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10 Tips to Boost Your Smartphone Security

Posted by VNS Staff

October 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

smartphone securitySmartphones are ubiquitous now with millions of Android and iOS devices sold worldwide. Smartphone security issues have started appearing rampantly on these gadgets as many hackers, viruses, and other threats target smartphone platforms. It's important for you to be aware of these security risks if you use your smartphone for storing important personal and work-related data. In this article, you will find ten tips to secure your device.

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Topics: Smartphones, Security

3 Ways IT Outsourcing Contributes to Faster Business Growth

Posted by VNS Staff

October 9, 2014 at 8:00 AM

it_outsourcing_companiesWhen you outsource your IT management, you liberate your business to reach its true potential. Companies thrive when managing their IT infrastructure is no longer a primary concern. Over 40 percent of successful businesses consider outsourcing their infrastructure to be critical to their efficiency.

Here are 3 ways in which IT outsourcing can help grow your company.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing

IT Support Providers: 5 Considerations to Find the Right Fit

Posted by VNS Staff

October 7, 2014 at 5:01 PM

it_support_providersNo two businesses operate in quite the same way. Even if your direct competitor operates in the same industry and is of a comparable size, it is likely that they use technology in a completely different way from your own employees. Because of this, there is no guarantee that one IT support provider will fit the needs of all companies equally. As a result, you should keep a few key things in mind when going in search of managed IT services providers to help make sure you're getting into business with an organization that can help you achieve your goals moving forward.

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Topics: IT Support

Microsoft Office Tip: How to use the Macro Recorder in Excel

Posted by VNS Staff

October 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM

microsoft.office.excel.macro.recorderWithin the Microsoft Office family of programs is the ever-powerful, Microsoft Excel. The problem with Excel is that some of it's most effective uses aren't as easy to leverage as the other, more self explanatory programs, like Word. Repetitive actions in Excel, like formatting, moving data, and adding common formulas can be time consuming. To make life easier, Excel can use macros to automate many of these tasks. Macros can be powerful tools, but are also complicated to program. That is where the macro recorder comes in. Learning to use the macro recorder makes creating macros easy and fast.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Microsoft Office

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