Safe Computing for the Holidays

Taking time off to spend with family and friends is such a treat, but alas for many it is hard to stay away from the computer.  If you are going to do some online shopping, play a new game or check your work email, be sure to practice safe computing.  Your home computer may not have the same protection as work, so before you download that file or visit a new site make sure you are protected. Protecting your computer 1)  Make sure your operating system is updated and all security patches are installed.  If you are using Windows, go to Control Panel Home, then Windows Update. This page will show you if you are up to date or if you need an update.  If you are out of date, follow the instructions and consider turning on automatic updates.  If you have a Mac, the update is similar to Windows so just follow the instructions.  If you have Unix or Linux, you are probably an expert and know … [Read more...]

Upgrade Windows XP: Find out your Windows Personality

The time has come to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8, but how do you decide which is better for you and your organization. With the end-of-support for XP on April 8, 2014, there will be no security updates or hotfixes leaving your XP machine extremely vulnerable to hacking. As with all change, it will mean a temporary reduction in productivity as you become accustomed to the new look and feel.  But you can minimize the stress and inconvenience by choosing the right operating system for your Windows personality. The Windows 7 Personality:  You are smart and talented.  You use your computer as a productivity tool and like to get things done.  In your computing choices, you minimize risk and become anxious if too many changes happen at the same time.  You like the features in Office 2013 but also like your program icons to be familiar and your keystrokes to be efficient. … [Read more...]

Jazz Up Your LinkedIn Profile in 5 Easy Steps

If you are going to use your LinkedIn profile to promote yourself or your business, be sure you jazz it up a bit.  Make sure your content is informative and interesting and that you use the new features and tools to add color and content. Even if you don’t want to spend much time on LinkedIn, try our 5 easy steps. They will give your profile depth and make you more interesting to your connections. 1) Make sure you profile is complete with present and previous positions, education, awards and specialties. 2) Give and request recommendations and endorsements.  Write thoughtful recommendations for connections that point out an exceptional or unique circumstance or attribute. Don’t be shy, request recommendations from connections that will share your talents and achievements. The new Skills and Expertise Endorse from your contact's profile page is a quick, easy way to show your … [Read more...]

For Business Email You Need a Domain Name

Create a web presence and brand for your company by using your own domain name A domain can help establish credibility by showing you are a real company with real employees, products and services. [The domain name is the part of an email that comes after the @ and identifies a web location. The part before the @ is the user name. For mary@lansystems.com, the user is mary and lansystems.com is the domain. You can go to www.lansystems.com to check the domain to see the type of company, their location and other items that may be of importance to you. Even if you have not built your website, you need a domain and getting one is easy.  There are many online services that allow you to register your name and even post your site. If your business does not already have a domain name that you are using for email, don’t delay.  Choose a service and find a name that suits your business. This is … [Read more...]