Small Business

Vulnerability Discovered in Adobe Flash. Update Now.

Comments Off on Vulnerability Discovered in Adobe Flash. Update Now. Written on July 8th, 2015 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Security, Small Business

A new major vulnerability in Adobe Flash has been made public, and is rapidly spreading online.  Adobe responded quickly today with an update to Flash.

If you are one of our Advantage Program clients we have already removed the old version of Flash on your flash_zero_day-680x400computer and installed the new secure version. If you are not on a plan with us, or are not sure, we recommend you visit this web page to Update Flash.

This security flaw in Flash allows a malicious web site to perform any type of task on computers that visit such a site. It could be used to install viruses, copy personal information, retrieve stored passwords, etc.  Here’s some more info on the vulnerability, Adobe-flash-exploit-that-was-leaked-by-hacking-team-goes-wild-patch-now.

Introducing our Modern Office Productivity Suite

Comments Off on Introducing our Modern Office Productivity Suite Written on June 19th, 2014 by
Categories: Business, Email, Microsoft, Microsoft Outlook, Small Business, Spam Management

office-365Our mission here at Geeks on Wheels is to help our clients achieve greater success through the effective use of new technology.  One of the most best ways we do achieve our mission is by delivering our Modern Office Productivity Suite.

Powered by Microsoft Office 365, redundantly hosted in Microsoft’s data centers, and extended with our proprietary tuning and spam reduction techniques, our Modern Office Productivity Suite will boost your organizations productivity, communication, and teamwork, while at the same time reducing distracting spam and email-borne viruses.  Some of the features it includes are:

  • Hosted Exchange: Cloud-based email with calendar sharing and synchronization
  • Office 365: Online and desktop versions of Microsoft Office applications
  • Lync: Real time group messaging and availability
  • SharePoint 2013: Team collaboration and sharing web site
  • Custom Spam Filtering: Our custom spam filter rules and actively tuned spam filtering service
  • Mobile Device Management: Improved mobile device security, including the ability to remotely erase data from lost or stolen mobile devices

We also offer email archiving to provide a centralized and searchable repository of all company communications.

For more information about how we can help your team work together more efficiently please give us a ring at 914-562-1800.

Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP April 8th

Comments Off on Microsoft Ending Support for Windows XP April 8th Written on February 26th, 2014 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Microsoft, Microsoft Outlook, Security, Small Business

Windows XP End of SupportMicrosoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8th. If you have an older computer it is time to move on to newer and better technologies.

After April 8th, Microsoft will no longer publish any security updates for the 12 year old operating system, and they will no longer support the development of software from third parties.  There will be little to no new software developed by any manufacturer for Windows XP, and computers with this OS will become increasingly vulnerable to security risks, viruses, and hacker exploits.

On the positive side, upgrading to the latest versions of Windows and Office provide a productivity boost. As always, we are here to help you with the transition.  We are actively and efficently rolling out zippy new computers to our clients.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/endofsupport.aspx

 

Tablets We Love

Comments Off on Tablets We Love Written on November 29th, 2013 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Holiday Shopping, Microsoft, Small Business, Tablets

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When it comes to portable tablet computing, we find that the best platform is Windows 8.
Unlike an Apple tablet, many Windows tablets include a fully featured Windows 8 operating system. This means you not only have access to apps, but it is also a full computer that can run anything from Microsoft Outlook and Word to any USB printer or external hard drive.

Here’s a video that shows the quick difference:

Here’s a video review of our favorite Tablet, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2:

If you are interesting in finding out more or would like to purchase the above tablet please give us a ring at 914-562-1800.

Lenovo Impresses Us Again

Comments Off on Lenovo Impresses Us Again Written on September 3rd, 2013 by
Categories: Business, Computers and Electronics, Small Business

We frequently recommend Lenovo computers. Often, though, we find that many of our customers are unfamiliar with the Lenovo brand. Where did this company come from?

Lenovo is the company that took over the personal computing division of IBM, headquartered in Armonk. Lenovo continues to impress us not only with their ability to continue IBM’s legacy of high quality computing equipment, but also with their exceptional business practices.

Lenovo is a Chinese corporation, but they do manufacture here in the United States. And their CEO recently made headlines with his second year of generosity towards his workers, both Chinese and American.

This report about Lenovo’s business practices was recently broadcast on ABC’s World News.



 

What is Cloud Computing (by Google)

Comments Off on What is Cloud Computing (by Google) Written on September 27th, 2012 by
Categories: Business, Google Apps, Small Business

This video is a great introductory explanation of what “cloud computing” means.

