Email Encryption – Protecting your Outgoing Email – Tech Tip for August 21, 2018

Email Encryption - Protecting your Outgoing Email   In our Tech Tip last week, we discussed the methods available in Office 365 to encrypt outgoing email. But what happens once the email’s recipient receives and decrypts the email? How do you make sure that the email contents are secure to other parties? The easiest way to protect outgoing email and add restrictions to it is with Information Rights Management (IRM) in Office 365. This type of encryption allows restrictions to be placed on emails that help “prevent sensitive information from…

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Email Encryption – How does Microsoft do it? – Tech Tip for August 14, 2018

Email Encryption - How does Microsoft do it? As explained in our last Tech Tip, email encryption works by changing plaintext emails into ciphered text that is decryptable with a private key. Office 365, which is Microsoft’s flagship business email product containing both hosted Exchange and Outlook as the email client, automatically offers service-level encryption via Transport Layer Security (TLS), protecting your individual connection to Microsoft’s email servers. Office 365 offers three methods of email encryption when sending encrypted emails to others: Office Message Encryption (OME), Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME), and Information…

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Email Encryption – What is it? – Tech Tip for August 7, 2018

Email Encryption – What is it? – Tech Tip for August 7, 2018

Email Encryption - What is it?   An email is a wonderful invention and we have been sending them since 1971! Who would have thought that one day we will be able to send mail electronically?! In fact, we can send text, files, images, and other attachments to anyone anywhere in the world with a valid email address. That being said, a lot of times the content we share via email is private and not meant for everyone's eyes. So what can you do when you want to protect the…

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All About Hardware [Part 5]: Find the right devices for your organization – Tech Tip for July 31, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 5]: Find the right devices for your organization – Tech Tip for July 31, 2018

  Find the right devices for your organization   After making the decision that it is time to upgrade your device you need to make sure you are picking the one that is best suited for you and your business. You must come to the decision on which device is best for helping keep you and your business both productive and efficient, and you need to pick a computer that has the right amount of processing power. But where to begin?! Choosing the right devices There are a lot of different…

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All About Hardware [Part 4]: Benefits of Running Windows 10 Pro – Tech Tip for July 24, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 4]: Benefits of Running Windows 10 Pro – Tech Tip for July 24, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 4]: Benefits of Running Windows 10 Pro   In our previous Tech Tips we talked about the importance of upgrading your hardware frequently. In today's Tech Tip, we want to emphasize the benefits of running Windows 10 Pro on any of those new devices. Aside from the obvious advantages such as boosting productivity and adding security, there are a few other "pros" to consider when debating on which version of an Operating System to run. Keep reading to learn more about some of the benefits of…

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All About Hardware [Part 3]: Security Risks Associated with Old Devices – Tech Tip for July 17, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 3]: Security Risks Associated with Old Devices – Tech Tip for July 17, 2018

  All About Hardware [Part 3]: Security Risks Associated with Old Devices By now we think we brought the point across that it is ESSENTIAL to have updated electronic devices. Aside from reasons such as high maintenance costs, decreased productivity, and limited performance, the security risk you expose yourself to is enormous. Old devices running on old Operating Systems are far more susceptible to file hacks, viruses, and other sophisticated security threats. Your files are not fully secured when using an older device as they are not protected by applications like BitLocker and…

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All About Hardware [Part 2]: The Cost of Old Devices – Tech Tip for June 10, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 2]: The Cost of Old Devices – Tech Tip for June 10, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 2]: The Cost of Old Devices Have we sparked your interest with last week's Tech Tip about upgrading your old hardware? Maybe the sparks were flying when you started looking at new devices? You should definitely NOT wait until actual sparks are flying because your computer is SO old it can't handle the workload anymore! Therefore, we advise you to continue reading our Tech Tips of this month - just so that you are at least aware of what's at stake when you keep your old machines…

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All About Hardware [Part 1]: Get to Know Your Computer – Tech Tip for July 3, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 1]: Get to Know Your Computer – Tech Tip for July 3, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 1]: Get to Know Your Computer   We decided to dedicate this entire month to the importance of upgrading your old hardware - and the cost of doing nothing instead. Consider the following: Old devices are expensive! When you’re counting every dollar, it’s tempting to “make do” with whatever devices are available. But that old device may be costing you more than you realize. On average, every PC older than 4 years can cost over $1,700/year1 AND slow you down. Additional costs include IT management time…

