit from their IT systems operating at peak performance levels and using the best tech solutions available. Achieving that can be another story, because business technology has many facets that need to be managed to operate optimally. New business technology trends are designed to help. Stay On […]

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4 Ways Technology Can Benefit Businesses

In business today, technology is a fundamental tool for a whole range of tasks. Computers are essential business aids that can keep a business competitive and efficient. Here are some of the key ways in which you can use tech solutions and reap the benefits of business technology. Relationship Management Tools Whether it’s in the […]

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5 Expenses Saved By Outsourcing IT

It’s convenient to have an in-house IT technician. If you have an issue, you call the IT department and ideally they fix it. We think it’s actually more advantageous to outsource your IT. Here are 5 reasons why. Save on Onboarding Costs Let’s say you want to hire a new IT technician. Have you ever […]

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5 Simple Browser Tricks

5 Simple Browser Tricks Most people now know how to use the internet. (You’re one of them, or you wouldn’t be here now.) Yet there are lots of basic browser tips and tricks and that a lot of people don’t know. Here are five basic browser tricks that use keyboard shortcuts to speed up your […]

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How to Speed Up a Windows PC

How to Speed Up a Windows PC Computers have changed our lives in almost every way, allowing us to accomplish tasks in a fraction of the time they once took and boosting efficiency and productivity. But computers can also cause huge frustration when they slow down and take ages to do what you’ve asked them […]

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In-House or Hosted: Which is Best for Your Server Needs?

A server is a necessary component of any business’ IT infrastructure, as its job is to make sure that information and policies are distributed the way they need to be across a network. Once, servers had to be on-site in order to work, there is now the option to have a cloud-hosted virtualized server. Which […]

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Getting Back to Email Security Basics

For cybercriminals and any else who might want to target your business, email is a favorite attack vector, because it’s so widely used. Your staff needs to know what potential threats just using email can pose to the security of your business. You need to train your staff in best practices to ensure that email […]

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The Different Types of IT Monitoring

Being proactive is the way to get the most out of your IT and avoid problems arising. IT monitoring does just that. Here are some different monitoring systems that could be useful, or even vital, for your business. Monitor Your Network IT technicians monitoring a network can see if there’s anything out of the ordinary […]

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How To Lead Your Remote Workers to Success

Organizations that have a workforce outside of their normal office location are presented with a unique challenge. In the case of remote employees, businesses have to figure out how to keep them connected to the workplace, productive with their time, and part of the organization’s culture. This week’s tip is dedicated to helping your organization’s […]

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What Exactly Do We Mean by ‘Managed’ Services?

As business technology becomes increasingly important for companies, managed IT services have become a popular solution. But what are ‘managed services’? The short answer is that it’s the management of your day-to-day business tech needs, so you are relieved of the sometimes time-consuming work of troubleshooting the issues that technology inevitably throws up. Even if […]

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The Importance of Two-Factor Authentication

What do the celebrity photo leaks, DropBox’s password security breach, and nearly all of the most recent high- and low-profile security breaches have in common? Passwords Management. These data breaches began with cracking users’ passwords. Passwords are the weakest link. They’re both easy to steal and notoriously easy to crack. Hackers, viruses, and malicious software […]

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How To Get Rid of Those Pesky Extra Cables

Here’s something computer users wherever they are have in common: cords, wires and adapters sitting in a drawer or cupboard, doing nothing more than take up space. Is that you? Of course it is. Old or broken devices are replaced, the new one has its own cabling and so all the old bits go into […]

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6 Helpful Cortana Commands

6 Helpful Cortana Commands If you’re a Windows 10 or Windows Phone user you’ll probably know about Cortana, Microsoft’s voice assistant. Like Siri on Apple devices, or Google Now, Cortana is more than just a tool for searching by voice command. Here are six of the great new things Cortana can do to help you […]

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How To Keep Employees Off of Distracting Websites

The internet is a wonderful tool but, for every website that is helpful to a business, there’s another that is certainly the opposite. A few minutes a day spent catching up on news headlines, or checking personal emails and social media updates probably isn’t a car crash, but there are some sites that can tempt […]

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What Is ‘Safe Mode’ and When Would I Use It?

