Desktop PC and Mac users as well as smartphone and tablet users of all operating systems should always be aware of the different things out there that could compromise their systems and devices.
While there aren’t many viruses out there on the internet that can take down a Mac computer, there are still plenty of people who are willing to create and distribute programs, apps, and other executables that can cause damage to your system. Often these are cracked or otherwise tampered with in the interest in getting something for nothing, i.e. “free” software downloaded form the web.
There are plenty of ways to protect your computer or mobile device – we’ve collected a few of the best here for you to implement today! Some are more for desktop systems, and some apply to devices of all shapes and sizes.
There are all kinds of potential issues that can cause trouble for your computer, smartphone, or tablet. The key to keeping your system functioning at its best is to be aware of the things that might happen and do your best to insulate yourself from them! The infographic below highlights some of the things that can happen as a result of software bugs – bugs, viruses, etc can all cause problems for the technology we love, so we must do our best to keep it clean!
Reprinted by permission of QualitestGroup.com
With new technologies and advancements being made every day, it is essential for companies to stay up to date on Information Technology. These changes are causing businesses to constantly adapt and grow so as to not fall behind. For employers, it is vital to keep your IT staff up to date with these changes to allow your business to grow. This infographic provides key information in the changes currently going along with Information Technology.
Global spending will climb as high as $3.7 Billion in 2013 for IT. This increases the need for businesses to have IT professionals on staff and is expected to grow by 53% by 2020. Spending on IT includes technology devices, software, technological services, and much more. When hiring new IT professionals, it comes to more than just hiring a staff that is already trained. With the industry constantly changing, it is so important to keep up to date with these changes and train your staff accordingly.
Benefits to IT Training
IT training is one of the top five concerns for CEOs and businesses. The benefits of having a trained IT staff include getting shown visibly online, maintenance and updates for your website, keeping your staff informed on changes, cutting software development time, and increasing quality. The amount of people that are using the internet grows drastically every day. It is essential to have an online awareness so you can grow your business.
Why is IT training important? Should you invest your time in continual training?
Infographic provided courtesy of Mike Isaac from Hands on Technology Transfer Inc.
Ever since Vine came out a few months ago, all sorts of competitors have come out of the woodwork that allow video enthusiasts to take quick videos on the go. But why? Why has Vine and services like it such as SnapChat become so incredibly popular and so fast.
But not only has Vine become popular with consumers, it has also become popular with the business set as well. From mom and pop operations to solo home based entrepreneurs, Vine has captivated the business elite and the not so elite. If you’re wondering how you too can use Vine to promote your business, take a look at our tips below. Weigh in at the comment section with feedback and or your rebuttals.
One of the best ways to use Vine as a business owner is to create product demos for your customers. Especially if you’re in a niche where seeing your product in action is a great way to instill confidence in a purchase. For example, if you own a restaurant – what customer would not want to see some quick videos of the new menu item you just added or that new pie you will showcase tonight for dinner. Be sure to let your customers know of the Vine videos by emailing them or mentioning it prominently on your site or blog.
Another great use of Vine for business is to take candid shots of customers in your place of business for others to see. This could be a customer who recently made an awesome new purchase or it could be a fun new customer that signed up for your monthly service. Make it fun and showcase them on a (video wall) for quick access by passersby. Or post them on the company site.
Many seasoned entrepreneurs know that a good contest or giveaway is an excellent way to stir up some much needed action. Be it traffic, leads or sales. A well coordinated contest or giveaway can yield very good results if planned correctly and strategically laid out. Think of what you hope to accomplish and then plan accordingly. For example, if your goal is to get more email subscribers then be sure to create and use Vine videos which specifically ask for emails before, during or after the video. If you keep the end result in mind, then the chances of having a successful giveaway increase dramatically.
What customer doesn’t love to see the inner workings of a company they are contemplating doing business with? And what better way to see and experience the inside of a business than through its star employees. This is where clever Vine videos come into play. The more creative you get with this approach the better your “campaign” will be received. So cook up something gregarious, something clever and let your employees do the talking. Literally. Feature them, showcase them and have them represent what your company is all about.
Vine is here to stay as is Facebook, Twitter and social media in general. Just keep in mind that there will be more incarnations of these types of sites and your customers or potential customers will be using them. So staying ahead of the curve is always a smart move for any entrepreneur and make no mistake about it – it’s also good for business.
Missy Diaz enjoys writing about social media for her business website Maverick Label and always has something to say on the subject. If you wish to follow her many articles, you can do so via her Twitter page.
Would you like to use your own devices while at work? Sixty-four percent of working adults would like to!
If 64% want to use their smartphones while at work, I wonder how many actually do?
Just take a look your friends’ and co-workers’ social media accounts. Were posts and comments made during working hours? (There are a limited number of breaks during the day!)
While social media can be a distraction for some employees, others work better for a few little lighthearted breaks throughout the day, even if it’s just to read their timeline for 2 minutes or text briefly with a friend or spouse.
