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4 Steps to Protect Your Business Devices Before Giving Them to New Employees

It’s a growing trend to give employees laptops, tablets, and smartphones for handling business-related tasks. For many corporate environments, desktop computers just aren’t flexible enough. But BYOD, or Bring Your Own Device, policies are filled with security pitfalls and procedural problems, even if they might initially save your company better. Whether you’re shopping for new business devices for predicted expansion next quarter or you’re resetting devices for the new employees following a bit of turnover, you can’t just let your employees turn on the computer and get to work immediately. Here are four steps you need to take first: 1. Don’t pick the cheapest business devices. Brand names aren’t always… Read More

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4 Business Problems That You Can Solve with Virtual Hardware and Servers

Physical copies of anything are risky. Older business documents that have been folded away in file folders for years are at risk of everything from a fire to just getting lost. Locally saved filed on a single computer will disappear if the computer gets damaged, corrupted, or stolen. As the business value of a physical asset increases, so do the risks your company faces. Even during daily operations, physical hardware and tools are slowing your business down. Instead of being tied to in-house machines, start looking into virtual alternatives that free up your employees to work at home or on the road. Virtual alternatives also plug your company into the… Read More

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3 Reasons Besides Ergonomics Why You Need a New Keyboard at Work

Every computer activity needs a different style of keyboard. Small laptops generally have a minimal setup with the basic QWERTY arrangement and very few command keys. That’s because the keys each need to have a certain size to be easy to hit, but the keyboard itself is constricted by the size of the device. While this is great for general use and online browsing, it’s no good for accounting work. It doesn’t have a ten-key number pad or a multiple of command keys that make shortcuts and formulas easier to input. Those same kinds of constraints can make a keyboard a bad fit for the office. Almost everyone needs to… Read More

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5 Reasons to Have an Expert Handle Attachment Issues

  A lot of malware focuses on phishing schemes and redirected links. But attachments are also dangerous once they’re downloaded onto a company network. Here’s why you need an expert to protect your company from unreliable attachments: 1. Malicious documents are an easy way to conceal attacks. Generally speaking, emails themselves can’t harm your computer or your business. All an email can do is convince the reader to take certain actions. It’s the links to unverified sites and downloadable attachments that cause the real problems. Downloading an unverified .exe file is the clearest sign of danger because that means your employee is downloading a program. However, viruses can be concealed in… Read More

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3 IT Projects for New Employees

  There’s a lot of background work going undone in your company. That has nothing to do with your coworkers, the workload, or even the industry you’re in. Every company has projects and maintenance tasks on their to-do lists that should be done because they’re important but are never done because they aren’t urgent. The IT department is no exception, whether if you have a one-man IT team or work in the headquarters of a multinational corporation. A dozen different ideas can be on your radar, but they keep fading into the background for one reason or another. But the next time your department in onboarding a new employee, start them off… Read More

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Outsourced Services Can Help You Plan Your Business’s Expenses

Whether you have an entire department devoted to your company’s finances or you are singlehandedly totaling up the revenue and expenses, you need a formal process. If you can’t accurately predict future expenses and departmental budgets within a small margin of error, Q3 and Q4 will be full of headaches. But your budgeting process isn’t the only thing that needs to be standardized. The types of operating expenses your company has matter, too. Outsourced services might be the right way for your company to organize finances. Why should you outsource some of your operating expenses? Expenses come in two categories: costs of goods sold and operating expenses. If it’s not tied to… Read More

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Do Your Have the Right Conference Room for Your Business?

A lot of business meetings are moving online. Whether it’s a customer service call over a VoIP system or a conference call with another branch, technology is stepping in when face-to-face meetings aren’t possible. Even if you have a small office space, make sure your floor is equipped with a multifunctional conference room that can handle a wide variety of communications. Why do you need a separate room for conference calls? Every department can make use of a separate space for loud communication or private calls. Salespeople might need a wider space to demo services. When the executives come into town or far-flung telecommuters need to come into the office,… Read More

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Cybersecurity: Top 3 Concerns for Your Company Inbox

  Every time cybersecurity improves, it seems like criminals and malware developers are finding new ways to circumvent the updates. That’s why the only defense is a multi-layered defense. Malware programs, automated network monitoring, and knowledge about how to protect your online accounts are just a few of the layers that companies need to stay secure. Learn about these three vulnerabilities in most email systems so you can pick the right defenses: Does your company email identify external domains? Email hosting services are one of the biggest holes your company has in what you want to be an impenetrable network. But it’s a hole that you have to have, just like the… Read More

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Increase Your Company’s Telecommuting Success with More Powerful Technology

  Not all computer improvements are about optimizing the internal speed and performance of your hardware. While most companies direct the hardware portion of the IT budget to new RAM, bigger screens, and growing integration of virtual machines instead of strictly physical hardware, it’s important to optimize the hardware for your coworkers, too. This includes every piece of technology that employees touch, watch, or interact with. One of the biggest risks that companies in high-competition areas isn’t losing forward momentum in adapting to new technology. It’s losing sight of employee well-being. Multinational technology conglomerates face this risk in highly competitive metroplexes: employees with in-demand specialties don’t have to accept the… Read More

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4 Ways To Improve Your Computer

Has your computer been annoying you lately with its slow speed? Before you jump the gun and purchase a brand new one, there are plenty of things you can do to improve your computer and give it the boost it needs. You can get a great performance boost just by changing a few things with your start-up programs. You can also defragment your hard drive, but you can get a greater boost if you are willing to get deeper into things. We do not want you to get worried right now about the amount of money you will have to spend because there are many affordable ways that you can… Read More

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