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Running Windows on a Mac – Tech Tip for June 26, 2018

Running Windows on a Mac – Tech Tip for June 26, 2018

  Running Windows on a Mac   Have you been using a Windows device for the longest time but are now switching to a Mac? Are you worried about the user interface differences between those two? Let us tell you that there is no reason to be worried! In fact, you can simply run Windows with its familiar interface on your Mac device! There are two ways to do so: Dual Booting, which is a little more difficult to set up but provides you with better functionality, and Virtualization, which is fairly simple to set up. Keep…

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More Mac Hacks – Tech Tip for June 19, 2018

More Mac Hacks – Tech Tip for June 19, 2018

More Mac Hacks Since this month's theme is tips and tricks around Macs, we will - in today's Tech Tip - add to the previous collection. Continue reading the article below to find out how to find a lost cursor, record your screen, use Spotlight Search, and type diacritical marks and accents. Finding Your Cursor A common problem among Mac book users is losing your cursor in the far corners of your screen display. Mac books make it very easy now for you to find it quickly. All you have…

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Mac Keyboard Shortcuts – Tech Tip for June 12, 2018

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts – Tech Tip for June 12, 2018

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts As the second Tech Tip of the month we present you an article all about shortcuts on your Mac keyboard, researched and written by our intern Ryan Donegan. Do you have a Mac but would appreciate working more effectively and efficiently? (… and let's be honest, that's what it's all about, isn't it?) In that case, this article was written specifically for YOU! Copy: Press the command key and “C” key simultaneously. Paste: Press the command key and “V” key simultaneously. Save: Press the command key and “S” key…

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Mac Track Pad Hacks – Tech Tip for June 5, 2018

Mac Track Pad Hacks – Tech Tip for June 5, 2018

Mac Track Pad Hacks   Happy June, everyone! This month's Tech Tips are extra special for two reasons: They cover tips and trick around Mac, which we have never done before. They were written by Ryan Donegan, an intern here at TechWise Group. Ryan Donegan is a Senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.  He will be graduating on June 9th and is headed to University of Tennessee in August to major in Political Science (although, after a week with TechWise Group he is thinking about changing his major to Computer…

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Sunscreen Day – Tech Tip for May 29, 2018

Sunscreen Day – Tech Tip for May 29, 2018

Sunscreen Day Sunscreen Day is celebrated every year on May 27th and is supposed to educate and bring awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays from the sun. In lieu of this day we wanted to educate you on the best practices for handling your electronic devices in hot weather, as those also need special care and attention. If your electronic device gets too hot, it is possible that the hardware inside your computer is either being destroyed or its lifespan significantly shortened. This in turn can…

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National Memo Day – Tech Tip for May 22, 2018

National Memo Day – Tech Tip for May 22, 2018

National Memo Day   Since it was National Memo Day on May 21, 2018, we wanted to use this occasion as an opportunity to introduce you to a refreshing Windows feature: STICKY NOTES! Many of us live and die by the little colorful reminders and can't imagine a life without them. If you are one of those people, we have good news: there are electronic sticky notes! How to Access the Sticky Notes You can access the sticky notes a few different ways: You may click on the little Windows Ink Workspace…

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“Visit your Relatives” Day – Tech Tip for May 15, 2018

“Visit your Relatives” Day – Tech Tip for May 15, 2018

  "Visit your Relatives" Day On May 18th, it is national "Visit your Relatives" Day. For some of us, that is a simple task: walk across the street or hop in the car and drive for a little while. For others, this is a rather tricky and effort-requiring undertaking as the relatives aren't right across the street or a 2 hour car ride away. Not to worry though: with Microsoft's Skype (click here to download) you are being given a wonderful tool to help out in exactly those situations - and it's FREE! Staying in…

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Saving those Mother’s Day Memories – Tech Tip for May 8th, 2018

Saving those Mother’s Day Memories – Tech Tip for May 8th, 2018

  Saving those Mother's Day Memories On Sunday, May 13th, 2018, we are celebrating this year's Mother's Day, which is a celebration in honor of all mothers within a family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. This day is recognized and celebrated in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. YOU ROCK, MOMS! In any case: with Mother's Day approaching, we thought we would give you a quick crash course in what to do with those many photos and memories you might be…

