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5 Ways to Save Time and Be More Productive at Work

Posted by VNS Staff

September 25, 2014 at 4:36 PM

business productivity tipsAdvancements in technology and the widespread use of the internet have given us the ability to work more efficiently than ever before. Every business uses some kind of software to perform repetitive tasks, thereby freeing up manpower resources for other things. Our emails, project management, schedules and even marketing tasks are handled in part by software. Even with all of these technological aids, a lot of us often end up doing repetitive work and waste time that could be used for more important tasks. Let's take a look at a few ways that we can optimize our productivity at work.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Productivity

Email Security: 8 Tips to Protect Yourself from Hackers

Posted by VNS Staff

September 18, 2014 at 8:00 AM

email.securityEmail security is a constant concern for both businesses and personal users alike. Hackers take advantage of unprotected email accounts for a variety of reasons, with financial gain being the most common reason. Once hackers have gained access to your email account, they can use your email address to send spam and phishing emails to your friends, contacts and work colleagues. In addition, hackers may try to access your other accounts, such as social media, online banking or PayPal accounts by resetting passwords and having the new password sent to your email address. Use these 8 tips to help keep your email protected from common attacks.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Network Security

5 Microsoft Word Hotkeys for the Casual User

Posted by VNS Staff

September 16, 2014 at 7:59 AM

microsoft.office.hotkeysMicrosoft Word is an amazingly popular example of word processing software and one that millions of people use every day. Some actions required to format your work can be laborious or awkward, so the developers have included hotkeys to help. This article will list five useful hotkeys that will help you to cut down writing and editing time. The list is not exhaustive, and reading Microsoft’s user guide will doubtless give you more ways to improve your Microsoft Word experience.

Cut, copy, and paste.

The most used hotkeys are the cut, copy, and paste keys. They are simple to learn and they will make your life a whole lot easier once you have. Used alongside the shift and the arrow keys they will make manipulating small amounts of text much simpler than selecting the text with the cursor.  As you probably move words, sentences, and paragraphs around while you type anyway, you might as well go it more efficiently. To cut use CTRL+X, to copy use CTRL+C, and to paste use the CTRL+V combination.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Productivity, Microsoft Office

4 Easy Ways to Personalize Microsoft Outlook 2013

Posted by VNS Staff

September 10, 2014 at 2:15 PM

microsoft_outlook_2013_tipsMicrosoft Outlook 2013 boasts features and capabilities that older models lack. However, adjusting to its layout can sometimes be difficult. These tips can help you master Outlook 2013 functions to personalize your inbox the way you want it. Save time and become more productive with these practical customization tips.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Microsoft Office

5 Common Mistakes that Kill Computer Performance

Posted by VNS Staff

September 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM

computer_performanceYour computer is an extremely complex machine sporting an extensive selection of hardware devices and programs which all need to work together in harmony in order to keep your computer running quickly and reliably. To keep your computer running smoothly, you will need to commit yourself to maintaining it on a regular basis while also avoiding some of the common mistakes which many people make. This article takes a look at five of the most common computer-related myths, misunderstandings and mistakes.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Computer Support

6 Tips to Keep Your Computer Virus-Free

Posted by VNS Staff

September 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

computer_virus_tipsIt has never been more important to keep your computer clean and free of viruses. The ways in which we use computers have changed over the years, and so have the threats faced by those devices. While the earliest viruses were bent on the wholesale destruction of data, today's malware is more likely to steal your data surreptitiously.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Computer Support

PC Running Slow? Try Upgrading These 4 Components.

Posted by VNS Staff

August 28, 2014 at 7:30 AM

slow pc tips

After a certain period of time, all of our technology can begin to show its age. This is especially troublesome in the case of desktop computers since many people believe their only option is to trash their current machine and shell out hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a new one. However, there could be a much cheaper alternative. If you're willing to do a little investigating, you may discover that you only need to replace a component or two to get your PC to run like new again.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Computer Support

Network Security: Supervising Your Employees Online Activity

Posted by VNS Staff

June 3, 2014 at 8:00 AM

network securityWhile the advancement of online technology opens new doors for businesses to develop and advance their products and service lines, opportunities for employee abuse and network security issues are also created. What are the Internet boundaries a business can set for their employees, and what reasonable behavior can businesses expect from their employees in regards to Internet use? Under what circumstances can an employee have an expectation of privacy while on the job? These are important questions for IT and Human Resource Departments, and the answers will vary from company to company. There are some general expectations from both employer and employee that dictate the blending of personal and work lives at the office.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Network Security

Meet Velocity's President, Thaddeus Gerber

Posted by Dustin Hall

April 10, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Thaddeus_Gerber.LinkedIn_1I've written articles about many of our newest staff members. However, it wasn't until yesterday, when I was having lunch with Velocity's President, Thaddeus Gerber, that I thought, 'Geez, nobody knows anything about this guy.' Those of you who have met him know he's a pretty outspoken and jovial guy. BUT, did you know his mother was a computer programmer or that he's actually pretty good at ping pong (a staple skill in IT these days)? Probably not! Learn more about the President of one of the world's top managed IT service providers in the short interview below.

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Topics: IT Careers, Company News

Velocity Hires Pod of Dolphins to Run Help Desk

Posted by Dustin Hall

April 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM

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As a way to shave down costs and increase operational efficiencies, Velocity Network Solutions has recently hired a pod of dolphins to operate the help desk. The dolphins are currently in training but have been taking a few support calls and are expected to handle over 90% of the tickets submitted by clients by the end of the week.

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Topics: Company News