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Technology Unwrapped

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

Why Should Your Accounting Firm Invest in IT Security?

Kaitlin Schneider
All businesses should prioritize IT security investments—especially accounting firms. You play a pivotal role in the lives of those businesses and clients, which is why your accounting company is a top target for cyber criminals. 
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Topics: The Workplace, Network Security, Technology Planning

7 Technology Challenges SMBs Will Face in Late 2021

Chris Vilim
The world is reopening, and it has brought up several new technology challenges. Businesses are making intentional decisions about: Where and how they do their best work How to keep their systems secure How to keep them operational How to keep employees happy Here’s what I anticipate as the seven greatest challenges for SMBs throughout the rest of 2021.
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Trends, Technology Planning

5 Strategic Tips for Preventing Data Loss in Your SMB

Kaitlin Schneider
Data loss, whether from human error, a ransomware attack, security breach or a hardware failure, can cost your business a lot of money. In fact, in 2020, a data breach cost SMBs an average of $149,000.   Most small businesses can’t handle losing that amount of revenue to data loss. That’s why you need a data loss prevention strategy, plan and policy. In this post, we detail five strategic tips for preventing data loss in your SMB.  
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Topics: Data Breach, The Workplace, Network Security

How Can a Managed IT Service Provider Help Local Government?

Kaitlin Schneider
Keeping up with evolving demands is a key part of helping your community thrive. Digital transformation has aided numerous local government agencies in the past few years, with solutions as simple as public WiFi access around parks and swimming pools, improving communication between institutions, and more.  However, someone needs to manage digital transformation, and if your local government is already busy servicing parks, emergency services, courts, transportation or public works, how can you ...
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Topics: The Workplace, Outsourced IT, IT Support

10 Simple PC Tricks to Improve Productivity

Derek Warak
We all know the business world today is fast paced. To stay cutting-edge, it’s important to maximize productivity. One quick, easy way to do this is to make your computer usage more efficient. Below, I’ve listed 10 ways to boost performance and give your productivity a leg up over the competition.
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Topics: The Workplace

The Importance of Employee Work-Life Balance and How SMBs Can Encourage It

Lori Mahoney
As an employer, do you ever stop to notice if your employees are happy, relaxed and seem to enjoy their job? Not having a work-life balance can be detrimental to your company and employee performance.
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Topics: The Workplace

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

How IT Downtime Impacts Your Business

Kaitlin Schneider
Not every disaster that wreaks havoc on a business has to be a major natural event like a fire, blizzard, flood or tornado. Even something as simple as accidental deletion or one wrong click on a phishing email could instigate a disastrous domino effect in your organization.   And it’s not just your company’s revenue that is impacted by downtime. There are other ways that unplanned IT downtime can impact your business, including:   Data loss  Lost productivity  A damaged reputation  Actual ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Technology Planning

Microsoft Teams is Becoming the Standard in Video Conferencing—Here’s Why

Kaitlin Schneider
Whether it’s to touch base with your team or follow up with a manager—or even just to check in with family members—much of our lives today revolve around video calls and applications.   But not every video conferencing solution is built the same, and there are some clear go-to choices for businesses. The top contender today is Microsoft Teams, and it is quickly becoming the standard for video calling in the realm of business.  
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Topics: Microsoft Products, The Workplace, Trends