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The amount of video time that people are doing through Zoom has spawned a new term: Zoom Fatigue. Find out how to re-energize yourself.

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Here are some approaches to moderating the amount of screen time in the home.

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Social media very easily distracts people during meetings, social gatherings, face-to-face relationships, and other events that may require your attention. So what to do?

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Two-factor authentication adds a second level of authentication to an app's account log-in.

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If you've been thinking of upgrading or refreshing some of your old computers I've got some great news! We're running a group buy on new and fast name-brand desktops and laptops.

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Kids may or may not intentionally find themselves viewing inappropriate content on your work computer.

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Some tips Sound IT has found useful to maintain individual sanity, keep some sense of camaraderie with coworkers, and serve our customers to the best of your ability during challenging times.

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Internet speeds have always been something to gripe about. Then came the Pandemic and Lockdown.

 

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Considering how many passwords we’re expected to remember and use on a daily basis, password exhaustion is a very real thing.

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Here are some tips for taking your electronics in the office out of mothballs that should help you get up and running quickly.

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Check out the procedures we have put in place to keep our community safe

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Establish a sound business operations foundation to empower remote workers  

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Spending more time at home means spending more time on the computer. Keep the cost of maintenance of your computers low by keeping them clean.

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The quarantine could be your opportunity to reinvent how you work — for the better.

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Many IT support scammers are professional organizations based around the world.

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With COVID-19, we've been handling requests for remote work left and right. We have put together a "COVID-19 Remote Working Checklist" PDF to help businesses and employees understand what they need to do to make working from home work for them. This is a hard time for everyone and we want to do whatever we can to help our community's businesses survive and thrive through this crisis so this PDF is provided free of charge. (You don't even have to give us your email address) We are also providing free 30 minute technical assessment/consultation call TO EDMONDS BUSINESS OWNERS ONLY. With ... Read More
  Are Your HIPAA Compliance Efforts Healthy? Let's address the (ahem …) hippo in the room. HIPAA compliance continues to be a real challenge for small and midsized businesses. HIPAA is an acronym for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which has very specific rules and regulations around a patient's health information. Larger healthcare organizations - hospitals and insurance companies - have in-house information technology teams, but smaller businesses don't have the same depth of IT help on hand. Yet they must abide by the same rules. Risking a ... Read More
The Advantages of Ad Blocking Unless you're in the advertising business, you probably try to avoid ads. You pay extra to stream ad-free content online. You leave the room if you are actually watching live TV shows with ads. You filter spam out of your inbox. You immediately click out of ads on the Web pages you visit. But are you actively blocking online ads? You should be. They are more than an annoyance. They could be a security risk. Cybercriminals are smart and savvy crooks. They don't advertise what they are doing, and it's not that easy to spot, but they do buy legitimate ad space to ... Read More
What's Causing Your Bandwidth Woes? Every time employees send or receive data online they need bandwidth. Like time and money, bandwidth is a scarce resource in many offices. After all, computers and digital devices rely on bandwidth to complete tasks online. Bandwidth is the amount of information that can be sent or received per second. This might be measured in Kbps (thousands of bits per second) or Mbps (millions of bits per second). Many people think having a higher bandwidth will mean a faster user experience. In fact, it's only one factor that affects response time. Bandwidth is ... Read More

7 Things You Need to Know About Ransomware
Posted on 2019-12-26 15:47:39

  <p>Ransomware is a well-named type of cyberattack. Cybercriminals taking this approach kidnap your data. After accessing your network, they encrypt files and demand payment for the passcode. Here are the top seven things you need to know about this business threat.</p> <p><strong>#1 It Can Happen to You</strong></p> <p>Cybercriminals rely on your false confidence. Don't think "it won't happen to me." Attacks on government, education, healthcare, or financial institutions get publicity. Yet organizations of all types and sizes are ... Read More

What Is a VPN and Why Do I Need One?
Posted on 2019-12-18 15:47:04

    Ever seen a thriller in which someone asks, "is this a secure line?" The good guys or villains want to be sure their conversations can't be overhead. When you get a VPN to connect to the Internet, you're signing up for the online equivalent of a secure line. VPN stands for virtual private network. Put simply, a VPN connects your computer, smartphone, or tablet to a shared or public network as if you're connecting to a private network. Banks, governments, and companies use VPNs to connect to their networks remotely. Now, it's becoming more common for the general public to use ... Read More

Do You Copy? What Can Go Wrong with BCC
Posted on 2019-12-11 15:47:12

Try to find someone who has not "replied all" when meaning to send to only one individual. It's embarrassing and can aggravate those people with more emails flooding their box. Another common email gaffe is misusing the CC and BCC fields in outgoing messages. This mistake can prove costly for business. You'll have noticed those extra fields below the "To" field in your email client. CC stands for carbon copy, and BCC for blind carbon copy. When you use CC, it's like you've imprinted your message on an old blue sheet of carbon paper. The email copy sends to your To recipients as well as ... Read More