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b2ap3_thumbnail_hack_attack_manufacturing_400.jpgWhen you think of viruses and malware, you think of attacks on a digital scale. An attack in the digital world can’t do anything in the physical world, right? It turns out that hacking can lead to bigger problems, like the recent meltdown of a blast furnace at a German steel mill.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_chrome_safe_browsing_400.jpgMalware often takes the form of certain unrecognizable web entities, which can make detecting threats tricky at times. New features in popular web browsers, most notably Google Chrome, are making progress toward identifying these threats before they cause your business harm. Chrome’s “Safe Browsing” feature is a good tool to augment your current network security practices.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_commute_productivity_400.jpgAs a business owner, you know there simply are not enough hours in the day to get everything done. However, what some professionals fail to notice is that their morning and afternoon commutes are an entirely untapped market for productivity-boosting activities. By using this time wisely, you can get more done in the office, reducing stress and freeing up your schedule.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_save_money_on_energy_400.jpgTechnology keeps getting cooler, but the cost of running the technology remains the same. Do you know just how much energy your computer uses annually? If not, you might want to take some time to calculate your PC’s energy cost, as it could be affecting both your energy bill and the environment.

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3 Business Ventures Utilizing Vendor Management

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b2ap3_thumbnail_subcontractors_and_vendors_400.jpgHave you ever wondered where some of the top talent in the world comes from? Not everyone knows how to find the best vendor for their needs, but with our IT service called vendor management, we find fixes to problems which lie outside our area of expertise. Despite what you might think, you may not be entirely unfamiliar with vendor management. In fact, you use it for several everyday services as it is.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_search_security_400.jpgWhile most search engines are pretty good at weeding out malicious sites and not displaying them, some are better than others. According to AV-Test, a German independent testing lab, the top search engines, Bing and Google, are miles apart in terms of secure searching.

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Tip of the Week: How to Get Some Exercise in the Office

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b2ap3_thumbnail_exersize_at_work_400.jpgthe new year, and that means it’s time for New Year’s resolutions. Sitting down at your desk all day can make you realize that you’d like to get some more exercise into your lifestyle, but you also might realize that you have nowhere near enough time to make it to the gym. If this sounds like your predicament, you can try working out in the office.

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Trust Your Gut when it Comes to IT Services

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b2ap3_thumbnail_trust_your_gut_on_it_400.jpgHave you ever been stuck in a technology rut while working on a major project? If this is an everyday occurrence for you, your gut might be telling you that there’s a better way to handle your business’s IT. Most of the time, there’s usually a better way to handle these issues, and it’s with the latest and greatest technology. Your IT provider needs to be familiar with the most recent developments, good or bad, to deliver you the best quality services available.

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Tip of the Week: How to Back Up Your Browser’s Bookmarks

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b2ap3_thumbnail_set_up_bookmarks_400.jpgWhen you have your workstation’s browser just the way you want it, you feel unstoppable. You have all of your most-frequently visited websites stashed in your browser’s bookmarks, and your latest search results can point you right where you want to go. Then your hard drive crashes, and you’re left with nothing whatsoever. What can you do to prevent this?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_hipaa_fines_levied_400.jpgThe latest in a string of costly settlements associated with the violation of the HIPAA law highlights the importance of your health care organization closely following HIPAA’s mandates. Is your practice’s IT infrastructure HIPAA compliant? If not, then even an overlooked detail as seemingly-insignificant as updating software will subject you to penalties.

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The Top 5 Most Innovative Mobile Phones of 2004

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b2ap3_thumbnail_old_cellphone_400.jpgIt’s the new year and most technology websites are posting cute blog articles like, “The Top Gadgets of 2014,” or “The Hottest Technologies of 2015.” That’s all well and good, but for today’s blog we want to break with tradition and write about the latest mobile technology from 10 years ago. We think this will give everybody some perspective on “The Best Gadgets of 2014.”

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Tip of the Week: 4 Pointers for Preventing Email Spam

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b2ap3_thumbnail_no_email_spam_400.jpgEmail, the most popular medium of office communication, offers spectacular boons to a business, but it’s not without its flaws. Spam is the #1 enemy of the email inbox, and it is a time-consuming productivity killer. Even the most vigilant workers get hit with spam from time to time, but that doesn’t mean you need to.

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The Gift of Maggie

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b2ap3_thumbnail_a_gift_for_maggie_400.jpgAn updated technology-based version of the classic Christmas story “The Gift of the Magi.” Originally published in The New York Sunday World in 1905. Written by O. Henry.

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That’s what the balance read on Maggie’s online bank statement. It’s never been that low before. Usually she and her husband Dillon have a comfortable amount that they can pull from, but this year has been especially hard for the young couple, thanks to their new business endeavor.

The couple took out a big loan and started a new hair salon nine months ago. They knew the risks of starting a business in this economy, but the risks seemed small compared to the excitement of following their dreams.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ddos_attacks_becoming_a_problem_400.jpgWe’ve mentioned distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) before, and we’ve emphasized the importance of protecting yourself from threats which can cause downtime. However, we think the recent attacks by Lizard Squad take DDoS to an entirely new level.

Tagged in: Hackers Privacy Security
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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Power Up Your WiFi Signal

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b2ap3_thumbnail_boost_your_wifi_signal_400.jpgA strong WiFi signal is imperative to the success of your company. If your business has a reliable signal in every part of your office and home, let the productivity commence; but if it’s spotty in some areas of your office, you might want to consider a signal extension. It could make working much easier for both yourself and your entire team.

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Tweet Your Way to the Top

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b2ap3_thumbnail_twitter_for_marketing_400.jpgWith 255 million active users, Twitter is one of the biggest social media platforms, but some companies are still skeptical about using it. What Twitter-haters may not realize is that it provides businesses with a marketing advantage by allowing them to customize their audience to suit their needs, making it a valuable marketing tool--that is 100% free!

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Is Your Healthcare Organization HIPAA Compliant?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_hipaa_is_protecting_you_400.jpgTechnology plays a crucial role in the healthcare industry, and thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), healthcare providers and insurance companies in the United States have to abide by a specific set of regulations when it comes to handling patient data.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_protection_for_shopping_online_400.jpgEverybody loves a good holiday, and this season is the perfect time to buy a tech lover a great new gift. However, it’s important to always practice proper security precautions. All it takes is one slip-up to hand over personal information or even your identity to a hacker. It’s imperative that you follow proper security protocol when dealing with online shopping, especially if it’s for your business.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_pluto_mail_400.jpgThere are some things in this world we can’t take back, and one of those things is what you say in an email. Anyone who has made a mistake, such as misspelling the recipient’s name, or saying something downright unsavory or condescending, wishes they could go back in time and save themselves the humiliation. Now, thanks to an upcoming initiative called Pluto Mail, the time machine might arrive a little early.

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Don’t Ignore Communication with Your IT Department

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b2ap3_thumbnail_synergy_400.jpgWhen dealing with a large infrastructure, like that found within your business, it’s important to be clear and concise. This is especially true when it comes to your IT department, as miscommunications can lead to lost work or even fatal issues. If a problem does arise, you want to make sure that they are available to take care of it. In order to keep your issues to a minimum, it’s a good idea to plan out your IT communications systems and stick to them at all times.

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