Tag Archive for: work from home

Have You Cleaned Out Your iPhone’s Lightning Port Recently?

When was the last time you cleaned out your iPhone’s lightning port?

It is commonly neglected, however it is an important thing to do. This can be used to prevent any issues with your iPhone charging if you periodically do this.

The below article will walk you through how to clean iPhone’s Lightning Port properly to ensure optimized use.


10 Essential Keyboard Shortcuts for Browser Tabs

Using keyboard shortcuts daily can end up saving quite a bit of time and can become essential in your day to day time online. 

Shortcuts can assist you in opening a new tab, a browser incognito, switching from one tab to the next along with many other time saving, repetitive actions. For example, if you’ve ever accidentally closed a tab and wanted to reopen it, try this keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+T.

The article linked below will demonstrate how to do the above listed and other essential keyboard shortcuts for Chrome, Edge, Safari, Firefox, and other browsers.


How to Automatically Forward Emails in Microsoft Outlook

Do you often find yourself forwarding the same kind of emails over and over again? 


Why not automate the process! The article linked below will teach you how to automatically forward emails in Microsoft Outlook. This is a seemingly easy process that can help to free up some time in your day. 


This can work for specific types of emails that you would like to automatically forward by setting a rule that they get forwarded or you can easily do it for all emails as well. This article will walk you through the steps to do on both your desktop version of Microsoft Outlook or the web version. Have a read through and learn how.



Why Long-Pressing the Power Button Could Damage Your System

When turning off your system do you press and hold the power button until the device shuts off? If you answered yes, there are downsides to doing this. There is a far more graceful approach for your system.

Holding down the power button forces the system off. This is oftentimes done before doing what it needs to do to maintain the integrity of your system. When you perform this task with the more graceful approach – clicking the power off option from the screen menu will allow it to slowly shut down. This ensures everything is finished in the backend prior to the shut off. The link below will take you to the full article.



How to Choose the Best VPN Service for Your Needs

VPNs are an important component to keeping your data, passwords, and private information secure. This is even more important if you are using public wifi such as in coffee shops, airports, gyms, or anywhere else that has a “free” wifi connection. Although they likely have a password, your information is not necessarily secure.

When you use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) it boosts your data security by preventing your data, and important private information such as payment information and passwords from being accessed by others, usually unbeknownst to you.

VPNs can also be helpful for you in other scenarios such as tricking the network to think you are somewhere else – think streaming American Netflix in Canada, or overcoming some of the censorship challenges that are faced in other countries. Whatever the reason is that you choose to use a VPN know that there are many service offerings available to you and this article can help you narrow it down.



Keeping Your Data Secure When Shopping Online

If you’re doing some last-minute online shopping this month, don’t forget to take steps to protect your personal data. The Holidays may feel like a time where everything is cloaked in joy and wonder – especially in a year like we’ve had in 2020; it’s definitely needed! But unfortunately, the holidays also come with an increased risk of having your data stolen. Hackers understand that the holiday season comes with increased online activity, so subsequently they pay more attention and look for weak links they can exploit.

We’ve put together a few tips to follow – now, and any other time of the year – to keep your data secure online.

Tip #1 to Protect Yourself Online: Check Your Passwords

It’s always a good idea to update your passwords on a regular basis – every 3 to 6 months is recommended. But even more important is to use strong passwords that make it difficult for a computer to guess. Contrary to popular belief, sophisticated hackers aren’t sitting at a computer typing in potential passwords manually. They’re running complex systems that run through number and letter combinations continuously until something clicks. The best passwords are two or more words together, plus numbers and symbols.

If you have trouble remembering your passwords, a password management app (like LastPass) can help you keep track of them.

Tip #2 to Protect Yourself Online: Use Two-Factor Authentication

In addition to having strong passwords, you can protect your accounts and information further using two-factor authentication. This allows you to verify your identity further after logging in to your accounts by answering a security question or receiving a code by text or email. This helps prevent access to your accounts even if they have discovered your log-in information.

Tip #3 to Protect Yourself Online: Don’t Open Mail from Unknown Senders

Phishing attempts are becoming more and more sophisticated, and it’s harder to tell them apart from real emails. Especially during the holidays when our inboxes are being filled with deals from companies we only hear from once a year, it’s easy to miss phishing attempts and malware. The best way to avoid accidentally downloading viruses is to simply avoid opening emails from unknown senders. Delete them right away.

Tip #4 to Protect Yourself Online: Avoid Using Unsecured Wi-Fi

Whether you’re working from a cafe or your home Wi-Fi is unsecured, accessing these networks from your devices can make you and your data more vulnerable. If you have to use unsecured Wi-Fi (Wi-Fi that’s accessed without requiring a password) be sure not to enter any personal information, like your credit card information or Social Insurance Number.

If you have more questions about keeping your data safe this holiday season (or any time of the year), send us a message and we can help do an analysis of your current set-up and online habits.

3 Things You Need to Maintain Productivity While Working From Home This Fall

Almost seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve mostly settled into some sort of routine – or at least, figured out what we’re supposed to be settling into. Whether or not we’re “settled”, of course, is another story. Unfortunately, the reality is that many businesses have come to the realization that having a remote workforce actually does work, and chances are many of us will be continuing to work from home for quite some time.

For parents who have been adapting to the makeshift breakfast table office these past few months, back to school might mean an emptier house – or it could mean sharing the Zoom account with the kids. If you suddenly find yourself with multiple people in your household online at the same time, you may be experiencing some technical difficulties. If you’re having trouble connecting to your office network or keep getting kicked off of Zoom, here are three things to look into.

Your Wireless Connection

Each service provider has a basic level of wireless connection that they can install in your home, but they can only give you so much bandwidth. This is typically enough if you’re checking emails, Facebook, or surfing the internet, but if you’re attempting to connect to the office VPN, stream videos, or attend Zoom meetings, you might find it lacking. Add in a child attending virtual classes at the same time, and you may find it coming to a standstill.

If this is the case, ask us about a more robust wireless connection that is not available from your service provider. You could work from the backyard, the basement – or attend a Zoom meeting from the kitchen at the same time your kids learn math from the living room.

Your Internet Speed

Although separate from wireless, internet connection and speed are also dependent on the service providers and what is available in your area. Without a high-speed internet connection, your wireless strength is meaningless; if you’ve ever had full signal bars, but not been able to connect, it’s due to your internet connection in the backend.

If you’re struggling with your internet connection strength or reliability, we can recommend a service provider in your area.

Your Computer

Of course, if you’re working with an older laptop or desktop, it may be that your machine cannot keep up even if your internet and wireless connections are very strong and reliable. If you’re not working with enough RAM, CPU, or hard drive space – just to name a few potential culprits – no amount of bandwidth will improve your working speed. It’s best to replace your computer. If that’s not possible at the moment, we can help with upgrades that will extend the life of it for you.

Things are stressful for everyone right now – and working from home, with or without children attending virtual classes, isn’t making things easier. But just because you’re working from home instead of in the office doesn’t mean you should be working with sub-par tools. If you’re struggling to get or stay connected, send us a message – we’re happy to help investigate and suggest a solution that works for you.

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