Best Chrome extensions to install

Google Chrome is fast, clean, and versatile. It delivers a great browsing experience to users, so it’s no surprise that it has the widest user base out of all web browsers. It’s also expandable and customizable, thanks to the thousands of extensions available at the Chrome Web Store. It can be quite taxing to sort out every extension there is, so to help you save time, we’ve compiled a list of the best Chrome extensions you should install. StayFocusd As the name suggests, StayFocusd helps you stay focused. This is a perfect tool for people who work on computers all…

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Productivity tip: Email automation

If you’ve ever received what looked like a personalized email from a huge corporation, there’s a good chance it was actually written using an email automation platform. This technology saves time and money while strengthening customer relationships, and contrary to popular belief, it is well within most SMB budgets. What is email automation? Usually included in customer relationship management (CRM) software, email automation centers around the idea of integrating your business data into emails to customers and prospects. This allows you to draft templates with placeholders for names, addresses, and other variables that the platform will match with individuals from…

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3 Health IT trends you should investigate

Healthcare IT is on the cusp of several game-changing IT trends. They’re things that are likely to derail the healthcare industry’s apple cart, as it were, by introducing completely new ways of diagnosing patients, conducting clinical trials, treating illnesses, and much more. The “internet of things” The “internet of things” (IoT) literally means that more “things” other than computers are being connected to the internet. People, cars, buildings, household objects, etc. will all be fitted with sensors and network connectivity that will allow them to send and receive data over the internet. The implication for healthcare providers is all about…

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Tracking data use on Android devices

Android devices are among the most feature-rich gadgets currently available. The vast majority can connect to mobile networks, but unfortunately, many service plans limit the amount of data you can use each month. If you want to avoid paying overage fees or suffering from slow connection speeds, you need to monitor how much data you’re using. Here are three things you can do to track and subsequently optimize the amount of data you are using on your Android device. Tip #1: Turn off or limit your mobile data consumption Wi-Fi is one of the easiest ways to reduce data consumption…

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Best practices for virtualization first-timers

Virtualization’s benefits are numerous: centralized IT management, faster hardware resources, improved business continuity, and reduced overhead costs. It makes perfect sense for everyone to jump on board. But to maximize virtualization’s benefits, beginners should start doing the following best practices. Conduct an assessment Evaluating your IT environment is an important step in the implementation process. After all, you can’t just go around virtualizing everything without a plan. An IT assessment performed by an impartial managed services provider (MSP) like us helps you understand what type of virtualization solution you need. For example, if the report shows that your computers don’t…

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Work Smarter in Outlook with these tips

People are constantly searching for an easier way to keep their email inboxes in order, customize their email signatures, and improve group communications. The good news is that Microsoft Outlook has these features built in, you just need to know where to look. Clean Up your inbox No matter how meticulously organized your Outlook inbox is, there’s always room for improvement. For a little computer-assisted help, try the ‘Clean Up’ feature. From your Inbox, click the Home tab and choose from Outlook’s three Clean Up options: Clean Up Conversation – Reviews an email thread or a conversation and deletes redundant…

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Every business needs an MSP for cybersecurity

Businesses can no longer afford to relegate cybersecurity to the bottom of the budget, not with cyberattacks targeting any business regardless of size, strict security, and privacy regulations surrounding data. Businesses with a small or limited budget have the advantage of partnering with a managed IT services provider (MSP) for their cybersecurity needs. Why is this need more urgent than ever, and why is an MSP the intelligent business choice? The numbers According to the Ponemon Institute’s 2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium Size Businesses (SMBs) survey, cyber attacks on SMBs have increased from 61 percent in 2017…

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A guide to setting up your new MacBook

The latest models of the MacBook have won over millions of people, not least because of their high-end look and feel. They also offer plenty of power to do a wide range of work-related tasks and much more. Set up your new MacBook and enjoy all it has to offer in seven easy steps. Check for updates From time to time, Apple releases updates to macOS. If the tech giant has released a new one since your MacBook was built, you don’t have to miss out on the latest features and patches. You can manually check for updates by clicking…

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Cloud security: Everything you need to know

Cloud technology is becoming more pervasive every day. A Forbes report found that 77% of enterprises have at least one application or a portion of their enterprise computing infrastructure in the cloud. But somehow, myths about its lack of security remain. Hands-on management Unless you have an overinflated budget, relying on local copies of data and software means your IT staff is forced to spread themselves across a bevy of different technologies. For example, one or two in-house tech support employees can’t become experts in one service or solution without sacrificing others. If they focus on just cybersecurity, the quality…

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Tips for extending laptop battery life

If you want to use your laptop in an airport, a co-working space, or a cafe, the first thing you would look for is a power socket. If you are not lucky enough to find an available outlet, you’ll have to depend on your laptop’s battery (assuming it still has power after your last charge). The following tips should optimize your laptop’s battery so it will last long. Some truths about your laptop battery Batteries in many modern devices are lithium-based — either lithium-ion or lithium-polymer — and users must take note of the following guidelines for proper battery maintenance:…

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