How Rapid Growth Can Negatively Impact Business.

June 25th, 2019 by admin

During the beginning stages of operations, demand can be slow at first and then gradually start picking up, but what happens when small demand increases to significant demand in a short period? When a company is experiencing expansion, it is usually a step in the right direction because growth in business...

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Moving to the Private Cloud

April 20th, 2019 by admin

The possibilities are endless when it comes to being in the cloud. The majority of businesses are already in the cloud in some capacity, and your business may be one of them but are you entirely utilizing the benefits of the cloud? Private data centers allow your business a new level of reliability,...

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6 Can't-Miss Tools for Innovative Presentations

April 26th, 2018 by admin

It's easy to grow jaded about presentation software. After all, each new version of PowerPoint and Keynote may feel like the equivalent of the same old room getting a new coat of paint. However, new tools and apps offer all sorts of fresh and clever ways to make better presentations. Encourage your employees...

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Training Employees in Data Security Practices: Tips and Topics

April 3rd, 2018 by admin

While there's plenty of technology available to keep your business's data protected, the human element is still the most important piece to consider in safeguarding your company's data. Properly training employees to understand and implement data security best practices works best when your business...

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Managing Messaging Tools in Your Office

March 5th, 2018 by admin

When used well, instant messaging tools can increase productivity while offering secure information exchange in your office. Messaging works in business environments because it's less involved than email, easy to queue and fast to respond. Several free and premium messaging systems that vary in both...

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Problems with Power Loss: Tips for Workplace Computer Battery Backups

November 8th, 2017 by admin

It's inevitable: employees working hard on a time-consuming project and then out of nowhere, the lights start to flicker and the power goes out. Suddenly, those workers express their frustration by pulling out their hair because they've just lost hours' worth of work. In addition to being portable, laptop...

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Top 5 Security Tips for Email and Social Media Accounts

April 26th, 2017 by admin

Email and social media accounts provide a wealth of cyber security challenges for businesses. Hackers often look for exploits in account operations to steal information and seize control—both of which can be extremely damaging and difficult to combat. A compromised account is a problem for any business,...

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8 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Office Computers

March 1st, 2017 by admin

When it comes to your office computers, a little bit of spring cleaning goes a long way. Sure, cleaning office computers can seem tedious. But think of it like preventative maintenance on a vehicle: In the best-case scenario, you'll never know all the breakdowns you avoided. Keeping your office...

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Getting a Clean Start: Managing Windows Startup Programs

February 23rd, 2017 by admin

It's quite common that, over time, Windows systems accumulate a laundry list of programs that load when a user signs in. While generally benign, most of these "startup" programs are unlikely to actually benefit the user—so the computer ends up doing a whole lot of work for no reason. Fortunately,...

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Digital Sticky Notes: A Time-Saver for Your Entire Team

February 15th, 2017 by admin

It's a familiar sighting in the workplace: the employee with half a dozen sticky notes attached to their computer monitor. While not the most confidential or elegant solution, these employees are on to something. Fortunately, technology has stepped in to embrace this practice and increase productivity...

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Breathing New Life into Middle-Aged Computers

February 8th, 2017 by admin

Your employees' computers may not be up to speed anymore after two or three years of use, but in many cases your staff can upgrade or tune up these devices to keep pace with work demands. Upgrades can often be purchased and installed for under $100 a system, offering an inexpensive way to extend the...

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Using Snap and Split-Screen Modes for Increased Productivity

February 1st, 2017 by admin

Multi-tasking wizards have a secret: Modern operating systems offer a handy technique for managing multiple windows while maximizing available screen space, significantly increasing productivity. Depending on the OS, this feature may be referred to as "snapping" or "split-screen mode." The concept,...

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Antivirus Software: When One Is Better Than Two

December 7th, 2016 by admin

If your company’s antivirus software is letting you down, you should think twice before installing a second one on a computer: It may actually make things worse. Multiple antivirus programs working in conjunction on the same device is not a case of “the sum is greater than the parts” but rather “less...

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A Primer on Common, Helpful Device Adapters

November 11th, 2016 by admin

In September 2016, Apple announced that the iPhone 7 will not feature a 3.5mm jack—meaning anyone who wants to use standard headphones (or the credit-card scanning Square Reader) will need an adapter. Only time will tell if removing the century-old socket ends up being a step forward or a huge inconvenience....

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Think Manually Running Hard Drive Defragmentation Is a Big Deal? Think Again

October 19th, 2016 by admin

Good news: Your IT staff can stop running regular hard drive defragmentation on your office computers. Improvements in technology have rendered this decade-old practice largely irrelevant. One less thing to worry about, as far as we’re concerned. Hard drive defragmentation is a process in which files...

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Troubleshooting Step 1: Reboot

October 12th, 2016 by admin

While modern computers are much more stable than their ancestors, trying to get work done on a slow, malfunctioning computer is still a business world rite of passage. Troubleshooting bad behavior on your work computer can, of course, be a tedious process—so wouldn’t it be nice if there was one...

