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b2ap3_thumbnail_boost_your_wifi_signal_400.jpgA strong WiFi signal is imperative to the success of your company. If your business has a reliable signal in every part of your office and home, let the productivity commence; but if it’s spotty in some areas of your office, you might want to consider a signal extension. It could make working much easier for both yourself and your entire team.

Tweet Your Way to the Top

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b2ap3_thumbnail_twitter_for_marketing_400.jpgWith 255 million active users, Twitter is one of the biggest social media platforms, but some companies are still skeptical about using it. What Twitter-haters may not realize is that it provides businesses with a marketing advantage by allowing them to customize their audience to suit their needs, making it a valuable marketing tool--that is 100% free!

b2ap3_thumbnail_hipaa_is_protecting_you_400.jpgTechnology plays a crucial role in the healthcare industry, and thanks to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), healthcare providers and insurance companies in the United States have to abide by a specific set of regulations when it comes to handling patient data.

Tagged in: Health Privacy Security

b2ap3_thumbnail_protection_for_shopping_online_400.jpgEverybody loves a good holiday, and this season is the perfect time to buy a tech lover a great new gift. However, it’s important to always practice proper security precautions. All it takes is one slip-up to hand over personal information or even your identity to a hacker. It’s imperative that you follow proper security protocol when dealing with online shopping, especially if it’s for your business.

b2ap3_thumbnail_pluto_mail_400.jpgThere are some things in this world we can’t take back, and one of those things is what you say in an email. Anyone who has made a mistake, such as misspelling the recipient’s name, or saying something downright unsavory or condescending, wishes they could go back in time and save themselves the humiliation. Now, thanks to an upcoming initiative called Pluto Mail, the time machine might arrive a little early.

b2ap3_thumbnail_synergy_400.jpgWhen dealing with a large infrastructure, like that found within your business, it’s important to be clear and concise. This is especially true when it comes to your IT department, as miscommunications can lead to lost work or even fatal issues. If a problem does arise, you want to make sure that they are available to take care of it. In order to keep your issues to a minimum, it’s a good idea to plan out your IT communications systems and stick to them at all times.

b2ap3_thumbnail_under_the_weather_400.jpgEven if you’re a top-tier businessman, you’re still only human; and the human body can be defeated by something as insignificant as germs. Eventually, your body’s immune system can give in and let a biological virus or two into your system. When you’re feeling under the weather, it’s probably best to stay home, but you can still keep yourself preoccupied and productive if need be.

Vulnerability WinShock Gets Patch 19 Years Later

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b2ap3_thumbnail_problem_solved_400.jpgAfter a long 19 years, a critical vulnerability found in the Windows series of operating systems has been patched. IBM informed Microsoft of the flaw back in May 2014. The flaw, which allows for remote code execution via a packet to a Windows server, is found in every Windows operating system since Windows 95.

b2ap3_thumbnail_digital_scan_documents_400.jpgDid you know that this holiday season is basically an assault on trees? Each December, thousands of healthy pines are murdered and their remains are proudly put on display. Adding insult to injury, boxes are then piled up around the fallen trees and wrapped in paper. To add some equilibrium to the holidays, consider a digital scanner for those on your shopping list.

b2ap3_thumbnail_two_factor_authentication_400.jpgPasswords are slowly becoming obsolete in the face of more powerful security solutions. This is especially true considering how a hacker can input millions of characters every second in an attempt to break into your account and unleash who knows what into your business’s network. While using a password is still a good idea, professionals are working tirelessly to bring the new face of two-factor authentication to light.

b2ap3_thumbnail_iphone_data_format_400.jpgThe new iPhone 6 was released several weeks ago, and it was greeted by many users eager to get their hands on the flexible new device. These users will likely sell their old devices in order to pay the hefty purchase fee. Little do they know, however, that their old devices should be wiped completely before being sold to another person, especially if the company they work for deals with sensitive information.

Budgeting Trends for IT in 2015

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b2ap3_thumbnail_IT_budgeting_400.jpgAs the calendar fast approaches 2015, the topic of IT budgeting for the new year is a hot topic. It’s the time to decide how much you will spend in comparison to how much you should spend. Budgeting can be a difficult decision, especially if you’re a small business owner with a limited budget. Thankfully, you don’t have to take on this important part of business alone.

b2ap3_thumbnail_misinformation_from_hacker_400.jpgLast year, a Washington DC restaurant called the Serbian Crown was forced to close its doors to the public. Instead of chowing down on delicacies such as lion, horse, and kangaroo meat, customers can now only sink their teeth into disappointment. The reason? A nasty Google Maps hacker, and lack of brand management to help clean the mess up.

Tagged in: Google Hackers Marketing

b2ap3_thumbnail_ultra_productive_workplace_400.jpgWe talk a lot about how downtime experienced from a technology issue like a server outage can destroy your company’s productivity. Yet, we’ve not distinguished between the different types of downtime, with the worst kind being pure and unadulterated downtime. What is pure downtime and how can you dilute it?

b2ap3_thumbnail_darkcoin_online_currency_400.jpgCryptocurrency is a concept that goes from somewhat useful (Bitcoin) to just plain weird (Dogecoin), and now it goes a step further with the anonymous new cryptocurrency called Darkcoin. It acts similarly to Bitcoin, but its primary selling point is that Darkcoin is completely anonymous and difficult to trace.

b2ap3_thumbnail_pubic_wifi_issues_400.jpgAs a business owner, you might find yourself on the road a lot, and you likely feel the need to check your email for important updates from the home base. This becomes more difficult as you move from civilization into the vast unknown, with the only available WiFi connections found in public places. Unfortunately, public WiFi spots are notorious for being unsecured and unprotected, and it’s important to practice proper security when dealing with them.

b2ap3_thumbnail_army_uses_powerpoint_400.jpgWhen a soldier in the military is promoted to officer, one would assume that it's due to their ferocity and quick decision-making abilities that have been proven on the battlefield. Character traits like these are important, but to be an officer in today's military, one will need to possess one skill above all others: Microsoft PowerPoint proficiency.

b2ap3_thumbnail_windows_for_free_400.jpgOperating systems aren't designed to last forever. This is why new versions are released every few years or so. In the case of Microsoft, selling their latest OS has always been their bread and butter. However, with Windows 10 on the horizon, one has to wonder if Microsoft has considered offering their new OS to users as a free upgrade?

When Managing IT Feels Like Herding Cats [VIDEO]

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cat_herding_400.jpgCat Herding: The attempt to control or organize a class of entities which are uncontrollable or chaotic. Implies a task that is extremely difficult or impossible to do, primarily due to chaotic factors (Wikipedia). Does the humorous concept of cat herding sound like your current approach to IT management?

b2ap3_thumbnail_outlook_logo_400.jpgMicrosoft Outlook is a common mail solution for businesses, but it can be tricky to use without utilizing keyboard shortcuts. Just like Microsoft Word, Outlook has several key commands that can be used to jumpstart your productivity and save time, which can be better spent on other activities, like training exercises or more important tasks.

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