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How are the hackers getting past your firewall?

I get calls from IT Professionals asking what to do when a cybercriminal is trying to log in through the network remotely with a brute force “password guessing” attack. The IT professionals often state they are surprised an outsider could do this “since the firewall was up and running.” I’m used to executives wanting a […]

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Still using just one monitor?

Many users have changed from a single to dual monitors and their productivity has skyrocketed. I have a laptop that has two screens – one slides out when I need it. The extra real estate can make a big difference especially if you work with several applications open simultaneously. As inexpensive as monitors are these […]

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Portable scanners can help your mobile users

I carry a portable scanner with me everywhere. I can scan in receipts so my capable staff can bill clients. I scan in program evaluations to learn from valuable feedback from audiences where I speak. I scan anything important that I might need again.  When I used to collect business cards, I would scan them […]

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The easiest way to create pdf files

Storing files in the pdf format has many advantages. You can help ensure other users will see your document the way you intended with the right fonts and the page elements all in the “right place.” Pdf documents are not always as easy to change as other files, and that can be a benefit if […]

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