Category: Useful Tips

May 15, 2019

3 Free Ways to Answer your MS Office “How do I…” Questions

Since its release in 1990, Microsoft Office has evolved into a suite of programs or apps that work together to offer maximum productivity.  From holding virtual meetings in Teams, to creating a complex spreadsheet in Excel, to sharing documents and information of all sorts on SharePoint – Office has a little bit of something for […]

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Apr 25, 2019

How Teams Reduces Email and Decreases Interruptions

We like to think we can control when in a day we handle new email in our inbox.  I don’t know about your reality, but I suspect it’s like mine was — that email is a pretty constant distraction and interruption to our productive work each day. Like a lot of people have said about […]

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Apr 19, 2019

Can my Social Security Number be Suspended?

Recently, our friends at KnowBe4 warned us of robocall scams saying your Social Security Number is suspended.  Here’s what they had to say: “Be on the lookout for a popular robocall scam that is tricking people into believing their Social Security number (SSN) has been suspended. The robocall tells you to call the number provided […]

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Mar 21, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Watch – Productivity Tool or Cool Gadget?

Like all of us I have many roles in life.  I’m a businessman, a techie, a family man, an outdoorsman, and an avid cyclist to name a few.  When I started looking into smartwatches a couple of years ago, I was really intrigued by how one might benefit me in my daily life.  A discreet […]

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Mar 08, 2019

How are “You’ve Been Naughty” Emails Getting to my Inbox?

For several months now, hackers have been sending emails that might make some people nervous. They claim to have compromising images or video of you that they’ll distribute if you don’t send a bitcoin payment within a specified time frame. Some include reference to a password you would recognize, which lends to some sense of […]

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Feb 22, 2019

O365 – 3 Tips for Outlook

I remember using Word 25 years ago.  Things have certainly changed!  When I started working with the programs in Office 365 (O365), I was both confused and amazed.  There are quite a few new features that increase efficiency, but it can be a challenge to discover them. Here are three tips that can help you […]

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Jan 29, 2019

Microsoft Teams: An Introduction to Secure Collaboration

I’m writing this blog from the safety and comfort of home as the wind blows outside my windows in a dangerously cold, real-life snow globe.  Many organizations have the policies and processes in place to allow their staff to work remotely when life requires it.  Tools that keep your team together, even when they’re physically […]

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Jan 07, 2019

We Can Handle Phishing. Can You?

Due to an increase in phishing attempts, you may have recently been contacted by your credit card company, bank, or credit union warning you not to click on links in emails that appear to be from them.  Phishing (fake email) messages can be made to look very real.  Unfortunately, following the instructions in these messages […]

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Dec 14, 2018

Intentional Technology for Startups

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 edition of the Traverse City Business News. I’ve been there. There are probably only a couple of you and only so many hours in a week. I vividly remember watching Saturday parades go down Front Street from the window upstairs, our baby boy napping in his Pack […]

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Dec 10, 2018

4 Ways an IT Managed Service Provider Reduces Stress and Increases Productivity

Imagine a life where you don’t lose sleep over IT problems at the office.  You work on strategic goals without the interruption of multiple IT support requests or an issue with your network.  You spend more time with your family and friends, doing the things you love. That world doesn’t have to exist only in […]

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