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Have A Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Have A Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Is a time to reflect on what makes us most grateful. Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time ponder upon what lessons we have learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who...

Stimulus Check Scams

Stimulus Check Scams

The US Attorney's Office for the Western District of Louisiana and the Internal Revenue Service have both cautioned taxpayers of the opportunity for criminals to steal stimulus payments through various means. I have already received a phone call claiming to be from...

Video Calls Guide

Video Calls Guide

How to make your team’s video calls easier and less stressful Another useful work from home guide from Aspendora Technologies Video calling and conferencing has exploded since most of us had to start working from home. And we’re getting so many questions about it...

What is the new normal?

What is the new normal?

We keep hearing on the news and social media about wanting to get back to normal. What is the new normal? Life as we knew it won't be the same, at least for a year or so, if ever. Having a vaccine might help get things back to normal. What does it look like for your...

Urgent Advisory Due to Increased Scams

Urgent Advisory Due to Increased Scams

Thousands of people in the Houston area are being warned about a massive rise in online and phone scams, relating to the current situation. We have compiled a list of some of the most recent scams dreamed up by hackers and phone fraudsters. Some of the recent scams...

Covid-19 And Remote Work

Spread of the Coronavirus has undoubtedly been a topic of concern for your organization. We’d like to provide an update on a few items that may be helpful for you as you plan for contingencies and possible work-from-home scenarios. Remote access and remote work...

Work from Home Challenges for IT

Work from Home Challenges for IT

As more businesses start to let people work from home, that brings up new challenges for your IT department. Remember all of that investment to make sure your systems can defend themselves? Those systems aren't in place on your employee's home computer. Now, IT is...

[VIDEO] COVID-19 (Corona Virus): Business Continuity Plan Ready?

[VIDEO] COVID-19 (Corona Virus): Business Continuity Plan Ready?

Coronavirus Spreading: Make Sure Your Business Continuity Plan Is Ready The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has taken root across the country. More and more locations are starting to report cases and this number continues to raise alarm bells throughout the medical...

Know the Digital Threats: 6 Dangerous Malware & How to Stop Them

Know and Protect Your Network From These Malware Threats Every day, new malware is discovered that threatens U.S. business and individual security. Continue reading to learn about six of the most recent named and dangerous malware threats.   Back in 2018, U.S. Cyber...

Use SharePoint to Keep Business Data Organized

Use SharePoint to Keep Business Data Organized

Metadata Gives You Control of Disorganized Online Filing Systems SharePoint gives you a simple solution to keep your online files organized, using metadata to create customized ways to sort and find the information you need. It’s an all-too-common occurrence. You need...

Is Your IT Company Doing These Bad Cybersecurity Practices?

Is Your IT Company Doing These Bad Cybersecurity Practices?

Watch Out for These Bad Cybersecurity Practices in Your MSP How good is your MSP at providing security for your business? Watch out for these potentially harmful cybersecurity practices in your managed service provider.    In a recent speech, Kyle Ardoin, the...

Ransomware Explained…

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts your files and demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key. I put together a video that explains how it works and how to stay safe. Take a look and let me know your thoughts… Watch the video below or click...

7 Myths Small Businesses Still Believe About PC Technology

7 Myths Small Businesses Still Believe About PC Technology

Evaluating your business technology budget? These 7 PC myths could be costing you a lot of money. From slow computers to hacker vulnerability, see how to fix it.   Think you’re saving money by keeping those old PCs running in the office? Think again. An Intel study...

Bolster Cybersecurity Readiness with Strategic Investments

Bolster Cybersecurity Readiness with Strategic Investments

Bolster Cybersecurity Readiness with Strategic Investments Protecting your organization from cybercriminals is gaining complexity and requiring more resources than ever before. Do your leaders understand the implications of a lack of cybersecurity funding?   Every...

Hackers Increasingly Targeting Business Conversations

Hackers Increasingly Targeting Business Conversations

‘Conversation hijacking’ Seeks Sensitive Business Intelligence Your employees probably know not to open unexpected file attachments or click on random links, but what if an attachment arrives as part of an email conversation with trusted colleagues? Sophisticated...

January 28th: Data Privacy Day

Data Privacy Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the first international treaty focused on data protection. Here’s how you can get involved.   January 28th, Data Privacy Day 2020, is here. First introduced in January of 2008, Data Privacy Day...

