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Technology Unwrapped

The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

Is Your Phone Saying You have “Weak Security? Here’s What it Means.

Kaitlin Schneider
Has your mobile device alerted you to “weak security” recently?  The latest update patches from Apple and Android will now show an alert for weak security if your router or modem is using an outdated network security key. 
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Topics: Security Threats, Alert

Is Outsourced IT Right for Your Business?

Kaitlin Schneider
Your business is growing, but is the backbone of your organization—your IT—keeping up?   Growing businesses require technology that evolves with them. Without it, they fall behind the competition.   If you’re having trouble keeping pace with the demands of your industry or need help keeping your IT online, fully outsourced IT support could be the answer for you. 
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Topics: Outsourced IT

5 Reasons Why Your Employees Need Professional Headsets

Kaitlin Schneider
When our company first switched to remote work, it was a bit of an adjustment. I had to get used to sharing the dining room of a one-bedroom apartment as an office with my fiancé. When we had meetings, we didn’t want to interrupt the other’s workflow, so headphones were necessary.  For a time, I settled for the subpar voice and sound quality of a simple pair of earbuds. And, those earbuds sufficed, for a time. But then the sound started cutting out. So, I had to find a different pair, and the ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases, The Workplace

What is a VPN, and How Does it Work?

Aaron Wagner
Many companies have been working remotely for over a year now—some with no plan to return to the office. As others plan to return to normal, others still are getting the best of both worlds with a hybrid approach. No matter what work model your office adopts, security is still a crucial component of your company’s technology setup. As part of their security efforts, many companies use VPNs for their employees to connect to the office network.
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Topics: The Workplace, Network Security

What Can We Learn From the New Executive Order on Cyber Security?

Chris Vilim
SolarWinds, the Microsoft Exchange Server hack, and now the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, among scores of other cyber security attacks and breaches, have led to President Joe Biden passing an executive order (EO) on cyber security.   This executive order, while not asking anything revolutionary, is a step in the right direction for our federal government, and many SMBs should take note of the items emphasized to better protect their own data and IT systems from the increasingly complex ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

3 Types of Insider Threats and How to Prevent them in Your Organization

Kaitlin Schneider
When you hear the term “insider threat,” what comes to mind? Is it an irritated individual intentionally causing problems within your systems—perhaps one employee with a vendetta against your company?  Or is it something else entirely?  
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Topics: Security Threats

Speed up PC Performance with these 5 Tips

Kaitlin Schneider
Imagine this scenario.   You’re on a deadline, the clock ticking as you try to finish a major presentation for a huge prospective client. You’ve been working at a steady pace, but you’ve noticed something. Your computer has steadily become sluggish, bogged down by something unknown—maybe a program running in the background—or worse, a load of malware?  
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Topics: IT Support

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Business

Kaitlin Schneider
Is your small or medium-sized business experiencing growth?   That’s great news for your bottom line, but you need to ensure your IT infrastructure is supporting your growth, rather than hindering it. Do you have enough equipment for your staff? Is your network robust enough to handle client demands? 
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Technology Planning

How to Avoid Being Socially Engineered

Kaitlin Schneider
Social engineering attacks are increasing in inboxes everywhere, and it’s vital that your employees know how to spot these manipulation attempts.   In fact, according to an expert panel from Digital Guardian, only 3 percent of attackers try to exploit technical components and devices.   What about the other 97 percent?  
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

7 Superb Tips for Microsoft Teams Power Users

Kaitlin Schneider
From calls, chats, video conferencing, and everything in between, Microsoft Teams is a powerhouse for keeping your work and correspondence all within one interface.   And there’s no shortage of features and capabilities on Microsoft Teams, either. In fact, it might feel like we’ve only scratched the surface in our previous posts on Teams. So in today’s post, I’m going to detail seven lesser-known tips and tricks for maximizing your use of Microsoft Teams. 
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Topics: Microsoft Products