Informed Delivery: Delivering Information to Your Stalkers

November 26th, 2017 by Jennifer Lough

The United States Postal Service is getting all fancy schmancy on us. Unfortunately, their security measures aren’t quite keeping up with their technological moves. This means all y’all will be wanting to batten the hatches, so to speak, on your online information. Essentially, Informed Delivery is a service that allows you to view mail and control packages online, which can be helpful for things I’ll not detail now. Instead, let’s talk security. Read the rest of this entry »


Cloud Wars: Office 365 vs Google Drive

November 14th, 2017 by Jennifer Lough

As many may know, collaborative efforts are very much in vogue these days (maybe they’ve always been, but bear with me here). In all the time I’ve spent sitting in classes I’ve observed, with frightening consistency, that the first thing out of every group’s self-appointed leader is “I’ll start a Google Doc.” It’s pretty clear that Google Drive has become ubiquitous among broke and unwillingly collaborative college kids, but how does it stack up to Office 365? Which is better for professionals? And why would anyone pay for Office 365 if Google Drive is free, anyway? Analysis: as usual, the platform you want to use depends on your needs, so here are some things to consider.

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iOS11 and Office 365 Communication Issues

September 22nd, 2017 by Micro Visions

On September 19th, Apple released iOS11 for iPhone and iPad devices. There is a known issue sending email with the default iOS11 Mail application and communication with Office 365 services.

To prevent interruption in your iOS and Office 365 communications we have 2 recommendations for you: Read the rest of this entry »


Fall Out of Old Business Habits and Upgrade to the Cloud

September 1st, 2017 by Lauren Zielinski

It’s the first of September. Mornings are cooler, the sun is rising later, and leaves are starting to change color. Fall has finally arrived, and we all know what that means–pumpkin spice everything, college football, and cider mills. But while everyone else is engaging in the stereotypical fall activities and discussions, we’d like to discuss the cloud.

Adopting cloud-based computing can mean big benefits for a business. Aside from the obvious benefit of being able to access your data from anywhere, on any device, at any time, we believe that businesses of all sizes and at all stages can benefit from storing data in a secure, centralized environment. Check out a brief list of some of the benefits of cloud computing below. Read the rest of this entry »


Would a Disaster Take Down Your Systems?

August 25th, 2017 by Lauren Zielinski

Every year businesses of all sizes are affected by catastrophic events ranging from cyber-attacks to natural disaster to human error. Can you relate? Sure…but most business owners commonly think “I mean, come on…how often does a catastrophic event happen in which MY business would be in jeopardy?”

I’m glad you asked! Let’s bring it a little closer to home for you. Citizens living in Texas RIGHT NOW are currently living in fear as they wonder what disaster the storm, Hurricane Harvey, will bring. Read the rest of this entry »


Doing Nothing About Cyber Security Could Cost You Everything

August 17th, 2017 by Micro Visions

It is commonly held that cyber attackers do not and will not waste their time hacking small businesses. Unfortunately, that idea is dangerously wrong. The truth is, just because a business is small does not mean that its information is less valuable to these attackers. Per the National Cyber Security Alliance, one in five small businesses falls victim to cybercrime each year and that number is GROWING. These small businesses are considered the low-hanging fruit because they have very loose or no security systems and protocols in place. Forbes goes as far as saying half of all cyber-attacks are aimed at small businesses. Wow! The trend toward smaller businesses will worsen as larger businesses further tighten security. Read the rest of this entry »


Two Truths and a Lie

August 4th, 2017 by Lauren Zielinski

 

Ever played the game “Two Truths and a Lie”?

I’m about to tell you two truths and one lie. Can you decipher which is which?

 

  • In 2015, millennials surpassed Generation X to become the largest share of the American workforce.
  • Per The Wall Street Journal, 96 percent of millennials think their phones are the most important product in their daily lives.
  • 2 + 2 = 5

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WannaCry? We don’t. Read these tips to protect yourself from similar attacks.

July 27th, 2017 by Lauren Zielinski

WannaCry Help for West Michigan businesses with Virtual CIO services by Micro VisionsImagine this: You receive an email, apparently from a reputable source, such as Best Buy, where you had recently purchased a flat screen TV. The email states that if you click on the link, you will instantly receive a $25 gift card good towards your next purchase. You had your eye on a brand new blu-ray DVD player to go with that nice TV you just bought. Why not? So you decide to click on the link.

Oops. You probably shouldn’t have done that.

Your machine is now infected with malware and to secure your data or block further nefarious access to your computer, it is demanding that you pay ransom.

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IT Tips: FindTime Solves Time-Consuming Scheduling Activities

May 12th, 2017 by MVI Team

Any SMB owner knows that time is money.  At Micro Visions, we are always looking for ways that you can maximize your and your team’s productivity.  In our collaborative work environments, meetings are essential to hold, but also can be a nightmare to schedule.  Team members can be working remotely, members outside your organization can be on the road based in any region of the country, or even around the world; making scheduling a meeting a challenge.   Fortunately, Microsoft has a solution to ease this burden.  FindTime is a free add-on to their nearly ubiquitous Outlook email program.  It is simple to use and very convenient.  Once the add-on is installed, you will see a button in the upper right-hand bar of your Outlook dashboard.  Once you click the button, the steps to scheduling a meeting are easy!

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Fadblocking: The Pros and Cons of Adblockers

April 11th, 2017 by Jennifer Lough

It’s probably a fair bet that you don’t want to see another ad about the latest weight loss trick every time you use an online dictionary. You don’t want to hear an ad start on one of your twelve tabs and then have to tear the window apart just to find it, and you don’t want to see that trailer on YouTube again. Assuming you’re really, truly desperate, there are two things you can do: ignore the ads and push through or get an ad blocker.

Research indicates that ad blocking isn’t going to shrivel up and die any time soon. Read the rest of this entry »