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Tip of the Week: Ensuring Smartphones are an Office Tool

Tip of the Week: Ensuring Smartphones are an Office Tool

A smartphone can easily be a very powerful productivity tool, but if you aren’t careful, it can be an equally large distraction in the office. With the right tweaks, you can make one option more likely. Here, we’re sharing a few tips to help you make these tweaks and turn your smartphone into a productivity machine.

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Tip of the Week: Activating Two-Step Verification on a Microsoft Account

Tip of the Week: Activating Two-Step Verification on a Microsoft Account

Two-step authentication/verification has seen considerable popularity as a means of securing an account. To help you boost the protections surrounding your Microsoft account, we’re offering a few tips on how to use two-step verification, as Microsoft refers to it.

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Tip of the Week: Best Practices for Better Business Wi-Fi

Tip of the Week: Best Practices for Better Business Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi is one of those interesting technologies: On paper, it’s basically magic, but few things can send people into a rage faster than it not being available, or worse, not being good enough. Its capabilities have made it a great asset to the workplace, but you also need to be sure that you aren’t sacrificing your security to use it. We’ve put together some tips to help you achieve better, safer Wi-Fi.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Time-Saving Windows 10 Tips

Tip of the Week: 3 Time-Saving Windows 10 Tips

Now that Windows 7 is history, Windows 10 is the predominant operating system on workstations. It doesn’t take users long to realize that it is superior in many ways to older OSs, but when you start it up for the first time, you will want to customize things a bit so you can most efficiently use the Windows 10 experience. Let’s take a look at three actions you can take that will help you make Windows 10 yours.

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Tip of the Week: How To Manage Your IT Inventory

Tip of the Week: How To Manage Your IT Inventory

How well-maintained are your business’ critical IT solutions? Before you answer, you should know that we’re referring to more than just running the occasional virus scan or update - we’re talking about keeping up on the status of your entire infrastructure. To really do so, we put an assortment of tools and services to use to keep up comprehensive records.

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Tip of the Week: Common PDF Tricks You Need to Know

Tip of the Week: Common PDF Tricks You Need to Know

In business, Portable Document Format (PDF) documents are encountered constantly. The benefit is that they are a great way to share and receive documents on any device. One main problem many people run into is that they think that it’s a read-only format. Today, we turn this common misconception on its head by providing some tips on how to better manipulate the PDFs you receive. 

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Tip of the Week: Controlling Your Text in Microsoft Word

Tip of the Week: Controlling Your Text in Microsoft Word

If you have used Microsoft Word, there’s a very good chance that you’ve become irritated at the occasional insistence that when you type, sometimes Word will make seemingly random adjustments to the formatting of dates, hyphenated content, and other elements. Here, we’re offering some tips to help you put a lid on these irritating changes.

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Tip of the Week: Improving Your Organization Throughout the New Year

Tip of the Week: Improving Your Organization Throughout the New Year

We all want to make our businesses more efficient, because the more efficient a business is, the more effective it can be. One clear way to do so is to boost your business’ organization tactics - both literally, and more abstractly. For today’s tip, we’ll cover what we mean, and share a few strategies for you to employ.

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Tip of the Week: How to Make Your Credentials More Memorable

Tip of the Week: How to Make Your Credentials More Memorable

Let’s face facts: as critical to your security as they are, passwords are kind of the worst. Of course, since they are so critical, you need to make sure all of the ones you use are as secure as possible, so we’ve assembled some practices that may help you tip the scales in your favor. Spoiler alert: the conventional password may not be your first choice for much longer.

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Tip of the Week: How to Use PowerPoint as a Training Tool

Tip of the Week: How to Use PowerPoint as a Training Tool

Training your employees is important. One tool that you may find useful is Microsoft PowerPoint, as it allows you to create an engaging and informative training program.

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Tip of the Week: How to Manage Microsoft Outlook

Tip of the Week: How to Manage Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is a very common solution for businesses to use for their email needs. If you happen to use it, there are a few ways that it can be managed to make it even more useful to you and your team. Here, we’ll give you a few tips to make the most use of it.

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Tip of the Week: Methods to Securing Your Smartphone

Tip of the Week: Methods to Securing Your Smartphone

The smartphone has quickly become a staple in modern society, as users rely on them to accomplish more and more. You could probably say the same of your own use of it. This means that there are not only huge amounts of smartphones and smartphone users, there is a huge amount of threats out there to target them.

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Tip of the Week: How to Set Up Android Work Profiles

Tip of the Week: How to Set Up Android Work Profiles

How many of your employees have a personal device that they want to leverage in the workplace? There are a few ways that this can be enabled that doesn’t put your data at risk, and that don’t keep the employee from being able to use their device the way they want to as well. For today’s tip, we’ll explore how this can be accomplished - without undermining your business’ security.

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Tip of the Week: Saving Money with Managed IT

Tip of the Week: Saving Money with Managed IT

It stands to reason that a business that can save some capital is going to be a business that has the freedom to do more with said capital - or in other words, the more money that isn’t spent on one thing, the more money that can be invested into improvements. One effective way that many businesses have saved money on their technology maintenance (without sacrificing performance) is by outsourcing their IT management.

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Tip of the Week: How to Keep Your Devices from Keeping You Awake

Tip of the Week: How to Keep Your Devices from Keeping You Awake

We’ve all worked late nights, but that’s just the reality of modern business - our technology allows us to be productive whenever we have the opportunity to be. However, our physiology doesn’t always agree with our work habits - or the tools we use. One example: the influence that staring at a screen late into the night has on our ability to achieve restful sleep.

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Tip of the Week: The Best Data Warehouse for Your Business

Tip of the Week: The Best Data Warehouse for Your Business

The importance of effective data management cannot be overstated in today’s business environment. After all, the data you collect is of little use if you fail to leverage it properly, and successful data leverage starts with choosing where to house it. This week’s tip is dedicated to how and why to utilize a data warehouse for your organization’s needs.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Things IT Wants You to Remember

Tip of the Week: 4 Things IT Wants You to Remember

As a managed service provider, we understand how repetitive some of our advice can be. However, we repeat this advice so often because it works. That's why we're sharing a few tips to help you keep your IT functional, while also giving you a peek into our processes.

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Tip of the Week: Creating a Database in Excel

Tip of the Week: Creating a Database in Excel

When trying to keep a lot of data organized concisely, while still keeping it all accessible when needed, a database is an excellent tool to leverage. Furthermore, it can be fairly simple to generate one of your own by using Microsoft Excel. We’ll offer a few steps and tips to ensure you get the most out of this capability.

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Tip of the Week: How to Hide Yourself from Skype

Tip of the Week: How to Hide Yourself from Skype

In a recent update, Microsoft added Skype to the taskbars of many PCs. While many may believe that they don’t use Skype, they actually have an account because it is tied to their Microsoft account. If you don’t want people to be able to find you on the video chatting service, you’re going to want to follow the instructions we’ve outlined here.

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Understanding How a Password is Cracked

Understanding How a Password is Cracked

If you were to ask us what one of the most important cybersecurity features to have is, chances are, we’d answer “secure passwords.” Sure, this might be the answer that you’d hear from everyone, but that’s because it is really that important. For our tip, we’ll illustrate how it’s so important by examining a few key processes hackers use to crack a password.

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