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Mayday on May Day – Tech Tip for May 1, 2018

Mayday on May Day – Tech Tip for May 1, 2018

  Mayday on May Day! For the month of May, our Tech Tips will be based on a few fun and unique holidays. Therefore, it is only appropriate to talk about May Day today, as it is May 1st!  And just to be more specific: we will be talking about Mayday on May Day about My Day! Curious to see what it's all about? Continue reading! Quick definition of May Day: May Day, which is always the first day of May, is celebrated around the world. In most countries it is a celebration of the season of Spring…

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Excel Charts in Word – Tech Tip for April 24, 2018

Excel Charts in Word – Tech Tip for April 24, 2018

  Excel Charts in Word   In this day and age it's all about the data! We are given amazing tools to collect, analyze, and use information, and usually, more data means a better overall understanding. However, the data needs to be organized in a logical way for us to be able to make sense of it. Most of us know of Microsoft Excel as a powerful program to manipulate data. Well, did you know that you don’t have to start in Excel? Instead, you can create the Excel chart from scratch in Word,…

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Smart Lookup & Researcher in Word – Tech Tip for April 17, 2018

Smart Lookup & Researcher in Word – Tech Tip for April 17, 2018

Smart Lookup & Researcher in Word Are you stuck on a word because you forgot its definition or meaning? Are you in the middle of a paper but realize you actually know less about the topic than you initially thought? Do you have to do some more research to finally complete the work? Lucky for you, Microsoft has the perfect features to help with that: Smart Lookup and Researcher! Smart Lookup This feature automatically finds information on the Web using Microsoft's Bing search engine without forcing users to open up an Internet browser…

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Microsoft’s Translation Feature – Tech Tip for April 10, 2018

Microsoft’s Translation Feature – Tech Tip for April 10, 2018

  Microsoft's Translation Feature When it comes to successful communication, you might occasionally run into obstacles, such as language barriers. It is important to always remember the following: No matter what language you speak - most of the world speaks a different one! ...and this is why Microsoft created the Translator feature. As we all know, language barriers can cause misunderstandings and dissatisfaction, which can then lead to serious opportunity losses. Nobody wants that to happen, and Microsoft has your back! Translator works in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (certain translation features are even available in…

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Track Changes in Microsoft Word – Tech Tip for April 3, 2018

Track Changes in Microsoft Word – Tech Tip for April 3, 2018

Track Changes in Microsoft Word (Applies To: Word 2016 Word 2013 Word 2010 Word 2007 )   90% of people with Microsoft Office are using 10% of it, and everyone uses a different 10%. What 10% are you using? For this month's Tech Tips we would like to make you aware of potentially another 10% that you are currently not using: stay tuned to learn about a few really helpful and time-saving features in Microsoft Word! Let's get started! When you want to see who has been making changes to your…

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Underdogs of Office 365: Forms – Tech Tip for March 27, 2018

Underdogs of Office 365: Forms To conclude our "Underdogs of Office 365" theme for the month of March we want to introduce you to Microsoft Forms. Just like with all the other apps we wrote about this month, not a lot of Office 365 users actually utilize Forms - even though it is very easy to use and has many features that can help your business accomplish everyday tasks. Don't believe us? Check for yourself. With Microsoft Forms, you can create surveys, quizzes, and polls, and easily see results as they come in. When you create a…

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Underdogs of Office 365: Delve – Tech Tip for March 20, 2018

Underdogs of Office 365: Delve   In continuation of our month of the "Underdogs of Office 365", this week we want to focus on yet another underutilized and underestimated Office 365 application called Delve.  Let's start with the basics: in order to understand the app, it is important to know that you and everyone else in your organization have your own profile page in Delve. You can use the profile pages to find information about people - and through people - and help others find you. You can also connect…

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Underdogs of Office 365: To Do – Tech Tip for March 13, 2018

  Underdog of Office 365: To Do Let's be real: every one of us has a long list of tasks to complete each day. Some of us like to hand-write them down, others like to simply memorize them. But what if we forget the list at home? Or what if we forget what we tried so hard to memorize? Microsoft understands our struggle and came up with a solution: To Do! In order to keep our March theme going, we will talk about this wonderful and life-saving app today, which is yet…

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