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The personal computer is a remarkable tool, allowing us to accomplish levels of productivity and efficiency at speeds that were once only dreamed of… at least, that’s how it feels at first. However, it doesn’t take very long for a computer to seem like it drags on and on before performing the task requested of […]
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 […]
Most modern businesses depend on technology in at least some capacity, whether it’s for productivity, efficiency, or even security purposes. Without access to important data and applications, your business is a shell of its former glory. This is why it’s so important for businesses like yours to implement managed IT services. It certainly beats having […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
If you feel like you spend too much time on the internet, you may like to know of some shortcuts that can reduce time spent researching for something specific or comparing different items. We've gathered some #internethacks that will help you master the internet. That is why you might enjoy some to to make your internet […]
Whenever you download a file from the Internet, the file will save to a folder in Windows called Downloads. Unless you change the default settings, your downloaded files will always be saved here. But what if you want to make it so that your downloads go somewhere else? You can accomplish this pretty easily. We’ll […]
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.
Does it feel like your web browser is running slower than it should? Or is your browser prone to freezing up and crashing? If so, there’s one easy troubleshooting tip that you’ll want to try: clearing the cache.
Looking for a way to protect sensitive files on your PC? For Windows users, one easy safeguard you can take is to encrypt the files and file folders containing your sensitive information.
They have similar names and often arrive in your email inbox in much the same way (you didn’t ask for them) but spam emails and scam emails are two different beasts. One is annoying but relatively harmless while the other is malicious with the intent to steal sensitive information, spread malware, or extort money. Spam […]
How to Plan Your Network’s Cabling Like an IT Pro
Smartphones, laptops, and a changing work environment that recognizes the value of flexible hours and telecommuting make it possible for many business professionals to work from home or while on the road traveling. For some, simply having access to email is enough to work productively. However, others may need to access files and resources on […]
Your MS Outlook crashed on you randomly. We’ve gathered some tips on how to get it to open again.
7 Tips on How To Fix the Wi-Fi Network In Your Office
Lost your data? There may be a few ways to recover your lost documents. Learn the different steps to recover your lost data.
Brace yourself. Ransomware is a real concern, and it could render your entire network useless. Learn how to prepare your network in the event of a ransomware attack.
Budgeting accurately for your long-term IT needs requires an intimate knowledge about technology and IT trends. Compared to other department budgets that are easy to compile by making a few simple adjustments to the previous year’s numbers, your IT budget must take into account the depreciation of your IT equipment for replacement purposes, as well […]
Do you suspect your computer might be infected with malware? While some malware, such as ransomware, is notoriously difficult to remove, many malicious programs can be removed by computer users with basic skills and computer security tools. Symptoms of a Malware Infection Malware is often poorly written and tends to gobble up system resources. Thus, […]
Is your wireless router living up to its promise of reliable performance? Various factors, such as placement or interference, can negatively impact your wireless router’s performance. Meanwhile, weak security settings could allow hackers to sneak in with serious consequences that can compromise your identity, finances, and network performance. Use the tips below to optimize and […]
There’s a reason smartphones have become digital lifelines — they can do most everything including sending and receiving email. One of the first steps you’ll want to do after getting a new smartphone is to set up your email on it. Though the specific steps may vary based on the phone’s operating system, the email […]
Building an email list and communicating with prospects and customers is one of the smartest marketing moves a small business can make. However, emails often “bounce,” which means they don’t land in the intended recipient’s inbox. Why? Below are six common reasons why your emails are bouncing along with tips on how to fix these […]
Wireless routers, whether set up in a home or business, allow computers and devices to connect to one another and the Internet wirelessly. This assumes that these computers and devices are appropriately equipped with wireless adapters as most modern ones do. Related: How To Optimize Your Wireless Router What You Need • Wireless router • […]
Even webcams are susceptible to infestation from Remote Access Tools (RATs), though they may not be the same creatures that haunt subway tunnels or dank basements. RATs can be troublesome and, in some cases, invasive. RATs can be used to remotely access a computer and perform any number of functions, including turning on a device’s […]
Your workstation is equipped with all of your necessary software solutions, but sometimes it can be challenging to find a specific app. If you want to see a list of all applications on your device, Windows 10 makes it easy. The key to doing so lies in the Start menu.
