Mobile Note Taking With Microsoft OneNote

If you are new to Microsoft OneNote, let me say it provides a unique way to collect and review all your useful “bits” of information, whether you are at home, in the office or on the move. You can collect a range of different information. You can access your data on various devices. You can […]

Stop Letting Being Busy Paralysis You From Being Productive

Today people are busier than ever. Whether you are overloaded at work or have mounting commitments away from the office, facing a long list of to-dos can quickly overwhelm even the most productive person. Luckily there is a way to get things done when the number of tasks you need to complete seems never-ending. The […]

Everything You Need To Know Before You Install A VoIP Phone System

Phone systems might not be the most exciting entity, but they are a necessity for almost every business. Unfortunately, many business owners have dealt with phone system failures and the inevitable fallout that occurs when a major line of communications is down. With this in mind, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) offers a new alternative […]

Different Ways You Can Celebrate Love Your Lawyer Day

As a business owner, executive or manager, you may use a lawyer for many different reasons. You may need a lawyer to look over your business contracts, to help when you buy or sell a business, to help you with any tax issues that may arise or to help with any personal injury lawsuits that […]

How To Utilize Microsoft Word’s Business Plan Template

Creating a comprehensive business plan is an important step for any blossoming business. Whether you’re hoping to attract new investors or qualify for a bank loan, you’ll likely need to present a documented plan to help clarify the ins and outs of your business for interested parties. In a bid to woo the business crowd, […]

Mileage Tracking Using MileIQ

Trying to track your mileage for reimbursement and tax purposes can be a hassle for people who are naturally organized, and is even for worse for those of us who aren’t. If you have a smartphone, it has built-in GPS technology that can make the tracking process easier and automatic – but only if you […]

What’s new in Office 365 for October?

It looks like, in October, there’s a lot going on, with your Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal subscriptions. We know some of you are reading this do subscribe to one of Office 365 consumer plans. It’s great news if you fit that description and you have more than one device at home. Check […]

Microsoft’s “Your Phone” App For Android Phones

Microsoft just made your mobile life and computer life a whole lot easier and fun. If you love your phone, well so does your computer. Finally, you no longer need to dig around for your phone to send a text message while sitting at your Windows desktop. Plus, that extra step of emailing photos from […]

What Are We Most Frightened Of This Halloween?

7 Cyberattack Facts This Halloween we’re celebrating by sharing some scary cyberattack facts. Why? Because, unfortunately, cyber attacks are increasing. The cyber threat landscape is rapidly becoming more of a concern. Not only are businesses seeing an increase in the number of attacks, but these cyber attacks are continuing to evolve.   Here are the […]

Do You Have Good Computer Habits?

We know it’s important to have good habits in many parts of our lives, from our work to our daily hygiene. However, quite a few of us forget that we need to have good computer habits, too. Developing wise practices in connection with our computers and smartphones can make our lives much easier and help […]

10 Easy Steps Implementing Your Successful SOP with SharePoint

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) are necessary for every industry. The written procedures keep a company on track. The importance of having them is to guarantee the organization remains compliant with all federally mandated regulations, legislation, and ever-changing laws. But too often many businesses will continue to struggle with getting the correct and appropriate SOP created, […]

What IT-Aspects Are Important When Relocating Your Law Office?

Perhaps the space is not large enough for your expanding partnership. Maybe, it’s antiquated and no longer feels appropriate. Whatever reason an office chooses to move to a new building, relocating is a large undertaking. Unfortunately, in many offices, the IT-related aspects of the move are overlooked until the last minute. This can be disastrous. […]

Happy Spreadsheet Day!!!

What Are You Doing for Spreadsheet Day? Spreadsheets: some people love them, some people hate them, and some people are a little afraid of them. No matter which category you may currently fall into, you probably know that spreadsheets are vital to the inner workings of organizations ranging in size from massive Fortune 500 companies […]

Infections That Can Survive The Most Extreme Cleaning 

Technology has unlocked a world of potential for businesses everywhere. But with these advances comes a new set of problems, like malware. While it’s common knowledge that computers are susceptible to viruses, today’s breed of hackers are more creative than ever. They’re utilizing new, innovative techniques to infiltrate systems of businesses big and small. Not […]

October 16th Is Steve Jobs Day

Steve Jobs Day Sheds Light On Apple Founder’s Legacy In today’s modern world, the name “Apple” has become synonymous with technology. It’s no wonder then that Steve Jobs, the company’s late co-founder, has become such an influential figure in American history. His contributions are well documented in motion pictures, books and an authorized biography. October […]

What Are The New Changes in Microsoft Outlook?

New Calendar, Mail, and mobile Outlook features help you get things done, was the title of the April 30th, 2018 blog from Microsoft’s Outlook team, about the newest features. Since then, Outlook has received more modern additions, from mobile management to enterprise information protection all designed for user simplicity. So, let’s step inside and see what […]

How To Ensure A Secure Home Network

Most homeowners and renters understand the importance of home security. In fact, in today’s world, it’s not uncommon for homeowners to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on home protection. But while securing your belongings is considered good common sense, homeowners don’t as often consider the concept of data security. This is understandable, but […]

Implementing Data Security For Your Small Business

Today’s small business owners are tasked with managing operations, employees and a wide range of things pertaining to the modern day business. It’s no surprise, then, that amid the hustle and bustle, some areas of importance are thrown to the wayside. Cybersecurity is often one of them. According to studies, the majority of small business […]

October’s Featured Training: The ABCs Of Cyber Security

October Is Cyber Security Awareness Month Tune In At Any Time To Watch Our 15 Minute On-Demand Training Cyber Criminals Have A 6 Month Head Start. Is Your Business Protected? Find Out. Tune Into Our October Free Online Training By Clicking Here. Every 39 seconds, a hacker is attacking someone.  Are you next on the list? […]

Google Shutting Down Google+

Google+ Social Media App Will Soon Move Off Into The Sunset Google+ has never really been a popular social media network. In fact, most people say they’ve never used it and don’t know how it works. So it’s not too surprising to hear that Google has finally decided to pull the plug. Google just announced […]

Scalable Wi-Fi Is Best Practice For Schools

Everyone has Wi-Fi. We all expect to see it wherever we go, and most of us have more than one Wi-Fi-enabled device. Grocery stores, fast food restaurants – even your mechanic has Wi-Fi. But does that mean you REALLY need it in your school? Isn’t it less secure than wired? To answer the first question: […]

Playing in the Digital Highway: Improperly Secured Data Puts Students At Risk

When you think of cybersecurity, protecting credit card numbers or government files might come to mind, but your students’ PII (Personally Identifying Information) is a target for hackers, too. Young people make great targets because they’re a clean slate. They’re not using their identities to get a mortgage or credit card or anything, so no […]

5 Important Features You’ll Find In iOS12

Apple’s newest software update has arrived, and it’s already making an impact in how effectively users manage their smartphones. iOS 12, which comes preinstalled in the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, is equipped with a number of shiny, new features sure to delight iPhone and iPad users, old and new models alike. From stronger […]

It’s Cyber Security Awareness Month…Are You Prepared?

Are You REALLY Secure? Follow This Checklist To Know For Sure   When everything is going well, the last thing you want to do is think about what will happen when something goes wrong. It can be easy to think that just because you’ve recently bought some new hardware, or updated your security software, or […]

New Gift Card Scam Hits Just In Time For The Holidays

There’s a new Gift Card scam going around that has already cost consumers lots of money, frustration, and headaches. Here’s how it works. You’ll get an email from a friend or relative asking you to go buy them a gift card. The email will say that your friend or relative has been busy or sick […]

What Is RDP And Why Is The FBI Warning Companies About This?

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) released a public service announcement at the end of September 2018, alerting companies about the risks of allowing RDP endpoints to be exposed online. The IC3, a division of The US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), is sending out the alarm to U.S. businesses about their concerns that millions […]

What’s New in the September Update of Office 365?

The September update of Office 365 includes some major additions and changes to tools such as Microsoft Teams, PowerPoint, and Excel, just to name a few. It is important to keep up with these developments, so here is a list of the major advancements of which you need to be aware. Microsoft Teams: Skype, Selective […]

Important News: Potential Facebook Data Breach

Facebook Was Breached Were You Or A Facebook Friend Affected? Facebook has confirmed that more than 50 million user accounts have been breached. They made the announcement today, Friday, September 28th.  However, their engineering team discovered the security breach back on Tuesday, September 25th, 2018. They tell us that the vulnerability has been fixed and the […]

Did You Know That October Is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month?

Online security is something that should get everyone’s attention. Threats exist all around us: ransomware, viruses, spyware, social engineering attacks and more. There’s so much you need to know to keep your personal and business information safe.   But… where do you start? As trusted cybersecurity professionals, we want to help you get educated and […]

Tech Tip: iPad Pro vs. Microsoft Surface Pro

Laptop users are loyal to their devices, but when portability is a priority, tablets can’t be beaten. With so many strong tablet contenders on the market, narrowing down the options before making a purchase can seem overwhelming. This is especially true for shoppers who aren’t quite sure what features they’ll find most useful in a […]

Microsoft Office 365 For Educators Is Available For Free

Microsoft Office, the software suite that gave us that blueprint for all other word processing software, Word, has gone to the Cloud. Office 365 (O365) offers a cloud-based alternative to the desktop Microsoft Office 2016. There are plans available for limited home or personal use, or professional business use. But the best part is the […]

Can Business Benefit From Microsoft Office 365?

In today’s business world, it’s important for companies to stay ahead of the trends when it comes to the latest in tools for productivity. Office suites like Microsoft’s Office 365 have become popular among organizations hoping for more effective performance and communication. With Office 365’s subscription plans, users gain access to the full list of […]

How Can I Benefit From Keyboard Shortcuts?

What Are Keyboard Shortcuts? Keyboard ‘shortcuts’ are the strategic use of combinations of keys on your keyboard to perform some task in your software more efficiently. There are shortcuts you can use in your file folders, word processing programs, and even for your email accounts or any social media services, you might use. In addition […]

What Do I Need To Know About The Google Chrome Vulnerability CVE-2018-6177?

What is CVE-2018-6177? Today’s new releases of browser software are supposed to be improvements over past versions in terms of functionality, helpful features, security, and the speed of overall operation. However, these changes often involve new vulnerabilities which hackers can target and exploit. A recent release of Google Chrome is a good example. A vulnerability […]

Excel for Mac: The Latest Features

A new release of Excel for Mac came out in January of 2018, and with it, some very useful features were added to its existing capabilities. While some spreadsheet power users tend to shy away from the Excel version for the Mac operating system out of fear they won’t be able to do all they […]

Master Google Search In Just 28 Minutes

This month’s training on demand focuses on helping you find the most accurate information you need on Google. We’ll leave no stone unturned in this 28-minute online training session. Learn how to find answers to your queries and questions right through to advanced techniques using Google. Click the video play button below to get started. […]

Do New Laws Improve Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP)?

It seems that small businesses rarely catch a break. Unfortunately, their employees often enjoy fewer perks than those working for larger corporations do. This is primarily because the smaller companies have fewer assets with which to work. Due to the smaller economic cushion, they also have a greater risk. That is why, when a fresh […]

7 Great Benefits of Using Computer Tablets in Schools

Tablets aren’t just digital babysitters for young kids or fancy versions of ereaders. They offer real value as educational tools. Their versatility, portability, and ease-of-use make them an excellent conduit for learning. Below are seven benefits of using tablets in the classroom. Seven Solid Benefits of Tablets in the Classroom 1. Portability Lightweight, easy to […]

How Can Instagram Accounts Be Hacked?

What Is Instagram And How Is It Vulnerable? Instagram is a recently created social media site that allows users to share images and videos. It is owned by the same soul that owns Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. Originally created in the partnership of Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, and officially launched in 2010, it first appeared […]

Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day (Labour Day – International Workers Day –  May Day)! You’ve worked hard all summer. This Labor Day before going back to work and back to school, take some time to relax and enjoy one more backyard barbeque, one more trip to the beach, one more night sleeping under the stars, one more […]

Lightning Fast Guide to Using Slide Master in PowerPoint 2016

Do you find yourself making a lot of formatting changes to your slideshows? Do you have to constantly rearrange the placeholders in each slide so things look the way you feel they should? Do the color options never seem to match what you need? Would you like to add a company logo or watermark? Then […]

BaseStriker Attacks And Defense: What Should Business Owners Know?

BaseStriker attacks are software attacks that computer hackers use in an attempt to break through the defenses of an account or program. These attacks have been developed through unique coding while operating in a phishing-style in recent times. They’ve been so successful that they’ve grown and evolved becoming increasingly problematic to small business owners. Used […]

What Security Precautions Should You Take If Using Snapchat?

What Is Snapchat And What Business Uses Does It Have? Snapchat is a form of now commonly used social media more recent than Facebook, Myspace, or Twitter. It’s unique in that it allows users to create pictures or messages that are only available for a short period of time before they become inaccessible to viewers. […]

How Do I Find the Right IT Managed Services Provider?

Identifying the Right IT Services Provider for Your Business IT service providers, also called managed services providers (MSPs), are in the business of managing a company’s IT needs.  IT service providers can offer their services both remotely and on-site. They normally render their services by one of two ways: On an output-basis model On a […]

Unified Endpoint Management (UEM): Can This Help Streamline Cloud Security?

What Is UEM and Cloud Security? As technological devices continue to diversify, there is increased demand for streamlining control systems for security. According to Techopedia, Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is a new digital system that integrates the range of devices that are available for use now, combining this wide range of software within a single […]

Do You Know How to Add Email Signatures?

Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Add your Email Signature in Outlook, Outlook.com, and Gmail Creating a signature that will leave a lasting impression at the end of an email is essential in today’s business world. However, users often struggle to know which font to use, how to make it stand out, but not make it […]

Why Education Should Outsource IT Support

EdTech has a long history of being misunderstood, underutilized, and of lacking support in every way. It is one of those bugaboos in education that seems like such a wonderful idea, but often falls apart in execution as money fears cause administrators to scale back. Lacking proper follow-through lessens the efficacy of even the best […]

Which Email Marketing Solution Is The Best? (Online Training)

Considering Working With An Email Marketing Solution To Help Grow Your Business? Email marketing plays a critical role in helping you to reach the right people and expand your client base, share important information with prospects and clients, and promote your services and products. Tune into our complimentary on-demand training and learn what email marketing solution […]

Quickbooks: Need A Quick Refresher?

Need a quick refresher or a complete introduction to one of the most popular small business accounting packages? Quickbooks is one of the top accounting solutions available to small businesses around the globe. However, many business professionals only use a small fraction of everything Quickbooks has to offer. During this 30-minute on-demand online training session, […]

IT Helps Dementia Patients

Dementia and Alzheimer’s are scary for both patients and caregivers. Right now, there is no cure. Scientists are trying to find ways of prolonging patient’s lives and delaying the onset of the disease. IT Technicians are finding ways to make lives better and caring for patients easier. Some remarkable work is doing things for these […]

Billions of Computer Devices Won’t Get Intel’s Spectre Fix

17 Product Groups Named-Their Production Halted and Update Support Ended After Irrefutable Evidence Uncovered Flaw in Intel Chips. The information about the Spectre attacks came to light back in January 2018. Intel and other technology firms and vendors were made aware of research findings by Paul Kocher from Spectreattack.com and Jann Horn from Google Project […]

Are Local Businesses Ready For GDPR?

As of May 25th, 2018, if local businesses aren’t ensuring the highest possible level of data privacy, they’re risking serious financial consequences. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into effect. What does this mean? All local businesses MUST be ready to take security more seriously than ever before. The EU Parliament approved GDPR […]

What’s Up with Windows 10 S Computers?

Where Did They Go? In 2017, Microsoft planned to release a lightweight version of Windows 10. This was their effort to provide a Windows solution that delivered a predictable performance by using only Microsoft-verified applications via the Microsoft Store. Microsoft also wanted to compete with the Google Chromebook and promote Windows 10 S for use […]

Better Get Ready – The GDPR Goes Into Effect Today!

What Is It?  What Do We Need To Know?  What Should We Do? If you don’t know what the GDPR is, and if you’re not ready for it, you’re going to get caught short because this is a legal deadline and it’s coming up fast. The General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect May 25, […]

FBI Issues Warning

As you may be aware, the FBI issued a warning last week about a malware botnet called VPNFilter. This malware originated in Russia and attacks “consumer-grade” routers typically purchased from retailers such as Best Buy andor installed in homes by Internet Service Providers such as Spectrum, Time Warner, and Charter. The malware has not been […]

Internet Security a Top Priority, Experts Claim

Experts in the tech world are giving their input on what is planned by state and local Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in terms of security for all of today’s technology. For so long, technology has existed and yet the public has taken its security for granted. But, sometime last year, giants of industry like Cisco […]

Best Email Apps For Small Business Owners Who Use iPhone

Communication is definitely made more accessible as a result of technology. Unlike previous years where people placed heavy reliance on letters and messengers, currently, people can communicate at the tap of a button. Communication is essential in any business. For people to know what is required of them in the business environment, for suppliers to […]

Google Ready to Roll Out Mobile-First Indexing

For many business owners, Google’s announcement to switch over to mobile-first indexing comes as a real shocker. It’s a revolutionary thing to do in a world of disruptive technology. Since the beginning of the World Wide Web, a company’s desktop website was their first and foremost consideration when developing a marketing plan. With the new […]

Work from Anywhere Using Microsoft Office 365 Apps

Have you ever been in a position where you are supposed to work on an assignment or important document but you forgot your laptop or cannot access your desktop? That can be frustrating, but thanks to Microsoft, as long as you can access the internet on your phone or even tablet, you can easily resume […]

How to Download a Facebook Live Video

There are many reasons why you would want to download a live video from Facebook, whether it is yours or someone else’s. Sometimes a video is shared into a very active group and finding it later would be a bit tasking. Another reason why someone may want to download their own live videos is to […]

iPhone Users: Don’t Run 11.4.1 Update

Are you using an iPhone or iPad?  It may be worth it to hold off a few days before hitting that update button. Why? Reports are surfacing that after updating to #IOS 11.4.1 there are issues with app updates. The App store shows many apps that need to be updated, but when you press ‘update‘ […]

What The Sunset Of Windows 7 Means To Its Users

Windows 7 is being “put out to pasture” by Microsoft at the beginning of 2020.  Not all Windows 7 users are aware of precisely what this means and how it can affect their day-to-day business.  Because of impending issues, such as steadily degrading usability and increasing security vulnerabilities, Windows 7 users need to know what […]

What Employees Need To Know About Phishing Attacks

Phishing is just one of many tools in a hacker’s repertoire and happens to be one of their most effective.  Through phishing, hackers dangle their bait in front of preoccupied employees who would never dream that their PC could provide an open door for a hacker.  That’s why it is so important that employees understand […]

Check Out The 10 Best Tablets of 2018 (Ratings/Reviews)

They are the next best thing to hauling your laptop around to school and on flights, and they’ve become the weapon of choice for parents with fussy toddlers in public spaces. But while tablets have earned their accolades in recent years, that’s not to say choosing one to take home is an easy task. With […]

August 2018 Ransomware Update

The Newest Forms Of Ransomware & How To Protect Your Business From Them The Situation Ransomware is now one of the top security concerns for businesses and organizations of all sizes. The City of Atlanta was hit with a ransomware attack called SamSam in March, crippling some important departments like their court system, sewer infrastructure […]

The 10 Most Secure & Insecure Airports For WiFi In The United States

Is It Safe For Me To Use The Airport’s Public Wi-Fi When I Travel? Most airports around the U.S. and abroad provide free Wi-Fi service to travelers stranded in their terminals, waiting for their flights. While this service may appear to be generous, a recent study by Coronet, a cybersecurity company, suggests you might want […]

Intel Chip Vulnerabilities: What We Know So Far!

