Techtoberfest [Part 3] – Tech Tip for October 16, 2018

Techtoberfest [Part 3] – Tech Tip for October 16, 2018

Techtoberfest [Part 3] We are only at Tuesday #3 of the month and lucky us - we get five of them in total this time! The good news is that we can keep our entertaining theme of the month going for another couple of weeks, and therefore share a few more super useful life hacks around your technology with all our followers. Check it out! DIY Speaker This is one of the easiest ways to turn your phone into a full-blown sound system! All you need is an empty paper towel roll and…

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Techtoberfest [Part 2] – Tech Tip for October 9, 2018

Techtoberfest [Part 2] – Tech Tip for October 9, 2018

Techtoberfest [Part 2] Let's continue this fun theme of the month! As we mentioned before: we are on a mission to help you get through these gray and rainy days that come with this time of the year. Don't you worry - we got you covered! Toilet Paper Roll Cord Organizer Are you trying to get your cable chaos under control? Are you tired of having to untangle your cords once it's time to charge your phone or laptop? We have a simple solution to keep the mess in check, and all you need…

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Techtoberfest [Part 1]- Tech Tip for October 2, 2018

Techtoberfest [Part 1]- Tech Tip for October 2, 2018

Techtoberfest [Part 1] It's officially Fall and therefore the season of chilly weather, colorful leaves, and pumpkin-spiced everything. With last month's Tech Tips being all about Student Hacks, we wanted to continue our theme of "Life Hacks" for one more month, just to at least attempt to make everyone's lives a little simpler. Stay tuned! Make your smartphone battery last longer You most likely already know a few basic tricks that can help you extend your smartphone's battery life, such as turning off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and shutting down background applications. However, keep in mind that…

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Special Deals for Students – Tech Tip for September 25, 2018

  Special Deals for Students Are you ready to start off the new school year - the right way? We have good news: Students and parents save up to 10% on Microsoft devices such as the Surface Go and the Surface Book! Below please find a few of the devices that could be especially helpful in getting you through the school year, as well as the links to the website associated with the products and special offers. If you are looking for other ways to save money, simply click on the link…

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Student Hacks to Research with Ease – Tech Tip for September 18, 2018

  Student Hacks to Research with Ease   As part of your College career there is - unfortunately - no way around a few research papers. However, there is no need to worry or dread them! Microsoft Word offers these amazing two tools called "Smart Lookup" and "Researcher" that will help you research and investigate topics with ease! Watch the short video below to learn more about how Researcher actually works - and in no time your paper will be done! Smart Lookup This feature automatically finds information on the Web using Microsoft’s Bing search…

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Student Hacks to Spruce up your Space – Tech Tip for September 11, 2018

Student Hacks to Spruce up your Space Going along with this month's theme of "Going-back-to-School" we wanted to share a few quick and easy tips and tricks to organize your work and study space. Sometimes it's the simplest little things that can make a huge difference in your life! Use Binder Clips to keep your cords neat and tidy by simply attaching the clips to the side of your desk and pulling the cords through. Create a reusable notepad from a picture frame and sheet of paper. Create colorful picture frame designs on…

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Student Hacks to Boost your Productivity – Tech Tip for September 4, 2018

Student Hacks to Boost your Productivity Since it is already September and therefore the month of going-back-to-school, we thought that - as every year - we will dedicate these Tech Tips to the students in our ranks. YOU CAN DO IT! Stick with us and you will learn hacks that will help you be more productive, clean up your space, and study smarter! Too many things to do? Take a picture of your class schedule and set it as your lock screen -  you will never be late for a…

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Email Encryption – Office 365 Email Encryption Recommendations – Tech Tip for August 28, 2018

Email Encryption - Office 365 Email Encryption Recommendations The theme of this month's Tech Tips is all about the multiple encryption options offered by Microsoft Office 365 to help you meet your business needs for email security. As previously explained, there are three options of Email Encryption available in Office 365: Office Message Encryption (OME), IRM (Information Rights Management), and Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME). But how do you know which encryption option is the right one for you? Below please find a quick summary of Microsoft's recommendations, as well as example scenarios on when…

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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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