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Speed Up Your Email Communications with Gmail Templates

Speed Up Your Email Communications with Gmail Templates

Gmail is a popular option for businesses seeking to use email, one of the business world’s most popular solutions, seeing as it has a 33.7 percent market share. Many of these businesses may have found that they spend more time using Gmail than they would prefer. Fortunately, if this time is spent repeatedly writing the same message, there is a solution: Gmail templates.

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Tip of the Week: Technology Etiquette as You Return to the Office

Tip of the Week: Technology Etiquette as You Return to the Office

When a group of people work together in an office, there is a sort of etiquette that forms to help everyone do the most effective work as they can. Of course, with many employees working remotely for some time now, a lot of these behaviors may have slipped. Here, we’re reviewing some of the technology manners that your team should keep in mind so that the whole of your business can work productively.

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Alert: Update Windows Netlogon Remote Protocol Now, says Homeland Security

Alert: Update Windows Netlogon Remote Protocol Now, says Homeland Security

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released an emergency directive concerning a critical exploit known as Zerologon, that affects servers running Windows Server operating systems that needs to get patched as soon as possible.

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Understanding Innovations to Technology Can Help You Use It

Understanding Innovations to Technology Can Help You Use It

In the 1980s, there was a cartoon by the name of G.I. Joe, based on action figures manufactured by toy giant Hasbro. Due to the popularity of this cartoon, they set out time each week to do a brief PSA aimed to educate kids about the dangers of certain actions. The tagline, “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle.” became entrenched in the lexicon. Now, over thirty years later, kids that grew up on G.I. Joe are business owners and have come to understand just how poignant that message is. Let’s take a look at a couple of ways businesses can expand their knowledge base and use it to improve their operations using IT.

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What Data Privacy will Look Like in the Future

What Data Privacy will Look Like in the Future

I want you to step out of your role as a business owner for a moment and see yourself once again as the average consumer. How concerned are you that so many businesses have collected and are now storing your personal data, and that you have no control over its privacy? If you feel at all uneasy, you’re not alone… 87 percent of Americans feel that data privacy is a human right in these modern times.

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Tip of the Week: 7 Ways You Can Extend Your Device’s Battery Life

Tip of the Week: 7 Ways You Can Extend Your Device’s Battery Life

Nothing is more frustrating than when you are in the middle of a conversation or a task only to have your device’s battery run out of juice and shut your device off. This is exacerbated if the task you were using it for was time-sensitive or work related. Today, we thought we would give you a few tips on how to extend the life of your phone’s battery, so that you can get more done in the moments you need to.

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Technology to Streamline Professional Services

Technology to Streamline Professional Services

Professional services run the world. As a result, it is imperative that they innovate with the times. It is increasingly important that professional services companies keep their finger on the pulse of new technology. Let’s take a look at some of the technology that can benefit professional services companies.

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Comparing Sheets and Excel for Your Consideration

Comparing Sheets and Excel for Your Consideration

Spreadsheet-generation software is one of those tools that effectively offers all businesses some level of utility. Having said that, different business circumstances may lead to one title being a better option for your operations. Let’s compare Microsoft Excel to Google Sheets to see which one may work better for you, based on selected features and processes.

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Keep an Eye on Gmail’s New Capabilities

Keep an Eye on Gmail’s New Capabilities

Google is actively working to improve the working experience for their G Suite customers by continuing to innovate on their many products and services. This includes revamping Gmail to create a more integrated communication platform for businesses to take advantage of. Let’s take a few moments and examine what the upgraded Gmail will offer.

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Trying to Secure Our Votes, Online

Trying to Secure Our Votes, Online

The 2020 election is months away and traces of it can be seen everywhere. As people quarrel about how social media is being used to interfere with the political process, there is pressure mounting on election officials and tech companies, alike, to do what they can to keep solicitation and corruption out of the ballot box. Let’s take a neutral view of the changes that some online platforms are making to the way that political information is shared.

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Are Passwords Soon Going to Be a Thing of the Past?

Are Passwords Soon Going to Be a Thing of the Past?

Did you know that over 80 percent, eight-zero, of cyberattacks are the result of stolen access credentials? It’s no wonder that the username/password combination that we’re all used to is being actively phased out by many tech companies—including Microsoft—in favor of more secure, passwordless authentication measures.

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Tip of the Week: Mobile Malware’s Warning Signs

Tip of the Week: Mobile Malware’s Warning Signs

Chances are, you own a smartphone, and that device helps you to manage quite a bit, both personally and professionally. As smartphones have risen in importance, they have also drawn the attention of hackers who attack via malicious applications. Here, we wanted to offer some tips that can help you spot these malicious apps before falling victim.

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Essential Technologies to Support Remote Learning

Essential Technologies to Support Remote Learning

As the summer of 2020 ends, kids are preparing to go back to school… albeit in a much different way than any of us have ever experienced. Instead of going to stores and picking out folders and pencil cases and binders, a lot of kids are hunkering down at home and preparing to learn remotely.

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How Much Good Does a VPN Really Do?

How Much Good Does a VPN Really Do?

We’re pretty outspoken in our support of VPNs (virtual private networks) as an indispensable tool for your online security. However, considering that there are things that a VPN can and can’t do, we thought it would be helpful to specify what a VPN is really for.

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The Basics of Business Analytics

The Basics of Business Analytics

You may have heard the term “business analytics” thrown around before. This growing field can offer businesses of all sizes some substantial operational benefits in the form of optimized performance and improved decision making. Let’s review what business analytics are, and how you can embrace them to your advantage with technology.

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4 Questions that Will Help You Manage Your Data Better

4 Questions that Will Help You Manage Your Data Better

Data security has to be a major consideration for the small and medium-sized business, as not having a plan can lead to some pretty ugly situations. To help you prioritize the right things, we’ve made a list of four questions that you’ll need to answer to ensure your business is doing the right things when it comes to securing your data.

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Employee Health is Probably the Biggest Consideration in 2020

Employee Health is Probably the Biggest Consideration in 2020

At the present moment, employee health has a brighter light shone on it than any time in the past twenty years. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has created a situation where governments have placed additional requirements on employers, with the intention of reducing the spread of the virus. Today, we will take a look at practices your business can take to help keep your employees healthy during this challenging time. 

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Tip of the Week: Considerations to Help You Plan Your Hardware Investments

Tip of the Week: Considerations to Help You Plan Your Hardware Investments

Other than matters of scale, most businesses have very similar needs when it comes to their hardware. As a result, many of the considerations businesses need to make are the same, regardless of their size. This week, we’re sharing some of these considerations to help you more effectively plan for any upcoming hardware implementations.

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No, Apple and Google Are Not Tracking Whether or Not You Have COVID-19

No, Apple and Google Are Not Tracking Whether or Not You Have COVID-19

Two of the largest technology companies in the world are working with local governments to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Google and Apple are working to fuel application development that would notify people if they have been in proximity to others who have tested positive for the virus. Unfortunately, their good work is being misconstrued by some and is causing a stir. Today, we will look at their efforts, what critics are saying, and what you can do depending on which side of the debate you are on.

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Credential Stuffing and How It Can Lead to a Data Breach

Credential Stuffing and How It Can Lead to a Data Breach

Right now, a lot of people have had a lot more time on their hands than they typically would, so many of them are spending a lot of time on the assorted streaming services to entertain themselves. Unfortunately, cybercriminals have taken note. In light of all this, it seems like an apt time to discuss a particular threat known as credential stuffing.

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