If your PC isn’t running properly, diagnosing the problem is the first step, so it can be dealt with before it becomes a system-breaking issue. Safe Mode (or Safe Boot on a Mac) is a way to boot up your computer in order to help identify troublesome issues. So when should you use Safe Mode, […]

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7 Ways To Improve Online Security

Security is one of the main pain points for all businesses, but it can be tricky to implement solutions if you’re not sure of exactly what you need. If you need to tighten up security in your office, use this checklist of essential safety measures as a starting point to help you improve online security […]

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4G or WiFi: Which is Safer To Use?

People have access to free WiFi virtually everywhere: hotel rooms, public libraries, local coffee shops, shopping malls, airports, etc. However, is it safer to use than staying on your 4G network? Let’s take a look below. The simple fact that you’re wondering is a good thing! Awareness of potential risks means you can take action […]

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Why You Need to Be Careful when Discarding Technology

In computer technology things change fast. Both software and hardware rapidly become redundant. So you upgrade. It’s not long before you’re left with a stack of stuff cluttering up your office: devices, CDs, cables and other paraphernalia. When discarding technology don’t just dump it in the trash. It’s not just ordinary junk though. The Environmental […]

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How to Adjust Your Router and Improve Your Connections

Wi-Fi has completely changed the playing field for the modern office. Connecting to the Internet without being physically connected to it has been incredibly freeing, and opens up all sorts of possibilities for business, but bad Wi-Fi is the kiss of death. Make sure that your Wi-Fi signals are as clear and reliable as possible. […]

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How to Best Utilize a Physical Backup

How do you handle on-premise, physical data backups? This is a question that you don’t want to be asking during a crisis. Despite many benefits of digital storage, physical data backup is still an important part of the business continuity process. A physical backup could save your business from total loss. First, when we mean […]

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How to Reduce the Use of Paper in the Office

Paper can be incredibly expensive, especially with the quantity that a normal business goes through every single day. However, not only is it expensive on the monetary side, but also on the environmental side as well. By making some changes around your office, you can be more eco-friendly and budget-friendly by reducing the amount of […]

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Email Security Basics

Everybody uses email, but not everybody is malware savvy. Logically, email has become a favorite attack vector of malicious users. Here are some basic practices that will help keep your email account secure and your communications private. Follow Password Guidelines As you might imagine, one of the simplest ways that you can lock down your […]

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Power Off, or Leave It On?

At the end of the day, do you shut down your computer or do you put it into sleep mode? It depends on what you need from your device the next day. Here are some of the pros and cons of both approaches. Understanding the Difference During a shutdown, a computer turns off any software […]

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Four Questions to Ask Your Cloud Provider

The cloud has revolutionized the way that businesses approach computing. Companies can implement solutions in a flexible and accessible model that makes it much easier to take advantage of technology solutions. Yet, you should know that not all clouds are the same, and you can’t treat them as such. Here are four questions that you […]

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3 Best Practices for Cloud Data Management

Storing data on the cloud is now common practice, for both business and home computer users. It’s easy, flexible and your data is accessible when you’re on the move. You can save money on hardware for data storage and as an easy way to back up your files it’s hard to beat. Before implementing a […]

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IT Security End-User Checklist

Your work is important, but so is staying safe and sound. By working together, we can protect this business. This guide was created so that business owners, office managers, and IT departments can provide it as an educational resource to showcase some of the most basic IT security practices that can be implemented in your […]

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The Different Types of Spam

Spam. Not the edible kind. Worse. We all hate it, and it’s endless. This week, we’re looking at these types of spam. Spam, Spam, and More Spam Email spam: Most spam comes through email, and could turn your inbox into a complete nightmare if you don’t have a junk mail filter. There are actually regulations […]

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What to Do When Involved in Identity Theft

The unfortunate truth of increased technology is that there is also an increase in cybercrime, more specifically identity theft. The question is, what can you do to help prevent it, and how should you react to it should it strike? The more information you have, the more interested the hacker There are plenty of ways […]