What You Need to Know about Cyber Security

What You Need to Know about Cyber Security

Cybersecurity education is essential in order to keep businesses one step ahead of this evolving space. Learn about types of attacks and preventative actions. Cyber solutions are the future of business, with innovation such as the Internet of Things (IoT) gaining...

Scammers Convinced Erie Employee to Wire Million Dollars

Scammers Convinced Erie Employee to Wire Million Dollars

Small Town Reeling After BEC Scammers Get Employee to Wire $1M Would you fall for this scam that cost a small town $1M? Find out what a BEC scam is, how it works, and what you can do to keep your company from falling victim. What would you do if you found out your...

Keeping You Safe from Juice Jacking

Keeping You Safe from Juice Jacking

Learn about juice jacking and how to prevent you or employees from becoming a victim.  Here’s a new cyber threat to worry about: Juice Jacking. Read on to learn what about juice jacking and how to prevent yourself or employees from becoming a victim. What Is Juice...

What You Can Do to Prevent Cyber Attacks Targeting Employee Data

What You Can Do to Prevent Cyber Attacks Targeting Employee Data

What You Can Do to Prevent Cyber Attacks Targeting Employee Data Threat actors are targeting companies to obtain personal information about employees to use for tax fraud and filing false returns.   Your company stores all sorts of personally-identifiable data about...

Important Cybersecurity Warning

Important Cybersecurity Warning

Have you been following the news lately? The recent events between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran are causing some concerns across the cybersecurity community. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a very important...

Reclaim Productivity with These Microsoft Excel Secret Shortcuts

Reclaim Productivity with These Microsoft Excel Secret Shortcuts

25+ Microsoft Excel Shortcuts to Boost Your Productivity Are you getting your money’s worth out of this productivity tool? Find out how to save insane amounts of time and frustration with these 25 Microsoft Excel Tips   When it comes to processing data, Microsoft...

3 Tips Will Help Save Your Computer from Ransomware

3 Tips Will Help Save Your Computer from Ransomware

Quick Tips to Save Your Computer from Ransomware Are you struggling to remove vicious ransomware from your computer? These quick tips will help you (safely!) access information on your computer and get back online in no time.   You’ve heard about ransomware attacks,...

Watch Out! Windows 7 Loses Support in January

Watch Out! Windows 7 Loses Support in January

Careful – Your Windows 7 Loses Support in January 2020 If you use Windows 7, you need to be aware that Microsoft will end support for your operating system in January 2020. Now is the time to upgrade to Windows 10.   Windows 7 is an operating system that still has...

Juice Jacking: The Next Cyberattack

Juice Jacking: The Next Cyberattack

Juice Jacking is another creative way that cyber attackers are accessing your data. Learn more about the concept and how to prevent it.   The public must be on guard for any cyberattack that comes their way; however, attackers are creative and are constantly...

Prevent Hackers from Stealing Your VoiP and Costing You Money

Prevent Hackers from Stealing Your VoiP and Costing You Money

Prevent Hackers from Stealing Your VoiP and Costing You Money Best ways to prevent your business from losing money because of hackers stealing your VoIP service. In 2017, telecom fraud amounted to $29.2 billion in losses to organizations and carriers, according to No...

Hackers Access CEO Email to Steal Company Money

Hackers Access CEO Email to Steal Company Money

BEC Scam Helps Hackers Steal Over $46M from Company How fast could your company lose $46M? BEC Scams do it in minutes. Find out how criminals hack CEO emails to earn themselves a huge payday at your expense.   Sometimes criminals hide in the shadows and sometimes they...

Incorporating the IoT to Improve Connectivity to Your Customers  

Incorporating the IoT to Improve Connectivity to Your Customers  

Learn how the advent of the Internet of Things has improved device connectivity and enabled businesses like yours to delivery consumer-driven solutions.   The Internet of Things (IoT) was first conceptualized in 1982 through the internet connection of a Coke machine...

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without sending a thank you to all of the local businesses in our community and a special thank you to those who put their trust in us to manage their technology.   As we spend the day reflecting on what we’re thankful for, we hope...

