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What Is PII?

If you’ve seen the acronym PII in the news or in trade magazines, you may have questions. What is it exactly, and what is the danger surrounding it? Today’s tech blog post answers these questions and more. What Is PII? PII stands for personally identifiable information. Personally identifiable information (from here on, we’ll just use PII) is information tied to an individual that can be us...

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Taking IT to 11

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Microsoft Security Intelligence Report: Cybersecurity Professionals Must Stay Many Steps Ahead

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The End of Life for SQL 2008: What Does This Mean For Your Business?

Soon, on July 9, 2019, support will come to an end for all SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 equipment. If you’re still using these servers, it’s important to take action now so that there’s no disruption to your daily operations or loss of data. Any hardware or software product that reaches its end of life is a potential gateway for hackers to enter through. In addition to the security haza...

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What Exactly Does A Managed IT Services Company Provide?

Running a business requires a great deal of focused attention. Unfortunately, when your technology team is spending a great deal of time dealing with login problems, software licensing, cybersecurity and more, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for growth activities and strategic thinking. As businesses grow, many organizations find that it makes sense to work with an IT managed services company to...

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Microsoft Excel Training [Free Online Course]

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C3 Launches Feedback Survey For Clients

Providing excellent customer service is part of our mission and the culture here at C3. We want to ensure that your experience with any member of our team is both helpful and satisfying. To track our client experiences, we’ve implemented a one-question survey for all closed support tickets. Now, at the close of each issue, you'll receive an email letting you know that we've completed your ...

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Navy & Contractors “Under Cyber Siege” According To Newly Released Internal Review

The Secretary of the Navy recently released a Cybersecurity Readiness Review which reports that the Navy and its contractors are “under cyber siege” from Chinese hackers as well as others. This review was also reported by the Wall Street Journal and the Navy Times. Within the report, the Navy discusses the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) observations and vulnerabilities, saying: "The Depa...

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Windows Server 2008 End of Support (Questions and Answers)

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end — and on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will be stopping mainstream service for their highly popular Windows 2008 Server. If you are one of the millions of organizations who are still using this secure and highly stable solution, it may be time to look for other options before maintenance becomes an even greater challenge. The current Windows Serv...

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C3 Takes Microsoft Ignite the Tour!

Two days, tons of great training sessions, quality time with the team, a booth full of giveaways and a pile of new business cards: The C3 team killed it at Microsoft Ignite the Tour! For the first time ever, C3 was a Silver Sponsor of this event, welcoming close to 5,000 attendees to Washington, D.C. earlier this month. The C3 team jumped at the opportunity to sponsor the event because of ...

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How Can I Enter and Analyze Data via a Data Entry Form in Microsoft Excel?

You can create a data entry form in Microsoft Excel without using VBA or even recording a macro. If those terms don’t mean anything to you, don’t worry. You won’t need to learn them. Excel has a hidden tool you can use to make dreaded data entry fast and easy. Using a data entry form lets you view one record at a time while entering the data, but also makes it easy to analyze multiple rec...

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SSP and POAM Audits Are Coming

At this point, the requirements and underlying need for improved contractor security has been clearly established. High profile data breeches like Sea Dragon and those covered in recent Wall Street Journal articles have laid bare the threat to our national security. The threat has been answered with new requirements such as DFARS 252.204-7012 as well as NIST 800-53/NIST 800-171. However, the...

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How to Use Designer in Microsoft PowerPoint

Many users have found that Office 365 PowerPoint is much easier to use than previous iterations of Microsoft PowerPoint. This application features tools like Designer that take advantage of Microsoft’s cloud technology and machine learning techniques for processing pictures and choosing a suitable layout for an image. Designer also makes it possible to change your content to make slides look mor...

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Why is my Windows 10 Pro Deactivating?

If you are experiencing problems with your Windows 10 Pro operating system, you are not alone. Thousands of users from the US, Japan, and South Korea flooded tech message boards late this week with complaints that their legitimately purchased software was deactivating itself. What Exactly Happened? Starting on November 8, comments began to appear online from several users expressing frustration o...

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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 share your notes with friends and colleagues. Plus, it’s easy to find the info again quickly! What ...

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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, Microsoft Word has developed a way to make the process of compiling a b...

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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 out the latest updates to Office 365. What’s New For Office 365 Home or Personal Subscriptions? ...

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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, distributed ...

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PSA Alert! Sleeping While Phone Charges

Read the following alert before charging your phone tonight and from this day forward. According to the Newton, New Hampshire, fire department’s PSA message posted on social media; it seems as though charging a phone in bed poses a serious health risk and lethal safety concerns for you and your loved ones. Now it is imperative you think twice before charging your tablet or smartphone in bed ever...

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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 new changes Microsoft Outlook has. ...

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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? You can’t afford to miss October’s free online training.  Why? {compan...

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Facebook Data Breach

Are you aware of a potentially serious data breach involving Facebook?  According to many top news outlets, 50 million users accounts may have been impacted and Facebook now faces potential huge fines in the EU. Read more at https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/03/facebook-data-breach-latest-fine-investigation. Need steps to protect your Facebook account? Here’s an interesting art...