What Do We Know About Terminal Fault (L1TF) Chip Vulnerabilities? Understanding The L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) Intel has recently confirmed L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF) chip vulnerabilities in its processors that can be manipulated by malware and malevolent virtual machines with the intention of stealing private information from a computer’s memory. Who or What is Vulnerable? […]

Why Should My Company Upgrade to Windows 10?

If you are in a startup company or run a small business, the simplest software update can easily cause anxiety for you and your group of employees. Everyone has experienced the update that causes glitches and hiccups that can disrupt the workflow. With that said, why should you upgrade to Windows 10? Is it worth […]

Promoting Events On Facebook. Industry Secrets Revealed

Everything You Need To Know About Facebook Events! Facebook allows you to post events for pages and groups, and from your personal page as well. Many of the options are going to be the same for all three of these, but not all options – and some options, once set, you cannot change. It’s a […]

Amazon AWS Vs Microsoft Azure: Which Cloud-Based Infrastructure Reigns Supreme?

Choosing a cloud infrastructure can be complex, even for seasoned IT professionals with vast knowledge of the benefits. There are plenty of perks associated with cloud-based infrastructure, and as the popularity of these services grows, so does the need to understand the similarities and difference between two of the industry’s heaviest hitters: Amazon Web Services […]

Google’s Recent Speed Update (Questions/Answers)

Google Speed Update Is Now Out. What Does This Mean for You? On July 9th, Google began rolling out the Google Speed Update that they first announced in January 2018. So why is Google’s new speed update important for you if you have a business website? Bounce Rates Affect Search Rankings According to Google data, […]

How IT Issues Can Hinder Your Team’s Productivity

Productivity is a major source of contention across offices everywhere. In today’s workplaces, distractions abound. While there are the typical culprits of reduced productivity, such as cell phone usage and office banter, there are other factors that can wreak havoc in even the most organized office environments, like IT issues. Determining which issues are responsible […]

Microsoft Ending Forum Support For Older Operating Systems

Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users may be in for a surprise, as Microsoft plans to end forum support for these older systems. Some Microsoft users have reacted very negatively, citing Microsoft’s earlier promise to support Windows 8.1 until 2023 and Windows 7 until 2020. Considering that Windows 7 remains Microsoft’s most widely used operating […]

Customer Relationship Management Software (Research/Information)

Learn About Customer Relationship Management Software (CRM) Customer relationship management (CRM) software offers a full suite of solutions together in one program that helps manage data. A great CRM program is able to manage email, create reports, make calls, store information about prospects and customers, manage your pipeline, and a whole lot more. Today’s comprehensive […]

How Will Trump’s Tariffs On Chinese Goods Affect The Cost Of Technology?

The United States is in the process of leveling tariffs against China, and those tariffs are going to impact the cost of electronics, either directly or indirectly. A good understanding of how these tariffs will affect the cost of computers and networking technology, including items such as laptops, servers, and routers, is vital. However, there […]

Ponemon Institute 2018 Cybersecurity Report (Information)

Every business knows that getting hit by a data breach can have devastating results. Oftentimes, you lose business along with customer trust. There’s a costly impact to your reputation, and a lot of time is lost on recovering all your data – all translating to huge financial losses. A new report now puts these implications […]

What’s New in Microsoft Teams?

 The July 2018 Microsoft Teams Updates Microsoft Teams has quickly become one of the more popular chat-based workspace apps offered and it’s included in Office 365. It’s so handy to use and customizable for every sort of team. It’s perfect for one-on-one conversations, open group discussions, or even public meetings. Teams offers all the tools […]

Low-Tech Ways to Protect Your Car From Being Stolen

Security for your automobile is so important today due to the current rise in car theft. It is necessary to protect your transportation from this threat.  Your car represents a hefty financial investment, not to mention that it provides transportation for your whole family. However, many people take auto security for granted. If you’ve ever […]

URGENT! Google Chrome “HTTPS By Default D-Day” Is Today! (July 24, 2018)

Why the big hubbub over HTTPS?… Because from now on, users who visit HTTP sites will be hit with a BIG WARNING from Google. This will happen to anyone using Google Chrome version 68. Google warns that you should have been protecting your websites with HTTPS for a while now. And this isn’t just for […]

A New Way That Password Stealing Malware Infects Your PC

Password-Stealing Malware The acquisition of user IDs has become much easier for cybercriminals in the globalization era. A variety of methods can be used to steal passwords, including spyware, keyloggers, and phishing attacks. This can lead to the total loss of essential data held in company or private databases. Most of the methods used by […]

Windows Server 2008 End of Life (Questions/Answers)

Are You Prepared for Windows 2008 Server End of Life? Windows Server 2008 has been a sensation and many people have had a positive experience utilizing it, but what does its end of life mean? There’s a lot to it. First, Windows Server 2008 end of life infers that the manufacturer, Microsoft, will no longer […]

Save Valuable Laptop Battery Life (Tips/Tricks)

How Can You Keep Your Laptop Running Longer? Getting work done in the airport or other remote location where you can’t find a spare plug to recharge your “dying” laptop can be tricky. Battery power only lasts so long on any device, and once it’s used up, you’re stuck hunting down a spare outlet (along […]

Microsoft Office 2016 Secrets? (Tips & Tricks)

Microsoft Office 2016 is now using artificial intelligence to make your life easier. MS has added AI to their platforms with their new Smart Lookup feature. This makes fact-finding much easier as you can look up what you need right from within the document you’re working on. Do you know how to use the Smart […]

Exactis Data Leak (Questions/Answers)

Exactis Data Leak Reveals the Dangers of Less Efficient Security Measures around People’s Data The new data leak at Exactis, a marketing and data-aggregation firm based in Florida, presents a great many opportunities for cybercriminals to launch any number of attacks on unsuspecting victims over the next several months. Exactis, which collects loads of personal […]

How Can I Extend My iPhone’s Battery Life?

6 Tips To Better Battery Life In iOS 11.4 Are you frustrated because your iPhone’s battery isn’t lasting as long since you upgraded to iOS 11.4? You’re not the only one. A lot of people are contacting Apple to complain about this. It doesn’t matter if you have an old iPhone 6 or the new […]

Happy Independence Day!

On July 4th we as Americans honor the formation of the union we call The United States of America. Whether enjoying the holiday at the beach; a backyard barbeque; watching a fireworks celebration in the city; working hard in the office or shop; or marching in a local community parade; we all celebrate the birth […]

Do “IT” Faster with Microsoft

Time is money, but most of us value both. Microsoft knows how important these two things are. They have developed some programs that will help you work faster with your computer or preferred device. This article will review some helpful features from Microsoft that will help you get your work done faster and more efficiently. […]

Microsoft Common Security Threats (Questions/Answers)

Common Security Threats and How Microsoft Security Helps Mitigate Them Advanced modern technologies such as cloud computing and virtualization have completely revolutionized the workforce. Remote working arrangements have now become increasingly commonplace. Along with this advancement is an expanded network footprint characterized by myriads of virtualized workloads. This includes personal devices and computers that represent […]

4 Tips for Working Securely On Wi-Fi

Have you ever used public Wi-Fi in a coffee shop? – In a hotel? – While sitting at an airport waiting for your flight? We’ve yet to meet a remote worker who can say “no” to all of these questions. Running a business means being a road warrior and using public Wi-Fi from time to […]

Did You Know? Your DNA Can Be Hacked!

Cyber Hacks on DNA-Testing Companies Raise Fears about Genetic Data Privacy   DNA-testing companies the latest to be targeted by cybercriminals Stories of businesses getting hacked by cybercriminals are pretty much par for the course nowadays. Increasingly, companies who collect and store large amounts of user data are prime targets for malicious and greedy hackers. […]

Recovery from Ransomware Attack Costing Atlanta Millions

Cyberattacks in Atlanta likely to be the most damaging in US municipal history It was only this past March that the city of Atlanta was hit by a massive ransomware attack. However, city officials are claiming an additional $9.5 million dollars is required for the ongoing recovery effort. As the city struggles to restore normal […]

What’s New in Microsoft Teams for 2018?

Celebrating its one-year anniversary, Microsoft reports that over 200,000 organizations have downloaded the Teams App. This chat-based workspace is part of Office 365 and developers consistently add new features to make the Teams App even more useful to businesses of every size across all industries. Microsoft Teams is a great solution for meetings of any […]

Hmmmmm…What Is Yam Jam?

Yam Jam – The Virtual Town Hall Experience That Brings Your Organization Together If you are an avid user of Office 365 or have in some way expressed interest in Microsoft’s online environment, then you’re probably familiar with Yammer – the freemium enterprise social networking service that is used for private communication within organizations. Also, […]

Why Your Company Should Switch to Office 365

Undoubtedly, Office 365 has taken the business world as we know it by storm. With each update that Microsoft makes to Office 365, more and more companies are jumping on the Office 365 bandwagon, and for good reason. This enterprise software has something to offer for just about every business. Some business owners have even […]

3 Quick Tips Guaranteed To Protect You From Phishing Attempts

Phishing is one of the most dangerous forms of identity theft. It’s usually presented in the form of pop-ups or spam emails. The majority of account takeovers come from simple phishing attacks where someone in an organization gets tricked into releasing private credentials and information. Never give your contact details over the phone. This includes […]

Confused About All These Tech Terms: Information Technology Glossary

In today’s world, everyone uses information technology. This is simply the technology behind our computers and networks including software and hardware. For businesses, it includes servers, data centers, and other technology to support their IT infrastructure. In spite of its prevalence, many people are not familiar with some of the terminologies and terms used by […]

The Simplest,  Most Effective Note-Taking Tip

This great tip comes from Karen Turner of Turner Efficiency in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Draw a line down your page so you can immediately distinguish notes from tasks/to-do’s/follow-up actions. When has a meeting or a class ended without you having to do some follow-up? Not often, I bet. That’s why a line is so effective. Use the outside […]

THE 7 C’S OF COMMUNICATION

From the word go, the term communication indicates that there is more than one party involved in the conversation. For there to be effective communication, both parties must understand what the other is saying. Communication in business is somewhat different from casual communication, say among friends. In business, the stakes are higher. Much more is […]

Are Parents Being Good Role Models for Children When It Comes to Technology?

Everyone likes technology, right? It’s amazing what you can do and find out about the use of technology. However, technology itself is addictive and parents are not an exception. Today, most parents pay more attention to their computer or phone screen than they do to their children. Even busy parents stay on social media too […]

View and Publish Microsoft Planner Tasks in the New Outlook

With everyone so busy these days, people are searching for new ways to get more done and Microsoft Planner is an excellent tool for that. It allows teams and individuals to collaborate on any project in real time. It has so many great features that can streamline projects, helping you to achieve deadlines while producing […]

Acapella Technologies Helps Fund Scholarships for Underprivileged New Hampshire Students!

Acapella Technologies, a leading IT support company in Manchester, NH, is known for our commitment to corporate philanthropy, whether we’re making a donation or giving our time to an organization in need. We believe in helping our community grow and prosper as much as possible, and as a result, we’re always striving to help organizations through […]

The What, The How, and The Why of Managed Threat Detection

Cybercriminals are getting more fearless by the day and their crimes are getting more and more sophisticated. Cybercrimes are costing businesses and organizations billions of dollars each year. This has spawned a new generation of cybercrime fighters who search for ways to end this threat once and for all. With each new attack, the crimes […]

Remember Why We Celebrate Memorial Day

When we think of Memorial Day, we have visions of parades, going to the beach, enjoying a picnic in the park, or gathering with family and friends for a barbeque. But, as most of us know, this is a special day to honor military members who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Many of […]

Non-Profit Digital Developments for 2018

Succeeding in a non-profit organization in this day and time requires unique strategies. Technology is advancing at ever-increasing speeds and challenges even the best organizations on every level. The world has seemingly gone completely digital with Millennials now using smartphones for everything they do. A recent survey showed that only one-fifth of all Millennials have […]

Wish That You Could Use Excel Like A Pro? Now You Can!

Excel Like A Pro Part III This is the final of a three-part series about using Microsoft Excel 2016. It will cover some of the more advanced topics. If you aren’t great with numbers, don’t worry. Excel does the work for you. With the 2016 version of Excel, Microsoft really upped its game. Excel’s easy […]

Better Get Ready – The GDPR Goes Into Effect May 25, 2018!

What Is It?  What Do We Need To Know?  What Should We Do? First step:  Watch our training session on GDPR – Click Here If you don’t know what the GDPR is, and if you’re not ready for it, you’re going to get caught short because this is a legal deadline and it’s coming up […]

2018 Security Breaches Indicate That Cybercrime Is On The Rise

Cyber breaches have become the norm across the United States and in many parts of the world. Regardless of the size of your company or your budget for security, your company could be at risk. This has caused rapid growth in the cybersecurity industry. According to Forbes, this market will reach 170 billion dollars by […]

Why Nonprofit Organizations Should Invest in Microsoft Office 365

Not-for-profit organizations frequently contend with the lack of time and money necessary to afford large IT investments that are critical for achieving efficiency in their operations. Those organizations that can afford these technologies constantly have to deal with scarce resources and manpower needed to manage the technology. There is another glaring problem within the nonprofit […]

How to Publish and View Your Microsoft Planner Tasks in Outlook

Individuals and teams in organizations are always looking to get more things done within the shortest time possible. In this regard, Microsoft Planner comes in handy as a means to quickly get organized and collaborate effortlessly on projects, particularly where remote teams are concerned. In its drive to make Office 365 ever more useful to […]

Are You Tired Of Waiting For IT Support?

The cost of downtime goes up exponentially when you’re waiting for an unresponsive IT company. So why bother? Try our responsive Help Desk instead.  So much of the IT industry is dependent on time. How quickly an IT firm can respond to a problem, how much downtime their client deals with, how much they’re charged […]

How to Simplify Microsoft Outlook 2016

Microsoft Office 365 now has over 60 million active users each month and has become a favorite of large and small business owners. Just about every task that business people complete each day can be accomplished using Office 365. From Excel spreadsheets to professional word processing, users say they get more done with Office 365. […]

9 Time-Saving Tricks for Microsoft Outlook 2016

Microsoft Office 365 offers a number of useful tools for today’s busy professionals including some new shortcuts for Outlook 2016. With so many companies now using Outlook as their major email program, Microsoft works to improve its operation with each annual update. A number of the great features in this program are also found in […]

Is Your Technology Company Talking to You About GDPR Compliance?

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect on May 25, 2018. Many U.S. and Canadian businesses have been working hard to meet the new GDPR guidelines., but it’s not clear if others have the technology in place to notify individuals that their data was breached within the required 72-hour period. This is […]

SECURING YOUR DATABASE

In the era of modern technology, effective database security is more important than ever. Your business stores a range of sensitive information (for clients and employees) all of which needs to be kept safe at all times. Should any of that data get exposed, either by malicious hackers or internal human error on your staff’s […]

7 Ways to Reduce Your Paper Usage

In spite of the move toward living digitally, Americans still use over 90 million tons of paper each year. Everyone nowadays seems to be reading everything online, and yet more than 2 billion books are printed each year. In addition, over 24 billion newspapers are printed annually, along with 350 million magazines. Only about half […]

Is The U.S. Government Planning A Special Tax On Paper Waste?

Do you use 800 million pounds of paper each year? That’s the latest estimate for the average professional – and nearly 20% ends up in landfills. Would your habits change if you were taxed on paper consumption? The use of paper to record thoughts, plans, transactions, agreements, or anything at all, is nothing new. Ancient […]

The Newest Forms Of Ransomware & How To Protect Your Business From Them

The Situation Ransomware is now one of the top security concerns for businesses and organizations of all sizes. The City of Atlanta was hit with a ransomware attack called SamSam in March, crippling some important departments like their court system, sewer infrastructure requests, and water billing department. The attackers who deploy SamSam are known for […]

What is Chromium?

Is Chromium, the next browser from Google, trying to take over for Chrome? At a recent I/O developer conference, Google’s senior VP of products, Sundar Pichai, announced that Google Chrome now has over 1 billion active users. Though Microsoft has pushed their Edge browser hard, consumers simply like Chrome better. So, why mess with perfection? […]

What To Do When Your Privacy Is Violated And Your Details Are Public

Your relationship with the Internet started out so well! Long before you realized it, sites like Facebook and Google were tracking your every move and keeping records on you to you use against you. Fight back! It may have started with an American Online disc promising 40 hours of free time, or it may have […]

Data Breaches and Credit-Card Fraud Can Destroy Your Small Business

Most business owners are cognizant of the prevalence of fraud in the digital world today. According to Experian’s Global Fraud and Identity Report 2018, almost three-quarters of businesses believe fraud is a growing concern, and nearly two-thirds reported fraudulent losses over the past year. What is Fraud? Fraud occurs when an individuals’ payment information is […]

New NIST Guide Enables Digital Forensics Investigators

NIST has recently released a quick start guide that outlines the procedures used to place test data on a mobile device by forensics experts during an investigation. In many criminal cases, the authorities can gain valuable information by examining smartphones, computers, and tablets belonging to those involved. The NIST guide provides important directions, guidance, and […]

Using Yoast SEO to Write Effective Meta Descriptions

The term, “meta description” may seem foreign to some but we all see these descriptions each time we search for something online. The meta description can contain up to 320 characters and should be an interesting summary of what your website is all about. It shows up in the search results as those first few words/lines […]

Top 12 New Apps on the Market

According to Pew Research, 77 percent of all Americans now carry a smartphone. There has even been a dramatic increase in smartphone usage for those over 50 years old. As Americans realize how many tasks they can get done on their phones, new and completely radical apps are being created. Today’s smartphones have powerful processors […]

8 Intruder-Hating Tips For Home Office Security

Your Devices Are A Target For Online Prowlers. At Your Peril Do Not Ignore! Be Aware of Your Surroundings – Takes On a Whole New Meaning When you were a child, your mom or dad reminded you, be aware of your surroundings. They wanted you to avoid getting hurt by a stranger. This sound advice […]

Can Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Improve Compliance?

In this age of information, it’s challenging to maintain compliance with so much data stored on many different devices. Most companies these days have remote workers, employees in various departments, third-party vendors, management, employees working in other countries, and more. These people have laptops at home and at work, smartphones, and tablet computers. All this […]

Big Changes For Google

If You Want to Be First on Google Searches, Be Sure to Employ Best Practices for Mobile-First Indexing On March 26th, 2018, Google announced that after over 18 months of testing they will now begin migrating sites that follow best practices for their mobile-first indexing. This means that Google will now use the mobile version […]

Calling All Architects

Do You Want to Save Time, Money and Beat Out the Competition? We Have Some Important Information to Share As you know, your architecture company is under constant pressure from economic shifts, a shrinking talent pool, and a fiercely competitive marketplace. When it comes to information technology you need solutions that don’t cost a fortune […]

From Typo to Top Spot, Why Yoast Rules SEO

Is “Yoast” a typo? Are we raising a “toast” and just missed the “t” and hit the “y” key? Or is there a deeper meaning behind the name of the SEO superstar? WordPress users love WordPress. It’s an incredibly straightforward platform with a simple user interface, which makes sense given its humble beginnings as a […]

Under Armour’s “Armor Gets Penetrated”

How Would It Cost Your Business If This Happened To You? Have you read the news? According to Reuters, Under Armour Inc., headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, recently suffered a breach of the private information for their 150 million MyFitnessPal app users. This is the largest breach this year according to experts. It included account usernames, […]

The Ultimate Experience For Your Workday

Microsoft is your ultimate cheerleader – which might be a pun on their product, Microsoft Teams! But really, the app is named for the collaborative environment that caters to teamwork. Microsoft Teams is a collaborative workspace included in subscription-based Office 365 and a hub for workgroups with teams of staff. Microsoft Teams offers a secure […]

IT Is Changing – IT Budgeting Is Too.

