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Demands of Today’s Construction IT Network

How would you like to build a house using a hammer, nails and a hand saw? Fifty years ago, those tools would be OK to use. Today, however, they are not OK. We have nail-guns and circular saws that speed up building time exponentially. Likewise, construction technology...

6 Signs it is Time to Move to the Cloud

Your IT infrastructure runs day after day processing orders, shipping products, and streamlining processes. When it was first installed, it provided some great competitive advantages. You had it all thought out carefully to increase efficiency and staff productivity...

5 Ways Downtime Costs Your Business

Network downtime is costly in more ways than one.  It can have a direct impact on your bottom line whether you are in retail, manufacturing, transportation, healthcare or construction. Lost sales and data from unplanned outages can cause a host of avoidable...

The Pirates of Silicon Valley have Hit the High Seas!

Maritime cyber security on land and at sea The International Maritime Organization has taken the initiative and issued guidelines to raise awareness across the industry on how to tackle maritime cyber security. Its aim is to "support safe and secure shipping, which is...

12 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cyber Attack

There is a ongoing international battle being fought today between many forces, but on one front. It is a battle for information and it is being fought on your computer. Criminal hackers, foreign governments, and business competitors are all trying to break into your...

How great IT helps you stay competitive in logistics

Did you know your IT network is your businesses’ best friend? You may not always feel that way because of the complexity and cost, but it’s true. Despite this complexity, it has been good enough for your business needs. You could say it’s "OK IT". But will it enable...

Ransomware – Beware! Be Prepared!

Imagine this scenario: Just as the holiday shopping season approaches, a toy company is navigating a nightmare situation: Its database files have been infected by malware. Online criminals encrypted company files, making them unusable, and demanded a hefty ransom to...

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Ghosts Slowing Down Your Computer?

Halloween is on the horizon and there have been numerous reports of spooky PC performance slowdowns out there. We present a tale of our own here. One of our client offices, an architecture firm, began generating numerous tickets that all had to do with slow laptops....

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Dropbox Malware

There has been a recent spate of malware coming from what looks like Dropbox.    Emails have been circulating that contain a link appearing to point to a Dropbox location that actually uses a tinyurl.com address. We are sending you this notice in hopes of preventing...

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The Basics of Email Security

If you’re anything like us, the go-to method of communication in your office is email. It’s not the best way to communicate, but it’s certainly one of the most widely adopted. Unfortunately, that means it’s one of the easiest places for someone with a nefarious agenda...

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A Message Regarding Updates and Patching

If your IT Management Reports show patching scores lower than normal this month, it isn’t because we’re all out fishin’, or that we are still recovering from the Solstice Parade.  It’s because Microsoft Patch Tuesday – one of our favorite days of the month – happened...

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Microsoft Word: Formatting a Single Item in a List

One of the frustrating things I've found when working with lists is that any formatting used on one item is automatically carried over to every item on the list. Say you've made a list and you want to draw attention to a single item on that list. How do you do it? Let...

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Microsoft Word: Creating Tables

Everyone knows how to cut-and-paste a table from Excel into Word, but did you know you can build that same table - actually, you can build a much more elegant one - in Word 2016? So now, instead of switching back and forth from an Excel spreadsheet and a Word...

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Microsoft Word: Changing Default Line Spacing

So how do you change just the default line spacing? It’s not as difficult as you might think. 1. Click the pop-out button at the bottom right corner of the Paragraph group 2. This will open a new window. In the drop-down box below Line spacing: select Single. 3. Click...

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Microsoft Word: Change your Default Font

The default font for Microsoft Word is, no doubt, pleasing to the eyes, but wouldn't you like to have the option of changing it? Follow this direction set and you can make Word default to your chosen font. 1. Over in the “Styles” section of your “Home” tab, click the...

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Microsoft Outlook: Setting up a Distribution Group

Distribution groups let you send messages to any number of recipients, large or small, using only a single name. That’s right, you don’t have to enter each individual email address each time you want to send your team a message. A distribution group is also super easy...

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