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5 Easy Ways to Speed Up a Slow PC

Why does it always seem that your PC slows down at the most inopportune times?  It’s 5:00 on a Friday and you need to make one more edit to the budget before sending it off to your manager.  You go to open it and the dreaded “not responding” comes up.  There are many reasons this can happen such as a virus infection, low memory, low disk space and many others. 

Below are 5 common ways to make your PC run faster:

Remove unwanted programs

Security Flaw Heartbleed

Over the past few weeks a new security flaw has been uncovered. This flaw, codenamed Heartbleed, could potentially expose all your vital data and communications that flows between your computer and websites online. All businesses and Internet users should be aware of this so that they can take steps to stay safe.

SSL and Secure Transmission over the Internet

Microsoft Office Apps for iPad Now Available!

For years it was rumored that Microsoft was developing Office for the iPad, and yesterday, it was finally released.  The free Office apps featuring Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are available for download through the app store (iOS 7.0 or above is required).  With the free apps you can view documents, copy and paste between documents, share via attachments, view Excel data and present using PowerPoint. However, if you want to create new documents, edit and format them, you need to pay for an Office 365 subscription.

Create Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows 7 and Windows 8 to Quickly Open Apps and Programs

A lot of Windows users love their keyboard shortcuts; personally I’m a “right-click” kind of gal, but to each their own.  If you’re a keyboard shortcut lover, you may want to assign keyboard shortcuts to open apps and programs that are on your desktop. 

The few simple steps will help you generate keyboard shortcuts which will allow you to open apps/programs Windows 7 or 8 desktop.  You’ll be “control-alt-shifting” in no time.

Windows 7

Go to your desktop and right click on the shortcut of the program.

Your Guide to the Cloud: What Management Needs to Consider

The benefits touted with the cloud include ease of use, easy to deploy, scalability, reduced capital expenditures, and the list goes on.  Cloud services include virtualization, storage, backup solutions, software-as-a-service, business continuity and more.  And, whether your business is considering one solution or five, there are multiple factors that management needs to consider before going to the Cloud.    

In these two guides, we discuss the following areas:

Part I:

Running a Business is Expensive - Protecting it Doesn’t Have to Be.

Protecting the data and systems that keep your business thriving is essential to more than just your reputation.  It’s essential to your survival.  A data breach can be devastating.  Sixty percent of small business that fall victim to cyber-attacks close within six months.1  Luckily, you can protect your business with backup and security solutions.

Why should you protect your business?

54 percent of surveyed SMBs stated that malware could cause a loss of productivity

How Managed Services Can Help Increase Productivity – and Your Bottom Line

With the constant developments in IT, it’s difficult for small to medium-sized business owners to keep up with the latest technology. By using Managed Services, not only are you up to date, you also are free to focus on the aspects of your business that bring in more income.

5 Microsoft Dynamics NAV Licenses for $5,000!

Thinking about purchasing new ERP Software?  If so, now may be the perfect time.  For a limited period, Microsoft is offering the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 starter pack and additional 2 licenses for just $5,000, That's a total of 5 full user licenses.  With the starter pack your business will get core financials and distribution functionality. 

Looking for manufacturing functionality?  The extended pack is available for $10,000. 

It's Time to "Step IT Up" when it Comes to Business and Data Security

A leaked FBI document cites that inadequate security practices are still widespread in both private and public sectors.  According to publication CRN, there have been attacks at various government agencies that stem from public sector hacks such as the one at Adobe earlier this year.   

According to the FBI report, it is abundantly celar that software vendors, goverment agencies and private companies need to step up their game.

Using Blackberry? You May want to Consider Alternatives

Gartner has advised it's members that they may want to consider a different mobile strategy if using Blackberry. According to Gartner Analyst, Ken Dulaney, there is a significant possiblity that Blackberry may be broken up.

Blackberry's issues began with the introduction of the iPhone and Google's Anrdroid devices.  Apple and Google addressed the needs of the average consumer who wanted to mix business and pleasure on one device.  Blackberry was tailored for the corporate user and lacks the application base of Apple and Google devices. 

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