When was the last time you thought about technology and the role it plays in your business success? Strategic IT Budgeting and planning for the tactical use of technology resources will bolster your business efforts to establish a competitive advantage. Just as you develop and adjust your annual business plans, you should do the same […]

Semper Fi: Never Negotiate With Cyberterrorists

A recent report by the U.S. Marine Corps indicates an unintended data disclosure, the result of a single accidental keystroke. Never backing down from a fight, learn from Jarheads how to best defend yourself from a data breach and strengthen your position! Have you ever thought twice about clicking “send” after drafting an email? We’re […]

The 9 Biggest Website Design Mistakes That Business Owners Make

With a great looking, professional website, your business can compete in today’s complex marketplace. Since your website is the first thing consumers see, it has to make a great first impression. Otherwise, you may find your traffic declining and conversions down. A company website should also reflect your values, experience and industry knowledge. Often times, […]

Are You Playing The Internet’s Latest Game Of Cops And Robbers?

Make no mistake – if you show the slightest bit of weakness around a bully, they will pounce. The Internet is no different, with hackers just waiting for a cybersecurity vulnerability to seize their opportunity.  The latest form of cyberterrorism to take root and have explosive growth is incredibly dangerous. Forget about Trojan horse viruses […]

Hiring an IT Company? Make Sure You Ask These 25 Essential Questions!

Selecting a company to maintain your technology is one of the most important decisions you can make for your business. You must find the most competent and reliable IT support provider in your area. How do you know if the IT company you’re considering is right for your business? Some technology companies call themselves the […]

Tired Of Amateur Hour? Learn How To Use Excel Like A Pro

With the 2016 version of Excel, Microsoft has really upped the game for people who aren’t great with numbers. You can now easily use one-click access that can be customized to provide the functionality you need. This is the first of a three-part series about using Microsoft Excel 2016 to help you identify trends, construct […]

Battle To The Death – Three Virtual Assistants Enter; Only One Will Survive

First, there was Siri, then Cortana, and then Alexa. Each virtual assistant comes equipped with a rich package of features and capabilities, but who is the best in the business? Every April, organizations big and small all over celebrate Administrative Assistants Day as a show of gratitude for the staff that carries out the day-to-day […]

Could There Be A Dinosaur Among Us Today?

Stranger things have happened – but in this case, we take a look at how the death of a Tyrannosaurus rex relates to your computer. Sue Hendrickson was just poking around a cliff while waiting for a flat tire to be repaired when she made the most extraordinary archeological find of her life – or […]

Want To Be At The Top of Your Game?

Do What Professional Sports Teams Do—Use Analytics. To win in any sport, coaches used to rely solely on their knowledge, experience and “gut.”  Today, they have another source to rely on–analytics. And those who don’t take advantage of it will fall behind their competition. Analytics are used in many industries, but today it’s helping team […]

Is Organizing Your Staff A Little Like Herding Cats?

Stop Struggling – Try Microsoft’s Team Planner Microsoft’s latest and greatest app is called Team Planner. It’s an amazing tool that lets people organize any task. Of course, it was developed with corporate America in mind, but this type of app would be great for planning anything from a birthday party to a wedding. The […]

Are You Using Windows Installer?

You May Be Sabotaging Yourself! This latest cyber-attack uses Windows Installer to download malware onto your computers. What is CVE-2017-11882, and what does it do? How should you detect and protect against it? What other similar malware attacks have come up in the past? These are all questions you should be asking yourself in order […]

Unlock The Secrets Beneath The Surface

Microsoft has released the newest addition to its Surface product line-up – the Surface Book 2. We take a look at hidden secrets of this gadget and see what new features make it worthy of an upgrade from the original Surface Book. Gone are the days when Microsoft was primarily a software company. Granted, its […]

Psst… Do You Want to Know a Secret?

Amazon’s Alexa Has Some Answers to Questions You Probably Don’t Even Know to Ask. Alexa is a top-selling gadget for Amazon, and the list of things it can do is ever increasing. Most people who use Amazon Alexa ask the same things over and over -but this virtual assistant can answer a lot of questions […]

Update on Multifactor Authentication Methods

Each year seems to bring even bigger and more expensive data breaches. It’s become commonplace to hear that your favorite retailer was just breached and millions of records were lost to hackers somewhere on the other side of the world. In spite of our best efforts, cyber crimes are now the number one leading crime […]

Filing Dates for 2017 Business Taxes

Nobody likes doing taxes, but everyone has to. Make sure you know when you and your company need to file them this year. For individual taxpayers, the tax due date is usually the same each year: April 15th. The only exception is when April 15th falls on a weekend. Then, the IRS typically extends the […]

Can You Keep Up With Shifts In Social Media?

Instagram is taking on Pinterest, Snapchat, and Facebook to compete for a larger chunk of the social content sharing market with a new branding innovation. Who is the current king of Social Media? That depends on who you ask. With the variety of social platforms — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, the list goes on — […]

If Your Employees Aren’t Strengthening Your Security, They’re Weakening It – You Need Cybersecurity Awareness Training

For an organization to be successful, critical goals of all team members involve a shared investment in its future. Is cybersecurity a shared priority? How invested is your team in the success of your company? How careful is your team when it comes to network protection and cybersecurity? How aware are team members of your […]

12 Things About Windows 10 You Don’t Know – And How They’ll Change The Way You Use It

Although the latest version of Windows 10 isn’t a “game changer” you should appreciate some of its newer options and enhancements like the new Start Menu, OneDrive, Action Center, Cortana and ability for it to adjust its interface according to the device you use. Read on to get up to speed with Windows 10. Before […]

The FCC Reveals Weaknesses In Small Business

Is Cybercrime Keeping You Up At Night? Check Out These 20 Key Cybersecurity Tips To Help You Stop Stressing Out Small businesses are often unprepared for the latest cybercrime tactics used by hackers today. The FCC recently published a helpful Cybersecurity Tip Sheet to help small business owners strengthen their defenses.  The U.S. Federal Communications […]

Warning! Serious Threats Still Lurk In Many Companies

Warning! Running Windows XP Software Expose You To These 5 Serious Threats We’ve all done it before – you find a program that you love, and you use it every day until it’s so old it stops getting support from the developer – in the case of Windows XP, that could be extremely dangerous for […]

Will 2018 Bring The Rise Or Fall Of Cybersecurity?

A relatively new set of guidelines enacted in the European Union requires many global organizations to reconsider their security practices and update their protective measures. A quick review of 2017 suggests that it was the worst year on record for cybersecurity – phrases like “data breach“, “phishing”, and “hackers” were uttered in the news so […]

Happy Valentine’s Day: It’s Time To Bring Back That Lovin’ Feeling

There are few things worse than feeling trapped in an unfulfilling relationship – especially when it’s a vital business relationship. Technology is an integral part of everything your business does, which raises a few important questions about your current IT set up. For starters, what is your relationship like with your technology systems – rock […]

10 Microsoft Office Features You Will Love

Microsoft has dominated the business world for a long time. It is on every computer, in every office, no matter if that is a library or a Fortune 500 company. We use Microsoft Word to create the newsletters for our businesses and collate our data with Microsoft Excel. As familiar as we are with these […]

How Business Intelligence Tools Help Small Business Make Big Changes In Profits, Efficiency, And Security

Businesses store data like we store clothes. How many times do we step into our closets and wonder “When was the last time I wore this”? This is similar to what we, as business owners, should be asking ourselves. “When was the last time I used this data?” We collect and store data on a […]

Money Talks: Are you using every tool available to help your clients make the right decisions with their finances?

There is no such thing as a safe investment. Investing is a scary business. Most people prefer to work with financial experts when it comes to finding the best place to put their money. Just like them, you’ve worked hard for every penny, and you don’t want to see it go to waste.   However, […]

The Gaps in Data Security That Could Threaten Your Company

In the fight to avoid security breaches, one area has proven over and over to be the weakest link. It’s the human factor. A survey done by CompTIA shows that human errors are responsible for 52 percent of all security breaches. Each day employees open emails; it’s part of their job. Often there are links […]

8 Easy Ways to Secure Your Data

Data is the foundation of any business. Building a business without protecting your data is like building a home on wet sand, leaving the tide to sweep it away. With all the ways data is being stolen today, there are a few steps you should take to build a secure foundation for it. Use strong […]

When Technology Wins, Consumers Win

More than 20 years ago, retail began to shift from the shopping mall to online shopping. Amazon.com, the brainchild of Jeff Bezos, had been around for a few years. It was born as an online bookstore in 1995. A brilliant premise, Amazon offered a digital “storefront” that ran from the garage of Bezos’ home. Amazon’s […]

The Oracle for Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is a big, scary word with big, scary implications. The word conjures mental images of a dark room and someone in front a dimly lit computer. The black screen flashes green and is dotted with lines of code entered by a nameless, faceless “cyberterrorist” – a hacker – with a smirk and an evil […]

How to Consolidate Duplicate LinkedIn Profiles

Occasionally, we all set up duplicate accounts on sites without realizing it. A spouse, friend or employee may have set up an account for you on LinkedIn trying to be helpful. Though it can be a bit inconvenient, it’s fairly easy to fix. At this time, LinkedIn only offers this account merging service from your […]

Evolving PCI DSS 3.2 Requirements Become Mandatory on February 1, 2018

The latest updates from the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, known as PCI DSS 3.2, will become mandatory on February 1, 2018. This will affect all merchants and service providers who accept credit card payments from Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. The creators of this iteration believe that PCI DSS 3.2 will provide […]

Mattel CEO Knows The Future Of Business Is In Tech

Even leaders in tech-adjacent fields — like the toy industry — know the importance of investing in technology expertise and a more robust IT infrastructure. As much as we try to predict the future, it’s never been easy. The catch has always been that as soon as you’re sure of what’s coming next, it’s probably […]

How to Consolidate Two LinkedIn Profiles

Accidentally creating two LinkedIn accounts is a common mistake. You may have created the accounts years apart, having forgotten that the first account existed, or maybe you were invited by different users based on different email addresses. Whatever the case, there is a solution to this issue. Of course, you would want to save your […]

Slack Was “Slacking” Today

The Slack messaging tool suffered a major outage today that left users unable to connect to the service. In a post on its systems status page, Slack reported that their customers were experiencing connectivity issues as a result of the outage: “A majority of customers are unable to connect to Slack. We’re aware of the […]

Phishing Season Is Here – Do Your Employees Know What To Look For?

Tax season is one of the most active times of the year for cybercriminals – without the right IT security support, your business could be an easy target. It’s that time of year again – the IRS, state tax agencies, and finance professionals across the nation are once again urging everyone to be on the […]

The Modern Law Firm and Legal Technology

We all know that today’s technology is invaluable, and with time, it will become even more so. This is true for all types of businesses, even law firms. The legal profession used to lag behind others in the adoption of new technology. Lawyers typically relied on “medieval” resources such as law books and paper documents. […]

2017 Cost of Data Breach Study: United States

The 2017 Cost of Data Breach Study is an annual study that looks at the cost of data breaches in companies, focusing on different countries such as the United States. This study gives a good idea of the effects a data breach can have on a person and their business. This is the 12th annual […]

5 Reasons Why You Need to Make the Switch to Microsoft Office 365

If you run a business, chances are that you’ve thought about moving to an online productivity suite. The two most popular in recent years is Google’s G Suite and Microsoft’s Office 365. Touted as “innovative” and “the next big thing,” Microsoft’s productivity suite is a revolutionary concept when it comes to operating systems and computing. […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts of 2017: Sphero R2-D2 & BB-9E

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. In 2015 Sphero […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts 2017: TCL S405 4K HDR TV

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. If you’re anything […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts for 2017: Samsung Galaxy S8

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. If the new […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts 2017: SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. This USB drive […]

Optimize Your Social Media Content

Content sharing strategies to optimize your online presence There’s no doubt that social media is connecting us like never before. Something we like to stress to our clients is that social media is more than just a platform for socialization. The world of social media has opened up an entirely new realm of business possibilities […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts of 2017: Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. The Samsung Galaxy […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts of 2017: Microsoft Surface Book 2

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. Microsoft’s thin laptop/tablet […]

Is Your Business Safe from the KRACK Vulnerability?

Exploring the ongoing impacts and remedies for the KRACK Wi-Fi vulnerability It’s been nearly two months since the KRACK Wi-Fi bug was broadcast to the world. The news hit headlines across the globe in October of this year when tech researchers discovered the wide-spread vulnerability that impacted IoT devices of all kinds. Two months down […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts 2017: Samsung Q7F 4K TV

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. You’ve purchased the […]

Top Tech Gifts 2017: Nintendo Switch

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. Nintendo knows how […]

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About the Cloud Security

Learning to tell the difference between myth and reality when it comes to Cloud Computing Cloud computing continues to dominate the business environment. It seems like every other day we have a client asking about how the Cloud can help them optimize business. The Cloud is an amazing resource for businesses in any industry – […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts 2017: Google Home Mini

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. Google has been […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts 2017: Sony Alpha 6000

Digital photography is becoming easier to do with your smartphone, some phone cameras even rivaling some of the lower end cameras. But for those purists out there, it’s tough to beat the value you get with the Sony Alpha 6000. The camera is a mirrorless design with interchangeable lenses and takes photos at 24 megapixels, […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts of 2017: Microsoft Xbox One X

If you’re a gamer, especially a console gamer, you’ve no doubt heard of or are watching the Xbox One X. Microsoft has taken its flagship console, the Xbox One, and turned it up a few notches. Sporting 40% more power than any other console on the market and a 6 teraflop GPU (that’s crazy fast), […]

Top 12 Tech Gifts of 2017: The Apple iPhone X

We like tech, it’s what we do. As the holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, we are bringing you 12 of the most requested, most wanted tech gifts for 2017. Check back each business day between now and December 19th for another must-have tech item and why you should check it out. There’s little denying […]

MacOS Security Bug Puts Device Security into Perspective

Apple has become an authority in providing us with useful software and the required fixes that inevitably come with the development of this software. This was proven true Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 after a bug in Macs High Sierra software was discovered. The bug was discovered by a Turkish software developer by the name of […]

How To Share Your Calendar With Microsoft Office 2016

Outlooks Shareable Calendar and How It Fits into Aspects of Everyday Life A shared calendar is one step in the direction of having all involved on the same page. It is little more frustrating than trying to work on a project or develop ideas when everyone is not equally informed. With Outlooks shared calendar these […]

Strategize Your Way To A Stellar 2018

With the right guidance and advice, strategic IT planning can set your business on a path to greater success in 2018 and beyond. 2017 isn’t quite behind us yet, but already many businesses are turning their attention to the year ahead. Planning out your objectives and goals for the coming months is a great way […]

OneDrive vs. SharePoint: What’s the Difference?

Understanding the Key Differences Between Microsoft’s OneDrive and SharePoint Applications Microsoft’s collection of software is continually evolving. As it continues to grow, many users are noticing quite a bit of overlap between application capabilities. For business owners, this can be a challenge – especially when trying to decide which apps are worth investing in. Two […]

UBER COMES CLEAN: 2016 Cyber Hack Impacted 57 Million Drivers and Users   

Uber made headlines this week when representatives came forward to disclose that the company had experienced a massive ransomware attack last year. Over a year ago, hackers stole the account information of 57 million drivers and riders and Uber kept the news under wraps ever since paying the $100,000 ransom. The ransom deal was struck […]

Black Friday Deals – Target

Black Friday deals seem like they begin earlier every year. Most of the bigger retailers don’t even wait until Friday to roll out the specials on big-ticket or most wanted items. We are here to offer you some insight into this year’s tech deals. Whether it’s about a new 4K TV or how to get […]

Black Friday Deals – Wal-Mart

Black Friday deals seem like they begin earlier every year. Most of the bigger retailers don’t even wait until Friday to roll out the specials on big-ticket or most wanted items. As your trusted IT company, we are here to offer you some insight into this year’s tech deals. Whether it’s about a new 4K […]

Black Friday Deals – Best Buy

Black Friday deals seem like they begin earlier every year. Most of the bigger retailers don’t even wait until Friday to roll out the specials on big-ticket or most wanted items. We are here to offer you some insight into this year’s tech deals. Whether it’s about a new 4K TV or how to get […]

IT Security’s Secret Weapon

Log Management & Analysis gives you the edge on hidden malware and open security gaps. Keeping security tight in an increasingly digital business environment presents unique challenges for business owners and network administrators. Managing hardware, software, mobile applications and Cloud sharing platforms can make it difficult to maintain an all-compassing security strategy. Businesses across all […]

Making the Switch: Strategies for Switching from Windows PC to Mac

It’s a question that most modern professionals have pondered at one point: which is better, PC or Mac? There’s no clear-cut answer. However, while Windows PC has long been the popular choice among business owners, there is a significant pattern emerging. More and more companies are choosing to make the switch from Microsoft to Apple. […]

Learn More About Microsoft Outlook 2016’s AutoArchive Feature

It’s a thorn in the side of every modern business. Emails seem to come in faster and faster every day. Even when spam and unnecessary communications are moved to the trash can, inboxes are still jam-packed with important attachments, electronic pay stubs, and critical communication histories. When employee inboxes get full, business communication can get […]

How To Manage Your Email  

Learn how to implement the five-folder email system and get rid of email overload.   It’s easy to become a slave to your email inbox. Unless you take control and implement a strategy, those emails can become just an unruly inbox, especially when you’re using email for business. If you’re in a position where a […]

The Cyber Threat of the Future: Anatomy of an Internet of Things (IoT) Attack

Internet of Things (IoT) has been dominating conversations in the tech industry for some time now. The interconnectedness of an IoT network offers streamlining capabilities that are attractive to individuals and businesses alike. Using technology to make life easier – at home or in the office – is a huge plus. However, considerations must be […]

Have you heard of Bad Rabbit?

