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Precautions against WannaCry ransomware

Precautions against WannaCry ransomware

The WannaCry ransomware, a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s files and extorts them for money, has already affected thousands of machines worldwide. ...

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How machine learning boosts productivity

How machine learning boosts productivity

Have you noticed how your G Suite applications have been making smart suggestions to you lately? Relax, you’re not being spied on by cyber criminals; ...

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Ransomware Prevention Guide

Ransomware Prevention Guide

Originally published on Webroot
Edited by Nero Consulting

As the impact and severity of crypto-ransomware threats and attacks has grown over the ...

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Office 365 receives security upgrades

Office 365 receives security upgrades

With the increasing sophistication of cyberattacks, businesses need even stronger security tools to defend their sensitive documents. Fortunately, Office ...

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Windows 10 updates will be biannual

Windows 10 updates will be biannual

Updating the Windows operating system is both crucial for the security of your computers, and incredibly frustrating. Up until now, Microsoft has released ...

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The true cost of an ugly website

The true cost of an ugly website

We are taught never to judge a book by its cover. But in this superficial age, looks are everything, especially for websites. Your website is a customer’s ...

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Why you need to update Microsoft Word

Why you need to update Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is a staple business application. But since so many people use it on a daily basis, hackers work tirelessly to expose and exploit flaws ...

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Windows 10 Creators Update: new features

Windows 10 Creators Update: new features

Instead of an outright operating system update, Microsoft is now releasing named updates that come with enhancements and other features that individual ...

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Reasons to back up your mobile devices

Reasons to back up your mobile devices

It makes a lot of sense for electronics firms to pack a variety of functions into mobile devices and expand their usefulness. Instead of confining their ...

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5 G Suite updates and improvements in 2017

5 G Suite updates and improvements in 2017

Google’s cloud platform G Suite has been getting a lot of attention from businesses recently. It’s an incredibly powerful tool that enhances collaboration, ...

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Docs.com shares users’ sensitive files

Docs.com shares users’ sensitive files

Have you recently created and uploaded a Microsoft file on Microsoft’s free document-sharing platform, docs.com? Did you know that other than yourself ...

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What will happen without Windows Vista?

What will happen without Windows Vista?

As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.” Microsoft is saying goodbye to its 10-year-old operating system, Windows Vista. This means ...

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Boost user productivity with MyAnalytics

Boost user productivity with MyAnalytics

Machine learning is all the rage nowadays, and few vendors are providing as many solutions powered by this new technology as is Microsoft. In its latest ...

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Microsoft Teams is updated and ready

Microsoft Teams is updated and ready

Prior to the release of Microsoft’s version of Slack -- a popular cloud-based team collaboration tool --, Microsoft Teams received a major update that ...

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Disable Microsoft’s new desktop ads

Disable Microsoft’s new desktop ads

Digital advertisements are ubiquitous across the internet. And just as users started to come to terms with that, Microsoft has taken ads one step further. ...

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No Ransom: a place for free decryption

No Ransom: a place for free decryption

Although a ransomware infection might feel targeted, you’re not the only one who’s been infected. Ransomware is spreading at an alarming rate, but ...

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Office 365: What plan is the right one?

Office 365: What plan is the right one?

There’s a lot to like about Office 365. You have access to cloud-based productivity suites, Microsoft email servers, SharePoint, and more. But not all ...

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Four helpful Cortana commands

Four helpful Cortana commands

Like Apple’s Siri and Google’s Google Now, Cortana is an intelligent personal assistant that assists you with a variety of tasks such as making phone ...

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Fileless malware: who are the targets?

Fileless malware: who are the targets?

Business owners have spent the last couple months fearful of cyber attacks from the “fileless malware” plastered across headlines. The reality of ...

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New smart search engine for G Suite users

New smart search engine for G Suite users

The newest tool launched for business customers is Google Cloud Search, which allows users to search across G Suite products such as Drive, Gmail, Sites, ...

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Attacks on WordPress websites

Attacks on WordPress websites

WordPress is currently the most used web platform, with a market share of 40-50% out of all Content Management Solutions (CMS) platforms. It powers various ...

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Free Windows 10 upgrade for SMB’s

Free Windows 10 upgrade for SMB’s

SMB stands for small- and medium-sized businesses, not Sorry Microsoft none of your Business. To clear up this misunderstanding, Microsoft has decided ...

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5 great ways to prevent cyber-attacks

5 great ways to prevent cyber-attacks

As technology consultants, we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. We want to provide our clients with enterprise-level IT, but that requires that ...

