Want Proof that You Need to Monitor Your Solutions?

Want Proof that You Need to Monitor Your Solutions?

When discussing the practice of monitoring solutions to prevent threats, it isn’t uncommon for many businesses to put these concerns on the back burner. However, every so often, an example comes around to help inspire businesses to take their monitoring seriously. This time, the example was the arrest of 24 spammers in October for scamming American citizens by impersonating Microsoft support staff members.

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How to Order the Items on Your To-Do List

How to Order the Items on Your To-Do List

Being in business today means that you have a lot on your plate, it’s as simple as that. Yet, with so many tasks piling up, it can be challenging to prioritize them all so you can figure out where to start. Below, we go over some strategies you can use to make sense out of all the tasks you have on your day and reach a point of productivity.

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Does Messaging Actually Slow Down Productivity?

Does Messaging Actually Slow Down Productivity?

While email remains an important facet of professional business communications, the instant message is of rising importance in office environments everywhere. While any one of many factors may contribute to this shift, it provides those businesses that adopt it great advantages to their internal processes, and might even aid in their cybersecurity.

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4 Ways to Engage Your Employees to Increase Productivity and Job Satisfaction

4 Ways to Engage Your Employees to Increase Productivity and Job Satisfaction

Business owners that regard employee engagement as an unimportant aspect of managing a business are sorely mistaken. There are few things more crucial to the success of a business than keeping employees happy and fulfilled. Yet, even if businesses have only the best intentions and want to improve employee engagement, few actually manage to do so.

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Mr. Wolfdog Teaches You to Dominate the Competition With a Giant, Honking Computer [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_wolfdog_tips_400.jpgApril 1st is a day for jokes and laughter. Therefore, we thought we’d lighten the mood and consult the funniest and the furriest CEO we know for computer advice; that’s right, Old Spice’s wolf-dog hybrid, Mr. Wolfdog!

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5 Mistakes to Avoid with Your IT Budget

b2ap3_thumbnail_tossing_out_money_400.jpgPutting together an IT budget that’s a recipe for success is much more difficult than it sounds. Every year you run the risk of encountering crippling technology issues if you don’t take the proper precautions. If your budget isn’t prepared for problems with your IT infrastructure, it could have disastrous results. Here are five ways you can avoid skipping a beat when planning for your business’s IT budget.

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Tip of the Week: 3 Reasons Why Skipping Your Breaks Can Hinder Productivity

b2ap3_thumbnail_take_a_break_400.jpgWe live in an age where productivity is at its peak, but as you might be aware, this often leads to a stressful work environment where anything less than your best can be considered slacking. You might have several tasks that need to be completed today, but we’re sure you can take the time to read this blog about giving yourself a break once in awhile. You might find that breaks are absolutely crucial to both your creative and physical well being.

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4 Easy Ways to Take Control of Your Network’s Cables

b2ap3_thumbnail_cabling_your_technology_400.jpgUntil we’ve reached a day where wires are obsolete and every device connects wirelessly to its needed network, wires and cables will always be an integral part of your company’s IT infrastructure. Since you’re stuck having to deal with wires, you might as well know how to effectively manage your cables so that they’re not slowing you down.

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Acceptable Usage Policies

Acceptable Usage Policies

AUP Do you have one?

AUP or the Acceptable Use Policy has been around for a long time. Probably not in print but just sort of a common sense idea. I realize that common sense these days is distressingly uncommon, but bear with me.

Go back before the internet and what resource did you have in your office that you might want to use for non-business purposes? The telephone (long distance especially), the fax machine, copier and the postage meter were the things that were available for business and non-business use. Depending on your company size and your attitude, you possibly made use of those resources for personal business.

The company policy may have been that it was ok to make occasional long distance calls on the company phone. It may have been ok to occasionally send a fax using the company fax machine. Or you may have used the company postage meter and reimbursed the company. Whatever the case, most of the time there were no written limits on what constituted occasionally. Common sense (theres that phrase again) dictated that you didnt spend all day on the phone. It meant that you werent faxing 10 pages a day to facilitate buying a house. It meant that you really did put some money in the petty cash to cover the postage that you used at work because it was more convenient that going to the post office.

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Tip of the Week: How to Prevent “Needing a Vacation from Your Vacation”

b2ap3_thumbnail_post_vacation_blues_400.jpgImagine getting back on the plane home and remembering that you have to go back to work in less than twelve hours. It might feel draining and just plain awful, but you might be relieved to know you’re not alone. Returning from a vacation doesn’t have to be as painful as it sounds. In fact, it can be easy if you approach it the right way.

