Hackers and Hats Explained – Tech Tip for November 13, 2019

Hackers and Hats Explained – Tech Tip for November 13, 2019

Hackers and Hats Explained - Tech Tip for November 13, 2019 Can you tell the difference between an evil hacker and an ethical hacker? Not all hackers wear the same hat. That’s why this week, we’re exploring different types of hackers—and not all of them are bad! In order to keep them straight, hackers are universally categorized by metaphorical “hats.” Each type of hacker dons a different color hat which helps us understand their motivations and improve our security. If you’re into old Western films, you’ll catch on quickly: the cowboy…

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Talk Cybersecurity to Me – Tech Tip for November 5, 2019

Talk Cybersecurity to Me – Tech Tip for November 5, 2019

Talk Cybersecurity to Me - Tech Tip for November 5, 2019 You’ve probably heard the term cybersecurity. In the world of technology, it refers to how companies protect their computer systems and networks from theft or damage. But what about all the other terms that surround cybersecurity? Like, what exactly is a ransomware malware virus? And what are the best ways to protect yourself from security threats?   Since cybercrime is at an all-time high, this month we are diving into security education and best practices with expert Shawn Lawson. This…

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How Messy is Your Desktop? – Tech Tip for October 30, 2019

How Messy is Your Desktop? – Tech Tip for October 30, 2019

How Messy Is Your Desktop? - Tech Tip for October 30, 2019 Is your desktop messier than a teenager’s bedroom floor? If you look at your desktop and immediately start thinking, “Oh my stars and garters, that’s messy,” then it may be time to organize… We admit, sometimes it’s just handy to have an easy shortcut to all your apps and files in one place. But if your desktop starts to look like this: You may need to adopt a new method to organize the madness. So here are 3…

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Spring Cleaning in October! – Tech Tip for October 29, 2019

Spring Cleaning in October! – Tech Tip for October 29, 2019

  Spring Cleaning in October! - Tech Tip for October 29, 2019 How to Get Rid of Useless Software on Windows 10 We acquire a lot of stuff over the years—from online shopping sprees to white elephant gifts, family heirlooms, childhood keepsakes, and vacation souvenirs. Most of it never sees the light of day and we should probably take spring cleaning more seriously next year. But at least it’s not as problematic as acquiring a bunch of unnecessary software on our PCs. Windows 10 comes with a lot of built-in…

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OneDrive to the Rescue! – Tech Tip for October 22, 2019

OneDrive to the Rescue! – Tech Tip for October 22, 2019

OneDrive to the Rescue! - Tech Tip for October 22, 2019 If you don’t already know, we’re here to announce from the mountain tops that it is crucial to regularly backup your PC. You and your computer may have gotten along for years without major problems, but there may come a time when your hard drive fails or you catch a nasty computer virus. If your computer system crashes, you risk losing all your important files saved to your desktop. That is, unless you backed up that data and have…

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Level Up with Updated Windows 10 Search

Level Up with Updated Windows 10 Search

Figuring out how to use the Search box in Windows 10 seems like a no brainer. You just type in what you’re looking for and it shows up, right? Well, yes. While search still functions the way you expect it to, Microsoft has made some changes this year. Namely, Cortana is no longer integrated with the Search box. So even if you think you know how search works, you may want a refresher. How to use Search in 2019 Find the Search box which is located at the bottom left…

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Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Edge We love quick and easy keyboard shortcuts! Don’t you? Whether you’re working on a Mac or Windows computer, keyboard shortcuts save you time and quickly become second nature. For all you MacBook users, please enjoy our Mac Keyboard Shortcuts. And if you’re a Windows 10 user, this week’s Tech Tip is for you! Learn how to use keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Edge. This will help you surf the web more efficiently! Press These Keys To Perform This Action Ctrl + T Open a…

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Reading Online Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Reading Online Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Reading Online Shouldn't Be This Hard. Reading articles online is no walk in the park. It’s more like gazing at stars through the wrong end of a telescope. Your chances of finding what you were looking for are slim to none. When you open up a blog post on a website, what do you see? You’re probably looking at a lot of things: different sections of text—some of which is not relevant to the article—and other random content. Chances are, the web page isn’t easy to scan and you’re likely…

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Where Did I Save It Again?