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3 Scenarios Every Business Continuity Plan Should Cover

What would you do if your business were suddenly struck by disaster? Do you have a plan in place to make sure that your business survives natural disasters, hardware failure, user error, or hacking attacks? Risk management and the implementation of a business continuity plan are vital. How to Handle Emergencies Never forget the safety […]

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With the Right Preparation, Remote Work Can Add Great Value

Remote work can definitely be a win-win for you and your employees, but it requires some planning for you to enjoy the benefits while mitigating the risks. Benefits of Remote Work Allowing your employees to work from home full-time or on a flex basis is a fundamentally good strategy for many reasons. A sick employee […]

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Ransomware Makes Backup a Vital Necessity

Your data is vital to your business; you need to have serious security measures put in place to protect it from ransomware. This year ransomware attacks are ramping up, so your business should prepare to deal with it. One of the best ways to deal with ransomware is to have a bulletproof data restoration plan. […]

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How To Make the Most of Your Data Migration

Data migration is a sizable task. There’s plenty that could go wrong as you move your data from one server to another. As you transfer data, keep these few considerations in mind to ensure the process goes smoothly while getting the biggest benefit from the time it takes you.

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How To Choose the Right Storage for Your Business

No matter where it is kept, the security of your data is of paramount importance. We’ve weighed these options against each other to help you establish which is the better option for your business’ needs.

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How to Protect Yourself from Invoice Phishing Email

As cybercriminals become more sophisticated in their methods of attack, it is all the more crucial to protect the safety of your company, staff and reputation. In order to spot and avoid these attacks, however, everyone must get involved. Invoice Impersonation Attack Unfortunately, because of their sophistication, it’s getting harder to spot, and avoid, these […]

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How to Keep IT and the Rest of Your Staff on the Same Side

There are some facets to IT that are universally accepted as important, such as security. However, there are also others that create some conflicting opinions between management and IT personnel. When surveyed, business leaders and IT management held vastly different opinions as to the importance of various IT tasks. Is there a way to unify […]

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Are You Using Licensed Software? You Better Be.

Using pirated software or abusing your software licenses for your business is no joke. But whose fault is it and who gets punished if your business gets caught? Many software companies, in an attempt to protect their products, actually end up rewarding the guilty. OK, nobody should use pirated software, but some of the tactics […]

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4 New Ways To Use Your Old, Unused Android Device

When your smartphone contract expires, and you have the option to upgrade to a new model, you’ll probably do just that. The old one goes into a drawer, just in case your new phone is lost or broken. And there it stays, doing nothing. There are ways to put that old smartphone or tablet to […]

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Freezing Weather? 4 Tips To Protect Your Technology From The Cold

You know not to let your technology get too hot, but did you know that extreme cold can be harmful too? As we head into seriously cold weather, remember these four tips: 1. Don’t Leave Your Devices In The Car Just a few hours can cause damage. 2. Wrap Them Up If you’re going outside […]

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What to Do When the Internet Goes Out

Losing Internet can be a large problem in the business world, as we all become more and more reliant on it. Downtime of this kind can be immensely frustrating. However, not all hope is lost, as there are ways to troubleshoot the cause of an Internet outage.

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Getting Back to Basics with Data Backup

It’s no industry secret that one of the most important pieces of IT any business should have is a data backup solution. However, this is like saying that every business should have a plant: the type of plant, and (by extension) the type of data backup, matters. You want a data backup that is more […]

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4 Tools to Secure Your Business

Business security is a common issue for many small organizations with limited budgets, but it doesn’t have to be an issue. We’re here to help you master the seemingly endless threats and security problems that major vulnerabilities present to the small business environment, and it all starts out by understanding how even basic security solutions […]

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4 Useful Mouse Hacks You Didn’t Know About

Do you know all the neat little tricks that your mouse capable of? Here are a few time-saving tricks: Easy Select With More Control To select a lot of text, double-click on the first word, scroll down to the bottom, hold down Shift, and click on the last word you want. All of the text […]

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3 Steps to Successful Business Continuity Planning

By now, you’ve probably heard about the importance of business continuity and disaster recovery planning for small businesses. According to FEMA, more businesses have business continuity plans than ever before. With so many SMBs looking to secure their future, there are still a few aspects of business continuity planning that today’s business need to comprehend. […]

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3 Tips Every Outlook User Should Know

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular email clients in the world, especially for small and medium businesses. The most recent version of Outlook has some cool features to make your life easier. Below are three Outlook life hacks to help you make the most of your tools.

