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How Long Does it Take to Crack Your Password?

Less and Less Time

 For a Baltimore area religious order, it took no time at all to crack their passwords, because members had stored them in the nifty Password section of this paper planner. When one member left it behind at church, it somehow got into the hands of, let’s call him a “less than devout” person, and it wasn’t long before that religious institution was hacked.

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Dogfooding: Why We Use Our IT Products First

Ever heard of “eating your own dog food” or "dogfooding” for short? The expression means using your own products to test them in a real-world environment before you introduce them to customers.

It’s thought the term originated with a 1970s TV commercial in which actor Lorne Green endorsed Alpo dog food by pointing out his own dogs eat it. Since then, companies large and small have adopted this...

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How to Choose the Best Office Phone System

A Guide to Reduce the Time, Expense and Confusion 

If your office phone looks something like this, it’s probably time to upgrade, but buying a new phone system can be daunting. Just type in “office phone systems”, “phone systems for small business”, or “the best office phone systems” in Google. You will find more than 400 million choices, enough to convince you that your outdated phone system...

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The 7 Gifts of Managed Service Providers

Now Your IT Staff Can Take the Holidays Off!

You're busy this time of year. Holiday orders are coming in fast, you're trying to coordinate your own family plans, and you're also planning for the year ahead! You have employees to manage and when things are going well, it becomes easy to neglect your day-to-day IT maintenance. But could that lead to a high-stress holiday catastrophe? This is a...

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What's the cost of outsourcing IT services?

By Larry Selleh| February 14, 2017 |

Tags: Business, IT, Managed IT

A Study of Cost & Talent

IT Department Structure

Cost often drives the outsourcing of key IT applications and services, but analysis shouldn’t stop there when looking for managed services.  Factoring in employee acquisition, salaries, employee workloads and the core expertise of your IT department also needs to come into play when making the decision to outsource or keep the IT...

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5 Social Media Tips for Businesses

From Social Media to a Handshake: Taking Advantage of Communication Tools

Our multimedia guru, Suzy Shaw, has compiled the benefits and her recommendations for small business owners working to understand how to use social media tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Windows 10 Alert Regarding "Upgrade Now"

You may well get tricked into upgrading to Windows 10.

Many people have chosen to NOT upgrade to Windows 10, opting to stay with their tried and true operating system. Until now, people have had a clear option to say NO and dismissed the upgrade pop-up messages.

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Benefits of a Creating Gmail Marketing Account for Your Business

There are many reasons to create a Google Account for your business. My top marketing reasons are:

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5 Ways to Write Better Emails

There are many different ways to write better emails and grab the attention of your reader. If you're like me, you're probably inundated with new email messages every day, and despite your best intentions, you probably wind up ignoring a big portion of them.

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Office Relocation Challenges you Should be Prepared for

Office relocation is typically an exciting thing. It could mean your business is expanding, your organization is doing well, and you’re ready for growth. Or it could mean your lease simply expired or you’re even just trying to cut costs. Either way, if you’re the one in charge of making the move happen, it can be quite overwhelming.

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