However, 23% of companies have no plans to allow employees to use social media while at work because of current IT policy (personal devices can be distracting and used so much that it prevents work from being done).
It is predicted that by 2016, 50% of email users will connect to their company’s network by a browser, tablet, or mobile device.
Graphic courtesy of Sunrise Software
In the current age, the IT sector is one of the fastest growing sectors and therefore offers a wide array of jobs to all those in search of them. However, while searching for a job in this sector, one has to know exactly what he/she is looking to find. There are several kinds of jobs offered in the world of IT and these range from desktop support to system administrators to network engineers to computer programmers, etc.
Let’s delve into the job entailments of the above mentioned just to get an idea of the differences. Desktop support basically refers to the role of creating the interface between clients and different companies. People in such positions usually interact with clients mostly through a telephone or by using a remote desktop. They deal with fairly simple, day-to-day user problems and also provide information about the company and its products to already existing clients or to potential clients.
This particular job requires only basic computer skills and mainly focuses on people skills. System administrators are the people who are tasked with ensuring the smooth and efficient running of the company’s operating system and they deal with any errors that may arise therein. There are also those who specialize in certain software products and work at improving such software products.
Network engineers design, implement and manage networks that allow interaction between clients and the servers. This particular line involves dealing with routers and switches and involves working a lot of after hours to ensure that the network is constantly updated in order to give the clients the best possible experience. Network engineers are always in high demand.
Lastly, computer programmers are people with vast knowledge and proficiency in computer languages who design various user oriented application software. They therefore convert solutions into a language that the computer understands. They are also very high in demand.
Once an individual understands these various posts, he/she is able to pick what category he best fits in and starts on the journey of how to actually get the job. Steps that should be followed are fairly simple. To begin with, get the necessary skills. This is a requirement for all fields.
One has to have the required skills in order to get any job. Therefore, learn as much as you can in your particular field either from learning institutions, from the internet, from mentors and any other source that can provide any relevant skills.
Move on to preparing a quality resume. To a job seeker, a resume is the strongest selling point of your personal brand. Therefore, prepare a well-drafted and neat resume, devoid of any grammatical errors. Be sure to state all your skills and any experience that you may have acquired at previous jobs. Do NOT lie in your resume, all lies eventually catch up with you in the long run. If you’re not sure how to format your resume there are websites that will show you how to make a resume.
With a good resume completed, start networking. This is about making yourself known to the relevant people. Networking can be done in a number of ways such as through fairs and seminars. One can also create an online profile and leverage social media to have your online CV and portfolio out there fore any interested IT savvy employer.
Finally, be aggressive in your job hunt. Literally have your ear to the ground. Be fast to respond and apply to all relevant job openings. This involves responding to newspaper advertisements and also online advertisements. Being the IT sector, leveraging platforms such as Twitter can enable you get information faster than traditional media.
Article contributed by Erik Bowitz from Resume Companion, an authority on resumes and interviewing having been featured on career sites such as Forbes and BrazenCareerist. When not pushing the limits of resumes Erik enjoys making pancakes and sailing.
Here is a quick graphic on bankruptcy and some recent brands that have filed for bankruptcy. Of note are Movie Gallery and Blockbuster, two movie rental businesses that have gone under with the rise of online movies. The growth of some industries can force others to go under. One other major electronics company to file for bankruptcy is Circuit City.
Courtesy of: Taggart Law Offices
Like the rest of the government, and like the rest of the world for that matter, digital technology is now an inseparable aspect of GSA contract functionality and process. The best example of this is eOffer/eMod, an online application that lets contractors work up and submit their GSA Schedule offers and modification requests to the Federal Acquisition Service online.
Where past programs like grants.gov had simply been a sort of job board, this secure system governs the entire process and both an RFP manager and a submission manager. Ultra-secure, it employs digital authentication technology and digital certificates to guarantee the integrity and stability of the data you submit.
With all security measures come drawbacks. In this case, it will take seven to fourteen business days for a digital certificate to be processed, and this is after the required paperwork has been notarized. Further, the certificates must be renewed every two years. Contractors must keep their certificates up to date, as an expired digital certificate will not be accepted.
This technological ubiquity in the proposal application process is not without its benefits. In fact, most would say that they far outweigh the detriments. For one, the system is easy-to-use, and boasts a progressive screen design for submitting Schedule proposals. eOffer/eMod guides users through the solicitation and modification steps, automates the submission process via an email function, and provides for the electronic signature of documents.
The government is no stranger to modernization criticism. From politics to policy, the government has long been notoriously stubborn, refusing to change internal systems or make concessions for changes in the way it interacts with the public. As we have seen technology begin to completely take over the “real world,” we have seen the government have problems with everything from electronic voting booths to electronic tax returns. eOffer/eMod is truly a step in the right direction, and it takes away needless administrative steps and delivers responsibility for this aspect of managing contractor relations where it belongs – with the contractor.