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Overloaded, Weak Signals: Alleviating Common Wi-Fi Bottlenecks

September 28th, 2016 by admin

If your staff is complaining about slow Internet access at your office, it’s time to consider how well the Wi-Fi network is configured. Slow Wi-Fi is best known, after all, for transforming an otherwise ideal work environment into a slow-boiling pot of aggravation. To increase productivity (and decrease...

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Water-Resistant Smartphones Are Here: What You Need to Know

September 13th, 2016 by admin

Water-resistance probably isn’t on the feature checklist for your employee smartphones—but judging by how many of these devices meet an untimely end via liquid damage, it should be. It probably doesn't come as a surprise that dropping the device is the number one cause of smartphone damage at...

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How To Select a Second Monitor

August 24th, 2016 by admin

Secondary monitors have incredible potential to increase productivity in the workplace. It might not seem like much, but minimizing, maximizing, and arranging application windows on a single computer monitor can take up a significant amount of time. Adding a secondary monitor increases the screen...

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Don’t Forget About Printer Security

August 9th, 2016 by admin

There was a time when printers—in your office or home—were considered relatively "simple" office equipment: plug it in, connect it to the local network, and keep the ink fresh, and there wasn't much else to worry about. But times have changed. Today's business printers—enterprise-level equipment...

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Looking at Data Storage Longevity

August 2nd, 2016 by admin

Not all storage devices were built to stand the test of time, so it’s important for every business to ensure its data is backed up on a reliable platform. If you’ve ever needed to reference financial records or court cases from a decade ago, you’ll know how much easy, reliable access to data can...

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Are “Bandwidth Hogs” Slowing Your Network?

July 26th, 2016 by admin

Last time, we talked about several handy do-it-yourself online tools to measure your office broadband speed. If your online connections aren't quite as fast as you expected from your service provider, don't be afraid to show them the "hard numbers" and ask for a solution. But what if those speed...

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Is Your Broadband Fast Enough? Here’s How to Check

July 19th, 2016 by admin

How fast is your company's broadband Internet speed compared to ten years ago? Chances are that while your online connection at work back then was faster than your first home Internet service (think of that annoying dial-up modem noise), if you tried using that "primitive" DSL at work today the relatively...

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Is It Time to Switch to Flash Storage?

June 21st, 2016 by admin

More and more businesses are switching their storage solutions from hard disk drives (HDDs) to solid state drives (SSDs) for one simple reason: the appeal of faster loading times and increased productivity. However, HDDs can still be the better choice in cases where maximum capacity is more important...

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Data Sanitization: Are You Erasing Your Old PCs COMPLETELY?

June 7th, 2016 by admin

One of our pet peeves with some of our new customers is that once we come in to upgrade their IT network, they're careless about disposing their old hardware—specifically, their PC hard drives. They think that by simply deleting their existing files—email, customer records, and other sensitive or proprietary...

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How To Choose a Desktop Monitor

May 17th, 2016 by admin

Let’s talk about desktop monitors. In many companies, large or small, an onboarding employee gets whatever display hardware might already reside in their assigned cube—no matter how old it is. But like most computer products, the technology is always improving, while costs for newer models are dropping....

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New Threat Targets Older Android Devices

May 11th, 2016 by admin

Smartphone users can be broken down into two camps: those who can't live without lining up to buy the latest and greatest model the day it hits the stores, and those who hold on to their tried-and-true phone until it suddenly dies one morning. There's nothing wrong with sticking with "obsolete" hardware...

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The Best Way to Check Your PCs for Malware - Fast and FREE

April 12th, 2016 by admin

A couple months back, we touched on the story of our normally tech-savvy friend who got tricked into allowing his desktop PC to be infected with obvious malware. At first, he had the sickening feeling that comes with a virus-infected computer—but thanks to some quick thinking and online research, he...

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The Latest Big Cyber-Threat: Are Your Servers “DROWN-proof”?

March 30th, 2016 by admin

If you think there's a new cyber-threat to worry about every week, you're probably right. The latest vulnerability to send shockwaves through the enterprise security community has been given a rather ominous acronym: DROWN, short for Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption. Publicized...

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New Ransomware Good Reminder to Practice Thorough Data Backup

February 17th, 2016 by admin

A new combination of a sophisticated password-stealing Trojan, powerful exploit kit, and content-encrypting ransomware is making its way around the Internet infecting Windows users. If it hits your business, you’re looking at a considerable loss of time and finances. It’s estimated that businesses...

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Standing Desks: Could They Improve Your Workplace?

January 12th, 2016 by admin

It's been talked about everywhere from the New York Times to Men's Health and Women's Health: Sitting at a desk all day may be dangerously unhealthy. Medical studies conducted around the world support the same conclusion: When a human body remains seated and inactive, it quickly enters its...

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Fake Phishing: The Ultimate Security Training?

