7 Steps for Safer Surfing

You might not think about it when you’re browsing the web, shopping online and interacting on social media, but you are the first line of defense against cyber security risks. The power to be safe is in your hands, and at your fingertips. Developing and maintaining good habits can make online activity much safer, and more enjoyable for you and your colleagues.
The following 7 good habits take only minutes to learn. and are easy enough to incorporate into your daily work life.


Email Systems -- Change is in the Air

Editors Note:  Where and how email is stored and managed is one of the hottest topics for our clients.  This is a good overview article of some of the available options.  We're familiar with all the techniques described here and have clients using "on premise" email systems and various "hosted" solutions. This is one area where "one size" definitely does NOT fit all. Contact us when your email system needs to updated, upgraded, or for us to help you figure out which email management system is best for you.

When it comes to business email, change is in the air.

Web-based platforms have all but taken over the personal email market—Gmail alone has over 425 million active users worldwide and counting [1]. With Microsoft® also ending extended product support for Exchange Server 2003, now could easily seem like the perfect time to switch your office desktop email client and server to an online solution.

But most small businesses should think twice.


Hurricanes 2014 - Should we worry?

It's been a very quiet hurricane season so far this year-- right?  Well, not if you live in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Over the July 4th weekend, Hurricane Arthur paid a visit to Ocracoke Island, knocking out power for almost three days and washing out one of the busiest tourist weekends of the year. (Editors lament -- We were scheduled to go to Ocracoke that very weekend - well maybe next year!)

With record cool temperatures for parts of the US recently,  it's easy to forget the real dangers and threats associated these storms.

The truth is, now is the best time to prepare for the season ahead. (Remember, "peak hurricane season" runs from mid-August to late October.) Learn the 3.5 reasons to not let your guard down this hurricane season and download the free infographic. 


Tips for Taking a REAL Vacation

(Editor's Note:  Although our local summer ends with the return of students to Ithaca, this article regarding vacations is still useful.  It's all too easy these days to stay connected which is a blessing and a curse. But it does allow many of us to take vacations at any time of year.)

The rise in mobile tech has made it possible to work remotely—but it's also made it harder to truly disconnect during that much-needed vacations. Just in time for that summer trip, here are some tips for unplugging the right way—before, during, and after your next vacation.

  • Set expectations and delegate. Whether it's an out-of-office notification, a calendar notice, or an announcement during a meeting (or all three), tell everyone you'll be away. Work out a detailed plan of action with your manager and coworkers that covers who's to take care of what when you're gone. Remember, if you truly want to unplug it's best not to leave your cell number (in case of emergencies.)


Secrets to getting more out of your Laptop Battery

With the rise of the notebook PC and tablets, we’ve been able to stay productive, creative and entertained almost anywhere. We’re no longer tethered to our desks or a certain location—that is, until it’s time to recharge.

How we use a notebook and all its features controls how long the battery runs without recharging. Here are a few tips to follow that can help improve overall battery performance —and keep us on the go.

Charge-cycle care
One of the more commonly-known strategies revolves around how often you connect and disconnect the charger. This method also largely depends on the type of battery and notebook model you’re using. Many older notebooks feature nickel-metal batteries, while modern notebooks are built with lithium-ion batteries. For the nickel-metal variety, it can help to completely drain your battery until it shuts down, and then fully recharge it. But doing so for lithium-ion batteries, though, has been known to have a negative effect on battery efficiency.

Strategies for maximizing power based on the charging method vary by battery type. To find out which type of battery you have, shut down your laoptop and release the battery. On the top or bottom of the battery, there should be a “Li-ion” for lithium-ion or “NiMH” or “Ni-Cad” for nickel batteries. Most tablets have Li-ion batteries installed.


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