Get to Know the Fast-Spreading Malware Threat Before It Gets to Know You Earlier this year, a ransomware variant called Petya spread across North America hitting corporate giants like Merck and FedEx. The virus is so serious that some affected companies were faced with the fact that their data was simply not recoverable. In fact, […]

Amazon Doesn’t Want You to Call About Your Password and Other Common Phishing Scams  

The latest Amazon phishing scam is just another illustration of why strong security is important.  Find out more about this scam and how you can protect your business.   Amazon doesn’t want you or your business to call a number, provide a code, and verify your identity, and if you receive an email claiming that […]

Mark My Word:  12 Great Tips for Mastering Microsoft Word

Find great Microsoft Word 2016 tips for better collaboration, text management and photo treatment to get the most out of the program.  Are you looking to leverage all of the best features in the latest release of the popular word processing program Microsoft Word?  Here is a closer look at a few tips and tricks […]

Major Microsoft Office Updates on the Horizon for Late 2018  

Office 2019 is set to become the latest in a long line of one-time license options from Microsoft. Even if you’re not ready to adopt Office 365, this new edition of Office has plenty to get excited about. While there is a great deal of discussion in the technology community around Microsoft Office 365 and […]

Happy Birthday Microsoft Word

Since the 90’s, Microsoft Word has become the standard that every student learns in order to create basic documents, fliers, invitations and more.   There is nothing more standard and boring on a computer than Microsoft Word, but whatever would we do without it?  If you’ve ever bought a new computer, you may know the […]

6 Lessons Small Business Leaders Should Learn From the Equifax Data Breach  

The Six Lessons Your Small Business Should Learn After the Equifax Data Breach The most stunning business news in the last month has to come from articles about the Equifax data breach. The company estimated that this cybercrime impacted at least 143 million individuals. This news may also seem worse than other high-profile security problems […]

Rash Of Phishing Scams Targeting Online Accounting Users Has Cybersecurity Experts’ Attention

A series of online accounting-specific scams popped up in recent months, prompting cybersecurity experts to take notice. Late August saw a series of very similar phishing scams make a brief appearance in the inboxes of online accounting software consumers. By spoofing well-known online accounting software companies, these phishing scams have targeted a large number of […]

Do You Use WordPress? Watch the “Backdoor!”  

WordPress may be one of the world’s most popular content management platforms, but its plugins open up a Backdoor Vulnerability. WordPress is one of the most popular CMS (Customer Management Software) platforms of all time, and for good reason. The overall ease of use and administration appeals to individuals, bloggers and small businesses.  Plus, it’s […]

LinkedIn InMail Hit with Malicious Phishing Attacks  

LinkedIn has a few new problems with the recent hack of their paid InMail service. Users beware: links within the popular networking site may be malicious. Learn more and protect yourself from this recent threat.   LinkedIn is known as one of the most popular social networking sites in the world, but right now it’s […]

Are You an Email Expert?

Do people respond to your emails? YES – You probably do 5 key things. NO – You could do 5 key things. Subject Line: Add “Response Needed” at the end of the subject line. Greeting: Make it positive and personalized to set the email tone and indicate this isn’t a mass email. Call to Action: Tell the […]

National Disaster Preparedness Month Is Here…Are You Prepared?

It’s National Disaster Preparedness Month: Is Your Small Business Prepared for the Worst? September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, and it’s never been timelier. Whether you face the risk of hurricanes, fires, floods or theft, it’s important for even the smallest business to consider that the worst may happen. But, let’s focus on the “preparedness” […]

The Small-Business Guide for Data Backup

What’s the best way to back up your data?  You have a number of choices.    As a business owner or manager, you must carefully examine how to back up data to ensure it’s secure in the event of a disaster or hacking event.  The solutions you used even a few years ago, may be […]

Want Your Business to Succeed?

Promote Collaboration. Collaboration is and will always be one of the cornerstones of a business’ success. Despite this, many workers believe their organization doesn’t promote collaboration. Do you? As a small business owner, one of the most powerful tools you have is your workforce. This has less to do with individuals and more to do […]

Is Windows10 Risking Your Privacy?  

There are some changes coming you should know about. Though Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system was received better than its predecessors (especially Windows 8), it’s still generated a fair amount of criticism—the worst? —that it lacks privacy. Issues began even before people started using the new operating system, including with those who felt that they […]

How to Get the Most from Apple’s iCloud Storage.  

Cloud-based storage options are in high demand in today’s media-heavy world. Are you taking full advantage of all that Apple’s iCloud has to offer?   Cloud storage is one of the most exciting new developments in technology. It provides you with the ability to access files and information when, where and how you’d like. However, […]

Thinking about adding remote workers to your team?

4 Problems with Remote Working and 4 Ways to Overcome Them I love the idea of working remotely. It’s a convenient solution for a variety of personal issues, ranging from lack of transportation to reduced physical mobility. And hiring remote workers is good for business.  Studies show that remote workers are more productive, and it […]

The Data Theft You Never Hear About  

Cybercriminals are constantly searching for vulnerabilities that allow them to steal data from your organization. And, the true scale of this will shock you. Cybersecurity is a hot topic in technology circles, and for a very good reason. As it turns out, 2016 was a banner year for cybercriminals, with over 4 billion records stolen […]

Write “Killer Content” for Your Website—7 Tips

“Content is king.” This is an old expression dating back to 1996 (ancient history where the Internet is concerned).  This point was repeated in an article by Bill Gates. Gates tells us where he believes the Internet is heading, and stressed the importance of using quality content in posts. He predicted that content creation would […]

Situations Where You Should Use a Wired Connection Instead of Wireless.

A wireless connection is desirable for many businesses as employees depend more on mobile devices to work on the go. However, plugging in the old Ethernet cable manually still has its advantages, especially when your business handles confidential data. When you set up your data system, new machines, or upgrade your technology, it’s necessary to know when […]

Run Better Email Campaigns With Microsoft Connections

Not happy with your online marketing results? Maybe Microsoft Connections can put your small business on the fast track to online marketing success. I am sure you have heard it said before, but you may have doubted the truth behind the statement. So let me tell you one more time, and this time you better […]

Outlook Gets a Redesign on iOS and Android

Outlook has been redesigned to take advantage of the capabilities of mobile platforms, with new features introduced for iOS and Android smartphones and devices.   Depending on audience and demographic, 20% to 75% of emails will be opened by mobile users. It’s understandable that Microsoft is now focusing on iOS and Android platforms for Outlook upgrades […]

Lack of Broadband Access in Rural America

Living in rural American often means lack of Internet access. Is it possible to get broadband in the country? What’s happening to fix the rural-urban digital divide?   Currently, 34 million Americans don’t have access to broadband. If you’re used to lightning-fast speeds and quick downloads, it may be impossible to even imagine living without […]

Are your Employees Putting your Business at Risk?

What’s your ransomware and phishing risk? If you have employees, you won’t know, unless you test your team to see exactly how they react when faced with a suspicious emai or voicemail.   Ransomware and malware make headlines every day, with massive data losses and high costs. Everyone from the FBI to the IRS issue […]

The Microsoft Planner App Released for Android and iPhone

Microsoft recently unveiled a mobile version of their Planner app. Here is a breakdown of what is contained in the app and what could be expected in future.   Microsoft recently announced their Microsoft Planner app would be available for the Android and the iPhone. People who already have the web Planner app can use […]

Banks and FinTech: Complicated Relationship or Dream Partnership?  

Banks and smaller financial technology firms have a slightly adversarial relationship, but are there ways that they can work together to form a dream team? Financial institutions have a long history of moving slowly when it comes to change, which may be why they are uncomfortable in the face of FinTech firms. The always-on, constant […]

BREAKING NEWS – New Worldwide Ransomware Outbreak Reported

Reports have begun to pour in regarding a new ransomware infection currently wreaking havoc in Russia, Ukraine, France, Spain, and several other countries. This highly sophisticated Russian strain is known as Petya or Petrwrap, and it has been advancing on a scale comparable to the recent WannaCry ransomware infection. However, unlike WannaCry, this strain lacks […]

Everything You Should Know about Microsoft Surface

The Surface Laptop is the latest gadget from Microsoft. It ls already making waves in the market. Here are a few details about it.   In recent years, getting a slick laptop that was both compact and capable means you have to get an Apple product. However, you may now have an alternative thanks to […]

The Top 10 Advantages to Working with an External IT Service Company

An external IT services company may be exactly what small and growing businesses need: Here’s why. Partnering with an external IT services companies brings plenty of benefits, especially for small and mid-sized companies that are grappling with the data challenges of an evolving world: The problem is that many businesses don’t realize that. They are […]

Google’s Chrome Set to Introduce Ad Blocker in 2018

In an effort to reduce the intrusive and annoying nature of such ads, Google has announced that their new browser version will feature an automatic ad blocker. Consider the vast amounts of information, communication, and entertainment, which is funneled through the Internet daily. How often are you part of this stream and how often is […]

Don’t Be A Victim Of Fake Malware Protection Apps On The Google Play Store

Don’t be fooled by the fake apps popping up on the Google Play store that falsely claim to protect you from ransomware. Recently, many Android device users were confronted with a barrage of fake apps in the Google Play store that claimed to protect against the WannaCry ransomware that has affected tens of thousands of […]

Happy World Environment Day Everyone

Undeniable Link Between Strategic Tech Implementation and Sustainable Business Practices Now more than ever, business professionals in every industry are looking for the most sustainable and cost-efficient ways to reduce their environmental impact and drive sustainability. In an increasingly fast-paced and digital-based business environment, technology is playing a larger role in the effort to develop […]

Memorial Day – Reflecting On Sacrifice

Memorial Day has been observed on the final Monday in May each year since 1971, but this occasion traces its roots back much farther in our country’s history. Originally known as Decoration Day, this day was first established during the Civil War in 1862 and was marked by loved ones decorating the graves of those […]

The Best Windows Apps for Your Business (That Can Also Save Space)  

Want more productivity on Windows? Check out these highly integrated apps. Windows 10 works best when you have the right apps that take advantage of its integration with Microsoft services as well as other software. This is particularly the case of apps that take critical business services that you depend on and replace them with […]

WannaCry Ransomware: How it Started and Where it Stands Now

WannaCry may be beaten, but here’s why the ransomware can still be dangerous. WannaCry is an infamous example of how dangerous ransomware can be in the modern world. Almost overnight, this cyber attack hit computers around the world and managed to infect 300,000 computers in more than 150 countries before going back to the benches […]

9 Tips To Stop Wanna Cry Ransomware

What to do when you WannaCry – 9 Steps to Fight Ransomware Now The WannaCry ransomware has swept the globe – affecting more than 200,000 computers in at least 150 countries. Nothing is certain, but it looks like it is the work of a rogue state trying to cause global instability and gather cash to […]

It’s Not Even Close to Over… Wanna Cry?

In case you have been living in a cave the past three days… Wanna Cry is a ransomware that spreads like wildfire by leveraging a Windows SMB exploit to remotely access and infect computers running on unpatched or unsupported versions of Windows. It infects the targeted computer then moves on to others on the network […]

Microsoft Teams Tips and Tricks

Microsoft Teams is a chat-based work hub destined to change the way you communicate with team members. Follow these tips and tricks to make the most of your Office 365 experience. The goal of Office 365 developers is not only to make better productivity applications, but they also want to allow for a more collaborative […]

You Need To Know About This Great Application

Microsoft Teams is the chat tool your business needs. Microsoft “Teams” is one of the many ways that Microsoft is improving the Office 365 experience with. This communication tool could revolutionize the ways that your employees talk with each other – but we understand that adopting yet another tool may not sound especially attractive in […]

Top 10 Tips for Improving Office Communication Skills

Becoming a master communicator in the workplace will improve overall performance and efficiency of your team members. Excellent communication skills take time to develop but can be a learned skill. Workplace communication skills are highly valued but are often found to be lacking. According to a 2016 survey from the IT firm Comparably, 52 percent […]

From Telegraphs to USENET and How to Protect Yourself from Spam

When someone thinks of spam they typically think of unsolicited bulk commercial email they receive in their inbox. However, the concept of spam started a little earlier than you might think. How far back? How does 1864 sound? Spam in 1864 you say? Yes, in the form of a telegraph, advertising a local dentistry actually. […]

Wisdom Wednesday: Taking and Printing Screenshots on Windows 10

Need a fast Windows screenshot? We’ll show you how to do it! Do you need to take a quick Windows screenshot for work or fun, but can’t figure out how to do it? Don’t worry: Our guide will show you just how it’s done. Copy the Screen for Posts Traditionally, the “Print Screen” option is […]

The Real Benefit of Cryptocurrencies: Revolutionizing How Financial Transactions Can Work

Cryptocurrencies and blockchains are changing the way we protect our data. Here’s why that’s exciting! If you’ve read about Bitcoin or other digital currencies out there, then you know what a cryptocurrency is. Cryptocurrencies only work because the details of the currency are heavily protected – and that’s great news for the rest of use […]

The 7 Metrics Your Marketing Team Needs to Measure for Success

Is your marketing team measuring these important metrics? Here’s why this data is so valuable. Marketing departments, take note! Your business needs to look at these key data metrics when making marketing content decisions: Here’s why they’re so important – and why they may not be what you think. 1. Conversion Rates (Particularly for Online […]

6 Things To Understand About a New Massachusetts State Service Tax

A new service tax is possible in MA – what does this mean for service businesses and customers? Any new statewide tax is sure to have an impact business: That’s why, when Massachusetts again considers a new service tax, it’s bound to raise some curiosity and concerns. As the service tax conversation enters the political […]

I Want Highly Informative Excel Spreadsheets

If you are giving a presentation and part of it involves a shared display or handouts of a spreadsheet what can you do to keep the group awake? Let’s face it, Microsoft Excel is an excellent tool for organizing and manipulating statistical data, but when sharing your spreadsheet with others, your spreadsheet has to be […]

Wisdom Wednesday: Master Snapchat In Your Business

When it comes to social media marketing, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are no longer enough. Get an edge over your competition by mastering Snapchat now! Since all but taking over online communication, social media has become a viable business tool as well. Social media is easy and affordable to use, and it allows access to […]

Does Your Information Technology Investments Help Your Marketing Departments?

By choosing the right analytics, conversion optimization, and search engine marketing technologies, marketing departments can more effectively reach new customers. Every marketing department strives to achieve three primary goals. Engage with existing customers. Improve brand awareness, while simultaneously increasing conversion rates on campaigns. Reach new customers. Fortunately for marketing departments everywhere, certain technologies can help […]

March 31 Is World Backup Day

To remain in business, stay competitive, and keep yourself and your company safe from a data loss disaster, there is a relatively standardized checklist that should be followed if you expect to survive the oft-treacherous contemporary conditions of business computing and Web connectivity. Here are 10 things you should have on your data network disaster […]

Wisdom Wednesday: The Hidden Costs Of Malware

Ransomware is malware that either freezes your computer or locks it so you cannot access data and programs that your company normally uses. The criminal that is holding your system hostage, demands a ransom that is usually paid in Bitcoin. Imagine opening your business one morning, turning your computer on and reading a message that […]

No Password Required: How Hackers Continue Getting Important Information

Hackers can gain sensitive data through a flaw in the Windows operating system, gaining access to accounts even without a password. Hackers provide great insight into how Windows user sessions can be taken over and the information within the session easily accessed. While passwords can be reset for users by administrators, but it’s also possible […]

Complex Passwords Strengthen Company Networks

The passwords you choose and how you protect them will have an enormous impact on the security of your business and network; here’s how to protect your business. The risk of a breach or data theft is a major concern for most companies – and individuals, too. Why make it easy for the hackers by […]

Flashback Friday: Still Using 1995 Internet Technologies

The internet has changed over the years, but people remain the same. See what’s different, what’s similar and how the past can define the future. There’s a famous clip from The Today Show in 1994 where the hosts try to figure out what the internet is. Millennials watch it and giggle as the stars puzzle […]

Wisdom Wednesday: 4 Features to Send Your Business Website to the Top of Google’s Rankings

Because Google always changes the algorithm that it uses to determine search engine rankings, your business’ website needs to stay on top of the current key features that can help move it to the top of Google’s search results. Many companies approach search engine optimization as a one-time challenge; once you have set up your […]

Put A Little SWAY Into Your Business

When you need to create dynamic content for your business, Sway is a great app from Office 365 that allows you to build professional presentations in minutes. When you run a small business, the need to present your business in a professional manner is still important. When you need an Office 365 technology that allows […]

20 Years of Viruses, Bugs and Computer Scams

There are viruses that can be implanted on a computer in 2017, and lie in wait until a network becomes vulnerable before attacking. Unfortunately, viruses have come a long way from 20 years ago. The term virus was coined early on in computer history, but it’s every bit as relevant today as it was then. […]

Wisdom Wednesday: How to Avoid Computer System Infection

Criminals want your company’s financial data, customer lists including credit card information, intellectual property, and anything else they can sell. Cyber crime is a huge endeavor with severe consequences for organizations that are victimized. Criminals want your company’s financial data, customer lists including credit card information, intellectual property, and anything else they can sell. Besides […]

Proud To Be A Mentor

From the desk of Acapella Technologies President and Founder Matt Mercier: One of the many privileges I enjoy in my business life is the ability to “pay it forward” to the CEOs of other companies. One such opportunity is provided to me by Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll), an incubator/accelerator in Lowell and Lawrence. This is […]

How Proactive Networking Enhances Your Security

A look at how proactive networking enhances your business security When it comes to improving the security of your business, a proactive network is definitely the answer. As many believe that preventive maintenance and ensuring system uptime should remain the focus of your efforts, the most important part of guaranteeing uptime making sure that the […]

The Worst Password Mistakes that Compromise Security

Broadcasting your password on national television may be the easiest way to invite hackers, but common password mistakes make it almost as easy for your data security to be compromised. Password safety may not be one of the most interesting topics in the realm of cybersecurity, but having a strong password is one of the […]

How to Keep Your Website Safe

A web site is a major asset for your business. So, it makes sound business sense for it to be protected from hackers who don’t have your business’ best interests in mind. Startup companies and small and medium-sized businesses depend on their websites to promote their brand, bring potential customers/clients into the sales funnel, keep […]

Wisdom Wednesday: The Importance of Training Your Employees to Spot Spoofed Emails

The number of security issues and malware risks that your company must contend with continues to grow every year, but one of the most potentially devastating threats that your business faces is surprisingly low-tech in nature. Spoofed emails don’t rely on complex ransomware or sophisticated keystroke loggers. Instead, your company’s bank account and sensitive information […]

Hotel’s Ransomware Attack Demonstrates the Diversity of This Malware Threat

Businesses of all sizes and types are facing an increased threat of costly ransomware attacks, as illustrated by a recent series of attacks on an Austrian luxury hotel. In the past few years, ransomware has risen to prominence as one of the biggest malware threats facing consumers. The cybercriminals behind these ransomware attacks, however, have […]

Meet Our Technician – Alex Tretiakov

Alex Tretiakov has been with Acapella Technologies for just under a year. His favorite part of working with us is the challenge of taking on something new every day. Alex genuinely loves working with computers, his fantastic coworkers, and especially Acapella Technologies’ amazing clients. It’s the clients that truly make the job worthwhile. The one electronic device Alex could […]

Top Tips for Selecting a Data Center

When a business’ computer needs outgrow the space at your location, your business has two choices: Choice 1- build a new data center; Choice 2 – lease space at a data center. When a business’ computer needs outgrow the space at its onsite location, your business has two choices: Option 1– build a new data […]

How to Assess Your Power Distribution Needs in a Data Center

The lifeblood of a data center is the power it has and the power available for expansion – without electric power, a data center is useless. The data center that is just opening looks beautiful. It is immaculate, equipment gleams, and racks of equipment fill the data center floors. Servers that move faster than lightning […]

Can Your Business Benefit from the New HP Elite x3?

