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Free Microsoft Office Online – What Does it Offer?

Free Microsoft Office Online

If you didn’t already know, Microsoft Office offers a FREE online version of its most widely used basic software, including Word, Excel, OneNote and PowerPoint. You might be wondering why anyone would pay for a licensed copy when it’s offered for free, but reality is, we all have different needs when it comes to productivity software needs. What’s the difference between the free Office Online and Microsoft Office 365? Quite a bit, actually. Free Microsoft Office Online – What’s Free? The free version of these online office programs provide enough functionality to satisfy basic users. Students and home users can…

Office 2016 or Office 365 – What’s the Difference?

Office 2016 or Office 365

Purchasing a new computer or looking for office application options for your computer? If you’re considering Office 2016 or Office 365, you might be wondering what the differences are between the two and which one is right for you. Here’s a brief explanation of what you’ll get from each of these applications. The Pros and Cons – Office 2016 or Office 365 Office 2016 With Office 2016, there is a larger, one-time up-front cost to purchase the license, but after that, you own the software. You won’t be paying a monthly subscription, but you also won’t get the additional perks…

What You Need to Know About Cloudbleed

Cloudbleed

If you remember what happened with the Heartbleed Bug back in 2014, the latest internet data security threat resembles that of Heartbleed. In fact, its name was adopted after the person discovered it commented on the similarities in the security vulnerability. What is Cloudbleed? Cloudbleed was a vulnerability discovered in the Cloudflare software coding, which accidentally leaked sensitive information collected from more than 5.5 million websites that used Cloudflare. The vulnerability may have been leaking information from as far back as September 2016 until it was discovered February 18, 2017. Currently, there is no evidence that the bug was discovered…

Workplace by Facebook – Newest Platform for Work Collaboration

Workspace by Facebook

Facebook has just announced this month about unrolling its newest brainchild, Workplace. Workplace by Facebook offers a familiar platform for new users not unlike the Facebook social media platform, except built with business productivity in mind. Workplace by Facebook is completely separate from the popular social media core and build specifically for business for project collaboration. Workplace is contending for a share in the market where Slack, another collaborative platform for businesses, currently rules. New Workplace by Facebook – Project Collaboration Made Easy Workplace looks and feels just like Facebook, including a wall and messaging, but it also offers some…

I Forgot My Wi-Fi Password – Wi-Fi Password Retrieval

Wi-fi password retrieval

If you’ve forgotten or don’t know your Wi-Fi password but are needing to add a device to the wireless network, don’t panic just yet. There are two easy ways for Wi-Fi password retrieval that might help and don’t require you to make any phone calls. Wi-Fi Password Retrieval Like most people, you may not have ever changed the super long default password that came with your router. If the password has never been changed, Wi-Fi password retrieval is easy because it’s typically found on the side of the router. If it isn’t there, it’s likely in the documentation that came…

5 Must Haves for Small business IT Support in Portland (Or Wherever You Run Your Business)

Small Business IT support

Whether you’re just beginning, or reevaluating your small business’ digital infrastructure, there are some things you’ll want to consider adding to your checklist before signing an IT support contract. Here are 5 must haves for small business IT support in Portland (or wherever you run your business). Must-Haves for Small Business IT Support in Portland Customized Solutions. Does the company you’re considering only offer one-size-fits-all solutions? This gives little wriggle room for budget considerations. We think your IT support should be tailored for what you need. Fast and Friendly 24/7/365+ Tech Support. Every minute of downtime during a technical crisis…

Is Ransomware a Real Threat for Small Business?

A hospital’s computer network in Hollywood was recently held ransom by a ransomware attack demanding $3.4 million to gain access back into their systems after the digital takeover. In the end, it ended up costing the hospital $17,000 in ransom to get business running again. With this tragic news of the latest Flash Player ransomware hack, you might be wondering; is ransomware a real threat to you, the “little guy.”  Is Ransomware a Real Threat to Small Businesses? Is ransomware a real threat to small businesses? The quick answer is, that depends. Don’t think that because you aren’t a multi-million…

Choosing a Good Managed Services Company for Business

choosing a good managed services company for business

Whether you’ve been in business for 2 weeks or 2 decades, choosing a good managed services company for business isn’t an easy task. Your business data is extremely valuable; trusting and choosing a good managed services company for business is something that should be thoroughly researched before signing any contract. Choosing a Good Managed Services Company for Business When you’re looking for a good managed services company for business, treat the process like a job interview. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; your business and livelihood are at stake if a data disaster hits. Here are a few important things…

Reduce System Downtime in a Disaster

Reduce System Downtime in a disaster

If your network were to suddenly go down, are you prepared? Do you understand how long it will take to recover your data from backup, restore it, and how much it could potentially cost your business if your backup system isn’t fine-tuned and your employees are left with nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs? Perhaps it’s time to get a better understanding of what a network crash could cost you and explore different ways you can reduce system downtime in a disaster. Reduce System Downtime in a Disaster – What’s it Going to Cost Without a Plan Let’s say…

Business Computer Network Security Tips – Pt II

business computer network security

Our last post touched on the first five business computer network security tips for protecting your business’ digital data. You can read Part I here. 5 More Business Computer Network Security Tips Use a password manager. Password managers act as a vault to store your passwords and can add an extra depth of security by auto-generating random, difficult to de-code passwords (as long as you don’t forget your master password). Never store any of your passwords digitally on any computer or server. Be warry of free Wi-Fi Hotspots. Often in crowded public places, free Wi-Fi hotspots will appear in your…