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 […]
It’s quite possibly the most infamous screen image in computing: the Blue Screen of Death. Encountering this screen will often cause two thoughts to run through a user’s mind: what just happened, and how can I fix it?
For most things in life, two is better than one–except when it comes to smartphones. Anyone who’s ever tried juggling a work-issued phone and a personal device understands how real this struggle can be. Are you experiencing this multi-phone dilemma? Here are some tips to help you successfully merge your two phones.
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 […]
Have you ever wondered how your PC is identified from the billions of devices out there in the world today? Just like every human being has specific physiological traits that make up who they are, your computer’s IP address is somewhat unique to your machine, and it can say a lot about you. Therefore, it’s […]
The cloud is a great technology that’s changing the face of the business environment, but like every new innovation, there will always be those who are opposed to the cloud, and they can put your business in a precarious situation. Here are three ways that you can convince your team that cloud computing is the […]
Chances are that if you’re using a smartphone, you’ll have your WiFi turned on as often as you possibly can. This helps to keep data hogs (applications that use a ton of your monthly allotted mobile data) at bay. However, not everyone has the convenience of an Internet connection at all times, particularly while you’re […]
It’s time to be realistic and admit that the office can be an extraordinarily distracting place. Constant meetings and discussions, phones ringing, and emails hitting the inbox can all seem overwhelming. With so much going on, how can you get the most work done while still remaining in contact with your co-workers?
Without your business’s computer network, your business would come to a screeching halt. How do you know if your network pushing its limits? If a computer network is stretched too thin, network congestion causes slow speeds, and you’re at risk for frequent crashes. Let’s take a look at network congestion and how to fix it. […]
Google Contacts is a useful tool that allows you to share your contacts with other users. In fact, it’s a great tool in general for any professional who is always on the move, and has to have access to a set of work contacts through an Android device. Today, we’ll help you import and export […]
Voice-related technology is hardly news for Google. Android smartphones have had voice capabilities for a long time now. Google Now, the function’s official name, can be used for Internet searches, setting alarms, adding calendar entries, activating entertainment like movies and music, calling or texting friends, and countless other functions. Now, however, you can literally write […]
The mouse is a critical part of navigating your workstation. Without it, you’d struggle to open applications, move around Office documents, create images, and countless other functions. Just like many other features in Windows 10, you can customize how your mouse pointer looks and functions, making it much easier to maneuver around your system.
Sometimes you might write an email to someone who you’ve never emailed before (perhaps you scrawled down their email while on the phone or at an event), and questioned the authenticity of your recipient’s email address. Those who use email frequently know all too well what this feels like. It makes the most sense to […]
We’ve all seen the various accent marks, or “diacritical marks,” used in languages all over the world. For example, the umlaut (as seen in the word “über” ) is used in some German and Hungarian words to signal how to pronounce specific vowels. While these have mostly disappeared from the English language, we see them […]
Junk Calls Everyone gets unwanted calls on their smartphone. Telemarketers are a part of life. You can contact your provider, but some more recent models of Android smartphones can blacklist phone numbers built right into the device. Unless your Android device is really old, there are several different ways to block a number. Since it’s […]
One of the most basic functions that the average Windows user should understand is how to get rid of applications and programs that are unnecessary or potentially threatening. Previous versions of Windows made users jump through hoops to get rid of their unwanted apps and programs, but Windows 10 makes it much easier to do […]
As great as Gmail is, sometimes, you might have difficulty locating certain messages, especially if they were sent months, or even years ago. If you happen to misplace a message, you can use the search feature to locate it.
Phishing emails are a form of social engineering, designed to trick unsuspecting recipients into revealing their most sensitive account numbers or login credentials. Not only is it easy to copy and paste bank logos off of websites, criminals can even make their emails and links look as though they are legitimate. Plus, it’s virtually impossible […]
Logging into an account only to find out that you’ve been hacked can be a real hassle. If you’re wondering why and how this could have happened, you’re in luck; some accounts, like Google, record when and how the account is accessed, and finding out how is as easy as checking out your security settings. […]
Revising documents is a task that can take forever, especially when multiple people have to make edits and suggestions. Before you know it, the sidebar will be filled with comments and the text will be so drastically changed that it will feel like you didn’t write it in the first place. In these instances, it […]
Do you want a stronger WiFi signal? Sure, we all do. Before upgrading your wireless router, first try boosting your WiFi signal by positioning your current router in different ways. Here are five ways that you can adjust your WiFi router in order to improve your signal.
