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b2ap3_thumbnail_employees_concerned_about_byod_400.jpgSome businesses embrace Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies in the workplace, while others aren’t so sure. If you think that employers are the only ones worried about BYOD policies, you might be surprised to learn that employees are just as concerned about it as their employers. Of course, their reasons are entirely different, but are still valid reasons to be on edge.

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Tip of the Week: How to Locate a Lost File

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b2ap3_thumbnail_find_a_file_400.jpgIt’s easy to get scatterbrained when things get busy. When this happens, you can forget important things like where you placed your keys, and where you saved your computer file. To help you out, here are some tips on how to locate a missing file. As far as your missing keys go, did you check underneath the couch?

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What Flu Season Can Teach Us about Cyberdefense

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b2ap3_thumbnail_protect_yourself_against_viruses_400.jpgIt’s flu season, and just like office workers around the country are taking preventive health measures like stocking up on tissues and vitamin C, so too are IT technicians doing everything they can to stop the spread of computer viruses on their company’s network. Although, unlike the flu, computer viruses are more than a seasonal threat.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_windows_10_cios_400.jpgBefore Microsoft officially releases Windows 10, beta versions are first given to select business leaders like CIOs. This is a standard practice for software manufacturers because it helps them to work out real-world bugs before publicly releasing their product. What do CIOs think of the Windows 10 technical preview? Inquiring business minds want to know.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_stop_wasting_time_400.jpgYears and years of doing business means years and years of applications and software getting installed on your computer. Before you know it, you don't use any of them anymore, or they are outclassed by other, more useful programs. Going through each of your systems individually is time-consuming and monotonous. So, what can you do about this?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_smartphone_productivity_400.jpgIt seems as if you can't go anywhere on the Internet without encountering some security violation, and there's a lot of discussion concerning how to keep your data safe. Undoubtedly, mobile devices will surely arise in the debate. Without a doubt, mobile devices are capable of vastly improving productivity while out of the office, but is this enough to offset the incredible amount of risk which comes with hopping from network to network?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_it_is_not_sorcery_400.jpgDoing business today is much different than it was in medieval times. Thanks to the Renaissance, modern businesses now have a technology-based economy, instead of one that's magic-based--this has been an especially difficult transition for wizards. Although, one medieval business practice that's still going strong is the idea behind guilds.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_automatically_reboot_400.jpgWhen’s the last time you rebooted your PC or mobile device? If you’re drawing a blank to this question, then you should take the minute or two it takes to reboot as soon as possible (or 15 minutes if you’re still using Windows XP). To a computer, rebooting can be likened to getting a full night’s sleep; without it, performance will suffer.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Poodles_400.jpgA while back we discussed the POODLE vulnerability found in SSL 3.0 SSL encryption technology. This vulnerability is found in all operating systems, as it is found within the web browser’s abilities to process SSL encryption. Thankfully, major companies are stepping up to tackle the issue, and Microsoft has released a basic solution to fix the vulnerability in Internet Explorer.

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Are Ghosts Haunting the Halls of Your Servers?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_haunted_pc_400.jpgThough not everyone believes them, we all know about the horror stories of the spirits of the dead that linger in this world, haunting locations where no one dares to tread. Every culture, though their beliefs vary, contains them to some degree. Their purpose is unknown, and they are thought to be caused by unfulfilled desires or regrets. But regardless of whether or not you believe in them, you better believe that your business can very well be haunted by ghost servers.

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4 Giant Traits that Make up a Championship Business

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Be a champion in your field with SagacentCham·pi·on noun “A person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition.” People know a champion when they see one. In the case of our San Francisco Giants, they defeated their AL rivals the Kansas City Royals to become the 2014 World Series Champions. Yeah! Is your San Jose business a giant champion in your arena of enterprise?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_data_wipe_from_android_400.jpgJust for one second, try to imagine your life without your personal mobile device. Mobile devices has pervaded our very existence, and they are integral tools for connecting to your business’s network. But even with this colossal amount of data on the device, some people still manage to lose them. What would happen if your smartphone fell into the hands of one of your competitors, or even a hacker?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_disaster_recovey_not_just_backup_400.jpgA thorough data backup is important for your business continuity plan, and so is a fast and efficient disaster recovery solution. What's that? Aren't those the same thing? Unfortunately, the two concepts are far from the same thing, but many business owners are still under the impression that their data backup is also a disaster recovery solution.

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Tip of the Week: How to Write a Professional Email

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b2ap3_thumbnail_write_email_400.jpgWhether you like it or not, email is a standard communication method used by businesses around the world. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with the right things to say, especially when you’re under pressure to respond. Thankfully, with the right formula, writing a good email doesn’t have to be nearly as hard as you might think it is.

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Warning: Updated Cryptowall Ransomware Strikes Again

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ransomware_attack_400.jpgAs a business owner, you want to take every precaution against the latest threats that can affect your way of life. An updated threat called Cryptowall 2.0 (previously known as Cryptolocker) has been cut loose by malware developers, and it's capable of dealing irreparable damage to your business's network and data. This spear-phishing variant has the power to grind your network's files to dust, and in turn, your productivity.

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Stadium TechnologyThis football season marks the grand opening of the San Francisco 49ers’ new home, Levi’s Stadium. At a cost of more than $1.2 billion, this 68,500 capacity arena is the most technologically sophisticated sports stadium ever constructed. In addition to attending games and cheering on our 49ers while they make another playoff run, your business can learn a thing or two from Levi’s Stadium about running a successful business in Northern California.

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3 Paths for the Internet of Things

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b2ap3_thumbnail_internet_of_things_paths_400.jpgWhether the world is ready for it or not, the Internet of Things (IoT) is on its way. As such, there is a lot of controversy about what actually constitutes the Internet of Things. Infoworld argues that a lot of what the public claims to be part of the IoT, is actually not a part of it, and that we need a more substantial definition for this oncoming phenomenon.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_hoteling_is_the_new_trend_400.jpgAs technology continues to improve, workers are able to be more efficient and do more with less. In the name of efficiency, new technology changes things, including the office layout. "Hoteling" is the latest office trend in workplace efficiency, and with the right technology, you can organize your office in this new way and gain maximum collaboration out of your team!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_it_equipment_theft_400.jpgHow often do you deal with your company-owned IT equipment? Some businesses keep detailed records of their equipment and use security measures and policies to prevent theft; but if your business doesn't protect its equipment, you could be digging a hole into your budget without realizing it.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_badusb_is_dangerous_400.jpgThis past August, we reported on a new vulnerability with USB firmware called BadUSB. This vulnerability was discovered by Karsten Nohl of SR Labs. The BadUSB vulnerability was presented at the Black Hat security conference as a theoretical risk, but now, the code has leaked and this risk has become a reality. Oops.

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