Best Practices Articles
The articles below describe best practices on a wide range of IT topics. Browse below to become better informed about technology.
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 […]
What is Managed Services? In short, it is the services of other people managing your business technology that you rely on every day to be productive and accomplish your tasks. They relieve you from having to deal with time-consuming troubleshooting issues that inevitably comes with technology. You may have heard about managed services before, but […]
Do you have cords, wires, and adapters just sitting in a cupboard or drawer, with no purpose other than taking up space? Of course you do. The average person will replace old or broken devices, and find the new devices aren’t compatible with the old cables, leaving them stuffed in a junk drawer or in […]
Cortana is Microsoft’s voice assistant for Windows Phone and devices that utilize Windows 10. Just like Siri and Google Now, Cortana can be used for a lot more than simply performing a voice search. Here are six of the great new things Cortana can help you in your office life.
As incredible a tool as the Internet truly is, for every website that is beneficial to the workplace, there is another that is certainly the opposite. Naturally, it is these sites that your employees would most likely want to visit if left to their own devices. Sometimes, the best course of action is to remove […]
Sometimes it can be difficult to diagnose a problem with your PC. While it might not be something system-breaking, it’s important to find the root of an issue before it becomes a major problem. One of the best ways to diagnose an issue with your computer is by logging in using Safe Mode. In this […]
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 […]
Nothing lasts forever – especially your business’ technology. However, you shouldn’t just get rid of your old technology willy-nilly. This is mostly for two reasons: one, many of the components in our technology are really bad for the environment; two, carelessly disposing of technology is a great way to put your data at risk. In […]
Wi-Fi has been one of the single most useful innovations for the modern office. Connecting to your Internet without having to be physically connected to it via an ethernet wire has been an incredibly freeing process–one that opens up all sorts of possibilities of where (and how) you can get work done. How can you […]
How do you handle on-premise, physical data backups? This is a question that you don’t necessarily want to ask yourself under pressure of a looming data loss incident. 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 […]
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 […]
Email is a modern classic as far as business solutions are concerned, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an office that didn’t use it in some capacity or another. However, because email is so popular, it has become a favorite attack vector of malicious users. Fortunately, there are some basic practices that will help keep […]
At the end of the day, do you shut down your computer or do you put it into sleep mode? Depending on what you need from your device the next day, you might want to consider which option benefits you the most. Here are some of the pros and cons of both approaches so that […]
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 […]
Data management is exceptionally important for any business, and companies that use the cloud in any sort of capacity need to be considerably more cautious in the way that it’s managed than a business that only hosts data on an internal server or network. The cloud makes things more complicated at times, but if managed […]
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 […]
Spam. We all hate it, and it never seems to stop. This week, we’ll exploring the different types of spam. Types of Spam Email spam: Email spam messages are likely the most recognizable form of spam. Spam emails contain all sorts of junk that can make navigating your inbox a complete nightmare. Thankfully, there are […]
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 […]
There are plenty of benefits to allowing your employees to work from home, but that doesn’t mean you can just implement it without proper planning. You must have a system in place that allows you to enjoy the benefits of remote capabilities while mitigating some of its potential risks. Benefits of Remote Work First and […]
Your business relies on data to succeed, which means that your organization should have some sort of security measures put into place to protect your data. This year is thought to be the year of ransomware, so it stands to reason that your business should prepare to deal with it. One of the best ways […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
Using pirated software or abusing your software licenses for your business is heavily frowned upon. However, many software companies, in an attempt to protect their products, have unleashed a practice that actually rewards those who let it happen in the first place. At the outset, we want to be clear that nobody should use pirated […]
Considering how often smartphones are replaced, you’re bound to have a couple of them stashed away for a rainy day. These devices are particularly helpful in the event that your smartphone breaks unexpectedly, but there are other purposes that you might want to keep in mind. Here are three ways you might be able to […]
As the forecast for next week calls for arctic temperatures, we want to give you a quick heads up on how to best shield your technology. Below are some tips to best care for your technology: 1. Don’t Leave Your Devices In The Car Just a few hours in the trunk can cause some damage. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
You’ve used a mouse for years, but do you know of all the neat little tricks that it’s capable of? We’ll show you just how much you can get done with your mouse. Highlight Text To highlight a lot of text, double-click on the first word, scroll down to the bottom, hold down Shift, and […]
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. […]
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.
Hackers, computer viruses, and even careless employees are all threats to your company’s most sensitive data. For that reason, we’ve gathered 8 best practices your company should implement sooner rather than later. Back Up Your Data A good backup solution is one of the best ways to prevent data loss. In the event your network […]
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 […]
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 […]
We have some tips on how to identify a malicious URL in a suspicious email.
Security is one of the most crucial pain points of all businesses, but sometimes it can be tricky to implement solutions if you’re not sure what you specifically need. Network security isn’t easy, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be hard. If you have difficulty reinforcing a security state of mind in your office, we […]
Prevention, as the saying goes, is the best medicine. Use the tips below to prevent malware from harming your PC.
If you have remote employees, you may want to emphasize the importance of maintaining a complex password when signing into
While you are probably spending a fair amount of time thinking about your business’ security, can you confidently say the same about those that you’ve employed? Unfortunately, your workers may not put much thought into network security. This could very possibly lead to some severe issues potentially harming your business operations.
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.