HP’s new Elite x3 purports to offer all the computing power of a laptop in a smartphone case, but can it work for your business? Finding a computing solution that allows your employees to carry out all their work functions on the go is an issue for many small business owners. For employees who need […]

Wisdom Wednesday: Sifting Through Spam: Understanding The Dangers Of Junk Mail

Every day, businesses and individuals send over 205 billion emails all over the world. Though many of these messages contain valuable information, a large portion of them are spam. Receiving or sending spam exposes your business to a variety of risks, including: Ruined Reputations Many firms are unaware that their email accounts have been compromised, […]

Technology Spotlight – Smart Office Wi-Fi Practices

Wireless technology is as common as computers themselves in any business’ IT infrastructure these days. We rely on Wi-Fi not just for convenience, but remote connectivity and productivity. And for as much of an asset as wireless technology is, it’s also notoriously insecure in its default state. A state many small businesses tend to leave […]

The Importance of Being Prepared for Tax Season

Preparing your small business for tax season by updating your financial software and accounting procedures is critical for meeting all of tax season’s deadlines. All business owners and accounting employees know that the first months of the year are packed with important tax deadlines: January 31 for W2s, March 15 for corporate taxes and April 15 […]

Embracing How Technology Affects the Culture of Work

Legal workplace cultures must change to embrace technology for efficiency, increased competitiveness, attract and retaining clients, and recruit and retain excellent people. Leaders of legal firms should change their workplace culture to embrace technology. Enlightened law firm managing partners and the law firm executives understand that fostering a work culture embracing technology increases productivity and […]

What’s On The Horizon: Possible Cybercrime Attacks for 2017

A look at the possible cybercrime attacks for 2017 As technology becomes more important in our daily life, it only opens up more doors for cybercrime attacks to happen. With a myriad of cyber attacks becoming common every day, it’s important to identify what is looking to become a threat in 2017. Thankfully, we’re going […]

Weekly Tech Tip: Require employees to use strong passwords (length counts more than complexity)

Consider implementing multifactor authentication that requires additional information beyond a password to gain entry. Check with your vendors that handle sensitive data, especially financial institutions, to see if they offer multifactor authentication for your account.

Weekly Tech Tip: Create a mobile device action plan

Mobile devices can create significant security and management challenges, especially if they hold confidential information or can access the corporate network. Require users to password protect their devices, encrypt their data, and install security apps to prevent criminals from stealing information while the phone is on public networks. Be sure to set reporting procedures for […]

The Founders Academy Public Charter School

Founded in 2014, The Founders Academy is a free public charter school for grades 6-12 located at 5 Perimeter Road in Manchester. In the fall of 2017, the school will offer grades 6-11. The school’s mission focuses on the virtues of the Founding Fathers; leadership, character building, and liberty. The school provides a challenging and […]

International Fun at Work Day: Ways to Bring the Fun to Work

On January 27th, everyone is encouraged to bring more fun into the office because of Fun at Work Day. However, when used correctly, IT can keep the fun coming all year long. Read more on how you can do that here. Every now and then, you need to relax a bit at work. The perfect […]

Weekly Tech Tip: Control physical access to computers and network components

Prevent access or use of business computers by unauthorized individuals. Laptops can be particularly easy targets for theft or can be lost, so lock them up when unattended. Make sure a separate user account is created for each employee and require strong passwords. Administrative privileges should only be given to trusted IT staff and key […]

Employee Spotlight – Welcome Back Kurt!

After a brief sabbatical from January to August of 2016, Acapella was thrilled to welcome Kurt back to the team. Before his sabbatical, Kurt had been with Acapella for more than 6 years. His favorite part of working at Acapella is making people feel comfortable with their technology. Helping clients to accept that they don’t need […]

The Secret to Real Change in 2017

Getting Organized By Outsmarting Your Brain Right about now, many people are busy resolving to make this the best year ever. Some, however, think that New Year’s Resolutions are a lot of hot air. Most of the time, they are right. Human beings often live on the island of Good Intention. We mean to lose […]

Benefits of Patch Management As Part Of Managed IT Services

Cyber attacks and data breaches damage productivity, revenue, and reputation. Consider patch management and managed IT services to avoid security issues. For an increasing number of companies, IT processes compose the infrastructure of their business. This IT framework allows for streamlining day to day operations, maximizing productivity, cutting costs, and ultimately increasing profits. As this […]

Wisdom Wednesday: Out Of Office In Microsoft Outlook

How Do I Set My Out Of Office In Microsoft Outlook To Only Send From One Date To Another? In Outlook, click on File, Info then select Automatic Replies (Out of Office). Click on Send Automatic Replies and check the Only send during this time range check box. Specify a start and end time for […]

Weekly Tech Tip: Make backup copies of important business data and information

Regularly backup the data on all computers. Critical data includes word processing documents, electronic spreadsheets, databases, financial files, human resources files, and accounts receivable/payable files. Backup data automatically if possible, or at least weekly, and store the copies either offsite or on the cloud.

Having Trouble Keeping Up With Your New Years Resolution?

January 17th is ditched your New Year’s resolution day, but if your resolution is centered around your business, you need to try to maintain it. We all set out with such great intentions at the beginning of the year. After all, it is a new year and a time to essentially hit the reset button. […]

Technology Spotlight – The Ransomware Threat

As with any infection or intrusion, ransomware gains access to your systems by disguising itself as something innocuous, like an email attachment or embedded link. One of the biggest reasons ransomware remains at the top of the cyber threat watch list is that it has a very high success rate for hackers. Most ransomware infections […]

Wisdom Wednesday: Twelve Shortcuts Saving Maximum Time Using Microsoft Outlook

The latest version of Microsoft Outlook is designed to be a personal information manager, not just email. Learn the shortcut tricks and a user can become a power communicator very quickly.   While many wish there might be another choice, it is unlikely that Microsoft Outlook as a user interface is going to go away […]

How to Pitch Winning Presentations with PowerPoint

Are you making the most of Microsoft PowerPoint for your business pitches? Consider these 7 key areas to help take your pitches to the next level. The art of the pitch is crucial to entrepreneurs, business owners, and salespeople. Pitch effectiveness can mean the difference between a winning product or service – or one that […]

The Email Cloud Server is No Longer a Big Fall to the Ground

Today’s cloud email resources are far more robust, secure and professional than before. Companies worried about security should give the cloud a second look for email support. A number of industry reports have noted that company migrations to cloud email platforms have picked up steam at an exponential level. Now that the IT networking format […]

7 Key Questions to Ask Your Next Managed IT Services Provider

Finding the ideal Managed IT Services Provider starts with being fully informed about who you’ll be working with. Asking these 7 key questions can help. Is it time for your company to hire a new Managed IT Services Provider? This is an important decision that could make all the difference in the efficiency and security […]

Skype Delivers Reliable Business Meeting Solutions

Skype offers a multitude of reliable business meeting solutions for the established and growing company. On average 11 million meetings are held in U.S. workplaces throughout the year. In fact, the typical employee will attend approximately 60 meetings per month. As business meetings seem to become a part of our daily work lives, many business […]

Happy New Year Everyone!

Wow, 2016 is done already!  Where did the time go?  We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone as safe and happy new year this weekend.  See you all in 2017.

Tips for Safe Downloading at Work

Hackers are looking for any way to gain access to devices and if you download files and data a lot as part of your work, you should know what to look out for. For many individuals, downloading things from the Internet as well as sharing files is part of their every day tasks. If this […]

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Best wishes for a happy holiday season and our sincere thanks for your loyalty and goodwill throughout the year.

Weekly Tech Tip: Educate employees about cyberthreats and hold them accountable

Educate your employees about online threats and how to protect your business’s data, including safe use of social networking sites.  Depending on the nature of your business, employees might be introducing competitors to sensitive details about your firm’s internal business. Employees should be informed about how to post online in a way that does not […]

“Want to win…”

Optimizing your technology for success in business won’t happen by accident. Achieving an efficient and effective IT environment requires time, expertise, structure and a proven strategy tailored to your needs, all of which you can get from our IT Experts.

Challenges in Starting and Building a Business

A great many books have been written about this subject matter by people much more adept than me. With that said, I offer in a single blog post a few of the things that are most present in my thoughts today based upon what I’ve been reading, and on some mentoring work I’ve been doing […]

Customer Spotlight – Manchester Historic Association

Acapella Technologies is proud to serve all of our customers, and we are especially proud of the non-profit organizations that work so hard to make our communities better. The Manchester Historic Association is just such an organization. Simply stated, the mission of the Manchester Historic Association is to collect, preserve, and share Manchester’s history. And […]

Christmas Tree Safety: Fire Prevention Tactics

Christmas is a holiday that allows one to truly express how they feel about the season, but many tend to overlook safety when it comes to decorating their home. Christmas trees are an excellent example, as many forget the responsibility that comes along with having a tree covered with lights and decorations. Being responsible for […]

We’re Opening The Hood On The New Windows 10

Windows 10 is a great operating system and Microsoft is not done making it better just yet. This year, we have all of the details on the updates to the system that you have been waiting for. If you have kept up with all of the updates with Windows, then you probably already love Windows […]

The Difference Between a Smart Firewall and a Regular Firewall is an Important One

When it comes to having reliable network security in place, installing a firewall is one of the basic steps you can take to protect your business from hackers and malware intrusions. A firewall is simply a hardware device or software program that acts as a barrier between your systems and network, and the Internet. By […]

Rating Cloud vs. On-Premise Data Backup

There’s a lot of debate going on right now about which type of data backup works better – cloud or on-premise – but there is no questioning data backup’s critical importance to any IT network. Backup and disaster recovery is crucial in the event that your organization experiences a data loss disaster. Yet, there’s some […]

New Ransomware Warning: Popcorn Time

New Popcorn Time Ransomware Demands Cash Unless Infected User Agrees to Spread the Virus to Friends We’re Urging Local Individuals and Businesses to be Informed about Latest and Most Sophisticated Cyber Scam The need for cyber security has been on the radar and in the playbooks of serious companies and their executives for some years. […]

Why a Small Business Needs a Reliable Managed Services Solution

There are many reasons why small businesses need a reliable managed services solution. From assuring compliance and cybersecurity to increasing overall IT network performance with regularity and continuous support, a managed services provider (MSP) makes all the difference to computer-networked organizations. Below, we’ve named some of the main reasons you will want to have a […]

How Ransomware Attacks are Getting More Personal

Using the standard tactics to protect yourself from cyber attackers may not be enough anymore. Learn about how they are personalizing attacks in our latest post. It is no secret that ransomware attacks are on the rise but you may not know that the actual attacks are getting more personal than they ever have before. […]

Employee Spotlight – Rachel

Rachel has been part of the Acapella team for almost a year. Her favorite part of working for Acapella is the culture of personal and professional growth the company has become known for, and the balance that a virtual company provides. As a child, Rachel dreamed of being a writer. The fictional character she relates […]

Why it is Time to Stop Blaming Employees for Phishing Scams

Phishing scams are becoming harder to detect and that is just one reason why it is time to stop blaming employees for them. For several years now, employees have been blamed for falling victim to various phishing attacks. Time has come, however, to stop placing the blame on them and start considering better forms of […]

There Is Still Time To Make The Most Of Section 179!

In late 2015, Congress passed and signed the PATH Act, which had the added bonus of increasing the Section 179 deduction cap to $500,000 for 2016. And as this deduction – which allows you to write off the full cost of technology purchases – is only available to businesses whose total technology purchases for the […]

How To Turn Off Pop-up Ads in Microsoft Office 365

Pop-up ads annoy pretty much everyone and Microsoft has started spamming their current users with ads that are irrelevant or are impossible to remove. Fortunately, there is a way to fix it. All you have to do to remove the pop-up ads is follow the steps in this guide. Something that most people find annoying, […]

How to Develop Your Long Term Cloud Strategy

Using the cloud for your business has a great benefit but if you do not have a long term strategy, you should consider creating one. Having a long term strategy will help you grow over time and set yourself up for success using the cloud in the future. With cloud usage increasing in both personal […]

Taking Advantage of Section 179 Benefits for Businesses

Getting a tax break for purchasing equipment is a reality. You can learn more about Section 179 and how it can benefit your business here. There are many different kinds of tax codes that can help benefit your business in a big way. Taking advantage of these tax codes allows you to get more money […]

Ransoc: Ransomware that Blackmails

Ransoc is ransomware that searches the victim’s drive for social media profiles and files that may be illegal or embarrassing. It locks up the computer and threatens the user with fines and prison, demanding a credit card payment. A new form of ransomware hits its victims with a new and nasty twist. Unlike the best-known […]

How to Write and Establish a Proper Business Continuity Plan

Though we never know when disaster will strike, we can adequately plan for one. Even with some amount of lead time, however, many things can go wrong. Each incident is unique and unfolds in unexpected ways. This is where having a truly effective business continuity plan in place matters. To make sure your organization has […]

How Often Do You Need To Replace Your Business’ Desktop Computers?

Updating or upgrading your business’ technology can be an expensive endeavor. Making the most of your IT budget requires planning out your purchases carefully, and making sure that your hardware is at the end of its lifecycle before you invest in a replacement. The tricky part of this can be determining what the typical lifecycle […]

A Guide to Customer Communication Management Compliance Integration and Innovation

Compliance is a component of business that no one wants to contend with, but it requires examination anyway. It’s perhaps why it’s getting such a nasty reputation: so many businesses and organizations fail to give it the proper attention, which it then gets short shrift, and then ends up becoming a costly issue in a […]

What is Customer Communication Management?

As a key component under the aegis of the Customer Experience, Customer Communications Management, or CCM, is a way for enterprises to create, manage, and deliver customer communications across multiple computer-networked channels, which ensures a consistent, personalized customer experience. As is easily guessed, it lies in the same spectrum with Customer Relationship Management (CRM), which […]

Guest Blog: Children’s Scholarship Fund New Hampshire

Alice Tuson needed to find a new school for her son. “Even in Kindergarten, Thomas was beyond accelerated, and as he got older, the teachers found it difficult to accommodate his educational needs. Although the teachers at his local school tried, the curriculum emphasizing standardized testing didn’t allow for rigorous academic or individualized learning. His […]

Client Spotlight – World Academy

World Academy is a private, independent, NAEYC and NEASC accredited Middle School, Elementary School, Early Childhood Program and Summer Camp that serves approximately 500 families with comprehensive, in-depth, and culturally diverse curricula and experiences. Located in South Nashua, it encompasses a 55,000 square foot facility on a six acre campus with two in-ground pools, four […]

As Email Security Solutions Go, Spam is a Different Kettle of Fish

It has a history of frustrating both email security solutions experts and end-users alike with its wily-ness and adaptability to changing anti-spam measures through the years. But, where does spam proliferation stand in today’s security assessment? It’s still as problematic as ever, with up to half the world’s email being reported as spam, but with […]

Get Enhanced Security with Windows Server 2016

With security standing as the number one problem in computer networking, Windows Server 2016 steps to the plate with an OS platform that promises much deeper safeguarding of data and communication, and defenses against malicious cyber attacks and breaches. The new Windows Server enhances the security of virtual machines, applications, and data with better protection […]

Why Don’t Enough Businesses Take Computer Security Seriously?

It’s hard to say exactly why so many businesses fail to take computer security seriously. There are many factors in play, such as the false feeling of security many Mac users have felt over the years, thinking they were more secure than PC and Windows users by default. But, the most common reason for the […]

How At-Risk is Your Corporate Computer Network Via Unprotected Devices?

When was the last time you performed a risk assessment of your computer network? Or evaluated the security of your personal, networked devices? An analysis of more than 212,000 Cisco networking devices at 350 organizations across North America found that 73 percent of businesses have end-of-life devices (those no longer being sold or supported) operating […]

On the Apple Update Regarding the Security Content of iOS 10.1

Apple released a statement regarding the security content of iOS 10.1 on October 24 which breaks down the various security-flaw patches relating to Apple iOS 10 facets and apps the platform contains or works with.  The statement centers on Apple security updates and references the iPhone, iPad, or iPod versions the patches are available for, […]

Don’t Upgrade Your Device to iOS 10 if Your VPN connection Preference is PPTP

Don’t upgrade your mobile device to Apple iOS 10 just yet if you prefer PPTP connections for VPN. Apple iOS 10 does not support PPTP VPN connections nor will the pass-through work whilst tethering off a phone. This is the VPN method many use to access their systems externally, especially for Windows users, so for […]

Guest Blog: Why Leaders Need Leadership Training

You are a leader. You may hold a titled leadership position, such as Supervisor, Manager, HR Director, or CEO. But regardless of your title, a leader has an entrepreneurial spirit and is a visionary. They are laser focused and do things with clarity.They have the mindset to get things done efficiently in a timely manner. […]

What Is Your Backup and Recovery Policy?

These days, most of your business likely exists in a purely digital format. The software, applications, and data that make up the bulk of your daily tasks and interactions with clients are created and stored on computers and servers. This offers a level of organization and ease of access that lets your staff work efficiently, […]

New Ransomware Strain Posts Your Personal Information Online

Last month a new ransomware strain appeared called “Cry” or “CryLocker,” which uses PNG, or Portable Network Graphic image files to record target users’ information such as the encrypted files themselves, as well as their location, and then uploads an image of this data to an album on image-sharing sites such as Imgur.com. CryLocker was […]

Employee Spotlight: Tina Lemay

Tina Lemay is Acapella’s brilliant and talented Operations Manager. Tina joined our team a year and a half ago. When asked about her favorite part of working for Acapella, her response was the supportive and genuine family atmosphere the team has built under the guidance of owner Matt Mercier, and Acapella’s amazing customers. When Tina […]

A Quick Guide to Connecting to SharePoint Online

Configuring a mapped network drive to connect to SharePoint Online is a quick and easy way to use Windows Explorer to drag files into libraries, create folders, move and copy files, and delete multiple files at the same time. There are a few steps you’ll need to go through to get SharePoint set up, and […]

Ransomware Causing a Rethinking of Disaster Recovery Importance

Many companies are having to re-think their disaster recovery strategies due mainly to the recent spike in ransomware attacks, but also because of malware infection in general. With ransomware sneaking into more IT systems than ever before, and at such an alarming rate, organizations and enterprises are having to put cybersecurity and disaster recovery on […]

Security Report: Is Your IT Partner Doing All They Can to Keep You Safe?

When you speak to your IT partner, security is generally one of the first topics that will come up. And with good reason. If your business isn’t properly protected against outside threats, you stand to lose everything. Downtime doesn’t just result in a momentary loss of productivity; it often leads to a snowball effect that […]

A Complex and Confusing Security Marketplace May Be Putting Your Business At a Disadvantage

The IT security industry has been forced to adopt a reactive stance when it comes to the latest threats. Security vendors are constantly rushing to develop, test, and deploy new products in response to the most recent problem. And while they are succeeding, not everyone reaps the same benefits. Large businesses and corporations have several […]

Yahoo Data Theft Good Reason to Regularly Change Passwords

In case you needed another reason for regularly changing your passwords, the recently-uncovered Yahoo hack of 500 million accounts is probably the reason of the decade so far. The hack and subsequent data theft involving half a billion Yahoo accounts is the largest of its kind – ever. Granted, it is Yahoo, where most people […]

How to Stop Facebook from Listening to You Through Your Phone

Although empirical evidence that Facebook is listening to its users through the microphone settings available on smartphone apps for the social media Leviathan doesn’t officially exist, many still believe that Facebook is eavesdropping for whatever covert reasons they can imagine. Facebook denies the illegal listening rumors in a post (on one of their own domains) […]

Cloud Security Risks Mostly Come from Employees

With the many companies and organizations moving a majority of their data networks to the cloud, there is an oft-overlooked and underestimated danger in the midst of the current exodus to cloud computing: risk of cyber security breach from within. And, while it’s not something CEOs or other executives want to face when busy with […]

Constant Analysis of Your Network Security Performance is Crucial to Preventing Attacks

Being able to identify and anticipate network security flaws is a critical part of IT “hygiene,” and should be performed on an ongoing basis by experts. Not doing this is a big reason why we are seeing more and more cyberattacks and data breaches. So-called “zero-day” exploits or cyber breaches occur because companies and organizations […]

What’s the Best Cloud Migration and Hosting Strategy?