Chrome Users Need to Update Now

Chrome Users Need to Update Now

Why Google Chrome Users Should be Concerned About Security Patches Does Your Organization Use Google Chrome? Find Out Why Recent Security Flaws Have Created an Urgent Need to Update Your Devices’ Browsers Immediately   If users in your organization use Google Chrome,...

What Are Your Company’s Responsibilities Following a Data Breach?

What Are Your Company’s Responsibilities Following a Data Breach?

Learn from Marriott’s Example: Notification Responsibilities After a Data Breach Most states, the District of Columbia, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico have passed legislation regarding notification of security breaches. Know the laws in your state.   To answer...

Achieving Success with Information Technology

Achieving Success with Information Technology

Why Organizations Need to View IT as Central to Success and Profit Think Your IT Department is Simply There to Make Repairs and Solve Minor Problems? Find Out Why It Should Be the Center of Your Organization’s Long-Term Strategy   Information technology (IT) is more...

For those who deserve our utmost respect… 

For those who deserve our utmost respect… 

November 11th is Veterans Day…  A day where we stand united to honor those who are currently serving and those who have served – those who sacrificed for the common good of our country.    And for all they’ve done, we say thank you.  Thank you to those who have and...

Stop Hackers Cold: Eliminate These Common Entry Points

Stop Hackers Cold: Eliminate These Common Entry Points

Weak Points in Cybersecurity Hackers Love Do you know where hackers are most likely to gain access to your private data? Discover the favorite entry points and how you can stop them.   It seems like every week that there are reports of another massive data breach...

Want To Drastically Enhance Your Small Business Cybersecurity?

Want To Drastically Enhance Your Small Business Cybersecurity?

No matter how secure you may be right now, you could always be doing more. Have you double-checked your cybersecurity lately? Review the best practices below to strengthen your small business cybersecurity. When everything is going well, the last thing you want to do...

Downtime Is Extremely Expensive – Can You Actually Afford It?

Downtime Is Extremely Expensive – Can You Actually Afford It?

Downtime is bad for business. Whether you agree or not, it’s a fact – just a couple years ago, small businesses with up to 50 million in annual revenue reported that just a single hour of downtime cost them $8,600. Why Does Downtime Cost So Much? The main cost of...

Microsoft Excel Experts SWEAR By This…

Microsoft Excel Experts SWEAR By This…

Businesses nowadays collect an incredible volume of data from various sources, including online sales, in-store-transactions, social media, and various other places. So how do you find value in that data? The simple answer: Organizing it properly within worksheets....

Which Cloud Storage is Right For Your Business

Which Cloud Storage is Right For Your Business

Don’t Be Confused When It Comes to Cloud Storage Options Cloud storage helps your employees share and collaborate like never before. Check out these three popular cloud storage solutions to find the one best for you!   Businesses are making the switch from physical...

5 Ridiculous Ways Technology Transforms Your Industry

5 Ridiculous Ways Technology Transforms Your Industry

Incredible Ways Technology Has Changed How We Do Business How has technology transformed your industry? Explore 5 important ways technology has recently changed how we do business, delight customers and grow businesses   It doesn’t matter which industry we’re in....

Happy Halloween ????

Happy Halloween ????

Happy Halloween! What better time than now to tell some scary stories? Ok, so they’re not “scary stories” per se, but facts that will alarm AND spook you. A cyber-attack happens every 39 seconds. Over 75% of the healthcare industry was infected with malware last year....

What Cybercrime Will Dominate 2020?

What Cybercrime Will Dominate 2020?

Now may be a good time to invite in cybersecurity specialists to evaluate your system and recommend ways to avoid cyber threats in 2020.   Techradar gurus predict that 2020 cyber threats will look a lot like the cast of characters responsible for many of the breaches...

No quicker way to let ghouls into the network ????

No quicker way to let ghouls into the network ????

Ghosts, ghouls, and monsters, OH MY… Are you planning to let them into your network? Seriously… Cybercrime is rising at an incredible rate. A network is attacked every 39 seconds. What’s the quickest way to let these bloodcurdling creatures into your network? Run...

Ransomware: How Secure is Your Business?

Ransomware: How Secure is Your Business?

Safeguarding Your Computer System From Ransomware These days, ransomware attacks are on the rise, and just one can devastate your business. Discover seven ways you can protect your company from cybercriminals.    Your business hasn’t been a victim of a ransomware...

