Business

Use These Windows 10 Tips to Boost Your Productivity

Windows 10 is full of useful features, and more are added every time Microsoft releases an update. If it’s been a while since you’ve familiarized yourself with the operating system’s capabilities, you could be missing out on a game-changing enhancement. We’ve created a list of our favorites. Night Light This feature lets you reduce the amount of blue light emitted from your screen, which reduces eye strain and boosts sleep efficiency. Night Light is disabled by default, so you need to enable it by following these steps: Click the Start Menu Open the Settings app (or press the Windows key + I to quickly open Settings) Select the System icon followed by the Display option in the left-hand pane Set Night light to “On” or “Off” Taskbar pin It takes only a few seconds to open a browser and enter … READ MORE »

TECHLINQ – COVID-19 Update: Now More Than Ever, Proper Security, and Technology Support is Key

Written by: Anton Ruighaver, COO – TECHLINQ With the recent Coronavirus situation sending a shockwave through the world, many businesses are facing unprecedented uncertainty. Companies that were thriving are seeing a sudden and significant decline in their overall revenue, while businesses operating with thin margins are fearful of having to shut the doors permanently. Unfortunately, this is completely out of our control, and is the landscape we’re facing. I am devastated for those companies that have been forced to close due to new government stipulations imposed to stop the spread of the virus. Based on my observations to date, it seems that of businesses that remain open, few are actually addressing the situation in a thoughtful and logical manner. I’ve heard countless stories of small companies immediately laying off their entire staff, or a large majority of it. Others that … READ MORE »

Use These Windows 10 Tips to Boost Your Productivity

Windows 10 is full of useful features, and more are added every time Microsoft releases an update. If it’s been a while since you’ve familiarized yourself with the operating system’s capabilities, you could be missing out on a game-changing enhancement. We’ve created a list of our favorites. Night Light This feature lets you reduce the amount of blue light emitted from your screen, which reduces eye strain and boosts sleep efficiency. Night Light is disabled by default, so you need to enable it by following these steps: Click the Start Menu Open the Settings app (or press the Windows key + I to quickly open Settings) Select the System icon followed by the Display option in the left-hand pane Set Night light to “On” or “Off” Taskbar pin It takes only a few seconds to open a browser and enter … READ MORE »

Improve Internet Security With These Easy Tips

With over three billion internet users around the globe totaling roughly 40% of the population, the internet is rife with opportunities for hackers to steal users’ information. And with technology constantly evolving and the internet growing, it’s not likely to get safer anytime soon. It therefore pays to take extra precautions when surfing the web. We’ve compiled these three easy tips that can amp up your online security. Tip #1: Use HTTPS Short for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, HTTPS indicates that a website has an extra layer of security for its users. This layer encrypts data exchanged between a user’s browser and the web server that delivers the data that the user requests. To use a simpler comparison, imagine someone tapping your landline, but instead of getting to listen in on your conversations, they’ll hear people speaking in tongues instead. … READ MORE »

3 Ways to Browse the Web Safely at Work

Amidst the current climate of malware, hacks, and phishing scams, companies must take precautions when accessing the internet. Without safeguards, browsers that you or your employees use are vulnerable to cyberattacks that may cripple productivity and profit. Here are steps that your company should take to browse the net safely. Prevent browser tracking If you don’t like the idea of a third party (reputable or otherwise) being able to track your browsing habits, enable private browsing using built-in tools in your internet browser such as Chrome’s incognito mode. This offers protection against tracking by blocking third-party cookies as well as malware. Some browser extensions also boast secure Wi-Fi and bandwidth optimization and can guard against tracking and data collection from social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Block adverts While online ads may seem harmless, the truth is they … READ MORE »

A Brief Guide to Keeping Computers Physically Clean in the Current Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation, and beyond…

A clean work PC has now become essential in the wake of the developing worldwide Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. Things we used to take for granted now require much more attention. Keyboards and frequent-touch surfaces pose a significant risk in the spread of contact-transmitted viruses. Here’s how to properly clean your computers to help mitigate the threat. Cleaning your keyboard Because we use keyboards every day, they get a bit grungy, with debris accumulating between the keys. Before you start cleaning, be sure to unplug the keyboard, or turn it off if it is wireless. To clean the upper parts of the keys — where your fingers strike the keys — try dipping cotton swabs into rubbing alcohol and then cleaning the keys with a gentle rub. A light spray misting (from a distance) of a disinfectant spray such as Lysol … READ MORE »

BYOD Security Tips

The bring your own device (BYOD) phenomenon continues to rise in the workplace. There are a number of benefits and risks that BYOD brings. For it to be successful, you must balance employee freedom and data security. Here’s how you can do that. Whether your employees are using smartphones, tablets, or laptops, you need a BYOD security policy. Additionally, you need to be aware of the key BYOD security risks: Loss or theft of device – Employees often bring their personal devices wherever they go. This means there’s a higher chance of devices being lost or stolen, and a greater risk of the company data that’s stored or accessed on these being compromised. Data loss – In the event that a device is lost, stolen, or damaged, any locally stored data may be lost permanently if it’s not backed up … READ MORE »

Defend Against this New Office 365 Threat

Some hackers have become so skilled that they don’t even need you to give up your credentials to hack into your account. One recent cyberthreat is targeted towards users of Microsoft Office 365. You don’t want to be the next victim, so read up. A phishing scam that harvests users’ credentials The latest cyberattack on Microsoft Office 365 involves harvesting users’ credentials. Scammers use this previously unseen tactic by launching a phishing message to users, asking them to click on an embedded link. What makes this scam more insidious than traditional phishing scams is that the URL within the message links to a real Microsoft login page. How does it work? The phishing message resembles a legitimate SharePoint and OneDrive file-share that prompts users to click on it. Once they do, they are taken to an Office 365 login page … READ MORE »

Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

If you think you haven’t maximized all that Windows 10 has to offer, you’re probably right. Windows 10’s recent updates include a few small but useful enhancements that’ll make your life easier. Aside from the Start Menu’s return or the Cortana display enhancements, there’s more to Microsoft’s snazzy operating system that you probably haven’t used. Performance/Power slider There are two kinds of computer users: those who value battery longevity and those who prefer optimized system performance. The Performance/Power slider in Windows 10 lets you easily toggle between the ‘Best battery life’ (when you’re trying to save battery) and the ‘Best performance’ (when you need your system to perform optimally), or set a balanced battery and system performance setting. Just click the battery icon in the taskbar and adjust the slider based on your preference. Night Light Those who use computers … READ MORE »

Why Analytics Are Important to Data Backups

Data is vital to your business. It’s how you keep records, track activities, and function as a business in general. However, with all of the data that your business generates on a regular basis, it can be difficult to keep everything backed up at all times. Fortunately, there is a way to better prioritize your data backups. Too much data may sound like a good thing, but depending on your organization, backing up everything à la minute may be out of your price range or just flat out impossible with the amount of information that you create. The problem then becomes: How do I structure my backup plan to prioritize the critical files? We believe the answer is analytics. In order to avoid backing up unneeded data, you’ll require a “smarter” backup solution. This is where an experienced MSP (managed … READ MORE »