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4 Google apps to start using now

4 Google apps to start using now

Did you know that Google offers more than just Gmail, Maps and YouTube? Although indispensable to the lives of smartphone users the world over, these ...

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Office 365 and G Suite

Office 365 and G Suite

Google’s G Suite or Microsoft’s Office 365? That’s the question. One that many business owners ask themselves but often put aside because weighing ...

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Our 4 favorite web browsers

Our 4 favorite web browsers

Internet browsers are a unique type of software. No two browsers share the same list of features and functions, and almost all of them are free. That ...

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Microsoft says goodbye to Office 2013

Microsoft says goodbye to Office 2013

Office 365 subscribers have a little less than a month to enjoy a fully-supported Office 2013 productivity suite. In an effort to push users towards the ...

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No more extended support for Windows 7

No more extended support for Windows 7

When you grow accustomed to something -- like a morning routine, a particular type of coffee, or in this case, an operating system -- attempts at change ...

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The business benefits of CRM software

The business benefits of CRM software

Investing in customer relationship management (CRM) software is absolutely essential for small- and medium-sized businesses that want to up their sales ...

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G Suite’s new updates

G Suite’s new updates

Google Cloud’s popular business line of applications, G Suite, has gained traction ever since its inception, thanks to its user-friendly interface ...

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Let Office 365 help you save the date

Let Office 365 help you save the date

When you’re planning a reunion, going back and forth with your friends is frustrating, to say the least. Imagine a similar scenario in your office. ...

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Windows 10: user complaints addressed

Windows 10: user complaints addressed

Over the past year, Microsoft received major backlash for 'forcing' the Windows 10 update as well as future updates on PC users. Fortunately, the tech ...

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Group voice call on Facebook

Group voice call on Facebook

Skype used to dominate an area of VoIP communications that serves a special function: group video calling. With apps like Snapchat, WhatsApp and, most ...

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New OneDrive capability for Office 365

New OneDrive capability for Office 365

Office 365 doesn’t represent the number of days you need to spend working; rather, it’s a productivity and collaboration-enhancing software that helps ...

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Adobe Flash Changes for Microsoft Edge

Adobe Flash Changes for Microsoft Edge

Recently, changes to Microsoft Edge, the built-in web browser for all new Microsoft Windows systems, ended the browser's instantaneous compatibility with ...

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New year, new cyber-threats

New year, new cyber-threats

Have you had to deal with security issues in the past year? Brace yourself, as there are more to come. For this reason, security experts have become indispensable ...

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Get big leads with marketing automation

Get big leads with marketing automation

Marketing automation was once a technology reserved for mega corporations and enterprise-level businesses. Fortunately, the IT industry is making business ...

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Office 365 surprises Insiders with Hub app

Office 365 surprises Insiders with Hub app

There is a new weapon available to business owners who subscribe to Office 365. It's called Office 365 Hub, and it was recently released under the guise ...

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Important updates to Microsoft Paint

Important updates to Microsoft Paint

In many years, Windows users have been stuck with the same old Paint software, wondering whether improvements would ever be made. The day for change and ...

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Why Google search prioritizes mobile

Why Google search prioritizes mobile

Google recently announced and enacted changes to its search tools. The change is primarily to prioritize mobile. In other words, the search tool is now ...

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Revealed: new Windows 10 features

Revealed: new Windows 10 features

One of the best things about Windows 10 is all the features that came with it originally as well as the new features coming out. But these updates were ...

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Youth: the real tech-scam victims

Youth: the real tech-scam victims

Scam artists will stop at nothing to make an extra buck, which means that people need to be vigilant about protecting their valuable information. While ...

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Untapped social media options

Untapped social media options

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have changed the way we interpret the word social. Whereas it used to mean just catching up with a friend over tea, being ...

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Enjoy Opera 41's browsing features

Enjoy Opera 41's browsing features

In a world full of fresh options, there is no reason for you to be bogged down by outdated methods. It helps to have the latest web browser tools to improve ...

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Microsoft releases patches for Windows 10

Microsoft releases patches for Windows 10

Windows 10 may be widely regarded as a massive improvement on Windows 8, but Microsoft’s latest operating system has its share of imperfections as well. ...

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Is two-step authentication the only way?

Is two-step authentication the only way?

With all the recent hacking scares all over the world, you know and understand that your cyber security and your business’s cyber security are extremely ...

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The benefits of internet monitoring

The benefits of internet monitoring

The internet is constantly tempting us. There’s an endless collection of funny cat videos, memes, and social media statuses to consume. Sure, the occasional ...

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Google Pixel features to look out for

Google Pixel features to look out for

Smartphone development is a tough market to break into. Microsoft tried with its Windows Phone, but that was a fruitless venture. This year, Google plans ...