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Tip of the Week: How to Attract and Keep Quality Employees with Workplace Flexibility

b2ap3_thumbnail_workplace_flexibility_400.jpgWith each new generation comes a new group of workers, and attracting good, quality help can be difficult. Even if you can find good help, it can be a challenge to keep. A study at Cornell University has proven that workplace flexibility can greatly improve the odds of finding good employees - and keeping them around.

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Why Your Team Should Have A Basic Understanding of Technology

b2ap3_thumbnail_troubleshoot_your_own_pc_issues_400.jpgWhat separates the average PC user from the IT technician who routinely takes care of your technology issues? In essence, the only difference is the amount of technical training. Our years of technical expertise have given us the ability to diagnose and resolve varieties of problems, but we don’t hold our knowledge close to the chest. Rather, we want to share it with you.

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Friday the 13th: Don't Fall Victim to Malware Attacks

Friday the 13th: Don't Fall Victim to Malware Attacks

We want to take this opportunity to discuss an upcoming security threat in advance of, and through this coming Friday the 13th.  We ask that you please read through this bulletin and forward it to your team for review in an effort to educate and minimize the potential for malware outbreaks in your organization. Friday the 13th is a popular day for malware outbreaks.  How lucky are we that in 2015 the months of February, March and November have Friday the 13ths?  Malware is increasingly being transmitted via targeted email links ("Click here to access your UPS Worldship information!"), targeted email attachments ("Attached is the invoice you asked us to resend."), and more recently through malware infected website banner advertisements.

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Tip of The Week: 7 Communication Mistakes to Avoid

b2ap3_thumbnail_angry_workplace_400.jpgIf you feel like you’re having trouble communicating with your team, it’s probably because you are. In fact, it may be because you’re communicating with them the wrong way. By overhauling the way you approach small talk and office chit-chat, you can improve office intercommunication and your own public image.

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6 Reasons Working from Home Isn’t Ideal

b2ap3_thumbnail_distractions_at_home_400.jpgIf you asked any of your employees whether they would prefer to work at home or in the office, we think it’s a safe bet that they would answer “at home.” Working remotely has several well-known benefits, including less commuting expenses, spare office space, and increased employee satisfaction. And with the advent of cloud computing and its numerous solutions, it's becoming easier to make it work, technically speaking. Despite these advantages, many employers are hesitant to let their staff work from home. Why is this the case?

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Tip of The Week: Stay Comfy With An Ergonomic Workplace

b2ap3_thumbnail_ergonomic_workplace_400.jpgHow do you feel while you’re reading this article? Are you straining your eyes just to see the screen? Does your back feel like it has a knot in it? Is carpal tunnel destroying the nerves in your wrist? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, it’s probably time to look into switching up your workstation.

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Getting to Know Ashton; Our Favorite Apps

We like to build strong relationships with our clients, and part of that is getting to know one another.  We don't want to be just a voice on the phone, with the name "Dave" or "Keith" attached. As such, every so often, we're going to share a little bit of information about ourselves, that you may otherwise have not known.

In a world where our smart phones are essentially an extension of our own body, it has become second nature to have a smartphone application that you just can’t live without. Being a technology company we may be slightly more obsessed with the technical functionality of our smartphones, so we thought we would share the phone apps that we can’t live without. Try them out and let us know what you think!

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Can’t Keep Things Smooth in the Workplace? Try an Intranet

b2ap3_thumbnail_workplace_internet_400.jpgYour goal as a business owner should be to optimize the amount of productivity your office can achieve during regular operation hours, but sometimes that's a lot more difficult to accomplish than it seems. There are all sorts of variables that must be taken into account, but one big theme is always inter-office communication. In order to usher in a new era of communication in the office, try a company intranet.

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Jumpstart Office Productivity with these 3 Tips

b2ap3_thumbnail_business_needs_high_productivity_400.jpgSome businesses like to promote casual workplaces, while others are strictly professional. But regardless of what sort of office you have set up for your business, the fact remains that it is a place of work and productivity. There is always room for improvement, even if it only means a few extra moments of productivity every day, but it adds up quickly.

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Do Pets at Work Improve Productivity?

b2ap3_thumbnail_kitties_and_puppies_at_work_400.jpgDo you have pets at home? You might find it painful to leave them behind when you head to the office. You might find yourself wishing that you could bring them to your workplace with you. Well, why not? We're hearing about more companies that have implemented a pet policy that lets them bring their furry friends to the office with them.

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