How fast are you at finding the information you need using Google Search? In today’s data-driven world, knowing how to effectively use Google is actually a marketable skill. Did you know that there are ways in Google Chrome to search for what you need that take less time than typing your query in the search […]
If hackers are taking on huge organizations like the IRS and Sony Entertainment, what can the average small business do to keep themselves safe? Check out multi-factor authentication; a solution designed to make it extra difficult for hackers to access online accounts because they need both your password and your device. It’s easy to set […]
For last week’s blog post, we gave helpful advice about how to prepare for a presentation; tips like, how to develop your idea, how to size up your audience, and the importance of rehearsing. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over what it takes to deliver a presentation that’s both effective and memorable.
We’ve all sent emails at some point that were either better left unsent, or were intended for a different recipient. With Gmail’s new Undo Send feature, you now have the power to transcend the depths of time and space to take back your thoughts… within approximately 30 seconds, that is. It’s a race against time. […]
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are marketed as powerful productivity tools. However, some workers may find their device’s time-wasting apps to be more of a distraction than an aid to productivity. What’s a distracted smartphone owner to do?
With an endless amount of content available on the World Wide Web, a person who’s skilled at Internet searching is a valuable asset to any company. Knowing how to use search engines like Google is a huge help, but there’s another tool that allows you to narrow down a search even further: Ctrl+F.
Let’s face it; sometimes you need a bird’s eye view of your Microsoft Word document that a single page can’t provide you with. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could view multiple pages and take everything into perspective? Well, as it turns out, you can. In fact, you can view up to eight pages at […]
As a business owner, you walk a fine line between boss and friend. While you want to be approachable and have a company culture that’s friendly, you can’t have your employees be your closest friends. Being too close to your staff will blur your authority, breed favoritism, and make it difficult to fire people; but […]
There seem to be thousands of different ways a user can customize their desktop experience. Almost every nook and cranny of a system can be adjusted, even right down to the icons on your desktop. For this week’s tip, we’ll show you how to adjust the size of your desktop icons.
All business owners understand that in order to stay competitive, their team must work as hard as they possibly can. Unfortunately, however, that’s not how human physiology works. Everyone needs a break now and again, and the office is no different. Remember elementary school, when you would curl up with a blanket and get some […]
If something debilitating were to happen to you, could your business carry on? This isn’t a pleasant scenario to think about, but it’s absolutely necessary to have a contingency plan in place for reasons like this. Also known as a business succession plan, if you have a plan in place, then you don’t have to […]
There are plenty of business owners out there who rely on their iPhone to stay connected to the office at all times. With so much use, your iPhone’s battery won’t last long; especially considering the incredible amount of applications that are being used on a regular basis. As you might imagine, a dead phone is […]
We all know how touchy WiFi can be, especially when you need it most. A shoddy wireless signal can be especially troublesome if you have tasks that need to be completed, and you need a WiFi connection to complete them. Instead of getting all flustered and calling your ISP, try using your Android smartphone as […]
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 […]
How much thought have you put into selecting your debit card PIN? If you’ve not put any thought into your PIN, then it’s likely the case that you’ve picked a number that’s easy to remember or even one that’s associated with something personal. Fact: Taking time to pick random and hard-to-remember numbers greatly improves PIN […]
Every business has competition at some level. It’s tempting to ignore your competition (it may even be hard to speak their name), but there’s great value that comes with watching them closely; namely, you can learn from what they do in order to improve upon your own product or service. By paying close attention to […]
Don’t be insulted, but if someone asked you how much RAM is in your computer, could you answer them? How about its processors or its graphics card? Don’t feel bad; get hip. To get to the facts about your computer, check your system specs. Microsoft makes it simple. Know Your PC’s System Specs It is […]
One of the most important and sometimes overlooked requirements a business needs to succeed is a strong relationship with the community where it is located. It does not matter if you are a global giant or just a local midsized company, it is important to invest in the city you call home. It’s where […]
All of us have had frustrating moments when dealing with WiFi. Sometimes it’s simply a bad connection, or perhaps there are too many devices accessing your network. There is a chance that your sneaky neighbor is stealing your WiFi. Regardless of the cause, there’s a way to check your WiFi usage in the Windows operating […]