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Office-wide Windows migrations, made easy

Office-wide Windows migrations, made easy

Despite a varied range of software such as Office 365 and Azure, Windows remains Microsoft’s darling. And although the most recent version has achieved ...

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Cyber-crime and social engineering

Cyber-crime and social engineering

For as long as there have been cybercriminals, there have been social engineers, or people who use tricks and scams to force other people to volunteer ...

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VR tech helps promote business growth

VR tech helps promote business growth

It’s been reported that Facebook is about to ship out its Oculus virtual reality headsets, and Google has its own version in the works. By taking all ...

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Office 365 allows guests to collaborate

Office 365 allows guests to collaborate

Office 365 is constantly evolving. What started as an online extension of Microsoft’s flagship productivity suite has evolved into one of the best pieces ...

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Tame Windows 10 notifications in 3 steps

Tame Windows 10 notifications in 3 steps

Microsoft has equipped Windows 10 users with a comprehensive set of tools to get their action center settings under control -- even if most users don’t ...

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Can others access deleted Google history?

Can others access deleted Google history?

The reason we part ways with certain things is that we don’t wish to see them ever again. But in this modern day and age, is that possible? Imagine ...

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9 cybersecurity terms everyone must know

9 cybersecurity terms everyone must know

Everyone, from doctors to lawyers, needs to continue learning to stay ahead of the times. Business owners might have it worst of all, oftentimes needing ...

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How to avoid your own Delta IT disaster

How to avoid your own Delta IT disaster

Earlier this year, thousands of Delta passengers worldwide were grounded due to a power outage that halted critical IT operations. This was a huge problem ...

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Master your next Powerpoint presentation

Master your next Powerpoint presentation

Back in the prehistoric ages, Neanderthals resorted to cave drawings to tell bedtime stories or to announce marriages. Microsoft PowerPoint is the modern-day ...

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How Fantom is haunting unsuspecting users

How Fantom is haunting unsuspecting users

The heart of a lady is not easily won; a man can’t rely on his looks or wallet to make a girl fall head over heels. He must charm his way into her heart. ...

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Keep your Dropbox secure

Keep your Dropbox secure

The next time you visit Dropbox.com, you may be asked to create a new password. Why? Back in 2012 the cloud storage firm was hacked, and while it thought ...

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Best Options for CRM Software in 2016

Best Options for CRM Software in 2016

As the saying goes, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” If oceans were to separate you from your loved ones, what would you do? Would you communicate ...

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Coming soon: Office 365 upgrade!

Coming soon: Office 365 upgrade!

Remember when spellchecker became widely popular in the late ‘70s and was considered a lifesaver for many people using word processors? You may ask ...

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Improve searches with these Google tricks

Improve searches with these Google tricks

During the pre-internet era, locating a document or verifying a fact took countless hours, if not days. Now with smartphones and search engines, it takes ...

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How to build a better chatbot

How to build a better chatbot

In order to gain a competitive advantage, you would need to gain clarity before everyone else does. Of course, that’s a lot easier said than done. Similarly, ...

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Newest member of Office 365: Bookings

Newest member of Office 365: Bookings

Phoning your boss to justify why you couldn’t make it to the morning meeting is pretty bad, and going through this on a regular basis is even worse. ...

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Free decryption tools fight ransomware

Free decryption tools fight ransomware

Similar to the shakedowns you see in mob movies where innocent shop owners are forced to pay “protection money,” deploying ransomware is a means of ...

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Introducing Gmail's search operators

Introducing Gmail's search operators

Searching desperately for an email in the hour of need is something we all want to avoid, yet most of us are familiar with the situation. But the process ...

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New Outlook add-on comes to the rescue

New Outlook add-on comes to the rescue

A good business owner needs to occasionally put themselves into their employee's shoes to get a better picture. Imagine you are a sales representative, ...

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Data in, buzzword out

Data in, buzzword out

One of your business’s most valuable assets is data, and ensuring its safety should be a top priority for your IT department. But what of the fact that ...

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7 tips every Windows 10 user should know

7 tips every Windows 10 user should know

The difference between regular users and power users is their proficiency in navigating the OS and utilizing its tips and tricks for an efficient computing ...

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5 security measures made easy

5 security measures made easy

Let’s face it, keeping yourself free from online threats can be a pain: using different passwords for every site, changing them every three months, ...

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Apps for Work from Google gets an upgrade

Apps for Work from Google gets an upgrade

While many SMBs rave about Apps for Work and its ability to provide cheap enterprise-level productivity software, it’s generally agreed upon that there ...

