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New Skype for Business Features come Dec 1st!

For the past 4 years I’ve been saying the same thing. Microsoft is going for a cloud-based communication offering that gives Small to Medium businesses a way to replace and/or integrate their phones with their devices (mobile as well as traditional desktops/laptops/tables).

Ok each year I said “It’ll happen next year.

Tip of the Week: 3 PC Best Practices You Need to Know

b2ap3_thumbnail_pc_practices_400.jpgSometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is return to the basics. For example, you can know all of the keyboard shortcuts in the world, but that doesn’t help you properly shut down your computer. Here are three tips for every computer user who wants to make sure that they’re using PC best practices.

How Does the Cloud Affect Your Networking Strategy?

b2ap3_thumbnail_what_is_a_hybrid_cloud_400.jpgTechnology changes constantly, and as such it can be difficult to change and adapt to new trends in the industry. Cloud services are making the implementation of scalable solutions somewhat easier, but often times integrating cloud solutions is forgotten by business owners who don’t really know what the cloud can offer their organization.

Special Skype for Business New Features webinar

In a preview blog article (read it here) I spoke about some of the upcoming changes to Skype for Business.  A lot of the new features are going to be added on December 1st.  These new features are going to signifcantly improve the functionality of Skype for Business, especially as it competes against alternatives like GoToMeeting.

1 Million Websites Not Using the Latest Security Protocol Soon to Be at Risk

b2ap3_thumbnail_encryption_sha1_400.jpgIt’s natural to replace older technologies with better, more recent models. However, the future isn’t looking too bright for the world’s most common website encryption method, SHA1, which will soon be replaced by a more secure protocol. Pretty soon, browsers and devices may have some difficulty reading the latest security certificates, which could cause quite a problem if it’s not remedied.

Tip of the Week: 5 Clues that an Email is Really a Phishing Scam

b2ap3_thumbnail_do_not_go_phishing_400.jpgOne of the most masterful arts of deception that hackers use is the phishing attack, which attempts steal sensitive credentials from unwary victims. The anonymity afforded to criminals on the Internet is what makes this possible. Using phishing attacks, hackers attempt to steal credentials or personal records by forging their identities. What’s the best way to protect your business from these attacks?

Make Your Digital Life Easier By Consolidating Your Various Email Accounts

b2ap3_thumbnail_solutions_400.jpgHow many email accounts do you have? At the very least, you have one for work and for one that’s personal, and if you’ve been doing email long enough, then you may have a few accounts left over from years ago which you rarely check (like your email address from college). Is there a way to combine these scattered accounts into an email address of your choice?

YouTube Red Will Cost You Some Green

b2ap3_thumbnail_youtube_red_400.jpgFor all of you YouTubers out there, you probably already know that the video-playback website is offering a premium service that launched last month. Now you can watch cat videos and other nonsense in an entirely new way. But what do you get with a subscription to YouTube Red? Is it worth the money? Well, let’s find out.

Tip of Week: Manage Your Photo’s File Sizes to Save Disk Space

b2ap3_thumbnail_resize_images_that_you_share_400.jpgToday, just about everyone has a digital camera in their pockets, which has led to an unprecedented amount of picture taking compared to the days when photos had to be developed. Having more cameras has turned us into a more visual society, but not every amateur photographer understands how to best manage all of their photos, which causes problems.

Book Review: “Black Earth” by Timothy Snyder

Book Review: “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning” by Timothy Snyder

Wow. Just…wow. I completely misunderstood what this book was going to be about. I first heard the author as a participant in a discussion of some of the current ISIL/Syria/Iraq issues on the radio.