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8 Best Practices In Data Loss Prevention

Hackers, computer viruses, and even careless employees are all threats to your company’s most sensitive data. Here are 8 best practices your company should implement asap for protection. 1. Back Up Your Data A good backup solution is a great way to prevent data loss. If your network goes down, a restore from your most […]

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Practices to Improve Time Management

If there’s any experience that’s universally shared by the modern worker, it’s the sensation that there aren’t enough hours in the day. Fortunately, there are some habits that can be developed that can help to mitigate these feelings by enhancing productivity. For this week’s tip, we’ll discuss some of these practices to help boost your […]

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How To Identify A Malicious URL in a Phishing Email

We have some tips on how to identify a malicious URL in a suspicious email.

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The Importance of Password Management for Remote Employees

If you have remote employees, you may want to emphasize the importance of maintaining a complex password when signing into
your network.

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Computer Vision Eye Strain

Computer vision or eye strain affects us all when we’re at work or at home. Here are 7 tips for alleviating eye strain in the workplace.

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4 Ways to Maybe Get Work Done on Your Laptop With a Toddler Nearby

Let’s say you’ve got an email that you really need to crank out from home, and pronto. So, you whip out your laptop to get started, and that’s when you spot the menacing eyes of a toddler from across the room. What do you do? Is it even possible to use a mobile device once […]

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Optimize Your Computer By Addressing the Clutter

Do you remember the day you bought your current computer? Unboxing a shiny new machine is always a delight. Today it might still look like new on the outside, but the inside is another story. Computers collect and store all sorts of digital clutter, from unnecessary files to outdated or unused software. This week’s tips […]

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8 Reasons Why It’s Time to Search for a New Managed Service Provider

It’s Not Me; It’s You Is it time to break up with your current managed service provider? Perhaps your needs have changed; maybe the MSP’s priorities have changed. Maybe your MSP hasn’t kept up with the innovations taking place across the industry. Wondering if it’s time to find a new managed service provider? Here are […]

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Pros and Cons of Switching to VoIP Phone Services

Thinking of making the switch to VoIP phone service? Doing so could bring you a wealth of useful features at a fraction of the cost. As with anything, you’ll want to examine both the advantages and disadvantages of switching to VoIP. Here’s what you need to know. What is VoIP? VoIP stands for Voice over […]

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3 PC Maintenance Tips Every User Should Know

In today’s world, technology can help you accomplish pretty much anything. However, just like any other expensive equipment you own, making sure your device is properly maintained is vital for its longevity.

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Is Your Company’s Data Encrypted? It Should Be

Data might be the most important aspect of your organization, but how well do you protect it throughout your network? Every organization has data like personally identifiable information and financial credentials stashed away somewhere on the network, so security isn’t something that you can ignore. One of the best ways you can safeguard your data […]

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Why You Should Be Cautious About How You Share Files

The cloud lets your business share files easily and efficiently, but regardless of how useful this feature is, you need to make sure that your team understands how and why they’re given access to certain files. Giving the freedom to share files is great, but it can quickly become a hindrance when you have inexperienced […]

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Shop Safe While Online With These 3 Common-Sense Tactics

It seems that you can find absolutely anything online, but unfortunately, this includes cyber threats. No deal is worth getting hacked, so here are some best practices that can help you stay safe while bargain hunting. Stick to Well Known Companies When shopping online, large well-known websites are more secure than the smaller, never-heard-of-it sites […]

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How To Avoid Unpleasant Surprises When Moving to a New Office