Celebrating “Get To Know Your Customer Day” On October 17

October 17 is Get To Know Your Customer Day! Knowing our clients is foundational to everything we do – do you know why? You may have heard that industry-leading, award-winning, unbeatable IT services come down to one specific thing. Maybe it’s offering the latest,...

How Can You Celebrate October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

How Can You Celebrate October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

Celebrate October National Cybersecurity Awareness Month October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. It provides a framework for companies, individuals, and organizations to examine past and current cyber threats to reduce their risks.     October is National...

Security Checklist for Business

Security Checklist for Business

Security Essentials for Business Cybercrime is on the rise, and businesses must be proactive with their cybersecurity programs. Learn what to look for when choosing an MSP for your organization.   Cybercrime is on the rise, and businesses must stay on top of their...

This free training could save you thousands…

This free training could save you thousands…

Ransomware attacks are growing a staggering 350% each year. And to make matters worse, 43% of all cyber-attacks are aimed at small businesses. Why? Because more often than not, they don’t have the budget or expertise to protect themselves. Fortunately, knowledge is...

Are you ready for the New IOS? Here’s How to find out.

Are you ready for the New IOS? Here’s How to find out.

Are you excited about all the new iOS 13 features like Swipe to Type and Improved Dark Mode? Before you install, make sure your device is ready for iOS 13.   So maybe you’re not ready to pounce on a $1,099 iPhone Pro Max. But you do want the new iOS 13 features. It’s...

Top Reasons to Jumpstart Your Business’s Paperless Initiative

Top Reasons to Jumpstart Your Business’s Paperless Initiative

Jumpstart Your Business’s Paperless Initiative Want to “go paperless” with your company? See the many benefits of paperless business and learn how to jumpstart this initiative for effective results.   Many businesses toy around with the idea of “going paperless,” but...

Locking Down Endpoint Security

Locking Down Endpoint Security

Mobile Devices on Your Network? Use Endpoint Security Software Mobile devices used for telecommuting can compromise your network. To keep your sensitive data safe, use a firewall, antivirus and endpoint security software.   In today’s mobile environment, companies...

To Lease or Buy a Copier?

To Lease or Buy a Copier?

Should You Buy a Copier or Lease It? Trying to decide whether to lease a copier or buy a copier? Find out the pros and cons. See when buying or leasing may be the best option for your business.   No single piece of equipment in the office takes more of a beating than...

Factsheet on Mobile Applications and Cybersecurity

Factsheet on Mobile Applications and Cybersecurity

FaceApp, the AI-powered photo editing app, went viral for quite a while until various experts expressed concerns about cybersecurity. In light of these concerns, we’ve put together a quick factsheet on mobile applications and cybersecurity. Here are a few tried and...

Small Business Tech Tips

Small Business Tech Tips

When chosen carefully, technology can make your work life (and your employees’) a lot more efficient. But without the help of an expert IT company, how can you be sure you even have the right technology in the first place? IT should not just be an afterthought. Just...

How to Automate Microsoft Outlook Email Responses

How to Automate Microsoft Outlook Email Responses

Automate Email Replies in Four Ways to Share Information Better Learn how to use four powerful tools to automate Microsoft Outlook email responses, including Automatic Replies, Quick Parts, Signatures and Templates   Managing email responses, especially if you are a...

September’s Free Online Microsoft Training

September’s Free Online Microsoft Training

Every month, we host Microsoft Office and other technology training sessions. Our training sessions are completely free of charge and are available “on-demand”.  Yes, you can tune-in whenever and wherever you like.   This month’s training session: 4 Ways To Use...

Google Docs Being Used to Attack Users With TrickBot Banking Trojan

Google Docs Being Used to Attack Users With TrickBot Banking Trojan

Watch Your Google Docs: Program Being Used to Disseminate TrickBot Malware Beware of any Google Doc emails you receive. Cyber attackers are using the word processing program for a phishing scam that disseminates TrickBot malware.   Take extra caution if you receive a...

Do You Know What to Do Now That Support for Windows 7 Is Ending?

What to Do Now That Support for Windows 7 Is Ending In just a few short months, support for Windows 7 will come to an end. Is your business ready? If your business is currently operating Windows 7, it’s time to switch to Windows 10. Microsoft will be ending technical...

