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There is a Serious Accessibility Issue for Cybersecurity Training

There is a Serious Accessibility Issue for Cybersecurity Training

Your business needs to consider cybersecurity one of its top priorities, and this sentiment needs to extend to your employees as well. If you take too lax of an approach, it could very well result in your employees failing to take appropriate action when it matters most. Let’s go over what it means to have proper cybersecurity training practices and who usually has access to it.

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This One Simple Trick Can Make Your Out-of-Office Messages That Much Better

This One Simple Trick Can Make Your Out-of-Office Messages That Much Better

If you take vacations or are going to be out of the office for any specified amount of time, then it helps to set an out-of-office message so that your coworkers and clients know that you’ll be away. You can make them more effective, however, with a couple of simple practices, namely one particular personal detail.

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Tip of the Week: Did You Know You Could Protect a Zip File with a Password?

Tip of the Week: Did You Know You Could Protect a Zip File with a Password?

Password-protecting a file is one way to secure it from wandering eyes, particularly if you’re not the only one who uses your user profile on your computer. Windows doesn’t have built-in functionality for this type of protection, but you can use a free app called 7-Zip to do it easily enough. Let’s discuss how you can password-protect a ZIP file on your Windows computer.

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Tip of the Week: Adjusting Your Android Device’s Screen Size

Tip of the Week: Adjusting Your Android Device’s Screen Size

If you have ever had trouble looking at your phone because of poor eyesight, then you know it can be difficult to look at small text or images. If this sounds like an issue you experience, then you can change the display size of your Android’s screen. Follow these simple directions and you’ll be having a much easier time and a better experience with your device.

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Tip of the Week: Remove or Hide Desktop Icons

Tip of the Week: Remove or Hide Desktop Icons

How often do your icons get cluttered on your Windows desktop? Sometimes it would just be nice to delete some of them or hide them from view so you can focus on being productive. Let’s go over how to accomplish this with your Windows PC.

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Tip of the Week: How to Print a Word Document Double-Sided

Tip of the Week: How to Print a Word Document Double-Sided

Unless you have moved to a paperless office, it’s likely that your business spends a considerable amount of capital on printing costs. How many times have you or someone in your office printed out a large document while forgetting to check the double-sided feature? Let’s go over how you can do this in Microsoft Word so you don’t forget how to do it ever again.

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Tip of the Week: How to Hide Files in Windows 10

Tip of the Week: How to Hide Files in Windows 10

If your desktop is a mess from countless files strewn about it, perhaps you’ll find today’s tip helpful. We will walk you through how you can hide certain files on your desktop so they don’t clutter it up needlessly, all by using the built-in functionality of Windows 10. Let’s discuss how you can hide folders from your desktop or Documents view.

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Is Standing at Work Really That Beneficial?

Is Standing at Work Really That Beneficial?

Standing desks and other options like it have exploded in popularity, particularly as a more health-conscious approach to work. However, as these options often cost a pretty penny to implement, it is worth asking the question: do the benefits of a standing desk outweigh the costs of implementing one?

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Tip of the Week: Understanding Telemedicine

Tip of the Week: Understanding Telemedicine

Telemedicine is an increasingly popular option in the healthcare industry. It’s basically a virtual meeting designed to deliver more direct methods of healthcare consultation compared to the traditional go-to-the-office type of medical visit. Since healthcare is an increasingly more enticing target for hackers, you will need to do what you can to protect this data. Here are four tips to help you mitigate the risks associated with telemedicine.

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Tip of the Week: How to Download a File from Google Drive to Your Desktop

Tip of the Week: How to Download a File from Google Drive to Your Desktop

Google Workspace is an excellent tool to get work done, but you might often need to download your files to continue using them elsewhere or share them with someone else. In situations like these, downloading is easy and effective, and better yet, customizable; you can change the format in Google Workspace and everything. Here’s how it’s done.