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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 battery performance to significant upgrades to maps, notifications and...

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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 tablet. While there are dozens of capable models to choos...

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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 to increasing time efficiency, some users prefer the pot...

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Hurricane Florence Update: Florence Now A CAT4 Major Hurricane

Hurricane Florence strengthens to Category 4 Evacuation Orders Begin in the Carolinas The National Hurricane Center is now saying that Florence has maximum sustained winds of 115mph, with gusts to 140mph. It is now a Category 4 storm and is expected to hit the Southeastern US coast on Thursday. North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia governors have declared a state of emergency and...

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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 are used to, those who have taken the plunge have found it to be every bit as powerful and functional as the...

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Hurricane Florence: State Of Emergency Announced For Virginia

Hurricane Florence is spinning up to be a Category 4 Hurricane. It’s predicted to make landfall between North Carolina and Georgia this week.  Virginia may be impacted when Florence comes ashore at the end of this week. Virginia announces a state of emergency ahead of Hurricane Florence.   Preparing For A Major Hurricane or Tropical Storm When a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving Turn on yo...

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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. Click Here To View Online...

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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 bonfire, and create one perfect summer memory.  After all, you’ve earned it! When Is L...

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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 it’s time to look into PowerPoint’s Slide Master tool. Purpose of Slide Master Slide Master ...

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Do You Know How to Add Email Signatures?

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Microsoft Office 365 for Government – (Research/Information)

Why Your Governmental Organization Should Migrate to Microsoft Office 365 Government Exploring the leading benefits of Office 365 for the government sector Like all other modern organizations, governmental bodies are continually looking to technology to help them streamline operations and better serve their communities and constituents. Whether they need to better connect users, optimize data sto...

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Where To Find Microsoft Government Cloud Assistance In Arlington, Virginia? (Questions/Answers)

What Is Microsoft Cloud for Government? The Microsoft Cloud for Government is a complete cloud platform. It is only designed specifically for United States Federal, State, and Local Governments. It does provide: cost saving options rigorous security compliance Which includes FedRAMP, HIPAA, and CJIS-capable components. It also has the flexibility to run in government, public, or private cl...

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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 the hassle? Let’s look at the reasons why upgrading to Windows 10 will benefit you ...

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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 good idea to have an overall idea of what you can do and what information you need as you create an event...

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What Is The Microsoft Government Cloud?

The Microsoft Cloud for Government is a comprehensive cloud platform designed expressly for U.S. Federal, State, and Local Governments to meet the U.S. Government’s thorough security and compliance regulations. Microsoft Cloud for Government meets the standards of many government agencies, including FedRAMP, HIPAA, and CJIS, to name a few. It has the flexibility to run in government, public, or ...

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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 CRM programs are ...

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How Can I Tell If I Am NIST Compliant? (Information/Insights)

If you work for a company that deals with government agencies, you may have heard of the NIST, or The National Institute of Standards and Technology. The NIST has its own unique set of standards by which certain companies and organizations must comply. These cybersecurity guidelines, implemented by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFA...

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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 necessary to make meetings more fun and pr...

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What Do I Need To Do To Be DFARS Compliant?

With the escalating cyber threats that affect the U.S. Government, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) to safeguard the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) unclassified information. The regulation now requires all aerospace and defense companies to be compliant. Roadmap to DFARS Compliance In order to be considered DFARS compliant, o...

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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 confidential communications. You need HTTPS on all your sites. Why?… HTTPS Prevents Intru...

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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 Commission (FCC) reports that “theft ...

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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, business owners try to cut corn...

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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 to develop the best defense against this type of attack. It ...

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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 environment and guarantees Team members acces...

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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 also rings true when using your company’s computer, tablet or cell phone devices at any public Wi-Fi ho...

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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 blogging application. Bloggers have used the free solution since 2...

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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 started with your university email account and use was limited to time spent in the school...

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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 and LTE connectivity. This is more than enough power for mee...

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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. Their flagship email program is Outlook and this program can ha...

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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 other MS Office programs. For instance, if you’re familiar with...

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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 its clientele, Microsoft has constantly rolled out ne...

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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 these cyber criminals involve the use of malware that ha...

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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 one-click access can be customized to provide the functionality you need. If you haven...

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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 1/3 of the page for all the “after” actions ...

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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 better work. Each year, Microsoft works diligently to update its product l...

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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 identified Office 365 as a major factor behind the success they’ve exper...

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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 user IDs, passwords, Social Security numbers...

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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 complexity and it’s available for all m...

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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 iPhone X. It seems that everyone using the newest operating system has discovered that the battery d...

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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 time. However, there are precautions you should take when using public Wi-Fi. Just a single visit online in ...

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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 Lookup Feature Office 2016? You don’t? Well, we’re going to change that right now. An...

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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 with other travelers in the airport lounge). Luckily, there are some fast and simple so...