Where Did I Save It Again?

Have you ever been here? You see an interesting headline, but you don’t have time to read it. So, you do the only logical thing: save the article for later. But why is it that 9 out of 10 times this article ends up getting misplaced? Well, we are all extremely busy people. When we come across a critical news or industry article, we may not have time to immediately dig into it. That’s why we save articles all over the place—tucking them away on LinkedIn, burying them somewhere on…

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I Will Find You and I Will Mute You!

I will find you and I will mute you! - Sick of Annoying Browser Ads? Us too. You’ve probably experienced how annoying it can be when a video starts playing automatically on a web page. And it gets even more obnoxious when you can’t immediately figure out where on earth the audio is coming from… To save you from this nuisance, we’re giving you a simple how-to guide that lets you immediately stop web pages from autoplaying videos in Microsoft Edge. You no longer need to put up with unwanted…

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Your Browser Remembers Everything You Do

Your Browser Remembers Everything You Do

Protect Your Internet Privacy Your browser remembers everything you do… It collects information every time you log into Facebook, check your credit score, open your email, and buy a cool bag on Amazon. And while this can be helpful when it comes to remembering passwords and usernames, it can also be dangerous and used against you—especially if a hacker gets involved. So, how can you make sure your internet privacy is always protected? Simply put, just clear your browsing data! But instead of reminding yourself to do this manually, we…

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Use AutoSave in Microsoft Office—But Use It Wisely

Use AutoSave in Microsoft Office—But Use It Wisely

AutoSaving Office Files: The Good and the Bad If you have an Office 365 subscription and you’re using the latest versions of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, then congrats—you have access to a brand-new feature called AutoSave! As the name suggests, it’s a capability that protects us all from our forgetfulness by automatically saving documents every few seconds. It does this by default when you store a file in OneDrive for Business or on a SharePoint teams site and can be extremely useful to use. But we want to make sure…

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While You Were Away… Here’s the Scoop on Who Did What When!

While You Were Away… Here’s the Scoop on Who Did What When!

While You Were Away... Here’s the Scoop on Who Did What When! If you use PowerPoint on the daily like us, there is a super cool capability worth mentioning that lets you know when someone makes changes to your shared deck. This week, we are introducing you to a new feature that Microsoft calls “While You were Away.” It is a huge time-saver when it comes to PowerPoint because it lets you see how your presentation has evolved over time by showing you where and when your colleagues made changes…

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Better Together: Work on Projects with Your Colleagues at the Same Time!

Better Together: Work on Projects with Your Colleagues at the Same Time!

Better Together: Work on Projects with Your Colleagues at the Same Time! This week, we are going over how to share Office files and work jointly with one or more team members on Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations. Microsoft calls this capability “co-authoring.” Why is co-authoring so great? It allows you to work with others on projects at the exact same time. And you can do that in Office apps on the web or in your Office desktop apps. How to Co-Author: Step 1: Co-authoring is only possible…

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How to Save Your Business Files to the Cloud

How to Save Your Business Files to the Cloud

How to Save Your Business Files to the Cloud The month of August is upon us! And as summer blazes on, we are going to be talking about how you can work more efficiently with your team members by using your favorite Office apps like Excel, PowerPoint, and Word in the cloud. That’s why today we’re going to teach you how to easily save files to the cloud. Save Files to the Cloud from an Office Desktop App If you’re working in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint on your desktop, go…

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Create Professional Presentations and Charts in Seconds!

Create Professional Presentations and Charts in Seconds!

