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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.


10 Strategies for Maximizing Your Use of Microsoft Word
The world’s most popular productivity suite, Microsoft Office, has been in the news lately, with the consumer preview of Office 2016 debuting last week. But before you get excited about that shiny new upgrade, which... more
Critical Technology Takeaways from Recent Severe Weather
Over the last few days, severe weather has struck much of the Midwestern United States, with devastating tornadoes sweeping through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Texas, Iowa, and Colorado. The Dakotas saw the heaviest May snowfall in... more
5 Tips for Beefing up the Security of Your Passwords
In last week’s QuickTip, we talked about PCI compliance and the importance of enacting more stringent security measures around credit card transactions. Guess what? Two days later, CNN Money reported that Trustwave examined 120 retailers nationwide and found... more
PCI Compliance — What Does it Mean for Your Business?
PCI compliance — sounds complicated, right? Here’s the most important thing to know on the topic: if your business accepts major credit cards as payment, you’re required to comply.Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB... more
Adobe Flash Exploit Highlights the Need for Strong Network Security
Earlier this year, flaws were discovered in Adobe Flash Player that could allow malicious banner ads running on legitimate websites to infect unwitting computer users.These “malvertising” exploits have been shown to produce a variety of... more
10 Ways to Get The Most Out of Microsoft Outlook
For many business owners and employees, Microsoft Outlook rules our day. We open it first thing in the morning to check and respond to waiting emails. We skim our calendars every hour to make sure... more
How To Keep Your Business Safe from Data Breaches
A month after Anthem announced that the personal information of 80 million people was breached, Seattle-area health care company Premera Blue Cross revealed that more than 11 million of its customers were similarly exposed. The... more
5 Statistics and 5 Strategies to Consider on World Backup Day 2015
Tuesday, March 31st is World Backup Day, which provides the perfect opportunity to take a serious look at the state of your systems. Is your backup drive located next to your computer? Are you entrusting your critical... more
10 Tips and Tricks to Liven Up Your Next PowerPoint Presentation
Like its Word and Excel partners in the Microsoft Office productivity suite, PowerPoint is ubiquitous. As of 2012, Bloomberg Business estimated that the slide presentation software claims 95% of market share, with installations on more... more
Why HIPAA-Compliant IT Support Is Critical for Business Success
No matter what business you’re in, information and technology management is important for success. But in the health-care realm, the ability to keep data safe and secure is even more paramount. That’s because government regulations... more
5 Tips and Tricks to Supercharge your Everyday Use of Microsoft Windows
The Microsoft Windows landscape is scheduled to change again in mid to late 2015, when Windows 10 will be released. That may excite some early adopters who love to have the latest and greatest operating... more
How to Transform Lenovo’s Recent Struggles into a Positive for Your Business
Chinese computer hardware giant Lenovo has had a rough couple of weeks. First, reports emerged about some of the company’s consumer notebooks, which since September 2014 have come pre-loaded with Superfish, a third-party adware that... more
Health Insurance Hack Highlights Need for Encryption and Security
Earlier this month, an online data breach at Anthem Inc., the second-largest health insurance provider in North America, exposed the medical information, Social Security numbers, and email addresses of over 80 million consumers.No definitive answer... more
5 Ways Technology Is Changing Education for the Better
Remember the old days, when “educational technology” meant fancy pencil sharpeners and clunky overhead projectors? Times have drastically changed, as any visit to a school will reveal. Students use iPads at their desks. Automated tutoring... more
5 Ways to Protect Your Business Email from Cybercriminal Attacks
In late January, the FBI and the Internet Crime Complaint Center released a public service announcement about the recent proliferation of Business Email Compromise (BEC). Defined by the FBI as a “sophisticated global scam targeting... more