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Make iPhone text messages more private

You must take digital privacy seriously, regardless of whether you’re a business owner, managing director, IT manager, or senior staff member. When it comes to iPhones, there are three device settings that are particularly important when protecting the privacy of your messages.

Turn off message previews

How many times per day do you leave your iPhone unattended, sitting face up for any passerby to see? It sounds harmless, but that’s all it takes for the wrong person to glimpse a confidential message. Here are steps to prevent this from happening:

  • Open your iPhone’s Settings app
  • Select Notifications
  • Tap Messages
  • Disable the Allow Notifications option

With the preview setting turned off, you’ll be alerted to a new text message but will have to open the app to see the message contents.

Automatically delete texts

If you lose your phone or someone steals it, thousands of your conversations with your closest confidantes are up for grabs. The easiest way to prevent this nightmarish accident is to configure your iPhone to delete […]

Make iPhone text messages more private2019-09-13T08:00:07-07:00

Make sure you get the right EMR system

Electronic medical records (EMRs) digitally store a patient’s medical history and treatment. EMRs eliminate paper charts and allow patients to have a single electronic chart that can be accessed within one healthcare organization. It allows medical professionals to provide more efficient and precise care. To ensure that your healthcare facility is able to provide all the benefits of an EMR system, consider these factors.

Determine your requirements

EMR software offers a vast selection of functions — and you don’t want to pay for one that is irrelevant to your practice. Avoid this by making a list of all requirements from the ground up. Be process-oriented and begin from patient admission, then move on to patient scheduling, medication lists, visual reports, and so on. Prioritize the features that would bring the most value to your practice.

Get the appropriate EMR for your specialty

EMR systems with broad functions may not offer the specific features that you need. On the other hand, the right EMR system […]

Make sure you get the right EMR system2019-09-12T08:00:30-07:00

Comparing HDD and SSD

People who buy desktop or laptop computers today need to choose between getting a solid state drive (SSD) or a hard disk drive (HDD) as a primary storage component for their device. But which one is the better choice? In this article, we outline the differences between SSD and HDD, as well as their pros and cons, so you can make the right decision for your next purchase.

What is an HDD?
A hard disk drive (HDD) is a computer storage device that’s comprised of metal platters with a magnetic coating, spindle, and various moving parts to process and store data. The common size for laptop hard drives is the 2.5” model, while a larger 3.5” model is usually found in desktop computers.

What is an SSD?
A solid state drive (SSD) is another type of data storage device that performs the same job as an HDD. But instead of storing data on metal platters, an SSD uses flash memory chips and an embedded […]

Comparing HDD and SSD2019-09-11T08:00:15-07:00

VoIP’s hold message options are easy

A CNN survey revealed that 70% of callers in the US who are put on hold in silence hang up within 60 seconds. That’s why businesses are looking into different on-hold options to keep customers happy and are finding wonderful solutions from VoIP systems.

When an operator asks a client for permission to put them on hold, what they’re really saying is “Can you wait a short time not talking to anybody?” It occurs at different times throughout a call, and for varying durations. VoIP phone systems help make this lull period engaging with music, messages, and other information.

Music

A North American Telecom study found that callers who hear music while on hold will stay on the line 30 seconds longer than those who experience silence. While old phone systems also had a music on hold feature, VoIP services enhance this feature and offer more options.

Instead of being limited to legacy tools’ music loops, VoIP systems let you easily upload […]

VoIP’s hold message options are easy2019-09-10T08:00:50-07:00

Schedules are a breeze with Bookings

Manually managing appointments is a frustrating time-waster, especially when you factor in last minute cancellations and no-shows. With Bookings, you can let clients find available times for themselves and even have them automatically receive booking confirmations and timely appointment reminders. Here are more ways in which this simple app can tremendously help your business out:

Visibility

Bid adieu to the days of scribbling on post-its and frantically going through your schedule to find out where you’re heading for lunch. Microsoft Bookings provides you with a unique webpage that is compatible on both desktops and mobile devices. Here, customers can select times and dates based on current availability — simply enter the contact information and then book it! The system fully automates the process of managing your appointments.

No more rain checks

Cancellations and missed appointments mean wasted time slots unless you’re able to fill them up with new bookings. Avoid lost income by controlling how much advance notice is required to make a cancellation. […]

Schedules are a breeze with Bookings2019-09-09T08:00:19-07:00

Is SEO affected by website images?