Create Professional Presentations and Charts in Seconds! This week to continue our theme in productivity tools, we are revisiting the AI-powered feature called Ideas. We’ve already explored how Ideas is coming to Word Online, but let’s take a look at how this intelligent tool is helping users simplify work in Excel and PowerPoint online. You can use Ideas for web versions of Excel and PowerPoint to easily locate, understand, and convey info without needing a technical background or in-depth training.   Ideas in Excel Online  You can use Ideas in Excel to interpret data sets and swiftly build out professional charts that you can present in meetings. And the best part? You don’t have to write out any…

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3 Tools to Manage Every Task and Email

3 Tools to Manage Every Task and Email It can be difficult to stay on top of tasks, project timelines, to-dos and the like – especially when people are recording tasks in various locations. Instead of constantly switching between calendars, apps, browsers, and windows to stay on top of action-items, it’s possible to simplify the process. As we continue to explore Office productivity tools this month, we want to highlight 3 new features that integrate seamlessly together and empower employees to easily stay organized. 1.Planner and To-Do Integration Microsoft To-Do…

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AI in Word Helps You Write Like a Pro

AI in Word Helps You Write Like a Pro Microsoft has embedded AI into Word, Excel, and PowerPoint via a feature called Ideas that improves the quality of your work with intelligent suggestions. This feature is available for Excel and PowerPoint today in cloud-connected versions of Microsoft Office like Microsoft Business, Business Premium, E3, E5 and Microsoft 365 E3 and E5. Ideas in Word is a new feature that is slowly rolling out to Office 365 customers and will be more widely available in fall. Ideas will help users do…

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Today in Office Productivity…

Today in Office Productivity… The “Modern Workplace” is not just a cool name for your office. It’s a term that describes how companies are using technology to stay ahead of the market, and it’s the new normal. That’s why for July, we are highlighting the newest features and updates in Microsoft Office. Learn what’s new in the latest versions Microsoft Office for your favorite tools like Word, Outlook, Edge, Excel and PowerPoint. These features are available in cloud-connected versions of Microsoft Office that are part of Microsoft Business, Business Premium,…

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Five Ways Your Company Can Still Use Skype for Business

Five Ways Your Company Can Still Use Skype for Business Microsoft Teams is the fastest growing business application in Microsoft history with nearly 500,000 organizations using the platform. But each organization is using Teams in different capacities. Some companies that we work with are also still utilizing Skype for Business, and that’s okay! As we wrap up our theme for June on Microsoft Teams, we want to explore what’s right for your company when it comes to collaboration software like Skype for Business and Teams. While the latter is officially…

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Big Updates for Bigger Teams

Big Updates for Bigger Teams Are you trying to stay on top of a growing team at work? Microsoft made some big changes to help optimize collaboration across all kinds of organizations that continue to increase in size. Today, we are continuing our June theme on Microsoft Teams and reviewing the newest features that help you stay connected with every member in your company. One Company, One Team Org-Wide Teams is a way for your company to add every employee to a single channel. This feature specifically targets small to…

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How to Manage your Team While Juggling Fire and Running a Marathon

How to Manage your Team While Juggling Fire and Running a Marathon Everything is on your phone! Well, maybe you already live on your phone. But not many apps guarantee security and efficiency when it comes to working from your phone. That’s why today we are continuing our June theme on Microsoft Teams and talking specifically about Teams for mobile. Do you happen to be one of two billion people worldwide who work in service and need to stay in frequent contact with coworkers? If you’re a Firstline Worker, a…

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Talk and Draw with Your Team from The Beach

Talk and Draw with Your Team from The Beach Did you hear the news? There is big momentum behind Microsoft Teams this year. You may have caught wind of the announcement at the Microsoft Build 2019 Conference, but we have even more updates to share. This month we are diving headfirst into how Teams is radically changing the way we interact at work. To get this month kicked off, let’s look at a couple of the new Teams features: Microsoft Whiteboard Integration in Teams All meeting attendees are now able…

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SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – SQL Licensing – Tech Tip for May 28th, 2019

SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – SQL Licensing – Tech Tip for May 28th, 2019

SQL Server 2008 End of Support is Almost Here! – SQL Licensing This month is slowly but surely coming to an end. For the month of May, we’ve talked about SQL Server EOL and went over different options for SQL on Azure. But now it’s time to dig into licensing! When it comes to SQL Server 2017 licensing, it’s all about choice. Depending on your performance needs and price points, you can choose between two editions of SQL Server 2017: 1. Enterprise Edition is great for applications that require high…

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