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How to Be More Productive with Google Apps for Work

Small business owners understand the importance of being as productive as possible. And, to help you be productive, you will usually need to use the help of various IT programs that can help you easily communicate with customers, business partners, and employees, allow you to share necessary information quickly and easily, and schedule meetings and deadlines. With “Google Apps for Work”, you can do all this and more. Keep reading to find out everything that Google Apps can do to make your small business more productive.

Gmail for Work

Although you may already be familiar with Gmail, Gmail with Google Apps will do even more for you and your small business. The first thing Gmail will let you do is choose a completely custom email address, including the domain portion, so your new business email address could be: you@yourbusiness.com. You also get 30 gigabytes of storage, Google Calendar integration, and additional security features. Read more

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How to Increase Your Team Productivity Using Cloud Based Services

The overall effectiveness and productivity of your team can be greatly enhanced and improved if you can include cloud based systems as a detailed part of your work process.

There are so many benefits that can be derived when teams employ the use of cloud based technologies to execute their projects.

Working with cloud based systems is no rocket science and there are several ways you can easily make this happen. Most times, it’s often much easier than you think because it’s a less painful process when compared to the several hours you might likely spend as a team working on an outdated desktop application.

Here are five great ways you can easily increase the effectiveness and overall productivity of your team using the cloud.

1, Choose The Right Cloud Based System For Your Business.

Picking the right cloud service system for your business is a great way of boosting your team’s productivity. When picking a cloud service, here are a few salient factors you must consider.

Do you need a cloud service system that offers you a faster communication? Do you need a system with more storage space for your work? Can this cloud service support your work as a team? Can it fit into your budget?

Always go for cloud based service systems that solve the most pressing problems of your business and are flexible to operate. Read more

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4 Major IT Challenges of Small and Medium Sized Business Owners

These days, technology has come to play a major fundamental role in the success or failure of most businesses. Gone are the ancient, obsolete ways and poor systems of operating and running a business. It’s hard to keep up with the changes, even as an IT Professional, but if you don’t embrace these new technologies, then you’ll have a hard time staying competitive on the market.

For instance, thanks to the Internet many businesses have been able to outsource their customer service operations to foreign virtual assistants who have been able to handle customer relationship issues seamlessly for these firms while they concentrate on other core areas of operations.

Thanks to mobile technologies, communication lines in business transactions have become faster and much easier. Today’s business deals have been initiated and concluded at a much faster pace.

Take a look at Cloud Computing, which could yield countless benefits as long as it’s implemented properly and it can greatly reduce IT complexity.

The cost of modern technologies.

Research has shown that despite the numerous advantages, technology and IT solutions tend to offer small and medium sized businesses over their competition, many business owners often drawback from using them whenever they think about the costs of acquiring these technological products for their businesses. Other challenges they often face include know how – the knowledge and ability to pick and use the right technical solutions for their business and security. Read more

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9 Things You Must Do If You Intend To Stick To Windows XP

It’s no longer news that Microsoft will no longer continue servicing Window XP users by providing regular updates or defense for that product after April 8, 2014. What we expect to hit the headlines is the numerous bugs and attacks, users of this product are expected to face on a daily basis.

According to a security vendor F-Secure, here are nine things die-hard XP users can do to protect their machines from such expected attacks.

Tip #1: Do not install any third party software you do not use or need at the moment and quickly uninstall any if you already have them installed. The older the installation, the more vulnerable it will be to attack.

Tip #2: Uninstall and disable all browser plugins for third party software. Turn off all your default settings and set your browsers to always ask you what to with PDFs and other software instead of just opening them by default.

Tip #3: Patch your Microsoft office fully if you have it installed on your machine to reduce its chances of endangering your device by exposing it to external attacks.

Tip #4: Always make use of an anti-virus like McAfee, Bit Defender, Avira and the rest and ensure that your installed firewalls are regularly updated.

Tip #5: Windows XP usually comes with the Internet Explorer browser, but cannot support the latest versions beyond IE 9 thus making the security features available in IE 10 and 11 obsolete for it. It’s highly recommended that you install another current browser like Mozilla and make it your default browser.

Tip #6: Install the latest updates which happen to be the final ones for Windows XP so that your machines can start this new unsupported phase of their lives free from the latest known malware or attacks.

Tip #7: Always Isolate your XP machines by placing them on separate networks so you can easily protect your modern devices from any attack which might result from your vulnerable XP devices.

Tip #8: Always place your computers on trusted networks behind a NAT router which often acts as a firewall for hardware.

Tip #9: If you can afford it, just consider upgrading your devices to a supported operating system to save yourself the hassles.

In conclusion, Windows XP installations are much more difficult to repair once they have been compromised than other known operating systems which make it a matter of necessity for anyone running his systems on such an obsolete system to consider these tips that can easily help prevent his devices from being exploited.

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Basic Tools Needed For Small Business Backups

Many small business owners overlook the need of keeping multiple regularly updated and synchronized copies of a businesses data. In fact majority of them wait for a disaster to strike before they partaking any back up measures. Unfortunately, by then it is already too late. To avoid such situations, we will introduce the basics tools offering small business back up solutions.

1. Portable Storage Drives
One of the most important technologies to be ever invented were external storage devices. They come in different physical and memory sizes. The choice ranges from flash disks, pen drives, memory sticks, compacts disks to hard disks. Once you’ve acquired the device of personal choice, its time go choose the preferable back up utilities. All operating systems come with a default tool. Functionalities of such utilities include configuring external drives as centralized network backup points. If by any chance you don’t wish to use the default utilities, plenty others can be easily acquired from open source or proprietary software platforms.

2. Backing Up On The Cloud
Another backup tool available at the disposal of a small business is the cloud. Numerous platforms such as Amazon, CX, Drop Box, Sky drive, Carbonite and many others offer superb storage solutions. You are only required to subscribe for the services at a fee determined by the space you need. The other requirement is constant Internet connectivity, to facilitate uninterrupted data synchronization.

A cheaper alternative to web based clouds, is a LAN(Local Area Network) cloud. This can be easily set up on a local server using softwares like S3 and Citrix CloudStack among many others.

Now the big question at this point is, which set of tools are best to serve the needs of a small business? Many experts would advice using both, a decision I strongly agree with. This because one will serve as a fail safe alternative for the other in case of any technicalities

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