January 5th, 2016 by admin

What is the current state of your company's IT security training program—if you have one? Many companies settle for an annual group training session to broadly review the major types of cyber-threats—viruses, malware, and phishing. The problem with once-a-year "standardized" training is that once...

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Busting Dust: The Overlooked Cause of Crashes

December 2nd, 2015 by admin

Your business can take a productivity hit and incur unnecessary expenses because of a very common, often overlooked problem: dust buildup in computers. Dust inside computers can decrease their efficiency and even their operational lifespans. These microscopic particles are everywhere—and unless...

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Playing It Safe with Windows 10: Upgrading or Maintaining Your OS with Minimal Pain

October 27th, 2015 by admin

Now that the dust has settled around the release of Windows 10, your SMB may be looking to increase productivity by upgrading your OS. Still, you should proceed with caution. The latest version of the operating system offers a more secure computing environment, better disaster recovery options, and...

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The “Redirect to SMB” Bug: New Windows, Same Danger

October 6th, 2015 by admin

The big news out of Microsoft over the past couple of months is the much-ballyhooed release of Windows 10. While “Win10” finally addresses those annoying shortcomings of its predecessor Windows 8 (as we've discussed), it still hasn't corrected a dangerous security flaw known in cybersecurity circles...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security,

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You: The Dangers of Shadow IT

September 18th, 2015 by admin

Last spring, Hillary Clinton received a barrage of criticism after it was revealed that she used a private email server during her tenure as Secretary of State—seemingly at odds with government security protocols, if not federal laws. Clinton would go on to publicly dismiss the controversy, saying...

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Desktop-as-a-Service: Start with the Right Roadmap

August 27th, 2015 by admin

In this third installment of our blog series on Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) and Cloud-hosted virtual workspaces, we'd like to pass along a few pointers about when and how to plan a successful structured deployment within your organization. Everything starts with a plan. When is it time to...

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Is Your Server Room Too Noisy? Take Steps to Fix It

July 22nd, 2015 by admin

When we conduct our complimentary IT assessment for a prospective customer, one question we're frequently asked is "Can we do anything to cut down on the noise in our server room?" Most older office facilities in the Bay Area simply weren't designed to accommodate heavy computer equipment operating...

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Malvertising: The Next Big Cyber Threat

July 16th, 2015 by admin

We've spent plenty of time here talking about safeguarding your company against phishing and other forms of cyber-attack. As we've discussed, the first line of defense against phishing is to make sure your employees remain vigilant by avoiding email links and shady websites. But there's a bigger threat...

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Cyber Insurance: Good for my Company?

May 20th, 2015 by admin

We've spent a lot of time on this blog talking about cyber-attacks—from nuisance hacking to data theft to virtual electronic terrorism—and the steps your company can take to defend itself. But what if, despite all your best efforts, you one day discover you've still been hacked? An insurance policy...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security, Solutions,

Apple TV for Presentations in the Workplace

May 1st, 2015 by admin

Apple TV, typically used as a video content streaming device for Netflix, YouTube, and iTunes, is fairly common in homes across the U.S. However, this crafty little device that can fit in your palm also has some impressive applications in an office setting through its AirPlay screen mirroring features....

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3 Tips to Leverage Your IT Labor Costs

February 7th, 2014 by admin

I'll make a decent bet that your greatest Information Technology costs are not related to hardware and software. In fact, they're probably not related to physical technology at all. What is Your Greatest IT cost? Support labor! IT labor costs can be incredibly expensive, especially...

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Quiz Answers - Can you Find the Malicious Email?

December 18th, 2013 by admin

Ready for the answers to our quiz? Drumroll please... Every single email is malicious EXCEPT for this one: “eFax message from “4082459385″. 1 page(s). Caller-ID: 408-245-9385″  -  eFax Yep, that eFax message is 100% legitimate! Now let's discuss why Unless you are an eFax client and know what...

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Quiz - Can you Find the Malicious Email?

December 12th, 2013 by admin

Can you Spot the Malicious Emails/s?! After reading through our Cryptolocker and Ransomware blog series and learning how to identify a malicious email, it's time to put your new virus sleuthing skills to the test. Read through the list of email subject lines and from names below.  Which email/s...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security,

Protect your Business from Cyber Threats with this 5 Point Checklist

November 21st, 2013 by admin

About half of all small business owners believe their business is too small to be a potential victim for virtual thieves and hacking. The facts, however, say something quite different. The majority of cyber attacks are actually perpetrated against businesses with fewer than 100 employees. Is your...

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Posted in: Cyber and Data Security,

5 Things you should do TODAY (and everyday) to preserve your IT systems

November 6th, 2013 by admin

The 5 basic tips below are essential to maintaining the health and efficiency of your network, servers, and computer systems. Please consult an expert IT Consultant or Managed Service Provider for more information about protecting your IT systems. 1. BACKUP - Data loss is a very real threat and...

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