Over the past few years there have been a number of issues and rulings made by various courts in the US regarding the overall freedom of the Internet and how it is to be managed. By now, many of us have heard of Net Neutrality, but it may seem like an issue that won’t affect small businesses.
When it comes to IT, one of the largest expenses for many businesses is software. Some employees require the bare minimum, while others could need thousands of dollars worth of software. Businesses who have purchased licenses for Microsoft software may receive an email asking for a license audit.
For users who have Google Apps and Android devices, Google Calendar is one of the more useful tools and app. With the recent update of Android 5.0, the tech company has been releasing updates to their mobile apps too. The latest app to get a makeover, with a new updated version, is Google Calendar and with it some great features have been introduced.
Heartbleed has to be one of the biggest security issues of the year. While it has largely been dealt with via updates and new software, Microsoft has announced that a similar and equally large security threat is affecting nearly all servers running Windows Server.
For an effective social media strategy, most businesses realize that they need to have a presence on more than one major social platform. While this has led to the creation of Twitter accounts for businesses, many struggle to generate content and posts due to the character limit.
One of the more important selling points of an Office 365 plan is the fact that many subscriptions come with full versions of Office which are always the latest available. For Mac users however, updates are usually well behind the Windows versions. This is starting to change, as Microsoft has recently introduced a new version of Outlook for Mac users while also announcing a plan for new versions of other Office for Mac apps.
While incredibly useful for many businesses, cloud-based apps like Google Drive have one glaring weakness that really holds them back from 100% adoption in many businesses. If you have ever wanted to open a file stored in Drive using an app on your computer, it can be a bit of a chore to do so.
A common trend in many households is the adoption of mobile devices as the main home phone. In fact, in 2013 it was estimated that almost 41% of households in the US were only using mobile devices. This number continues to grow as mobile devices continue to become more popular.
In October of last year news broke about a new form of malware called Cryptolocker. This malware posed a particularly large threat to many business users and led to many quick and important security updates. Now, almost a year later, it appears that the second version of this – CryptoWall – has been released and is beginning to infect users.
As a business owner, you probably send out emails pretty regularly. Some of these emails are likely to colleagues who will then send a message to a third party on your behalf. This inevitably entails going back-and-forth between you and your employee.