Anyone with any IT network to speak of is moving to the cloud these days. But, the saying “haste makes waste” needs to be heeded when considering the rush to cloud migration and hosting services for your company’s data network. You’ll want to weigh and consider all the ins and outs of cloud hosting and […]

5 Ways to Make the Most of Employee Social Media Time

A June 2016 survey conducted by Pew Research Center showed that 77% of the 2,003 surveyed American workers reported that despite workplace policies limiting or prohibiting social media use, they still got on social media while at work anyway. 77 percent. It’s apparent that despite pervasive and prohibitive rules on social media in the workplace, […]

Fight Malware Videos by Installing Anti-Exploit Security Measures

Hackers have branched out into a new scheme which mimics the URLs of certain videos and ads, getting you to click on them, and then re-directing you to malware-installing pages. Malware, or “malvertising” poses its largest risk at the “zero-day” point, where hackers are able to blindside most individuals, businesses, and even some security companies […]

Benefits Of “The Cloud”

Examining the Many Benefits of Cloud Computing for Businesses It has been all the rage in recent years for business networks to migrate, in whole or in part, to cloud-based computing services. And for good reason – businesses utilizing cloud services gain a number of benefits, not the least of which is cost-cutting via the […]

Why You Need to Update Your iPhone Now

As of August 25, Apple issued a “critical iOS update” designed to patch multiple zero-day security vulnerabilities which could conceivably allow a cyber attacker full control of any iPhone remotely “simply by clicking a link,” as “Digital Goddess” Kim Komando put it in her update on this subject on August 26. For those not aware […]

Windows 10 Update Questions?

What To Expect From The Windows 10 Anniversary Update In the beginning of August, Microsoft announced that it would launch an entirely new version of its Windows 10 operating system. As many users will attest to, the previous version of the system was riddled with inconsistencies, errors, and security flaws that caused companies to question […]

RMM Support and You: Keeping One Eye On Your Technology

In today’s modern environment, businesses are more dependent on technology than they have been at any point in history. These days, it isn’t enough to just make sure that everything is configured properly or that all of your devices are all communicating with one another. You need to be able to gain valuable insight into […]

5 Reasons Why Your Company Needs Managed Services

There are many reasons why any sensible business owner should have a managed services provider (MSP) watchdogging your IT network security. With cyber threats like ransomware, HIPAA compliance, PCI compliance, and cloud vulnerabilities outlined by OWASP a major issue in the IT world, business owners need to be duly diligent when it comes to their […]

What the SharePoint iOS App Means for the Future of Your Business  

One of the most important technological tools that an office has at its disposal is by far its local intranet. These powerful networks are designed to be the digital support system employees need when they need it the most, with the only real limitation being that they have historically been confined to a single physical […]

BCBS Associate Hack Shows How a Company Properly Deals With Stolen Consumer Information

In August of 2016, Newkirk Products, Inc., a provider of managed services and ID cards to a number of BlueCross BlueShield organizations, announced it had discovered a breach of one of its servers that contained information about more than 3.3 million individuals. The breached server had protected health information (PHI) on it. The moment Newkirk […]

Microsoft Stream: Protecting Your Business Videos

Whether you’re sharing or uploading, Microsoft Stream offers protection for your business videos. Security has always been a primary concern for businesses who share videos. Thankfully, Microsoft Stream is here to eliminate any issues you might have with video sharing, and it can even encourage businesses to share videos more often. Here’s a look at […]

How to Do Marketing at a Low Cost

When most people hear the term “marketing,” they usually think about paid advertising. But the internet presents so many other ways to tell the product about your company and its offerings. And, marketing is much more than just paid advertising. This post will detail some low or no cost tactics for your online guerilla marketing […]

Malvertising Attack Scam Goes Undetected for Months, Infects Millions of Computers

The recent discovery of the AdGholas malvertising campaign gives a whole new meaning to the idea of secret code. As the first to utilize steganography in a malware campaign, AdGholas operated successfully and stealthily since October 2015 before being discovered. To infect its targets, AdGholas’ malware incorporates malicious coding into secret messages that it then […]

Got Windows 10 Battery Drain?

Microsoft Says Chrome and Firefox Deplete Battery, Recommends Edge to Conserve Power   Thought you were done with the Windows 10 harassment once you finally gave in and agreed to that upgrade? Not so fast. Windows has a bit more to nag you about, and this time, it has to do partly with your battery […]

Riding the Emerging Digital Wave

Is anything in business static? Not really, no. Technology changes and as it does your approach to doing business must change with it. What are the five fastest-moving digital areas that affect how you do business? 1. The Constant Change of the Mobile Marketplace Imagine if 80 percent of Facebook ads were mobile-oriented? You don’t […]

IT System Downtime is Costly

How You Can Mitigate It Many startups and small and medium-sized businesses believe they are at a disadvantage when it comes to protecting their companies from IT downtime. They are not in a position financially to have a robust IT function as part of their organization. In fact, IT tasks may fall to a clerical […]

Does Your Marketing Plan Convert?

How to Turn Window Shoppers Into Buyers With Your Unique Selling Proposition When you first started your business, you likely thought about what made you different from your competition, and how your service or product would solve your customer’s problem. You may not have realized it then, but you were in the process of formulating […]

Are You Oracle Compliant?

Confusing Policies Leave Businesses On the Hook for Extra Licensing Fees Oracle’s aggressive auditing practices have lately garnered the attention of law firms and tech companies alike—each concerned with the ambiguities and uncertainties of certain licensing protocols of the Oracle License Management Services division. Most notably, the company has become quite well-known for its propensity […]

France Orders Microsoft to Address Privacy Concerns in Windows 10

Before laptops, music players and smart phones, Microsoft was strictly a software company, making a name for itself by building the operating system of choice for IBM’s personal computer. As the decades passed and the market evolved, Microsoft has released new patches, updates and even new operating systems. But lately, each major new iteration has […]

What We Know About the iPhone 7

Anyone who has ever looked forward to a new release of Apple’s iPhone knows how much the company likes to keep things close to the vest. The level of secrecy swirling around each new release has gotten so bad that even accessory manufacturers don’t know anything until it is announced to the public. For every […]

Top Seven Laptops for Your Tech Business

If you’re in the market for a new business laptop, you must take into consideration a number of factors. Your particular field of business may put a premium on processing power, or on portability, for instance. Business owners who need to equip large teams may simply choose the most affordable laptop possible to get their […]

New Remote Interactive Camera Technology Increases Your Business’ Security and Your Freedom

These days, it seems that everything and everyone is going mobile. Even our business’ security systems are taking advantage of remotely managed and monitored video with the rise of more intuitive, user-friendly apps and mobile functionality. Your Managed IT Services Provider Can Customize Your Remote Security System to Fit Your Business’ Needs With your managed […]

How Did You Find Me on Google?

There was a time, years ago, when you could discover how people found out about your website directly from Google. The search engine would offer website operators the ability to see what keywords were used to access their sites, giving you immediate, real-time access to your search data. As of 2011, however, Google made a […]

12 Questions to Ask When Updating a Website

If you plan on updating or fully redesigning a website, be sure to set goals and carefully assess your users’ needs. These questions can help you complete a highly successful project: 1. What already works well? When they update websites, some companies mistakenly discard popular features, content or design elements. This can cause traffic and […]

How an investment in technology can future-proof your business

If your small business is to survive its infancy, the biggest favor you can do yourself is to plan ahead. Just as planning pertains to your financing and business model, making the right technology investments will help ensure that you’re in a good position to scale your operations. By opting for solutions that both fit […]

Cybersecurity Experts Talk Numbers

Small Biz Spends an Average $21K on Attacks and More Than 50% Will Fall Victim to a Breach Cybersecurity trend reports are useful and informative for the technically minded, but sometimes small business owners just want to know how they can protect their business from threats without having to weed through page after page of […]

Looking for More Bang for Your IT Buck?

Microsoft’s Cloud Partners Offer the Expertise of an In-House IT Team, Advanced IT Security and Cost-Effective ROI Many small and midsize businesses want to make the leap to the cloud, but they aren’t sure how to make it happen safely and securely. Fortunately, Microsoft offers an extensive network of dedicated Microsoft Partners that can help […]

Powerful Apps Businesses Should Be Using

As a business owner, you are likely looking for ways to streamline your operations and improve your customer service. That’s easier to do when you have ample resources at hand to help you with the process. The good news is the internet offers numerous tools and resources that can help business owners better meet their […]

How to Use Email For Advertising

Although it may not receive the press coverage it did a decade ago, email remains a potent advertising tool. Businesses of every size successfully use it to boost sales throughout the year. You can maximize the results by following these tips: Gaining Subscribers 1. Think about holding a contest with a prize that would appeal […]

Real-time Chatting With Bots Now Available on Facebook Messenger

First-generation tech isn’t always as impressive as we expect it to be, but it can progress quickly. That is likely to be the case with the recently-released Facebook chatbots that users can access via Facebook Messenger. The chatting functionality was released in April 2016 and already boasts over 11,000 bots ready and willing to answer […]

iPhone 7 Preview – News, Rumors, and Rumors About Rumors

It has become something of a cottage industry to report on the “leaked” details of any upcoming iPhone release. Whether intentional or not, the recent iPhone 7 leaks provide a useful preview of Apple’s latest output, which at least makes the speculation a little more solid. Here is what we have learned so far about […]

Making the Most of an IT Budget

How an SMB can make the most of its IT budget Given the smaller budgets that SMBs have to work with, they need to make sure that every cent is used effectively. Thankfully, we’re going to cover some of the ways an SMB can squeeze the most out of its budget in regards to security […]

Windows 10 Is Popular, But Windows 7 Still Rules

How popular is Windows 10? Released on July 29, 2015, Windows 10 received generally favorable reviews. TechRadar.com reviewer Dan Grabham’s verdict: “Feature-wise, Windows 10 is the new Windows 7. It’s robust, pleasant to use and – perhaps best of all – free.” What? The “new Windows 7”? What about Windows 8 and 8.1? According to […]

Share Your Calendar in Office 365

If you’re using Office 365 or another Microsoft Exchange-based email service and you’re looking to share your calendar with people both inside and outside your company, Outlook and Outlook Web App are your answer. When you share your calendar internally, those you share with can add it to their own calendar view in Outlook or […]

4 Ways Workplaces Can Block Phishing Attempts Around Orlando Shooting

When tragedy strikes, it can briefly bring people closer together. If something dramatic takes place, minor disagreements may go on the back burner, either at a local level or even an international level. For instance, terrorist attacks in other parts of the world draw sympathy and foreign aid. Domestic attacks, such as the September 11 […]

Is Outsourcing Your IT Reverberating Back to Old School “IT Guy”?  

Your IT guy or gal is likely overworked, under tremendous stress, and pulled in multiple directions day to day and hour to hour. The typical IT shop is expected to be a one-size-fits-all collection of experts. Those IT staff members are responsible for making sure that dozens, hundreds or even thousands of devices are kept […]

Digital Attacks on the Rise

“In 2015, (the FBI) received over 8,000 complaints related to these threats with a combined reported loss of nearly $275 million.” — FBI 2015 Internet Crime Report Cybercrime is on the rise again. In the three-year span from 2013 to 2015, complaints rose 10 percent. It could be far worse than that, because, according to […]

How to Differentiate Between an IT Guru and an IT Amateur

When it comes to your business’s information technology (IT) needs, hiring a consultant worth his keep is of critical importance. Yet many business owners and managers aren’t familiar with the nuances of IT and mistakenly hire amateurs who claim to be savvy professionals. Here’s how you can distinguish between an IT expert and an amateur. […]

Small Accounting Firms can Boost Productivity by Tapping Into Technology  

Owners and managers of small- to mid-size accounting firms often feel as though they are at a competitive disadvantage with their larger counterparts. Though you can swing the balance of power in your favor by recruiting “rainmakers” and cutting costs to a certain degree, the best course of action is to tap into contemporary technological […]

Windows 7 and 8.1 Restore: What to Do When Windows 10 Forces an Unwanted Update

Have you turned on your PC recently only to find your operating system totally replaced with a newer, shinier, totally unfamiliar Windows 10 platform? If you’ve been affected by a forced update and you want things to go back to the way they were, you have options. Assuming the upgrade took place within the last […]

The Potential Downside to an Increasingly Mobile Workforce

Humanity is rapidly hurtling forward at a breakneck speed toward a high-tech reality dominated by web-enabled mobile devices. The average worker’s typical workday has been revolutionized over the past couple of decades. For all the good that these improvements in technology have brought, there is still a downside that cannot be denied: Data security vulnerabilities. […]

Don’t Close That Box! Your Windows 10 Upgrade May Be Trying to Trick You

Countless Windows 10 users report being duped by the latest Windows 10 upgrade trick: it reportedly causes users to believe they have canceled an update by clicking the familiar red “x” at the top corner of the box. As it turns out, Microsoft had another interpretation for a user’s click of the normally trustworthy red […]

Is Upgrading to Windows 10 a Good Idea?

Like every edition of Windows, version 10 offers some important advantages alongside significant drawbacks. Businesses benefit from improved security functions, enhanced tablet compatibility, better update control and a new Web browser. Windows 10 also boots somewhat quicker on most machines. At the same time, this operating system’s disadvantages have made many companies think twice about […]

10 Tips on Password Security for Businesses

Computer password security holds great importance for businesses in a wide range of industries. If hackers guess or gain access to passwords, they could potentially steal your company’s funds, read private messages or use customer data for illegal purposes. These tips can help you prevent such disasters: 1. Train employees to develop complex passwords and […]

What Does Managed IT Mean and How Does it Compare to Break/Fix IT?

In the world of information technology, the prevailing method of maintaining functional business operations since the invention of the computer has been an approach called break/fix. This is the traditional IT support method that you are most likely familiar with; a service provider that operates in a similar manner to a home electrician or a […]

Data Theft Underscores Need for Employee Mobile Device Security

If your IT security plan doesn’t include employee mobile device security, then you are opening yourself up to potentially costly liabilities. This is especially true for larger corporations, but any company can be affected by data loss or security breach caused by an ex-employee absconding with company property (smartphones, iPads, and other mobile devices). Make […]

Smartphone and Mobile Device Cybersecurity Need at Critical Mass

Smartphone users are to top the 2 billion mark in 2016. This is close to one-third of the world’s population regularly sending and receiving sensitive and potentially costly information! For LLCs, SMEs and large corporations, this prospect puts their compliance adherence at greater risk. But, many of these mobile device users are at great risk […]

Watch Out for These Digital Security Threats in the Summer of 2016  

This year has been quite tumultuous in terms of digital security. An array of new threats have popped up in the past six months, and plenty more are surely lurking on the horizon. It seems as if you can’t read tech industry news without seeing stories about all sorts of data breaches, malware and remote […]

Need for Adequate Mobile Device Security Greater Than Ever

Society is reaching a high watermark in terms of mobile device usage, with 1.75 billion smartphone users worldwide as of 2014. With so many people using devices that regularly store and send personally-identifying information, the smartphone “craze” has but too few pondering mobile device security. Mobile Device Management, or MDM, is provided by IT services […]

Breaking Barriers US Government Using Old Computers

It’s not as simple as it sounds when it comes to replacing or even updating U.S. Government technology. What most people don’t realize is that this market is a flow down environment very much like a network connecting to sectors with encrypted limits to access. There was a time when the government set the scales […]

Choosing the Right Marketing Software

Approximately 76 percent of small business owners report facing marketing challenges that prevent them from growing their business. Information technology solutions can improve SMB marketing means and return on investment. Yet the landscape can seem cluttered with options, intimidating the SMB owner out of selecting the right marketing software. Learn about common IT solutions for […]

Are You Running Your IT or Is It Running You?

When you outsource your IT to a reputable managed services provider, you are essentially getting a full IT business support network that’s always there when you need it most. A reputable IT managed service provider (MSP) doesn’t stop at security; businesses of all sizes contract their IT services to minimize downtime, prevent data loss and […]

Dell’s New 4K, 43-inch, 4-Panel Monitor

The Dell 43 Multiclient Monitor, also known as the P4317Q, is designed for the future of professional computer users and hard-core gamers, both of whom are looking for more immersion and information from their displays. Before the Dell 43, in most cases, these gamers, stock traders and marketing pros would have had to invest in […]

What Memorial Day is REALLY All About  

It’s easy to think of Memorial Day as a convenient day off in a busy calendar and the start of summer, but we suggest you take a step back and think a bit harder about it. Millions of men and women have put their lives on the line to defend our collective way of life. […]

Austin’s Grassroots Take the Government For a Ride

With the recent failure of Proposition 1 in Austin, Uber and Lyft were both banned from the city. The vote was especially interesting because Austin is usually known for being on the cutting edge of technology, as a center of Bitcoin commerce and VR tech, among many other things. However, the people of Austin quickly […]

Don’t Forget About Security on Common Internet Platforms Like LinkedIn

It’s easy to go to sleep on security issues at online resources that we use routinely. Many LinkedIn users, for example, use it regularly, staying logged in and even logging in on multiple devices simultaneously. All of this makes LinkedIn a fabulous target for cyber-criminals looking for low-hanging fruit of hacking opportunities. LinkedIn is attentive […]

Manually Checking Your Computer for Windows 10 Compatibility  

Many of the concerns about upgrading to Windows 10 have to do with the initial compatibility of the operating system with the computer. Before you commit yourself to an upgrade, you can manually run a Windows compatibility checker if the program does not automatically check for compatibility when you start. Here is the process for […]

How to Disable Clutter in Outlook

It’s called Clutter, but it might as well be called Confusion. Microsoft’s new feature can cost you business if that important email ends up in the Clutter file, and you don’t realize it. In 2014, Microsoft rolled out Clutter for Office 365 customers. The idea is to filter your emails based on which ones you […]

Using Multiple Displays for Maximum Productivity

The use of multiple displays, or more than one monitor, can make it easier for employees to organize, manage, and work on large tasks. However, purchasing additional monitors for every employee can quickly become expensive. Does it make sense for your business? Following are some pros and cons to consider to help determine the value […]

3 IT Issues That Cause Huge Issues With Employees – And How to Solve Them!

For the small or medium-sized business owner, keeping up with all the latest information technology can be challenging. You’re already incredibly busy with day-to-day business concerns, so you may simply not have enough time to do everything. The only problem is your employees may be slowly building up resentment and frustration towards the company because […]

Google Search Tips and Ways to Improve Your Business Ranking

Internet technology makes many things possible, especially expanding a business. Google is a search engine like Yahoo and Bing, but Google can be customized in various ways to help your business. One of the best ways to improve your business is to improve your ranking on Google. Read on to discover various ways to improve […]

Travelling to a Breakthrough With Windows Passport

In today’s world, passwords have become the primary method that most of us use to protect our personal information. The truth of the matter, however, is that passwords are extremely inconvenient and insecure. No matter how complex a password is, it doesn’t have the capabilities to remain effective. Not only are passwords easily hackable, but […]

Cisco Security Researchers Discover PC Backdoors That Give Administrative Rights to Software Developers

Cybersecurity researchers at Cisco recently announced that they uncovered computer backdoors created by a relatively unknown French marketing company called Tuto4PC. The backdoor highlighted by Cisco’s digital security experts provides software makers with access to 12 million PCs across the globe. It is quite the shocking discovery and will undoubtedly turn out to be one […]

A Closer Look At Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11

Microsoft’s newest browser tools provide businesses a fantastic advantage, but are you getting the most out of them? Let’s take a look at the Windows 10 browsing options for your enterprise. Enterprise Guidance The default browser for anybody running Windows 10 or Windows 10 Mobile is Microsoft Edge. However, if the user is using web […]

The Many Benefits of Developing a Strategic IT Plan

Every business owner would love to know exactly where his company is headed in the future. An ability to predict upcoming events and challenges would make it quite easy to keep things running as smoothly as possible. Unfortunately, you can’t say for sure where your business is going or what types of information technology roadblocks […]

Top 10 Hacks for Google Searches

Nowadays, search engines tend to find what you are looking for pretty easily. However, there are times when they can just miss it altogether. Here are a few tips for what to do when that happens. The easiest way to find something specific is to use quotation marks around a name or phrase. This tells […]

Apple Refuses Another Bite at QuickTime for Windows

If your PC is running Windows and also has QuickTime for PC by Apple installed, you need to know something. On April 14, 2016, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security, announced that, based on a report from Trend Micro Security, owners of Windows-based […]

Does Your Business Have A Disaster Recovery Plan?

