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4 Virtualization myths you shouldn’t believe

Explaining the concept of virtualization is no easy task and failed attempts to do so have left it with a less-than-ideal reputation. We want to set the record straight about virtualization’s many benefits by dispelling four of the most common misconceptions about it.

Myth #1 – Virtualization is too expensive for SMBs

Many people assume that the more advanced an IT solution is, the more expensive it is to install and maintain. That’s not the case at all for virtualization, which is a strategy to boost hardware efficiency and cut costs.

Sure, a virtual server requires more support than a traditional one, but the capacity boost means you won’t need to purchase a second server for a long time, resulting in a net reduction of hardware and IT support expenses. Furthermore, managed virtualization services usually follow a pay-as-you-go model that costs just a few bucks per hour.

Myth #2 – Virtualization adds workplace complexity

Most people feel comfortable with the traditional computing model, wherein one […]

4 Virtualization myths you shouldn’t believe2019-08-30T08:00:55-07:00

Mobile search is now Google’s priority

Over 92% of internet users turn to Google when they need to search something online. The high demand drives Google to constantly strive to improve functionality and its users’ search experience. To that end, Google decided to make mobile search its top priority. Find out why and what that means for your business.’

Google search works by using ‘bots.’ These bots are responsible for trawling through the web and sorting and categorizing websites based on the content, location, and other factors associated with the site to give users the most relevant search results. Google has long used the same algorithms and search tools for all search platforms.

However, the newest Google search updates will move in a new direction. A mobile-only search index — available only to users accessing Google search from mobile devices — will be the primary search index. Essentially, this means that mobile users and web users will get different search results even if they input the […]

Mobile search is now Google’s priority2019-08-29T08:00:09-07:00

Back up your files with Apple Time Machine

There’s a common notion that Macs are the most reliable computer brand because they are less likely to get viruses or crash often — but they do. Like any other computer, Macs aren’t immune to coffee spills, theft, and cybercrime. And when these things happen, we often panic. Here’s why the Time Machine is your friend when it comes to restoring your data.

What is Time Machine and why should you use it?
Time Machine is a backup system software for Macs that run on Mac OS X Leopard or later. It makes regular periodic backups in the following intervals:

  • Hourly backups for the past 24 hours
  • Daily backups for the past month
  • Weekly backups for previous months

Since the scheduled backups don’t replace previously saved files and only save the changes you’ve made to a file, you don’t have to worry about storage space running out fast.

Let’s say you’ve been working on a file for five days. Time Machine has periodically created backups of the […]

Back up your files with Apple Time Machine2019-08-28T08:00:37-07:00

3 Simple security tips to prevent data theft

Advances in technology have made life easier, but have also paved the way for cybercriminals to steal your data. This can be a big blow to small business owners who often take data security for granted. To secure your data, follow these simple tips. 

Cover your webcam

If Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, former FBI Director James Comey, and National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden all believe their webcams could be compromised, there’s no reason you should feel safe. They’re not overreacting because of some ruthless paparazzi that’s hounding them. It’s a fact that cybercriminals can use your webcam to spy on you. 

Though it might sound like a scene from an action movie or crime thriller, this has actually happened on several occasions. Hackers do this either to satisfy their voyeuristic tendencies or, more commonly, to steal personal information. This is a very real threat with disturbing repercussions. 

With your webcam, cybercriminals can examine your surroundings, […]

3 Simple security tips to prevent data theft2019-08-27T08:00:45-07:00

Here’s how your business communications system works

Many businesses still rely heavily on landline telephones, which remain one of the first points of contact businesses have with their customers. With the marriage of traditional telephony and digital connectivity comes a more affordable and more reliable option: internet phones. Is this the option for your business? Read on to find out.

Different phone systems

Telephones have come a long way from when they first came about in 1876; modern phone systems have virtually unlimited reach, are automated, and are cheaper than ever to acquire. Today’s businesses still use telephones to connect with various stakeholders such as customers, investors, and suppliers, to service their numerous needs, and in most cases, VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) phones are the answer.

VoIP is a system of hardware and software that uses the internet instead of wired circuits to transmit data. VoIP does more than just transmit audio; it can also send a variety of data (video, multimedia, SMS, etc.) and perform other tasks as […]

Here’s how your business communications system works2019-08-26T08:00:24-07:00

To succeed on the cloud, you may need attitude adjustments

Cloud computing is not some magic pill you can take to make your business instantly successful. As with any business tool, it must be used properly to be of any help to your company. If you have any preconceived notions about the promises of the cloud, you’ll need to adjust your mindset so you can start off on the right foot.

