Wednesday, November 15, 2017

3 Tech Tips for Staying Safe this Holiday Season

Staying safe during the holiday season means many things, but we also need to consider the security of our identity and protecting our credit. Most people use their credit cards more often during this time of year whether it be in person, transactions over the phone, or submitting the information for online orders. Regardless of how you spend during the holiday season, these tips can help keep you safe from those who are otherwise looking to access your information and use it to their advantage.

3 Tech Tips for Staying Safe this Holiday Season

Leave the credit cards in your wallet

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

How to Limit Smartphone Data Usage While Traveling

With larger data plans consistently being offered at lower prices, you probably do not worry about your data usage on a regular basis. There are times when limiting data usage becomes more important. Limiting data usage is helpful when traveling for extended periods of time, when free wireless networks are not available, or when traveling to countries that fall outside your normal coverage area.

During a normal day, applications updating in the background do not add up enough to affect the monthly bill. Smartphones connect to wireless networks we know and trust, especially when we are home, which helps keep the paid data usage within its limits. On the other hand, when we travel, known networks are less common. Plus, some travel areas require add-on plans to enable communication with different networking protocols.

How to Limit Smartphone Data Usage While Traveling

These are a few different ways to prevent getting an unexpected phone bill after travel: 

Plan coverage

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Security Round-Up: WPA2 Vulnerability, Ransomware & More

Among the news of hurricanes, wildfires and flooding, there are many virtual threats  occurring that are important to know about. New threats are released every day, attacking physical hardware, operating systems, protocols, types of users, companies, and more. Some are annoying, some are malicious, while others lie in wait for the best opportunity to use the information they gathered. 

Occasionally a security issue is released that affects the majority of devices, applications or protocols that the majority of people use. The following threats affect items you are likely using every day.

Security Round-Up: WPA2 Vulnerability, Ransomware & More

WPA2 Vulnerability

A brand new threat to the use of wireless was recently exposed. Key Reinstallation Attack, aka KRACK, is a widespread vulnerability that can affect every device using Wi-Fi. This attack undermines the most common wireless encryption used, Wireless Protected Access 2, or WPA2. WPA2 is used to protect users' information when data is exchanged with websites on the Internet and other computer networks.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Allowing Specific Users to Bypass Do Not Disturb Settings

If you use your smart phone for most of your communication, whether that be via messages, calls, emails, or something else altogether, you probably never turn your phone off. A quick reboot when it is necessary is often the only time it is off. The downside to always having your phone on is receiving notifications 24 hours a day. From disturbing sleep to interrupting meetings or your most focused work, constant notifications can become one of your worst distractions.

Using the Do Not Disturb feature is a great way to get some quiet time. However, it is important to understand how this feature works to ensure important communication can still be accomplished.

Allowing Specific Users to Bypass Do Not Disturb Settings

The purpose of the Do Not Disturb setting is to silence incoming notifications so they are not interruptive. The helpfulness of the Do Not Disturb feature can be overshadowed if those people you would always want to hear from cannot reach you. This is why it is important to understand how the Do Not Disturb feature works to properly modify its settings.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Using Filters in Excel to Quickly Sort Data

Excel spreadsheets are effective for tracking information, performing mathematical calculations, charting data, providing learning tools by way of conditional formatting and more. Spreadsheets also provide features that allow the data within them to easily be navigated and searched. These tools are the sort and filter features.

Sorting data groups like data together. For instance, you could sort by zip code to find out how many letters were being mailed within a certain city. Filters narrow the amount of data by displaying only those items that meet the criteria of the filter. Filters are an effective way to view data because they display results instantly without actually changing the data. Filters simply manipulate what data is being displayed and once turned off, all data will be displayed.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

How to Create Automatically Recurring Invoices with Square

One of the biggest challenges every person faces, whether they run a business, work for someone else, or are a student, is managing time. Time is something that runs our lives that we cannot negotiate with. We cannot argue to get more time, pay for more time or get time back. The best we can do is work more efficiently so we can use the time we saved to do other things.

One of the best ways to save time is to automate recurring tasks. Anything that we do regularly and can automate will save time for other things. For instance, using auto-bill pay with your bank, or creating automatically recurring invoices with Square.

How to Create Automatically Recurring Invoices with Square

Square payment processing makes it easy to create recurring invoices that bill automatically based on the schedule you set. To create recurring invoicing in Square, follow the steps below.
  • Log into your Square account.
  • Click "Invoices" from the side panel menu.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

How to Change How Long Mail is Stored Locally in Outlook

Using the Microsoft Outlook email application has many benefits. It can be extremely helpful and save time because when you use it, you can access email, calendar information and tasks even when a device is not online. Most of the time we have access to wireless Internet regardless of where we are, but there are times when this is not possible. If you are travelling and Internet service is unavailable, if a network is not secure or you will be charged per GB of data transferred, having these files stored locally is helpful. 

By default, Outlook keeps Exchange email for different periods of time based on the size of the local hard drive. The purpose of the varying default setting is to keep the Outlook data file from taking up too much storage no matter the size of the local drive. However, sometimes the default setting may not be the best setting and luckily it can be modified at any time.