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Internet Rights Advocacy Is for More Than Internet Access

Internet Rights Advocacy Is for More Than Internet Access

Some people believe so much in something that they’ll commit their lives to make it better for everyone. The Internet, as one of the most impressive advancements of civilization, has a fair amount of people who take the time (or make a living) advocating on the various issues that face Internet users. These Internet rights advocates have begun to make a big difference on the way that businesses, especially those businesses that only exist on the Internet, can act. Today, we’ll take a look at Internet advocacy.

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How to Turn a Security Risk into a Security Solution

How to Turn a Security Risk into a Security Solution

Let’s face it; the office isn’t the most engaging place at all times. Repetitive tasks can make attention to detail difficult to maintain. While this might throw a wrench into operational plans, it’s not the end of the world. A major threat like ransomware, on the other hand, could be a business-ender. When a lack of engagement meets security issues, you create a whole other monster that could strike your business when you least expect it.

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How to Order the Items on Your To-Do List

How to Order the Items on Your To-Do List

Being in business today means that you have a lot on your plate, it’s as simple as that. Yet, with so many tasks piling up, it can be challenging to prioritize them all so you can figure out where to start. Below, we go over some strategies you can use to make sense out of all the tasks you have on your day and reach a point of productivity.

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5 Unexpected Consequences of BYOD

b2ap3_thumbnail_byodx400.jpgEveryone's got one, and they're bringing them to work. The mobile device revolution is certainly not going anywhere anytime soon. Now it's extremely easy to access social media logins, bank account information, order pizza, and make major life decisions at your fingertips. There are certainly advantages to your employees bringing their own devices to work (BYOD), but business owners need to be aware of the risks before allowing BYOD in the office. Here are five unexpected consequences of integrating a BYOD culture in your office.

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Sleep Better To a Rhythm

b2ap3_thumbnail_zzzz400.jpgDo you have trouble sleeping at night? While there may be many sleep solutions available out there such as ergonomic pillows, medications, or sleep apnea mask that help you breathe, a new study has found that your brain may be the culprit. The University of Tubingen, in Germany, found that syncing sounds, while you sleep, to the rhythmic pulse of brainwaves helps people sleep.

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Meet Officer Active Directory, The Traffic Cop for Your Network

b2ap3_thumbnail_adirect400.jpgThe purpose of setting up a computer network is to allow multiple users the ability to access the same files and programs. With all the different people accessing the same information on your server, it can make for some pretty gnarly network traffic. Giving people up-to-date permissions with different levels of access is the job of the Active Directory.

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Whose Job is it to Update Your PC?

b2ap3_thumbnail_whoupdatesyourpc.jpgThere is a big difference between someone who knows how to use a computer vs. someone who knows a computer. PCs have been designed to be used intuitively, but when it comes down to it, they are still complicated machinery that requires technical training, because of this, it's best to leave PC maintenance to the pros.

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The History of Social Networking

b2ap3_thumbnail_SocialMedia400.jpgThe late Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens once famously stated that the "internet is not something that you can just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes." This infamous statement was made at a time of exponential growth of the internet. Little did he know that only a handful of years later, the internet would develop into that big truck where virtually anything could be dumped.

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Use Procrastination as a Productivity Tool

b2ap3_thumbnail_NowLater400.jpgWould you call yourself a procrastinator? Many people who have a difficult time meeting deadlines would blame their inability to be on time on their tendency to procrastinate. Stanford professor John Perry believes that procrastination is not a bad thing and has found a way to harness procrastination to get more work done.

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X-cellent Productivity Advice from Goal X-pert Jerry Seinfeld

b2ap3_thumbnail_XMarksTheSpot400.jpg"There are only 2 types of computers in the world: Those that waste your precious time and those that waste your precious time faster"-Jerry Seinfeld. Believe it or not, Mr. Seinfeld is a bit of a time management expert; he has devised a time-saving productivity method that is simple, effective, and does not require a time-wasting computer.

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Tip: Manage Passwords Stored in your Web Browser

b2ap3_thumbnail_password400.jpgWhile it's convenient to have your web browser store passwords, you need to keep in mind that anyone who accesses your computer can retrieve your saved passwords. This risk is very real if you share workstations or laptops with others. We will show you how to adjust the settings on each of your web browsers in order to keep your passwords safe.

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Boost PC Performance with these 3 Actions

b2ap3_thumbnail_computerspeed400.jpgA well-used PC may not run as fast as it used to. There are dozens of procedures you can try that will speed up a slow computer. Some procedures, like tinkering with the hardware or reinstalling your OS, can be intrusive and a lot of work. Before trying something drastic, you may first want to try these three simple actions to boost PC performance.

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Is it Plugged In? Avoid Wasting Time with PC Vendors

We've all been there; dealing with long, annoying tech support, hoping to make that extended warranty worth while. Should you eventually speak to a human, you run the risk of running smack into a language barrier. Then, there is always the inevitable 'Did you turn off your computer and turn it back on?' Would you really be still on hold if you hadn't tried everything you could think of?

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