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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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Three Hidden Sides of Email Security Your Company Might Not Have

What is email security all about? Most consumers see email security with two specific lenses in mind: How do you keep people from sending malicious and unwanted emails to an account? How do you keep unwanted people from accessing your actual account? These two questions address the majority of the security concerns when it comes to email. The first job of any email security plan should be to prevent unwanted emails from reaching the account. By volume, that means spam. Unwarranted businesses spam millions of email accounts every day. While this may be an inconvenience more than a hazard, it does mean valuable emails will slip through the cracks in… Read More

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Reasons To Outsource Your IT: Give Your Business A Competitive Edge

  How many times have you run into trouble with your technology and hardware? Are you running into so many problems that you have lost track? If your business continues to deal with technology hurdles and speed bumps, it can quickly become a major problem that will hold your business back. How can you properly take care of your technology and use it to be more efficient and productive? Traditional IT Services and Managed IT Services Many businesses make the decision to invest in the traditional IT services and technical support. This type of support will inspect your technology, identify what is wrong, and offer their services at a substantial… 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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Free Programs Aren’t Always Free: 3 Ways to Block Adware

We’ve all done it. On our personal laptops, people tend to use a free version of the most popular antivirus software they know. Maybe it’s free McAfee, maybe it’s the free version of Avast. While reputable tools actually provide the free services that they promise, that’s not all they do. Free versions also advertise for themselves and others. Every time you restart your computer, you’ll get an offer for a premium download or a warning that your computer has a large number of problems which can only be solved by upgrading. These programs might also come with a program of free programs that clog up your hard drive and replace… Read More

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Three IT Tickets That Mean You Need New CPU Fans

Whenever your air conditioner starts to malfunction, chances are the problem started with bad ventilation. Clogged vents mean that air doesn’t reach every corner of your house or the office. An unchanged HVAC filter makes the whole unit work harder. That can lead to overheating, faster wear and tear, and lower air quality. That’s why preventative maintenance is one of the most essential parts of having a well-running air conditioner. Your computer’s fan is exactly the same way. Your CPU generates a lot of heat, and the fan is designed to pull all of that hot air away from the internal parts. The more powerful your computer is, the more… Read More

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How Many Layers of Cybersecurity Defense Does Your Company Have?

  Both cybersecurity experts and criminals talk about IT defenses in terms of layers. Every expert lists a different number of layers. Sometimes they focus on different hardware and different points of vulnerability. Other lists of layers focus on different threat mechanisms. No matter how your company’s list is organized, the most important part is that you have a comprehensive list. Why is it important to think about cybersecurity in terms of layers? Layers are an easy way of thinking about most problems. It means you can divide up responsibilities in such a way that each part is independent of the others’ weaknesses. Responsible parties can also specialize in a… 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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