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DFARS Compliance (Questions/Answers)

How Can You Double Check Compliance With The New DFARS/NIST Requirements? What do DOD Contractors Need to Know About Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) & Compliance with the DFARS and NIST? The DoD relies on external contractors and suppliers like you to carry out a wide range of tasks. Sensitive data is shared with you must be protected. The fact is that inadequate safeguards for this...

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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 is best. Click Here To Tune...

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Windows 7 End Of Life: What You Need To Know

Are You Prepared for Windows 7 End of Life? Windows 7 has been one of the most successful operating systems developed by Microsoft. Its resilience has been boosted by many conspiracies and controversies surrounding Windows 8. In fact, millions of organizations skipped the Windows 8 upgrade and stuck with Window 7. Many businesses are still not convinced that Windows 10 is any better than Windows 8...

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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 data on nearly every U.S. adult, ...

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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 of our great nation together as one. Here’s to our beautiful lakes, our majestic m...

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Stopping Cyber Threats In Small Business (Training/Education)

Best Way to Improve Cybersecurity? Train Your Employees! Why an informed team is your organizations best defense against cybercriminals Cyber attacks and data loss are the last thing any organization wants to fall victim to. In an increasingly digital workforce, companies are investing in all kinds of cybersecurity efforts to ensure the bad guys can’t invade their business network. This kind of...

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Ohio Fire & Police Hit By Ransomware

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Glitch in Encryption Tools Gives Hackers Ability to Forge Digital Signatures

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Resolving Complexity: Office 365 Updates That Are Taking User Experience to New Heights

Many people usually turn to Microsoft’s online productivity suite, Office 365 because of the apparent breadth and depth of its features, which allow them to accomplish what they are unable to do with other similar products on the market. However, the business environment is always changing and organizations increasingly put a premium on agility, as staying competitive means being able to do m...

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Sensitive Data Stolen From Naval Contractor By Chinese Hackers

Officials recently revealed that a data breach occurred involving a Navy Contractor where hackers working for the Chinese government gained access to highly sensitive data regarding submarine warfare. Included in the breach were top secret plans for the design of a supersonic anti-ship missile system that was to be used in U.S. submarines by the year 2020. American officials have confirmed that t...

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What Are Code Signing SSL Certificates and Why Use Them?

The concept of Code Signing SSL Certificates includes protecting users against phony software and assuring that the software is not infected with a virus. Most reputable companies require this certificate before accepting a product and using it. In today’s world, it’s the safest method of guaranteeing that software has not been altered or compromised. Types of Code Signing SSL Certificates T...

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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, you’ll discover many of the ...

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Why Nonprofit Organizations Should Invest in Microsoft Office 365

Not-for-profit organizations frequently contend with the lack of time and money needed to afford large IT investments that are critical for achieving efficiency in their operations. The few organizations that somehow manage to 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 ...

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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 ever written a check. ...

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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 when it comes to IT planning and budgeting. Budgeting for IT Ha...

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Using Technology to Boost Non-Profit Success

“Before the Parade Passes By,” the great song from the Broadway smash musical, “Hello, Dolly,” talks about getting ready to move out front while there is still time left.  When it comes to fundraising, though, non-profit organizations that don’t jump on the technology bandwagon could indeed find that the donor world is passing them by.  In a world where it seems like donors hold onto e...

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Using Technology to Boost Non-Profit Success

Non-profits that utilize technology find that it creates engagement, automates the fundraising process, improves emergency response time, and leads to higher levels of success. “Before the Parade Passes By,” the great song from the Broadway smash musical, “Hello, Dolly,” talks about getting ready to move out front while there is still time left.  When it comes to fundraising, though, non...

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The Non-Profit Partnership With Information Technology

Is your non-profit relying on the limited tech skills of a volunteer or employee who has other full-time duties in your organization?  Discover the benefits of, and tips for, outsourcing your IT. Tips for Outsourcing Tech for Your Non-Profit There tends to be thinking that the operation of a non-profit organization is far different from that of a for-profit company.  Most of those differences, ...

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Cybersecurity Tips for Non-Profits  

Is Your Charitable Organization at Risk? If tomorrow’s headlines read your non-profit organization’s data and donor info was breached, what would be the ramifications?  Are you taking enough appropriate steps to stop cybersecurity threats? Is Your Charitable Organization at Risk?  Cybersecurity Tips for Non-Profits Almost weekly, we hear about an internet or computer security breach at a la...

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Maximize Your Office 365 Investment

[caption id="attachment_13317" align="alignright" width="300"]               Microsoft Outlook Inbox[/caption] If your company is like most, you probably aren’t getting maximum usage (or benefit) from your Office 365 investment. Whether it’s because you and your team haven’t had time to work on end-user adoption, or there is a lack of understanding about the extensive capabilit...

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Yammer is Coming (sooner than you think)

Yammer is Here. Microsoft announced in this blog post that Yammer will be activated in Office 365 tenants moving forward. This will apply to all new tenants as well as existing tenants. For clients that do not want to roll out Yammer, you will now have to disable it. This is a big deal. Enterprise Social is the next big thing in workplace collaboration. With the rise of social media and the onsla...

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