Whether we are properly prepared or not there will be incidents involving a natural disaster or other emergency that will cause an interruption to your systems. How ready are you should this happen? Do you have a disaster recovery plan in place that will safeguard your important information and ensure your customers are taken care […]

The People Factor in Information Security — The Front-Door Hacker Approach

“You don’t have to worry just about technology… You have to worry about your people, because people will break things, and people can fix them.” —Information Security Is All About Operational Risk, by Michael Hill Your business has become more and more dependent on automation, and you store much of your proprietary and business data […]

5 Ways to Say Thank You to Your Administrative Professional This Admin Day  

Wednesday, April 27th, known as Administrative Professionals Day, presents an opportunity for you to show your appreciation to the administrative professionals who make your business a success. The event was first celebrated in 1952 by the United States Department of Commerce and was referred to as National Secretaries Week. Wednesday of that week soon became […]

Need an easier way to accomplish sales targets?

Your business’ technology is the answer. Information technology (IT) is an undeniably important part of any modern business that wants to maintain a competitive edge. Chief Information Officers and Chief Technology Officers are gaining more and more authority at the Executive table, and according to Computerworld, 43% of these executives intend to increase their IT […]

Millions of XP-Based PCs Are Vulnerable to Attacks

Many Windows XP users were unhappy with the next release of the operating system, Windows Vista, and they refused to upgrade. Though versions since Vista have evidently taken consumers’ concerns into account, a significant number of devices ‒ out of the more than 1 billion in existence, according to Windows ‒ are still using Windows […]

Encryption Legislation Receives No Support From White House

Division among federal agencies concerning encryption is at least partially responsible for the Obama administration’s reluctance to neither oppose nor support legislation that makes it easier for judges to force technology companies like Apple to offer assistance to law enforcement agencies as they interpret encrypted data. Bipartisan legislation from Dianne Feinstein, a leading Democrat in […]

Strategic Thinking and IT Leadership

I came across a video interview recently that touched on the topic of strategic thinking in information technology. The interview was conducted at this year’s World Health Care Congress in Washington DC, but the point longtime CIO Dr. Mansur Hasib makes applies to all sectors of business, not just healthcare. Dr. Hasib argues that all […]

Why leaders need leadership training?

You are a leader. You may hold a titled leadership position, such as Supervisor, Manager, HR Director, or CEO. A leader has an entrepreneurial spirit and is a visionary. They are laser focused and do things with clarity.They have the mindset to get things done efficiently in a timely manner. They inspire and motivate others. […]

Data Backup Is A Requirement

Data backup is a requirement, especially when managing sensitive information. If primary versions of the data are lost, backup systems can recover the information. Server virtualization is emerging as an excellent option in disaster recovery due to its lower cost and improved recovery times. The chance of a massive systems failure is the top priority […]

What Is A vCIO?

The Chief Information Officer of a company, usually referred to as the CIO, is responsible for strategic IT planning, analysis, and overall information technology management. However, employing someone in this executive level position is normally not feasible for small and midsize companies due to limited budgetary resources. Due to the rapidly changing nature of technology, […]

Why Do You Need A Business Continuity Plan?

No one ever expects a natural disaster to come and wipe out a business entirely. That being said however, oftentimes it is this false sense of security that ends up ruining businesses that do not have a disaster plan in place. It is important for all businesses, no matter the size, no matter the location, […]

Email Scams, is Your Business at Risk?  

Email is perhaps the most popular and most important means of communication for any business in any country in just about any industry. Email is one of the unifying factors that brings all industries together and gives them a common thread. This is why email is one of the most frequently hacked, frequently manipulated, and […]

Petya Ransomware – Taking Computer Users Hostage

Without a doubt, we are entering an entirely new era of cyber security and hacking. If you need any proof of this, all you need to do is scan the headlines of the latest news articles. Every other day, there is news about another cyber security crime that is making headlines. While some of these […]

Ransomware an Expensive Problem for Everyone

Major news sites have been exploited by hackers using a malware exploit package known as the “Angle exploit kit.” Some of the targeted sites include The New York Times, BBC, Newsweek, AOL, MSN, The Hill, and the Guardian. A bit of dark humor is in that one of the infected news pages was a Guardian […]

5 Reasons Businesses Today Are Choosing Managed IT Services

Staggering statistics were published stating that by 2019, the managed-services market is expected to see growth by as much as $193 billion . What is it about this particular business model that is so wildly successful? It seems a large percentage of small- and medium-sized businesses are very much in favor of these services, and […]

Do you need a CIO? – Determining the best options for the oversight of technology within your business.

Holding the title of Chief Information Officer (CIO) sounds important – and it is – but developing an understanding for why and how designating a CIO can make a difference within your operational environment is the most important factor. The primary responsibility of a CIO is to find ways to utilize technology in a way […]

How To Vastly Improve Telecom Security

We live in a different world now, a world where cybersecurity threats surround us every day. It used to be easy to fend off these attacks by installing a simple antivirus, but times have changed. The Target Small business owners could really get blindsided by an attack, potentially losing thousands of dollars and hours of […]

Leveraging Information Technology to Grow Your Business

By now everyone has heard the term “information technology”. Unfortunately for their bottom line there are company owners who can’t understand how IT can help them. The truth is that Information Technology is a powerful tool, and when it is leveraged on your behalf by professionals, it can have surprisingly positive results. We have all […]

Save Some Pocket Room with the New iPhone 7

A Japanese tech site, Macotakara, has released that the new iPhone 7 will be 1mm thinner than its predecessor, the iPhone 6s. With the new change to depth, the iPhone should be 6.1mm from the previous 7.1mm. There’s a recent claim that other dimensions and materials of the new device will remain the same, making […]

Save Time with These Fantastic iPhone & iPad Email Apps

Being a busy business owner leads to a large influx of emails on a daily basis. Communication is one of the main contributors to success, and a good way to stay organized is to stop using stock mail on your device, and evolve with these useful apps to make your life a little easier. Switching […]

Catching The Culprit at What Cost?

Apple CEO Tim Cook and FBI Director James Comey are butting heads over privacy and safety. On December 2nd, 2015, a married couple, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino. Twenty-two people were injured and 14 were killed, along with the couple. There was an iPhone of […]

Why Networking Is Important – and How Your Local Chamber of Commerce Can Help

Networking is critical to the success of any business and is the single most important marketing tactic when it comes to establishing a reputation and growing your business.  Networking is all about making connections and building mutually benefitting relationships with other professionals, using those relationships to improve your business. By carefully building and developing your […]

Why switch to Microsoft Office 365? – Pros and Cons

Making the move to the cloud comes with a myriad of mixed feelings from people, some will tell you that it’s the greatest innovation in collaboration to date, while others feel that it is just a tool that big companies can utilize to take control of your sensitive data. Now, whether or not the latter […]

“That Could Never Happen To Me!”

Such a dangerous sentence, yet so widely used. Small businesses tend to think they are invincible when it comes to cybercriminal attacks and this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, you are at risk every single day you refuse to upgrade your security systems. Your small business might as well have a red […]

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Support Ending April 2016

Extended support for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is coming to an end on April 12, 2016. With the end of life for SQL Server 2005 approaching, this means no feature updates, application fixes, security patches, or anything of that nature will be available. This means that anyone still running Microsoft Server SQL Server 2005 is […]

Identity Theft: Will You Be Next?

Identity Theft is among one of the more dangerous threats to your company. These cybercriminals have no shame, draining your accounts behind your back. Your business needs to evolve and always be on high alert for the next big threat. Cybercriminals are finding identity theft to be one of the most low risk offenses. They […]

Don’t Miss Your FREE Security Checkup and 2GB of Drive Space on February 9th

If you haven’t heard, Tuesday, February 9th 2016 marks the annual Safer Internet Day, and Google will be celebrating (again) by offering a reward of 2GB of additional Drive space for everyone who is willing to participate in a simple security check up. Free storage in exchange for a free security scan that will increase […]

iPhone 7 Rumors

Rumors Spark Excitement for the Upcoming iPhone 7! Although so far it’s merely speculation, there are some pretty exciting rumors attached to the release of the new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Ranging from an edge-to-edge display, waterproof body, and wireless charging, the iPhone 7 is bound to be vastly different one way or another, […]

Is your IT guy hiding issues that could cripple your business?

Why Internal Technology Resources Hide Issues from Their Manager Regardless of your industry, technology is what keeps your business running smoothly and effectively – whether it’s to provide mobility with business communication tools or increase productivity by reducing the risk of disruption. Sometimes when you’re dealing with an internal technology resource rather than an outsourced […]

Acapella Technologies Takes Part in Philanthropic Activities to Lend a Helping Hand Throughout Our Community

Acapella Technologies understands the importance of taking part in philanthropic activities, in order to lend a helping hand and improve the quality of life for those throughout our community. We aim to do everything we can in terms of donating time, resources, and money to the following: NH Center for Nonprofits: A 501(c)(3) nonprofit that […]

Everyone Please Welcome Chris Majauckas To Our Team

We Are Pleased to Welcome Lead Technician Chris Majauckas to Our Team of IT Experts!  Acapella Technologies is proud to announce the latest addition to our staff of IT professionals: Chris Majauckas. Chris joined us two months ago as our lead technician and has since then been learning about our clients with the help of our veteran […]

Don’t Miss This Fantastic Exhibition at the SEE Science Center!

Join the SEE Science Center through January 31st, 2016 for an Educational, Entertaining Exhibition: DINOSAURS! The SEE Science Center, an interactive learning center that promotes the understanding, enjoyment, and achievements of technology, science, engineering, and mathematics, is one of the many businesses we serve – helping to keep their technology functioning at peak performance while […]

Are You Using Android Apps on Your Smart TV?

Smart TV’s are quickly becoming the household smart gadget of choice over the past couple years- and rightly so, they’re amazing. They come couch potato ready with free and subscription entertainment services such as Netflix, Crackle, and YouTube, already built in, and the majority of Smart TV’s are even able to run Android apps as […]

What makes an Effective Business Owner

When you’re your own boss, it’s difficult, especially as industries of all types are becoming more competitive and agile than ever before. So what makes an effective business owner? They might have started with a good idea or intellect or connections, but ultimately, what gets you started doesn’t keep you in business. We all know […]

The 4 Most Powerful Secrets to Saving Serious Money  

Technology evolves at a rapid rate, yet so many businesses continue to run out, outdated systems that cost them tons in maintenance and support, not to mention productivity loss and wasted payroll dollars as employees struggle to get work done. We know it’s easy to find yourself holding onto old junk, but updating your technology […]

Urgent Security Bulletin Regarding Unauthorized Code Released By Juniper

An operating system by Juniper Networks, used to manage firewalls, contained unauthorized code. This poses multiple security threats to any platform or product that is running ScreenOS 6.2Or18 and 6.3Or12 through 6.3Or20. A security bulletin released by the company stated that the origins of the unauthorized code have yet to be determined, and is said […]

Is Your Law Firm IT Provider Knowledgeable with Your Legal Apps?

During recent years we have all witnessed how technology has transformed the practice of law.  Not only have we seen changes to business models, work methods, and client services, but also a tangential shift has occurred wherein legal and IT professionals are actively and effectively working together for e-discovery planning, reviews, and various requests responses […]

Don’t Let YOUR Business Fall Victim to Dangerous Ransomware

Get the Information You Need to Protect Your Livelihood and Save Your Hard Earned Money  What would happen if you woke up tomorrow, and your data was gone? What would you do? Would you panic? Would your vital information be lost forever? Wouldn’t you want to ensure that you would never have to worry about […]

Commonly Used Microsoft Excel Workbook Recovery Prompts

Glitches and minor issues are somewhat commonplace when working with Excel, and can be a source of frustration for the average user. One issue, for example, gives an error message stating, “Excel found unreadable content in [your workbook]. Do you want to recover the contents of this workbook?” When yes is selected, the content is […]

Ashley Madison Blackmailers Update

Watch Out! Snail Mail Is The New Weapon Of Ashley Madison Blackmailers It has been several months now since the firm of Ashley Madison was hit by a massive data security breach, however, now there is a new type of threat that account holders are claiming to have become a target of this new targeted […]

Don’t Let Hackers Use This Email Scam To Trick Your Employees into Spending Your Cash!

You know that effective communication with co-workers and clients is crucial, but are you sure your employees are practicing safe email conduct? Cybercriminals are smart. They adapt quickly and come up with ways to take advantage of businesses like yours. Recently, hackers have begun to use false email accounts to request seemingly legitimate wire transfers. With […]

How Does Cortana Make Your Life Easier?

The hustle of everyday life can be overwhelming at times, but what if you could have a personal assistant to help you manage your busy lifestyle? A personal assistant can provide a slew of services to make life more tolerable, ranging from scheduling and providing directions to singing you your favorite tune. As technology progresses […]

Pros and Cons of Having a Server Hosted Off-Site

Every business owner is forced to make the decision as to whether or not to host their server on or off site. The decision is an important one, and careful consideration of your unique needs should be taken before making such a decision. There are many hosting options available, so deciding how to best proceed […]

5 Great Gift Ideas for the Privacy Lover on Your List!

Hackers and cybercriminals make it clear that privacy and security are major concerns in modern day living. This holiday season, instead of worrying about security threats and what hackers are up to, think about how to protect your privacy and keep important information secure. Take a look at this list of the top 5 gift […]

Never Use Free Malware Removal Tools

Have You Infected Your Own Computer? Why It’s Crucial You Stay Away From “Free!” Malware Clean-up Tools We understand that protecting your network and devices against online threats is crucial – you hear about the potential downfalls all the time. Cybercriminals are crippling business, infecting systems, and stealing data. So naturally you’ll do just about […]

Hanging Onto Old Junk?

News Flash: Hanging Onto Old Junk Doesn’t Save You Money! Discover 3 Ways Updating Your Technology Will Skyrocket Your Revenue Your Technology Doesn’t Age Gracefully… Why Wait Until You Lose Time, Money, and Customers Due to Outdated Technology? Do you still use a traditional phone system that doesn’t offer advanced features? Are your workstations old […]

Well Managed IT: The Key to Your Success

Having all of the right technology solutions is crucial – but without experienced IT professionals making sure your technology tools are well managed and the right solutions are in place, you’ve got nothing. We know that you need time to focus on your business, and that means leaving your IT up to us. If you […]

World Academy Needed a Proactive & Responsive IT Company – Acapella Technologies Fit the Bill Perfectly!

World Academy, located in Nashua, NH, is an independent, progressive school that educates students from infancy to grade eight. World Academy is entirely committed to cultivating the next generation of leaders through great education. When World Academy was looking for a proactive and responsive IT company, Acapella Technologies was able to fit the bill perfectly. […]

The Methods of Storing Data: Revealed

As the importance of safeguarding and storing data continues to increase, companies both large and small have the same opportunities to easily and economically keep digital copies of any and all documents. But with all of the different types of options available, it can be confusing to decide which is best for your company. So […]

5 Ways Managed IT Services Save You Serious Cash

If you’re looking to save some serious cash in the new year, it’s time to think about managed IT services – a model that allows you to get all the technology services and support you need for a flat-rate monthly fee. You essentially offload part of all of the management of your information technology to […]

IT Jargon: Clear Up the Confusion

In the information technology industry, IT professionals have a reputation for speaking in jargon that’s confusing and unfamiliar to those outside of the industry.   Acapella Technologies strives to speak in plain, easy-to-understand terms, but we know many business owners struggle working with IT professionals that use tons of jargon. That’s why we’ve compiled this list […]

The Key To Fostering Efficiency In Your Business

Microsoft Office has been the go-to in productivity for years – allowing businesses to leverage various programs, including Outlook, Word, Excel, and more, in order to communicate with customers, access important information, and keep track of files with ease. Microsoft Office 365 moves you to the cloud – and it’s the key to fostering efficiency […]

Patch Tuesday Leaves Outlook Users Outraged

Microsoft’s recent Patch Tuesday brought four critical updates, as well as eight important updates, in an attempt to resolve 54 reported vulnerabilities found in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. KB 3097877, part of security bulletin MS15-115, was found to cause a multitude of issues for those using Outlook, including the following: Crashing when opening web-formatted […]

Get the Latest Technology So Cheap It’s Almost FREE

The Microsoft Store is offering an exciting new trade-in program that gives you up to $700 towards the cost of purchasing a Surface – whether it’s the Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book. This is an excellent opportunity to upgrade your devices and make it more affordable to do so. Why take advantage of this […]

14 Tips to Becoming An iPhone 6s Master

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have been out for a month now, and people are starting to discover the full potential these phones have to offer. These 14 things will help you master the use of you iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, that we bet you did not even know your iPhone […]

CryptoWall: Back With A Vengeance

Don’t Let the Latest Version of CryptoWall Destroy Everything You’ve Worked So Hard to Build… Remember CryptoWall, the world’s most destructive ransomware? It’s back with a vengeance! CryptoWall 4.0 has surfaced with a multitude of encryption methods and evasion tactics that are tricking even the latest anti-virus programs. Ransomware is the worst possible threat for […]

Suffering From Hearing Loss?

Are You Damaging Your Ability to Hear On a Daily Basis? Over the past decade and a half, mobile devices have allowed consumers to do more and more on-the-go. Yearly advances in portable tech allow you to read, watch and listen to just about anything on your smartphone or tablet while you commute to work […]

Who Are The True Heroes?

Honor Our Troops and Give a Big Salute to the True Heroes! On Veterans Day, we’d like to invite all of our clients to join us in thanking all the veterans who bravely serve their country and put their lives on the line. This year, please take a moment when 11:00am rolls around to take […]

Are You Putting Your Business At Risk With Outdated Hardware?

Any business, regardless of the size or industry, will face many challenges. Whether it’s a strict deadline, harsh industry regulations or aggressive competition, the business world will always offer its share of difficulties. Despite being so crucial to a business’ bottom line, one challenge that is often overlooked is Information Technology. Assessment professionals TechCheck have […]

Why Its Crucial That CMO’s Turn to IT Experts for Effective Data Management

Chief Marketing Officers have a lot to consider when it comes to the evolution of marketing technology. Now more than ever, it is crucial that CMO’s focus on data-driven hardware and software. By leveraging the power of data and statistics, CMO’s can push their business to new heights, alleviating obstacles and improving operations. Many marketing […]

Afraid To Switch IT Providers?

