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XFER has been serving the Livonia area since 1994, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: 4 Common Email Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

b2ap3_thumbnail_email_gaffs_400.jpgEmail is a staple in offices around the world, but many organizations are finding it easier than ever to make simple mistakes that can be easily avoided with proper training procedures. It’s a best practice to ensure that your team is adequately trained on how to efficiently use your chosen email client to its maximum potential. Here are four of the most common email mistakes that the average employee can make, and how they can easily be avoided in the future.

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Tip of the Week: How to Save Your Keyboard After Spilling Your Drink On It

b2ap3_thumbnail_keyboard_cleaning_400.jpgYou know that you shouldn’t keep a beverage near your computer, but how good are you at actually abiding by this best practice? Due to the busyness of our modern lives, it’s likely that most office workers eat more meals at their computer than away from it. Inevitably, this will lead to a drink spilt on your keyboard, which can put you in a rather sticky situation.

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Tip of the Week: My Company Device Has Been Lost or Stolen, Now What?

b2ap3_thumbnail_lost_devices_can_be_a_major_problem_400.jpgMobile devices are one of the hottest items for thieves to target. According to reports from Consumer Reports and LoJack, 2013 saw the theft of two million laptops and three million handsets. What this means for you is that having your mobile device stolen is probably a lot more likely than you would think.

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Tip of the Week: Sharing Files Between 2 PCs is as Easy as Dragging and Dropping

b2ap3_thumbnail_person_network_400.jpgWhat’s the best way to share files between your different personal devices and computers? It turns out that you can share files over your home’s network, and you don’t have to be an IT technician to do it.

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Tip of the Week: Try the 52-17 Rule to Get the Most Productivity Out of Your Workday

b2ap3_thumbnail_tips_to_enhance_productivity_400.jpgThere are countless ways to boost your productivity in the office… at least, that’s what the Internet says. How do you separate the productivity champs from the chumps? It’s simple, really; just look for the tried and true methods that have been backed by thorough research. One such study, performed by Julia Gifford of Draugiem Group, claims that workers can be more productive by not trying to do as much office work as possible.

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Tip of the Week: How to Take Back Your Android Device from Bloatware

b2ap3_thumbnail_android_security_400.jpgSmartphones are filled with all sorts of nifty apps. In fact, some of the most useful applications come pre installed on the device. However, not all apps are worth your time. These unwanted applications are called “bloatware,” and can impede the device’s ability to perform to your specifications.

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Tip of the Week: Use This Security Checklist to Protect Your Network

b2ap3_thumbnail_security_checklist_400.jpgAs a business professional, you have a responsibility to ensure that your company’s network and data is protected from hacking attacks. It can be difficult to remember to take all of the necessary precautions, but with our help, you can easily outline all of the measures that should be taken to maximize security for corporate data.

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Tip of the Week: How to Prevent Lollipop’s Bug From Breaking Your Alarm Clock

b2ap3_thumbnail_android_clock_400.jpgIf you own an Android device, you’re no-doubt aware that Google issued an upgrade to Android’s OS not too long ago. This update, dubbed Android 5.0 Lollipop, presents several aesthetic upgrades to devices which were running a previous Android OS. However, there were also some functionality changes, a few of which were less than desired; like the unexpected changes to Android’s alarm clock.

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Tip of the Week: Keep Your Employees By Keeping them Engaged

b2ap3_thumbnail_workers_engaged_400.jpgAs far as you’re concerned, managing a business is a highly engaging job. However, your staff might feel differently about their jobs. According to a recent study by Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends, only 13 percent of employees are legitimately engaged in their work. A disengaged worker is a serious problem for any workplace.