So you’ve outgrown your office space and need to relocate. Congratulations on reaching this milestone with your business, but do you know what to look for in a new building? Finding the perfect setup can be daunting, especially if you don’t know what to look for. To help you out, here are four tips to […]

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Make Sure Your Business Technology Covers These 2 Areas

All businesses need to use some sort of technology to keep their operations moving forward. Yet, it’s often difficult to gauge how new solutions will function with your current systems. You need to take your options into careful consideration before making such an important choice, and only an analysis of your current setup will help […]

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10 Ways to Prevent Getting Scammed On Cyber Monday

By now, you know that Cyber Monday is a thing, but did you know that Cyber Monday scams are too? Stay safe with the following 10 ways to prevent getting scammed on Cyber Monday. Beware of “phishing” messages, especially those with links or attachments. Scammers know you’ll be ordering a lot of goods online. Thus, […]

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Too Much Email In Your Inbox? Try These 3 Tips

Email is a central part of any functional modern office, but if you aren’t proactive in keeping your inbox under control, you could be wasting time on unnecessary messages or spam. If you want to get the most out of your workday, it’s imperative that you take back control of your business email inbox. Here […]

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4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Managed Service Provider

Managed service providers (MSPs) offer IT support for small and medium-sized businesses, usually on a subscription model. Generally, this is done remotely rather than on site, which helps keep prices down. The advantage of an MSP subscription is that you typically pay a flat rate to cover your IT support needs. Different firms offer different […]

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Is it Time to Rethink the 8-Hour Workday?

How many hours a day do you work? Chances are that, as a business owner, you put in more than the average worker. Your team might put in the requisite eight hours, but you might find yourself putting in more. After all, working more hours means more productivity, right? Well… wrong. A recent study shows […]

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Use Your Smartphone With the Lights Off? You Might Be Risking Temporary Blindness

Are Your Eyes Burning? The Vision Council defines digital eye strain as “the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen and is associated with the close to mid-range distance of digital screens.” Don’t dismiss the eye pain we all feel after long hours in front of the screen. […]

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3 Ways to Minimize the Chance of Cloud Migration Failure

Moving your data and IT operations to the cloud is not an easy task and the process will be different for every business. Sometimes the best laid plans don’t work out in practice, so you’ll need to be able to adapt if necessary. If you can’t tweak your plan to get around unexpected problems then […]

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Interviewing for a Remote Position? Ask These 5 Questions.

Modern office technology makes it possible for workers can perform their daily duties anytime, anywhere. Hiring remote workers makes sense; employers get the talent they need without being limited by geographical location or having to supply a workstation. Unfortunately, finding a good candidate is not a given. Here are some questions that you should consider […]

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The Top 4 Threats Eliminated By Backing Up Your Data

In business, you have to plan for the eventuality that something could happen. Whether it’s a fire, a cyber attack, or a bonehead user error, your data is too important to leave unprotected. Let’s discuss some of the most likely causes of data loss, and what you can do to protect your business. Natural Disasters […]

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Map Out Your Network’s Growing Pains

Business growth is a double edged sword. It is great that you are increasing revenue, but you now have to deal with growing pains. These growing pains are often felt with your technology. Is your network cobbled together with random computers and your wires are one big tangle ball? Quikteks can help relieve these IT […]

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Tip of the Week: Forgot Your Wi-Fi Password? Here’s How to Find It

You might know your Wi-Fi password, but can you tell your new staff members, guests, and clients, what it is off the top of your head? If you don’t write your password down, or store it somewhere that’s easily accessible, it can be difficult to remember; especially if it’s long and complex like it should […]

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Where are Your Users Saving their Files? The Importance of Saving Files to a Shared (and Backed Up) Folder

Since the 1990s, computer users have been accustomed to saving their files to the ‘My Documents’ or ‘Documents’ folder on their PCs and Macs. Though these file locations are a useful part of the computer’s local system, it’s time to break this habit to prevent the potential for data loss at work. File locations matter […]

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Why Having an Extra Workstation is Worth It