4 Ways IT Outsourcing Helps Your Business

4 Ways IT Outsourcing Helps Your Business

Do You Know the 4 Ways IT Outsourcing Improves Business Success? Many small and mid-sized companies underestimate the drawbacks of not having top-tier IT professionals in place. These 4 benefits highlight the need for change.   Are a business decision-maker wondering...

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day

To make the most out of what we hope will be a gorgeous long weekend, we will be closing our office for the day on Monday, September 2nd. And as always, we’ll have technicians on call for all of our managed IT services clients, and you’ll be able to reach us by...

Ready for Disaster? Tips for Creating a Smart Business Continuity Plan

Ready for Disaster? Tips for Creating a Smart Business Continuity Plan

Mitigate Disaster with a Comprehensive Business Continuity Plan When you create a detailed business continuity plan, you can keep disaster from disrupting your operations. See how to get started here.   When disaster strikes, disruptions to your operations could...

The End Of Windows 7

The End Of Windows 7

As of January 14th, 2020, Microsoft will be ending all support for their hugely popular Windows 7 operating system, which has technology professionals strongly recommending businesses upgrade to Windows 10 in response. This brief video on the subject discusses what...

Cyber Security is Vital for Small Businesses

Cyber Security is Vital for Small Businesses

Small Business Tech Security Small businesses need to take cyber security seriously, preventing lapses or weak points that could lead to major data breaches or attacks.   Modern technology is rapidly changing the landscape for small businesses. Small companies can now...

Secrets to Searching Tabs on Chrome (It’s Time to Get Organized!)

Secrets to Searching Tabs on Chrome (It’s Time to Get Organized!)

Save Time and Headaches by Searching Your Open Tabs Instantly It is easy to lose track of which open tab contains the information you need when you are researching. Use this Chrome tool to instantly find the right tab.   Do you do a lot of research online for work or...

Microsoft Ending Support On Key Products

Microsoft Ending Support On Key Products

Six Essential Steps For CEOs To Take For Microsoft EOS 2020 What steps should I take if my Microsoft operating system support is ending in January 2020? Windows 7 support is ending January 2020 essential steps to take. Microsoft is ending support for a number of...

Does Your Daily Routine Set You Up For Success?

Does Your Daily Routine Set You Up For Success?

Daily Routine Offers Benefits that Lead to Better Outcomes Discover the benefits of creating a daily routine, including improved productivity, reduced stress and better prioritization, and tips for structuring your day. Apple CEO Tim Cook starts his day by waking at...

Capital One Data Breach Affects More Than 100 Million Customers

Capital One Data Breach Affects More Than 100 Million Customers

Capital One Data Breach Affects More Than 100 Million Customers and Small Businesses in The U.S. & 6 Million in Canada On July 29, 2019, Capital One reported that their customers’ confidential information was compromised. This includes the Social Security and bank...

New Phishing Threat Presents Security Challenge

New Phishing Threat Presents Security Challenge

Phishing Attacks Target OAuth Credentials to Gain System Access Discover how an increasingly popular authentication process, OAuth, can be exploited by hackers and wreak havoc on applications and access sensitive data. What Is OAuth? OAuth is a widely used framework...

How To Download Audio From Facebook Messenger

How To Download Audio From Facebook Messenger

How To Download Audio From Facebook Messenger Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular chat and messaging services in the world. Increasingly, Facebook Messenger is increasingly being used to communicate using text, audio, and video. However, a common question...

Online Free Excel Training: Tips & Techniques For Managing Workbooks

Online Free Excel Training: Tips & Techniques For Managing Workbooks

Organization Shouldn’t Be Complicated Out of all of Microsoft’s Office programs, Excel is one of the most universally used. What started out as a fairly basic spreadsheet program has evolved into a must-have business tool. However, the more you use Excel, the more...

What Are the Most Serious Cybersecurity Stories of 2019?

What Are the Most Serious Cybersecurity Stories of 2019?

We’re only halfway into 2019, yet data protection specialists and IT analysts have already seen an unfortunate spike in criminal activity across industries. Thus far, here are the biggest cybersecurity crises of the year. 2019’s Top Cybersecurity Stories #1 – Supply...

What Are the Top Tips for Choosing the Best IT Company?

What Are the Top Tips for Choosing the Best IT Company?

