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Best Flagship Smartphones Right Now

Best Flagship Smartphones Right Now

For millions of people their phone is their most important device. In fact, many people do their computing exclusively on their smartphones. Today, the best devices give people the option to do anything they need to do from the palm of their hand. Let’s take a look at some of the best smartphones available to consumers today.

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Tip of the Week: How to Use Outlook’s Polling Feature

Tip of the Week: How to Use Outlook’s Polling Feature

In June 2020, Microsoft updated their popular Outlook email platform in Microsoft 365, adding (among other things) an integrated polling feature. Let’s take a few moments and go over how to use it so you are better able to take advantage of the opportunities this tool can provide.

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Social Media in the Crosshairs

Social Media in the Crosshairs

The Federal Communications Commission has begun to target social media companies in what seems to be part of an overtly political act by the White House ahead of November’s elections. Today, we will take a look at Section 230, how it currently gives social media power that some politicians are uncomfortable with, and what they plan to do about it.

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How Well Balanced is Your Use of Cloud Computing?

How Well Balanced is Your Use of Cloud Computing?

The COVID-19 pandemic has been jamming up business progress for over half of 2020 and it has led a lot of organizations to push off any new technology investments or to find hosted solutions that will allow them to meet their current business demands. On the surface, these cloud investments are a great way to secure the resources your business needs, but it can have an alternate effect. Today, we take a look at how cloud computing can be just too expensive, even if it doesn’t carry large upfront costs. 

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Tip of the Week: Identifying a Phishing Message Before You’re Hooked

Tip of the Week: Identifying a Phishing Message Before You’re Hooked

Phishing attacks are a fashionable strategy for many cybercriminals and have been for some time. From the infamous Nigerian Prince email scam to the generic urgent message from the bank, most people have seen at least one example of phishing hit their inbox.

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What Makes CAPTCHA So Complex (and Consistently Chafing)?

What Makes CAPTCHA So Complex (and Consistently Chafing)?

“To confirm you’re a human being, select all of the images that include traffic signals.”

Chances are good that you’ve seen such a requirement before as you’ve spent time online, whether you were filling out a form or logging into a website. Whether it was an evaluation like the one above, or simply one where you needed to identify a highly distorted series of alphanumeric characters, you probably have also noticed these tests getting more difficult as time has passed. The reason for this is simple: computers are getting better at beating them.

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Do You Need to Keep the Devices You Rarely Touch Charged Up?

Do You Need to Keep the Devices You Rarely Touch Charged Up?

Nintendo has announced to owners of their Switch consoles that, if their devices aren’t charged up at least every six months, battery life could be impacted. Now, bear with us: while we realize that this may not seem to be all that pertinent to businesses, it brings up an important practice for businesses to follow: regularly charging even the devices that are used less often.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Make Online Meetings More Productive

Tip of the Week: 3 Ways to Make Online Meetings More Productive

Online meetings and other methods of remote collaboration have grown significantly in popularity, especially over the past few months. Many may still feel, however, that they aren’t able to accomplish as much during these meetings. We’re sharing three tips to help up the productivity of your next remote session to help correct these feelings.

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How a Penetration Test Plays Out

How a Penetration Test Plays Out

Wouldn’t it be nice to know how much risk your business was under, in terms of vulnerabilities and potential exploits? Believe it or not, this is entirely possible, through a process known as penetration testing. Commonly referred to as “pen testing,” this simple measure can provide a business with some very valuable insight into their security preparations.

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Keys to Warding off 2020’s Cyberthreats

Keys to Warding off 2020’s Cyberthreats

There are a lot of cyberthreats out there… too many for the modern business to avoid them all. While employing best practices may greatly reduce your chances of being breached and having data stolen from your network, they can also help you determine how a breach occurred and how your data was stolen. While there is no such thing as perfect cybersecurity, there are a few strategies you can lean on to strengthen yours.

