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

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Questions to think about when upgrading your business PC's

CoreTech Staff
Creating a Technology LifeCycle Management (TLM) Plan is good way to plan ahead for technology upgrades that work within your budget process and your company needs. While TLM encompasses all hardware, software applications, and renewals of each, a PC Lifecycle Management (PCLM) plan is an aspect of planning small to midsize businesses need to have a handle on. There is no one right way to go about technology upgrades.  Working with many different companies, I have found that it is not a “one ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases

6 easy things you can do with Skype for Business

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For those of you that are not familiar with Skype for Business it is a communication app that lets you connect with fellow co-workers, business partners or clients in your company, around the United States or world. Skype is part of the Office 365 package and works with your other Office programs. Let’s explore six basic features of Skype Business. Instant Messaging -  The most basic function of Skype for Business is instant messaging which can be done within your business/organization or with ...
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Topics: Trends

Does your Omaha business need a firewall?

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Do you lock your front door? I assume your answer is yes. Just as you lock your front door to keep intruders out and your valuables in, you should do the same to keep your company’s data secure. Your company’s version of a deadbolt is called a firewall and it is one of the best ways to keep your data safe. What is a firewall? A firewall is a security system that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic and controls. It permits or blocks traffic based on predetermined security rules. ...
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Topics: Security Threats

Dark Web, Deep Web -- What's the difference?

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So how many of you watched the series CSI: Cyber before it was cancelled? Like many other detective dramas, they often talked about the “DARK WEB” (dramatic music playing in background). Sounds scary, right?? Then they throw in the term “Deep Web” to really confuse us. Although I have begun to grasp the idea of what the Dark Web is, there is still a bit of mystery to it. What I do know is that when my data was stolen from a large insurance firm I was told that my personal information was being ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

Arm your employees with these 5 key security basics

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There are numerous ways owners and managers protect their company from security threats. Hopefully you recognize some of these security solutions which include: use of a commercial grade firewall, endpoint protection software, proper patching, updating software programs, and—last but not least—strong data backup.   All these security solutions are key to securing your network and data, however one task often ignored is employee education!  As an employer you will want to be certain your ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats

How to Deal With Overwhelming Email Inboxes After Vacation

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So, you have just gotten home from a very relaxing, much needed vacation.  You feel great! The work tension in your body is gone, and you feel fully relaxed and at ease. On Monday you walk into your office, still thinking of the beautiful scenery you’ve just encountered. You turn on your PC, open Outlook and, just like that, the relaxed feeling is gone, completely vaporized in a moment. What looks like a thousand emails have piled up in your inbox. Some of them may be junk, but there are others ...
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Topics: Staff Training

Working from home is easy (and productive)

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So here we are on the verge of spring (thank goodness), and I do have to say this winter gave us some perilous drives to work. In fact, there was one so icy that my boss declared it a “work at home” day. In years past, working from home would have not have been as productive as one in the office, as I had files and software that I need available to get my work done. Now, there are so many different avenues to tap away from the office that make working from home easy and productive!
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Topics: Staff Training, Owners & Managers

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will arrive later this month! Get in on the advance details here.

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It's always exciting when a new gadget hits the market, especially one that's so useful.  We don't normally highlight product releases, however I know that many of you are interested in technology tools for your business, so here it is. I sat in on a technology webinar conference today and they happened to have a Surface product release launch. I admit, I was impressed! Released with Windows 10 Pro installed, the Surface Pro 4 is slightly larger than the 3 at 12.3 inches, however thinner, ...
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Owners & Managers

The Anatomy of a Phishing Email

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It’s exciting to receive a package in the mail with new products or deals I’ve found during some online shopping. So, when I received an email about an undeliverable package to my work email address (and I was expecting a package, which had been overdue), I almost didn’t think twice about it. But then, I began to wonder about the email address, as I was pretty certain that I supplied my home email when ordering online, not my business email.
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats