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Tip of the Week: Keep Your Workstation Clean

Tip of the Week: Keep Your Workstation Clean

It’s often said that a clean workspace is a safe workplace. When your workspace is mostly your computer, safety has less to do with it, but that shouldn’t deter you from doing what you can to keep your computer clean. It can help keep it in working order, longer, and is just a sanitary thing to do. Let’s get into why a clean computer is better, and how to go about cleaning your workstation. 

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Tip of the Week: Keeping Tabs on Your Chrome Browser Tabs

Tip of the Week: Keeping Tabs on Your Chrome Browser Tabs

If you’re a user of Google Chrome, there are probably a few browser tabs that you frequently have open. Here, we wanted to go into a few tips to help you get the utmost use out of these tabs, highlighting a few neat features Chrome offers.

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Let’s Get Started with Google Drive

Let’s Get Started with Google Drive

Google Drive has been around now for over eight years, and in that time it has established itself as one of the best cloud platforms available to consumers. What we thought we would do is give those who are unfamiliar with it, a little introduction to the platform.

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How to Resolve the Most Prevalent Security Threat to Your Business

How to Resolve the Most Prevalent Security Threat to Your Business

If I were to ask you what you believed was the biggest potential threat to your business’ future, what would your answer be? The correct answer for most is the risk that an employee might let in a threat—intentionally or not. Let’s investigate how this might happen, and what you need to do to stop it.

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Tip of the Week: How to Digitally Sign a PDF

Tip of the Week: How to Digitally Sign a PDF

PDFs are a hugely useful file format, especially as a means of securing a signature. Just in case you’re not sure how to do so effectively, let’s go over how you can digitally sign your PDF files.

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Tip of the Week: Maintaining a Work/Life Balance, Working from Home

Tip of the Week: Maintaining a Work/Life Balance, Working from Home

Working from home—especially for an extended period, as many have—can take its toll on anyone. Just think about it: instead of the home being a place of relative sanctuary that your employees can retreat to after the workday is over, the home has become just another place for work to be done. This quite understandably isn’t healthy, so it becomes important that your team members are able to separate their work life from their home life.

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Practical Uses for AI in Businesses of Any Size

Practical Uses for AI in Businesses of Any Size

Technology is getting smarter, from the consumer level on up. As such, artificial intelligence is appearing in more and more applications that all businesses can embrace. Let’s take a few minutes and go over the various ways that artificial intelligence can be used to support your business’ operations.

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Tip of the Week: Six Smart Practices for Data Security

Tip of the Week: Six Smart Practices for Data Security

If asked to list its most valuable assets, every modern business currently in existence should include its data on that list. This is part of the reason that data security should be treated as a priority. We know—this isn’t exactly a small ask, so to help, we’ve put together a few tips to get you started off on the right foot. If you’re already working on your data security preparedness, consider this a refresher.

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The Relative Benefits of Wired and Wireless Connections

The Relative Benefits of Wired and Wireless Connections

In the not-all-that-distant past, connectivity required an actual, physical connection between two endpoints. As a result, a wired connection was the only option for businesses to access online materials and resources. This leaves businesses with a choice to make: is a wired connection better for my operations, or should I implement wireless connectivity?

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Tip of the Week: Technology Etiquette as You Return to the Office

Tip of the Week: Technology Etiquette as You Return to the Office

When a group of people work together in an office, there is a sort of etiquette that forms to help everyone do the most effective work as they can. Of course, with many employees working remotely for some time now, a lot of these behaviors may have slipped. Here, we’re reviewing some of the technology manners that your team should keep in mind so that the whole of your business can work productively.

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Tip of the Week: Streamlining Your Workstation for Focused Productivity

Tip of the Week: Streamlining Your Workstation for Focused Productivity

Productivity is generally included in any company’s list of priorities, and among those, it generally ranks somewhat near the top. With workplaces beginning to open with very different processes than what they are used to, productivity may be a little challenging to maintain. That’s why, for this week’s tip, we’re sharing one way you can hit the ground running at the start of your day.

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Should You Really Trust Your Staff?

Should You Really Trust Your Staff?

In a word, yes.

While that answer may seem insufficient for such a broad question, you truly should, and there are many reasons why. Let’s get right into how trusting your staff can bring your business and its operations some significant benefits.

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Why Should Collaboration be a Part of Your Workplace?

Why Should Collaboration be a Part of Your Workplace?

Collaboration is one of those terms that has a lot of potential, but doesn’t always live up to its promise. Some employees just aren’t naturally inclined to team up on a project. All is not lost, however… there are still things you can do to help encourage cooperative work amongst your team. Let’s go over a few reliable methods to nudge your users toward effective collaboration.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Improve Your Business with Technology

Tip of the Week: 5 Ways to Improve Your Business with Technology

Technology has become an indelible part of business, being used in companies large and small. Small companies need to consider it even more, as the leveling of the playing field technology has wrought has increased their competition considerably. Therefore, every business needs to take advantage of technology to the fullest. Here are a few tips to help you do so.

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Identifying (and Preventing) Burnout in the Workplace

Identifying (and Preventing) Burnout in the Workplace

One of the most crucial resources in any business are its human ones - the employees that keep the wheels turning, day in and day out. However, like any of your business’ resources, you need to be careful when handling your employees. There is the very real possibility of an employee experiencing an unpleasant state known as burnout.

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Tip of the Week: How to Use Email More Efficiently

Tip of the Week: How to Use Email More Efficiently

Email is almost certainly the most well-known solution that your business uses, so most users probably feel as though they have a pretty good handle on it. However, many of them are probably making things more difficult for themselves - and taking more time than they need to on it. This week, we’ll go over some easy tips to make your use of email more efficient.

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You Need More than a Firewall to Secure Your Business

You Need More than a Firewall to Secure Your Business

Whether or not you’re familiar with computers, there are a few terms that are thrown around commonly enough that chances are good that you know them. One such term is “firewall.” Unfortunately, there are often misconceptions as to what these terms refer to or what they do. Firewalls are a prime example, as many believe that a firewall is the only security they need.

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Tip of the Week: Simplify Your Day at Work

Tip of the Week: Simplify Your Day at Work

Work isn’t always great, and it can be stressful to boot. Distractions certainly don’t help, as they can complicate your schedule and get in the way of responsibilities. With the right strategies on your side, you could potentially eliminate some of this stress. Here are some of the ways you can do so.

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