5 Ways a Managed Services Provider Can Make Your Life Easier

Managed services providers (MSPs) are lifesavers for business owners and executives to manage their IT equipment and services. Among many other things, MSPs update software, provide data backup solutions, and keep files safe from hackers. As the industry trade group CompTIA noted in a March 2015 report, over 70% of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) used a third-party IT company …

How Using E-Signatures Can Help Your Business

Governments around the world recognize electronic signatures (e-signatures) as a legal way to sign a document. For example, e-signatures have the same legal standing as physical signatures in the United States, thanks to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000. Many people think that e-signatures and digital signatures refer to the same thing. However, that is …

Devious Tricks That Cybercriminals Use to Scam Businesses

Cybercriminals have stolen $3.1 billion from businesses since January 2015 — not with high-tech ransomware or stealthy spyware, but rather with low-tech emails. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) refers to these attacks as Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams. Since January 2015, more than 22,000 businesses worldwide (including businesses in all 50 U.S. states) have reported falling victim to …

10 Ways to Make Your iPhone Battery Last Longer

Apple iPhones have been around since 2007. Each year has brought better graphics, more features, and an ever-growing number of available apps. Although these advancements are generally a good thing, they can take a toll on battery life. Here are 10 ways you can conserve battery power on iPhones running iOS 7 or later: 1. Turn Down the Brightness of …

Save Time Writing Emails with Outlook’s Quick Parts

Do you often search through emails you have sent, looking for something you wrote so that you can copy and paste it into a new email? If so, you might want to take advantage of the Quick Parts feature in Microsoft Outlook 2007 and later versions. It lets you save commonly used text and images in a gallery so that …

The Private Cloud: What It Is and Whether It Is Right for Your Business

As a business professional, you are likely familiar with public clouds such as Office 365, Google Apps, Dropbox, and Amazon Web Services. But are you as familiar with private clouds? If you answered "No", you are not alone. Many people do not know much about them. It does not help that there is a great deal of confusing and sometimes …

How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Attacks

The number of ransomware attacks is increasing at an alarming rate, making ransomware the biggest cyber threat that businesses are facing today. To see this disturbing trend, you only have to turn back the clock to the beginning of 2016. There was a 30 percent increase in the number of ransomware attacks in the first quarter of 2016 compared to …

How to Set Up Two-Step Verification for Your Microsoft Account

Creating unique, strong passwords for online accounts is crucial. A strong password can thwart a cybercriminal’s attempt to hack into an account. However, a strong password might not be enough in some instances. If cybercriminals hack into a company and steal customers’ login information, they will be able to access the customers’ accounts. For this reason, it is a good …

Hackers Including Home Addresses to Lure Victims in Phishing Scams

Spear phishing con artists are becoming more clever and sophisticated in their attempts to trick people into falling for their scams. For instance, they now sometimes include the intended victims’ home addresses to make their spear phishing emails seem more legitimate. Hackers are using this ploy in a series of ransomware attacks that started in April 2016. The spear phishing …