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Welcome to QuickTips, the blog that helps small business owners stay up to date on the latest technology trends, security find useful information, advice, insights, resources and inspiration for running and growing their businesses.

Severe Weather Highlights the Critical Need for Backup and Disaster Recovery Services
The 2016 hurricane season has been unusually quiet, but even without storms in the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico, natural disasters continue to wreak havoc across North America. Devastating floods in Louisiana damaged 40,000... more
The Next Data Breach? Tax Preparers Hit with Fake Phishing Emails
In the latest cybercrime twist, the IRS recently reported that hackers are now targeting tax preparers by employing email phishing scams and hacking attempts. Why? For the same reason behind every breach: cybercriminals want to... more
How to Streamline Print Operations, Reduce Costs, and Go Green
In the business world, printing represents that rare middle ground: everybody needs to do it, but nobody really enjoys it. Think about it: how many times has a paper jam or empty ink cartridge tripped... more
5 Ways to Save Money by Increasing IT Productivity
Did you know that, on average, 50% of all businesses suffer from daily IT issues? Or that 80% of tech-related failures repeat themselves after the initial incident? Or that 75% of businesses say the frequency... more
How to Keep Your Business Safe and Data Secure from Hackers
Surprise, surprise — another ransomware strain made the news earlier this month. Dubbed “Satana,” this new virus is a blend between classic file encryption malware and the Petya strain of ransomware, which can lock a... more
Free Windows 10 Upgrade Offer Ends on July 29th — But is it Worth It?
Last year, when Microsoft released Windows 10, it also announced an unprecedented opportunity to upgrade for free — but for only one year. And that anniversary falls on July 29th. Like all free offers, though,... more
Fake Social Media Friend Requests Represent Latest Ploy by Scammers
Received any questionable friend requests on Facebook or LinkedIn recently? Use caution before you click “Accept” — we have seen a recent uptick in reports of requests, many of which are sure to come from... more
Struggling to Catch Up After the Holiday Weekend? Here are 5 Ways to Get Focused and Motivated
Feeling the drag today as you return to work after the 4th of July weekend? You’re not alone. Studies show that workplace productivity craters immediately after a holiday — and that workplace productivity can drop... more
Surge of Password Resets Shines a Light on the Need for Stronger Online Security
Have you heard about the wave of recent automatic password resets announced by tech companies and services like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Netflix, MySpace, LogMeIn, GitHub, and GoToMyPC? In the last two months alone, some... more
Improve Microsoft Outlook Performance with These Archiving Tips
If you’re a Microsoft Outlook user — and market share statistics indicate that at least 20% of you are — you probably know the feeling: the program freezes up every time you start it. Basic... more
3 Ways to Protect Yourself from the 2016 Tide of Ransomware
If 2013 went down in IT history as the year of the data breach, then 2016 will always be remembered as the year of ransomware. In February, a Southern California hospital was forced to negotiate... more
10 Strategies for Supercharging Your Next PowerPoint Slideshow
So you have to give a PowerPoint presentation — time to stop worrying and start planning. Although many of us dread the time and effort required to build a good slideshow (and get downright anxious... more
LinkedIn Revelations Highlight the Need for Stronger Network Security
  Last week, LinkedIn made a surprising announcement: data from a security breach that occurred at the social networking company in 2012 just now became available online — four years after that fact! Luckily, the... more
4 Crucial Disaster Prep Tips with Storm Season Right Around the Corner
Starting June 1st, hurricane season is officially upon us. For those that live far from the East or Gulf Coasts, remember that you’re not out of harm’s way, either — severe storms have plagued the... more
Consumer-Grade Data Storage Products Prove That Free Isn’t Always Cheap Enough
Last week, Microsoft announced that it was changing the amount of free storage available through its OneDrive cloud offering from 15 GB to 5 GB. In addition, OneDrive will discontinue its 15 GB camera roll... more