When working with web platforms like WordPress, there are three letters that induce anxiety in any business owner: SEO (search engine optimization). It’s one of the most confusing aspects of running a business, and web apps that rate your SEO with no more than a red or green light don’t make it any easier. Read on to find out whether the images on your site are the cause of that annoying red light.

Do images really affect my SEO?
One of the reasons images tend to be overlooked when auditing SEO is because it’s easy to forget just how many images your website has. Maybe you only had a few photos on your homepage when you first built your site. Over time however, you probably added countless visual elements to blog posts, landing pages, and team photos — drastically increasing the influence of your images on your SEO.

Image resolution and load speed
The first thing to check is how your images affect your […]

Is SEO affected by website images?2019-09-06T08:00:01-07:00

4 Data backup solutions to consider

The modern business uses data in almost every aspect of its operations. Without immediate and constant access to it, a business will come to a grinding halt. What’s more, in the event of a disaster, it risks losing valuable data if it doesn’t have a backup strategy in place. Here are four data backup solutions you can implement to prevent such a scenario.

When it comes to data backups, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. As such, you’ll want to consider the pros and cons of each before making a choice.

USB flash drives

USB flash drives are basically miniature hard drives that you connect to your computer using a USB port. Aside from being inexpensive, USB flash drives are also portable. They can be used to back up data from several computers.

However, because of their size and portability, USB flash drives are easy to misplace, which is why they’re not recommended for long-term storage of crucial information. They are best used for intermediate backups.

External hard […]

4 Data backup solutions to consider2019-09-05T08:00:30-07:00

An easy solution to an ad-free File Explorer

Most of us hate distractions; so it is only natural to remove disruptive ads from your life as much as possible. File Explorer features such ads, but don’t fret. Here’s an easy solution to clean your File Explorer of ads.

Who are getting these ads?

With ads being displayed in different parts of Windows 10 — the start menu, on the lock screen, from the taskbar, and in other Microsoft apps — overwhelming negative reactions to this Microsoft practice have been popping up online.

However, the company doesn’t consider them ads. They call it “suggestions.” These suggestions promote Microsoft products and services and third-party apps in the Windows Store. The tech giant may be doing users a favor by reminding them they can easily grab apps in the store that can benefit them. But to many, the presence of ads is less a favor and more a nuisance.

How do I turn them off?

Fortunately, there’s a simple way to turn them off. In fact, […]

An easy solution to an ad-free File Explorer2019-09-04T08:00:34-07:00

Some ransomware strains are free to decrypt

Over the last few years, different versions of ransomware have sprung up, all aimed at extorting money from your business. Before you even consider paying for the release of your data, the first thing you must always check is if there’s a free cure for the ransomware that infected your systems.

The state of ransomware in 2019

For businesses, the challenge of dealing with ransomware is both from outside and within. On the one hand, there are more cybercriminals trying to infiltrate your network. And thanks to an ever-increasing variety of social engineering scams, there are more internal staff members who are tricked into providing sensitive information or downloading malware.

The statistics are sobering. Ransomware cost businesses more than $75 billion per year. Over the past two years, ransomware attacks have increased by over 97%. And compared to 2017, this year’s ransomware from phishing emails increased by 109%.

According to studies, by 2021 there will be a ransomware attack targeting a business every 11 […]

Some ransomware strains are free to decrypt2019-09-03T08:00:11-07:00

Android bloatware: What you need to know

If you have bought an Android phone on contract from a wireless provider, you’ve likely noticed apps that come preinstalled on your device. These apps are called bloatware, which many users don’t want. The problem is, they’re difficult — if not impossible — to uninstall. Luckily, there is something you can do about them.

What is bloatware?

Bloatware is software that is preinstalled on the device by mobile carriers. These are “value-added” apps, which require you to pay extra to use them. An example of such apps is a music streaming service run by the carrier.

These apps are preinstalled because many carriers have contracts with manufacturers to install them. In other words, you don’t get a choice as to whether or not it is installed on your device.

Is bloatware bad?

Mobile bloatware often gets a bad rap even though they’re not necessarily bad or malicious. Some users even use some of the device’s preinstalled apps. That said, many take issue with the fact that they weren’t given a choice as to […]

Android bloatware: What you need to know2019-09-02T08:00:12-07:00