Do you need an extra workstation? It might seem surplus to requirements and just an unnecessary additional expense. In fact, a spare PC is routinely recommended in business continuity plans. It’s all about being prepared for unforeseen problems that can disrupt day-to-day operations. Useful Backup A spare workstation is a useful backup for any workplace. […]

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How To Care For Technology During Summer Months

8 Ways To Care For Your Technology During Hot Summer Months

At last, summer has arrived and it’s time to spend time outside. Everyone knows that we need to take steps to protect ourselves from prolonged sun exposure. We apply sunscreen, wear hats and sunglasses and drink plenty of liquids to keep hydrated. Devices have important limits when it comes to operating in hot temperatures. To […]

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How to Write an Email that Will Actually Get Replied To

Have you ever been in a situation where you’re watching your inbox, waiting for a response that probably isn’t coming? This is a problem that’s all too common, and it’s because the average business owner could very well be stymieing their own progress by sending emails that are too long, too wordy, or even too […]

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Dark Data Continues to Be a Problem for Businesses

Your business requires specific data to keep operations moving on a daily basis. However, for all of the data that you use, there’s information that you have stored away that never sees the light of day. This “dark data,” could be putting your business at risk, especially if auditing your current data storage usage isn’t […]

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The Three R’s of Data Backup: Redundancy, Reliability, Recovery

It’s a fact of life – sometimes disaster can strikes your computer or network. Viruses can infect your system and hard drives can crash. It’s not only IT issues either. What if there’s a fire in your building? Or a burglar steals your device or even your server? With your data properly and regularly backed […]

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Tip of the Week: 4 Brilliant Ways to Get More Work Done

There are some workdays where distractions are abound and you can’t even remember what you’re supposed to be doing. In trying times like these, you need all the help you can get, just to stay focused and on task. Here are four simple adjustments to your work routine that have been proven to do wonders […]

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Use Android to Get Gmail Functionality for Your Non-Gmail Email Account

Gmail is a great email client, but not everyone uses it as their primary method of email communication. Some might prefer Microsoft Outlook, or they might still be using Yahoo Mail. Even if Google wants you to be using their email service, they know that they can’t win them all. For those who want the […]

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The Quikteks Snowstorm IT Survival Guide

If you’ve reached this post, it likely means there is a massive snowstorm heading your way. Some of you may want to work from home to avoid shoveling your car out of the driveway. But is your company ready to have you work from home during a heavy snowstorm? We’ve gathered a checklist for your […]

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Notifications Are What’s Draining Your Battery, Not Open Apps

We’ve all run into the trouble of keeping our smartphone’s battery preserved for as long as possible. Many people think that the apps themselves are what bogs down the battery and drains its charge, but we’re here to tell you that this is not the case. Instead, let’s determine what really drains your device’s battery. […]

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Manage Your Photos File Sizes to Save Disk Space

Today, just about everyone has a digital camera in their pockets, which has led to an unprecedented amount of picture taking compared to the days when photos had to be developed. Having more cameras has turned us into a more visual society, but not every amateur photographer understands how to best manage all of their […]

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Back to Basics: 3 PC Best Practices You Need to Know

Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is return to the basics. For example, you can know all of the keyboard shortcuts in the world, but that doesn’t help you properly shut down your computer. Here are three tips for every computer user who wants to make sure that they’re using PC best […]

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Computer Tech Security | Quikteks

Per New Report Citing Spike in Ransomware Attacks, New Jersey Computer Tech Support Leader Quikteks Urges Small Businesses to Strengthen Cyber Security

FAIRFIELD, NEW JERSEY (PRWEB) OCTOBER 07, 2015 In light of a new report by Panda Security in which the world’s leading provider of cloud-based security solutions cites a dramatic increase in ransomware in the second quarter of 2015, New Jersey computer tech support leader Quikteks is urging small businesses to be proactive and strengthen their […]

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Prepare for the Worst | Quikteks

Disaster Preparedness Includes Planning For Data Recovery

Today is Disaster Preparedness Day! This means that there’s no time quite like the present for preparing for potential future data emergencies. While the type of disasters vary immensely depending on your business’s geographical location, every business needs a disaster recovery plan implemented as soon as possible.