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Tip of the Week: See What’s Taking Up All of Your Google Drive Storage

b2ap3_thumbnail_drive_for_business_400.jpgHeavy users of Google Drive may experience the issue of running low on storage space. The easiest way to resolve this problem is to give Google money and upgrade your account. Before taking this step, there are a few tricks you can do to free up Google Drive space by locating and getting rid of unneeded files.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Ways to Cut Down On Your Mobile Data Usage

b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile_data_is_expensive_400.jpgAs the world pushes toward a more mobile era, so too does the workplace embrace Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) with open arms. As such, workers will need some type of network connection in order to access mission-critical corporate data. Therefore, if they can’t connect to a WiFi network, they’ll default to their cell provider’s mobile data plan.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Dramatically Reduce Workplace Stress

b2ap3_thumbnail_no_stress_at_work_400.jpg"Work smarter, not harder.” When you’re at your wit’s end, it’s annoying to be told this by a relaxed, know-it-all coworker. However, this productivity axiom holds up. Following this rule will allow you to get much more done, in a much shorter amount of time, and in a much more relaxed manner. Here are five productivity tips to help you “work smarter, not harder.”

Or, don’t follow these tips. Keep doing things the hard way and stress yourself out. The choice is yours.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Options to Consider Before Trashing Your Old Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_is_your_current_it_still_ok_400.jpgIt’s often the case that people excitedly upgrade to new technology without giving much thought about what to do with their old tech. In an upgrade situation like this, you’ve got a few options for dealing with your old technology that are good for the environment, socially responsible, and may even provide you with some cash.

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Tip of the Week: How to Know When You Need a Consultant

b2ap3_thumbnail_do_you_need_a_consultant_400.jpgHave you ever felt like you aren’t sure how to proceed, or how to get yourself out of a rut? You surely don’t want your competitors to know about your weak points, but you feel so much pressure that you might think twice about asking for tips of the trade. After all, a hand once in a while can make all of the difference. This is when you might consider outsourcing a consultant.

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Tip of the Week: How to Find the Perfect Outsourced IT Company for Your Needs

b2ap3_thumbnail_it_company_for_your_needs_400.jpgA growing company tends to experience a lot of IT pains. This is because growth usually goes hand-in-hand with an expanding IT infrastructure, and your in-house IT staff might not be able to keep up with the increased workload. This is especially painful if your budget isn’t as flexible as you’d like. You decide that it’s in your best interest to outsource your IT, but where should you start looking?

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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Put the Power Back In Your PowerPoint Presentations

b2ap3_thumbnail_presentation_power_400.jpgPresentations are a necessary, albeit time-consuming, responsibility that you have as a business owner. Thankfully, there are simple tools like Microsoft PowerPoint available to help make your job a little easier. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to make a boring or less-than-great presentation, which can hamper the audience’s ability to let the message sink in. Here are five ways to make sure that your next PowerPoint is as effective as possible.

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Tip of the Week: How to Integrate 2-Step Verification with Your Google Account

b2ap3_thumbnail_authentication_security_400.jpgIt seems like you can’t go a week without hearing about some new security vulnerability or massive data breach. Naturally, this leads the average computer user to feel nervous, especially when dealing with sensitive information. With only a password standing between you and your account, hackers can easily access it if you’re careless. Two-factor authentication is the key to maximizing your online security.

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Tip of the Week: 7 Common Methods to Protect Your Smartphone

b2ap3_thumbnail_smartphone_security_400.jpgThose who believe that smartphones are secure from threats are in for a rude awakening. Modern businesses need to apply adequate security practices to maximize the protection of mobile devices, or risk everything.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Prevent Getting Burned By Your Job

b2ap3_thumbnail_do_not_succumb_to_stress_400.jpgOccupational burnout is a real risk for the busy business owner. Wikipedia defines it as, “Characterized by short-term exhaustion, lack of enthusiasm and motivation, feeling drained, and also may have the dimension of frustration and/or negative emotion and cynical behavior, and as a result reduced professional efficacy.” Can you relate? How can you prevent occupational burnout?

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Tip of the Week: Avoid These 3 Common Grammar Errors

b2ap3_thumbnail_grammar_issues_400.jpgWe live in an age where everything we do is auto-corrected through our word processor or email client. This makes it particularly easy to make grammar errors, especially when you’re in a pinch and you need to send out a reminder or an email within moments. If your business isn’t careful to avoid these mistakes, you could potentially be seen as unprofessional in your industry.

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