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Tip of the Week: 8 Tips to be an Expert Googler

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b2ap3_thumbnail_search_tips_to_win_400.jpgHave you ever tried to search for something on Google, only to be disappointed that you couldn't find what you were looking for? You might think you're being extremely specific, but in reality, you're not doing anything different from the average joe. Googling is an art lost to the ages, a secret technique of legend. But, not really. Here are some tips to help you get more out of the world's most popular search engine.

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Zero Trust: Is this a Wise Data Security Policy?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_no_trust_data_protection_400.jpgSometimes it seems like the Internet is plotting against you, and nothing is safe, ever. Even if you don't have any thugs waiting to steal your data, there are hackers - thieves - who will steal it anyway, waiting to take it when you least expect it. One of the most secure ways to protect your company's digital assets is to enact a "zero trust" policy for your network.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_sanitary_practices_400.jpgThese days, with the Ebola virus on everyone's mind, sanitation is a major issue. Enacting proper sanitation procedures is a must for any public place, especially in the office. Unbeknownst to most office workers, one of the biggest transmitters of germs is frequently-handled technology. Therefore, it's imperative that you properly use your technology in a sanitary fashion. Here's how.

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Warning: Cryptowall 2.0 Ransomware is as Bad as They Come

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ransomware_cryptowall_400.jpgBe advised, there's a new digital threat on the scene that you and your employees need to be aware of. Known as Cryptowall 2.0, it's a wicked virus that has the potential to encrypt and steal your files, making it the scariest thing to hit your front door this Halloween season.

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Grading the New iPhone 6 and 6+ On a Curve

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b2ap3_thumbnail_iphone_six_and_six_plus_400.jpgThe Apple iPhone 6 and 6+ are here! Are you enough of an Apple fan to have waited in line for hours to get your very own? To date, the new iPhone is so popular that it's on backorder and difficult to get a hold of. Is the latest iPhone worth the hype? Let's take a look at the specs and find out.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_watch_out_for_sandworms_400.jpgA cyber espionage campaign called "Sandworm" has been discovered recently. The hacking attack, said to be based in Russia, has been targeting government leaders and organizations since as early as 2009. The researchers responsible for the discovery, iSight Partners, came to this conclusion after examining the code used in the campaign.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_voice_over_internet_protocol_400.jpgMore businesses are switching to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) in order to consolidate their communication tools and save money on their phone bill. Before you make the switch, you will first want to understand your different VoIP options so that you will have a plan that fits your company's communication needs. Here are some tips to get you started with VoIP.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_can_internet_of_things_kill_400.jpgThe Internet of Things is on its way, and more devices are connecting to the Internet than ever before. Unfortunately, this also means that more devices are vulnerable to the threats that cybercrime poses. Some professionals believe that, despite the obvious benefits that the Internet of Things provides (i.e. big data analytics) some cyber criminals might turn to more nefarious schemes.

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The Files are IN the Computer [VIDEO]

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b2ap3_thumbnail_files_are_in_the_computer_400.jpgWhen it comes to IT support, communication is key. The parties giving and receiving support must absolutely be on the same page. If not, then a PC disaster is imminent. Sometimes, IT support miscommunications can be so bad that they're funny, as seen in the 2001 movie "Zoolander." Thankfully, nobody is really this detached when it comes to computers, right?

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Tip of the Week: How to Recover Lost Microsoft Office Files

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b2ap3_thumbnail_microsoft_office_400.jpgLosing files can be devastating, not just for your business, but for your clients. While most cloud services save document changes automatically after edits have been made, Microsoft Office 365 doesn't. This can potentially lead to lost files. But fear not; there is a way to recover these files in case the worst happens.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_server_virtualization_400.jpgVirtualization isn’t a new topic, but it sure is a hot one. Virtual servers are almost omnipresent in today’s technological world, and for good reason. They provide businesses with several benefits that help expand and preserve both a business’s data and vision, improving efficiency and productivity.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_windows_10_400.jpgThe news is out; what was previously thought to be Windows 9, codenamed “Threshold,” has been revealed to be Windows 10. While leaks have already shown us quite a bit of what the latest installment of Windows can do, the official reveal goes into more detail about the nature of Windows 10 for enterprises and even common users. First, let’s go over what we already know about the enigmatic new operating system, then we’ll get into the juicy new details.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_decisions_400.jpgThe Internet makes marketing your business much easier, but it's not that way for everyone. A restaurant in California has responded to the standard Internet marketing strategy with an out-of-the-box method of its own. David Cerretini, co-owner of the Italian restaurant Botto Bistro, has told his strategy to USA Today; "I want to be the worst restaurant in the San Francisco area!"

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Tip of the Week: How to Reorganize Your IT Infrastructure

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b2ap3_thumbnail_get_your_it_in_order_400.jpgEveryone needs a tip occasionally. Therefore, we want to provide our followers with what we like to call, "Tips of the Week." These helpful tidbits are targeted toward helping you understand certain aspects of business technology. For our first tip, we will walk you through how to reorganize your IT infrastructure. For more tips, see our previous blog articles.

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Alert: Don’t Get Hit with Shellshock by the New Bash Bug

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b2ap3_thumbnail_alert_bash_bug_400.jpgA new malicious threat in the technical marketplace has just been discovered. The bug, dubbed the Bash bug, or "shellshock," is on the loose for users of Unix-based operating systems, like Linux or Mac OS X. It allows the execution of arbitrary code on affected systems, and could potentially be very dangerous for your business. In fact, CNet is calling it "bigger than Heartbleed."

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b2ap3_thumbnail_former_employee_theft_400.jpgAs a business owner, you've probably had the misfortune of letting a valued (or not-so-valued) employee go. The reasons might vary, but one thing is consistent: they're gone, and could potentially use their newfound residual malice to strike your business right where it hurts. How can you prepare yourself against former employees you may have once called "family?"

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How to Find Greater Success By Reading More Books

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b2ap3_thumbnail_read_with_spead_400.jpgAs a business leader, you know that you should read more about the latest industry trends and helpful management concepts. How's that going for you? For many business owners, finding time just to run their business is difficult enough, making book reading a luxury. We've found that you can do both by learning how to speed read.

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How Are Modern Businesses Taking Advantage of the Cloud?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_computing_for_business_400.jpgFor the modern-day business owner, moving to the cloud means to take advantage of the several strategic advantages it offers. Companies no longer have to restrict themselves by relying on physical servers, desktops, or hardware. Most businesses see the value that cloud-based operations can offer them, and they are racing to take advantage of this fairly recent development. In fact, Joe McKendrick of Forbes magazine says that four-out-of-five small businesses will be based in the cloud in the near future.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_credit_card_security_400.jpgMajor retailers are having a rough time of it these days concerning the security of their customer's financial information. Last December, Target was hit with malware that compromised 40 million customer credit and debit card accounts, and recently, Home Depot was hit with the same malware. What's a connoisseur of mass-produced boxed goods to do?

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Make Dynamic Infographics with Microsoft PowerPoint

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b2ap3_thumbnail_powerpoint_for_infographs_400.jpgNot only can Microsoft PowerPoint make great slideshows, it can also make engaging infographics. The latest trend in marketing is fairly simple: Visual content sells. Images and videos are the most popular way to take advantage of this. Infographics can offer your marketing campaign a combination of text and image, allowing your marketing content to be both engaging and informative.

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