Individuals become more frugal as the economy dips. Businesses who learn how to reduce their operating expenses are far more likely to survive economic downturns and recessions than those who continue to operate “business as usual”. For many business owners, information technology costs are expensive; here are some tips to save on IT costs during a recession:

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Small business owners who are not already on board the “cloud” may be missing out on a great opportunity to improve their business operations as well as profitability. Cloud computing has changed the landscape of business dramatically in the past few years. In order to reap the most rewards from technological advances, it is important first for business owners to understand what they are dealing with and how new technologies can improve the functionality of their business.

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When determining the affordability and ROI of engaging with Managed IT Services Providers, small business owners often find themselves in a position of trying to balance a limited budget while making sure they have the proper tools to grow their business. It is a challenge many business owners face, in that they recognize the need for additional products or services that will allow their business to continue to thrive. However funds may be in short supply to achieve these goals. This is especially true today, when small business owners find financial institutions less willing to extend credit in the current economy.

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From start-ups to multi-billion dollar businesses, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs while turning a profit. In fact, many companies are just trying to keep things in the black, however that does not eliminate the need for practices that will improve and grow these businesses. Since few people have the expertise to manage much of today’s technology, a certain percentage of their budgets should be allocated to IT and software applications maintenance. Here are ways that Managed IT Services benefit small and medium businesses.

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Seeing that we have a lot of comments on our Facebook and LinkedIn posts on “Why we recommend people against upgrading to Windows 10”, we decided to help those who have already fallen over to the “dark side” and are having problem with Windows 10.

There is a way for you to rollback from Windows 10 back to Windows 7 or 8 if you upgrade directly, and that is only if you do so within 30 days. There is a hack to extend the period to beyond 30 days however for today we will just talk about the basic.

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Most places we go, there is a network connection for us to link up to. This is our gateway to any and all information, as well as each other. When we open an Internet browser, we tend to take for granted that we are secure in surfing the web.

At home, we protect our family and belongings with locks and deadbolts. These are a measure to keep the bad guys at bay. But how do we protect ourselves when browsing the World Wide Web? What are we doing to secure our information?

Below are 5 ways to keep your information safe.

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I do not know what I would do without the Microsoft Office suite. Sure, there are some freebie versions out there, but they just do not operate the same. The level of comfortability that I have with Microsoft Office cannot be beat. Keep in mind that I use a PC and these tips may vary for Macs.

I have been using this product since 2003, and only with the release of Office 2013 did I learn that I was only minimally using this awesome suite. Each year, there are more and more improvements and features added that we can use to our advantage.

There are quite a few hidden gems within these programs, but here are 3 Microsoft Office hacks you never knew you needed.

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As more and more people bring and use their own laptops, smartphone and tablet in office, the notion that company data is only on company computers and you can’t work without accessing them is slowly being eliminated. This of course vastly improve the productivity of the employees, however if the technology used by the company is outdated, whatever productivity gained is instead lost. At the same time, the increased mobility gained also open a can of worms – how do you ensure your data is safe and secured, and not accessible by unauthorized people?

We will be having a series that deal with productivity, mobility and security in the area of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), how you can make the full use of BYOD in your company without being bogged down by them.

This week will be a continuation from one of our previous blogon the topic of IMAP vs POP3 email, and we will be looking at which one is best suited for BYOD environment.

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As more and more people bring and use their own laptops, smartphone and tablet in office, the notion that company data is only on company computers and you can’t work without accessing them is slowly being eliminated. This of course vastly improve the productivity of the employees, however if the technology used by the company is outdated, whatever productivity gained is instead lost. At the same time, the increased mobility gained also open a can of worms – how do you ensure your data is safe and secured, and not accessible by unauthorized people?

We will be having a series that deal with productivity, mobility and security in the area of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), how you can make the full use of BYOD in your company without being bogged down by them.

This week we will examine the 2 common email protocol which is the IMAP, POP3 and how they work to bring you email.

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When you open your email client (eg Outlook, Thunderbird etc) in the morning, is the first thought that goes through your mind “Let’s see what I need to take care for today?” which is then followed immediately by “Arg, so many junk email” when the streams of junk mail start flooding your mail?

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