Consider cloud value over costs
When considering the cloud, too many entrepreneurs get hung up on costs. Instead, as a business owner, think about how the cloud impacts your business and saves you money. You must look at the cloud as no different than any other investment you made to grow your organization.

To help you make the proper shift in thinking, ask your IT leaders just how the cloud will benefit your business. They’ll mention how the cloud will provide you value, such as easier team collaboration and the ability for anyone in your organization to work anytime, anywhere.

Think “strategy” before migration
Once you’ve considered the value the cloud provides, […]

To succeed on the cloud, you may need attitude adjustments2019-08-23T08:00:42-07:00

How to get 500+ LinkedIn connections

Five hundred-plus LinkedIn connections can open doors for your organization. It can lead to more business, new clients, and elevate your company’s status. So how can you break through and become a LinkedIn power networker? Here are a few handy tips you can follow.

Network every day

If you’re struggling to grow your LinkedIn network, you may not be spending enough time on the platform. So dedicate 15–30 minutes a day to network on LinkedIn, and make it a goal to reach 500+ connections.

Join and participate in groups

Utilizing LinkedIn groups presents an opportunity to meet other professionals, and learn and share valuable advice. The point is not to just join a group, but actively participate in it. This requires a degree of focus and smart selection.

How many groups should you join? Shoot for around 10. This ensures that you have time to participate in each group and connect with its members. As for the groups you join, you’ll obviously want to join those in your industry, but you should […]

How to get 500+ LinkedIn connections2019-08-23T07:50:39-07:00

Smartphone browsers now support biometrics

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox Lite support web-based biometric authentication. The leading mobile browsers now allow users to sign in to online profiles through fingerprint scanners, facial recognition, and the like. What’s more, online biometric authentication through these browsers requires no additional software.

Authenticate your profile on your mobile device

Chrome OS, Windows, MacOS, Linux, and Android are all adding features to help users safely log in using biometric identification via USB, Bluetooth, and NFC devices connected to smartphones and tablets. With such convenience, users can verify their accounts on the go.

Preventing cyberattacks with browser-based biometrics

Passwords are notoriously bad at protecting users’ accounts and the information they store. Facial scans, fingerprints, and voice recognition would make it exponentially harder for hackers to commit identity theft. That means you’re also less likely to be duped by an email from a hacker pretending to be your boss asking for the company credit card’s details.

Enjoy more secure online transactions

Biometric verification will also retire the […]

Smartphone browsers now support biometrics2019-08-23T07:51:03-07:00

5 Ways you can benefit from business dashboards

Data dashboards have become increasingly popular for businesses over the past few years. They are a great data visualization tool that gives you an overview of your business at a glance. Dashboards can cater to a wide variety of users, from marketing staff to project managers. Let’s take a look at how dashboards can support your business activities.

Marketing insights

An organization’s marketing department typically analyzes a significant amount of data from various channels. Whether the purpose is to forecast monthly sales, predict trends, or build marketing strategies, marketing officers use dashboards to compare, sort, and analyze raw data to churn out meaningful information presented in an easy-to-understand format. This allows key decision makers to easily make decisions using that information.

Tracking sales opportunities

Sales dashboards are perfect for tracking products and services. They help you identify sales opportunities by monitoring top-selling products and comparing the growth in revenue on a periodical basis. They sync to your raw data, so your charts are always up to date, thus eliminating the need […]

5 Ways you can benefit from business dashboards2019-08-23T07:51:18-07:00

Tips for speeding up Windows 10 updates

Keeping up with Windows 10 updates is vital if you want your computers to have the latest features and security fixes. However, Microsoft’s operating system can take hours to update, especially if a significant change is being released. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to speed things up.

Why do updates take so long to install?

Windows 10 updates take a while to complete because Microsoft is constantly adding larger files and features to them. The biggest updates, released in the spring and fall of every year, take upwards of four hours to install — if there are no problems. The process takes even longer if you have a fragmented or nearly filled hard drive.

In addition to the large files and numerous features included in Windows 10 updates, internet speed can significantly affect installation times. This is especially true if your office network is overburdened by multiple people downloading the update at the same time.

If you still experience slow speed even when there aren’t simultaneous downloads, then it’s likely that there is a problem […]

Tips for speeding up Windows 10 updates2019-08-23T07:52:23-07:00