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 […]
Do you remember the day that you purchased your current workstation? Maybe it was last week, last month, last year, or several years ago. At one point, it was pristine, untouched by the demands of the workday, but those days have long since passed. Over time, your computer collects all sorts of stuff on it, […]
Is it time to break up with your current managed service provider (MSP)? While the relationship may have been a dream come true at the beginning, it’s not unusual for time to take its toll. Perhaps your needs have changed; maybe the MSP’s ownership or priorities have changed. Maybe everything has stayed exactly the same […]
What would you do if your business were suddenly struck by something which threatened its very existence? Do you have a plan to make sure that your business survives well past the expiration date assigned by natural disasters, hardware failure, user error, or hacking attacks? One of the most important parts of running a business […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
It seems that you can find absolutely anything while shopping online, but unfortunately, this also includes cyber threats. No deal is worth the risk of a hacking attack, but some best practices can help you stay safe while searching for that great bargain.
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
Managed service providers provide valuable services and can save your organization time and money, allowing you to focus on more important matters. That said, you probably want to make a good decision. Below are several key factors to consider before making a choice. Pricing model — How is the service priced? Will you pay a […]
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 […]
You may have heard of digital eye strain. The Vision Council defines it 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.” As annoying as this condition is, in some cases, it has actually developed into […]
Moving to the cloud is not an easy task, and it’s certainly not a process that will be the same for every SMB. Therefore, you need to be open to adaptation as the process wears on. Unplanned-for issues might make it difficult to adhere 100 percent to your plans, so if you can’t adapt to […]
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 […]
Do you find yourself traveling for your business? Be it for a conference, a series of meetings that require your attendance, or some other reason, you may very likely need to spend some time on the road; time that could be spent on tasks your business needs to function. Despite the lack of a traditional […]
Businesses these days practically need to expect disaster, as even the most careful and calculated security practices could result in a data disaster. Some businesses don’t fear for their data enough, and this leads them to neglect planning for threats such as hackers, natural disasters, and user error. As the business owner, you need to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 part of the computer’s local file system, it’s time to break this habit to prevent the potential for data loss at work. For example, several of our clients have lost […]
Every company has some sort of information technology (IT) needs, which need to be managed as the business develops. Therefore, should you hire a full-time IT manager? Or does it make more sense to hire an outside IT consulting company? Before deciding, first you should determine if you even need full-time IT support. Many small […]
For every business, it’s essential to be prepared for any unforeseen problems that can disrupt day-to-day operations. One easy way to do this is by keeping an extra workstation on hand.
Ah, summer is finally here. As we spend time outside, we take certain steps to keep us protected from prolonged exposure to the sun (i.e. wearing sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, and drinking plenty of water). Likewise, technology has it’s own limits when it comes to hot temperatures. For your convenience, we’ve gathered 9 ways for you […]
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 […]
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 […]
When you call tech support, you’re probably going to get the same response every single time: “Have you tried turning it off and on again?” There’s a reason that this happens so often, and it’s because restarting your computer is a great, low-tech way to resolve some basic issues with your system. However, it’s still […]
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 […]
Data backups serve as insurance in case something catastrophic happens to your server. What happens when a hard drive crashes, a computer virus corrupts your files, a fire destroys the building and all of its computers, or a burglar walks off with your server? If you have a good, recent backup, you can get back […]
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 […]
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 […]
By now, you probably know better than to send money to a Nigerian prince who needs help accessing his fortune, and you probably would be suspicious if your bank sent you an email asking for information it already has. But what if one of your close friends or family members sends an email needing a […]
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 […]
A clean computer is a happy computer. Just like any other piece of gadgetry, a computer requires regular cleanup sessions that allow users to get the most from them. In fact, January is known as Clean Up Your Computer Month, so what better way is there to ring in the new year than making sure […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
The Internet can be a dangerous place thanks to the anonymity it provides. Yet, this anonymity is limited, especially if you take part in questionable Internet browsing activities. Take, for instance, the hack of Ashley Madison, a website dedicated to cheating on one’s spouse. This July, a hacker group called the “Impact Team,” infiltrated the […]
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 […]
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.
Your business is literally assaulted by thousands of threats a day, and they could ruin your organization’s goals in an instant if not for your defenses. With such powerful security measures at your disposal, we don’t blame you for lowering your defenses; however, it should be mentioned that your network security doesn’t protect you from […]
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.
Your business relies on its IT to get things done, but if disaster were to strike, would you be able to recover efficient operations without having to deal with the numerous headaches that are associated with downtime? Even if you have instituted a reliable backup solution, your business could still be hurting if your backup […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
There are times when all of the data on a specific server has to be moved. When this happens, all the files and applications are transferred to another server unit in a complicated procedure called server migration.
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 […]
Efficiency. As a business leader, this word has probably become a favorite of yours. An efficiently run business results in lowered costs and increased profits. Who doesn’t want that? As you know, efficiency requires intentionality. A great place to start is with your technology. Here are three solutions that will intentionally increase your technology’s (and […]
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 […]
Right now, people in the United States are experiencing one of the most brutally cold winters in recent memory. Spring cannot come too soon. Cold weather makes humans do crazy things, like expose their technology to freezing temperatures for long periods of time. Is it ok for your gadgets to chill out ? Many adults […]
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 […]
One IT problem that you may have heard about is server noise. A server unit is a noisy piece of equipment because it comes with multiple fans used to keep the machine cool. One big reason why servers are banished to their own room is because of all the noise they make. Here’s what you […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]