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Content Filtering | Quikteks

Clever Kids and Employees Know How to Bypass Content Filters

With so much nasty content just begging to get viewed on the Internet, it’s understandable why a content filter needs to be integrated into your company’s web viewing protocol. Still, it should be understood that your content filter isn’t going to keep all questionable content away from prying eyes. Therefore, the only way you can […]

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Anonymous Internet Users | Quikteks

5 Common Sense Tactics to Safeguard Your Online Identity

Think You’re Invisible? The anonymity Internet supposedly provides can give one a false sense of security. If you find yourself browsing some sketchy websites, you may get burned. Take, for example, the hack of Ashley Madison, a website dedicated to cheating on one’s spouse. Recently a group called the “Impact Team,” hacked the site and […]

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How To Give A Great Presentation | Quikteks

How To Give A Great Presentation, Part 1

Presentations are always an important part of being a business owner, be it for a trade show, webinar, conference, or sales demonstration. If they scare you to death, don’t worry; you’re not alone. In fact, up to 74 percent of people suffer from speech anxiety (glossophobia), meaning that they have a tough time getting in […]

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The Best Way to Keep Your IT Infrastructure Operating at Maximum Efficiency

It’s the goal of every IT administrator for every part of their network to run smoothly. Achieving this level of IT perfection is a beautiful thing that makes the job of everyone in the company easier. Unfortunately, all it takes is one component to fail for this dream of IT utopia to come crashing down.

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Online Phishing | Quikteks

Don’t Be Duped By a Phishing Attack: 4 Signs to Look Out For

Your business is assaulted by literally thousands of threats a day, so you install powerful security measures. Unfortunately, your network security doesn’t protect you from everything. Attacks like phishing scams can still bypass your security measures if you let them. Spear Phishing Hackers use phishing attacks to con your employees into handing over sensitive information. […]

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Tomato | Quikteks, LLC

How a Tomato Can Change Your Life! [VIDEO]

The key to a productive workday may be the tomato. Not in the sense that eating more tomatoes will make you smarter; instead, we’re talking about the classic tomato-shaped cooking timer that counts down from 25 minutes. It turns out that 25-minute-tomato increments could be the most effective way to accomplish your work.

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How to Fix a Broken Backup | Quikteks, LLC

How to Troubleshoot A Failed Backup

Your business relies on its IT, but if disaster were to strike, how easily could you recover efficient operations? What if your backup failed? Incomplete or Corrupted Backups Imagine the nightmare if your last backup didn’t process correctly. According to Rachel A. Dines, a senior analyst at Forrester Research, this could happen, and you should […]

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Resolving IT Issues | Quikteks, LLC

3 Ways To Resolve A Tech Issue For Your Employee

You know that one unlucky employee that seems to have the most problems with their computer? Perhaps they keep getting an error that no one can replicate, or they need a little help setting up a Mail Merge? Due to most managers only knowing of two technical support options, business owners can get stuck in […]

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Get New Tech Using a Long-Term Replacement Plan

New technologies keep evolving by always improving on previous designs. This is technology 101. Despite this continuing evolution, many business owners are hesitant to adopt new technology, and choose to continue using older equipment in an effort to save money. A better way for your business  to approach technology is to have a long-term replacement […]

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Office Frustration

Are You Sure Your Former Employees Won’t Cause Problems?

As a business owner, you’ve probably faced the uncomfortable task of letting a valued (or not-so-valued) employee go. The reasons differ depending on the circumstances, but one thing is certain: they’re gone, and could potentially use their newfound resentment to strike your business where it hurts. How can you prepare yourself against the malice of […]

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Free Yourself from IT Burdens!