What Are the Top Tips for Choosing the Best IT Company? Website outages, cybersecurity attacks, and any number of other IT incidents can cost your company hundreds or even thousands of dollars — every minute. For this reason alone, you need an outsourced IT company...

How Can You Encrypt Files and Folders in Windows 10, 8 or 7?

How Can You Encrypt Files and Folders in Windows 10, 8 or 7?

How Can You Encrypt Files and Folders in Windows 10, 8 or 7? You can encrypt files and folders in Windows (vers. 7-10) using BitLocker. This Vista operating system extension has on-disk encryption as well as key management capability. It’s protected by two-factor...

Mac Operating Systems Vulnerable to New Security Exploit

Mac Operating Systems Vulnerable to New Security Exploit

A recently discovered security vulnerability could leave Mac users exposed to malware disguising itself in other programs. If your business relies on Mac, it’s important to know how you can protect your company from falling victim to a cyberattack. What is the...

Which Office 365 Plan Works Best for Your Organization?

Which Office 365 Plan Works Best for Your Organization?

Microsoft Office products have become ubiquitous throughout a range of industries, and there are more choices than ever before to find the suite of professional office software tools you need to run your business effectively. While you can still find Office products...

What Is The CMO’s Role In IT For 2020 And Beyond?

What Is The CMO’s Role In IT For 2020 And Beyond?

The role of the CMO has changed dramatically in recent years, and the push for more integration of marketing and technology shows no signs of stopping. With 2020 just around the corner, it is worthwhile to look more closely at how CMOs are doing their jobs today—and...

How to Password Protect an App on Your Android Device

How to Password Protect an App on Your Android Device

Have you ever wanted to put access to certain apps on your phone or tablet under an extra layer of security? There are all sorts of reasons people might want this. Maybe you want to share your phone with a child, but you don’t want little Johnny messing with work apps...

Acquiring A New Business? Check Their Cybersecurity Posture

Acquiring A New Business? Check Their Cybersecurity Posture

Buying a company is no small undertaking, even if the company is considered “small” by industry standards. Due diligence is a huge part of the process. Anyone considering purchasing business must review a whole host of issues with the company to ensure that they are...

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Happy 4th of July Everyone!

Got Your Sparklers Handy? The Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, but we aren’t letting the fact that it’s a weekday stop us from celebrating.     Of course, just because it’s a holiday, that doesn’t mean you’ll have to make do without us. You’ll be able to...

Why Security Awareness Training Makes Sense for Your Small Business

Why Security Awareness Training Makes Sense for Your Small Business

Your small business needs a cybersecurity strategy, but beyond that, it also needs security awareness training. These two areas are not one and the same. There are important, distinct differences. The Importance of a Cyber Security Strategy First, let’s talk about...

Why Is Cybersecurity the Number One Concern for CEOs in 2019?

Why Is Cybersecurity the Number One Concern for CEOs in 2019?

While some might assume that fear of an economic recession would be at the top of the list of key issues CEOs concern themselves with, a recent survey found that another issue is of much greater concern: Cybersecurity. This is no surprise. For the past several years,...

How To Remove Microsoft Office Metadata?

How To Remove Microsoft Office Metadata?

This article covers the definition of metadata and how to view, manage and delete it in Microsoft applications. What is Metadata? Metadata is information about your data. It contains facts that can’t be disputed, the same way data does. Here is an example from...

The #1 Security Threat to Local Small Businesses

The #1 Security Threat to Local Small Businesses

There are many types of risk in business: the risk that a new competitor will come on the market and steal market share, the risk that top staff members will jump ship for a better offer . . . but are you considering the significant risk that is associated with a...

How to Make Calls with Amazon Alexa

How to Make Calls with Amazon Alexa

  Did you know you can use just about any Amazon Echo device to make phone calls for free? You can do the same in the Alexa app on iOS or Android, whether or not you have an Echo device. You can also call others in your contacts on their Echo devices instead of their...

Cutting These Two Corners Could Lead to Business Disaster

Cutting These Two Corners Could Lead to Business Disaster

Cost-cutting measures are not unusual for organizations as they traverse the standard lifecycle of products and services. What you decide to cut during the lean times can have just as much impact as to where investments go when your business is flush with cash. Some...