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Seven Microsoft Excel mastery tips

Seven Microsoft Excel mastery tips

When was the last time you used Microsoft Excel? And no, hovering over the icon doesn’t count. If it’s taking you too long to remember, then it probably ...

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Ransomware to begin self-propagation

Ransomware to begin self-propagation

One of the biggest fears security experts have may be coming true: self-replicating ransomware. Viruses that have the ability to copy and spread themselves ...

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Key announcements from Google I/O 2016

Key announcements from Google I/O 2016

Mayan priests took it upon themselves to inform the people of important matters such as festivals, harvest updates and when the next Quidditch tournament ...

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Windows Phone is calling it quits

Windows Phone is calling it quits

Microsoft smartphones have been on their last legs for months, if not years. Though builds and new features held promise in revitalizing the device, Microsoft ...

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Engage your audience with Google Slides

Presentations no longer have to be one-way transactions where presenters spoon feed information to participants. Until now, slideshow software didn’t ...

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How business continuity plans can fail

How business continuity plans can fail

Your service provider, who you have tasked with looking after your company’s IT, has kept your business up and running for the past 10 years. Usually, ...

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Essential Microsoft Word formatting tips

Essential Microsoft Word formatting tips

Microsoft Word has been around for over 20 years, and for better or worse it has become increasingly complex. What started as a simple text editor has ...

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App virtualization explained

App virtualization explained

For someone with limited IT experience like a small business owner, they could find themselves overwhelmed by their company’s IT demands. Fortunately, ...

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Will more apps save the Windows phone?

Will more apps save the Windows phone?

Windows has increasingly been left forgotten in the smartphone game. This is especially due to the huge success of iOS and Android devices. But just when ...

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Understand these 4 types of hackers

Understand these 4 types of hackers

Why do hackers attack? Is it for money, notoriety, or political reasons? Many business owners never ask these questions, and instead only think about ...

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5 underused PDF features in Google Drive

5 underused PDF features in Google Drive

From just a simple document viewer to a fully evolved cloud based solution, Google Drive just keeps getting stronger as a productivity suite for many ...

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Improved email security for Office 365

Improved email security for Office 365

No matter how much technology advances, human error has always been a fact of life. Nowhere is this more pertinent than when it comes to email security ...

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Retail Customer Spotlight

Retail Customer Spotlight

Take a look at two recently featured retail customers, Brookstone and Orchard Supply Hardware, who are both using Meraki APs and Switches to improve the ...

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4 BYOD security risks you should address

4 BYOD security risks you should address

In the 21st century, personal computing is with us wherever we go. This is all thanks to the proliferation of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. ...

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5 tips for using Facebook reactions

5 tips for using Facebook reactions

Simply getting a ‘Like’ on your post is not enough anymore. It doesn’t give you any other useful data and you can’t immediately tell what people ...

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How to calculate your technology ROI

How to calculate your technology ROI

When purchasing new technology, how often do you consider its return on investment? For many business owners, calculating ROI is a tricky task that is ...

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7 Warning signs of malware infection

7 Warning signs of malware infection

As companies go to the Internet to conduct their business, their IT security becomes more vulnerable to many hackers and viruses. That’s why it’s ...

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7 Ways to customize your Windows 10

7 Ways to customize your Windows 10

Whether you want to have a darker color scheme, run several apps at the same time or have multiple desktop displays, Windows 10 gives you many options ...

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10 Office 365 features you need for work

10 Office 365 features you need for work

Whether you need suggestions for your PowerPoint presentation, someone to edit your Word document or input a lot of data into Excel, Office 365 has the ...

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Productivity secrets of Google Drive

Productivity secrets of Google Drive

If you’re a regular Google Drive user, you already know how it can make your business more efficient and productive. But are you getting the most out ...

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Creating a Mobile Security Strategy

Creating a Mobile Security Strategy

Since the arrival of the first consumer-bought smartphones, enterprise security has been under threat. That all-important chain of defense against security ...

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The New Standard for Business Email

The New Standard for Business Email

The ecosystem around email has changed significantly and dramatically in just the last couple of years. Huge new business risks have come to the forefront. ...

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Get Office 365 switch security right

Get Office 365 switch security right

The decision to migrate from an on-site SharePoint system to a cloud-based Office 365 solution isn’t one that most small or medium-sized businesses ...

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BI is not just for the big boys

BI is not just for the big boys

Most of us don’t normally associate Business Intelligence (BI) with small- or medium-sized businesses; the large investment that has traditionally been ...

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Speed up Windows 10 with these tips

Speed up Windows 10 with these tips

You’re likely a busy person. So the last thing you want to be bothered with is a slow computer. If you’ve recently upgraded to Windows 10, you may ...