 

Google Docs Overview

Comments Off on Google Docs Overview Written on November 30th, 2010 by
Categories: Business, Google Apps, Small Business

Google Apps Series Episode 3: Google Docs

Here is a great overview of Google Docs for business use. One of the most amazing features is that multiple workers can edit the same document or spreadsheet at the same time. This represents a substantial productivity gain as compared to workers emailing files back and forth.

Google Apps for Business Testimonials

Comments Off on Google Apps for Business Testimonials Written on November 29th, 2010 by
Categories: Business, Email, Google Apps, Small Business

This video demonstrates how Google Apps for Business provides small businesses with an easy to use productivity boost.

Google Apps Series: Welcome to the Cloud

Comments Off on Google Apps Series: Welcome to the Cloud Written on November 29th, 2010 by
Categories: Business, Email, Google Apps, Small Business

Google Apps Series Episode 1: An Introduction to Google Apps for Business.

Google is providing small and medium sized businesses with tools that were previously only within reach of large organizations that can afford expensive server rooms and IT staff.   In this series of articles, we will be looking at the Google Apps suite as it applies to small to medium sized businesses.  My objective here is to provide business owners with a basic understanding of what Google Apps is and how it may be beneficial to them.  Google Apps is an opportunity every business owner should be aware of, whether you are a one man operation or have hundreds of employees.

What is Google Apps?  Basically, Google Apps is a suite applications, like Microsoft Office.  These include Gmail, calendar, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation creator, chat, voice, and more.

What’s the big deal?  Firstly, the price.  The Google Apps suite is extremely inexpensive, and it is efficient to deploy, and is extremely low maintenance.  Previously, businesses invested in expensive Microsoft Exchange servers for email and calendar sharing.   This is now available from Google liternally at a fraction of the cost.  And there is a second deal this is a big deal — the Google suite offers many beneficial features that Microsoft does not.

Let’s take a look.  Here is a quick video overview of Google Apps for Business:

Bravo to Google for helping the little guys compete with the big boys.

Here at Geeks on Wheels we have helped numerous businesses take advantage of Google Apps to increase productivity, while at the same time dramatically reducing costs as compared to using Microsoft solutions.

Call us at 914-562-1800 for more information or help determine if Google Apps is a good fit for your organization.

In the next episode of this series we will be looking at some examples of how businesses use Google Apps.

Managing Spam with Multiple Email Addresses

Comments Off on Managing Spam with Multiple Email Addresses Written on October 10th, 2010 by
Categories: Email, Microsoft Outlook, Small Business, Spam Management, Tips and Tricks

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Every day our time is wasted by unsolicited email.  Spam filters help us separate out the stuff we definitely don’t want to be bothered with.  They fall short, however, in separating the important stuff from the maybe-I’ll-read-it-later materials.

Here is where we can utilize multiple email addresses to save time.  When you shop online, sign up to receive information about a product or service, join a bulletin board — give them a secondary address.  Keep private the email address you print on your business cards and use to collaborate with colleges, clients, and friends.  Many people can tell you from experience that once some online marketers get a hold of your email, they will never give up sending you spam and they wont stop selling your email address to other marketers either.

Executive Summary
  • Use a secondary email address for online activities such as shopping and forums.
  • In office environments create departmental email addresses which can be shared by multiple employees for increased productivity and quick business data access.
  • Use a program such as Microsoft Outlook to make comprehensive view of multiple email accounts quick and simple.

One you have the really important email separated out from messages containing sales receipts and product updates, you can work more efficiently.  If you are having a busy day, you can stay focused on the inbox that matters, and when you need to find that receipt or are wondering if some company or sales person out there has sent you a discount offer, give your second inbox a look.

If you are a small business this comes with added benefits — You can share such an inbox with other employees. I recommend setting up an email account such as purchasing@yourdomain.com and adding this inbox to Outlook for everyone in the company with the ability to spend money on its behalf. This provides you with a single email inbox where you know you can find every invoice from all of our major vendors, for example. How much did that new inventory item one of your employees just purchased cost? A quick search for the part number gives you the a list of every time this item was ordered, what it cost, and even what the invoice number was.

A great way to manage two email accounts to use software such as Microsoft Outlook, and set them up as separate inboxes that you can conveniently click between.

Organizing your email is a simple and effective way to improve productivity. If you would like assistance from a pro on best managing your email call 914-562-1800.