Your Windows 7 Checklist

Your Windows 7 Checklist

When you’re working hard to grow your business, you can get caught up in things that take your attention away from your technology. Before you know it, your IT system isn’t up to speed because you failed to update an operating system. We don’t want this to happen....

Is The CMO Responsible For Digital Technology Decisions?

Is The CMO Responsible For Digital Technology Decisions?

All businesses today are faced with numerous technology decisions. The rapid rate of tech development and adoption has led to some truly remarkable transformations in the business landscape—and in the responsibilities, various professionals are expected to perform....

The CEO/CIO Relationship: A Vital Tie

The CEO/CIO Relationship: A Vital Tie

In its look at the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2019, Gartner notes that businesses need to address an astounding number of technologies that will change the way companies run, their business models and their internal processes. From the rise of artificial...

Important Warning From The FBI

Important Warning From The FBI

Hackers Now Using HTTPS To Trick Victims Via Phishing Scams Everything you’ve heard about the safety of https sites is now in question. According to a recent FBI public service announcement, hackers are incorporating website certificates (third-party verification that...

Does The CMO Have A Role In Technology Decisions?

Does The CMO Have A Role In Technology Decisions?

The role of CMOs has been changing rapidly in recent years with the introduction of numerous technologies. Social media platforms, CRM software and diverse multimedia channels all offer businesses remarkably effective tools for creating and maintaining a brand while...

These 4 Issues are Paralyzing CFOs from Moving to the Cloud

These 4 Issues are Paralyzing CFOs from Moving to the Cloud

CFOs have long been challenged by the value proposition of capital technology investments, often requiring in-depth analysis and reviews before making the plunge. While the lower monthly costs of cloud-based computing may overcome this inertia in some instances, CFOs...

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day!

June 16th is Father’s Day, a great reason to spend a little quality time with the family doing a few of Dad’s favorite things.   Whatever your plans are, take some time this Sunday to let Dad know how much you appreciate everything he’s done for you over the years,...

Outsourcing IT Makes Sense for Small Businesses: 7 Reasons

Outsourcing IT Makes Sense for Small Businesses: 7 Reasons

If you’re a small business owner, you have plenty of things to worry about. IT shouldn’t be one of them. We think it makes complete sense for most small businesses to outsource their IT needs to a managed service provider (MSP). Here are 7 reasons. 1. Focus on What...

How to Create a Strong Password You’ll Remember

How to Create a Strong Password You’ll Remember

Nearly every site or service we use online requires a username and password. Remembering hundreds of unique passwords is just about impossible, and reusing passwords across multiple sites can be dangerous. If one account is compromised in a data breach (and this is...

Was Your Photo and License Plate Number Breached?

Was Your Photo and License Plate Number Breached?

 CBD Reports 100,000 Photo and License Plate Breach The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported today that nearly 100,000 travelers’ photos and license plate data were breached. If you’ve driven in or out of the country within the six-week period where the...

3 Reasons to Regularly Test Business Systems

3 Reasons to Regularly Test Business Systems

Protecting your business requires more time, effort and energy from your technology team than ever before. Business systems are increasingly complex, requiring staff members to continually learn and adapt to changing conditions and new threats as they emerge. It’s not...

What The CMO Needs To Know About Marketing Technology

What The CMO Needs To Know About Marketing Technology

Familiarity with marketing technologies is a must for today’s CMO. However, the range of tech knowledge across CMOs varies widely. Even if every CMO can benefit from some technical familiarity, the reality is that some CMOs know very little about technology while...

Size Doesn’t Matter: 7 Ways Small Businesses Should Think Big

Size Doesn’t Matter: 7 Ways Small Businesses Should Think Big

You may be a small business, but there’s no reason you have to think or act small. Today’s technology innovations offer small businesses all sorts of powerful tools that just a decade ago weren’t available or were only affordable to large firms. Technology can help...

How to Find Someone’s Email Address

How to Find Someone’s Email Address

Email is a great system when it works well, but it has some frustrating limitations. You have to know someone’s email address to be able to reach them via email, and there’s no central database for finding email addresses. You can often use the internet to find...

LabCorp Data Breach: What We Know

LabCorp Data Breach: What We Know

Are You One Of Many Affected By The LabCorp Data Breach? Financial & Personal Information of 7.7 Million Exposed Just yesterday we wrote about the Quest Diagnostics’ breach affecting nearly 12 million. Today we’re writing to tell you about a LabCorp breach affecting...