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Risks financial firms face

Risks financial firms face

TTP’s stands for threats and tactics, techniques and procedures, the number of which has been gradually increasing since 2015. The financial services ...

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Tips to use Office 365 more productively

Tips to use Office 365 more productively

A paintbrush can create the Mona Lisa or the Last Supper. An airplane can bring passengers to exotic locations anywhere on the planet. And stone, deftly ...

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How virtualization helps cut costs

How virtualization helps cut costs

With the gradual integration of virtualization, many small and medium-sized businesses have seen many benefits that extend beyond their bottom line. Not ...

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Windows 10 privacy protection tips

Windows 10 privacy protection tips

It takes seconds to infiltrate and obtain private information. And while it’s unlikely that Microsoft will cause your business financial ruin with their ...

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4 steps to enhance your online image

4 steps to enhance your online image

The term ‘image’ is no longer associated with just pictures or paintings. In this modern day and age, image extends to how one perceives your business ...

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LinkedIn tips for the SMB

LinkedIn tips for the SMB

As a small business owner, you may be a bit perplexed how to gain the most value out of LinkedIn. You may have already spent countless hours trying to ...

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5 time-saving Microsoft Word tips

5 time-saving Microsoft Word tips

Although there are many alternatives out there, Microsoft Word remains one of the most popular and user-friendly word processors for businesses large ...

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Tips to make Google Chrome super fast

Tips to make Google Chrome super fast

For Internet users who are accustomed to a super-fast connection, there’s nothing worse than a sluggish web browser. It impacts your workflow, slows ...

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Top YouTube marketing tips

Top YouTube marketing tips

If you’re not considering YouTube for your business’s marketing strategy, you’re truly missing out on one of the most powerful marketing platforms ...

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Computer Security 101

Computer Security 101

Passwords

Do not put passwords on Post-it Notes near your computer. If you must use them, keep them far away from the computer and locked away, ...

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Browser Extensions and Online Privacy

Browser Extensions and Online Privacy

Think you’ve got enough security measures in place within your company? How do you know what the next malware release will bring? Do you trust your ...

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The Rise Of Social Media in Iran

The Rise Of Social Media in Iran

Communicating via social media is a way of life for many of us, and these days it’s almost unheard of to not have a Facebook account, but what do you ...

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Add-ins give Office new life

Add-ins give Office new life

Are you looking for a way to change up your Microsoft Office experience? It’s actually pretty easy to do thanks to a plethora of add-ins available for ...

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Chimera ransomware’s scary tactics

Chimera ransomware’s scary tactics

The threat of being infected by malicious software is part and parcel of spending time on the internet, and no sooner have the antivirus and security ...

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2016’s possible security problems

2016’s possible security problems

As shown by recent high-profile hacking scandals - targeting everyone from Sony Entertainment to the extramarital-affair-facilitating website Ashley Madison ...

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Twitter alerts users to cyber attacks

Twitter alerts users to cyber attacks

Something known as “state-sponsored cyber attacks” may not be something you have heard of until now. But with both Facebook and Google viewing the ...

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Tips to add value to your blog

Tips to add value to your blog

When listing your company’s assets, your blog probably doesn’t make the cut. Many businesses tend to ignore blogging - which is a real mistake these ...

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Tips for smart BI planning

Tips for smart BI planning

Implementing Business Intelligence (BI) software and other tools can help your company grown by leaps and bounds. However, it has to be planned for with ...

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7 SEO mistakes you need to avoid

7 SEO mistakes you need to avoid

Search engine optimization (SEO) is a complex subject that is constantly on the move, with major search engines always refining the algorithms that determine ...

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Vulnerability exposed by WhatsApp bug

Vulnerability exposed by WhatsApp bug

News that a potential security threat in the web-based version of WhatsApp left up to 200 million of its users with their data exposed to hackers and ...

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Takeaways from the Ashley Madison hack

Takeaways from the Ashley Madison hack

Regardless of what you think about the Ashley Madison hack, it is big news when it comes to data security. While your company may not be as big or deal ...

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BCP implementation challenges

BCP implementation challenges

Business continuity planning (BCP) is critical to all companies regardless of size. If disaster were to strike, an effective BCP would protect your valuable ...

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MasterCard’s new selfie verification

MasterCard’s new selfie verification

Love them or hate them, selfies are here to stay. And with facial recognition technology becoming both more advanced and more mainstream, selfies have ...

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How to backup your data

How to backup your data

Businesses today are relying on data to run their day-to-day operations. We use it to build client relationships, generate sales reports, develop marketing ...

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