Not everyone you meet in life is going to have the same opinion as you. This is true no matter where you are, be it the real world or the cyber one. Ordinarily, this wouldn’t be a problem, since most people are reasonable and know when to hold their tongue. Unfortunately, the Internet provides a […]
At some point every business owner is faced with purchasing technology to help move their company forward. It is important to understand what you’re getting into. At first this might seem difficult especially with all of the jargon used in the IT industry. The excessive use of this “geekspeak” can intimidate prospective clients, and maybe […]
Microsoft Word has some very useful but little known commands that can be helpful when you are working on a project. Sometimes you find it necessary to retrace your steps. To help you find where you were in a document Microsoft Word has a Go Back command. This feature is not very well known and […]
Free public Wi-Fi hot spots are virtually everywhere you go: at the local coffee house, the airport, hotels, the public library, the shopping mall, and so on. You can even connect to public Wi-Fi at some parks and pedestrian areas. While convenient for both you and your employees, public Wi-Fi is not necessarily secure. Why […]
Today’s business owner probably keeps sensitive work-related information stored on their mobile device. If the device was lost, it could have disastrous results, especially if the device were to fall into the hands of an experienced hacker or competitor. To prevent such a disaster it’s a best practice to always lock your mobile devices. How […]
As you gain more experience the technical part of running your business becomes a matter of simple routine, however, you might still be having issues dealing with your Personnel. These issues might stem from the way you communicate with your staff. Some simple changes in the way you speak to your employees could drastically improve […]
Do you ever feel exhausted when you get out of work, but have no idea why? Is it that you’re straining your eyes too much by staring at the computer screen? Could it be your back that’s killing you, and even the slightest movement causes pain. Perhaps it’s carpal tunnel ravaging the nerves in your […]
As a user of current technology, you might have come to the sad realization that your mobile device’s hard drive storage space is not equal to your needs. The Countless photos, applications, and videos you need to store take up a ton of space. If something were to cause the device to suddenly fill up, […]
It’s frustrating when your laptop’s battery refuses to hold a charge. While it may have previously lasted for hours on end, a laptop that can’t handle being untethered from its power source for any length of time no longer serves as a laptop. Instead, it becomes a tiny desktop. If your battery is already too […]
When you think about disaster planning, your first thoughts probably focus on evacuation routes, personal safety, and having enough food and water to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. As a business owner, however, here’s another disaster to consider: data loss. Yes, a computer or server crash qualifies as a disaster. It can […]
We all have moments when we misplace things like our car keys and wallet. Sometimes, we can even forget basic things like where we saved an important computer file. Thankfully, Windows understands these moments of forgetfulness and they’ve made it easy for users to find what they’re searching for.
If you were asked to remember the last time you rebooted your PC or smartphone, could you? Too many people don’t take the time required to insure quality, efficiency and productivity with their machines. Rebooting can be very much like getting a full night’s sleep for a computer, and without it, its performance might not […]
A business owner today is very aware that the Internet is a double edged sword. Your business needs it so employees can do their jobs efficiently but it can also be a major distraction and negatively affect productivity. For this week’s tip, here are three ways that you can cut back on Internet distractions and […]
What’s your Microsoft Outlook contact list looking like these days? For many busy business owners, their email contacts list is a jumbled and unorganized mess. This makes it difficult to do something simple like locate needed information. Here are a few tips to help you organize your Outlook contacts allowing you to quickly find what […]
How familiar are you with the IT equipment owned by your business? Do you keep detailed records of your equipment and enact security measures and policies? If the answer is no then you’re making it easy for theft to occur. We’ve written a lot about protecting your business from data theft, but it’s equally important […]
Still running a Windows XP-based network, backing up your data to tape drives, or using ancient software? Are your sales people still calling into the office for driving directions or contact details? Are your service techs able to generate invoices or collect payments from the field or are they still collecting (and potentially losing) cash […]
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 […]
The computer mouse makes navigating your PC easy. However, the mouse isn’t always the most efficient way to get computer work done. By taking advantage of keyboard shortcuts, you can shave precious seconds off your workflow and wow your coworkers with your computer prowess. Here are five time-saving keyboard shortcuts to get you started. Toggle […]