What Are Tracking Cookies? Are They Bad?

What Are Tracking Cookies? Are They Bad?

For today’s tech blog we’ll tackle a topic that’s become much more visible over the last couple years. What are tracking cookies? How do they get on your devices? Can they harm your devices? We’ll answer these three questions in this post. What Are Cookies? Tracking...

Is The CMO Responsible For Digital Technology Decisions?

Is The CMO Responsible For Digital Technology Decisions?

With the adoption of technology in the personal and commercial spheres ramping up to breakneck speed, the need for clear objectives for key business personnel like CMOs has never been greater. CMOs need to know what their responsibilities are. It may seem like a...

Why Do IT Departments Report To The CFO

Why Do IT Departments Report To The CFO

Organizational structure is something that is hotly debated at businesses around the world, but one of the biggest mysteries is where it makes sense to have the technology teams. IT has both a strategic thread as well as a day-to-day operational focus, making it a...

Quest Diagnostics Breach: Latest News

Quest Diagnostics Breach: Latest News

Are You One Of Many Affected By The Quest Diagnostics Breach? Financial & Medical Information of 12 Million Exposed Quest Diagnostics reports that almost 12 million people could have been affected by a data breach. On Monday, June 3, 2019, Quest Diagnostics said that...

How to Cyber Secure Your Company in 60 Minutes or Less

How to Cyber Secure Your Company in 60 Minutes or Less

In today’s digital economy, cybersecurity is just as important as traditional, physical security. Many small businesses that wouldn’t dream of leaving their stores or offices unlocked and unguarded give little time or effort to a cybersecurity strategy. That’s in...

The CEO’s Guide To A Strong Relationship With Your IT Consultant

The CEO’s Guide To A Strong Relationship With Your IT Consultant

IT consultants provide valuable insights to businesses looking for guidance on technologies that lead to better business outcomes. Having a strong relationship with your IT consultant leads to more productive collaboration and discussions that are more fruitful. It...

What CEOs Need to Know About Cybersecurity in 2019

What CEOs Need to Know About Cybersecurity in 2019

Understanding the threat landscape is a crucial part of a CEOs job as you attempt to protect your organization now and in the future. The cybersecurity and compliance landscape is changing rapidly, and it can be difficult to keep up with the various challenges your...

How Technology Can Assist CFOs and Their Expanding Job Functions

How Technology Can Assist CFOs and Their Expanding Job Functions

CFOs & Technology The CFO role continues to evolve. CFOs used to be considered fairly powerless scorekeepers or merely chief bean counters, but today the role has taken on more responsibility as well as prominence. Of course, any CFO will tell you that the old role is...

How To Show PowerPoint Slides In A Microsoft Teams Meeting

How To Show PowerPoint Slides In A Microsoft Teams Meeting

In today’s tech tip, learn how to make the most out of your Microsoft Teams meetings by showing PowerPoint slides directly in the virtual meeting window. Watch the video below, or click here.   Microsoft Teams is a powerful collaboration tool with a deep, rich feature...

Can CMOs and CTOs Unite?

Can CMOs and CTOs Unite?

Learn about the importance of CTOs and CMOs uniting their efforts to create optimal outcomes for their companies. You can make business better by uniting.   Considering the vital importance of digital touch points—including mobile and Web interactions—for the success...

Honoring Those Who Gave Their Lives

Honoring Those Who Gave Their Lives

On Memorial Day we remember the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. These brave men and women have dedicated their lives to honor the living and make our lives better.     Can’t see the video above?  Click Here. The History Of Memorial Day...

SD-WAN and MPLS Battle: Which Is Better?

SD-WAN and MPLS Battle: Which Is Better?

What’s your favorite: red or blue? Sometimes there are no wrong answers to a question, and that may be the case when you consider the various infrastructure options of SD-WAN vs. MPLS. Can one be truly considered “better” than the other? It depends on the goals and...

Why CEOs Must See Information Technology As Strategic

Why CEOs Must See Information Technology As Strategic

For far too long, CEOs have seen information technology as a sunken cost that needs to be absorbed and reluctantly accepted. New platforms, upgrades, platform conversions, hardware, software and other technologies are a financial pain point that needs to be endured....