Great uses for an old computer

It’s inevitable. Sooner or later, you’re going to have to replace your computer. But while it may not be as fast as when you first got it or as sleek as your new computer, your old desktop or laptop might still have a lot to offer— after upgrading it a little, that is. Here are some great uses for your old computer. As mentioned, you have to make a few upgrades on your old PC. You may want to try a lighter OS, for example. Keep in mind that the latest version of Windows or MacOS won’t work optimally without…

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How to manage Google reviews

Google is shaking things up yet again. Reviews from sites like Facebook and Yelp will now be displayed in search results with well-placed keywords and link-worthy content. Here’s how you can efficiently manage your business’s reviews How Google changed search results Google now automatically aggregates and includes online reviews to display in the Knowledge Panel found on the right side of the search results. This useful panel displays information like address, hours, web address, and more. Which review sites does Google include? Relevant sites vary between industries, so if, for instance, you manage a restaurant, reviews from Yelp or Zagat…

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Get your network gear ready with UPS

Clever business owners utilize an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) during disasters like fires, storms, and other emergency situations. A UPS is usually set up for desktop computers to give users enough time to save their work and progress. Another useful power-saving plan for emergency situations would be to use a UPS for networking gear. UPS for network equipment UPS systems provide backup power in case of outages and protection against power surges, which don’t just damage computers but also make you lose unsaved work. Deploying them for Wi-Fi routers and modems allows you to stay connected to the internet during…

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Head to head: O365 vs. G Suite for Android

For business owners looking to increase employee productivity, one of the most heated debates is over which cloud productivity software is best. If your company uses Android devices, we have some tips on whether Microsoft Office or Google Apps is the better choice for you. Text-based documents Google Docs sacrifices a few features in the name of speed. It makes simultaneous editing from multiple users, syncing with cloud storage, and sharing documents with colleagues on an Android device a breeze, but it doesn’t afford users the same level of customizability as Office 365. Microsoft’s productivity platform has been evolving for…

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Use virtualization to protect your devices

Cybersecurity threats are increasing for both small and large businesses, which means solutions that protect mobile devices are no longer just nice-to-have solutions. As more work is handled outside of the office, the risks to your data increase. Virtualization vendors are leading the charge to tackle these challenges with innovative solutions. Mobile device management and virtualization Mobile device management (MDM) is about controlling how users on any device — from laptops to internet-connected printers — view, share, and store sensitive information. For example, if you have a user who accesses data via a company-provided laptop, an office copier, and a…

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VPNs: Why you need them

Installing antivirus software and setting strong passwords are no longer considered the bare minimum in cybersecurity. With hackers, third parties, and ISPs constantly monitoring networks and your online habits, hopping onto a virtual private network (VPN) is crucial for keeping your surfing habits private. Here’s why. What is a VPN? The best way to describe a VPN is as a secure tunnel between your device and destinations you visit on the internet. Once you’ve established your PC’s connection to a VPN server, your computer acts as if it’s on the same local connection as the VPN making it seem you…

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How to safeguard PHI

Hospital data breaches are emerging at an alarming rate and show no signs of slowing down in 2019. That’s because data fetches a hefty price on the black market, making hospitals prime targets for cybercriminals. The best way to defend against these threats is to arm your team with the following systems and protocols. Strict access policies To control access to protected health information (PHI), your IT department must introduce access restriction policies. For example, accountants should not have access to the same data as physicians. This guarantees that none of your employees are viewing off-limits records or increasing the…

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Assess staff productivity better with Workplace Analytics

For companies using Office 365, managers have a convenient tool available for them to assess their employees’ performance. It’s called Workplace Analytics, and it uses the data culled from Office 365. Microsoft’s previous productivity tool, MyAnalytics, only allowed employees to view their own productivity data. With Workplace Analytics, both employee and manager can view the former’s performance data. How it works A paid add-on to Office 365 enterprise plans, Workplace Analytics extracts behavioral insights from data gathered from Office 365 email, calendar, documents, and Skype. This means any data an employee types into their email and calendar — whether on…

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Moving from Windows to Mac? Here’s how

Looking for a quicker and more efficient way to move all the emails, pictures, and other important data from your Windows PC to your Mac? Through Apple’s nifty macOS Mojave Migration Assistant, transferring them will be a breeze. Read on for a handy step-by-step guide on how to start your migration process. Preparing to migrate data First, make sure that your PC isn’t so outdated that it can’t run Windows Migration Assistant. It works with Windows 7 and all newer versions up to Windows 10. Next, get the administrator access credentials for the PC. This is important as the Windows…

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How thin and zero clients can reduce IT costs

It’s no secret that cutting costs is one way to increase profit. When it comes to tech, most businesses do this by bringing their operations to the cloud, hiring pay-as-you-go service providers, and uninstalling unnecessary software. Another way to reduce costs is by swapping bulky desktops for thin or zero clients. What are thin and zero clients? Thin clients are stripped-down computers with minimum processing power and memory. They rely on a basic operating system and a network connection to access a more powerful system where almost all computing processes take place. Zero clients work the same way. The only…

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