Take That Fear Away! In today’s modern business environment, your IT provider is an integral part of your company – they need to go above and beyond to do more than fixing broken equipment and installing new hardware. They need to be there when you need them most, and always find new ways to enhance efficiency. […]

What Does 2016 Have In Store For You?

Where do you see your company in a year from now? Researchers asked that same question to business technology pros, and they had a few predictions of what the forecast would be for 2016. They came up with a lot of answers, but some major trends began to appear. Information Security Data security has been, […]

Ready to Operate Microsoft Outlook Like a Pro?

Improve Productivity with 5 Essential Microsoft Outlook Tips Microsoft Outlook is widely accepted as being one of the best tools on the market for business focusses email management software, however the software consists of so many different functions, settings and abilities that mastering them and being able to fully benefit from the program’s features is […]

Have You Found The Best IT Support Services For Your Business?

A healthy business grows and develops, and that’s what an IT support company should help its clients achieve. When the technology you use for your company’s operation is a daily problem, it takes time, money and other resources away from the goals that you should be focusing on. Furthermore, it can be difficult to find […]

Tips For Running A Business In 2016

In 2016, Get Ready to Cut Costs, Increase Take-Home Profits, and Operate More Efficiently Here’s What You Need to Know to Get Ready for the Upcoming Year… We’re in the middle of an information technology revolution and it all started with the personal computer. Since then, we’ve seen smartphones, tablets, and other devices with more […]

These Chilling Mistakes Will Quickly Unleash Your Worst Nightmares

And It’s Costlier Than You’d Think to Wake Up. Imagine your worst nightmare: coming into the office, turning on your desktop, and finding that all of your data is gone – financial records, customer information, everything – deleted. IT shouldn’t be something you’re afraid of; but when cybercriminals start causing trouble, it’s crucial that you […]

Tired of Break/Fix IT Solutions?

Here’s How Managed Services Will Save Your Business Big Bucks When you’re constantly shelling out money for repairs and upgrades, the cost adds up. Technology is always changing, and there are new threats and vulnerabilities popping up all the time; evolution also means that processes run their course quickly and hardware becomes obsolete faster than […]

What’s New with iOS 9?

On September 16th, 2015, Apple released the highly anticipated new operating system. iOS9 is a sophisticated operating system available for all apple devices except for tablets after the first iPad and phones older then iPhone 4. The software has a lot of new promising features to make your experience more enjoyable. So What’s New With […]

The Top Little-Known Best Practices for a Secure Workstation Policy

Offices of all kinds in all industries have some type of a computer system that all employees rely on, in order to perform their day to day tasks and obligations. These workstations may come in the form of desktop computers, or could be employee owned laptops, but regardless, the company will have workstations of some […]

Internet Scam Robs Companies of Millions

Hackers have found a new way to steal from companies and it has more to do with people than it does technology.  Millions of dollars have been reported stolen from large corporations and they are handing it over themselves! This is how the scam works… Hackers will target the leaders of the company, usually the […]

Does Your IT Company Provide Real Insight Into the Efficiencies of Your Business?

Beyond providing basic technology management and support, your IT company should be helping you create an agenda to align technology with goals and objectives to support growth and success. provide real insight into the efficiencies of your business? If not, it’s time to find another IT company that looks at technology as a business enabler […]

Hackers Have New Ways of Attacking Your Computer

We all know that downloading suspicious files is a good way to get a virus, but hackers are now able to disguise a file to make it seem harmless. They do this by changing or hiding the extension of the file. What’s a file’s extension? The extension is simply the three digit code at the […]

T-Mobile Customers Beware

HUGE Hack Stole Confidential Information T-Mobile server has been hacked with attackers taking away with the personal data of over 15 million people. The data collected spans from September 1st 2013 to September 16th 2015, which is when the attack occurred. The company has yet to launch an investigation claiming that the main priority is […]

URGENT: Your Phone is Malware-Ridden

Have You Downloaded Any of These Apps! If you think that all of the apps on your phone are safe, think again. Recently, Apple admitted that literally dozens of apps have been affected with malware that is more than capable of obtaining your personal information, including your passwords and login information. Below is a list […]

Attention T-Mobile Customers

You Might’ve Been Hacked in the Huge Experian Data Breach! Consumers who made credit applications through Experian from T-Mobile Since 2013 may be affected A recent data breach at the online credit bureau Experian is reported to have affected as many as 15 million U.S consumers on the T-Mobile network. The data includes several personal […]

Are You Falling Behind?

Will Your Business Be Left Behind In The Race For More Effective Information Technology? Good businesses grow, expanding the size and scope of their operation, which in turn requires further resources to support expansion. This includes your New England business’ Information Technology infrastructure, as the more employees you have and the more clients you serve, the […]

Gambling On Your Work SmartPhone? Be Prepared To Lose BIG!

Workers Using Gambling Apps On Their Phones Put Business Data at Major Risk! It turns out that employees working for large global companies are compromising IT security and putting sensitive business data stored on their devices at risk – by doing something as simple as adding a gambling app on their phone. A security firm […]

One Seriously Simple Trick to Give Your Old iPhone or iPad a Speed Boost

If you are someone who bought an iPhone or iPad a couple years ago, chances are, it’s either getting a little sluggish, or you’ve stopped using it because it got a lot sluggish. We all like to get the most out of our money, and with the price of Apple products, we figure you’d love […]

The Key to Working Wiser, Not Harder

It’s easy to fall into a lifestyle where you work too hard, and find yourself constantly thinking about work. Along with this, no matter what way you juggle your schedule, the number of hours in the day stays the same, and it never seems to be quite enough. To solve this, there have been proven […]

Do You Really Want to Hire That Computer Guy from Craigslist?

Desperate times call for desperate measures, or so we’ve heard, but do you really want to hire a computer guy you’re not 100% certain is great? Think about it: everything you do within your organization depends on technology. If your technology doesn’t work properly, you can’t get anything done – and that means losing valuable […]

The Productivity Killers You’d Never Guess

A primary focus for any successful company is of course productivity. Businesses are always looking to maximize efficiency and be as productive as possible with the resources they have. Some tactics companies have adopted over the years to help increase productivity include the use of email systems, holding regular business meetings, and establishing a management […]

WiFi Router: Gateway For Hackers?

If you’ve kept up on the latest news, you’ve likely noticed a multitude of hacks occurring throughout the past few months. A common way for cybercriminals to steal and disclose confidential information is through hacking the wireless network. That’s why I’ve searched for the perfect way to help home computer users secure their Wi-Fi against […]

New Credit Card Standards Coming Oct 1

Hurry, Uncover the Secret to Complying with EMV Standards Before October 1st, 2015! Get Ready for the Hugest Change to the Way Retailers Handle Credit Cards! For retailers who accept credit cards, there’s a huge change looming in the future. On October 1st, 2015, all retailers must comply with EMV standards. Essentially, EMV stands for […]

Does Your IT Company Think Strategically?

Why Having an IT Company That Thinks Strategically Is Better For Your Business IT companies are a dime a dozen these days. Almost all of these companies have very competent and highly trained IT consultants, but they may not be the right choice for your business model. Some IT companies may not be the right […]

What’s Fast, Powerful, and Ready to Give Your Company a Competitive Edge?

Microsoft’s Latest Browser: Microsoft Edge, Of Course! For line-of-business applications that require ActiveX, VBScript, or Browser Helper Objects, many businesses have set their standards to older versions of Internet Explorer. Older versions of IE have continued to hold in there, regardless of Microsoft’s attempts to get users to upgrade, for compatibility reasons. Chris Jackson, software […]

How To Seek Out And Destroy Bloatware

Bloatware Lurks in Your New PC – How to Seek It Out and Destroy When you buy a new PC with Windows, you do so knowing that there’s a bunch of software that’s already been loaded into it. Much of it is okay because you’re going to use it for personal projects, games and for […]

4 Tips to Reach the Prime of Your Productivity

We all know that time is money, but not everyone knows how to use their time productively and get the value from it that they deserve. Being a small business owner isn’t necessarily about working hard, it’s about working smart. Here are 4 ways to reduce wasted time and energy within your business, and start […]

Does Windows 10 Know Too Much?

In the past few weeks following Windows 10’s release, there has been a lot to be said about the amount of personal information Microsoft chooses to collect – and not a lot of it is good. Though Microsoft isn’t doing itself any favors with it’s difficult-to-navigate (and especially turn off) privacy settings, and vague privacy […]

Microsoft Releases Updates in August’s Patch Tuesday to Fix Critical Security Flaws.

Yes, Windows 10 users were affected by these security flaws as well! Even with the newest OS to be released by Microsoft, Windows 10 was victim to these security flaws, but with these new patches, you can feel a bit more secure knowing that the big software giant is doing everything they can to keep […]

Why Email Encryption is Absolutely Vital for Safeguarding Information and Remaining Compliant

Email Encryption: The Simplest Way to Save Yourself Tons of Hefty Fines and Reputational Damage in the Future Security is a major buzzword these days, isn’t it? You’ve likely heard all about the importance of strong passwords, anti-virus software, firewalls, and various other security measures that need to be in place. But have you considered […]

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When you think of technology, convenience should be the first thing that comes to mind. Our IT security experts work with you to align your IT with your business objectives, so you start solving problems and reaching goals with the right technology. If your IT company hasn’t spoken to you about or set you up with […]

Did You Know 70% of Covered Entities Are Not Compliant with HIPAA?

For many healthcare professionals, HIPAA can be incredibly complex – the regulations surrounding HIPAA are always evolving, and it’s not easy to keep up with them; but here’s the thing: you simply need to keep up with HIPAA regulations to avoid non-compliance. HIPAA violations happen all the time – and fines range from $100 to […]

Ransomware Coming Disguised as a Windows 10 Update

It’s common knowledge that cybercriminals work quickly; they pay close attention to the IT world and hunt for vulnerabilities to prey on, or new software to use as a disguise for their attacks. With the release of Microsoft’s Windows 10 last month, malware developers and other scam artists were quick to use it to their […]

The Complete Guide to Upgrading to Microsoft Windows 10

Upgrading To Windows 10?  Follow these basic steps. Microsoft released its windows 10 operating system, and for the most part, the release went off without a hitch, but some people have been unable to update or activate their new OS. We are going to go over how to avoid these problems if you have yet […]

Standardize technology for greater business efficiency.

You can purchase a multitude of technologies off the shelves of major stores, and sure, all of them might work – for the time being, but in the long run, the cost of not having standardized technology leads to high support costs, more incompatibility issues, and worse, inability to access vital systems necessary for workers […]

Windows 10 Fake Email Threat Warning

Emails Linking to a “Windows 10 Upgrade” Actually Encrypts Your Files and Forces You to Pay a Ransom to Get Them Back Windows 10 was recently released, exciting the many Microsoft users who were eager to wash out the bad taste that Windows 8 left in their mouths… but this much-anticipated release has attracted some […]

Improve Your Business Operations With Microsoft EMS

Our team of professional IT support analysts are always looking for the best and most effective ways to help our clients improve their operations. We know that Microsoft is constantly innovating when it comes to technology for businesses – with their Enterprise Mobility Suite, you gain a host of benefits designed to help you overcome your […]

Protect Your Business Against Threats to Confidential Data Stored on Mobile Devices

As business apps and the use of mobile devices become more of a standard in the workplace today, companies need to be aware of the inherent risks involved. Hacker-made fake apps and compromised personal mobile devices can be detrimental to the security of corporate and private information, so to keep safe, the risks need to […]

The Apple Watch Selling Faster Than Tablets and Phones

According to Apple CEO Tim Cook, the Apple Watch has sold faster than any other original iteration of their mobile devices yet. Cook explained this week that, despite not reporting specific numbers yet, the new wearable Apple device has sold more units in a shorter time than both the first iPod and iPad, which was […]

Urgent Notice: Hackers Could Hijack Your Vehicle Right Off the Road!

Driving a Chrysler Vehicle? Install This Patch Immediately! Chrysler is striving to turn the traditional automobile into a smart, connected device – and although it’s an innovative, exciting concept, there’s a significant downfall. Chrysler’s UConnect system, which has been installed into cars since the end of 2013, is an Internet-connected feature that controls entertainment and […]

Samsung’s Latest Tablet: Galaxy Tab S2 the Thinnest and Lightest Yet!

On July 20 Samsung announced their brand new Galaxy Tab S2, claiming it to be the “thinnest and lightest tablet of its size ever”. While portability has been a priority in mobile devices since the times of two-hand Wall Street cell phones, an impressively small weigh-in isn’t all that the Tab S2 offers: Measurements Customers […]

Are You Ready for Windows 10?

It’s Almost Upgrade Time – Windows 10 Is Just Around The Corner! With the latest upgrade to Windows, you benefit from a wide host of features designed to improve every facet of your business. On July 29, with the release of Windows 10, Microsoft is providing reliable and innovative software that will improve your productivity […]

Microsoft Releases Emergency Patch for a Dangerous Vulnerability in Windows

Security researchers from Google’s Project Zero and FireEye have discovered a critical flaw in various versions of Windows, and Microsoft has released an emergency out-of-band patch to deal with the situation. In a statement of advisory on Monday (July 20), Microsoft informed customers about the issue, warning that the vulnerability could “allow remote code execution […]

5 Tips to Leverage the Full Power of your Google Chromecast

You might think that because of its low price, Google’s Chromecast doesn’t have a whole lot to offer. You would be wrong, though. With a compact size and affordable rate, the Chromecast does a whole lot more than just stream your YouTube and Netflix videos. By really getting to know your device, you unlock a […]

Cyber Attackers NEVER Take Vacation

Just Because You are Ready to Relax, It Doesn’t Mean You Can Let Your Guard Down! Most people take vacations during the summer months, but unfortunately, that doesn’t include cyber attackers who plan to take advantage of those relaxing and letting their guard down. If you’re getting ready to relax, that is fine, but don’t […]

Outsourcing vs. In-House: Do You Really Need an Internal IT Guy?

Many businesses start out handling various aspects of their business, including information technology, on their own, however, once you start growing and hiring more staff members, you need to focus on other areas of the company, including the following: Marketing your products and/or services Establishing trusting relationships with clients Handling new business opportunities coming in […]

IT for Revenue

Companies like yours are investing in IT, however, poorly executed or under-planned tasks waste money. In contrast, those that plan and execute accurately get returns from their investments year after year. How can you do the same? It all starts with recognizing how IT increases the value within your company. Here are 3 valuable processes […]

Hiring New Staff Members?

Here’s 3 Reasons Those Newcomers Put Your Data at Risk! When we bring new staff members on-board, we often think about the talents they have, the skill-sets they bring, and the bright new perspectives they offer; but what we don’t think about is the data security risks that come alongside those great benefits associated with […]

What is Microsoft Intune?

With the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft is finally embracing the BYOD trend by introducing Microsoft Intune. Cloud-based services give employees the freedom and mobility to get work done wherever it’s most convenient, reflecting the way many businesses operate today. According to an IT Impact Report from CEB: 1 out of 3 employees are completely […]

How to Conquer the Email Mountain

Email! What would we do without this incredible and wonderful form of communication? But, there’s a dark side to email which threatens to dampen your productivity. Email can also be incredibly time consuming and absorbs your time like an insatiable sponge because it distracts you from the work that needs to be done. Every time […]

Does IT Save You Money?

If your information technology isn’t saving you money, it’s time to change the way you leverage IT to cut costs and skyrocket revenue growth! Information technology can support the value creation processes of your organization, but first, you must know what value is: there are two types of value sources within your company – those […]

Does Your IT Provider Support Your Business’ Teleworkers & Telecommuting?

  Acapella Technologies provides the right solutions for all of your employees including your teleworkers. The key to that is a combination of security, technology, and support. The annual survey last year by the Society for Human Resource Management found a greater increase in the number of companies planning to offer telecommuting in 2014 than those […]

Poor Email and Messaging Habits Cost Companies a Fortune Each Year

On average, the typical employee loses approximately 2.1 hours of productivity each day due to interactions and disruptions. According to research studies, constant email alerts interrupt workflow and decrease levels of productivity and creativity. And, the same can be said for instant messages and cell phones, which divide workers’ attentions between the endless notifications and […]

A Security Breach WILL Leave Your Small Business Riddled in Debt

Let Acapella Technologies Help You Stay Safe Against Internal and External Attacks! The number of cyber attacks aimed at businesses of any size grows exponentially every year. In fact, hundreds of thousands of small businesses lose vital information each and every day – and more often than not, those small businesses end up riddled in debt […]

Do you have an appreciation for Information Technology?

You should respect and appreciate IT, because a secure network is the only thing protecting you from threats that have the potential to put you out of business. That sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Just one online security breach could cause enough damage to shut you down for good. There were over 300 million new […]

Is Your IT Network As Secure As Your Trash? Probably Not.

You probably have a locked trash shredder in your office for those files that need to be kept for your eyes only. Your employees take faxes or documents with your sensitive corporate data, feed them into the locked shredder, and eventually call a specialized company to properly dispose of the contents. It’s safe, it’s clean, […]

The Top 4 Technology Questions Business Leaders Must Focus On

Your role as a business leader, whether you’re the CEO or President of the company, has some unique focus areas. These unique focus areas include concentrating on and ensuring the implementation of a strategic technology plan in a way that helps you achieve business goals and objectives. Here are the top 4 technology questions some […]

Are You Ready for Microsoft Windows 10 or Will You Be Watching from the Sideline?

Windows 10 Promises To Be Something Awesome…Will your company make the switch? Many companies became a bit skittish about using Windows after the problems encountered with Windows 8 and subsequent design overhauls. Sales suffered because some corporate users weren’t pleased, and sought alternatives. Other users were even less happy when Microsoft ceased supporting Windows XP, […]

Does IT Comply With Your Standards?

This article will show you how to hack into a network from inside the office, outside on the wireless and even break into your car.   If it’s that easy, what are you doing to protect yourself and your company? So how do you ensure that your IT complies with your security standards? Controlled flexibility […]

Data is Your Company Currency: Protecting Your Livelihood

An investment company came into the office early Monday morning and all their data was gone.  The computers would not boot up, the screens were black. Company bank accounts and most employee’s bank accounts were emptied.  Customer accounts had been transferred out of their control.  Within a month, they were out of business.  Twenty-eight people […]

Only 3% of Data Loss Occurs Due to Natural Disaster… 97% Happens Because of Employees!

You’ve heard data loss horror stories before… but do you know how many ways data loss can occur? So many businesses still believe they’re not targets for cybercrime. Why spend money on solutions for something that’s not likely to happen? 86% of companies experience data loss! Think you’re not at risk? Think again! Here’s just […]

Start-Up Companies Beware: Hackers Put YOU at the Top of Their List

Every business owner has seen the recent big name hacks of the U.S. Government, banks, and large retail companies. But many smaller start-up companies seem to be of the mindset that they are too small for a hacker to bother with them, and don’t take security to the level they need to protect their business. […]

8 Awesome Tech Gifts to Give Dad on Father’s Day!

Father’s Day is just around the corner. If you’re stumped about what to buy, then think tech! Everyone loves gadgets, so why not get him that new tech toy that’s both practical and fun to use? There are plenty of choices out there and something for just about every budget – from as low as […]