Everybody loves their freedom, but for some, freedom is an illusion. A classic example is the overworked business owner. Usually, their work schedules are so overloaded with tasks that they don’t feel free to take a break and enjoy themselves. Technically, they have the freedom to quit, but quitting is not an option for a […]

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Target Data

Server Migration- What You Need to Know

Sometimes all the data on a server has to be moved. When this happens, all the files and applications are transferred to another server unit in a procedure called server migration. What is Server Migration? Server migration is the process by which the data on tone unit is moved to another unit, for a variety […]

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Signs Your Technology Might Be Older Than You

When we think of technology in terms of age, we often look at how long the machine has lasted. Some machines from the mid-90’s are still running, which makes them almost twenty years old. In terms of human life, that’s not a very long time, but if you look at it in terms of quality […]

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Is Your Company Using these 3 Essential Tech Solutions?

Efficiency. As a business leader, this word has probably become a favorite of yours. A great place to start is with your technology. Let’s look at three solutions that will increase your technology’s efficiency: remote outsourcing, cloud computing, and VoIP. Do You Fall Between Two Stools? According to a survey conducted by InformationWeek, the average […]

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What to do When Your Smartphone Gets Stolen

If you’ve ever had your smartphone stolen, then you can relate to the frustration it causes and the potential risks that it can expose you to.  There are steps that you can take to help prevent your device from being stolen. Let’s take a look at how to prevent smartphone theft, and how to respond […]

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Avoid Downtime- Update Your Software!

Your company has just spent a substantial sum of money to upgrade its computer infrastructure, but if it fails to overlook the need to constantly update its software than it is leaving itself open to disaster. Software updates should not be neglected. These vital updates help secure your network and protect it from ever evolving […]

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Server too Loud?

Cloud computing is a great innovation that’s changing how businesses operate. As with many innovations, some people will be wary or reluctant to embrace it. For cloud computing to work optimally in your business you’ll need your staff on board. Here are three objections to using the cloud and ways to overcome resistance to using […]

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7 Tech Requirements For All Companies

As a small business, your goal should not only be to survive, but to thrive. Many times, small businesses try to cut costs by not purchasing essential equipment and services that are required in order to ensure success. Unfortunately, because of its cost, technology ends up at the bottom of the priority list. Here are […]

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3 Easy Tips to Improve Your PC’s Boot Up Time

Improving your computer’s startup time is a great way to get more productivity out of your work day. Nothing is worse than getting to work ready to get to it and it ends up taking 15 minutes for your PC to boot. Studies have shown that people are most productive during the early hours of […]

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Communication with the Helpdesk

With traditional IT support, there’s always room for mistakes stemming from miscommunication. When a user with limited knowledge about computers tries to describe their problem to an IT technician the miscommunications can sometimes end humorously. Thankfully, new IT support tools, like remote management, make communication between users and IT support much easier and leaves much […]

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New Ransomeware You Need to Be Aware Of

On September 10th, 2013, a new ransomware known as Trojan:Win32/Crilock.A began attacking computers all over the Internet, locking users out of their PCs and putting company’s sensitive data at risk. If your computer gets infected, then it could mean real problems for you and your company’s computer users. Here are the details on what this […]

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Increase Your PC’s Lifespan

We all dread that moment. It could be a power surge, an accidental water spill, or a swift roundhouse kick out of frustration, your business computer has died and needs to be replaced immediately. No computer lasts forever but you can extend your PC’s life if you take care of it properly. Here are 5 […]

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5 Important IT Practices

Managed IT services are designed to be an affordable solution to keep a company’s IT infrastructure running smoothly and increase employee utilization. To help you better understand how managed IT services can make your business more efficient, let’s look at five IT practices that our IT services are founded upon.     Regular Scheduled Maintenance […]

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File Sharing Options to Consider

It’s the information age. If you are always on the go, or you work as a member of a team, it helps if your work is accessible remotely. The ability to have relevant files on hand is nice and at times can be essential to the welfare of your business. Below are a few cloud-based […]

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How To Choose Very Strong Passwords That Are Easy To Remember

What makes a password strong is the combination of different alphanumeric, special characters, and capitalization that you use, and of course the length of the password. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to remember and type an epistle when I fill out a password field. And, ideally, I don’t want to use […]

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