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6 Huge Benefits Businesses Gain from the Cloud

6 Huge Benefits Businesses Gain from the Cloud

Cloud computing can be a huge benefit for your business, but most times it is thought of as just a cost-saving measure. In reality, investing in the cloud can have a number of serious benefits for any business bold enough to commit to hosted computing. Today, we will go through some of these benefits and explain how they set a business up for success.

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How Can We Secure Our Use of Smart Assistants?

How Can We Secure Our Use of Smart Assistants?

Smart assistants are one of the most intriguing and confounding technologies developed over the past decade. At the time of this writing, over 150 million smart speakers are in 60 million homes in the United States, when you add in the smart assistants available on mobile devices and other various smart devices, you’re talking a billion people actively using some type of smart assistant. Over the past couple of years, you’re beginning to see these assistants being used more for business and this has made certain security-minded people a little weary of them. Let’s take a look at some of the security questions surrounding the smart assistants.

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Android’s Evolution Over Time

Android’s Evolution Over Time

With a market share of 87 percent in 2019, Android is obviously a popular operating system and has been for some time. With the years that have passed since it debuted in 2008, it has changed shape quite considerably, with many features and capabilities introduced and phased out. Let’s go over the changes that each version brought with it, to see how Android got to the place it is now.

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Tip of the Week: Simple Fixes for Some Common Android Phone Issues

Tip of the Week: Simple Fixes for Some Common Android Phone Issues

The Android mobile platform is the most utilized operating system in the world. Even with its massive popularity, it comes with some oddities. Today, we’ll go into detail on how to prevent some of these quirks from holding you back.

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Why (and How) to Build a Company Knowledge Base

Why (and How) to Build a Company Knowledge Base

“Knowledge is power.” This theme has been demonstrated countless times throughout history, from the huge conflicts that spanned the globe, to the meteoric rises that many businesses have seen, down to the conversations held at the dinner table. Knowledge simply makes things go better for you, which is why it is so helpful for businesses to have a knowledge base at their disposal. Today, your IT can give you even more opportunities to use information to your advantage.

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Strategies for Remote Workers and Students

Strategies for Remote Workers and Students

With schools now in full swing, some places are still forcing parents into the unenviable position of having to play educator as well as having to work full-time. This has caused a lot of stress for a lot of people. As the pandemic keeps people from congregating in numbers, school administrators will most likely err on the side of caution to attempt to keep COVID-19 from ravaging homes the way it has since March. Parents--some of whom are still working from home--need help if they can’t count on schools to be open for business as usual. Today, we’ll outline a few tips that people could benefit from if they are asked to work or go to school from their home. 

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Do You Know What a Strong Password Looks Like?

Do You Know What a Strong Password Looks Like?

For the past twenty years, the password has been the most important security tool that individuals and businesses have to keep outside parties out of their personal and professional information. This may not always be the case, but much of a business’ security is built around the idea that passwords are keeping unwanted entities out. It is important that you and your staff understand what good password hygiene looks like. Today, we’ll outline what it looks like.

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Understanding FinTech and Its Impact on Businesses

Understanding FinTech and Its Impact on Businesses

The purpose of technology is, in a nutshell, to improve a task to make it less difficult and/or more efficient to complete. This has lately been demonstrated in the information technology that powers the financial services industries. Finance, insurance, and banking have all seen their processes benefitted by “FinTech.” Let’s examine FinTech to gain a better appreciation for it and its capabilities.

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Where Can a Business Find Analytical Data?

Where Can a Business Find Analytical Data?

Business analytics are quite popular nowadays, as businesses of all shapes and sizes are eager to use data to improve their processes and performance. Let’s consider how your technological strategy could benefit from such analytical considerations.

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Tip of the Week: The Very Basics of Computer Cleaning

Tip of the Week: The Very Basics of Computer Cleaning

For your employees to succeed, their tools need to be in proper working order. While often overlooked, this means that their workstations need to be kept clean. Here, we’re reviewing the basics of cleaning your workstation to keep it running well.

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