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Tip of the Week: This is How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address

Tip of the Week: This is How to Find Your Printer’s IP Address

If you use a network-connected printer, you might need to know what its IP address is. Let’s discuss how you can find your printer’s IP address within your Windows 10 settings, as well as why you might need to know it.

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Tip of the Week: How to Zip or Unzip Files in Windows 10

Tip of the Week: How to Zip or Unzip Files in Windows 10

Have you ever tried to send large files, like video files, via a service like email? It simply does not work. For cases where you need to send multiple files or those that are larger, attaching them to a message is not going to cut it. In instances like this, you can compress files using the built-in tools found in Windows 10.

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Are Presumptions Undermining Your Security Efforts?

Are Presumptions Undermining Your Security Efforts?

While there are plenty of ways for a business to secure its resources, there are just as many ways for your employees to undermine these protections… often without even realizing that they’re doing so. Let’s focus on some of the cognitive biases that you and your team members might experience when it comes to your security.

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“Productivity” is Much Different Than it Used to Be

“Productivity” is Much Different Than it Used to Be

While it may not seem so at first glance, the concept of “productivity” has evolved significantly in the last few centuries—the amount of time it has been seen as a priority. Beginning once technology enabled the focus of life to be less day-to-day survival and more centered around industry and scale, the first whispers of our modern view of productivity started in the late 1700s. Let’s briefly examine how our view of productivity developed, and how many are looking at it today.

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Tip of the Week: Highlighting Specific Outlook Messages

Tip of the Week: Highlighting Specific Outlook Messages

Email is a hugely useful business tool, which is what makes solutions like Microsoft Outlook so popular in today’s organizations. Having said that, it can become far too simple for the inbox to be overstuffed with outdated and unnecessary messages that ultimately serve little more than to hide the ones you need to review.

Did you know that there’s a capability built into Outlook that can help you keep track of your important messages? Let’s go over how you can use it.

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Tip of the Week: How to Help Minimize Your Blue Light Exposure

Tip of the Week: How to Help Minimize Your Blue Light Exposure

With computers being so integral to modern life, it can be too easy to hear about certain drawbacks—like the purported impacts of blue light—and discount them as little more than a way for companies to sell things that nobody really needs. While we aren’t going to speak to all these presumed drawbacks, we did want to spend some time discussing blue light and how it could impact your health (and how to help keep it from doing so).

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Determining the Most Effective Ways to Come Up with Secure Passwords

Determining the Most Effective Ways to Come Up with Secure Passwords

Passwords are a crucial element of your online security in terms of keeping threats from being able to access your accounts and resources. Unfortunately, for fear of accidentally locking themselves out of their accounts, many users have gotten into the unfortunate habit of taking shortcuts when it comes to their use of passwords. Let’s try to fix this by going over a few ways to design a password that is both memorable and sufficiently secure.

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Feeling Burned Out? Here’s How to Be Productive Anyway

Feeling Burned Out? Here’s How to Be Productive Anyway

Torpor. Lassitude. Languor. Somnolence. Burnout. Whichever term you use to describe it, the occasional lack of motivation is a big problem for many workplaces. However, if you find yourself feeling its effects, there are some ways that you can prevent these phases from impacting your professional and personal life. Let’s go over a few ways that you might be able to maintain your productivity despite any feelings of burnout.

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Tip of the Week: Customizing the Android 11 Power Menu

Tip of the Week: Customizing the Android 11 Power Menu

Just in case you needed another reason to upgrade to Android 11, you have the potential to add far more utility to the menu that appears when you hold the power button on your device. To do so, you’ll have to make a small investment into an automation-driven application known as Tasker. For this week’s tip, we’ll walk you through using this application to customize your Android 11 command center.

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Tip of the Week: How to Use Outlook’s Polling Feature

Tip of the Week: How to Use Outlook’s Polling Feature

In June 2020, Microsoft updated their popular Outlook email platform in Microsoft 365, adding (among other things) an integrated polling feature. Let’s take a few moments and go over how to use it so you are better able to take advantage of the opportunities this tool can provide.

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