So with the advancement comes at least a small measure of streamlined simplicity, not yet another step, which is what the government us usually guilty of. With this, both public and private entities are optimistic that the federal government will be more user friendly in the years to come.
Statistics are interesting things, and the statistics on causes of death can be quite surprising. It is amazing how many technological things are more dangerous than sensational causes of death. Tip for everyone sitting in an office, or working from home, be sure to make exercise a regular part of your routine.
The hot commodity in the tech world right now is definitely tablet computers. Apple’s iPad pioneered this category with its launch several years ago, but since that time every other major operating system has made a foray into the tablet market. As smartphones have become increasingly popular, they have approached market saturation. Now tech companies are racing to get their tablets into the hands of consumers, and there is lot of growth in this market as a result.
Despite Microsoft’s attempt at a tablet operating system with Windows 8, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android remain the dominant players in the market. Apple’s iOS is only available on the iPad. Though they offer several different models, including the iPad mini, most iPads are fairly similar. Android, on the other hand, is run on tablets produced by a variety of manufacturers. At the top of the line are the Nexus products, where Google works closely with the manufacturers to design tablets they specifically approve of. The Nexus line of products are specifically designed to run Android very well. They also get updates very quickly, while some manufacturers leave their hardware on older versions of Android for a while.
So which one is better? Both are the top of the line within their own respective categories. The iPad costs a little more for similar hardware, so the budget conscious user might prefer the Nexus 10. Apple’s iPad boosts their highly-touted Retina display. While Google hasn’t focused on the Nexus’s screen as a major advantage, it actually has a higher resolution per inch and overall than the iPad.
Perhaps the biggest difference between the two is the software. Apple’s iOS has had a bit more time than their competitors to build up a large repository of apps. Although most major apps are available cross-platform, iOS still has a few apps that Andorid doesn’t yet have. That being said, Andorid also has apps that aren’t available on iOS for various reasons. If you don’t yet have a mobile computing device, then you might not know which apps you do or don’t want. For people who are looking for specific functionality in their tablets, however, the choice of operating systems can be very important. Also, some users just find it more convenient to stick to something they’re comfortable with, so iPhone or Apple computer users might find it more convenient to buy an iPad, and people with an Android phone might want to get a Nexus 10.
Google’s Andorid platform is a more open system for app developers, which encourages creativity and innovation. This is perhaps the biggest single advantage of the Andorid platform. Apple is known for their beautiful hardware design and easy to use products. While this still holds true for the iPad, the Android platform has caught up so much that Apple’s iPad doesn’t offer as much of an advantage as it used to. With the Nexus being slightly cheaper and not really having any disadvantages, why not choose it? The Nexus 10 and iPad are both great products, but the Nexus 10 has a slight lead.
This article was written by Andy G from http://www.helpjet.net/, a driver download website.
Measuring customer satisfaction is an important job aspect for any manager in the service industry. For IT, continuous advancement and variance in customer experience can greatly affect and skew the numbers analyzing customer satisfaction metrics. While there are many methods of gathering this data, it is unquestionably useful to compile the results in a database for easy access and interpretation. Here are some items that you should utilize to measure customer satisfaction, and then keep organized for your records.
Databases are great for tracking information, so why not track your return rate? How many of your customers are regulars? Occasional repeats? Tracking the number of first time customers can let you know how your marketing is doing. If you’re offering a service rather than a product, rate of return can signify how helpful you are. On the other hand, if someone has a one-time computer problem and you help them adequately, they may not need you again. There are a lot of factors to consider, but if you create a reliable process for recording the information, it will be easier to analyze later.
Customer Satisfaction Survey
In IT, it is important to gauge how helpful you are, and one of the best ways to do this is a customer satisfaction survey. Be sure to ask specific questions, gauging the reason for the visit, whether a problem was solved, and if not, why it wasn’t able to be resolved. Asking the customer questions about themselves may also reveal reasons for their answers about you. If they are knowledgeable in your industry, they will have different insight than someone who is not.
As useful as surveys are, it is important not to bombard people with them. No one wants to fill out the same information over and over again. Consider an optional customer comment box, and then occasional surveys, either with the new year, or with the roll-out of new products and services. Asking customers what they think before you make changes will make them feel in the loop and help you to anticipate their needs.
Of course, it is important to make sure your database stays relevant. This means regularly analyzing the data that it is compiling and the ways it is doing so. Do employees utilize the database in the best way possible? Is it capable of meeting the company’s needs? Is there a bunch of irrelevant information clogging up the system?
Routine maintenance is the only way to prevent your database from becoming obsolete. So whether you outsource your data analytics or manage it in-house, having reliable database performance monitoring software is a must.
Customer satisfaction is one of those business metrics that is really important, but difficult to measure. It is also easy to get so caught up in collecting the necessary data that you fail to utilize it. How do you measure customer satisfaction? How do you make sure you follow through?
Vanessa James is a business technology consultant and blogger. She enjoys reading about new technologies, especially while listening to The Rat Pack. She currently writes for Oracle performance monitoring software provider confio.com.